Bylaws of ST. ANTHONY CONCLAVE
Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine
and Appendant Orders
City of San Antonio, State of Texas

Article:  
Name and Allegiance
Jurisdiction
Assemblies
Membership
Rejections
Resignations
Officers
Duties of Officers
Fees and Dues
Unusual Cases
Amendments

  

ARTICLE I.
Name and Allegiance

Section 1. This Conclave shall be known as ST. ANTHONY CONCLAVE, KNIGHTS of the RED CROSS of CONSTANTINE and APPENDANT ORDERS, with its location at the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, State of Texas, such name and location having been authorized by the United Grand Imperial Council in the Charter granted June 12, 1924.

Section 2. Allegiance is acknowledged to the UNITED GRAND IMPERIAL COUNCIL of the KNIGHTS of the RED CROSS of CONSTANTINE and APPENDANT ORDERS for the UNITED STATES of AMERICA, MEXICO, and the PHILIPPINES, under whose authority this Charter is held. top

ARTICLE II.
Jurisdiction

This Conclave shall have exclusive jurisdiction in Bexar County, State of Texas, and concurrent jurisdiction in all other Counties in the State of Texas, except those Counties which are the locale of a Conclave which has exclusive jurisdiction in the County in which it is located, or such territory as may have been made exclusive and assigned to a Conclave by the United Grand Imperial Council. top

ARTICLE III.
Assemblies

Section 1. The Annual Assembly of this Conclave shall be held on or before the Festival of St. John the Evangelist, or within a period of not later than thirty (30) days thereafter, on a date and at a place determined by the Sovereign for the Conclave, written or printed notice of such date and place to be given to all members at least ten (10) days prior thereto.

Section 2. Dates of Regular Assemblies may be set by the Sovereign, written or printed notice being given to all members at least ten (10) days prior thereto.

Section 3. Special Assemblies may be called by the Sovereign, or upon the written request of three (3) members of the Conclave. Notice shall be given to all members at least ten (10) days prior thereto, and no business shall be transacted except that for which it is called and which is specified in the notice.

Section 4. At all Assemblies five (5) members of this Conclave, exclusive of the Sovereign, shall constitute a quorum.

Section 5. A majority affirmative vote of all members present at an Assembly shall be required to approve all business transactions, except those matters for which other provision is made in these Bylaws or in the Constitution, Statutes, and Regulations of the United Grand Imperial Council. top

ARTICLE IV.
Membership

Section 1. The maximum number of members of this Conclave shall be fifty (50), including all classes of membership except Emeritus Members or Dual and Honorary Members who hold membership in other Conclaves. "By action of the 137th Annual Conclave of the United Grand Impeial Council, June 12, 2009, the membership limit of all Conclaves having current limits of thirty to fifty [was] reduced by ten percent…." See Allocution of the Grand Sovereign, Charles L. Stuckey, K.G.C., in the Proceedings of the United Grand Imperial Council of Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine and Appendant Orders for the United States of America, Mexico and the Philippines beginning at page 41 and in particular at page 46. The effect of the Grand Sovereign's recommendation which was moved, seconded and "the motion prevail[ed]" is the the membership limit is reduced from fifty to forty-five.

Section 2. Regular membership in this Conclave may be attained by invitation only, which invitation shall be extended only after unanimous consent of the Conclave and proper clearance through the Grand Recorder's office.

Section 3. Any Regular, Dual, or Emeritus Member may, upon the form provided for that purpose, suggest the name of a proposed invitee for membership to the Recorder, provided that the suggested name is accompanied by his complete Masonic record and a statement that he is a Royal-Arch Mason in good standing and one who subscribes to a belief in the Christian religion as revealed in the New Testament.

Section 4. No person may petition for the Orders of this Conclave on his own motion, nor shall any person be received, either for the Orders or for membership upon demit, unless his name shall have first been presented to the Conclave in a Regular Assembly or at the Annual Assembly. Action on the proposal shall lie over until the name has been cleared through the office of the Grand Recorder, after which, at a subsequent Regular Assembly, the person shall be considered and balloted upon by the Conclave. A single blackball, or an oral or written objection made to the Sovereign before a person whose name has been proposed is balloted upon, shall reject any person whose name is so proposed. If the person whose name shall be so proposed is approved by the unanimous ballot of Regular, Dual, and Emeritus Members of the Conclave present, he shall be considered chosen and thereafter shall present himself for installation within one year after his election. If he does not so present himself for installation within one year, his election shall be void; but his name may again be proposed.

