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O F N O R T H A M E R I C A

A d o p t e d and R a tifie d by all L o d g e s of this Order,

Represented at the First National Convention,

Held in Pittsburgh, Pa., July 31-Aug. 4, 1917

T O W H I C H IS A D D E D

S P E C I M E N B Y - L A W S F O R A L L L O D G E S

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With Introductory pages, containg the First American

Charter, the Fir^t American Pronunziamento, a Chart of

the Official Symbols and

Seals, Record Blanks of

Initiation, Advancement and Membership, also a Li£t of

the Supreme Executive Officers for the year 3270 R. C.

P R IN T E D IN T H E P R IN T S H O P O F T H E S U P R E M E G R A N D L O D G E , W I T H T H E A P P R O V A L O F T H E D E P A R T M E N T

O F P U B L IC A T IO N

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Copyright, 1917, by Department of Publication

Supreme Grand Lodge A Y M Y O Y R Y C Y

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We, the undersigned Men and Women, of New York City,

were formally constituted members of the

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S ign ed this 1st day of April, in the year 1915.

H. SPENCER LEWIS,

Grand Master General.

NICHOLAS STORMS,

Deputy Master General.

TH O R KIIM ALE H TO

Sceretary General.

T H E F I R S T A M E R I C A N C H A R T E R

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T H E S Y M B O L S A N D S E A L S S H O W N B E L O W A R E T H E O N L Y T R U E E M B L E M S O F THI S O R D E R , A N D D I S T I N G U I S H T H I S O R D E R F R O M A L L O T H E R S G E N E R A L S Y M B O L O F T H E O R D E R I N T H E W O R L D M A R K O F T H E D E P A R T M E N T O F P U B L I C A T I O N T H E G R E A T S E A L O F T H E O R D E R I N A M E R I C A

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T H E S E A L O F T H E S U P R E M E G R A N D S E C R E T A R Y T H E S E A L O F T H E F O U N D E R S U P R E M E G R A N D M A S T E R S A C R E D I N S I G N I A O F T H E I M P E R A T O R

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Issued by the C h a rter M em bers o f the Supreme Grand

L od ge as Founders o f the O rder in A m erica.

T h e A n cie n t and M y s tic a l O rder Rosae Crucis in the United; States o f A m erica its T e rrito rie s and Dependencies, shall be an independent orga n iza tio n o p era tin g under its own C onstitution.

Its purposes shall be the same as those o f the “ O rder Uosae C rucis’ * throu ghou t the w orld , and its C on stitu tion shall be id e n tica l in s p irit w ith th a t w h ich guides and d i­ rects th is O rder in oth er lands. T h e O rder in A m erica , shall, how ever, retain its fra te rn a l and s p iritu a l rela tio n w ith this O rder in oth er countries, regard less o f its in d e­ pendent ju ris d ic tio n and shall m ain tain its adherence to the tra d itio n a l prin ciples and la w s o f the an cien t Rosae- crucians.

Since both the an cien t and m odern fo rm o f govern m en t o f the O rder is a u to cra tic in nature, the govern m en t o f the O rder in A m erica shall adopt s tr ic tly a u to cra tic principles o f governm ent, but because o f the necessary d iv isio n o f A m erica in to many ju ris d ic tion s o p era tin g under one A m e ri­ can C on stitu tion , the said C on stitu tion sh all em body such changes o r m odifications as w ill p rop erly m eet the req u ire­ m ents o f this ju ris d ic tion .

T h e re fo re it is declared th a t the a ttach ed C on stitu tion o f w hich this Pron u n zia m en to is a p a rt w as prepared a ft e r consu ltation o f a ll possible a u th orities and w ith p rop er d is­ cussion by a ll the Fou nders o f th e O rd er in A m erica , and was fin a lly a pproved and adopted by the C h a rter M em bers o f the Suprem e Grand L o d ge in A m e rica and sh all be adopted and ratified by a ll L od ges n ow organ ized o r h ere­ a ft e r to be organ ized and C h a rtered by the Supreme Grand L o d ge or the Im p e ra to r o f the O rder in A m erica.

Decreed and Issued June, 1915, a t a m eetin g o f the F ir s t Am erican Supreme Council held in the C ity o f N ew Y o rk , N. Y.

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H A R V E S P E N C E R LEW IS, F. R. C.,

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C O N R A D H. L IN D ST E D T , K. R. C.,

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A L B E R T B. B R A S S A R D , K. R. C.,

Suprem e G rand Secretary

LO U IS L A W R E N C E , K. R. C.,

Suprem e G rand Treasurer

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O F F IC I A L N A M E S A N D S Y M B O L S .

S ection 1

T h e name o f the O rder in A m erica shall b e : “ T h e A n ­ cient and M y s tic a l O rder Itosae C rucis.” In a b b re via t­ ed form the name shall be “ A .M .O .R .C. o f N orth A m e r­ ica.”

Section 1a

T he members shall be known as “ B ro th ers” and “ S is te rs” o r by such h on orary or ritu a l­ istic title s as m ay be con­ ferred upon them o r h erein­ a ft e r described, or as “ Rosae- crucians.” A n d the doctrines, philosophies and teachings shall be known as “ Rosaecru- cianism .”

S ection 2

T h e O fficial Sym bols shall be the same as those used by L od ges o f th is id e n tica l O rder in oth er lands and in a ccord­ ance w ith the dicta tes o f the A m erican Supreme Council. Each L o d ge in the A m erican J u risdiction s shall a dop t a symbol or seal in c o rp o ra tin g the essential featu res o f the n ational sym bols adopted by the O rder in th is Country. A ll such seals or symbols sh all be d is tin ctly d ifferen t in some es­

sen tial so as to make separate registra tion possible w ith the Supreme G rand Lod ge.

