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 PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
SECOND ANNUAL COMMUNICATION
OF THE
GRAND LODGE OP BRITISH COLUMBIA,
OP THE
Independent (Drfccr of <E>56 fallows.
HELD AT ODD FELLOWS' HALL, VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA,
FEBRUARY 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th, 1876.
VICTORIA:
ALEX. ROSE, BOOK AND JOB PRINTER, FORT STREET
1876.  PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
R. W. GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA,
I. 0„ O. F
SECOND   ANNUAL   SESSION
Victoria, B.C., 14th February, 1876;
The Grand Lodge convened at the Odd Fellows' Hall,
this day, at 11 o'clock, A.M.    Present:
John Weiler M.W. Grand Master.
C. Gowen R.W. Deputy Grand Master.
J. Sehl R.W. Grand Warden.
J. D. Robinson R.W. Grand Secretary.
E. B. Marvin R.W. Grand Treasurer.
R.W. Fawcett W. Grand Chaplain.
C. Hayward W. Grand Marshal.
T. Shotbolt W. Grand Conductor.
J. H. Meldram W. Grand Guardian.
M. Humber, (pro tern.) W. Grand Herald.
Prayer being offered by the Grand Chaplain, the R.W.
Depuby Grand Master declared the Grand Lodge duly opened
for business.
Credentials of Past Grands were then read, and referred
to Committee on credentials, who reported as follows, that:
J. S. Drummond, C. Hayward,
Alex. Phillips, J.D.Robinson,
J. Weiler, R. Roberts,
C. Hegele, J. York,
C. Gowen, W. H. Huxtable,
E. C. Holden, S. T. Styles,
J. Sehl, H. Gribble,
J Davies, G. W. Anderson,
T. R. Mitchell, T. J. Partridge.
Of No. 1. 40 PROCEEDINGS  OF   GRAND  LODGE.
J. P. Davies, W. Harrison,
L. Vigelius, W. Jeffree,
J. Fell, J. H. Meldram,
E. B. Marvin, H. Waller,
R. W. Fawcett, ' M. Humber.
Of No. 2.
W. J. Armstrong, B. W. Shiles,
J. T. Scott, D. Withrow,
H. V. Edmonds, J. Morey,
H. Elliott, W. R. Lp.wis,
Alex. Ewen,
Of No. 3.
T. Harris, M. J. Goode,
T. Shotbolt, J. ^riglesworth.
Of No. 4.
Axe entitled to seats in this R.W. Grand Lodge. Also that
the following P. G.'s are entitled to receive the G. L. degree,
viz.:
J. M. Read,            ( , XT    .
J.Gosnell, f ofNo. 1.
A. B. Gray,              [ of No  2
L. M. Hughes,       j   ot JNo. J.
W. D McKillican, I SffiWvi
XT   a_.:vu r of No. 4.
H. Smith, \
E. Quesnell of No. 5
J. WRIGLESWORTH,
M. HUMBER,
Committee.
The Grand Marshal,  by instruction, retired and introduced the following Past Grands:
J. M. Read of No. 1.
A. B. Gray,            ) of No  2
L. M. Hughes,       \ oi JNo. J.
W. D. McKillican, | . XT    A
H.Smith, \ ofNo. 4.
E. Quesnell of No. 5.   .
Who were duly instructed in the Grand Lodge Degree.
The G. M. then appointed the following to fill vacancies
in Committees, viz.:
A. B, Gray, of No. 2, Committee on Finance.
J. M. Read, of No. 1, •' Appeals.
E. Quesnell, of No. 5, " Laws of Subordinates.
A. Phillips, of No. 1, " State of the Order. PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND LODGE.
41
Report of Grand Master was then read as follows:
To tlie B. W. Grand Lodge of the Province of British Columbia:
Victoria, February 14th, 1876.
Officers and Representatives:
To-day we are called upon to assemble at the second annual communication of this R. W. Grand Lodge, to deliberate upon and transact such business as the interest of the
Order in this jurisdiction may require. According to our
laws, it is my duty to submit to you a report of my official
acts, since the close of last session of this R. W. Grand
Lodge, and to inform you of the state of the Order in this
jurisdiction.
But let us first bow ourselves with gratitude to the
Most High, that Hfp, in his infinite goodness has seen fit to
spare our lives, and bestow upon our Order in this jurisdiction His blessings, by granting us a continuance of prosperity, which has rewarded our efforts during the past year.
From all my Deputies I have received most encouraging
reports, and although all the Lodges have been drawn upon
heavily for the relief of sick and distressed Brothers, their
financial positions have generally improved, and their number of members increased, as will be shown to you by the
report of the R. W. Grand Secretary.
On the fifth of July last, accompanied with the Grand
Officers, I visited Victoria Lodge, No. 1, also on the seventh
of July, Columbia Lodge, No. 2, and on the 8th of July,
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, and installed into their respective
chairs tiie officers for the term ensuing, after they had been
favorably reported to me. On the 16th of July, I visited
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, in New Westminster ; and
on the 17th of the same month, Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5,
in Nanaimo, and installed on both occasions the officers elect
in public. A large number of the Brothers of the Lodges of
Victoria were present, and undoubtedly these fraternal visits
have the good tendency of drawing closer the ties of friendship between the Brothers of this Province.
As these visits had been made a day of festivity, I was
unable to exemplify the secret work, but I instructed my
Deputies in those Districts in the same. On the third of
January, I again visited Victoria Lodge, No. 1, and on the
fifth of the same month, Columbia Lodge, No. 2, and installed
their  officers.     I   also   frequently   visited  the   Lodges  in 42
PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND LODGE.
Victoria, byfintroducing to them sojourning Brethren, after;
being properly  examined, and at all these  occasions,   officially or otherwise,  I was received by the Brethren wi^Bl
the gizmost courtesy, an(5 with that regard due to the high j
office I hold, for which I feel deeply indebted.
In March last, I issued to theriLodges in general a dirfj
pensation to celebrate and wear regalia on the 26th of April,
the "'anniversary day of the introduction of our Order on the
continent of America, also on June 17th, to New Westminster
Lodge, N&^ 3, authorMng such Lodge to hold a picnic in the-
name of the Order, and^ppear in regalia ; also on the 10th*
of J^tfiffi, to Victoria Lodge, NoJiJl,  to have an excursion to
New Westminstei^nd Na&raimo, with the privilege of appearing in regalia.6
During the last year, no new Lodges have been called in
existence, but there seems to be a fair prbspect to have several Stew Lodges iBfougurated in interior towns on the mainland, afj5ffcootf?as a sufficient number of cfualified Brothers can
be found.
Of Brother W. J. Jeffrie, my Deputy for District No. 1,
I havef?feceived the accompanying' report, and I MUy concur
with hfe decisioiis fl also lay before you the reports of
Brother Alex. Ewen, my Deputy for District No. 2, and of
Brotfeer S. D. Levi, my Deputy for District No. 3, Mr your
cwisiderdSon.
jVxctoria, British Columbia, Pebraary lstv/l£7o.
jmpx Weiler, Esq.
iH\
$Li]jS. Grand Master of the R. W. Grand Lodge of
British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Dear Sir and Brother:
I respectfully report to you that during my term of office as D.D. Grand
Master for«District No. 1, that on May 7th, 1875jXl grfanted to Columbia Lodge,
No. 2, a dispensation tp confef degrees on a brother^ |n less time than allowed
by lavw- also on June 3rd, 1875, July 13th, 1875, and on August 23rd, 1875. I
gpaircea dispensations to Dpminion Ifcdge, .No. 4, tcr confer'degrees in less'trmS
than allowed by law \
On June 11th, 1875, I reqejfved a commpn|qation from  Dominion J^px3ge^|
No^as under:
"Hall op DominioniJiOi>ai:j No. 4, Victoria, June 11th, 187/§<j{
| W. J. Jeffree, Esq., D.D. Gra^td-(Master.
