Golden Fleece Lodge #6

BY-LAWS

 

OF

 

SAINT BERNARD COMMANDERY NO. 25

 

CONSTITUTED: MAY 12TH, 1909

 

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR

 

COVINGTON, GEORGIA

 

Compiled by

 

Benjamin W. Polston II

Past Commander

 

By-Laws Committee

Benjamin W. Polston II, Past Commander

Michael Jones, Past Commander

Mike Wilson, Past Commander

 

By-Laws Adopted on September 16th. 2019

Approved at the th Convocation of

Grand Commandery of Georgia on

 

 

 Article I

 


Section 1

 

This Commandery is known and designated as Saint Bernard Commandery No. 25, Knights Templar, Chartered by the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar, of the State of Georgia on the 12th day of May in the year of 1909 and being a constituent unit of said Grand Commandery of  Knights Templar is subservient to and obedient to, the rules and regulations of the same, together with the rules and regulations of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United State of America; and recognizing the Constitutions and Statutes of said superior Bodies as governing and controlling this constituent Body, all allegiance to said governing Bodies is hereby guaranteed; and obedience to said governing Bodies is hereby acknowledged, in all particulars not herein set up.

 

 

ARTICLE II

 

Section 1

 

The regular conclaves of this Commandery shall be held on the third Monday of each month at 7:00p.m.

 

Section 2

 

The Commander is empowered to convene the Commandery in Special Conclave for the transaction of special business named in the call, and for no other business, due notice having been previously given.

 

 

ARTICLE III

 

Section 1

 

The Officers of this Commandery are:

 

Commander

Generalissimo

Captain General

Senior Warden

Junior Warden

Prelate

Treasurer

Recorder

Standard Bearer

Sword Bearer

Warder

 

who shall be elected by ballot at the last stated Conclave in March of each year, without oral nomination, and in full observance of Section 6 of the Constitution of this Grand Commandery. The Sentinel and three guards shall be appointed by the Commander, with the advice and consent of the Generalissimo and Captain General, on the night of the election, if practicable; otherwise the appointments shall be announced at the next stated conclave.

 

 

 

Section 2

 

All the Officers shall be installed as soon as possible after their election or appointment, and shall perform the duties of their respective offices, and remain in office until their successors are duly elected and installed.

 

Section 3

 

A Finance Committee of three, two of whom shall constitute a quorum, shall be appointed and organized by the Commander, and announcement made of same on election night, or at the first stated conclave after said election to serve for one year. All accounts shall be approved by them previous to being laid before the Commandery for action. This Committee shall also audit the books of the Treasurer and Recorder, and report at the last stated Conclave in March. They shall perform additional and such other duties pertaining to the work of such committees, or for the general good of the Commandery, as may be required by action of the Commandery, or by the Eminent Commander in the administration of his duties.

 

 

Article IV

 

Section 1

 

The duties of the several officers of this Commandery are those traditionally pertaining to the government of the Order as provided by the Statutes of the Superior Bodies, attaching to the several offices.

 

 

Article V

 

Section 1

 

All Petitions for the Orders of the Knighthood shall be signed in writing by the applicant on a Petition-Form, corresponding in Regulation to the form provided and adopted by the Grand Encampment of the United States of America, and by the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of Georgia, and shall be signed also by two members of this Commandery, who are in good standing as vouchers. See Section 3 herein inclusive.

 

Section 2

 

The Petition shall be presented at a regular Conclave and referred to a committed of three members(not vouchers) for investigation and report, which must be done at the next regular conclave two weeks or more from that date, unless further time for investigation is granted, except by dispensation.

 

Section 3

 

All applicants for membership in this Commandery, in addition to subscribing to the requirements of the Petition-Form, and answering the questions therein propounded, shall state where he has resided for the past three years.

 

 

Section 4

 

A Petition which is favorably reported on by the committee may be withdrawn before action by the Commandery or, when it appears that the Commandery has no jurisdiction over the petitioner.

 

 

Section 5

 

On balloting for election, one negative rejects. In case of an apparent negative, the Commander shall order another ballot, before making any announcement. After the second regular and perfect ballot he shall announce the result. A massed ballot may be taken when more than one applicant; if a black ball appears, then separate ballots shall be taken.

 

Section 6

 

One clear ballot entitles the applicant to all the Orders conferred in this Commandery, except that objection may be made to the Commandery or Commander before the conferring of the Order of the Red Cross which would act in all respects as a negative and reject the applicant.  If objection be made after the Red Cross is conferred then the objector shall prefer charges and trial shall proceed as per Disciplinary Laws.

 

Section 7

 

A candidate once rejected shall not be eligible to a second application until six months have elapsed from the date of his rejection; and no person who has been rejected in any other Commandery shall receive the Orders in this, without the consent of the Commandery which rejected him, until after three years from the time of his rejection.