(T h e O fficial Sym bol o f the O rd er in its ex ote ric fo rm in A m erica , as adopted by the Suprem e Grand Lod ge, consists o f an equi­ la te ra l tria n g le w ith its point dow nw ard. In the cen tre o f th is tria n g le shall be a cross form ed o f one perpen dicu lar lin e risin g from the lo w e r p o in t and risin g to th e h o rizo n ta l lin e o f the top o f the tria n g le, and m eetin g it to fo rm rig h t a ngles th erew ith . T h is up­ righ t lin e sh all be crossed, about tw o -th ird s above the p oin t o f th e tria n g le w ith a h orizon ta l lin e tou ch in g the tw o sides o f the tria n g le .)

N O T E .— T h e names and sym bols thus adopted and give n in the above p a ra ­ graphs w ere a b solu tely new in A m e rica a t the tim e th ey w ere adopted by the A m e ri­ can Suprem e Council and w ere n ot in use by any sim i­ la r or oth er o rga n iza tio n group o r L o d g e in A m erica , and w ere not a sim u lation o f any oth er secret order symbols.

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Section 2

T h e said A m erican Supreme Council shall con stitu te a nominal ex ecu tive board fo r the a d m in istration o f the Order in A m erica, and each L od ge shall h ave sim ila r Coun­ cils fo r the purpose o f fu lfill­ in g the law s and decrees o f tin* Im p era to r, the Supreme Grand M a ster or the A m erican Su­ preme Council subject a lw a ys to the a u tocra tic rulin gs o f the Im p era to r.

Section 3

T h is C onstitution shall con­ stitu te the w o rk in g law s o f the O rder in A m erica by which the Im p era to r, the Su­ preme Grand Officers, all Grand M asters, M a sters and Councils shall be guided. A ll official Decrees, rulings, laws,

proclam ations and announce­ ments co n form in g to the said C on stitu tion shall be issued in the fo rm o f P ron u im a m en tos by the Im p era to r, the Supreme* Grand M aster, the A m erican Supreme Council, Grand M a s ­ ters, or M a sters in a u tocra tic form and shall bo obeyed by a ll members o f this Order.

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FO R M O F O R G A N IZ A T IO N . Section 1

In ord er th a t the dicta tes o f the A m erican Supreme Council and the purposes o f the O rder its e lf may be m ore efficien tly executed in the N orth A m erican Ju risdiction , the said N orth A m erican Ju­ risdiction, consisting o f the N orth A m erican C ontinen t and a ll te rrito rie s, dependencies and colonies or possessions be­ lon gin g to or under the d ire c­ tion o f every other country or n ation on the X ovtli A m erica u C ontinent, including the W est India Islands, shall be sub­ d ivided in to Grand L o d ge J u risdiction as fo llo w s : Each State, T e r rit o r y or D epen­ dency o f the U nited S tates o f A m erica shall be made a <irand L o d ge Ju risdiction : each and ev ery other country, dependency or possession in ­ cluded in the N o rth Am erican Ju risdiction as h ereto fore de­ scribed, shall be made a sep­ a ra te Ju risdiction in like m an­ ner by decision o f the A m e ri­ can Supreme Council.

Section 2

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dictio n shall consist, th erefore, o f fifty (5 0 ) or more Grand Ju risdiction s h avin g definite geo gra p h ic a l boundaries and united on ly in submission to this C onstitu tion and the g o v ­ ernm ent o f the O rder fo r the N orth A m erican Ju risdiction .

Section 3

Lod ges shall be established in these J u risdiction s as h e re­ in a fte r p rovided under the fo l­ lo w in g general classification ;iud w ith the fo llo w in g form «<!’ regu lation :

in ) .1 Suprem e G rand L od {ic sh all be composed o f the Supreme Grand M aster, the Supreme Grand Offi­ cers, the A m erican Su­ prem e Council and an un­ lim ited number o f B ro th ­ ers and Sisters. I t shall be the Supreme S p iritu al B ody fo r the N o rth A m e r­ ican Ju risdiction . I t m ay be located in any city o f and Ju risdiction o f this Order.

(b> Grand Lodges shall In* founded and m ain tained in ev ery Grand Ju risd ic­ tion o f this O rder in N orth A m erica to the number o f one Grand L o d ge fo r each Grand Ju risdiction . T h e y shall be gran ted C harters under th is C on stitu tion by the Im p era to r in the name o f the (ira n d M a ster o f each Grand Lodge. Such Grand Lod ges shall be subser­ vien t to the Im neratp r. the A m erican Supreme Council and this C on stitu ­ tion.

(<•) S u b ord in a te Lodt/cs shall be founded and m ain ­ tained in ev ery G rand J u risdiction o f this O rder in N o rth A m erica to an

in d efin ite number o f L od ges fo r each Grand J u risdiction . T h ey shall be gra n ted C h a rters by the Grand Lod ges o f th eir respective Ju risdiction s is ­ sued by the Grand M as­ ters o f said Grand Lod ges w ith the a p p ro v a l o f the Grand Councils o f said («ra n d Lodges. Such Su­ bo rd in a te Lod ges shall be su bservient to this Con­ s titu tio n , th eir respective (ira n d Lod ges and in d i­ rec tly to the Im p era to r and the A m erican Su­ prem e Council.

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X A T 1 (>X A L E X E C U T IV E O F F IC E R S Section 1 T H E I M P E R A T O R : lie shall be the Slip eme A u to ­ c ra tic E x ecu tive o f the O rder in N orth A m erica. H is duties and pow ers shall include those defined throu ghou t this C on stitu tion and in any am endm ents thereto. li e shall be su bservient to the Supreme R. (\ Council o f the W orld con sistin g o f a du ly elected bodv o f iin p era to rs o r Grand M a sters G en eral o f the variou s Ju risd iction s o f th is O rder as now established or which may 1m* established in the variou s countries o f the w orld.

T h e presen t Im pera tor, H a rv e Spencer L ew is, holds this ex h alted office by v irtu e o f his election by the Supreme (ira n d L o d ge o f N orth Am erica and which election is ratified by the ratification and

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tion o f this C on stitu tion by all Lod ges now e x istin g in N o rth Am erica.