*j Dear Sir and Brother—At the last regular meeting of this Lodge held
the 10th instant, I was instructed to communicate, ask-ipg the following questions: 1st—Is a member who has committed suicide entitled to be birried with
the honors of the Order ? 2nd—Would a Lodge in such a case be obliged to
pay over jfefae amount allowed by our bypl#ws to defijay expenses} of such fpfSH
" Fraternally yours, in F.L. and T..
*Hfm C. LOYE, Recording Secretary.*' PROCEEDINGS  OF  THE  GRAND  LODGE,
43
In atiawer to' the above, I sent the following:
To the N.G.V.G. Officers and Brothers of Dominion Lodge, No. 4:
Gentlemen and Brothers—I beg to acknowledge the receipt of a communication from your Lodge, dated June 11th, 1875, in which was contained
the following questions:
" 1st—Is a deceased member who has committed suicide, entitled to be
buried with the honors of the Order ? !'
"2nd—Would the Lodge? ya such a case, be obliged to pay over the amount
allowed by our By-laws to defray, expenses of such funeral ? "
In answer to the first question, I will state that a member who has committed suicide, is not entitled to be buried with the honors of the Order; but if
a member has committed suicide through insanity, (temporary or otherwise)
he is entitled to be bnried with the honors of the Order.
Second—A Lodgeris obliged to pay funeral expenses if? any demand i&»made
for; thfrsame.    [See White'tfiDigest, G.L. N.S., section 184, 185 and 197.]
I have the honor to be,
Dear Sir and Brother,
Fraternally yours, in F. L. and T.,
W. J. JEFFREE, D.D.G.M.
NEW^"Vf<BSTMiNSTER, B.C., 31st January, 1876.
John Weilerj Esq., R.W. Grand Master.
Dear Sir c£nd Brother—I beg to report that in accordance with my office
I granted a jdjgpensation on the 30th December, 1875, to atfow a Scarlet Degree
member to be elected to the office of Vice Grancr, all qualified members having
declined; and on the 6tiAJanuaryffl876, installed the officers of New Westminster, Ijodge, No,£3*Jinto th£j£n#s,pective ohair%;—having, a$Jer due examination,
found them worthj7 to fill the honorable positions to which they had been
elected.
New Westminster Lodge has a more favorable prospect now, than at any
former period of her history *jhas had seve^aj^ew members, within the present
term, with applications still on hand, and prospects of more ahead. With
united good fellowship, we may expect wiinmwie present year to advance
gitelmv in^tftis* Disirioir ;
In F. L. andT.,
You&s fraternally,
ALEX. EW$N, D.D.G.W, l
DistrMKb. 2.
Nanamo, B. C, January,26tih} 1876.
J. Weiler, Esq.,
M. W. Grand Master of British Columbia.
| Dear Sir and IJbother:
As your Deputy of thiff'District, allow-me to make the following report for
the past year:
On June the 15th, I granted dispensation to initiate Brother J. Harvey
' on the night that he was elected.'
In July, the M W. Grand Master installed the Officers himself, and has
taken the returns and Grand Lodge fees.
On the 8th of January, 1876,1 granted dispensation to elect a Scarlet member to the office of Noble Grand, as all ofther qualified members declined to
accept the office. 44
PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND LODGE.
On the 15th of January, I installed the officers of Black Diamond Lodge,
No. 3, and have sent returns,.and Grand Lodge fees to the Granpl Secretary.
The Black Diamond Lodge (the only one in this District) is improving,
but the Lodge has had heavy burdens to sustain during the past six months,
owing to sickness amongst the members, which decreased the amount in the
treasury; but now I am happy to say that the Lodge is prospering, financially
and otherwise.
Fraternally yours,
S. D. LEVI,
D. D. Grand Master,
District No 3.
I also have to congratulate you for tlie general harmony
and good feeling prevailing throughout this jurisdiction, as
no appeals having been taken, so far as I have been informed.
I also lay before you for your earnest attention and careful consideration, a circular issued by the R. W. G. C. and R.
Secretary, Brother Ridgeley, alluding to the celebration of
the one hundredth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of North America, on the 4th
of July next, at the city of Philadelphia,-Sad the resolutions
accompanying it, adopted September 23rdpl875, by the R.W.
Grand LodgQ of the united States, relating to the same; and
would recommend them to the notice of the subordinate
Lodges in this jurisdiction. I also would suggest that a Constitution for this R.W. Grand Lodge, may be finally adopted,
and the representation of the subordinates modified.
I have also very mu^h to deplore that the transactions of
the last session of the Grand Lodge of the United States have
not yet been received, either by me or the R.W. Grand Secretary, but as due notice of this unaccountable delay has been
given, I trust they will soon reach us.
By the reports of the R.W. Grand Secretary and R.W.
Grand Treasurer, you will also perceive the financial position
of this R.W. Grand Lodge, which will enable you to judge
that we have endeavored to carry on the business with the
strictest care as to' the use of the funds, but I do recommend
that a basis for mileage be agreed upon.
There are perhaps some oraer subjects which I may recommend you to lay before the subordinates, as to the erection of halls of their own, and the procuring of land for an
Odd Fellow cemetery; but I shall leave entirely to your own
judgment, whether the time has already arrived, to deliberate
on such very important topics.
My Brethren, as I soon have to retire from the high and
honorable position which you had entrusted to me, I beg you
to receive mv most sincere thanks for your kindness and for- PROCEEDINGS ;0F THE GRAND-LODGE.
45
bea3rance, fol th6 r uniform courtesy and regard which every
member of this R.W. Grand Lodge has bestowed upon me,
and to the R. W, Grand Secretary and my Deputies, for their
valuable assistance in my laborious duties, which I have endeavored to perform, to the best of my ability.
My most sincere wish is, that an all wise Providence
may^grant you a long life in the enjoyment of perfect health
and prospmty.
Yours fraternally,
-JOHN WEILER,
M. W. Grand Master.
1 Rep. Drummond moved that a committee of three be appointed to distribute subjects in the G.M.'s report to the different standing committees. Seconded by Rep, Phillips, and
carried.
COMMITTEE  AP^blNTED.
P.G.M. Drummond, o£No. 1.
Rep. Edmonds, of Ho. 3.
Rep. Shotbolt, of No. 4.
P.G.  Julius Mayer,  of Aiigelito Lodge, No.   195,   Los
Angeles, State of California, was after due examination, admitted.
Report of (5fSnd Secretary'w^f*read, and on motion referred to Committee on Finance..,
	
Office of the Gband Secretabx^.
Victoria, B.C., 14thiB*|bift'ary, 1876.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge*
of British Columbia :
'Herewith I beg to submit my report;^ tjjte transactions of iKis office during
the past year:
The whole number of Lodges are - 5
Number of members in good standing    - 459
Initiated during the year 65
Adni tted by Card    - ...        3
Admitted as Ancient O. F. - 1
Withdrawn 2
Reinstated    -        -     - -        - 3
Suspended        .-----.- 1
Expelled       ---------     none
Rejected -        - -   13
. Ceased membership for non-payment of dues     - 8
Resigned --_. none
Deceased 10
Number of Past Grands -  4A
Amount of annual receipts of Lodges to 31st December, 1875.$9986 36
Which comparing with the report of last year, shows an increase in membership of 51. and an increase in Lodge receipts of, $2,027 11. 46 PBOCEEDINGS OF THE  GRAND LOtfGE.
Balance Sheet Grand Lodge of British  Columbia, 14th February, 1876.