If the number of proposals elected to membership exceeds the number of vacancies in membership, a secret written ballot shall be taken to determine which persons shall be selected to fill the existing vacancies in membership. This ballot shall not be a blackball against a person but shall be a vote for a person in order of preference. Preference shall be established in accordance with the following example:

Assume that four (4) vacancies for membership exist and that any number in excess of four persons have been proposed for membership and that from that number six (6) persons have been elected to membership; then a secret written ballot shall be taken to establish which four persons of the six persons who have been cleared by the ballot shall be accepted to fill the existing four vacancies for membership.

According to the above example each Regular, Dual, and Emeritus Member of the Conclave present shall submit asecret written ballot, listing thereon the six (6) persons cleared by unanimous ballot in order of preference, with the number one (1) being assigned to the number-one preference and so on, with the number six (6) being assigned to the last preference of the elector. In accordance with this example, the first person listed on the individual ballot of an elector shall receive six (6) points, the second person shall receive five (5) points, the third person shall receive four (4) points, the fourth person shall receive three (3) points, the fifth person shall receive two (2) points, and the sixth person shall receive one (7) point. The number of points that each person receives on all of the ballots shall be tallied and the four (4) persons receiving the most points shall be invited to fill the four existing vacancies in membership.

The point system for establishing preference of the individual ballot shall correspond to the total number of persons who have been cleared by unanimous ballot, with the first preference receiving a point total on an individual ballot equal to the total number of persons cleared by the unanimous ballot, and so on until the last preference listed on the individual ballot receives one point on the individual ballot of an elector.

Section 5. After an invitation, authorized by the Conclave, has been issued and presented to the proposed member, there can be no further ballot or ordeal.

Section 6. Every person so chosen for membership shall, before his installation, file his Acceptance of Invitation in writing, stating that he is a believer in the Christian religion as revealed in the New Testament, giving his Masonic affiliations in the Lodge and Chapter, his residence, date and place of birth, and present occupation, all over his official signature and in the form prescribed by the United Grand Imperial Council. Such Acceptance shall be preserved in the archives of the Conclave. With his Acceptance the applicant shall also make his offering in the sum prescribed by these Bylaws.

Section 7. A Knight Companion in good standing in another Conclave may be elected to Dual membership in this Conclave. His name shall be proposed at a Regular Assembly or at the Annual Assembly of this Conclave. No action shall be taken or ballot spread until at least thirty (30) days have elapsed between the date of the Regular or Annual Assembly at which the name was first proposed and the next Regular or Annual Assembly at which the proposal shall be considered and action taken, or a Special Assembly called specifically for that purpose. He shall have the full rights and privileges of a Regular member, shall pay dues and assessments collected by the Conclave, and shall pay the per capita tax and primary-registration fee required by the United Grand Imperial Council.
Loss of membership in the original Conclave automatically forfeits the Dual Membership.

Section 8. Honorary Membership may be conferred upon an active member of another Conclave who has performed an outstanding service for Freemasonry or the Constantinian Order and upon whom the Conclave may desire to confer special distinction. The election of Knights Companion to this classification shall be dependent upon the recommendation of the Sovereign and a Committee of Past Sovereigns, plus the unanimous approval of the Conclave. There shall not be more than a total of five (5) such Honorary Members at any one time.

Section 9. Emeritus Membership may be conferred upon an active member of this Conclave when such member is prevented from regular attendance through no fault of his own. Emeritus Members shall have full rights and privileges of active members and shall pay annual dues unless by vote of the Conclave they are remitted. In either case, the per-capita tax shall be paid to the United Grand Imperial Council the same as for active members. The number of Emeritus Members of this Conclave shall not exceed ten (10) at any one time and shall not be counted in the allowed limit of membership. (Amended June 7, 1996 to increase Emeriti Members from five (5) to ten (10))

Section 10. A member ceases to be such by resignation, suspension, or expulsion. Any member who has lost membership in a prerequisite Masonic body, by demit or otherwise, automatically forfeits membership in this Conclave. Upon restoration to membership in such prerequisite Masonic body, he may be restored to membership in this Conclave by unanimous affirmative vote of the members present at a Regular or Annual Assembly.