Fu rth erm ore, the present Im pera tor, H a rv e Spencer Lew is, was gran ted the d is tin c­ tion and burdened w ith the re­ sp on sibility o f being the F irs t A m erican It. C. Im p era to r be­ cause o f his In itia tio n in to the O rder in fo reign lands fo r the purpose o f brin gin g the O rder to A m erica, and because o f the honors bestowed upon him by the Grand M a ster o f our O rder in France, w hich honors, in ­ clu ding those o f : P re la te o f the O rder in France, F e llo w o f the Rosaecrucian Illu m in a ti o f France, and Supreme D ig n i­ tary o f the O rder fo r A m erica, are gran ted and set fo rth in a French Pron u n ziam en to num­ bered “ It. I<\, It. G., No. 987,- 432 and sighed by the Grand M aster and the Officers w ho conducted his in itia tio n into the sublime m ysteries and teach in gs o f our tw e lv e de­ grees, and which document and its d eclaration s o f spon­ sorship have been amended and verified by com m unications to this O rd er in A m erica a d ­ dressed to the va riou s officers o f Am erican Supreme Council.

T h e present Im p e ra to r o f the O rder in N orth A m erica shall hold this position and office until his tra n s ition to the h igh er realms, or u n til his resign ation is officia lly a ccept­ ed by the A m erican Supreme Council, or until he is excom ­ m unicated or retired by any recognized and a ctiv e Supreme R. C. Council o f the W orld , j

Ilis successor, and a ll fu tu re Im p era to rs o f the O rder in North Am erica, shall be elected by a tw o-th irds vo te o f a ll the Grand L o d ge M asters in N orth A m erica and the mom?

hers o f the A m erican Supreme Council o f N o rth A m erica, duly assembled in a N a tion a l Con­ vocation , called especially fo r such purpose w ith in seven days a ft e r the vacancy o f the Ohice. Such successors must be elected w ith in t h irty days a fte r the vacancy o f the Im- perator's office and position, from am ong those B roth ers o f the O rder w ho are in the highest degree o f the O rder in N orth A m erica. T h e term o f Office o f each Im p era to r suc­ ceeding the present Im p era to r shall be the same as applies to the present Im p era to r, and his duties and powers shall be the same.

Section 2

T h e Suprem e G rand M a s te r : He shall be the M a ster o f the Supreme Grand Lod ge and as such shall be the C h ief E xecu ­ tiv e o f the M a te ria l and S p ir­ itu al w ork o f the Supreme Grand Lod ge, inclu d ing the R itu a lis tic w ork o f said Lod ge, and shall preside o v er the Am erican Supreme Council in a ll its m eetings.

H e m ay also be the Im p e r­ a to r o f the O rder in N orth America holding both offices a t the same time. But when not Im p era to r he shall be subser­ vien t to the Im p era to r in all m atters p erta in in g to the E x ­ ecutive w ork o f the Supreme (ira n d Lodge.

He shall be elected to his Office by a m a jo rity v o te o f the Supreme Grand Council, fo r a term o f n ot less than tw o years, and not more than ten vears. TToon re tirin g he shall be dignified by the t it le o f “ P a s t Supreme Grand M a s te r.”

Section 3

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ch arge o f a ll n ational records o f the O rder, shall conduct or supervise a ll correspondence between the Supreme Grand L od ge, A m erican Supreme Council, the G rand a n d ' L ocal Lod ges and th eir Officers, and those h a vin g official business w ith the n ational o rgan iza tio n w ork or w ith the Supreme (ira n d Lodge.

H e shall lik ew ise fill the du­ ties o f S ecretary in the R it ­ u alistic w ork o f the Supreme Grand Lod ge, and shall be cus­ todian o f the N a tion a l seal and o f the seal o f the Supreme (ira n d Lodge.

H e sh all be elected to Office by the Supreme Grand Council by a tw o-th ird s vo te fo r a term o f one year, and m ay be successively re-elected fo r fo u r ad d ition a l years. W hen his duties so w a rra n t he m ay haVe one or m ore assistants at th e discretion o f the A m erican Supreme Council. Upon his honorable retirem en t he shall be known as “ P a st Supreme ( ira nd S ecretar v-G eneral.”

Section 4

Suprem e G rand T re a s u re r- G e n e ra l: H e shall have charge o f the na tion al finances and a ll m oneys received by the Su­ preme Grand Lod ge, A m erican Supreme Council or its Offi­ cers, from a ll sources in con* nection w ith official w ork. H e shall keen co rrect records, and i f it is found necessary, shall have assistance in a u d itin g the records or m a in ta in in g a fund in lega l manner. He shall also fill the duties o f T re a s u rer in the Supreme Grand Lodge.

H e sh all be elected in like m anner as the Supreme Grand S ecretary-G en eral, and fo r a sim ila r term . Upon his hon­ orable retirem en t he shall have the hon orary t itle o f

**I'ast Supreme Grand T r e a s ­ urer-G eneral.’ *

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T h is body sh all consist o f the Officers o f the Suprem e Grand L od ge, and such a d d ition a l B roth ers and Sisters o f the O r­ der, in a ny Lod ge, as m ay be selected by the Im p e ra to r or the Suprem e G rand M a ster to m ake a to ta l o f tw e n ty -five Suprem e G rand Councilors.

Section 2

Th ese shall be a ppointed fo r a term o f one year, and m ay be re-appointed fo r successive a d d itio n a l years. T h ey shall be su bject to a ll law s o f this C on stitu tion as a re the Officers and the B roth ers and Sisters o f the Order.

