FAIRFIELD LODGE #206
A. F. & A. M.
(REVISED AS OF APRIL 5, 2010)
Section 1. This lodge shall be known by the name of “Fairfield Lodge #206 A. F. & A. M.”
Section 1. The stated communications shall be held at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month. Stated communications shall be held at the lodge hall in Fairfield, Wayne County, Illinois.
Section 2. The first stated communication of December in each year shall be the annual communication.
Section 1. The elective officers shall be a Worshipful Master, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer and Secretary.
Section 2. The appointed officers shall be a Senior Deacon, Junior Deacon, Chaplain, Marshall, two Stewards and Tiler.
Section 3. The Worshipful Master, Senior Warden and Junior Warden shall be ex-officio the Trustees of the lodge.
Elections and Appointments
Section 1. The elective officers shall be separately chosen by ballot at the annual communication of each year. A majority of the whole number of votes cast shall be necessary to a choice. The officers named in Section 2, ARTICLE III shall be appointed by the Worshipfull Master-elect previous to installation.
Section 2. The officers thus elected and appointed shall be installed as soon thereafter as convenient to serve until their successors are duly elected and installed.
Section 3. The Worshipful Master-elect, at the annual installation shall appoint a Grievance Committee consisting of three members to serve until their successors are appointed.
Section 4. No Mason not a member of this lodge shall be eligible to any office therein, except that of Tiler.
Duties of Officers
Section 1. The Worshipful Master in addition to what is required by the ancient regulations of Masonry, as set forth in ARTICLE VII, Part Second Grand Lodge By Laws, may determine the order of business and of labor, and shall regulate all debates and the conduct of members and visitors in the lodge. He shall have the custody of the Lodge Charter and general supervision of the hall and furniture. He shall be ex-officio a member of all committees. He shall see that the work and lectures used in the lodge conform as exactly possible to the standard already established by the Grand Lodge of Illinois for which the Grand Master provides instructions as directed in ARTICLE XV of the Grand Lodge Constitution.
Section 2. The duties of the Wardens and other officers shall be as are specified in ARTICLE VIII, Part Second, Grand Lodge By Laws.
Section 3. The Treasurer shall have charge of the money and other physical property of the lodge; shall keep regular and accurate accounts of all lodge moneys received by him; shall pay all legal debts of the lodge; shall invest all surplus funds in such securities as the lodge or Trustees may direct; shall at all times hold the accounts, vouchers, funds and securities subject to the inspection of the Worshipful Master, Trustee of authorized committee and shall make a detailed report of the receipts and expenditures at each annual communication or more often if requested by the Worshipful Master, Trustee or committee.
Section 4. The Secretary shall keep a true and correct record of the proceedings of the lodge properly to be written; shall preserve in appropriate files all papers and documents relating thereto; shall keep separate accounts with each member of the lodge; shall conduct the lodge correspondence under the direction of the Worshipful Master; shall issue all summons and notices when directed; shall make the necessary returns to the Grand Lodge; shall record in the minutes the names of all members in attendance at each stated communication; shall receive all moneys paid into the lodge, record the items and amounts in the minutes of each communication and pay these over to the treasurer without delay, taking his receipt therefore; shall keep a complete register of the members showing dates of initiation, passing and raising or affiliation, also withdrawal, deaths, expulsion or suspension; shall notify all committees of matters referred to them, and all petitions of their election or rejection; shall have custody of the Lodge Seal and affix the same to all documents requiring verification, and make a full report of all his doings at each annual communication.
Section 5. The Secretary and Treasurer shall give bonds to such accounts, with such sureties, and upon such conditions as shall be directed and approved by the Trustees.
Section 6. The Tiler, in addition to his well known and indispensable services, shall serve all summons and notices, and perform such other duties as are required by the Worshipful Master; shall preserve strict order in his department during the sessions of the lodge; shall have charge of the hall, furniture and clothing, under the direction of the Worshipful Master, and shall cause them to be always kept in proper order for the transaction of business and comfort of the brethren.
Section 7. The Secretary shall receive $20.00 for his services for each communication.
