Lodge By-Laws

  1. Place & Date of Meeting. The Lodge shall meet at the Masonic Hall, Church Hill, Selby, North Yorkshire and shall hold regular meetings on the second Friday in January, February, March, April, May, June, October, November and December and the third Friday in September in each year at such hour as the Master shall direct.
  2. Election & Installation Meetings. The Master and Treasurer shall be elected by Ballot at the regular meeting in April. The Master Elect shall be installed at the regular meeting in May.
  3. Election of Tyler. Subject to the provisions of Rule 113, Book of Constitutions, the Tyler shall be elected by show of hands at the regular meeting in April.
  4. The Lodge Committee. The Lodge Committee shall consist of the Master, Wardens, Past Masters of (and in) the Lodge, Treasurer, Secretary, Assistant Secretary and three Master Masons to be elected annually by the Lodge at the regular meeting in April. The Committee shall consider and report to the Lodge on all proposals for membership and on any matters specially referred to it by the Lodge. Seven members of the committee shall form a quorum.
  5. Audit Committee & Annual Accounts. The Audit Committee shall consist of two members of the Lodge who shall be elected annually by the Lodge at the regular meeting in April. The accounts shall be made up to 31st May in each year and shall be presented to the Lodge, duly audited, at the regular meeting in October. A copy of the accounts and of the Audit Committees certificate that all balances have been checked and that the  Accounts have been audited shall be sent to all members with the summons convening the meeting.
  6. Fees & Annual Subscriptions. The Initiation Fee shall be sixty pounds, the Joining Fee thirty pounds and the re-Joining Fee thirty pounds, such fees to be exclusive of subscription. In addition to these fees the candidate shall pay to the Lodge such registration fees as are payable to Grand Lodge and, if applicable, Provincial Grand Lodge together with any tax thereon, and the candidate shall, before becoming a member, be informed of the total amount due. The annual subscription due and payable in advance on 1st June in each year, and exclusive of dining fees, shall be of such amount as the Lodge shall, from time to time, decide by resolution after notice in the summons at the previous regular meeting. The fees for members and visitors for dining shall be ‘at cost’’. The Secretary’s services shall be deemed equivalent to payment of subscription. Any member whose subscription is unpaid atthe date of the September meeting shall beliable to be excluded from the Lodge, afterdue notice, in accordance with Rule 181,Book of Constitutions.
  7. Country Membership. Any member who, for reasons acceptable to the Lodge, is not in a position to enjoy the privileges of the Lodge regularly may, on written application to the Secretary and by resolution of the Lodge, be considered a country member and shall pay a subscription annually in advance on 1st June in each year of such less amount than that provided by By-Law No.6 as the Lodge shall from time to time decide by resolution after notice on the summons at the previous regular Lodge meeting. When attending the Lodge and dining, such members shall pay the current dining fee.
  8. Admission of Candidates. The admission of Candidates for initiation or Joining shall be regulated by the provisions of Rules,157 to 166, Book of Constitutions. On the ballot for a candidate for initiation or joining two black balls shall exclude.
  9. Termination of membership. Any member desirous of terminating his membership of the Lodge shall tender his resignation in writing to the Secretary, or orally in the open Lodge in accordance with Rule 183, Book of  Constitutions, and shall be entitled to the certificate mentioned in Rule 175, Book of Constitutions, stating the circumstances in which he left the lodge.   Should he at any future wish to rejoin, he shall be subject to the rules relating to joining members.
  10. Payment from Lodge Funds.  Payment of any sum exceeding £250 if for other than ordinary purposes, may be made only by resolution of the Lodge, of which notice has been given on the summons, except in the case of emergency when such payment may be authorised by the Master and reported to the Lodge at the next regular meeting.
  11. Amendment of By-Laws. Except as otherwise required by Rule 141, Book of Constitutions, amendment of these By-Laws or of any of them may be made only in the following manner:-
  • Notice in Motion in writing stating the precise amendment proposed shall be given in open Lodge at a regular meeting.
  • The Motion shall be set out on the summons for the next regular meeting or for an Emergency meeting summoned for the purpose, and shall at such meeting be put to the Lodge.
  • A resolution for amendment, of which notice shall have been given as aforesaid, shall be carried if a majority of the members voting shall vote in favour of it, but it shall not be effective until approved by the Provincial Grand Master, and if not in accordance with the Model By-Laws issued from time to time on behalf of the Grand Master, by the Grand Master also.

Should there be any objection to the introduction of a Candidate for Initiation, or a Brother for Joining, it is recommended that such objection be mentioned privately to the Master or Secretary who may communicate with the proposer and give him the opportunity of withdrawing his Candidate.