 

Section 8

 

Application for affiliation shall be acted upon in the same manner as for Orders.

 

 

Article VI

 

Section 1

 

The fees for the Orders of Red Cross, Malta and Temple shall be $100 and must be paid before the conferring of the Order of the Red Cross.

 

Section 2

 

In no instance and under no circumstances shall the Orders be conferred upon an elected Companion without the fee for the orders is paid as provided; and said fee must not be remitted directly or indirectly.

 

 

 

Section 3

 

The annual dues shall be $13 (Thirteen Dollars) plus rounded up to the next even dollar if needed per member, except those otherwise exempt by Grand Commandery Code, plus any per-capita tax and assessments. This includes Grand Commandery, Grand Encampment. Dues shall be payable in advance on January 1 of each year.

 

 

 

 

Article VII

 

Section 1

 

All members of this Commandery shall be amenable to same for any unknightly conduct and may be tried for each offense and dealt with as a majority of the members present may determine, as provided by authority of the Superior Bodies, at the discretion of the Commandery.

 

 

Article VIII

Section 1

 

The Proceedings of this Commandery shall be divulged to no one except members of this Order in good standing, and a violation of this Article shall subject the offender, if a member, to such punishment as the Commandery my inflict.  Any visiting Knight violating this Article shall be forever excluded from this Commandery, and his Commandery notified of his unknightly conduct.  At each conclave where an applicant is rejected, this section shall be read.

 

Section 2

 

The nature of a report on a Petition for membership in the Commandery shall not be recorded in the minutes; only the fact that the Committee reported shall be recorded.

 

 

Article IX

 

Section 1

 

When a member is more than two years in arrears for dues, the Eminent Commander shall supervise and determine whether it is advisable to remit the dues of a delinquent member because of illness, infirmity or financial inability, and shall recommend to the Commandery the remission of dues whenever he deems the same justified. If the Eminent Commander does not see fit to recommend the remission of dues of a delinquent member, he shall appoint a Committee of at least two members to make a personal call, if possible, upon such delinquent member with reference thereto. The report of such Committee shall be reviewed by the Eminent Commander and shall be reported to the Commandery. The process of suspension shall be undertaken only after the foregoing preliminary requirements have been met.

 

Thereupon, the Eminent Commander shall see to it that the Recorder send either a certified or registered letter to the delinquent member at his last known address, giving official notice of intention to suspend such member, including the date and hour when the suspension proceedings will be brought before the Commandery for action. At the time when such suspension proceedings are brought before the Commandery, the Eminent Commander shall first inform the Commandery of all pertinent facts and circumstances regarding such delinquent member and shall exhibit the return receipt of the certified or registered letter to the delinquent member, or the unclaimed certified or registered letter, before any action shall be taken by the Commandery.

 

When a member of a Commandery is summoned to show cause why he should not be suspended for non‐payment of dues and fails to appear, the Commander cannot declare him suspended until the Commandery has so voted.

 

 

Section 2

 

A Sir Knight shall not be suspended or expelled from this Commandery except after trial on regular charges duly specifying his offense, the accused being allowed full opportunity to make his defense as provided by Statutes(Except for Suspension for Non-Payment of Dues).

 

Section 3

 

A Sir Knight indefinitely suspended or expelled, shall be re-admitted only in the same manner as unaffiliated Sir Knight.  When suspended or expelled because of suspension or expulsion in Lodge or Chapter, and is afterwards restored in said bodies, he is entitled to restoration in this Commandery, provided notice of application for same shall be presented at a stated Conclave prior to the one at which such restoration is expected to be had.

 

Section 4

 

In the case of Appeal, as provided under disciplinary rules after trial of a Sir Knight, the verdict of the Commandery shall not be made public until after the decision of the Grand Commandery.

 

 

Article X

 

Section 1

 

  1. The order of the Knights Templar is declared to be a uniformed order.
  2. Each and every officer of a constituent Commandery in this Grand Jurisdiction is required to own and possess a regulation uniform prior to his installation.
  3. Each constituent Commandery shall maintain a unit equipped with full Templar Uniforms as prescribed by this Grand Commandery, to be worn at full form openings, and the conferring of the Order of the Temple.
  4. A Commandery shall appear in public only in full dress uniform except for attendance at church services or funerals.

 

Section 2

 

  1. The fees for the Orders of Knighthood shall not be less than $100, which shall include a Life Sponsor to the Knight Templar Eye Foundation, and which must be paid before conferring the Order of the Red Cross.  There shall be no fee required for affiliation.
  2. Constituent Commanderies may give a uniform to any member thereof upon such terms and conditions as such Commanderies may desire.
  3. Any equipment supplied to a Sir Knight by St. Bernard Commandery No. 25 is not to leave the Commandery unless by consent of the Recorder and then must be returned immediately following the reason for removal has been met.

