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.
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 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.
of this College shall be as prescribed by the York Rite Sovereign
A. The fiscal
year of this College shall begin on I June and end on 31 May of the
A. The purposes
of this York Rite College shall be:
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.
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
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
A. The Officers
of this York Rite College by Title and Rank are:
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
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.
A. The Annual
Assembly of this York Rite College shall be held in May each year.
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.
lined-out Section A was Changed November 11, 1995 to read as follows:
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.
lined-out Sections B and C, were changed March 10, 1993 to read as
lined-out Section B was changed November 11, 1995 to read as follows:
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.
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
after his election, the Governor shall appoint Committees on:
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.
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.
A. Any Office
may be vacated in the following ways:
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).
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.
A. These Bylaws
may be amended as follows:
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