Section 11. Any member who has been suspended for non-payment of dues or other financial obligation to the Conclave may, upon payment of the same, be restored to membership by a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of members present at a Regular or Annual Assembly. A suspension for any other cause, or expulsion, shall require the unanimous affirmative vote of members present at a Regular or Annual Assembly for reinstatement.

Section 12. All fees for installation, affiliation, or dual-membership registration must, in all cases, accompany the petition in full. top

ARTICLE V.
Rejections

Section 1. When the name of a person has been presented to the Conclave, either for the Orders or for affiliation, and such a person has been rejected, his name shall not again be presented until after the expiration of one (1) year from the date of the Assembly at which such person was rejected.

Section 2. In case of the rejection of a proposal for installation, or a refusal to receive a petition for affiliation, or an adverse ballot, no member or visitor shall disclose the name of any member who objected to the proposal or who objected to the petition, nor the name of the person receiving the adverse .ballot, under the penalty of suspension or expulsion (if a member) or of never again being permitted to visit this Conclave or to become a member thereof (if a visitor). The Puissant Sovereign, in all proper cases, shall cause this section to be read immediately after the rejection of a proposal for installation or the rejection of a petition for affiliation. top

ARTICLE VI.
Resignations

Section 1. Any member desiring to withdraw from this Conclave shall present his resignation in writing at a Regular or Annual Assembly. If no valid objection is offered, Letters Dimissory (Demit) shall be granted to him.

Section 2. No action shall be taken upon the resignation of a member pending any inquiry into his conduct, nor until his dues and/or other financial obligations to the Conclave have been paid or remitted. top

ARTICLE VII.
Officers

The Officers of this Conclave shall consist of the Sovereign, viceroy, Senior General, Junior General, Prelate, Treasurer, Recorder, Prefect, Standard Bearer, Herald, and Sentinel - all to be elected at the Annual Assembly of the Conclave. They shall be invested with their respective offices at the time of election or as soon thereafter as possible. It is not permissible for one Knight Companion to be installed into more than one elective office for simultaneous or concurrent terms of service. top

ARTICLE VIII.
Duties of Officers

Section 1. The Sovereign has it in special charge to see that the Bylaws of the Conclave are duly observed as well as the Constitution, Statutes, Regulations, and Laws of the United Grand Imperial Council; that accurate records are kept; that regular accounts, reports, and returns are made to the Grand Recorder of the United Grand Imperial Council annually; and that the fees and dues are paid promptly. He shall preside over the Conclave and shall see that the opening, closing, and other ritualistic work is performed in a dignified and creditable manner.

The Sovereign shall appoint, at least one (1) month before the date of the Annual Assembly, an Auditing Committee consisting of three (3) Knights companion, none of whom is an elective officer; the Auditing Committee shall audit or have audited the books of the Recorder and those of the Treasurer and shall make a report in writing at the Annual Assembly or not later than the first Regular Assembly after the Annual Assembly.

The Sovereign shall have such other powers as are in keeping with the growth and needs of the Conclave and which are consistent with the provisions of the Constitution, Statutes, Regulations, and Laws of the United Grand Imperial Council and the Bylaws of the Conclave.

Section 2. The Viceroy, in the event of death, permanent removal from the jurisdiction, or physical incompetency of the reigning Sovereign of the Conclave shall act, after being coronated a member of the Senate of Sovereigns, as Sovereign. At all other times he shall perform. such duties as may be assigned to him by the Conclave or which are traditionally appropriate to his station.

Section 3. The Senior General and the Junior General shall perform such duties as may be assigned to them by the Conclave or which are traditionally appropriate to their respective stations.

Section 4. The Treasurer shall keep a correct account of all moneys received by him on account of the Conclave, giving his receipt therefor. He shall keep an accurate account of all moneys received from whatever source on account of the Conclave. He shall pay out such funds only upon orders drawn upon him by authority of the Conclave, such orders having been signed by both the Sovereign and the Recorder. He shall open an account with a Bank or Trust Company (which has been approved by the Conclave) as Treasurer of St. Anthony Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, of San Antonio, Texas. He shall annually submit in writing an account of all moneys received and disbursed by him and shall submit his books and records for audit and approval. He shall perform such other duties as pertain to the office of Treasurer.