 

 

Section 3

 

Saint Bernard Commandery No. 25 being under the jurisdiction of the Grand Commandery of Georgia shall strictly observe the foregoing regulations and requirements and enforce obedience thereto.

 

Section 4

 

All statutes and regulations or parts thereof (in conflict with any of the foregoing requirements are hereby expressly rejected. Pro. 1950)

 

 

 

Article XI

 

Section 1

 

The Commander shall be ex-officio a member of all committees authorized by this Commandery, unless otherwise specified and ordered, and shall see that all business delegated is looked after and transacted, or reported on, to the end that the affairs of this Commandery be conducted with diligence and in accordance with business dignity.

 

Section 2

 

The Recorder shall have charge of all furniture, jewels and other property of the Commandery.

 

 

Section 3

 

The Recorder shall carefully and faithfully keep the records and members accounts, transact all the business of his office in an expeditious manner, and receive for his services $200.

 

 

Section 4

 

The Bonds required of the Treasurer and Recorder shall be for the amounts stipulated by action of the Commandery as practicable and sufficient or two signatures required on checks drawn on Commandery account.

 

Section 5

 

The Treasurer shall receive all monies and keep a true account of the same and receive for his services $50.

                                                                                                                           

Article XII

 

Section 1

 

Amendments of these By-Laws or additions thereto, must be presented in writing at a regular conclave, and approved, and acted on at a subsequent regular conclave, for final adoption, after the consent of the Grand Commander shall have been obtained to such proposed amendment or addition.

 

Section 2

 

Two-thirds of the members present concurring shall be required for adoption.

 

 Rules of Order

 

  1. When the Commandery is about to be opened, the Sir Knights shall observe profound silence; no Sir Knight shall be permitted to leave his place in the Asylum during the progress of any work except for the furtherance of the same.
  2. Every Sir Knight shall stand when he speaks and shall address himself to the Commander with respect and decorum and shall confine himself to the subject under discussion. He shall not be interrupted while speaking unless for breach of order.
  3. No Sir Knight shall speak more than twice upon the question, without leave, nor more than once until every Sir Knight wishing to speak has spoken, and when two or more rise at the same time to speak, the Commander shall name the one who shall speak first.
  4. The report of all committees shall be in writing, and signed by at least a majority of the committee, otherwise they will not be received; except auditing bills, when one member of the Finance Committee shall be sufficient.
  5. No question shall be put unless it is seconded, and it shall not be open for discussion until stated by the Commander, when the same shall be determined by a majority of the Sir Knights present.
  6. Every Sir Knight present, when a question is put, shall vote thereon unless for special reasons, he shall be excused by the Commander, and the vote on any question shall be taken by ballot at the request of three members.
  7. No Sir Knight shall vote on any question in the results of which he is personally interested, nor when he is not present when the question is first put; nor shall there be any debate after the question is put by the Commander.
  8. No Sir Knight, except one of the majority which decides a question, shall be permitted to move for a reconsideration of such question, and then, not after the confirmation of the minutes in which such question is recorded.
  9. Any Sir Knight may call for a division of a question, when the same will admit it.
  10. Every resolution shall be presented in writing and signed by the Sir Knight proposing the same.
  11. All motions, debates, etc., the rules usually practiced in legislative bodies shall be observed as nearly as possible.
  12. This body shall be governed by Roberts Rules of Order, if no printed rules are in effect.
  13. Any Sir Knight who voluntarily in open Commandery, erases his name, or desires his name erased from the books of the Commandery, as Sir Knight, shall never again be admitted as a member, and whenever he visits the Commandery, shall be put on the footing of a non-affiliated Sir Knight, and shall pay the usual fee.

 

 

 Order of Business

 

 

  1. Reading minutes of the last regular and all intervening special Conclaves.
  2. First reading of petitions.
  3. Second reading of petitions and balloting.
  4. Reports of Committees.
  5. Applications for relief.
  6. Reading communications and bills.
  7. Unfinished business.
  8. New business.
  9. Business for the good of the Order.
  10. Work and Lectures.
  11. Closing.

 

Past Commanders

(* Denotes KYCH)

 

Year

Name

2019-2020

Jeffery Lewis Anderson

2018-2019

Patrick William Dally

2017-2018

*Glenn Neal Pressley

2016-2017

David Orell Johnston

2015-2016

*Kevin Lee Hyde

2014-2015

James Anthony Thomas

2013-2014

*Robert Donald Wing

2012-2013

*James Russell Hazelwood

2011-2012

Joel Knight

2010-2011

*Raymond Guy Laird

2009-2010

*Benjamin W. Polston, II

2008-2009

*D.W. Hendry Sr.

