BY-LAWS OF TRANQUIL LODGE #29

Auburn, Maine

As Approved by Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Maine

Thomas E. Pulkkinen

October 19, 2017

Article I

Lodge Meetings

Section 1. This Lodge shall be known under the name of Tranquil Lodge, and shall be composed of Master Masons, and shall be duly admitted members thereof.

Section 2. The Stated Communication of the Lodge shall be held on the Second Wednesday of the month; provided, however, that the Lodge may stand closed during the months of July and August.

Section 3. The Master, or in his absence, the Senior Warden, or if both be absent the Junior Warden, shall have power to call a special meeting whenever in his opinion the interests of the Lodge may require it.

Section 4.  No Stated Meeting can be called off beyond the day and night in which it was opened; and the Lodge must be regularly closed before the Brethren disperse.

Section 4a. The lodge Master may, when weather conditions cause reasonable concerns for the health and welfare of the brethren of the lodge, postpone a stated meeting for up to forty-eight hours with due notice to the membership.

Article II

Officers and Elections

Section 1.  At the Stated Communication in January, annually, the Lodge shall elect a Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, Treasurer and Secretary, and a Finance Committee of three, who shall be severally chosen by written ballot, and a majority shall be necessary to a choice. The Lodge shall also elect two Masonic Trustees, by written ballot, who shall enter upon their duties of their office at the annual meeting of the Auburn Masonic Association and serve staggered two-year terms so that one new member is elected each year.  The Lodge shall elect an Investment Committee composed of three members of the Lodge, serving staggered terms so that one new member is appointed each year to serve a three-year term.  One member will be elected for a one-year term, another for a two year term and the third to serve a full three year term. The Lodge shall also elect two members of the Masonic Library Association by written ballot. The Master, immediately after his installation, shall appoint the Chaplain, Deacons, Stewards, Marshal, Historian, Organist and Tyler.

Section 1a.  When only one member of the lodge is running for a particular elected office, the Secretary or the Treasurer may cast one ballot for that person as a ballot for the lodge. That one ballot will be considered the majority of the lodge. The Secretary and the Treasurer may not vote themselves into any of the elected position.

  Any member present at the stated meeting, in which balloting for offices is being conducted, may make a motion, prior to the start of balloting, that the entire attending membership cast ballots for any or all elected offices even though only one member is running for any one office. Upon a second of the motion, a hand vote of the members will be taken and a two-thirds majority required to pass the motion.

Section 2. The officers shall be installed as soon after their election as may be convenient, prior to the February stated meeting.

Section 3. All preferment among Masons is grounded upon real worth and personal merit only; therefore, no Master, Warden, or other officer shall be chosen by seniority, but for his merit.

Article III

Duties of Officers

Section 1. It shall be the duty of the Master to preside in the Lodge to enforce a due observance of the laws and proper respect for the Grand Lodge; to see that all officers and committees faithfully discharge the respective duties enjoined on them by these laws; to inspect and announce the result of all balloting and other votes of the Lodge; and in his absence the Senior Warden shall preside, and in the absence of the Master and Senior Warden, the Junior Warden shall preside.

Section 2. The Treasurer shall give bond, satisfactory to the Finance Committee, for the faithful discharge of his duties. He shall have charge of all the funds of the Lodge, receive all interest arising from the same, pay all legal demands upon the Lodge, and, at the annual communication, shall render a just and fair account of all money received and paid, with a correct statement of the funds; Also, he shall render a quarterly summary total of the income and expenses of the Lodge, and give a statement of the ending balances in the checking and savings accounts, and the General and Charity Funds. He shall deliver all property of the Lodge entrusted to his care to his successor, taking duplicate receipts for the same, one of which shall be deposited with the Secretary. For the performance of his duties, he shall receive such compensation as the Lodge may from time to time determine.

Section 3. The Secretary shall keep a just and fair record of all transactions of the Lodge, read the same when requested, collect all dues not included in the Treasurer's duty, and pay the same to the Treasurer once at least in three months; issue notifications when directed, present the chairman of every committee with a copy of its appointment, keep a correct list of names of members, report the names of delinquents to the Lodge, and at the end of his official term he shall render a just account of all money by him received, with his books, for the inspection of the Finance Committee, and shall deliver to his successor in office all property of the Lodge entrusted to his care, taking duplicate receipts for the same, one of which shall be kept by the Treasurer. For the faithful performance of his duties, he shall receive such compensation as the Lodge may from time to time determine.

Section 3a. The Secretary shall be given a petty cash fund of two hundred dollars ($200.00) when he starts his duties as Secretary. This fund is to be used by the Secretary to pay incidental monthly bills. This fund will be replenished on a monthly basis after the Secretary makes a report of the expenses to the lodge at the stated meetings and proper approval is given. This petty cash fund is to be returned back the Treasurer, taking duplicate receipts for the same, upon the termination of a member as the Secretary.

Section 4. The Finance Committee shall audit the books and accounts of the Treasurer and Secretary and shall report at the annual communication.

