|Of The Chapter and Its Convocations|
|Of Officers and Elections|
|Of Degrees, Candidates and Membership|
|Of Fees and Dues|
|Of Suspension and Expulsion|
|Of General Provisions|
|Of Amendments of Bylaws|
SECTION 1. This Chapter shall
be styled, "San Antonio Chapter No. 381, Royal Arch Masons,"
under the jurisdiction of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas.
SECTION 2. The Stated Convocations
of this Chapter shall be held in the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Avenue
E. and Fourth Street, San Antonio, Texas, on the first Wednesday of
June, September, December, and March; at 7:00 pm at which time petitions
for degrees or membership shall be received, all reports of committees
on such petitions shall take place, and the usual business of the Chapter
SECTION 3. Called Convocations
may be held when deemed necessary by the High Priest, or in his absence
by the Excellent King or Excellent Scribe, successively, at which no
other business shall be transacted except that for which the call was
SECTION 1. The officers of
this chapter shall be those specified in the laws of the Grand Royal
Arch Chapter of Texas for subordinate chapters, and none other.
SECTION 2. The Most Excellent
High Priest, Excellent King, Excellent Scribe, Treasurer and Secretary
shall be elected by ballot at the last Stated Convocation preceding
June 24 of each year, and shall be installed on the 24th of June, or
as soon as practicable, and prior to the 1st day of August. A majority
of all votes cast shall be necessary to elect these officers; all other
officers shall be appointed by the Most Excellent High Priest-elect.
SECTION 3. It shall be the
duty of the Most Excellent High Priest, as presiding officer, to maintain
order, to decide all questions of Masonic law or usage pertaining to
Royal Arch Masonry, to see that all the officers of the Chapter faithfully
perform their respective duties, and that the Constitution, Resolutions
and Edicts of the Grand Chapter and the By-Laws, Rules and Regulations
of this Chapter are strictly enforced and obeyed, fill vacancies in
the offices of the Chapter by appointments pro-tem, and generally do
those things pertaining and common to the first officer as specified
in Grand Chapter Law with particular reference to Articles 235 and 236
SECTION 4. In case of absence,
death or disability of the Most Excellent High Priest, his duties shall
devolve upon the Excellent King, and in his absence by the Excellent
Scribe; and in case all of the first three officers are absent at a
Stated Convocation, the last Past High Priest of this Chapter present,
being still a member, may open, and preside therein, or may request
any Past High Priest to do so.
SECTION S. The Most Excellent
High Priest, Excellent King and Excellent Scribe shall be a Standing
Committee whose duty it shall be to take care that the funds are regularly
accounted for and disposed of for the benefit of the Chapter; to see
that the Secretary makes his returns to the Grand Chapter and transmits
all dues in season; and also in case of appeal for aid from a Companion
in distress, or other object of charity, they shall inform themselves
of the merit of the case and may draw any sum not exceeding twenty five
dollars ($25.00) for the relief of such, and report the same to the
Chapter at the next Stated Convocation. They shall dispense the charities
of the Chapter in such manner as the members, by vote shall direct.
SECTION 6. The Most Excellent
High Priest shall at the time of his installation, or as soon as practicable,
appoint a Finance Committee consisting of three qualified members, who
shall annually, examine and audit the books, accounts and reports of
the Treasurer and Secretary and shall make a detailed report to the
Chapter on the state of their accounts. The annual audit shall be made
as soon as practicable and a report shall be submitted to the Chapter
at a Stated Convocation not later than October first following.
SECTION 7. The Treasurer
shall hold all obligations which are the property of the Chapter, and
collect the same when directed by the Most Excellent High Priest, the
Standing Committee or the Chapter; hold all deeds and other evidence
of ownership of property of the Chapter; receive all monies from the
Secretary, giving his receipt therefor keeping a correct account of
the same, to be exhibited to the Chapter when directed; pay all demands
against the Chapter when signed by the High Priest and countersigned
by the Secretary, or when consistent with the laws; and report the state
of the funds at a Stated Convocation next succeeding the 24 day of June
each year and more often if required by the Chapter or the Most Excellent
SECTION 8. The Secretary
shall keep all books, papers, the seal and all like property of the
Chapter; keep a full, correct and regular record of all things proper
to be written; keep all accounts of the Chapter with each member and
others; receive all monies due the Chapter, and pay over the same to
the Treasurer, taking his receipt therefor; keep a record of all delinquencies,
suspensions, expulsions and rejections; and report the state of his
accounts and the amount due from each member at the last stated Convocation
before the 24th. day of June. He shall, prior to the 1st day of August,
transmit to the Grand Chapter a return of the officers elected, appointed
and installed, together with such information and data as may be called
for in the forms furnished by the Grand Secretary, and also transmit
with said returns all money due from this Chapter to the Grand Chapter.