Section 5. The Recorder shall keep full and correct minutes of the proceedings of the Conclave and shall issue notices for each Annual, Regular, and Special Assembly. Fe shall receive all moneys which may be paid to the Conclave and shall pay the same forthwith to the Treasurer, taking his receipt therfor. He shall submit his books and accounts to the Auditing Committee for examination, together with the statement of all receipts and expenditures. From tine to time he shall notify the membership concerning any dues or other financial obligations which are owing to the Conclave. He shall, on or before February 1st of each year, submit the Annual Returns in writing to the Grand Recorder upon such forms as may be provided by the United Grand Imperial Council for that purpose. He shall perform such other duties as pertain to the office of Recorder.

Section 6. The Sentinel shall be the custodian of and shall have charge of all paraphernalia of the Conclave, under the direction of the Sovereign.

Section 7. The duties of the remaining officers of the Conclave shall be such as prescribed by the Statutes of the United Grand Imperial Council or, in the absence of such statutory provisions, such as are usually incident to the respective offices.

Section 8. If the Sovereign is absent, the Past Sovereigns of this Conclave, according to rank and seniority of service (if not incapacitated) shall be empowered to preside until such time as the Viceroy has been coronated a member of the Senate of Sovereigns or until an election has been called to fill vacancies. top

ARTICLE IX.
Fees and Dues

Section 1. The fee for installation in this Conclave shall be as determined by the Conclave at the Annual Assembly, such fee to be not less than One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) and to include dues for the current year.

Section 2. Dues for the ensuing year shall be determined by the Conclave at the Annual Assembly; such dues, however, shall be not less than Fifteen Dollars ($15.00).

Section 3. The fee for affiliation of a Knight of the Order shall be as determined by the Conclave at the Annual Assembly, such fee to be not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) and to include dues for the current year.

Section 4. The fee for Dual Membership shall be as determined by the Conclave at the Annual Assembly, such fee to include the United Grand Imperial Council registration fee and the Conclave dues for the current year; however, such fee shall be not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00).

Section 4. All dues shall be payable in advance on or before the first day of January of each year. Any member in arrears to the Conclave for more than one year's dues, or any other financial obligation, and neglecting or refusing to pay for same after he has been duly notified may be suspended from membership unless his arrearages shall have been paid or shall have been remitted by a majority vote of members present at a Regular Assembly or the Annual Assembly. top

ARTICLE X.
Unusual Cases

In cases not especially provided for by the traditions of this order, or by the United Grand Imperial Council of the Order, or by these Bylaws, this Conclave shall be governed by the usages of Ancient Craft Masonry so far as the same may apply. top

ARTICLE XI.
Amendments

Section 1. No addition, alteration, repeal, or amendment to these Bylaws shall be made unless a motion therefor be presented in writing at a Regular Assembly or the Annual Assembly, such motion to be signed by at least two (2) members of this Conclave. It shall be read by the Sovereign or by the Recorder and shall lay over until the next Assembly (Annual, Regular, or Special) without debate. The Recorder shall cause the addition, alteration, repeal, or amendment to be printed in full in the notice of the next Assembly (Annual, Regular, or Special), when it shall be acted upon; and if it is approved by a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the members present, it shall be adopted. top

CERTIFICATE

This is to certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the Bylaws regularly adopted at an Assembly of ST. ANTHONY CONCLAVE of San Antonio, Texas, Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine, held in the City of San Antonio, State of Texas, on the 27th day of February, A.D. 1982, A.0. 1669.

s/ William C. Young
William C. Young, Recorder

Attest:
s/ Jack B. Lee
Jack B. Lee, Sovereign

APPROVAL

The foregoing Bylaws, adopted by ST. ANTHONY CONCLAVE of San Antonio, Texas, at its Assembly on February 27, 1982, are hereby approved this 8th day of March, A.D. 1982, A.O. 1669, subject, however to the final approval of the United Grand Imperial Council at its next Annual Assembly.

s/ Chester D. Minick
Chairman, Committee on Chartered Conclaves

CERTIFICATION

This certifies that at the Annual Assembly of the United Grand imperial Council held on June 12 1982, at Newport Beach, California, the Bylaws of ST. ANTHONY CONCLAVE adopted February 27, 1982, and approved by the Chairman of the Committee on chartered Conclaves were, upon vote of the United Grand Imperial Council, duly sanctioned and approved.

s/ Paul C. Rodenhauser
Paul C. Rodenhauser, Grand Recorder
Date: June 12, 1982
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