Section 8. The Trustees shall hold all lodge property in Trust. They shall examine and adjust all accounts, claims and demands against the lodge, or held by the lodge against any member or other person; shall examine the report on the accounts and vouchers of the Treasurer and Secretary regarding the safe keeping of the fiscal property of the lodge; shall examine and audit the annual reports of the Treasurer and Secretary, and report thereon, and shall render a full report of their doings and financial condition of the lodge at each annual communication.
Section 9. The Trustees shall be a Committee for the relief of distressed Masons, their widows and orphans, to whom all applicants for such assistance may referred, with the power to act. They shall have the authority to draw from the Treasurer for such relief not exceeding One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) for any one case, reporting all expenditures at the next stated communication of the lodge thereafter. In case of the sickness of a brother, they may provide such comforts, medical assistance, watchers, etc. as they deem expedient.
Section 1. Membership in the lodge may be acquired and can be terminated only as prescribed in ARTICLE X, Part Second, Grand Lodge By Laws.
Section 2. All petitions for the degrees or for membership shall conform to the provisions of ARTICLE XII and XIII, Part Second, Grand Lodge By Laws. Every petition for the degrees shall be accompanied by the fee for the degree of Entered Apprentice, but the fee shall be returned to the petitioner without delay if he be rejected. The balloting on all petitions for the degrees or for membership shall be as directed in ARTICLE XIV, Part Second, Grand Lodge By Laws.
Section 3. Any candidate failing to attend for initiation or affiliation within one year after his election, shall forfeit his election, and must petition again before he can be initiated or affiliated. This new petition shall be subject to the same rules as govern original petitions.
Fee and Dues
Section 1. The fees for the degree in this lodge shall be set as of August 19, 1996 as follows:
For the degree of Entered Apprentice $35.00
For the degree of Fellowcraft $30.00
For the degree of Master Mason $35.00
Fee for affiliation $25.00
Fees of the lodge may be increased only after due notice to the membership of such changes and a majority vote of the members present at the stated communication.
Section 2. The dues of each member of this lodge shall be set as of July 1, 2010 at $40.00 plus the annual assessment of the Grand Lodge of Illinois, A.F.&A.M. Annual dues of this lodge may be increased only after due notice to the membership of such changes and a majority vote of the members present at the stated communication.
Section 3. A majority vote of the members present at a stated communication and a notice thereof in writing presented at a previous stated communication shall be a requisite to the remitting of any dues. Provided that at the first stated communication in March of each year such action may be had without such previous notice; and provided further that no dues shall be remitted, except for the year during which said notice is given or for previous year.
Section 4. Any member whose dues are not paid for two consecutive years or remitted at the first stated communication in December, shall be notified in writing to pay the same on or before the first stated communication in February following, which shall be considered the first notice as required in SECTION 4, ARTICLE VIII, Part Third of the Grand Lodge By Laws.
Section 5. Any member who neglects or refuses to make answer to such notice and whose dues are not paid or remitted at the first stated communication in February shall be notified to appear at the first stated communication in March following, which shall be considered the second notice as required in SECTION 4, ARTICLE VIII, Part Third, Grand Lodge By Laws.
Section 6. If said dues are not paid or remitted at the first stated communication in March, the lodge may at once proceed to discipline the delinquent member as provided in SECTION 5, ARTICLE VIII, Part Third, Grand Lodge By Laws.
Section 7. If from any cause the action contemplated by SECTION 6 of this ARTICLE be not taken at the first communication in March, such action may be taken at the next stated communication, the notices required by SECTION 4 and 5 of the ARTICLE shall have been given, no other notice being required to make such action legal.
Section 1. Any resolution or edict of the Grand Lodge which has the effect to alter any part of these By Laws shall be deemed an amendment without any action of the lodge.
Section 2. No part of these By Laws shall be otherwise repealed, altered, suspended or amended, unless a proposition in writing shall have been presented at a stated communication at least one month previous, and two-thirds of the members present shall vote in favor of said proposition.
Order of Business
Section 1. The order of business at each stated communication shall be as follows, unless changed at the direction of the Worshipful Master:
1. Reading and approving minutes
2. Reports and referring petitions
3. Reports of committees
6. Unfinished business
7. New business
8. Offering resolutions