Folio.
Account.
Dr.
Cr.
9
21
35
39
41
43
Stock Account   -
Grand Treasurer     -
$Tew Westminster Lodge, No. 3
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5
Profit and Loss              -           - •        -
Furniture and Begalia
$
37 90
94 87
*     1 50
boy
12 90
242 37
255 27
255 27
Amount of Cash received during the Year
IS AS
FOLLOWS
.
From Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, arrears of dues
-   |
7 50
For supplies       ------
42 25
Tax term ending 30th June, 1875 :
1
Victoria*Lodge, No. 1    -
-
108 55
Columofe'Lodge, No. 2       -           -        *(**£
i
80 60
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3
26 00
Dominion Lodge, No. 4      -
40 30
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5   -
I
23 40
278 85
Tax term ending 31st December, 1875 :
Victoria Lodge, No. 1
44 25
Columbia Lodge, No. 2             -           -
-
32 25
NewJW^stminster Lodge, No. 3      -
10 75
Dominion Lodge, No, 4
17 50
Blaek Diamond Lodge, No. 5
10 00
114 75
Whole amount of .Cask,received and,paid ovar to the Grand
lieasurer   ------
fe fooq4
•     ■               A
1	
^443 35
Amount of Orders Drawn—on Grand Treasurer.
1875—March 30—Order No. 1, favor Grand Secretary for Cards
May      4 " 2,    " do. for acct,
J. B. Landers, altering seal
June   19—Order No. 3, favor Grand Secretary, for acct.
Alex. Hose, for Printing    -
tTuly    18—Order No. 4, favor J. S.  Drummond, account
passed last session -
July    18—Order No. 5, favor Grand Secretary, acct. for
Grand Lodge Seal   -
August   —Order No. 6, favor Grand Secretary remittance
toG.L.U.S - - - fc&
1876—Jany. 25—Order-No. 7, favor Grand Secretary remittance
to G.L.U.S-., for dues 1876 -
$ 10
00
10
00
45
00
50
80
122
21
101
50
71
25
I 410
. SUMMARY. o
Cash balance in hands of Grand Treasurer at last report
Total amount of cash received	
$   62
443
Less orders issued      ------
Leaving a balance in hands of Grand Treasurer1 of'
,$ 9-1 87 PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND LODGE.
|BBR«*
i^nalet mMom tixM
Stock on hand at last report,
Puifchased duidngj.the year
184 Vising Cards,
65 Withdrawal Cards,
30 Diplomas, -
50 Odes,     -
Sold during the year:
50 Visiting Cards, -
33 Withdrawal Cards. -        U?*
20 Diplomas, -
Orders for P.W.
Profit on sales made -
Stock stall on hand: -
8 Degree Books, -
Orders for P.W.   -
10 Diplomas -
134 Visiting Cards -
32 Withdrawal Cards  -
50 Odes     -        f&gfe
Total   -
Being the balance to Dr. of said account as per
balance sheet        -
■
Lodges Overpaid for Dues.
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3 - - - - $
Amounts Owing by Subordinates.
BlacK Diamond "Lodge, No. 5, for supplies $
Names of Subordinate Lodges, with the number of Past Grinds belonsgftfgjo
each, all Past Grands beiig.RepresAitS.uvWf
Victoria Lodge, No. 1
Columbia Lodge, No. 2 "W1
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3
Dominion Lodge,*No. 4
Black JDiamond Lodge, No. 5
During,th&_year I received "from Black Diamond Lodge, No.^S, their( Bylaws for approval which I at -enee handed to the Committee on Laws of Sub-
8>iffinates. The Committee examined them, and returned the, qame to me,
having approved of a portion only. I sent them to the* Lodge, and they have
since returned them to me, to lay befoulAfoeiGrand Lodge $foJ8Lpresent Session.
I also received amendmen&ito the By-laws of Victoria Lodge, No. 1, Columbia
Lodge,, No 2,/aEd D65nJiidn Lodge, No. 4, which were also handed to the
Committee, fwiio I presume, will report upcftf the s&me.
I also hand you annexed, ab»tracts-of reports from Subordinate Lodges,
to A>e appended to pnnted^roceedinga. i r\
JAMES D. ROBINSON, Grand Secretary) 48
PROCEEDINGS  OF  THE  GRAND  LODGE.
Report of Grand Treasurer- ifead, and on motion referred
to Committee on Finance.
To the Right Worthy Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.OO.F.
In accordance with the rules" and regulations of the Right Worthy Grand
Lodge, I herewith submit my annual report of^he financial condition of the
Right Worthy Grand Lodge, with a statement of receipts and disbursements,
from February 8th, 1875, to the 12th of February; 1876, as per scWe^clule hereunto annexed :
Dr.
1875.
Feb.     8 To balance on hand
1876.   !
Jan.    24 To cash received from Grand Secretary
Receipts.
1875
Feb.      8 To Balance -
March 30       Cash, Grand Secretary
June     9 " " -
July     9 -
18
Dec.      5
1876
Jan.     7
24
62 28
443
35
62
28
7
501
15
751
229
45
49 40
23
001
94 00 j
24 25
505 63
505 63
1876
Cr.
Feb.   12 By sundry amounts, paid as per Vouchers No. 1 to 7     410 76
Leaving balance in my hands - - 94 87
Disbursements .
1875
March30
May 4
June 19
221
July 14
Aug.   14
1876
Jan.    25        "
Feb.-   12 By Balance
By Order No. 1, Grand Secretary
2, "     SM*
3, "
|               4, J. S. Drummond
"               5, Grand Secretary
6,
10 00
10 00
45 00
50 80
122 21
101 50|
71 25!
94 87
505 63
505 63
Feb. 12—To Balance,
$ 94 87
'j|fhave the honor to remain,
Yonr&' fraternally,
E. B. MARVIN,
Victoria, B.C., February 12th, 1876. Grand Treasurer.
On motion, the Grand Lodge took a recess until eight
o'clock, P.M.    Carried. PROCEEDINGS  OF  THE   GRAND LODGE.
EVENING SESSION.      -/•'"        l|
The Grand Lodge met' at eight o'clock, p.m., and was
.called to order by the Gp*and Master.
Officers all present.
P.G. Joseph Gosnell, of No. 1, being in waiting, was introduced by the Grand Marshal, and instructed in the G. L.
degree.
Communication from Black Diamond Lodge, No, 5, was
read regarding their By-laws being approved by the G.L.
Referred to Committee on Laws of Subordinates.
Communication read from committee of Columbia Lodge,
No. 2, enclosing complimentary tickets for the elective Grand
Officers to the anniversary banquet to be held on the 16th
instant.
Moved by Bep. Drummond, that the communication be
received and filed, invitation accepted, and the thanks of the
B. W. G^nd Lodge tendered for the kind invitation.
Seconded by B. W. Deputy Grand Master, and carried.
Bill from T. N. Hibben & Co., for $2 50, cost of a letter
copy book for,committee on Laws of Subordinates; read and
referred to Committee on Finance.
The next business in order was the nomination and election of officers.
NOMINMI&NSiJ
iFor M.W. Grand Master
—P.G J. P. Davies, of No. 2.
"     C. Gowen, of No. 1.
For R.W. Deputy Grand Master— "     R. Roberts, of No. 1.
"     J.*Sehl, ofNo. 1.
For R.W. Grand Warden — "     C. Hayward, of Nb. 1.
For R.W  Grand Secretary — "     J. D. Robinson, of No. 1
jljffi' H.W. Grand Treasurer — "     J. rffi-rigl^sworth, of No. 4.
"     J Fell, ofNo. 2      kmk
For R.W. Grand Representative— "     J. Fell, ofNo. 2.
