Cobb County Masonic Low Twelve Club

By-Laws

 


ARTICLE 1 - CLUB

Section 1 - The Club shall be known and hailed as the Cobb County Masonic Low Twelve Club and will include all Lodges holding membership in the Cobb County Masonic Convention.

Section 2 - The purpose of the Club shall be to render financial aid and assistance to beneficiary and/or beneficiaries upon the death of a member.

 

ARTICLE 2 - MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 - The initial fee for membership shall be ten dollars ($10.00), five dollars ($5.00) for initiation fee and five ($5.00) for four (4) advance assessments. Additional assessments may be paid in advance if so desired.

Section 2 – Eligibility for membership shall mean that a Master Mason applying for such, be in good health. Any Question of eligibility shall be determined by the Board of Directors. (10-21-2006)

Section 3 - All Master Masons in good standing with any Masonic Lodge in the Cobb County Masonic Convention or any Master Mason residing in Cobb County who is in good standing with a regular lodge that is recognized by the Grand Lodge of Georgia Free and Accepted Masons are eligible for membership. (4-22-2006)

Section 4 - Any member suspended or expelled from his Lodge shall automatically be suspended from this Club and forfeit all claims and fees.

Section 5 - If any member moves his residence from the Clubs jurisdiction, he may remain a member as long as his assessments are paid promptly. Once suspended, he cannot be reinstated.

 

ARTICLE 3 - ASSESSMENTS

Section 1 - An assessment in the amount of S1.25 shall be levied against each member upon the death of a member, said assessment to be paid to the Secretary-Treasurer. The assessment shall be distributed as follows $1.00 to be held in a beneficiary account and paid out as required,  25 cents to be used for operation expenses and Secretary-Treasurer fee  The Secretary-Treasurer fee shall be 10% of the net benefits paid out as described in Article 6.  Any unused funds shall be held in the general fund for emergency.

Section 2 - Notice of assessments due shall be mailed to all members who are behind in their assessment. Members are encouraged to send at least ten dollars $10 or more for advance payments to save postage and handling. In the event any member fails to pay for any assessment within thirty (30) days of notification the Secretary-Treasurer shall communicate a second notice to such member and in the event said assessments are not paid before expiration of ten (10) days such member shall be automatically suspended.  At the discretion of the Secretary-Treasurer assessments owed by a member may be accumulated prior to notification to save postage and handling.

Section 3 - REINSTATEMENTS

3A - Any members suspended from membership for non-payment of assessments prior to January 1, 2006 shall be treated as a new member in accordance with ARTICLE 2 - Membership, of these By-Laws. (10-21-2006)

3B - Any member suspended from membership for non-payment of assessments after January 1, 2006 may be reinstated upon payment of assessments due at time of suspension suspension plus a five dollar ($5) reinstatement fee and five dollars ($5) for four advance assessments. (10-21-2006)

Section 4 – All assessments sent to the Secretary-Treasurer shall be by check or money order made payable to the Cobb County Masonic Lo Twelve Club. All cash mailed will be at the member's risk.

Section 5 - It will be the duty of the member to notify the Secretary-Treasurer of any change of address, Lodge affiliation, beneficiary, or telephone number.  The Club cannot be responsible for a member not receiving his mail, if member has not notified the Secretary-Treasurer of the change in address.


ARTICLE 4 - MEETINGS

Section 1 - There will be one regular meetings of the club each year. The Annual Meeting shall be held the in February.  (5-1-2010)

Section 2 - At the Annual Meeting, officers for the ensuring year shall be elected. (2-8-2008)

Section 3 - Special meetings may be held each year, at the discretion of the President, or in his absence or disability, by the Vice-President, or in his absence or disability, by the 2nd Vice-President, or in his absence or disability, by the Secretary-Treasurer.  Said officer shall specify purpose of the meeting.


ARTICLE 5 - OFFICERS

Section 1 - The officers of the Club shall be the President, Vice-President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Chaplain. The elected officers will serve as the BOARD OF DIRECTORS which will be a sovereign body and have full responsibility for carrying out all policies and financial operations of the Club in accordance wit its By-Laws. The President will be the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Request made to the Board of Directors will be conveyed in writing to the Board Chairman who will reply in a reasonable time.

Section 2 - The President shall preside over all meetings, appoint ail committees, and perform all other duties necessary in properly administering the affairs of the Club.

Section 3 - The Vice-President shall assist the President in the execution of his duties and in the absence or disability of the President perform his duties. The 2nd Vice-President shall assist the President and in the absence or disability of both the President and Vice-President perform the duties of the President.

Section 4 - The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep a record of the activities of the Club, keep accurate accounting of the funds received and disbursed, collect all assessments, pay all death claims, send out notices of meetings and assessments, and give a complete report of the club's activities and finances at each meeting. (2-09-2008)

Section 5 - The Chaplain shall perform all public duties of religious nature pertaining to the Club.

Section 6 - The President will request In writing to each elected Worshipful Master in January of each year whose Lodge is represented in the Club to appoint a member of his Lodge who is an active member of and interested in the success of the Club to be Ambassador.  The Ambassador of each Lodge represented in our Club and the Board of Directors will meet as scheduled by the Chairman of the Board.


ARTICLE 6 - BENEFITS

Section 1 - Upon receipt of a notice of the death of a member of the Club, the Secretary-Treasurer shall pay to the beneficiary and/or beneficiaries of the deceased member a sum equal to one dollar ($1) for each member in good standing at the time of death, ten dollars ($10) for each full year of membership in the Club, and what credits he may have accumulated in the treasury. If practical, said payment shall be paid within twenty-four hours after having received notice of death.

Section 2 - The Executive Board, consisting of the present officers, may give financial assistance, if needed, to distressed Club members in good standing.

Section 3 - A member In good standing standings as used in sections 1 and 2 of this Article shall mean the same as in Article 2, but with added meaning of not being subject to suspension by having one or more assessments delinquent for thirty (30) days after notification.


ARTICLE 7 - ADMENDMENTS

Section 1 - The by-laws may be amended at any regular meeting by a majority of the members present.

 

ADMENDED:  April 22, 2006

                        October 21, 2006
                        February 9, 2008
                        May 1, 2010


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