2007-2008

*Mike Wilson

2006-2007

*Jim Goodman

2005-2006

Will Simmons

2004-2005

Darold Vissering

2003-2004

Donald Kelly

2002-2003

David Lane

2001-2002

*Mike Jones

2000-2001

*Pete Fleming

1999-2000

Roger Aspinwall

1998-1999

*Michael Autry

1997-1998

*John Wages

1996-1997

*Mercer Collins

1995-1996

*Charles David Strickland

1994-1995

*Larry Capes

1993-1994

Lloyd Spell

1992-1993

*J.C. Pollard

1991-1992

George Sullivan

1990-1991

*Andrew Wyatt

1989-1990

*Rudolph Fuglaar

1988-1989

Thomas Alan McCrary

1987-1988

*Rudolph Fuglaar

1986-1987

Bernie R. Goldman

1985-1986

*W.H. Whelchel

1984-1985

Oscar R. Blount

1983-1984

*James C. Pollard

1982-1983

*G.J. Giesler

1981-1982

Henry T. Hooper

1980-1981

A.C. Bennett Jr.

1979-1980

Virgil E. Guess

1978-1979

*J.L. Brookshire

1977-1978

*Charles Strickland

76-1977

George W. Stroker

1975-1976

James E. Kilgore

1973-1975

*J. Lewis Lester

1972-1973

Lloyd D. Jett

1970-1972

R.H. Davis

1969-1970

Aubrey W. Harvey

1968-1969

*O.H. Meadors

1967-1968

A.M. Bennett

1966-1967

J. Paul Alexander

1965-1966

Otis T. Lott

1964-1965

*Andrew Q. Wyatt

1963-1964

James T. Price

1962-1963

*Curtis F. Tumlin

1961-1962

J.T. Brown

1960-1961

*C.H. Geiger

1959-1960

M.H. Waggoner

1958-1959

M.L. Davis

1957-1958

*W.J. Dingus, Jr.

1955-1957

J.C. Harwell

1954-1955

J.M. Allison

1953-1954

J.L. Skinner

1951-1953

H.F. Meadors

1942-1951

A.L. Loyd

1939-1941

*P.H. Ponder

1937-1939

A.L. Loyd

1936-1937

J.T. Pittman

1935-1936

T.C. Meadors

1934-1935

J.B. Weaver

1933-1934

J.G. Robinson

1932-1933

P.M. Dearing

1927-1932

A.L. Loyd

1926-1927

E.B. Rogers

1920-1926

J.L. Elliott

1919-1920

C.D. Gibson

1918-1919

G.P. Singler

1917-1918

G.T. Smith

1916-1917

C.A. Harwell

1915-1916

G.T. Smith

1914-1915

P.W. Godfrey

1913-1914

C.A. Sockwell

1912-1913

A.S. Hopkins

1911-1912

M.G. Turner

1909-1911

R.P. Lester


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Thu Oct 17, 2019 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
OES Meeting
Mon Oct 21, 2019 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
St. Bernard Commandery #25
Tue Oct 22, 2019 @12:00AM
Grand Lodge Annual Communication
Tue Oct 22, 2019 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Golden Fleece Lodge #6
Wed Oct 23, 2019 @12:00AM
Grand Lodge Annual Communication
Mon Nov 04, 2019 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Covington Chapter and Council Meeting
Thu Nov 07, 2019 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
OES Meeting
Mon Nov 11, 2019 @12:00AM
Veteran's Day, Meet in Lodge Parking Lot
Tue Nov 12, 2019 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Golden Fleece Lodge #6
Mon Nov 18, 2019 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
St. Bernard Commandery #25
Thu Nov 21, 2019 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
OES Meeting
Tue Nov 26, 2019 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Golden Fleece Lodge #6
Mon Dec 02, 2019 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Covington Chapter and Council Meeting
Thu Dec 05, 2019 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
OES Meeting
Tue Dec 10, 2019 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Golden Fleece Lodge #6
Mon Dec 16, 2019 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
St. Bernard Commandery #25
Thu Dec 19, 2019 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
OES Meeting
Fri Dec 20, 2019 @10:00AM - 03:00PM
Widow's Fruit Basket Preparation
Tue Dec 24, 2019 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Golden Fleece Lodge #6
Fri Dec 27, 2019 @12:00AM
St. John the Evangelist Day
Thu Jan 02, 2020 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
OES Meeting
Mon Jan 06, 2020 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Covington Chapter and Council Meeting
Tue Jan 14, 2020 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Golden Fleece Lodge #6
Thu Jan 16, 2020 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
OES Meeting
Mon Jan 20, 2020 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
St. Bernard Commandery #25
Tue Jan 28, 2020 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Golden Fleece Lodge #6
Mon Feb 03, 2020 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Covington Chapter and Council Meeting
Thu Feb 06, 2020 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM
OES Meeting
Tue Feb 11, 2020 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Golden Fleece Lodge #6
Mon Feb 17, 2020 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
St. Bernard Commandery #25