Lodge Standing Rules

Discussion in 'Freemasonry In Texas' started by ethridgem, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. ethridgem

    ethridgem lux scrutator Premium Member

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    Brethren,

    Does your Lodge operate under an adopted set of "standing rules"? If so, would you be willing/able to share a copy with me?


    Thanks in advance.

    S&F,
    MGE
     
  2. Ripcord22A

    Ripcord22A Site Benefactor

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  3. ethridgem

    ethridgem lux scrutator Premium Member

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    Standing Rules would be subordinate to the by-laws. These would be more specific things like exact dollar amounts for dues and degrees fees, Lodge-specific officer duties, rules regarding cell phones, security protocols, etc.
     
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    Ripcord22A Site Benefactor

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  5. ethridgem

    ethridgem lux scrutator Premium Member

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    Yeah, we might structure stuff a bit differently down here. GL advises us to not include highly specific things in our By-Laws because they are pretty difficult to amend. If you adopt a set of standing rules, GL has no oversight of them and you can amend as your Lodge sees fit.
     
  6. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    Interesting.. our GL killed all Lodge By-Laws a few years ago replacing them with "Uniform Operating Rules" as a schedule in GL's Const. Each lodge now keeps a "book of Lodge resolutions" which basically contains further by-laws.. i dont think our Uniform Operating Rules are really what you are after....
     
  7. dfreybur

    dfreybur Premium Member

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    California has long required lodge to adopt a standardized book of bylaws. The book has a few blanks that are the only allowed variations. As a result my California lodge has all sorts of local traditions that have been voted on but never included in the by laws.

    Illinois and Texas are not as strict about bylaws as California but I still figure in most cases I'd rather have a voted in and easily amended set of standing traditions than a written and set of by laws that require an involved process to change.
     
  8. ethridgem

    ethridgem lux scrutator Premium Member

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    That's exactly what I'm looking to do. I know some Lodges in Texas have already done it. You have your solid, hard to amend By-Laws that give you your basic guidelines, then an adopted set of standing rules that can be changed at any time (by whatever rules you adopt within them).
     
  9. chrmc

    chrmc Registered User

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    GLoTX issues a standard set of Rules and Regulations that they suggest for lodges to adopt. Anyone that has been to a Warden's retreat will have them. I'd post them here, but the site doesn't allow .doc files it seems.
     
  10. JJones

    JJones Moderator Staff Member

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    Can you toss it up on Google Drive or email it? I'd like to see.
     
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  11. ethridgem

    ethridgem lux scrutator Premium Member

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    Ditto
     

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