Section 5.  The Investment Committee shall report to the Lodge at the annual meeting a full accounting of all the investment activities under taken during the preceding year.

Section 6. The Masonic Trustees shall furnish a written report annually of the transactions of the Auburn Masonic Association, with a list of the funds and property.

Section 7 The Members of the Masonic Library Association shall furnish a written report annually of the transactions of the Association with a list of the funds and property.

Section 8. The Tyler shall tyle the Lodge at its communications, and perform such other services as may be prescribed by the Lodge, or required by the Master; and for the performance of his duties shall receive such compensation as the Lodge may from time to time determine.

Section 9. The Master and Wardens shall constitute a standing committee for the reception of applicants for charity during the recess of the Lodge. It shall be their duty, when ever a petition for relief be made, to enter into a minute and impartial investigation of the facts of the case, and if they deem it prudent and necessary, they may grant relief to destitute brethren, their widows and orphans, and said committee are empowered to draw on the Treasurer for any sum, not exceeding one hundred dollars at any one time for each applicant, and report at the next communication. Two of said committee shall constitute a quorum, and shall also serve on the Charity Committee, annually, as provided in Article VII, Section 8.

Section 10. During the months that the lodge stands closed as described in Article I, Section 2. the Treasurer will be allowed to pay the ordinary bills as presented by the Secretary and approved by the Worshipful Master. A report of all bills paid during the time the lodge stands closed will be made at the next held stated meeting.

Article IV

Candidates for Degrees

Section 1. Every candidate for the degrees conferred in this Lodge, shall make application in writing, signed by himself, stating his place of residence, age, and occupation, and whether he has ever made application to and been rejected by any other Lodge, directed to the Master or Secretary, accompanied with a recommendation signed by one or more members of the Lodge; and shall deposit ten dollars.

  If he be rejected, the deposit shall be returned; if accepted, it shall be passed to his credit; but if he shall refuse or neglect for one year after his acceptance, or to make a reasonable excuse for such neglect, the deposit shall be forfeited to the use of the Lodge. Said application shall be referred to a Committee of Inquiry consisting of three brethren appointed by the Master, whose duty it shall be strictly to inquire into the moral character and reputation of the applicant and report thereon in writing at the next communication.

Section 2. The ballot shall be taken in open Lodge, and every member present shall vote, unless excused by the Lodge.

Section 3. In balloting, if more than one negative vote appears, the ballot shall cease, and the candidate be declared rejected; but if, on the first ballot, one negative only appear, a second ballot shall immediately take place; and if on a second ballot a negative still appear, the candidate shall be declared rejected.

  No one shall inspect the ballot save the Master and Wardens, and no brother shall make known to another or to the Lodge what manner of vote he cast.

  No restriction of any sort shall be placed upon a Brother in the matter of voting, nor shall he be questioned how or why he exercised that right.

Section 4. The fees for the three degrees, including the deposit, shall be one-hundred dollars ($100.00) and shall be paid previous to the first degree being conferred.

Section 5. No candidate shall be entitled to advancement in this Lodge without satisfactory evidence of proficiency in degrees already received.

 

 

Article V

Membership

Section 1. Every Brother receiving the third degree in this Lodge shall thereby become a member, shall sign the By-laws, and the Secretary shall record his name upon the roll of membership.

Section 2. A Brother desiring membership, who has received the third degree in another Lodge, must be proposed at a preceding meeting, and receive unanimous ballot.

Section 3. The members of this Lodge shall sign the By-laws in force at the time of their admission.

Section 4. Any Brother who has withdrawn his membership, and shall be desirous of again becoming a member, may, upon conditions as the Lodge may deem reasonable, be admitted by being proposed and balloted for as provided in Article V, Section 2.

Section 5. Any Brother, whose long and faithful services shall in the opinion of the members entitle him to consideration and gratitude of this Lodge, may be admitted a Lifetime member: provided he shall have been proposed at a preceding meeting and shall receive a unanimous vote. Lifetime members shall not be subjected to the annual dues of the Lodge.

Section 6. Members may prepay their membership dues to obtain a Lifetime membership. Total amount paid at the time of the prepayment will be based on: the number of years to a member’s fiftieth anniversary as a Master Mason, the sum of annual dues for the Lodge plus the assessment of Grand Lodge, and these for the year that Lifetime membership is prepaid, multiplied by the actuarial table held by the Secretary.  When a Brother reaches the age of eighty years, regardless of how long he has been a member of Tranquil, he shall become a Lifetime Member of the Lodge and not subject to assessments or dues.

Section 7. An Honorary member of the Lodge is a Master Mason in good standing in another Lodge that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help Tranquil Lodge. An Honorary membership will have to be proposed at a preceding stated meeting and a unanimous favorable vote passed at a following stated meeting. Any Honorary member is NOT entitled to voting privileges and does not have to pay dues unless he has applied for and received permission for affiliation with Tranquil Lodge and has signed the By-laws of this Lodge.  Any Brother of this Lodge completing fifty (50) years as a Master Mason shall have his name proposed and voted on at a Stated Communication as an Honorary Member.  He shall not be subject to assessments or dues.

