Increasing Degree Fees

Discussion in 'Masonic Jurisprudence' started by Blake Bowden, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

    I was looking at increasing the degree fees at the Lodge and our bylaws state:

    Article VII

    The fees for degrees of this Lodge shall be an amount not less than prescribed in Article 307 of the Constitution and Laws of the Grand Lodge and set by the Lodge from time to time. In addition to the regular fees collected by the Lodge, a $25 contribution to the Texas Masonic Charities Foundation shall be collected from each applicant for the Master Mason Degree. In addition to the regular fee for initiation, a $5.00 donation to the George Washington Masonic Memorial shall be collected from each applicant for the Entered Apprentice Degree.

    Since the degree fees aren't specifically mentioned, would a simple vote by the Lodge suffice?
  2. David Duke

    David Duke Premium Member

    I would say yes a simple vote would be adequate; the key sentence to me is the first where it says the fee is set by the Lodge from time to time and no specific amount is mentioned. The way I interpret it is that the degree fee can't be judiciously adjusted/lowered but must be set by the lodge.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2010
  3. Wingnut

    Wingnut Premium Member

    Id suggest if you gonna do that you put in wording such as degree fees (and annual for that matter) will be established at $25 above the GL minimum. that way you dont have to update them every time something changes down in waco and go through the fight of having to increase the fees/dues.
  4. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

    actually GL does not care to know degree fee or dues amount so long as they abide by GL law which is what you posted above. Kinda weird GL let you have GL law in your By-Laws? But it is a motion and a vote. Some lodges by-laws say it has to be in writing and lay over for a month but if your does not then it is even easier to do.
  5. Wingnut

    Wingnut Premium Member

    True dues and fees changes are are not a change required to be approved by GL.
  6. Dave in Waco

    Dave in Waco Premium Member

    I would concern that it simply a matter of a vote in Lodge since they are not specified in your By-Laws.

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