He shall see that there is sufficient supply of all forms, stationary
and office supplies as needed by the Chapter. As compensation for his
services he shall receive the sum of seventy five dollars ($75.00) per
SECTION 1. The degrees conferred
in this Chapter shall be only those authorized by the Grand Royal Arch
Chapter of Texas.
SECTION 2. A Master Mason
in good standing and of sufficient attainment in the first three degrees,
residing in the State of Texas, who may wish to receive the degrees
as conferred in this Chapter shall make his desire known by a petition
in writing, which shall be recommended by two members and duly presented
at a stated Convocation, or at a Special Convocation, called for the
purpose. Every petition shall be accompanied by the fees, otherwise
it shall not be considered duly presented.
SECTION 3. If the candidate
be unanimously elected, he shall be advanced, passed, received and exalted
as soon as may be convenient under the regulations governing the conferring
of the several degrees.
SECTION 4. All candidates
who may be exalted in this Chapter shall be deemed members thereof unless
the degrees are conferred upon the request of some other Chapter of
Royal Arch Masons.
SECTION 5. Any Royal Arch
Mason applying for affiliation in this Chapter shall present his petition
in writing, accompanied by a demit or certificate in lieu thereof, and
recommended by two members of the Chapter, at a stated Convocation or
a Called Convocation by unanimous consent of all members present and
otherwise comply with Grand Chapter law.
SECTION 6. The ballot for
candidates for degrees or for affiliation shall be taken in the Chapter
and in no case shall any candidate for degrees or affiliation be declared
elected unless there be as many as five ballots cast on the application.
SECTION 1. The fees for the Capitular Degrees shall be $50.00, which sum shall accompany the petition. The fee, or any part thereof, cannot be remitted or donated either directly or indirectly, by vote of the Chapter. See Grand Chapter Law, Article 261. The local Council Royal and Select Masters fee is $25.00, and shall accompany the Chapter and Council petitions. No fee shall be charged for affiliation.
SECTION 2. The annual dues
payable shall be twelve ($12.00) dollars and payable annually, in advance,
unless otherwise ordered by vote of the Chapter.
SECTION 3. Reinstated members
shall pay dues owing at the time of suspension, and from date of reinstatement
in the Chapter.
SECTION 4. Any Companion
who has been elected and served his full term as Most Excellent High
Priest of this Chapter, shall at the termination of his office be issued
a certificate of Life Membership, provided all his dues are paid. top
SECTION 1. Any member of
the Chapter who shall allow his dues to remain unpaid by the twenty
fourth of June, of the year for which the dues are due, may be proceeded
against in accordance with the Laws of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter
of Texas, Article 251.
SECTION 2. Any Royal Arch
Mason, or member of any other Chapter Degree, within the jurisdiction
of this Chapter, who shall conduct himself in an immoral, un-Masonic
manner, or be guilty of any ignominious crime, shall be amenable to
the Chapter for punishment thereof, and shall be proceeded against in
accordance with the Laws of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas..
SECTION 3. It is the duty of the Captain of the Host, or, in the case of his refusal to act, of any member, either on his own motion or by the request of the Most Excellent High Priest, to prefer charges. top
SECTION 1. Reports of committees,
when not otherwise ordered, shall be made in writing and signed by at
least a majority of the committee, and all resolutions presented to
the Chapter for action shall be in writing but motions may be made orally
from the floor during meetings.
SECTION 2. Each retiring High Priest shall be presented with a Past High Priest jewel, to be selected and purchased by a Standing Committee consisting of the Excellent King, Excellent Scribe, the Secretary, and the Treasurer, of an emblem of his choice and the cost to be agreed upon by the Chapter. He shall also be presented with a Past High Priest Apron. top
SECTION 1. These By-Laws may be changed or amended by resolution, in writing, presented at a Stated Convocation, and seconded, then laid over until the next Stated Convocation, or longer, if necessary, when, if approved by two thirds of the members present, it shall become a part of these By-Laws subject to their being first approved by the Grand Chapter except only as otherwise provided by Grand Chapter Law.