P.G.M. J. S. Drummond, of No. 1.
P.G. J. P. Davies, of No. 2.
The M.W. Grand/Ifaster then appointed as tellers
P.G J York, of No. 1.
S    EbSmdfch. of«&o. 4.
ELECTION.
For Grand Master 34 votes cast.
For P G. J. P. Davies, 23 votes cast.
For    "      C. Gowen,      11
P.G. J. P. Davies having received a majority of all votes
cast, was declared dulv elected. 50
PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND LODGE.
For DeputyJGrand'<Mas4?er,;35 votesjc&st.
'For P.G. R. Roberts, 21 votes.
For    "     J. Sehl,        14 .   "
P.G. B. Boberts having received a majority of all votes
cast, was declared duly elected.
For Grand Warden:
P.G. C. Hayward being the only nominee, the Grand
Secretary was instructed ste] cast ballot in his favor, when he
was declared duly elected.
For Grand Secretary:
P.G. J. D. Robinson being the only nominee the Grand
Treasurer was instructed to cast ballot in his fayor, when he
was declared duly elected.
For Grand Treasurer 33 votes cast.
For P.G  J. WBglesworth, 23 votes.
For
J. Fell
10
P.G. J. Wriglesworth having received a majority of all
votes cast, he was declared duly elected.
For Gf&iid Representative:
P.G.'s J.P. Dav$gs and J. Fell declined, leaving P.G.M.
Drummond the only nominee, the Grand Secretary was in-
structed to cast^ballot in his favor, when he was declared
duly elected.
Report of Committee on Mnance read as follows:
Victobia, 14th February, 1876.
To the G.M. Officers and Members of the
R. TV. Grand Lodge of British Columbia:
Dear Sirs and Brothers:
Yodr -Committee on Finance have examined the reports and accounts of
the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer, and have much pleasure In reporting them correct.
R. W FAWCETT,
T. R. MITCHELL,
A. B. URAY,
M. J.GCODE,
HENRY V. EDMONDS,
Committee.
On motion of Rep. Davies)' of No. 2, the report was
adopted.
Report of Committee on Laws of Subordinates read as
follows:
Victoria, B.C., February 14th, 1876.
To the R,W. Grand Lodge of British Columbia:
The committee oh Laws of Subordinates would respectfully' submit the
following report: PROCEEDINGS >OF  THE  GRAND  LODGE.
51
Since last session of this Grand Lodge, your committee have had submitted to them for examination, the By-laws of Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, of
Nanaimo ; also the following amendments to the By-laws of Vicjbgria Lodge,
No. 1; Columbia feo^ge, No. 2, and Dominion Lodge, No. 4, the full partacu?-
lars of which we beg to* submit* &s follows :
Columbia Lodge, No. 2, Article XVIII, Section 1, amended to read : " All
applications for membership must be accompanied by the recommendation of
a member of this Lodge in good standing, and a certificate of good health,
signed by^a phj'feifcian appointed by this Lodge, together with not less than two
references."
Approved.
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, Article X, duties of Trustees, 7th line, amended
by striking out the words, " in any Bank, or."
Approved.
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, Article XXIII, Section 2, amended as follows :
i4 Five per cent of all inonevs received.by this Lodge, together with all fines,
shall be set a^art for the W and 0. funcfr which shall be kept by the Treasurer
separate from the general fund, and he shall deposit the same in some chaptered Kahk. or the Dominion^S^vings Kaifk of this pity, as the W. and 0. fund
of Dominion Lodge, No. 4. I.O.O.F., and snail report in writing to the Lodge
at the end of his term,! giving rhe amount of funds on hand, and the amount
expended."
Approvals
J. PGQII
Sections
1.
2 and 3.
(sixirh'
Approved,
line from
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, Article I,
Articles II, III, IV, and V, approved.
Artfola-^/tl] a^JJroved by mserting the words s^ter N.G
the end) " or by vote of the Lodge."
Articlesi "V(LI to XVII approved.
'Articles XVIII, all apptieabons for membership oy (deposit by card, shall
require a majority of the ballots cast to el|fct ; not "approved. Three black
>^ajls rejejefing ($ee(4igesk G"-^(S«&d>M^° Ar^c^e 3, Constitution of Subordinates, G.L. of Cakr In all cases fee deposited must be, returned to the applicant
if rejected,' being contrary to tlv spirit oi the Order to retain the fee so deposited.
No Brother shall be entitled to vote on any  subject  on  the  night  of  his
initiation.    Not approved.    [See'&fgest G.L.U.S., section 1890.]
Article XIX, all members present shall ballot unless excused by N.G., [see
TOge'st G.L.U.S., section 1890.]    Approved.
Art cled'XX, XXI, XXII, XXjfll. XXIV, approved.
Order of liifeiness approved. .
Columbia Lodge, No. 2, Article XL eighth line, all the words to be left
out from the-'N.G. to the P.S., and tfceHollowing substituted: " The N. G.
! shall appoint, when necessary, a:f(3ompetent**i,arge to attend to members when
sick; each member shall immediately after the passage of thM>ifi)Ma[wf be
'assessed the "SUm of 50 cents, and the^total amount of said assessment be carried to the credit &#<aifoaeeouni/ which sHallbe opened in the ledger under the
head of ' * nurse account.'' All moneys paid to nurse shall be charged to Sgid
account, and the* Lodge'shall lew a'further assessment of not over 50 cents on
each member when  necessary.
Ujfot approved, being contrary to Article IV, section 1, of
tfaje Constitution of Subordinates. 62
PROCEEDINGS  OF THEoGRAND LODGE.
tcSftptyjj&i Lodge, No. 1, Article X, striking out the firstotwo liaaes, and sub- j
^tituting "Three Trustees shall be elected by ballot at the last meeting in ]
June.1876. The Brother receiving the highest number of votes, shall hold !
ofiice^-ior three years : theiPthe next ^mghest, two years ; and the lowest for
one yearIjlrand one annually, for a term of three'y4ars; all vacancies: fa the i
Board of Trustees shall be filled in regular, fanner for the unexpired term.
Approved.
Article XVIII, the following words added, ** That a medical officer be appointed by this Lodge to exam ne and certify as to the health of all applicants
for membership, by initiation or affiliation ; said officer to be paid by the candidate.
Approved.
Your Committee would request that this Grand Lodge act on the recommendation aSjinade at the last annual session.
JOSHUA DAVIES,
R. ROBERTS,
THOS. SHOTBOLT,
LOUIS VIGELIUS,
Committee.
Moved by Rep. Goode, of No. 4, that the report be taken
up and considered seriatim.
Seconded by Rep. Mitchell, of No. 1, and carried.
The decisions of the committee were then taken up separately, and on motion approved, with the exception of Article
XVIII, Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, and Article IX of Columbia Lodge, No. 2, which were, on motion, laid over until
next day.*4"
The Committee on Finance reported the bill of T.N. Hib-
ben & Co. correct, and recommended it paid.
On motion of Rep. Davies, of No. 2, seconded by Deputy
G.M., the report was adopted.
The Committee on Legislation reported on amendment to
Article IV, referred to them last session, as follows:
To the Gband Lodge, B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Legislation appointed to frame an amendment to Article IV, of the Constitution of Subordinates, so as to insure that the fees, dues
and benefits of Subordinates are based on sound financial principles, and to
submit the same at next annual communication of this R.W. Grand Lodge, beg
to report that the many difficulties surrounding this important question, has
deprived us from coming to any definite conclusion in the matter, so as to
report at commencement of the Grand Lodge.
We propose, beforu the close of this session, to suggest questions of deep
import on thi& serious matter, which must affect the fundamental basis of our
beloved Order
Therefore we would ask that further time be granted to your committee, as
we consider hasty legislation on the financial affairs of our Order, might not
prove beneficial to our Institution.
