Article:  
Name, Number and Location
Fiscal or College Year
Purposes
Membership
College Officers
Assemblies
Fees and Dues
Committees
Defunct Colleges
Vacant Offices
Conflict Disclaimer
Amendments

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.

ARTICLE I
NAME, NUMBER AND LOCATION

A. This College shall be known as Texian York Rite College No. 60.

B. The City of San Antonio, State of Texas, shalI be the home or the usual Assembly place, of this College.

C. Jurisdiction of this College shall be as prescribed by the York Rite Sovereign College Regulations.

ARTICLE II
FISCAL OR COLLEGE YEAR

A. The fiscal year of this College shall begin on I June and end on 31 May of the following year.

ARTICLE III
PURPOSES

A. The purposes of this York Rite College shall be:

  1. To foster a spirit of cooperation and consideration among each of the Bodies of York Rite Masonry.
  2. To assist in worthy efforts to improve the ritualistic and dramatic presentation of York Rite Work.
  3. To conduct an educational program in order to inculcate greater appreciation of York Rite Masonry.
  4. To strengthen York Rite Masonry in every way possible.
  5. To build up a love of country and to aid and support genuine Patriotism.
  6. To reward outstanding service to York Rite Masonry by awards, honors and other methods of proper recognition.

ARTICLE IV
MEMBERSHIP

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 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 at 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.

E. Membership in this College shall be as follows:

  1. PRIMAL - Regular Member.
  2. DUAL - Membership in this College plus Primal Membership in a different Grand Jurisdiction.
  3. PLURAL - Membership in more than one College within this State.

F. Life (or Prepaid) Membership.

  1. General:
    1. Each of the Chartered Colleges of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America is authorized to establish a Life (or Prepaid) Membership Plan in order to establish a Prepaid Dues Plan.
    2. Each Prepaid Dues Fund shall be the property of this College. A member's dues must be current at the time of becoming a Prepaid member.
    3. The College shall not commingle any of its other assets with the Prepaid Dues Fund. The College shall in no case borrow from the Prepaid Dues Fund, pledge its assets as security, or loan any part of such Prepaid Dues Fund to any individual or private corporation.
  2. Establishment and Cost:
    1. Life Membership Plan is adopted concurrent with the adoption and approval of these Bylaws.
    2. The Life Membership cost for a member in this College shaII be an amount equal to twenty (20) times the Annual Dues for membership in this College, plus twenty (20) times the Sovereign College Per Capita Tax in effect at the time of application for Life Membership. Investment of the funds must be consistent with investment policies of the Grand Lodge of Texas, and must be approved in advance by the Grand Governor, and be reported to the Sovereign college office.

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 membership.

ARTICLE V
COLLEGE OFFICERS

A. The Officers of this York Rite College by Title and Rank are:

  1. Preeminent Governor
  2. Eminent Deputy Governor
  3. Eminent Chancellor
  4. Eminent Treasurer
  5. Eminent Secretary
  6. Noble Primate
  7. Noble Preceptor
  8. Noble Seneschal
  9. Noble Marshal
  10. Noble Sentinel

B. The first five (5) 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 (5) 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 and preside.

G. Should the Office of Governor become vacant, the Deputy Governor or Chancellor, in that order, shall succeed to the Office of Governor until the next Annual Assembly. Should a special election become necessary, the Governor General may grant his dispensation upon application.

H. The election and installation of Officers must comply fully with the applicable Sovereign College Regulations.

I. All Elected officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the members present at the Annual Assembly of this York Rite College, and shall be installed, along with the Appointed Officers, on that same date.

ARTICLE VI
ASSEMBLIES

A. The Annual Assembly of this York Rite College shall be held in May each year.

B. In addition to the Annual Assembly, there shall be three (3) Regular Assemblies held in the months of August, November and February of each year, upon written call of the York Rite Governor.

The foregoing lined-out Section B was Changed May 20, 2006, to read as follows:

B. In addition to the Annual Assembly, there shall be two (2) Regular Assemblies held in the months of August and November of each year, upon written call of the York Rite Governor.

C. The Governor may call Special Assemblies at his discretion.

D. Nine (9) Companion Knights shall constitute a quorum.

E. All Regular and Special Assemblies shall convene at such time and place as designated by the York Rite Governor in the written call. Written call of the York Rite Governor for Assemblies of the York Rite College shall be postmarked no later than ten (10) days prior to the date of the call for the Assembly.

ARTICLE VII
FEES AND DUES

A. The Fee for Membership in this College shall be $75.00 plus the prescribed fee to the College of $25.00. Total to accompany Application is $100.00.