Section 3

T h is Council shall ex ist as an a d v is o ry board to the Im ­ p erator and the Suprem e G rand M aster. I t shall a s­ semble under the. direction o f the Suprem e Grfthd M aster. I t shall decide o r vo te upon such questions as a re subm itted to it by the Suprem e G rand M a s­ te r o r Im p era to r. I t sh all con­ sider w ays and means o f p ro­ p a g a tin g the O rder and its w ork ami make recom m enda­ tions in the form o f resolu ­ tions to the Supreme Grand M a ster o r the Im pera tor.

Section 4

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and make recom m endations in regard th ereto to the Im p er­ ii tor. I t shall sign a ll L a w s it inav pass w ith tne a p p roval o r desire o f the Supreme (ira n d M aster or Im p era to r, and shall adopt, a p p rove and sign a ll such M anifestoes, D ecrees or Pron u nziam entos as shall l)e issued by the A m erican Su­ prem e Council and w hich re ­ quire the signatures o f the C ou ncilors and the Seal o f the A m erican Supreme Council.

Section 5

I t m ay have w ith in its body an ex ecu tive com m ittee known as the M in istra ro . th e M in is­ ters o f w hich shall be selected by the Im p era to r. T h e M in ­ is tra ro shall w ork under such la w s and rules o f efficiency* as it m ay adopt.

Section 6

T h e A m erican Supreme Council shall a,dopt and estab­ lish such “ Rules o f P roc ed u re” as m ay be necessary to con­ duct p rop erly its a ffa irs and exped ite th e m a tters w hich m ay come before it.

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M E M B E R S H IP .

Section 1

M em bership to the O rder shall be s tric tly lim ited to men and women, 21 years o f age or over, who are o f good m oral habits, w ho meet the necessary requirem ents as to character and occupation, w ho openly profess and declare th eir be­ lie f in Cod, w ho submit to in ­ ve stiga tion a ft e r in v ita tio n to

jo in the O rder, and w ho a re e v en tu a lly du ly elected to the O rder and pass through its In ­ itia tio n in sin cerity and hu­ m ility .

Am endm ent 1. Special dis­ pensation m ay be granted, how ever, by the Grand M as­ ters o f each S tate or d is tric t, or by the Im pera tor, fo r the adm ission o f an app lican t o f eith er sex ov er 18 years o f age and under 21 years, w hose a pplication has been dul v ex­ amined and approved by the presidin g membership com m it­ tee o f a n y subordinate or (ira n d L o d ge in th eir Ju risdic­ tion. Such members shall not hold, how ever, any office until o f lega l age.

Section 2

Each L o d ge shall adopt its own rules as to procedure fo r in v e s tig a tin g applicants, and fo r th eir election into the O r­ der fo r In itia tio n . Such rules shall be established and m ain­ tained by the Council o f each Lod ge, w hich shall appoint a Mem bership Com m ittee and in ­ struct it to pass upon and rec­ ommend applicants.

Section 3

T h e “ C olom be” o f each L od ge shall be the on ly ex­ ception to the rules o f age fo r admission.

Section 4

A com plete L od ge shall con­ sist o f not more than 144 ac­ tiv e members and 14 Officers, m aking a to ta l o f 158 a ctiv e members.

Section 5

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a c tiv e by non-attendance to

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In such case they sh all re­ main non -active u n til re-ad­ m itted to such degree, in any L odge, as th ey la st attend ed and u n til th ey pay regu la r dues and a tten d a ll w ork again, provid ed th ere is a va cancy in the L o d ge to w hich th ey a p p ly fo r admission.

Section 6

M em bers m ay be tra n s ferred to oth er Lod ges upon th e w r it ­ ten recom m endation o f th eir M aster, and provided th ere is a va ca n cy in the a c tiv e m em ­ bership lis t o f the L o d ge to w hich th ey desire to be tra n s­ ferred. Such tra n s ferred m em ­ bers shall tak e precedence o v e r a ll app lican ts in being a d ­ m itted.

Section 7

A ll m embers sh all be classed as eith e r a c tiv e o r non-active, and in e ith e r class must be o f good rep ort and record, o th er­ w ise th ey can not rem ain as members.

S ection 8

Each Grand L o d ge shall h ave a Cou ncil con sistin g o f 14 officers and 11 oth er m em ­ bers appointed bv the M aster, to serve one year, and m ay be reappointed. Each Subordi­ nate L o d ge sh all have a Coun­ cil con sistin g on ly o f the a c­ tiv e officers. Such Cou ncilors shall be selected by the M a s­ ters o f the Lodges.

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Officers as ou tlin ed In the “ S ecret M andam u ses."

S ection 2

T h e Officers o f each L o d ge sh all consist o f M aster, D epu ­ ty M a ster, S ecretary, T r e a s ­ urer, and ten oth er R itu a lis tic Officers. T h e D ep uty and the ten R itu a lis tic Officers o f each L o d ge shall be a ppointed or- re ­ a ppointed by the M a ster a t the Annual E lection . ( A l l the fo re g o in g Officers, excep t ‘ *Ma tre ” and “ C olom be” m ay be filled by e ith e r B roth ers or S isters o f th e O rd er.)

Section 3

T h e M aster, S ecretary and T re a s u rer o f a ll L od ges shall be elected, in the case o f a L odge, a t the ex p ira tio n o f th eir term s, o r w h en ever an official va ca n cy occurs. In the case o f a M aster, he shall be re-elected or a n oth er elected a t the e x p ira tio n o f such term as is decreed in his C harter. No M a ster m ay be elected and in sta lled in a n y L o d ge w it h ­ out the a p p roval o f th a t L o d g e ’s su perior Council.

S ection 4

Officers fo r new L od ge s m ay be elected by the Fou ndation Com m ittee. In such case the election m ust be a pproved by the new L o d g e ’ s superior Council.

Section 5

Officers in the Suprem e Grand L o d ge shall be title d w ith th e w ords “ Supreme G ran d” p reced in g th eir office title . In Grand L od ges by the w ord “ G ran d ,” and in Subor­ d in ate L od ges by the w ord “ W o rth y .”