We have the honor to be, yours in F. L. and T.,
J. S. DRUMMOND,
W. J. JEFFREE,
J. WRIGLESWORTH,
J. DAVIES, ^Committee. PROCEEDINGS  OF  THE  GRAND  LODGE,
Moved by Deputy Grand Master, that the report be received, and the matter laid over until next session.
Seconded by Rep. J. Davies, and carried.
Moved by Rep. Robinson, of No. 1, seconded by Rep.
Phillips, of No. 1, that we adjourn until Thursday evening
next, at eight o'clock.
Motion lost.
Moved by Rep. Goode, of No. 4, seconded by Rep. Shot-
bolt, of No. 4, that the consideration of report of Committee
on G.L. Constitution and Subordinate Lodge Constitutions,
be deferred, and the report of committee on distribution of
subjects in G.M. Report, be now taken up.
Carried.
Report of special committee on distribution read:
To the Right Worthy Grand Lodge of the
Province op British Columbia
The committee appointed by this R. W. Grand Lodge, for the purpose of
distribution of the matters contained in the Grand Master's address, respectfully recommend as follows:
That the question oi mileage be referred to the Committee on Finance.
The question of the invitation of the G.L. of the United States to the
Grand Lodge and its subordinates to participate in the celebration of the Centennial at Philadelphia, be referred to the Committee on the state of the Order,
and the remainder of the address be referred to the Committee on Legislation
Yours in F. L. and T.,
^F?S. DRUMMOND,
HENRY V. EDMONDS,
THOS. SHOTBOLT,
Committee.
On motion of Deputy Grand Master, seconded by Rep.
Davies, of No. 2, the report was adopted.
Moved by Rep. Edmonds, of No. 3, that this G. L. do
now adjourn until three o'clock to-morrow afternoon.
Seconded by Rep, Drummond, of No. 1, and carried. 54
•PROCEEDINGS  OF  THE   GRAND LODGE.
SECOND  DAY.
Tuesday, February 15, 1876.
The Grand Lodge met this day, pursuant to adjournment, at three o'clock, p.m., and was called to order by the
Grand Master, a quorum of Representatives being present.
Minutes of previous day's session were read, and on motion adopted.
The report of Committee on Laws of Subordinates, was
again taken up; first on Article XVIII, of By-laws of Black
Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
Moved by Rep. Edmonds, of No. 3, seconded by Rep.
Wriglesworth, of No. 4, that the report of the committee be
adopted.
Carried.
On amendment to Article IX, of By-laws of Columbia
Lodge, No. 2, on motion of Rep. Waller, of No. 2, seconded
by Rep. Jeffree, of No. 2, the report of committee was
adopted.
Report from Committee on Finance read on Grand Master's report, as follows:
To the R,W. Grand Lodge of British Columbia:
Your Committee on Finance recommend that our Representatives from
each Lodge be paid mileage at the rate of twenty-five cents per mile, for one
way.
HENRY V. EDMONDS,
M. J. GOODE,
T. R. MITCHELL,
A. B. GRAY,
R. W. FAWCETT,
February 15th, 1876. Committee.
Moved by Rep. Hayward, of No. 1, that the report be
laid on the table.
Seconded by Rep. Jeffree, of No. 2, and carried.
Report of Committee on state of the Order, read as follows:
To the R.W. Grand Lodge op British Columbia:
Dear Sirs and Brothers—Your committee on the " State of the Order,"
to whom was referred that portion of the M.W.G. Master's address, relating to
the contemplated Centennial celebration at Philadelphia, in September, 1876,
beg leave to report that they have carefully considered the matter, and recommend to this R.W. Grand Lodge the adoption of the following resolutions:
Resolved—That the invitation of the R.W.G. Lodge of the United States
to participate in the fraternal co-mingling of the Order in  Philadelphia, on
the occasion of the Centennial celebration of the establishment and perpetua-j
tion of the American nation, be and is hereby cordiaUy accepted. PROCEEDINGS OF THE   GRAND LODGE.
55
Resolved—That the R.W.G. Secretary be, and is hereby required, to inform the committee appointed by the M.W. Grand Sire, of the intention of this
R.W. Grand Lodge, and to. solicit such advice and assistance as may be necessary, to ensure the successful and creditable representation of the brotherhood
from this jurisdiction.
Resolved—That in addition to the R.W.G. Representative elected by this
Grand Body, the M.W.G. Master be, and he is hereby empowered, to appoint
a delegation to represent this Grand Lodge at said Centennial Celebration, and
that he be requested to use his influence to I obtain assistance towards travelling expenses of the R. vV.G. Representative and Delegation.
Respectfully submitted,
CHAS. HAYWARD,
THOS. SHOTBOLT,
J. P. DAVIES,
W. HARRISON,
A. PHILLIPS,
Committee.
On motion, the resolutions in the report were taken up
separately, and adopted.
Special committee appointed last session to draft code of
laws, reported as follows:
Odd Fellows' Hall, Victoria, B.C., 14th February, 1876.
To the M.W. Grand Master,
I Officers and Members of Grand Lodge.
M.W. Grand Sir and Brethren:
Your "special committee," to whom was entrusted the duty of drafting a
code of laws for the guidance and working of this Grand Lodge, beg leave to
report, that in accordance therewith, we have carefully examined the Constitutions of the R.W. Grand Lodge of California, and herewith enclose Constitutions amended therefrom, adapted for and suited to the requirements of this
Grand Lodge-
All of which are respectfully submitted for your consideration.
We have the honor to be,
M. W. Grand Sir, and Brethren,
In F. L. and T., yours fraternally,
CHAS. GOWEN,
"TAMES FELL,
THOSX'SHOTBOLT,
Committee.
Moved by Rep. Sehl, of No. Iftaeconded by Rep. Harris,
of No. 4, that the report be received and acted upon.
Carried.
The Preamble, with Articles I, II, and III, with their
different sections, were read, and on motion adopted.
Moved by Rep. Davies, of No. 2, seconded by Rep.
Wriglesworth, of No. 4, that we do now adjourn until two
o'clock, p.m., to-morrow.
Carried. 56
PROCEEDINGS  OF  THE  GRAND  LODGE.
THIRD DAY.
Wednesday, 16th February, 1876.
The Grand Lodge met, pursuant to adjournment, at two
o'clock, p.m., and was called to order by the Grand Master,
a quorum of Representatives being present.
Minutes of previous day's business read, and on motion
adopted.
Constitution of Grand Lodge again taken up. Articles
IV, V, VI, VII, Vm, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, and Rules of
Order, were then read and adopted.
Constitution of Subordinates, and Rebekah Degree
Lodges, was then submitted and read.
Moved by Deputy Grand Master Gowen, seconded by
Grand /Warden Sehl, that the Constitution, Rules of Order,
and Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, and Rebekah Degree Lodges, be adopted by this Grand Lodge.
Carried.
Report of Committee on Finance, which was laid on the
table, was on motion taken up.
Moved by Rep. Roberts, of No. 1, seconded by Rep.
Davies, of No. 1, that the following words be added, viz.:
" the Representative to receive mileage being the one receiving the highest number of votes in attendance at the session
of the Grand Lodge."
Carried.
Report of Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred portion oi Grand Master's report read as follows:
To the R. W. Grand Lodge, op British Columbia :
Your committee appointed on distribution of the Grand Master's report,
were pleased to leave several matters of interest to this Grand Lodge for the
consideration of the Legislative Committee :
We, your Legislative Committee, take pleasure in stating that we have
given the different subjects-our undivided attention, and beg to suggest that so
much of the Grand Master's report as refers to fraternal visits, we are of opinion that such a coutse would have a tendency of uniting in solid phalanx the
members of the different Lodges in the bonds t>f peace, harmony and friendship.