The foregoing lined-out Section A was Changed November 11, 1995 to read as follows:

A. The Fee for Membership in this College shall be $100.00 ($75.00 plus the prescribed fee to the Sovereign College of $25.00). Total to accompany the application $100.00, and in addition any Per Capita or Special Assessment levied by the York Rite Sovereign College of North America must accompany the application.

The foregoing lined-out Section A was Changed February 9, 2002 to read as follows:

A. The Fee for Membership in this College shall be One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) plus the prescribed fee payable to the Sovereign College and any additional Per Capita or Special Assessment levied by the York Rite Sovereign College of North America. The total Membership Fee must accompany the application for membership.

B. The Annual Dues for Membership in this College shall be $7.00, plus the Sovereign College Per Capita of
$5.00 for a total of $12.00.

C. The Fee for Affiliation shall be $50.00 and shall include the current year's dues.

The foregoing lined-out Sections B and C, were changed March 10, 1993 to read as follows:

B. The Annual Dues for Membership in the College shall be $7.00, plus the Sovereign College Per Capita Tax in effect at time annual dues are due and payable.

The foregoing lined-out Section B was changed November 11, 1995 to read as follows:

B. The Annual Dues for Membership in this College shall be Fourteen Dollars ($14.00), plus the Sovereign College Per Capita Tax in effect at the time annual dues are due and payable, effective with the Collegiate Year beginning June 1, 1996.

The foregoing lined-out Section B was changed February 9, 2002 to read as follows:

B. The Annual Dues for Membership in this College shall be Thirty Dollars ($30.00), plus the Sovereign College Per Capita Tax in effect at the time the Annual Dues are due and payable.

C. The Fee for Affiliation shall be the current year's dues.

ARTICLE VIII
COMMITTEES

A. The Council shall serve as a Standing Committee on Charity, and may authorize an amount not to exceed $100.00 to relieve a worthy distressed Companion Knight.

B. Immediately after his election, the Governor shall appoint Committees on:

  1. York Rite Cooperation
  2. Membership
  3. Finance
  4. Degree Teams
  5. Entertainment
  6. York Rite Reception

C. The Council shall serve as an Executive Committee and shall have authority to approve disbursements of College Funds in a sum not to exceed $200.00 in furtherance of the Purposes of the York Rite College enumerated in Article III of these Bylaws. The Council shall have the power to consider all the affairs of the business of the York Rite College between the Assemblies thereof. A Quorum of the Council shall consist of a majority of the Members of the Council, and shall meet upon the call of the York Rite Governor or upon the Petition of at least three (3) members of the Council.

ARTICLE IX
DEFUNCT COLLEGES

If this College shall cease to exist, except for the purposes of consolidation, the Governor and the 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 the order of the Governor General.

ARTICLE X
VACANT OFFICES

A. Any Office may be vacated in the following ways:

  1. Death.
  2. Inability or refusal to serve.
  3. Temporary or permanent suspension.
  4. Expulsion from the order.
  5. Loss of prerequisite membership.

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., A-2, above).

ARTICLE XI
CONFLICT DISCLAIMER

A. Anything contained herein that is in conflict with the spirit and intent of the Sovereign College Constitution and Bylaws, together with the guidelines of the Governor General and the Board of Directors, is hereby declared to be null and void.

ARTICLE XII
AMENDMENTS

A. These Bylaws may be amended as follows:

  1. The written proposal to amend shall identify the ARTICLE, Section, Page and line(s) to be deleted, amended or replaced.
  2. It shall identify the New Amendment by ARTICLE, Section and Page.
  3. It shall quote the new language exactly.
  4. It must be received and passed by a majority vote at a Regular Assembly or a Special Assembly called for that purpose.
  5. It must then lay over, due notice given the membership (ARTICLE VI-E), and adopted by a 2/3 majority vote at a subsequent Assembly.
  6. It must be properly signed and submitted, in triplicate to the Secretary General for the Governor General's signature.

The foregoing Bylaws of this York Rite College, except where amended, as shown, were approved on June 2, 1987 by Howard Paul Bennett, the then Governor General, and such approval is on file in the Official Records of this College.

The amended ARTICLE, as shown, of the foregoing Bylaws, was approved on the date shown (March 10, 1993) by the then Governor General, Roy E. Van Delinder, Jr. and authenticated approved by the Governor General and Secretary General, Henry A. Montague, on March 15, 1993, This approval is also on file in the Official Records of this College.

Frank E. Draper, Jr.
Secretary

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