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ties, S ecretaries and T re a s ­ urers in each Lod ge, shall be, aside from R itu a lis tic w ork, those which, usually perta in to the Offices o f Presidents, Vice- Presidents, Secretaries, and T reasu rers in oth er org a n iza ­ tions.

Section 7

R itu a lis tic Officers fo r each Lod ge, inclu d ing the Supreme (ira n d Lodge, shall be a p p o in t­ ed by the M a ster o f the Lodge. Each officer shall be appointed fo r a term o f one yea r from the d a te o f such appointm ent except in the case o f an a p­ pointm ent to fill a vacancy, when the term shall be fo r the unexpired pa rt o f the term o f the Office vacant. A ll Officers m ay be reappointed fo r suc­ cessive terms.

Section 8

T h e titles, conditions o f ap­ p ointm ent, duties, etc., o f all R itu a lis tic Officers shall be as defined in the “ S ecret M a n ­ damuses*’ o f th e O rder as ob­ tain in a ll Lod ges o f this Order.

Section 9

A ll R itu a lis tic Officers, in ­ clu din g the D eputy M aster, S ecretary and Treasu rer, shall sign an Official “ O fficer’ s O a th ” in the presence o f the M a ster pledging th eir a lle g i­ ance to the O rder and the Im p era to r.

Section .10

' T h e T reasu rer o f each op­ e ra tin g L o d ge shall be bonded in an amount specified by the Council o f each L o d ge and the Rond is to. be made payable to the Supreme Grand Lodge.

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C O N V O C A T IO N S

Section 1

Th e regu lar R itu a lis tic Con­ vo ca tion s o f the O rder shall be held by each L od ge a t least tw ic e a month, in some T e m ­ ple especially arranged or adapted to the R itu a lis tic w ork and h a vin g the O fficial equipment.

Section 2

Such C onvocations shall be conducted by the M aster and Officers in accordance w ith the “ Secret Mandam uses” and the dicta tes o f the A m erican Su­ preme Council as issued by the Im p era to r o f the O rder in N orth Am erica.

Section 3

T h e “ w o rk ” in the Lodges, consisting o f lectures, tea ch ­ ings' ceremonies, in itiation s, exam inations, tests, ex p eri­ ments, etc., shall likew ise be in accordance w ith the “ Secret Mandam uses” or as modified or im proved by the decrees o f the Am erican Supreme Council and issued by the Im p era to r o f the O rder in N orth America.

Special M eetings, A ssem ­ blies, or Convocations o f a N a ­ tion a l nature m ay be called by the Im p era to r and the M a ster o f each L o d ge may call sim ila r m eetings o f a local natu re a t any tim e w ith due notice to all members o f his Lodge.

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M E E T IN G . Section 1

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in g o f the Supreme Grand L od ge shall be held on the first T h u rsd ay o f M arch o f each year, in the Tem ple o f the Suprem e G rand Lod ge. I t shall be presided o v er by the Suprem e Grand M a ster and he m ay summon to this m eetin g such officers or members o f the O rder in N orth Am erica or in ­ v ite others from the O rder in oth er C ountries, as he m ay find advisab le, necessary or fittin g.

Section 2

T h e Annual Business M e e t­ ings o f a ll grand and subordi­ nate Lod ges shall be held on o r about the date o f the A n ­ nual Business M e etin g o f the Supreme Grand L od ge, p re fe r­ ably p rio r thereto, in order th a t its rep ort m ay be sent to the A nnu al Business M e etin g o f the Supreme Grand Lodge. Such m eetings shall be p re­ sided o v er by the M a ster o f the L od ge, w ho shall have the p riv ile g e o f in v itin g others from oth er Lod ges to attend.

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Section 1

An annual election day shall be established by each L o d ge in accordan ce w ith the date o f the election and a p p o in t­ m ent o f its first Officers. Such annual election sh all be held by the Council o f each Lodge. N om in a tion s shall be offered on the same even in g as elec­ tion, and the in s ta lla tio n o f new Officers m ay be held the same even in g as the election, o r a t a special m eetin g o f the

en tire L o d ge on a n oth er night, or ju st preced ing the C on voca ­ tion a t the n ext regu lar C on­ vo ca tion o f the L o d ge or any degree th ereof.

Section 2

T h e D ep uty M a ster and R it ­ u alistic Officers shall be ap­ pointed by the M a ster a t such election.

Section 3

T h e Council o f each L o d ge shall em body in its B .-L a w s, rules and regu lation s re g a rd ­ in g the nom ination, election and in s ta lla tio n o f new Offir eers, consistent w ith th is C on­ stitu tion . W W A r t i r i r E l r n r n A N N U A L C E L E B R A T IO N D A Y S . Section 1

T h ere shall be held tw o Spe­ cial Assem blies each yea r in N orth A m erica. One shall be the N ew Y e a r F ea st and the o th er shall be the O u tdoor F ete. Th ese shall be held by a ll Lodges.

Section 2

T h e N ew Y e a r F ea st w ill oc­ cur about the 21st o f each M arch the exact date being proclaim ed by a Pron unzia- m ento issued by the Im p e ra to r ev e ry F eb ru a ry. I t is to cele­ brate the N ew Rosaecrucian Y e a r w hich begins on the m in­ ute when the sign “ A rie s ” rises on the horizon on th at day in M arch when the “ Sun’ ’ ju s t en ters the sign o f “ A rie s .” (T h e yea r 1910 A. D. co rre­ sponds to the Rosaecrucian

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yea r o f 3260, w hich begins on M arch 21, 1916, a t 1 :06 A. M. Eastern T im e .) Such N ew Y e a r C elebration s shall be held in the Tem ples o f the Lod ges and a tten d ed by the Council, Officers and members o f the L o d ge and by such es­ p ecia lly in v ite d guests as are v is itin g members o f th e O rder and w hose presence th e M a s­ te r desires fo r reasons good and sufficient unto him self. T h ere shall he a sym bolical fe a s t consisting p rin c ip a lly o f corn, o r its products, s a lt, or th a t w hich tastes m ost stron gly o f it, and w in e, in the fo rm o f u nferm ented grap e ju ice, and any oth er delicacies or refreshm ents suitable to the occasion. A ll Officers shall w ear th e ir fu ll re ga lia and a ll others th eir aprons or oth er in ­ signia. T h ere shall be only sacred m u s ic ,. sym bolical ad­ dresses and sincere rejo ic in g fo r the N ew Year.