So much as refers to the several celebrations by Lodges, and the power
exercisedTby the M.W. Grand Master in allowing them certain privileges, we
heartily endorse.
We also approve of the endorsement of the Grand Master in his action
with regard to a decision made by the D.D.G.M., touching the matter of
suicides by brethren of our Order, wherein the honors of the Order are asked
for. PROCEEDINGS  OP  THE   GRAND LODGE. 57
And such other matters as pertain to the welfare and advancement of this
Order, dwelt upon by the Grand Master in his elaborate reports we are pleased
to recommend the acceptance of the same referred to your Legislative Committee.
Yours in F. L. and T.,
J. S. DRUMMOND,
J. WRIGLESWORTH.
J. DAVIKB,
Committee.,
Moved by Rep. Gowen, of No. 1, seconded by Rep. Marvin, of No. 2, that the report be adopted.
Carried.
P.G.M. Drummond, on behalf of Special Committee, consisting of himself and others  appointed by him, to  collect,
facts relating to the early history of the Order in British Columbia, asked for further time to report, and on motion the
same was granted.
Notice of motion given last session to hold the next
annual communication at New Westminster, was by consent
withdrawn, and notice of motion given to hold the session of
1878, at that place.
Rep. Hayward, of No. 1, moved that the Grand Lodge,
at its rising to-morrow, do stand adjourned sine die.
Seconded by P.G.M. Drummond, and carried.
Rep. Robinson, of No. 1, moved that the tax on Subordinates for the current year be sixty-five cents per capita, term
ending 30th June ; and twenty-five cents per capita, term ending 31st December.
Seconded by Rep. Marvin, of No. 2, and carried.
Rep. Edmonds, of No. 3, offered the following resolution
which was referred to Commit ee on Legislation :
, Resolved—That in the opinion of this Grand Lodge, the admission of
members in both Grand and Subordinate Lodges, should only be allowed
between the orders of business.
Grand Secretary presented copy of the ode, as required
last session.
On motion, the Grand Lodge then adjourned until two
o'clock, p.m., to-morrow.
FOURTH DAY.
Thursday, 17th February, 1876.
The G.L. met at two o'clock, p.m., pursuant to adjournment, and was called to order by the Grand Master, a quorum being present. 58
PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND LODGE.
Minutes of previous day'3 business read and adopted.
Rep. Gowen, of No. 1, offered the following resolution:
Resolved—That a committee, composed of the Grand Master, Grand Secretary, and Grand Treasurer, be appointed to procure a set of regalia during
the interim for the Grand Officers.
Seconded by Rep. Wriglesworth, of No. 4,  and carried.
Rep. Gowen, of No. 1, moved that a vote of thanks of
this Grand Lodge be tendered to Victoria Lodge, No. 1, and
Columbia Lodge, No. 2, for the use of the Hall, and regalia
during the session.
Seconded by Rep. Wriglesworth, of No. 4, and c irried.
Rep. Phillips, of No. 1, moved that a photograph of every
retiring Grand Master be procured for this Grand Lodge.
Seconded by Rep. Gowen, of No. 1, and carried.
Rep. Mitchell, of No. 1, offered the following resolution:
Resolved—That' a committee be appointed to procure a suitable testimonial for the Cirand Secretary, in recognition of his past valuable services.
Seconded by Rep. Hayward, of No. 1, and carried.
COMMITTEE APPOINTED.
Rep. Mitchell, of No. 1.
"    Hayward, of No. 1.
'•   Roberts, of No. 1.
Rep. Gowen, of No. 1, moved that the same committee
be requested to procure a photograph of the Grand Secretary
(being the first to fill that office in this Grand Lodge) and the
same to be placed along with the Grand Masters.
Seconded by Rep. Goode, of No. 4, and carried.
INSTALLATION.
P.G. J. P. Davies, of No. 2, G.M. elect, was presented
by Reps. Gowen and Sehl, of No. 1, and duly installed as
Grand Master.
The M.W. Grand Master then installed into office the
following:
P.G. R. Roberts, of No. 1 R.W. Deputy Grand Master.
"    C. Hayward, of No. 1     "   Grand Warden
"   J. D. Robmson, of No. 1     "   Grand Secretary.
™   J. Wriglesworth, of No. 4     "   Grand Treasurer.
&**S-   ■>'.»■ PROCEEDINGS OP THE GRAND LODGE. 59
The M.W.G.M. then appointed the following officers, and
installed them into their respective chairs:
P.G. TKos. R. Mitchell, of No. 1... .W. Grand Marshal.
I     H. Waller, of No. 2 W. Grand Guardian.
"     J. Davies, of No. 1 W. Grand Conductor.
"     A. Phillips, of No. 1. W. Grand Herald.
f     T. Harris of No 1 W. Grand Chaplain.
The M.W.G.M then appointed the following committees^
Committee on Cbedentials.
P.G. E. B. Marvin, of No. 2       ... .P.G. H. Gribble, of No. 1.
P.G. M. Humber, of No. 2.
Committee on Finance.
P.G. W. J, Armstrong, of No. 3 P.G. R. W. Fawcett, of No. 2.
|     T. J. Partridge, of No. 1     "     M&F. Goode, of No. 4.
P.G. G. W. Anderson, of No. 1.
Committee on Appeals,
P.G. James Fell, of No. 1 P.G. S. D. Levi, of No. 5.
i     J. H. Meldram, % No. 2     5     T. Shotbolt, of No. 4.
P.G. J. York, of No. 1.
* %.	
Committee on Laws op Subordinates.
P.G. Joshua Davies, of No. 1 P.G. H.V. Edmonds, of No. 3.
§      L. M. Hughes, of No. 2       "    S. T. Styles, of No. 1.
P.G. L. Vigelius, of No. 2.
Committee on Petitions.
P.G. H. Smith, of No. 4 ^T.G. J. Gosnell of No. 1.
|     W. H. Huxtable, of No. 1     "   Alex. Ewen, of No. 3.
P.G. J. Sehl, of No. 1
Committee on State op the Ordee.
P.G.M. J. Weiler, of No. 1 P.®, W. Harrison, of No. 2.
P.G. C. Gowen, of No. 1.
Committkk on Legislation.
P.G.M. J.S. Drummond, of No. 1.. . P.G. A. B Gray, ofNo. 2.
P.G.       A. W. Shiles, of No   3     |   W. J. Jeffree, of No. 2.
P G. T. R Mitchell, of No. 1.
Committee on Printing.
R.W. Grand Secretary.
R W. Grand Treasurer.
P.G.  Joshua Davies, of No. 1.
The M.W.G.M. appointed the following D.D.G.M.:
P.G. W. J. Jeffree, of No. 2, for District No. 1.
I    J. T. Scott, of No. 3, for District No. 2.
I     E. Quesnell, of No. 5, for District No. 3.
Also appointed as Grand Instructor, P.G, B. Roberts, of
No. 1.  PROCEEDINGS  OP THE  GRAND LODGE.
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1  APPENDIX
CONSTITUTION
OF THE
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA,
m o. o. f
PEE AMB LE.
