PARK PLACE MASONIC LODGE NO. 1172
NAME OF LODGE
This Lodge was chartered by the Grand Lodge of Texas on the 9th day of December 1921, and shall be known by the name and style of Park Place Lodge No. 1172, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. This Lodge subscribes to and shall be governed by the Constitution, Laws, Regulations and Edicts of the Grand Lodge of Texas.
MEETINGS OF THE LODGE
Section 1 – The stated meetings shall be held on the second and fourth Mondays of every month, at 7:30 p.m., except when a Holiday falls on the second or fourth Monday, the day before or the day after such meeting date, the meeting shall be postponed until the next second or fourth Monday meeting date.
Section 2 – Called meetings may be made by the Worshipful Master (or in his absence or inability to serve by the Senior Warden, or in the absence of both Master and Senior Warden, then by the Junior Warden), at such times as they, or either of them, having the right to act, may think important, or to the interest of the Craft.
Section 3 – As many members as possible should be notified of such called meeting, and no business shall be transacted at same, except such as was specified in the call.
OFFICERS OF THE LODGE
The officers of this lodge shall be a Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, Treasurer, Secretary, Chaplain, Senior and Junior Deacons, Senior and Junior Stewards, Marshal, Master of Ceremonies, Musician and Tiler.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS OF LODGE
Section 1 – The Worshipful Master, Wardens, Treasurer, Secretary and Deacons shall be elected, all other officers shall be appointed.
Section 2 – In the election of officers, should only one name be placed in nomination, the vote may be taken without ballot; but should more than one brother be placed in nomination, the members shall prepare their ballots, which shall be taken up and counted at the Secretary’s desk, and the number of votes received by each Brother reported to the presiding officer, and he shall declare the Brother receiving a majority of all the votes cast duly elected.
Section 3 – In the event no Brother has such majority, the ballot will be repeated until such is attained. Blank votes shall not be considered in determining the result.
DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS
Section 1 – Worshipful Master – It shall be the duty of the Worshipful Master to see that the By-Laws of the Lodge, as well as the Constitution and Regulations of the Grand Lodge are duly observed, and that the officers attend strictly to their duties.
Section 2 – Treasurer – It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to hold all deeds, certificates of stock, notes, bonds, obligations, or other property of a financial character, belonging to the lodge, and to collect and receive the same when directed by the lodge; to receive all moneys from the hands of the Secretary, passing his receipt for the same; and pay them out only upon the order of the Worshipful Master and the consent of the Lodge.
Section 3 – He shall keep a correct account of the same, and report minutely the financial condition of the lodge, at the stated meeting next succeeding the festival of St. John the Baptist, and at such times as the lodge may direct. For his services he shall receive an amount as set by the lodge from time to time and be exempt from payment of dues.
Section 4 – Secretary – It shall be the duty of the Secretary to carefully observe the proceedings of the lodge; make a correct record of all things proper to be written, and to receive all moneys due the lodge; turning them over to the Treasurer, taking his receipt for the same.
Section 5 – It shall also be the duty of the Secretary:
- To keep all books and papers relating to the proceedings of the lodge.
- To authenticate all official papers and documents emanating from the Lodge with the seal of the same.
- T0 notify all Brethren of their election to office, if they were not present at the time of election.
- To notify the Grand Secretary, as prescribed by law, of the suspension or expulsion of members, and of the rejection of applicants; to issue all summons, dimits, and notices as he may be directed; to make out and transmit to the Grand Secretary the annual returns of this lodge; remit also to him the Grand Lodge dues; report to the Grand Secretary the names of all Brethren elected to Parent or Plural Membership; and perform all other duties appertaining to his office.
- For his services he shall receive an amount as set by the lodge from time to time and be exempt from the payment of dues.
Section 6 – Tiler – It shall be the duty of the Tiler to see that the lodge room is kept clean and in order; and that the various articles of furniture are in their appropriate places; to strictly guard the door during the sitting of the lodge; to summon the members of the lodge to all called meetings where a summons is necessary, and be punctual in his attendance. For the performance of these, and such other duties as may appertain to his office, he shall receive an amount as set by the lodge from time to time and be exempt from the payment of dues.
Section 1 – The Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens shall constitute a standing committee on Fraternal Assistance, Sickness, and Arbitration, a majority of whom may at all times, act; and are responsible to the lodge. Their Duties are as follows:
- Fraternal Assistance – It is their duty to examine all claimants for assistance, and, if necessary, they may draw upon the Treasurer, in each instance, for an amount not exceeding fifty dollars; reporting the facts in each case to the lodge at its next stated meeting, thereafter.
- Sickness – It shall also be their duty to visit all sick Brethren (unless it would be dangerous or imprudent to do so), and ascertain their condition and necessaries; and to take such action, as they may deem proper and necessary, both in regard to the Brother and his family.
- Arbitration – It shall be the duty of this committee to settle all differences between Brethren, unless the parties prefer to bring the matter before the lodge.
Section 2 – Committee on Finance – It shall be the duty of the Worshipful Master, to appoint a Standing committee on Finance, to be composed of three discreet Master Masons, members of the Lodge, and if possible, men practically acquainted with bookkeeping.
