CONSTITUTED: January 11th, 1901

Chartered on May 1st , 1857

As Dawson Chapter No. 43



Compiled by

Benjamin W. Polston II, PHP

By-Laws Committee

Benjamin W. Polston II, PHP

Michael Jones, PHP

Mike Wilson, PHP

James Russell Hazelwood, PHP

Robert Donald Wing, PHP


By-Laws Adopted July 1st, 2013

Approved at Grand Chapter of Georgia Convocation






Covington Chapter No. 71



The members of Covington Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, No. 71 established under the authority of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Georgia; do adopt the following as the By-Laws and Rules of said Chapter:


Section 1

The Officers shall be a High Priest, King, Scribe, Captain of the Host, Principal Sojourner, Royal Arch Captain, Three Master of Veils, a Treasurer, Secretary, Sentinel and Chaplain. The Office of the Secretary and Treasurer may be filled by the same person, if the Chapter so desires.

Section 2

The regular Convocation of this Chapter shall be on the 1st Monday in each month, except May and September (NO MEETINGS).  The time of the meeting shall be 7:00pm.

Section 3

The annual election of officers shall be at the last regular Convocation preceding the end of the calendar year, and shall be by ballot, and a majority of the votes cast shall be necessary for an election. The officers elected may be installed at that meeting or as early as convenient thereafter, as may be ordered by the High Priest or Chapter. They shall hold their offices, unless suspended or expelled, until their successors are elected and installed. If from unavoidable circumstances, such election is prevented, it may take place at a subsequent Convocation-either regular or called for the purpose- of which due notice must be given and for which Dispensation must be had.


Application for the Degrees-Balloting, Etc.

Section 1

Application for the degrees conferred in this Chapter must be made in writing and the candidate vouched for by two members. He must be of the degree of Master Mason, and in good standing with his symbolic Lodge. After the petition is read, it shall be referred to committee of three members, who shall rigidly inquire into the character, worth and standing of the applicant, and report at a subsequent meeting. This report shall be read at a regular Convocation and noted on the minutes before ballot is had. The votes must be unanimous for admission. In balloting, should there be one black ball, the petition may again be balloted on immediately, and if a black ball again appears, the candidate shall be declared rejected. When a candidate is rejected by the Chapter, his petition cannot again be received under twelve months. Any candidate elected for, and not appearing within six months to receive the degrees, without acceptable excuse to the Chapter, shall be ineligible to take them, unless upon a new petition and balloting.

Section 2

The members of the Chapter shall consist of Royal Arch Masons. Any Royal Arch Masons wishing to unite with this Chapter must apply by a written petition signed by two Companions who are members, and give satisfactory evidence of his good standing with any Chapter of which he has been a member. The petition must be referred to a committee of three and lie over until next regular Convocation, when it shall be again read and balloted upon; as in the case of applying for degrees, he must receive a unanimous vote. The Charge for affiliation shall be in the amount of $10.

Section 3

Any member desirous of demitting must signify it by a written petition, which shall be granted on it appearing that he is in good standing, and has paid all dues required of him to the Chapter, the vote then to be taken by a show of hands.

Section 4

A Finance Committee shall be appointed by the presiding officer to examine the books of the Secretary and Treasurer, and report at the Convocation set apart for the annual election of officers. Previous to the election, unless otherwise ordered by the Chapter, said report shall be read and entered on the minutes.

Section 5

The Chapter shall be opened and closed in due form at each Convocation.


Section 1

The High Priest, King, Scribe and Secretary or any two of the preceding, shall constitute a Committee of Charity in the recess between regular Convocations and have power to appropriate and draw on the Treasurer for any sums not exceeding $75 for that purpose.

Section 2

The fees for the degrees in this Chapter shall be $50 and must be paid in full before the Chapter degrees can be conferred.

Section 3

All members shall pay into the funds of the Chapter the sum of $5 per year plus fees or assessments as dues payable in advance of January 1st of each year. Should any member fail to pay his dues for two years, he may be suspended after due notice, without trial.

Section 4

The duty of the Sentinel with the assistance of the Master’s of Veils is to prepare the hall for the meetings, and at the close of the Convocation, to place all furniture, jewels, etc., of a movable character, in such private place as the Chapter may provide therefore.

Section 5

The Secretary shall collect all moneys due the Chapter, keep proper entries of the same pay them over to the Treasure, and at all times have his books and vouchers ready for the inspection of the Chapter, for which he shall receive the sum of $100 per annum, or such commission as the Chapter may name, as his compensation. It shall be his duty to keep a book of visitors, to record their names, etc.; he shall conduct such correspondence as may be ordered by the Chapter, have charge of its seal, and give timely notice of all in arrears for dues to its members. He shall, whenever required by the High Priest or Senior Officer of the Chapter, issue summons for Convocations, which shall be served by the Sentinel on the members by means personally, phone call, email or left at their places of residence, business or mailed to the last known address marked “FINAL NOTICE”.


Masonic Conduct and Offenses

Section 1

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Georgia and its subordinate Chapters will accept the discipline on Royal Arch Masons of this Jurisdiction by the Lodge of Georgia under the provisions of its Penal Code as they now or hereafter read.



Section 1

Any amendment or alteration to these By-Laws shall be proposed in writing, at a regular Convocation and read and noted on the minutes. It shall the lie over until the next regular Convocation, when the concurrence of two-thirds of the members present and voting shall be required for its adoption.


  1. Reading Minutes
  2. Petitions, First Reading
  3. Petitions, Second Reading and Balloting
  4. Report of Committees
  5. Unfinished Business
  6. New Business
  7. Relief
  8. Work and Lectures
  9. Closing