Whereas, The Right Worthy Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, of the United States of v merica, possessing original and exclusive jurisdiction —the source of all true and legitimate authority in Odd Fellowship in the United States of America—did, by its warrant, bearing date the
twenty-fifth day of April, in the fifty-fifth year of our Order, grant authority to certain Past Grands of the Order, resident in the Province of British
Columbia, to form a Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
to be known and hailed by the name, style and title of the Right Worthy Grand
Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the Province of British
Columbia, giving and granting to them and their successors, by the name,
style and title aforesaid, full power and authority to grant warrants for opening Lodges subordinate to it, for the propagation of the established principles
of the Order ; with power and authority also, to cause all honorary and the
first five degrees of the Order to be conferred on deserving members, according
to the laws, customs, and ancient usages of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows ; and as the Grand Legislative Head of the Order in the Province of
| British Columbia, to have and to exercise full power and authority to enforce
upon its subordinates a strict adherence to the laws of the Order, and to make
and establish such rules for their government as in the opinion of the said
Grand Lodge may be for the advancement of the Order, and in conformity to
the directions of the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States of America.
Now, therefore, we, the Past Grands, residing within said jurisdiction, do
hereby make and declare the following as the Constitution of the R.W. Grand
Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd' Fellows, for the Province of British
Columbia.
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CONSTITUTION OF THE
ARTICLE   I
OP THE GRAND LODGE.
Section 1. This R. W, Grand Lodge shall be known by the name, style
and title of "The Right Worthy Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows of the Province of British Columbia,'' and shall be composed of
all Past Grands who are contributing members of Lodges subordinate to this
Grand Lodge, and in good standing, and who have been admitted as required
bv this Constitution
Sec 2. The Grand Lodge has jurisdiction in Odd Fellowship over the
territory known as the Province of British Columbia, and over all Subordinate
Lodges situated within the said Territory or Province, or working under the
authority of the same, and is the Supreme Tribunal of the Order in its jurisdiction.
Sec 3. To entitle a Past Grand to be admitted to the Grand Lodge, he
must produce satisfactory evidence that he is such, and is a contributing } a ember in good standing of a Lodge subordinate to this Grand Lod.^e. at tire time
of his admission.
ARTIC LE   II.
OP THE SESSIONS AND BUSINESS OP THE  GRAND LODGE.
Section 1. The Grand Lodge shall hold regular Annual Communications
to begin on the second Monday of February, in each year, at eleven o'clock,
a. m., and shall continue to meet at such hours as may be agreed upon, from
day to day, (Sundays excepted) until the close of the session.
Sec 2. The business of the Grand Lodge shall be transacted by the elective officers of the Grand Lodge, and the representatives elected, in the manner hereinafter provided. All Past Grands in good standing, who have
received the Grand Lodge Degree, may be present at the session ; but none
except officers of, and representatives to, the Grand Lodge, shall have the
right to vote, or, Without permission, to speak on any subject at the session.
Sec 3. Every Subordinate Lodge shall be entitled in this Grand Lodge
to one representative for its members of fifteen or under ; also one representative for every fifteen members over and above said first number of fifteen,
and one for every fraction exceeding ten members in good standing. Representatives must be Past Grands in good standing, and shall be elected by the
Lodge at any regular meeting at least one month previous to each Annual
Communication, to serve one year from the beginning of said Annual Commu -
nication. Vacancies may be filled at any time to serve the remainder of the
term.
Sec 4c. Each elective officer, except the M. W. Grand Master, who is not
also a representative, and each representative, shall be entitled to one vote.
The M. W. Grand Master shall be entitled to a Vote in all cases of a tie. In
case of the absence of any representative, the representatives of his Lodge
present may cast the vote of the absentee. In the election of Grand Officers,
each Past Grand in attendance, at the annual communication, shall be entitled
to one vote only.
Sec 5. Special sessions may be called at the option of tne M. W. Grand
Master. Such sessions shall be for the transaction of extraordinary business
only, which shall be specified in the call, and not less than fifteen days' notice
shall be given by letter to each representative, which fifteen days shall begin
from the date on which said letters are mailed. Such special session shall be
held at the place as specified in the notice calling the session. GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Seo, 6. The Grand Lodge cannot be opened unless representatives from
three Lodges are present, including ten members, in addition to the M.W. Grand
Master, or his deputy.
ARTICLE   III
OP officers.
Section 1.    The elective officers of this Grand Lodge shall be :
1st.
2nd.
3rd.
4th.
5th.
6th.
United States.
Most Worthy Grand Master.
Right Worthy Deputy Grand Master.
Right Worthy Grand Warden.
Right Worthy Grand Secretary,
Right Worthy Grand Treasurer.
Right Worthy Grand Representatives to the Grand Lodge of the
Sec 2.   The appointed officers shall be :
Worthy Grand Chaplain
Worthy Grand Marshal.
Worthy Grand Conductor.
Worthy Grand Guardian.
Worthy Grand Herald.
Worthy District Deputy Grand Masters for each District, as may have
been admitted to membership; provided, that Past Grands may be appointed
to discharge the duties of District Deputy Grand Masters previous to being
admitted to membership.
Sec 3. The election for elective officers of the Grand Lodge shall be held
at nine o'clock, p.m , on the first day of the session, by ballot, in the following
manner:
When open in that order of business, e ach Past Grand present having the
privilege to nominate, there shall be provided a ballot box in which to deposit
the ballots, with two tellers; and all shall proceed to vote: and when all have
voted, the Grand Master shall proclaim the ballot closed, and the tellers shall
immediately canvas the votes, and if there be no choice for the officer balloted
for, a new ballot shall be immediately ordered, which ballot shall be confined
to the three having the greatest number of votes, (provided there are three
voted for) and if there be then no choice, the ballot shall be confined to the
two receiving the greatest number of votes. Any Past Grand qualified, having
received a majority of votes, shall be declared elected, and shall be installed
into his respective office on tae last day of the session. Provided, that in all
cases where only one person is in nomination for an office, the election may be
held rica voce. Provided also, That the Grand Lodge may, after a four-fifths
vote, install any officer or officers at any time after his election; but the duties
of said officer or officers shall not commence until the last day of the session.
Sec 4. No one shall be eligible for the office of M. W. Grand Master,
unless he has served at least one term in some other elective office in this
Grand Lodge. No one shall be eligible for any other elective Grand Office.
unless he has served at least one term in an elective or appointed office in this
Grand Lodge. Provided always, That any Past Grand is eligible in either case
without such service, when all qualified Past Grands refuse to serve.
Sec 5. The appointed officers shall be appointed, by the Grand Master,
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ARTICLL    IV.
DUTIES  OF  OFFICERS
Section 1. The Most Worth Grand Master shall preside at all sessions of
the Grand Lodge, and preserve order therein, and enforce a due observance of
the Constitution or By-laws of the Grand Lodge of the United States, and of
this Grand Lodge.
All questions of order, and all decisions made by him on any point growing out of the Constitution or By-laws of this Grand Lodge, shall be subject to
appeal from his decision to the Grand Lodge; and it shall be his duty to put
the question on all such appeals to the Grand Lodge.
He may appoint all Grand Officers pro tem , and all committees not otherwise provided for in this Constitution, or ordered by the Grand Lodge. He
shall give the casting vote in all cases where the votes are equally divided, except in cases of election of officers. When any demand shall have been approved by a majority of the Finance Committee, he shall order the Grand
Treasurer to pay the same.    He may grant dispensations :
1st.    To confer degrees on a member without delay.
2d.     To allow members of the Order to appear in public in regalia.
3d.     To allow Lodges to apply to other Lodges for assistance.
4th. To allow Lodges to admit to membership persons who reside near
some other Lodge.
5th.    To authorize the installation of officers in public
6th.    To give entertainments for the benefit of the Order.
7th. To authorize the balloting for, and initiation of a candidate at the
time his proposition is presented to a Lodge.
8th.    To allow Subordinate Lodges to change their place of meeting.
9th.   To allow a brother to be reinstated after expulsion.
10th. To institute Lodges, and authorize them to work as such until the
next session of this R. W. Grand Lodge.
11th. To empower Subordinate Lodges to elect Scarlet Degree members to
any office in such Lodge, provided all qualified brothers refuse to serve.
