Phoenix Lodge No. 8's By-Laws c. 1824
Adopted March 1824
ADOPTED MARCH, 5824
Printed at the Observer Office,
By L. Bingham.
Meetings of the Lodge. - The regular meetings of this Lodge shall be held at the Lodge-Room in Fayetteville, on the First Friday in each and every month, which meetings shall be competent to transact all business of the Lodge, except conferring the several degrees.
The called meetings of thei Lodge shall be held by appointment of the master, which meetings shall be competent only to confer the several degrees whithin the charter.
The Anniversaries of St. John the Evangelist, and of St. John the Baptist, SHALL be held as FESTIVALS.
Election of Officers. - The Officers of this Lodge shall be chose at the regular meeting of December, in each and every year, by ballot, a majority of those present electing, and shall be installed on teh anniversary of St. John the Evangelist.
A quarterly committee of three members shall be appointed by the master, at the Regular Meetings of January, April, July, and October, whose duty is shall be to collect dues to the Lodge and report within their term of office.
The master and wardens of this Lodge shall be ex-officio a committee of charity for the relief of distressed brethren, who shall have power to make appropriations from the funds of the Lodge for this purpose, and whose duty it shall be to report their proceedings at every regular meeting.
Of Petitions. - Applicants for the degree of Entered Apprentice shall petition at a regular meeting in writing; which petition shall be read and filed for the consideration of the Lodge at the next regular meeting; shall then be decided by ballot, and require [an] unanimous vote to admit.
Applicants for the degree of Fellow Craft or Master, shall petition at a regular meeting, verbally through the master or wardens, which petition shall be decided by ballot and require an unanimous vote to admit.
Applications for the degree of Fellow Craft or Master shall not be considered, unless one regular meeting shall have intervened between the conferring of the foregoing degree and the application, and unless the applicant shall have been examined as to his proficiency in Masonry, by the master or wardens.
A brother wishing to become a member, shall petition at a regular meeting in writing, which petition shall be read and filed for the consideration of the Lodge at the next regular meeting, shall then be decided by ballot and require an unanimous vote to admit.
Applications for receiving a degree or for membership, shall be accompanied by the requisite fee.
Application to receive the degree shall be made by the candidate within two months after notice of his petition being acted on, and on failure thereof, the proceeding on the petition shall be void.
Indecorous or improper conduct. - It shall be a duty incumbent on the Master, to reprove, publicly, and member guilty of indecorum during the session of the Lodge, and to prefer the Lodge accusations against any member guilty of improper and unmasonic conduct, without the Lodge, on which accusation, the member accused shall be heard in his defence, and shall be punished by fine or suspension with the consent of a majority, or by expulsion, with the consent of three-fourths of the members present.
The Treasurer shall, at the regular meeting of December in each and every year, submit to the Lodge a report of his receipts and disbursements for the year preceding, and of such other matters as may appertain to his office.
Every member on his admission into the Lodge shall subscribe his name to the Bye Laws, thereby acknowledging himself bound to conform thereto.
Visitors.- Visiting brethren shall not vote on any question or petition, or exert any influence over the proceedings of the Lodge.
Visiting brethren shall be entitled to a seat in the Lodge, at the first visit without charge, at every subsequent one, on payment of the sum of 60 cents, to the secretary, except they shall have been invited by the Master or Wardens.
Tyler.- The Tyler shall not vote on any question except on an application to receive a degree, or for membership.
Re-consideration.- There shall not be more than one re-consideration of any one vote, at one and the same meeting.
The Bye Laws and amendments thereto, shall be read at the opening of every regular meeting.
No addition, diminution, or alteration, of these Bye Laws, shall be made, unless the same shall be read for the consideration of the Lodge at three successive regular meetings, and shall then and there receive the concurrence of three-fourths of the members present.
RULES OF ORDER
All written communications shall be handed first to the Worshipful Master for inspection.
A member shall not speak until he first rise and respectully address the Worshipful Master.
A member shall not speak more than twice on the same subject, except it be to explain, or by permission of the Master.
Two members rising at the same time, the master shall decide which shall first be heard.
Questions of Order shall be decided by the Master, on the call of a member seconded.
A member shall not absent himself during the session of the Lodge, but by permission of the Master.
No other than an official notice shall be given to an applicant, of the proceedings on his petition.
A degree shall not be conferred on more than three candidates, at one and the same meeting, nor shall different degrees be conferred on different persons at one and the same meeting.
PHOENIX LODGE, No. 8,
REGULAR MEETING, MARCH, A.L. 5824
Then was this Code unanimously adopted.
ESEK ARNOLD, W.M.
D. STEPHENSON, Secretary
OFFICERS AND MEMBERS
OF PHOENIX LODGE No. 8.
ESEK ARNOLD, Worshipful Master
JOHN ARMSTRONG, Senior Warden
JOSEPH AIREY, Junior Warden.
MARTIN MacPHERSON, Treasurer
DAVID STEPHENSON, Secretary
DUNCAN SMITH, Senior Deacon
ANSON BAILEY, Junior Deacon
DILLON JORDAN, Senior Steward
JOHN LUMSDEN, Tyler
COLIN MacIVER, Chaplain
John W. Wright
Charles N. Jordan
J. A. Cameron
William H. Maffit
C. J. Tooker