Section 3

A t th is N ew Y e a r F e a s t it has been custom ary fo r the M a ster to bestow such hon or­ a ry title s on his m embers as he m av contem plate, to make new appointm ents to fill va ca n ­ cies, etc.

Section 4

A ll oth er regu lar o r special C on vocation s or m eetings o f oach L o d ge are to be p ost­ poned in order th a t the N ew Yea*' F ea st m ay be held on the day decreed by the Im p e r­ ator.

Section 5

Th e Annu al Outdoor F e te m ay be held by th e discretion o f the M a ster o f each Lod ge, on or about the 23rd day o f Septem ber o f each year, the oxact day being decreed by the Tm perator. I t shall be th at day when the Sun enters the sign o f Libra .

Section 6

Th is Annual Ou tdoor F e te should be held by each L o d ge independently, to celebrate the la y in g o f the foundation stones o f the G rea t P y ra m id in A m erica. Each L od ge shall a rra n ge to go on this day (o r the fo llo w in g one, should it rain or be sto rm y ) to an open space in the suburbs o f such Lodge, and w ith p ra yer and addresses, have each member o f the L o d ge deposit in one small pile a sim ple lit tle stone or pebble, sym bolical o f “ plac­ ing a stone fo r the foundation o f the G rea t P yra m id in A m erica .” F u ll rega lia and insign ia must be w orn by a ll officers and members. Se­ crecy o f the . F e te need not be m aintained, but the public o r the u n itia ted must not be given, in the prayers o r a d ­ dresses, any o f the secret “ w ork ,” signs o r symbols o f the Order. Such a F ete m ay

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Lod ges m ay be established in any city, tow n , or lo c a lity o f N orth A m erica under the fo llo w in g conditions :

G R A N D LO D G E S . Section 2

These m ay be form ed by 48 (fo rt y -e ig h t ) sincere seekers fo r lig h t and tru th subm itting to the Supreme Grand L o d ge through the Supreme Secre­ ta ry G eneral, signed official application blanks w ith the

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quest th a t the 48 applican ts, d esirin g to organ ize or found a Grand Lod ge, be gran ted a Charter.

Section 3

Such G rand Lod ges m ay ho founded in any ju ris d ic tio n o f N orth A m erica, h a vin g no Grand L o d ge a t the tim e the a pp lication s are subm itted, or w here an ex istin g Grand L od ge is about to disband, d is ­ so lve or be w ith d raw n ; p ro­ vided such proposed Grand L od ge is to be located in one o f the prin cip a l cities o f an es­ tablished ju risd iction .

Section 4 S U B O R D IN A T E L O D G E S . I t shall require 36 (t h ir ty - s ix ) signed O fficial A p p lic a ­ tion Blanks accom panied by a request to fo rm a Su bordinate Lodge. Such request is to be d irected to the S e creta ry o f the G rand L o d ge o f the J u ris­ diction in w hich such proposed Subordinate L o d ge is to be s it ­ uated.

Section 5

Th ose d esirin g to organ ize or found L od ges in th e ir cities or tow n s m ay secure permission and in stru ction from the Su­ preme Grand S ecretary-G en ­ eral a t the Supreme Grand L od ge in N ew Y ork C ity, by m ail or in person, a ft e r sub­ m ittin g to such in v estig a tio n as the Suprem e Grand Secre­ tary-G en eral and the Im p e r­ a to r desire. W hen permission is gran ted , the person to whom it is gran ted is to form in his or her city o r tow n a Fou ndation C om m ittee o f 5 (fiv e ) men and women, w ith a F ou ndation Presiden t, F ou n d a ­ tion S e creta ry and F ou n d a tio n T reasu rer included in the C om m ittee.

Section 6

T h e said F o u n d a tion C om ­ m itte e sh all then subm it th e ir names and references to the Suprem e G rand S ecretary- G en eral w ho may, a t the d is ­ cretion o f the Im p era to r, issue to such C om m ittee com ­ p lete “ In stru ctio n s fo r O rga n ­ iz in g a L o d g e .” Such C om ­ m ittee sh all have a u th o rity to o rga n ize under the d irection o f the L o d ge in ch arge o f the Ju risdiction in w hich the p ro ­ posed L o d ge is situated.

S ection 7

C h a rter w ill he gra n ted to such mem ber o f the Fou nda­ tion C om m ittee ( a ft e r eith e r 36 or 38 a p p lication s a re se­ cured as in d ica ted in Section 2 or 4 o f this A r t ic le ) as m ay seem prop er and fitted fo r the Office o f M a s te r o f said p ro ­ posed Lodge.

Section 8

C h a rters fo r Subordinate L od ges w ill be gran ted to the selected M a s te r fo r a “ period o f one year, renew able each y ea r th e re a fte r fo r three suc­ cessive years, and tra n s fera b le or revokable upon s ix ty days n o tice” by the su perior C oun­ cil under w hose Ju risdiction the proposed L o d ge sh all exist. Special D ispensation m ay be g r a n t ed fo r Su bordinate L od ges fo r a lim ite d period o f o rga n iza tio n w ork p rio r to the g ra n tin g o f a C harter.

Section 9

G rand L od ges sh all receive a C h a rter gran ted to the se­ lected M a ste r o f each L o d ge fo r a “ P e rio d o f one year, re­ new able each yea r fo r fo u r a d ­ d itio n a l successive years, tra n s fera b le o r revokable upon 60 (s ix t y ) days notice,” from the A m erica n Supremo Council o r by the Im p era to r.

