Lodge By-Laws

Warrant Granted 5th July 1905

Consecrated 10th October 1905

BY-LAWS  Amended to show Accounts to be presented by the April Meeting of the Lodge and change to amount shown in bylaw 10.

In all respect the Members of this Lodge shall abide by, and strictly conform to, the Laws and Regulations of the United Grand Lodge of England, embodied in the Book of Constitutions. 

***These By-Laws are only intended to provide for such matters as are not settled by the Book of Constitutions, a copy of which shall be handed to every Brother, when he becomes a Member.*** 

 

1. PLACE AND DATES OF MEETING.

The Lodge shall meet at Freemasons Hall, Gt. Queen St., London WC2B 5AZ, and shall hold regular meetings on the Fourth Tuesday in April, Second Wednesday in June, Fourth Monday in September and the Third Thursday in December, at such hour as the Master shall direct. 

2. ELECTION AND INSTALLATION MEETINGS. 

The Master and Treasurer shall be elected by ballot at the regular meeting in June. The Master Elect shall be installed at the regular meeting in September. 

3. ELECTION OF TYLER 

Subject to the provisions of Rule 113, Book of Constitutions, the Tyler shall be elected by a show of hands at the regular meeting in June. 

4. LODGE COMMITEE
The Lodge Committee shall consist of the Master, Wardens, Past Masters of the Lodge, Treasurer and Secretary, together with three other members elected annually by the Lodge at the regular meeting in June. The Committee shall consider and report to the Lodge on all proposals for membership, and on any other matters specially referred to it by the Lodge. Five members of the committee shall form a quorum. 

5. AUDIT COMMITTEE AND ANNUAL ACCOUNTS. 

The Audit Committee shall consist of two members of the Lodge who shall be elected annually by the Lodge at the regular meeting in June. The accounts shall be made up to 31st August in each year and shall be presented to the Lodge, duly audited, at the regular meeting in April. A copy of the accounts and of the Auditor Committee’s certificate that all balances have been checked and that the accounts have been audited shall be sent to all members with the summons convening the meeting. 

6. FEES AND ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION.
The Initiation Fee shall be £150, the joining fee £10, and the re-joining fee £10, such fees to be exclusive of subscription. The Annual subscription (except for non-dining or country membership as provided for in By-Law No. 7) due and payable in advance on 1st September, shall be of such an amount as the Lodge shall from time to time decide by resolution after notice on the summons at the previous regular meeting. 

The Secretary's services shall be deemed equivalent to payment of subscription. The Visitor's fees at Dinner shall be pro-rata to the Tavern Account. Any member whose subscription is unpaid for nine months shall be liable to be excluded from the Lodge, after due notice, in accordance with Rule 181 Book of Constitutions. 

7. NON-DINING OR COUNTRY MEMBERSHIP 

Any member who, for reasons acceptable to the Lodge, is not in a position to enjoy the privileges of the Lodge regularly, may, on written application to the Secretary and by resolution of the Lodge, be considered a non-dining or country member and shall pay a subscription annually in advance on 1st September of such less amount than that provided for in By-Law No.6 as the Lodge shall from time to time decide by resolution after due notice on the summons at the previous regular meeting. When attending the Lodge and dining such member shall pay the current Visitor's fee. 

8. ADMISSION OF CANDIDATES
The admission of candidates for initiation and joining shall be regulated by the provisions of Rules 157 to 166, Book of Constitutions. On the ballot for a candidate for initiation or joining two black balls shall exclude. 

NOTE: Should there be any objection to the introduction of a Candidate for Initiation, or a Brother for Joining, it is recommended that such objection be mentioned privately to the Master or Secretary who may communicate with the proposer and give him the opportunity of withdrawing his Candidate. 

9. TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
Any member desirous of terminating his member- ship of the Lodge shall tender his resignation in writing to the Secretary, or orally in open Lodge, in accordance with Rule 183, Book of Constitutions, and he shall be entitled to the Certificate mentioned in Rule 175, Book of Constitutions, stating the circumstances in which he left the Lodge. Should he at any future time wish to rejoin, he shall be subject to the rules relating to joining members. 

10. PAYMENTS FROM LODGE FUNDS
Payment of any sum exceeding £100 if for other than ordinary purposes, may be made only by resolution of the Lodge, of which notice has been given on the summons , except in a case of emergency, when such payment may be authorised by the Master and reported to the Lodge at the next regular meeting.

11. AMENDMENT OF BY-LAWS

Except as otherwise required by Rule 141, Book of Constitutions, amendment of these By-Laws or of any of them may be made only in the following manner:-

(a) Notice of Motion in writing stating the precise amendment or amendments proposed shall be given in open Lodge at a regular meeting.

(b) The Motion shall be set out on the summons for the next regular meeting or for an Emergency meeting summoned for the purpose and shall at such meeting be put to the Lodge.

(c) A resolution for amendment, of which notice shall have been given as aforesaid, shall be carried if a majority of the members voting shall vote in favour of it but it shall not be effective until approved by the Metropolitan Grand Master and by the Grand Master