Article 10

Lodge Administration & Order of Business

Sec 10.1. Wayne Lodge hereby adopts the use of the Grand Lodge Executive Committee Program as outlined in Regulation 39.130. Provided, however, that the Grand Master, for good cause shown, may terminate the use of the Executive Committee at any time.

Sec 10.2. The Executive Committee shall consist of the Worshipful Master, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, Secretary, and the three (3) Trustees. The Worshipful Master shall be the Chairman, with the Senior Warden chairing a meeting in the absence of the Worshipful Master and the Junior Warden chairing a meeting in the absence of the Worshipful Master and the Senior Warden. The Secretary shall be the Secretary of the Executive Committee. At least five (5) members of the committee are required for a quorum. Any member of the Lodge in good standing may attend the meeting.

Sec. 10.3. The Executive Committee shall meet at the Hall of Wayne Lodge on the same day designated in Article 1 as the Stated Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

Sec. 10.4. The use of the Executive Committee shall be reviewed annually during the June stated meeting. A majority of the members may decide to discontinue the use of the Executive Committee, in which case the bylaws shall be amended, without further vote, to remove any reference to the Executive Committee.

Sec. 10.5. The order of business of the Executive Committee of Wayne Lodge shall be as follows:

      1. Call to order and opening prayer
      2. Reading and approval of minutes
      3. Financial report
      4. Considering and paying bills
      5. Receiving correspondence
      6. Other business
      7. Closing prayer and adjournment

Sec. 10.6. The recommended order of business of the stated meetings of Wayne Lodge shall be as follows but may be modified as the Worshipful Master sees fit:

      1. Dinner – one hour prior to the start of the meeting
      2. Opening
      3. Circle of Friendship – welcoming of members and visitors
      4. Report of the Executive Committee (or)
        1. Reading and approval of minutes
        2. Financial report
      5. Communications (and bills)
      6. Report of sick or distressed Brothers and prayer requests
      7. Membership development and retention – Reading of petitions and Demits
      8. Investigating committees – Balloting
      9. Masonic education
      10. Reports on Lodge activities and standing committees
      11. Activity calendar
      12. Old business
      13. New business
      14. Good of the Lodge
      15. Closing

Sec. 10.7. The Worshipful Master shall be the judge of all questions of order that may arise, and there shall be no appeal to the Lodge from his decision.

Sec. 10.8. When a motion is made and seconded, the Worshipful Master shall before any debate, state it. Motions shall be made in writing when requested by any Brother. The Brother making it if the motion is not amended may withdraw a motion.

Sec. 10.9. The Worshipful Master shall put all questions distinctly; if a division is called for, he shall request those who vote in the affirmative to rise and count them; then those who vote in the negative shall rise and be counted and he shall declare the result. In case of a tie, the motion is lost.

Sec. 10.10. While a question is under debate, no motion shall be received which does not pertain to the question under consideration.

Sec. 10.11. Every member having a right to vote, who is present when a question is put, shall vote, unless for special reasons given he be excused by a unanimous vote of the Lodge.

Sec. 10.12. When a motion has been acted upon, it shall be in order for any member of the majority to move the reconsideration thereof; provided, that no motion for reconsideration shall be in order unless made at the same meeting at which the question shall have been voted upon.

Sec. 10.13. Every member on a committee shall attend the call of the chairman, who shall be the first person named on said committee, and in case of his neglect to call the committee together, or in his absence or other cause, the committee shall attend the call of the next person named.

Sec. 10.14. The reports of committees to investigate petitioners shall be made in open Lodge but no record shall be made of the nature of the report.