of Texas Chapel No. 54

1. Place and Dates of Convocation
2. Election of Officers and Installation
3. Candidates
4. Fees and Subscriptions
5. Treasurer
6. Payment from Chapel Funds
7. Arrears of Subscription
8. Secretary
9. Chapel Committees and Election of Examiners of Accounts
10. Resignation
11. Chapel Effects
12. Alteration of By-Laws
13. Presentation of By-Laws
14. Amendments to By-Laws

1. Place and Dates of Convocation.
The Chapel shall meet semi-annually at the Scottish Rite Cathedral located at 308 Avenue E at 4th Street in San Antonio, Texas on the 1st Saturday of March and the 2nd Saturday of October, at such time as the Worthy Master shall direct. top

2. Election of Officers and Installation.
The Master shall be elected by the will of the assembled Knights and the Treasurer shall be elected by Proposition, both elections occurring at the Installation Meeting held on the 1st Saturday of March. The Master-elect shall be Installed immediately and will appoint and invest the Prior and other Officers and invest the Treasurer. The Sentry shall be elected by a show of hands at the Regular Meeting occurring 2nd Saturday of October. top

3. Candidates.
The Election of candidates for admission, joining or rejoining shall be by ballot, two black balls shall exclude.  top

4. Fees and Subcsriptions.
The Annual subscription payable in advance on January 1st and the Admission fees and fees for joining and re-joining, shall be such sums as are determined from time to time by resolution in Open Chapel after due notice on the Summons. The amounts shall include all fees and dues payable to the Grand Master’s Council, the Grand Preceptor's Council and any payment or financial liability incurred by the Chapel and / or candidate for membership. top

5. Treasurer.
The Treasurer shall receive all fees, dues etc., and shall deposit them in the name of the Chapel in a bank, building society or other financial institution approved by the Chapel. He shall pay all accounts, and shall, at the Installation Meeting occurring on the 1st Saturday in March present a duly examined balance sheet of the Chapel accounts made up to December 31st of the calendar year together with a statement of income and expenditure for the period ending on that date.  top

6. Payment from Chapel Funds.
Payment of any sum exceeding $250.00 if for other than ordinary purposes, may be made, only by resolution of the Chapel, of which notice has been given on the summons, except in the case of emergency, when such payment may be authorised by the Worthy Master and reported to the Chapel at the next Regular Meeting.  top

7. Arrears of Subscription. (these start from the beginning of the financial year)
A member whose current subscription is in arrears as of December 31st of the prior year, shall not hold Office in the Chapel. If he be more than 12 months in arrears, he will be advised in writing that if his subscription is not paid by the chapel's financial year-end December 31st he may be excluded.  top

8. Secretary.
The Secretary shall keep Minutes of proceedings of the Chapel and separately, of any Chapel Committee. He shall issue summons for all Chapel meetings, at least fourteen days in advance, to every member of the Chapel.   top

9. Chapel Committee and Election of Examiners of Accounts.
The Chapel committee shall consist of the Master, Prior, Treasurer, Secretary, subscribing Past Masters of and in the Chapel and two Knights elected at the Regular Meeting occurring on the 2nd Saturday of October. Two Examiners of Accounts shall be elected annually at this same Meeting. top

10. Resignation.
A brother wishing to resign from the Chapel shall give notice, either in Open Chapel, or by letter to the Secretary and, on payment of all dues shall be entitled to a Clearance Certificate. top

11. Chapel Effects.
The jewel and furniture of the chapel are the property of the Master and Eminent Prior for the time being, in trust for the members. The Warrant of Constitution is the property of the Grand Master, and the Master shall be responsible for its safe custody, and shall produce it at every meeting of the Chapel. In the event of the erasure or dissolution of the Chapel, the Warrant, Jewels, Furniture and any other effects shall be surrendered to the Grand Master's Council. top

12. Alteration of By-Laws.
Notice of motion of any alteration of, or addition to, these by-laws must be given at one meeting. They shall appear on the Summons for the next Meeting and, if approved, the alterations or additions shall be submitted for countersignature to the Grand Preceptor and to the Most Worthy Grand Master for approval, and shall not be effective until so approved. top

13. Presentation of By-Laws.
A copy of these By-Laws shall be presented to each new member of the Chapel and to the Master at his Installation.

Approval

At the Consecration of Texas Chapel No. 54, on the 28th Day of May, 2006, the following FEES, DUES and ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION applied:

Admission Fee: $200.00      Re-Joining Fee: $40.00
Joining Fee: $40.00            Annual Subscription: $40.00    top


14. Amendments to Bylaws of Texas Chapel No. 54

1. Place and Dates of Convocation. The Chapel shall meet semi-annually at the Scottish Rite Cathedral located at 308 Avenue E at 4th Street in San Antonio, Texas on the 4th Saturday of March and the 2nd Saturday of October, at such time as the Worthy Master shall direct. March 7, 2009.

2. Election of Officers and Installation.
The Master shall be elected by the will of the assembled Knights and the Treasurer shall be elected by Proposition, both elections occurring at the Installation Meeting held on the 4th Saturday of March. The Master-elect shall be Installed immediately and will appoint and invest the Prior and other Officers and invest the Treasurer. The Sentry shall be elected by a show of hands at the Regular Meeting occurring 2nd Saturday of October. March 7, 2009. top

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