East Central York Rite College No. 81

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By-laws of East Central York Rite College No. 81



A. This College shall be known as East Central York Rite College No. 81.

B. The City of Villa Grove, State of Illinois shall be the home, or the usual

Assembly place, of this College.



A. The fiscal year of this College shall begin June 1 and end on May 31 of the

following year.


A. The purposes of this York Rite College shall be:

  1. To foster a spirit of cooperation and coordination among each of the Bodies

of York Rite Masonry.

2. To assist in worthy efforts to improve the ritualistic and dramatic presentation

of York Rite work.

3. To conduct an educational program in order to inculcate greater appreciation

of the principles, ideals and programs of York Rite Masonry.

4. To strengthen York Rite Masonry in every proper manner.

5. To build a love of country and to aid and support genuine Patriotism.

6. To reward outstanding service to York Rite Masonry by awards, honors and other methods of proper recognition.

7. To support Charitable and Benevolent endeavors of Freemasonry.



A. Membership shall be limited to Regular members who are in good standing in a

Symbolic Lodge of Master Masons, a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, a Council

of Cryptic Masons {or Royal and Select Masters (Masons)}and a Commandery

or Preceptory of Knights Templar, and who are actively engaged in working for

the York Rite.

B. The Council, as described in Article V E, acting as a Screening Committee, shall

consider all proposals for membership and cause them to be presented to the

Assembly or be filed by the Secretary, but a majority vote of the members in

attendance at an Assembly can bring a proposal up for ballot if he qualifies by

“A” above.

C. Membership in this College shall be by written invitation only.

D. Any member in good standing may recommend an eligible York Rite Mason for

membership on the Proposal form provided for that purpose.

E. Membership in this College shall be as follows:

  1. PRIMAL: Regular Member

2. DUAL: (optional) Membership in this College plus Primal Membership in a

different Grand Jurisdiction.

3. PLURAL: (optional) Membership in more than one College within this State or


F. A unanimous vote of those members present at a Regular Assembly, or a Special

Assembly called for that purpose, shall be necessary for election to membership.



A. The officers of this York Rite College by Title and Rank are:

1. Preeminent Governor

2. Eminent Deputy Governor

3. Eminent Chancellor

4. Eminent Treasurer

5. Eminent Secretary

6. Noble Primate

7. Noble Preceptor

8. Noble Seneschal

9. Noble Marshal

10. Noble Sentinel

11. Noble Organist (Optional)

12. Noble Heralds (optional)

B. The first five (5) shall be elected at or before the Annual Assembly.

C. The Governor shall make all appointments.

D. The term of office shall be one (1) year, or until a successor is duly installed.

E. The five (5) Elected Officers shall constitute the Council of this College.

F. It shall be the duty and privilege of the Governor to preside at all Assemblies of the College. In his absence, the Deputy Governor, or the Junior Past Governor present, in that order, will open the College and preside.

G. Should the office of Governor become vacant, the Deputy Governor or Chancellor, in that order, shall succeed to the office of Governor until the next Annual Assembly.  Should a Special Election become necessary, the Governor General may grant his dispensation upon application.

H. The election and installation of officers must comply fully with applicable Sovereign College Regulations.



  1. Due and proper notice shall be given for all Assemblies.

B.  The Annual Assembly of this York Rite College shall be held on the Third Saturday of May.

C.  There shall be a minimum of two (2) Assemblies per College year including the

Annual Assembly.

D.  The fixed date of the second Assembly is the Third Saturday in August.

E.  Other Regular Assemblies may be at the call of the Governor providing due and proper notice is sent to the membership.

F.  The Governor may call Special Assemblies at his discretion providing due and proper notice is sent to the membership.

G. Nine (9) Companion Knights shall constitute a quorum.



A. The fee for membership in this College shall be $50.00 plus any Per Capita or special assessment levied by the York Rite Sovereign College of North America. (Total to accompany application is $90.00.)

B. The annual dues for membership in this College shall be $20.00 plus any Per Capita or special assessment levied by the York Rite Sovereign College of North America. (Total amount of dues is $30.00.)

C. All new members will receive a College name badge, included as part of their

membership fee.

D. The re-instatement fee for this College shall be $50.00 plus any Per Capita or special assessment levied by the York Rite Sovereign College of North America. (Total to accompany application is $90.00.)



A. The Council shall serve as a Standing Committee on Charity and may authorize an amount not to exceed $50.00 to relieve a worthy distressed Companion Knight.

B. Immediately after his election, the Governor shall appoint Committees on:

1. York Rite Cooperation

2. Membership

3. Budget and Finance

4. Degree Teams

5. Entertainment

6. Other committees (optional)



A.  If this College shall cease to exist, except for the purpose of consolidation, the Governor and Secretary shall within thirty (30) days thereafter, transmit to the Secretary General of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America all books, papers, rituals, jewels, seals, robes, all paraphernalia and all other property or Funds, or evidence thereof, together with the Charter unless the same has been arrested or removed by the order of the Governor General.



  1. An Office may be vacated in the following way.
  1. Death
  2. Inability or refusal to serve
  3. Temporary or permanent suspension
  4. Expulsion from the Order
  5. Loss of Prerequisite membership

B.  Appointed Officers serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
C. The Grand Governor may suspend an Elected Officer failing to properly fulfill the duties of his office



    Anything contained herein that is in conflict with the spirit and intent of the Sovereign College Constitution and By-Laws, together with the guidelines of the Governor General and the Board of Directors is hereby declared to be null and void.



    1. These By-Laws may be amended as follows:

    1. The written proposal to amend shall identify the Article, Section, Page and

    Line(s) to be deleted, amended or replaced.

    2. It shall identify the new amendment by Article, Section and Page.
    3. It shall quote the new language exactly.
    It must be received by a majority vote at a Regular Assembly or a Special Assembly called for that purpose.
    It must then lay over, and due and proper notice, both as to content of the Amendent and the time and place of the Assembly where it will be voted on,

    be given to the membership. It must be adopted by a 2/3 majority vote at

    said Assembly.

    6.It must bear the signature of the Grand Governor.

    7. It must be properly signed and submitted in triplicate to the Secretary General

    for the Governor General’s signature.


    Governor ________________________Date

    Grand Governor ___________________Date

    Governor General__________________ Date

    Secretary General__________________ Date


    The recommended order of business at each stated assembly shall be as follows, unless changed at the discretion of the Governor.

    1. Opening ceremonies, including presentation of the Flag of our country.

    2. Reading and disposing of the minutes.

    3. Report of committees.

    4. Balloting on recommended candidates, and as required.

    5. Communications.

    6. Unfinished business.

    7. New business.

    8. Report on dues receipts.

    9. Notice given for the next assembly.

    10. Closing ceremonies.