Corinthian #57 in Orange

 

Warrant: 1/16/1861


Preamble
Forasmuch as without order and decorum, harmony cannot be preserved. Nor the business of Freemasonry be property conducted. We therefore the Brethren of Corinthian Lodge No. 57 at a Communication held on Friday Evening March 1st 1861 do adopt the following By-Laws as the best calculated to insure the high objects of the Order.

By-Laws
Article I
Regular Communications

Sec 1
The regular communications of this Lodge shall be held on the first and third Friday evenings of each month.
The hours of opening from April 1st to October 1st shall be 7 1/2 o clock, and for the remainder of the year 7 o clock P.M.

Sec 2
Special communications may be called by the Master.
No business shall be transacted at such special communication, except that for which it was called.

Article II
Officers

Sec 1
The officers of this Lodge shall consist of Worshipful Master, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, Secretary, Senior Deacon, Junior Deacon, two Stewarts, and Tyler, all of whom shall be elected by ballot except the Stewarts who shall be appointed by the Master. The Master may also, at his discretion, appoint a Chaplain.

Sec 2
No member in arrears for dues shall be entitled to vote at said election, or be eligible to office.

Sec 3
The duties of the several officers shall be in accordance with the provisions of the constitution and the ancient charges and usages of the order. In addition to the duties of the Secretary prescribed by the constitution, he shall make a statement of the balance due from each member at the first Regular Communication in December, March, June and September, and at the first Regular Communication in December and whenever required by the Lodge also make a full Report. Showing the full amount of his receipts, from what source received and the amount due, and whenever a candidate has been rejected in this Lodge, or a brother suspended or expelled, he shall give notice thereof to Union Lodge No. 11, and such other Lodges as shall be judged necessary - and for the faithful discharge of his duties shall receive fifty cents for such attendance upon a communication of the Lodge, and also be exempt from paying dues.

Sec 4
In addition to the duties of the Treasurer prescribed by the constitution, he shall at the first Regular Communication in December and whenever required make a detailed report of the financial affairs of the Lodge, showing the amount of his receipts and expenditures and the balance on hand.

Article III
Committees

Sec 1
There shall be two Standing Committees of this Lodge, viz. a committee of Charity and a Finance Committee.

Sec 2
The committee of Charity shall consist of the Master and Wardens; whose duty it shall be to dispense the benevolence of the Lodge, as to relieve in the most speedy and practical manner a distressed worthy Master Mason, his wife, widow or orphan child. Said committee shall have power at all times to draw upon the Treasurer trough their chairman (the Master) for a sum not exceeding five dollars at one time.

Sec 3
The Finance Committee shall consist of three members, to be appointed by the Master, on the night of his installation, or as soon as practicable thereafter.
The duties of said committee shall be to examine the report books, vouchers, etc of the Treasurer and Secretary from time to time as presented and make a report in writing at the Second Regular Communication in December and whenever required by the Lodge.
They shall also examine and audit all bills, accounts and claims that may be presented to by the Lodge for payment and report upon the same; nor shall any account be allowed by the Lodge until so examined and reported upon.

Sec 4
All committees whether standing or special, except the committee on Charity, shall be appointed by the Master.

Article IV
Application for Membership

Sec 1
No person is eligible to become a Freemason and a member of this Lodge unless he be of mature age, free from bondage, having the senses of a man, of good moral character, not deformed or dismembered, and endowed with an estate, office, trade, occupation, or some visible means of acquiring an honest livelihood as becomes the members of this ancient and honorable fraternity.

Sec 2
Petitions for initiation or affiliation shall be in writing, stating the age, residence, place of birth and occupation of the applicant, signed by him and recommended by a member of this Lodge - The petition must be accompanied by a deposit fee of ten dollars for initiation - or three dollars for affiliation.

Sec 3
The petition of each candidate for initiation or affiliation shall be referred to a special committee for the purpose of investigating his moral character and qualifications; who shall report thereon at the 2nd regular communication thereafter when a ballot shall be had - should there be but one black ball, the lodge shall ballot a second time, but should there still appear a black ball, the candidate shall be rejected and his deposit fee returned.

Sec 4
Any person elected in this Lodge failing to present himself for initiation within three months, his deposit fee shall be forfeited, and his election be declared null and void.

Article V
Fees and Dues

Sec 1
The fee for Initiation shall be twenty dollars, the whole amount of which must be paid before the candidate can receive the Master Masons degree.

Sec 2
The fee for affiliation of a Master Mason shall be three dollars.

Sec 3
The dues of each member shall be three dollars per anum payable quarterly, viz. on the first regular communication in December, March, June and September, any member who shall be in arrears for six months shall not be entitled to speak or vote on any question and be liable to suspension by vote of the Lodge.

Article VI
Unmasonic Conduct

Sec 1
Unmasonic conduct is hereby defined to be any act which contravenes any clause of the by-Laws of this Lodge, any constitutional rule or Edict of the Grand Lodge or any requisition of the ancient Rules and Regulations of Masonry.

Sec 2
If any member shall disclose the rejection of any candidate by this Lodge to any person except the candidate himself or to a Master Mason, he shall be deemed guilty of unmasonic conduct and be subject to be dealt with accordingly and if a visiting brother shall presume to make such disclosure he shall thereafter be excluded from this Lodge. Whenever a rejection occurs, it shall be the duty of the Master to cause this section to be read immediately after balloting.

Sec 3
No member of this Lodge shall be suspended (except for nonpayment of dues) or expelled until after due trial upon charges in writing specifying the offense deposited with the Junior Warden, whose duty it shall be to prefer the same against the brother so charged; and the accused shall be allowed reasonable time and opportunity to make his defense.

Sec 4
When charges have been preferred against a member or members of this Lodge, it shall be the duty of the Master to appoint three or more disinterested members of the Lodge a committee to investigate the charges, who shall appoint a time and place for the trial, most convenient for those interested and summon the party or parties and witnesses. After due investigation of all the facts of the case, the committee shall found their judgment thereof, give notice to the party or parties interested and make a report together with the testimony taken by them tot he Lodge at a Regular Communication - and the discussion of the Lodge upon such report shall be final unless an appeal be taken therefrom to the Grand Lodge within six months. In which case it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Lodge upon receiving notice of such appeal to transmit said report with the testimony to the Grand Secretary.

Sec 5
No brother suspended from this Lodge can be restored to membership without giving one months previous notice in writing to the Lodge of his desire to be reinstated, paying his indebtedness if any to the time of his suspension and receiving a majority vote of the members present.

Article VII
Amendments

Sec 1
No alteration or amendment shall be made to these By-Laws unless proposed in writing, read before the Lodge, and laid on the table until the next Regular Communication when, if two thirds of the members present vote in favor of such alteration or amendment, it shall be adopted.

Sec 2
Any action or edict of the Grand Lodge conflicting with these By-Laws has the effect of an amendment, without any action on the part of the Lodge.