Section 3 – It shall be the duty of this committee, at the close of each Masonic year, as soon as appointed, and more than often if required, to carefully examine and check up the reports, books and vouchers of the Secretary and Treasurer, and any other financial matters referred to them; and make a full and accurate report at the next stated meeting of the lodge, showing the condition of the books and accounts. And should any inaccuracies be found, recommend the necessary steps for their correction. In the matter of ordinary accounts referred to them, they may, if satisfied, report instanter.
Section 4 – The reports of said committee on Finance thus made, shall be read in open lodge and spread upon the minutes, noting the action taken by the lodge; and all accounts and claims against the lodge, when demanded by any Brother, shall first be referred to this committee, before being allowed.
Section 5 – Budget Committee – It shall be the duty of the Worshipful Master at the first stated meeting following his installation, to appoint a Budget Committee consisting of three members. At the next stated meeting, this committee shall present for approval, its recommended budget for the Masonic year.
FEES FOR DEGREES
The fees for the degrees of this lodge shall be an amount not less than prescribed in Article 307 of the Constitution and Laws and set by the lodge from time to time. In addition to the regular fees collected by the lodge a $25.00 contribution to the Masonic Home and School shall be collected from each applicant for the Master Mason’s Degree (Art. 307 & 163-5).
In addition to the regular fee for initiation a $5.00 donation to the George Washington Masonic National Memorial shall be collected from each applicant for the Entered Apprentice Degree.
A member is chargeable with the pro rata portion of his dues as provided in Art. 317.
Section 1 – Each member of this lodge (unless herein exempted) shall pay dues from the time of his raising or affiliation set by the lodge from time to time inasmuch as they are net less than prescribed in Article 311 of the Constitution and Laws. A member, however, shall not be required to pay such dues if he purchases an Endowed Membership in accordance with the Laws of the Grand Lodge.
Section 2 – Emergency Endowment Fund – Each year five dollar ($5.00) out of the dues paid by each dues paying member shall be placed in this fund. The interest on this fund may be used, at the discretion of the principal officers, for lodge emergencies only. The principal cannot be used without the consent of the lodge.
Section 1 – A visitor shall not be admitted except upon due examination or lawful avouchment.
Section 2 – In the event that the visiting Brother is a stranger and hails from some Lodge in another Grand Jurisdiction, it shall be the duty of the Secretary to notify the Visitor’s Lodge that we have had the pleasure of a visit by one of its members, giving the name and date.
Weapons: Weapons, either offensive or defensive, shall not be carried into the lodge room.
At stated meetings after opening the lodge in due and ancient form, a quorum being present, the order of business, unless otherwise ordered by the lodge, or the Worshipful Master, shall be as follows:
- Reading, correcting, and approval of Minutes of previous meetings.
- Receiving and referring to committees of Petitions and Applications.
- Report of Special Committees.
- Balloting on Petitions and Applications.
- Reports of Standing Committees.
- Communications from the Grand Master and the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Texas.
- Unfinished Business
- Motions, Resolutions and New Business
- Examinations for Proficiency in the Proper degrees
- Voting on Proficiency
- Claims and Accounts
RULES OF BUSINESS
The rules of conducting business of this lodge shall be as nearly as possible the same as those prescribed by the Grand Lodge, and in addition, as follows:
- When a question is decided, the same matter shall not again be acted on during that meeting, unless on motion to reconsider, which can only be made by a member voting in the majority, and at that or the next stated meeting, when there must be an equal or greater number of members present than when the action was had.
- All questions of order shall be decided by the Worshipful Master without appeal or debate; but the Master may ask the advise of any member before deciding; and he has the right, at any time, to declare the lodge closed or called off, for the purpose of stopping angry debate or confusion.
AMENDMENTS OF BY-LAWS
Section 1 – No amendments of these By-Laws, either by alteration or addition, shall be made, unless in the following manner.
Section 2 – The proposed amendment must be in writing, signed by the proposer, and presented and read at a stated meeting of this lodge, at which time it may be discussed and amended, if necessary.
Section 3 – At the next stated meeting of this lodge, it shall be considered and voted upon without further amendment; and if approved by a majority of the votes of the members present, shall become a part of these by-laws, upon compliance with the other provisions of this article.
Section 4 – All amendments of these By-laws must be submitted to the Grand Lodge for its approval before they take effect, except the following:
- Fixing, raising or lowering the fee for each degree, or the annual dues, within the minimum limitations fixed by the laws of the Grand Lodge, except as provided in Art. 309.
- Adopting its own regulations as to the payment of its Treasurer, Secretary and Tiler.
- The day and hour of meeting, or the number of stated meetings per month may be changed to suit its convenience. Whenever a change in the number of meetings per month, or the day of meeting, is made, the Grand Secretary must be notified at once.
Section 1 – The above By-laws having been approved by the M:. W:. Grand Lodge of Texas, on the 1st day of December A.D. 1989, for adoption; this is to certify that Park Place Lodge No. 1172, A.F. & A.M., located in Houston, Texas has on this the 24th day of September A.D. 1989, adopted the same.
By order of the Lodge: J.D. Baccus, Secretary
Amended 06/09/1997: John C. Elkinton, Secretary
Amended 05/10/1999: John C. Elkinton, Secretary
Amended 06/11/2018 Benny P. Hernandez, Secretary