Article VI

Dues

Section 1. Every member of this Lodge, with the exception of Honorary Members, Lifetime Members and those members that are exempt from dues due to illness or for other reasons as voted on by the Lodge, shall pay to the Secretary, on or before December 31st of the present year, an amount to be determined at the June Stated meeting and voted on at that meeting as the annual dues for Tranquil Lodge for the up-coming year, but members shall be exempt from dues for the year in which they are admitted.

Section 2. It is hereby made the imperative duty of the Secretary to report, at each Annual Communication, the names of all members in arrears for dues for two years, when, if not excused by a vote of the members present, a summons shall be sent to each of such delinquents to appear at the next stated communication and show cause why charges should not be preferred against him, and if he shall fail to pay the same within one month thereafter he shall stand suspended for non-payment of dues.

Section 3. A Brother suspended from membership for non-payment of dues will be restored by the payment or remission of the amount due at the time of his suspension at any time within three years thereafter; but after that time, he can be restored only after his application and a unanimous vote of the Lodge, after payment or remission of the amount in arrears.

  But these provisions do not deprive the Lodge of the power to remit dues at any time in cases in which the Lodge decides that the circumstances of the Brother require it.

 

Article VII

General Concerns of the Lodge

Section 1. No disputes concerning nations, politics, or religion, shall in any case be permitted in the Lodge. Any Brother who shall violate this provision, or be guilty of any irregular or immoral conduct at any meeting, shall, for the first offense, be reprimanded by the Master; if he repeats such offense he may be suspended or expelled.

Section 2. All transactions and proceedings of this Lodge shall be kept inviolably secret, and it shall be the duty of every member to notify the Master in open Lodge of any such violations as may respectively come to his knowledge.

Section 3. No member shall, for any cause or under any pretense, disclose the rejection of any candidate, or make known the name of any Brother, who might oppose his admission, on penalty of immediate expulsion, never again to be admitted as a member, or, if a visitor, never again be permitted to visit the Lodge as such; and the presiding officer, immediately upon the rejection of any candidate, shall read, or cause to be read, this section for the information of all present; and after a candidate shall have been rejected, and so declared by the Master, no member shall make any motion, observation, or debate thereon, at that meeting, on penalty of the displeasure of the Lodge.

Section 4. No Brother shall leave the Lodge without permission from the Master, or engage in any conversation while the Brethren are at work.

Section 5. Any member of this Lodge who shall slander, or in anywise abuse a Brother or shall speak disrespectfully of the Craft, may be presented to the Lodge for discipline, and judged of as the case may require; and if such offender shall refuse to comply with the decision of the Lodge, he shall cease to be a member after due trial.

Section 6. No funds of this Lodge shall be appropriated or used for any other object than charitable, or other than Masonic purposes.

Section 7. That a Charity Fund of Tranquil Lodge, consisting in part of the Claude Packard Fund, the John Merrill Fund, and any subsequent gifts or bequests which are directed by their own terms to said fund or are placed in said fund by the Treasurer of Tranquil Lodge, be established. The principal of said fund (unless otherwise controlled by the donor) shall be properly invested by the Finance Committee and held by the Treasurer. Only the income therefrom shall be used for Masonic charitable purposes. Said fund shall be held, invested, and reported separately from all other Lodge funds and activities.

Section 8. The Charity Fund, as herein established, shall be managed by the Charity Committee consisting of seven members as follows: The Worshipful Master, the Senior Warden, the Junior Warden, the Secretary, one member of the Masonic Trustees, and two elected Brethren. Said committee shall receive, review, and investigate impartially, all applications for relief to Masonic brethren, their widows and orphans and recommend to the Lodge what course of action they deem prudent and necessary under the circumstances. Four members of said committee shall constitute a quorum. The Charity Committee shall also prepare all Applications for Relief addressed to the Grand Lodge of Maine Charitable Foundation when applicable.

Section 9. That Tranquil Lodge from said charity fund or any other funds which it holds and administers may after majority vote of the membership attending the Lodge meeting, make charitable contributions to a Chapter of DeMolay, International Order of Rainbow for Girls, or the Pine Tree Youth Foundation, and to other charitable, literary, educational, research, scientific or medical purposes that the lodge may deem appropriate and consistent with Masonic principles and practices.

  Notice of such proposed action is to be included in the notice calling a meeting of the Lodge at which such action is proposed to be taken.

Section 10. All members of the lodge shall be given a copy of any revised by-laws after such time that they are approved by the Grand Lodge of Maine.

Section 10a. All newly raised Master Masons will receive a copy of the most recently approved by-laws of the lodge.

Section 11. The foregoing rules may be altered or amended, provided such alterations or amendments to be made in writing, and do not conflict with any of the rules and regulations of the Grand Lodge. All propositions for alterations or amendments shall lie over until the next stated communication, for consideration of the members and passed by a majority of those present at said communication.

Section 12. All former By-laws for the government of Tranquil Lodge are repealed.