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Finance
Amendments

BY-LAWS OF THE
MASTERS, WARDENS AND SECRETARIES ASSOCIATION

Article I.
NAME

Section A - The name of this Association shall be "The Masters, Wardens and Secretaries Association, A.F. & A.M. of the 39th Masonic Districts of Texas", and this Association exists only at the will and pleasure of the Grand Lodge of Texas, acting through the Grand Master and in turn through the District Deputy Grand Masters in these Districts. top

Article II.
PURPOSE

Section A - This Association is a cooperative service organization dependent upon the Masonic Lodges of the 39th Masonic Districts of Texas for support and has no authority or right to concern itself in any manner with the business or other affairs of the Lodges of this District, or of any member thereof. All members of this Association shall retain all rights and privileges invested in them as Master Masons under the Constitution and Laws of the Grand Lodge of Texas and nothing herein shall ever be construed to restrict such rights in any manner.

Section B - The purpose of this Association shall be:

  1. To assist the District Deputy Grand Masters and members of any Grand Lodge Committee in the performance of their duties when requested.
  2. To promote a cooperative plan of attendance when all the Lodges of the 39th Masonic Districts act as host to the M:.W:. Grand Master and visiting Masons when in attendance at the annual Regional or District meetings.
  3. To foster and encourage ideas and plans determined to promoting better spirit of Brotherhood and widen acquaintances among the Brethren of this District.
  4. To promote and support educational meetings designed to bring more light to all Master Masons. top

Article III.
MEMBERSHIP

Section A - All Worshipful Masters, Wardens, Secretaries and Junior Past Masters of Lodges in the 39th Masonic Districts and Atascosa Lodge No. 379 shall by virtue of their respective offices and current sitting officers of this Association be regular members of this Association. (Amended 2010)

Section B - All Past Masters and affiliated Past Masters of Lodges in the 39th Masonic Districts and Atascosa Lodge No. 379 shall be honorary members of the Association.

Section C - Each regular member present shall be entitled to one vote in the transaction of business. Honorary members shall have no vote in the transaction of business, but may offer suggestions for consideration, and may serve on committees when properly appointed. top

Article IV.
OFFICERS

Section A - The officers of this Association shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and a Chaplain, all of whom shall be elected from the regular membership and by a majority vote of the regular members present.

Section B - No President shall succeed himself in office.

Section C - In case of the death, resignation, inability or refusal to serve of the President, the Vice-President shall assume the duties of that office until the next regular meeting of the Association at which time that office shall be filled by election. In the event a vacancy occurs in the office of Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer, the President may appoint a pro-tem officer until the next regular meeting of the Association at which time that office will be filled by election. top

Article V.
MEETINGS

Section A - Not less than four meetings shall be held per annum.

Section B - The regular meetings of this Association shall be held on the third Wednesday of each month except December. No meeting will be held in December.

Section C - The election of officers shall be held at the first regular or called meeting after June 24 but no later than July 31.

Section D - Called meetings may be held at any time on written notice mailed to all regular members by the President at least five days prior to such meeting.

Section E - Any business proper to be transacted by this Association may be transacted at either a regular or called meeting, except amendments to these By-Laws.

Section F -All meetings of this Association shall be opened and closed with prayer. top

Article VI.
ORDER OF BUSINESS

Section A - The order of business at regular or called meetings shall be as follows, unless otherwise ordered by the President:

  1. Opening Prayer
  2. Roll Call of Lodges
  3. Reading minutes of preceding meeting
  4. Reports of Committees
  5. Unfinished Business
  6. New Business
  7. Announcements
  8. Program
  9. Prayer
  10. Closing top

Article VII.
COMMITTEES

Section A - The President may appoint such committees as he deems desirable and necessary to carry out the various activities of the Association. top

Article VIII.
FINANCE

Section A - The work of this Association shall be carried on only by voluntary contributions, in a manner to be determined by the Association. top

Article IX.
AMENDMENTS

Section A - No amendments to the by-laws, either by alteration or addition, shall be made unless in the following manner:

  1. The proposed amendment must be in writing, signed by the proposers, and presented and read at a regular meeting of this Association, at which time it may be discussed and amended, if necessary.
  2. At the next regular meeting of this Association, it shall again be considered and voted upon without further amendment and approved by a two-thirds majority of the regular members present.
  3. With approval of the Grand Lodge, the proposed amendment shall become a part of the by-laws of this Association. top

The above By-Laws having been approved by the M:. W:. Grand Lodge of Texas, on the 4th day of December A.D. 2003, for adoption; this is to certify The Masters, Wardens and Secretaries Association, A.F. & A.M. of the 39th Masonic Districts of Texas, located at San Antonio, Texas, adopted the same.

By order of the Association         Kent B. Crickard               
Secretary/Treasurer

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