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Section 10

A ll necessary “ w o rk ” and in ­ structions w ill be given to each L o d ge a ft e r the C h a rter or Special D ispensation is gran ted by the S u perior body g ra n tin g the C h a rter o r Spe­ cial Dispenastions.

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F E E S A N D D U E S.

Section 1

A ll Lod ges o f the O rder shall establish a standard o f In itia tio n Fees and Dues. T h e minimum In itia tio n F ee shall i>e $5,00. A ll members shall pay the regu lar dues in order to m ain tain the Lod ge, and when such dues a re n ot paid the members in a rrears shall be deemed “ non -active.” (S ee Section 5 o f A rt ic le 6.) Such members m ay n ot a tten d lec­ tures o r C onvocations o f any kind. A sso cia te members dues shall be fixed by th e M a ster o f th e L od ge w ith w hich the mem ber is associated.

Section 2

Each L od ge shall establish in its B y-L a w s certain la w s re^- ga rd in g the period du ring w hich members m ay have th e ir dues in a rrears w ith o u t losin g p riv ileges o f a ctive m em b e rsh ip ; but in no case shall a lon ger period than 6 (s ix i months be p erm itted fo r a rrears o f dues. W hen the a rrears exceed th is period the member shall be suspended from a ll m embership standing.

Section 3

M o n th ly dues sh all n ot be less than 50 ( f i f t y ) cents and r io t 'o v e r $5.00 (fiv e d o lla rs.)

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Section 4

Officers m ay be exem pt from payin g regu lar m onthly:, dues d u ring th e ir term o f Office ; or i f the Council o f any L o d ge so decrees by unanimous vote, O f­ ficers o f th a t L o d ge m ay pay the same dues as the members fo r such period as decreed by the Council.

Section 5

In itia tio n Fees sh all be charged by a ll Lodges. T h e fee fo r the F ir s t D egree shall be n ot less than $5.00 (fiv e d o lla rs) payable a t the tim e o f In itia tio n or p rio r thereto. I t m ay be raised to any h igher amount as membership in the L od ge increases. Such in ­ crease in In itia tio n F ee ( f o r F irs t D eg ree ) must be by unanimous v o te o f the L o d g e ’s Council.

Section 6

Each L o d ge may, by decree o f th e Council, charge In it ia ­ tion Fees a t the tim e members pass from F ir s t D egree to the Second, and from the Second D egree to the T h ird , etc. N o t less than $1.00 (on e d o lla r ) shall be so charged, and n ot o v er $50.00 (fif t y d o lla rs) fo r the la st o r T w e lfth Degree.

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R O Y A L S U P P O R T .

Section 1

Each L o d ge o f the Order holding a tru e and le g itim a te paten t o r C h a rter in the name o f its M a ster under this Con­ stitu tion, sh all contribute to the R o ya l Support o f th is O r­ der, as fo llo w s :

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Section 2

Su bordinate L od ges shall re­ m it m on th ly to the Grand L o d ge o f its ju ris d ic tion , through the Treasu rer, o f the Qrand Lod ge, a R o ya l Support o f 25% o f a ll In itia tio n Fees and Dues received du rin g the month.

Section 3

G rand Lod ges shall rem it to the Supreme Grand L od ge o f N orth A m erica through the Supreme Grand Treasu rer, the R o ya l Su pport o f 25% o f a ll In itia tio n Fees and Dues re­ ceived du rin g the m onth from Grand L o d ge members and a lso shall rem it the Supreme G rand T re a s u rer 25% o f the G rand L o d ge R o ya l Support from its Su bordinate Lod ges received du rin g the month.

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R E G A L I A A N D E Q U IP M E N T .

Section 1

E v e ry L od ge shall have the prop er and O fficial R e g a lia and Equipm ent fo r its Officers and Tem ple as decreed by the Su­ preme G rand L o d ge in its “ Se­ cret M andam uses.”

Section 2

N o change shall be made in R e ga lia or T em p le E qu ipm ent by a ny L o d ge except by per­ mission o f the Im pera tor.

Section 3

R eg a lia and In sign ia , as w e ll as a ll Emblems, fo r any use w h atever, shall be o f an O fficial design and make, and shall be purchased on ly from official Rosaecrucian Supply Bureaus,

Section 4

N o mem ber shall use fo r tra d e purposes any title , honor, degrees, or emblems o f the Order.

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T IO N . Section 1

T h e gen eral propaganda w ork o f the O rder shall be O f­ fic ia lly conducted by the Su­ preme G rand Lod ge, its Coun­ cil and its O ffic e rs ; assisted by a N a tio n a l P roga gan d a Com m ittee.

Section 2

L o c a l propaganda Work m a y 1 be conducted by a ny Lod ge, Fou ndation C om m ittee or Of-: ficer on ly by fo llo w in g the general m ethods o f the Su­ prem e Grand Lod ge. A ll l i t ­ era tu re or oth er m a tte r used in th is w a v must be subm itted to the P u b lic a tion C om m ittee o f th e Suprem e Grand L od ge and be a pproved by the said Com m ittee.

Section 3

A ll books, pam phlets, tre a ­ tises, lectures, exposition s, and in te rp re ta tio n s issued by any Lod ge, L o d ge Com m ittee, O f­ ficer or in d ivid u a l, p u rp ortin g to be tru ly “ R o saecru cian ” or to contain the ideals, p rin ­ ciples o r la w s o f th is O rder, sh all be firs t subm itted to the said N a tio n a l P u b lication C om ­ m itte e fo r a p p roval, and i f a p­ proved or deleted, w ill receive the O fficial Im p rin t o f said C om m ittee, vou ch in g fo r its Official C orrectness.

