The Uniform Code of Bylaws contains those basic elements of the Constitution, Bylaws and Uniform Code of Bylaws of the York Rite Sovereign College that every York Rite College must have in its Bylaws. Options consistent with the Sovereign College Regulations have been added as permitted by the Uniform Code of Bylaws and approved by the Governor General.
This York Rite College hereby declares its fealty to the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, and to the York Rite Sovereign College of North America.
A. This College shall be known as Texas York Rite College No. 14.
B. The City of Waco, State of Texas, shalI be the home or the usual Assembly place, of this College.
C. There shall
be no jurisdiction within the State of Texas.
A. The fiscal
year of this College shall begin on 1 June and end on 31 May of the
A. The purposes of this York Rite College shall be:
A. Membership shall be limited to Regular Members who are in good standing in a Symbolic Lodge of Master Masons, a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, a Council of Cryptic Masons and a Commandery, or Preceptory, of Knights Templar, and who are actively engaged in working for the York Rite.
B. The Council, acting as a Screening Committee, shall consider all Proposals for membership and cause them to be presented to the Assembly or be filed by the Secretary, but a majority vote of the Assembly can bring a Proposal up for ballot if he qualifies by "A" above.
C. Membership in this College shall be by invitation only.
D. Any member in good standing may recommend an eligible York Rite Mason for membership on the Proposal form provided for that purpose.
in this College shall be as follows:
F. Life (or Prepaid) Membership.
G. A unanimous
vote of those members present at a Regular Assembly, or a Special
Assembly called for that purpose shall be necessary for election to
A. The Officers of this York Rite College by Title and Rank are:
B. The first five shall be elected at or before the Annual Assembly.
C. The Governor shall make all appointments.
D. The term of office shall be one year, or until a successor is duly installed.
E. The five Elected Officers shall constitute the Council of this College.
F. It shall
be the duty and privilege of the Governor to preside at all Assemblies
of the College. In his absence, the Deputy Governor, Chancellor, or
the Junior Past Governor present, in that order, will open the College
H. The election
and installation of Officers must comply fully with applicable Sovereign
A. The dates of Assemblies shall be fixed by the By-laws of the College (Section 104 of Constitution, York Rite Sovereign College of North America).
B. The Annual Assembly of this York Rite College shall be held on the second Saturday of May.
C. There shall be a minimum of two Assemblies per College year including the Annual Assembly.
D. The fixed date of the second Assembly shall be the Sunday before Grand Chapter and Grand Council immediately following the Grand Governors meeting. Amended February 5, 2012.
E. Other regular Assemblies may be at the call of the Governor.
F. The Governor may call Special Assemblies at his discretion providing due notice is sent to the membership.
G. Nine (9) Companion Knights shall constitute a Quorum
H. Due Notice
shall be given of all Assemblies
A. The fee for membership in this College shall be One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) plus any special assessment levied by the Sovereign College of North America. Should the Sovereign College increase the amount the College must pay for each initiate then the membership fee would be increased by that amount. Amended February 5, 2012.
B. The annual dues for membership in this College shall be Twenty Dollars ($20.00) more than the Per Capita and/or special assessment charged by the Sovereign College of North America. Amended February 5, 2012.
C. The fee to transfer into this College shall be Fifty dollars ($50.00). Amended February 5, 2012.
A. The Council
shall serve as a Standing Committee on Charity and may authorize an
amount not to exceed fifty dollars to relieve a worthy distressed
B. Immediately after his election, the Governor shall appoint Committees on:
If this College shall cease to exist, except for the purpose of consolidation, the Governor and Secretary shall within thirty (30) days thereafter; transmit to the Secretary General of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America all books., papers, rituals, jewels, seals, robes, all paraphernalia and all other property or Funds, or evidence thereof, together with the Charter unless the same has been arrested or removed by order of the Governor General.
A. Any Office may be vacated in the following ways:
B. Appointed Officers serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
C. The Grand
Governor may suspend an Elected Officer failing to properly fulfill
the duties of his office. (e.g., 2. above).
contained herein that is in conflict with the spirit and intent of
the Sovereign College Constitution and Laws, together with the guidelines
of the Governor General and the Board of Directors, is hereby declared
to be null and void.
A. These Bylaws may be amended as follows:
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