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A M E N D M E N T S . A m endm ents to th is C on sti­ tu tion shall be made on ly by a tw o-th ird s vo te o f the O f­ ficial D elegates o f a ll Lod ges represented at a N a tion a l Con­

ven tion o f the O rder fo r N o rth A m erica.

(Su ch Am endm ents as are h e re a fte r adopted w ill be p rin t­ ed in such fo rm th a t th ey can be attach ed to this book in this section. Such printed slips w ill be furnished by th e Supreme G rand Secretary.

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I t has been so decreed by A m erican Supreme Council th a t a ll Grand Lod ges in N orth A m erica sh all w ith in one y e a r from the tim e th e ir C h a rter is gran ted make ap­ p lication to the proper lega l a u th orities w ith in th e ir ju ris ­ dictio n fo r the in c o rp o ra tin g o f said Lod ges as religiou s or­ gan iza tio n s founded and oper­ a tin g accord in g to th is Con­ stitu tion o f this Order.

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T h is fo rm o f B y-Law s, w ith necessary m odifications and a d ­ ditions, shall be adopted by all Lod ges in the N o rth A m erican Ju risdiction . T h e Im p era to r. N A M E A N D S E A L . T h e name o f this L o d ge shall be ... Lo d ge o f the A. M. O. R. C. o f N orth A m erica.

Its Official Seal shall be as im pressed h erew ith and filed w ith th e Supreme A rc h iv is t o f the Suprem e G rand Lodge.

P U R P O S E S .

Th e purposes shall be to conduct regu la r and official convocations, ritu als, lectu res and m eetings o f th e A. M. O. R. C. in ou r own Ju risdiction and w ith in the term s and lim ­ ita tio n s o f the C h a rter under w hich th is L o d ge exists.

A L L E G IA N C E . Because w e are du ly C har­ tered by our su perior L o d ge o f the A. M. O. R. C., and be­ cause w e exist, as a L o d ge by virtu e o f such C harter, w e are pledged by its conditions to obey and adhere to the Con­ stitu tio n o f the A. M. O. It. C. o f N o rth A m erica , and also bound by Oaths and sacred prom ises to heed, obey, respect and p rom u lgate the decrees, rules, pronunziam entos and de­ cisions o f our Su perior Lodge, the Suprem e Grand M aster, the A m erica n Supreme Council and th e Im p e ra to r o f the O r­ der, o f w hich O rder w e a re a

part, and to the a u tocra tic govern m en t o f w hich we, as a Lod ge, subscribe and declare our a llegian ce.

J U R IS D IC T IO N . T h e Ju risdiction in w hich the pow ers o f this L o d ge and its Officers a re to be exercised is th a t w hich is stated in our C h a r t e r ; and such pow ers sh all be those defined by said C h a rter and by the C o n s titu ­ tion o f the O rder and its A m endm ents.

M E E T IN G S . T h e regu lar m eetings or le c ­ tures o f th is L o d ge shall be those decreed by the Council o f th is Lod ge. Special m eet­ ings o r con vocation s shall be called by the M a ster o f this L o d ge a t his reasonable d is cre­ tion or by ou r S u perior Lodge.

M E M B E R S H IP . M em bership in this L o d ge shall be lim ite d to 144 a c tiv e members in ad d ition to the fo u rteen Officers. C ondition s o f M em bership shall be a cco rd ­ in g to the C on stitu tion o f the Order. (M eth od s o f passing upon a p p lication s and v o tin g upon C an didates sh all be fu lly set fo rth in th is S ection .)

E L E C T IO N O F O F F IC E R S . N ew Officers fo r th is L o d ge fo r a n y reg u la r term , or to fill a ny vacan cy, shall be elected o r appointed in accordance w ith the C on stitu tion o f the Order.

T h e regu la r election o f O f­ ficers fo r th is L o d ge sh all be held each yea r on : (a n n iv e r ­ sary o f the date o f the L o d g e ’s C h a rte r).

(L a w s fo r the nom ination o f officers, c a llin g o f m eetin g fo r election , and m ethod o f v o tin g shall be fu lly set fo rth in this section .)

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O F F IC E R S A N D T E R M S .

T h e Officers o f th is L o d ge shall be a M a ster, D ep u ty M as­ ter, S ecretary and T re a s u rer as execu tive officers, and the necessary ritu a lis tic officers as stated in the C on stitu tion o f the Order. T h e ir term s o f o f ­ fice shall be as fo llo w s : (s ta te fu lly here, a ft e r consu ltin g the C o n s titu tio n ).

T H E L O D G E C O U N C IL .

Th e a d vis o ry Council o f this Lod ge shall consist o f : (24 members fo r a G rand L o d ge and 14 members fo r a sub­ ord in ate L o d g e ), in clu d in g a ll ex ecu tive and ritu a lis tic o f­ ficers. T h e Council sh all ad­ vise the M a ster in the per­ form ance o f his duties or the so lvin g o f any problem when he seeks or requires its as­ sistance. Its unanimous vo te on a ny rule, la w , ord er o f decree o f the M a ster sh all be du ly considered by him, and i f he shall ve to such u nani­

mous decision o f the Council, said Council m ay appeal to the M a ster o f its Su perior Lodge.

In the m a tter o f issuing ex- com m unications, pronunzia- m entos and decrees, the M a s­ t e r o f the L o d ge shall have a u tocra tic pow er consistent w ith the C on stitu tion o f the Order.

(A d d itio n a l a rticle s m ay be added to the B y-L aw s adopted by the Lod ge, and these should be as specific and com plete as possible. I t is recommended th at each L od ge adhere, in its w ork o f the Council, to the p a rlia m e n ta ry law s set fo rth in R o b ert’ s Rules or some sim ­ ila r guide. T h e adoption o f the B y L a w s should be a m at­ te r fo r an ev en in g’s session o f the L o d ge Council, and each A rt ic le should be fu lly dis­ cussed and vo ted upon. A d ­ ditions to the B y La w s, or Amendm ents, should be voted upon by the L o d ge Council in like m an ner.)

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