He may, in person, confer the Past Official Degrees. He shall decide all
appeals on questions of law,. which may be made to him from the decisions of
his deputies. He shall receive and act upon all complaints which maybe made
to him against his deputies or Lodges. He shall give such instructions from
time to time in the work of the Order to the Deputies, or to the Lodges, as may
be necessary. When officially visiting Subordinate Lodges, he shall be received, with the honors of the Order.
Sec 2. The Right Worthy Deputy Grand Master shall support the Grand
Master in presiding, and in his absence shall fill the chair for him^ In the
event of a vacancy in the office of Grand Master, the Deputy Grand Master
shall become Grand Master for the balance of the term, and receive the honors
of a full term.
Sec 3. The Right Worthy'Grand Warden shall assist the Grand Master
in conducting the business of the Grand Lodge. He shall, under the Grand
Master, have special charge of the door, and in the absence of the Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master, he shall preside.
Sec 4. The Right Worthy Grand Secretary shall make a just and true
record of the proceedings of the Grand Lodge at every session, and transmit
as soon as practicable after the close of the annual session, to the Subordinate
Lodges, each  two  copies thereof ; he shall keep the accounts  between  the GBAND LODGE'(0F BRITISH COLUMBIA.
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Grand Lodge and its subordinates, receive all moneys coming therefrom, and
pay the same over to the Grand Treasurer ; he shall issue all necessary notices
and circulars to Subordinates, representatives and officers ; he shall provide
all stationery for the use of the Grand Lodge, and superintend such printing
as the Lodge shall direct; he shall perform such other duties as are herein
provided for, or that may be ordered by the Grand Lodge ; he shall receive
such salary as may be fixed upon at each annual session, which shall be paid
quarterly ; he shall, previous to installation, give bonds to the Grand Lodge of
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of the Province of British Columbia,
in such form and penalty as shall be approved of, for the faithful discharge of
his duties
Sec 5. The Right Worthy Grand Treasurer shall receive and take charge
of the moneys of the Grand Lodge, pay all orders drawn on him by the Grand
Master, under the seal of the Grand Lodge ; make such investment of the funds
as the Grand Lodge may direct; keep his accounts in such a manner as will
exhibit the resources and amount of receipts, and by whom paid, the purposes
and amount of disbursements, and to whom paid ; have his accounts closed up
on the Saturday preceding the second Monday in February, annually, and submit them to the Finance Committee, and transmit by the Grand Secretary, annually, to the subordinates, an exhibit of his accounts. He shall attend all
regular sessions of the^Grand Lodge*; he shall, previous to installation, give
bonds to the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of the
Province of British Columbia, in such form and penalty as shall be appioved
of, for the faithful performance of his duties.
Sec 6. The Worthy District Deputy Grand Master shall, in the absence
of the Grand Master, or other elective Grand Officer, install the officers of all
Lodges in his district, and enforce a due observance of the Constitution, Bylaws, and Resolutions of the Grand Lodge ; be the organ of the Grand Master
with the subordinates in his jurisdiction ; have power to grant dispensations
to Lodges in his district, for granting certificates for the five degrees in less
time than may be otherwise permitted, when circumstances require it; he
shall see that the work of the Order is performed uniformly, confer official degrees on Past Grands, collect from Lodges in his district all returns and
moneys due the Grand Lodge, and forward them immediately to the Grand
Secretary ; decide all questions of law that may be submitted to him by Lodges
under his charge, and report semi-annually to the Grand Master of his proceedings. He shall forthwith report to the Grand Master all cases of violation on
the part of Subordinates, of the Constitution and By-laws of the Grand Lodge,
or disobedience to its lawful commands.
Sec 7. The appointed officers of this Grand Lodge shall perform such
duties as are required by their charges, and the usages of the Order.
ARTICLE   V.
REMOVALS  AND VACANCIES.
Section 1. Any Grand Officer may be removed from his office by the
Grand Lodge for misconduct or neglect of duty, but he shall be entitled to a
fair trial, and two-thirds of the votes of the members present, shall be necessary for removal.
Sec. 2. No officer shall officiate in the Grand Lodge during the time of
his trial. Whenever the Grand Master, or officer acting as such, shall be on
trial, or whenever a resolution for the removal of the Grand Master, or officer
acting as such, shall be submitted, the Grand Lodge may direct any Past
Grand Master, (in case the Deputy Grand Master, or Grand Warden are incapacitated) to occupy the chair. 70
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Sec 3. Any member may be expelled from the Grand Lodge as such for
misconduct, upon the vote of two-thirds of the members present at any meeta
ing, after a copy of the resolution of expulsion shall have been seived upon
him. And any member electioneering either for himself or any other member,
for any office in this Grand Lodge, shall be considered guilty of misconduct,
and liable to expulsion, as above provided.
Sec. 4. Vacancies in the office of District Deputy Grand Master shall be
filled by the Grand Master. Vacancies in the other Grand Offices, except that
of Grand Master, shall be filled by the Grand Lodge, if in session ; if not, then
by the Standing Committee, for the remainder of the term. Provided, That
in case of vacancy in the ofiB.ce of Grand Representative, the appointee of the
Standing Committee shall only hold until the succeeding session of this Grand
Lodge.
ARTICLE   VI.
committees.
Section 1. The elective Grand Officers, except the Grand Representative,
shall constitute the Standing Committee to act in the recess of the Annual
Session of the Grand Lodge, and perform such duties as may be assigned to
them. Of said committee the Grand Master shall be chairman, and he may
cail meetings thereof at his discretion.
Sec 2. There shall be appointed, at each annual session, the following
regular committee, from among the members:
1st. Committee on Credentials.
2d. Committee on Finance.
3d. Committee on Appeals.
4th. Committee on Laws of Subordinates.
5th. Committee on Petitions.
6th. Committee on the State of the Order.
7th. Committee on Legislation.
8th. Committee on Printing.
Sec. 3. The Committee on Credentials shall consist of three members,
who shall be appointed by the Grand Master who is holding over, or the incumbent of the chair at the time of opening of the session, and whose duty it
shall be to examine and report to the Grand Lodge on the credentials and certificates of members.
Sec. 4. The Committee on Finance shall consist of five members, who
shall be appointed by the Grand Master, by and with the consent of the Grand
Lodge, and whose duty it shall be to examine and report on all accounts and
claims against the Grand Lodge ; to examine the acconnts of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer, annually, and report the result of their examination, and the condition of the finances immediately thereafter to the Grand
Lodge; to ascertain and report at the commencement of each annual session,
the amount required for the expenses of the Grand Lodge for the ensuing
year, and suggest such measures of finance as they may deem expedient.
Sec 5. The Committee on Appeals shall consist of five members, who
shall be appointed by the Grand Master, by and with the approval of the Grand
Lodge, whose duty it shall be to examine all appeals referred to them, and
report thereon such action as may be proper in the Grand Lodge. GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA,
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All appeals taken from the action of the Subordinate Lodges shall, as fast
as the same are received by the Grand Secretary, be transmitted by him to the
chairman of the Committee on Appeals. If the Committee on Appeals find
the papers defective on any essential particulars, they shall certify the fact to
the Grand Secretary, who shall remit the papers to the respective Subordinate
Lodge, requiring it forthwith to correct the defeats complained of, and return
the amended papers to the Grand Secretary, who shall immediately transmit
the same to the chairman of the Committee on Appeals. • It shall be the duty
of the Committee on Appeals to report, at the earliest practicable day of the
Annual Session, their action upon the appeals transmitted to them during the
recess of the R. \V. Grand Lodge.
Sec 6. The Committee on Laws of Subordinates shall consist of .five
members, whose duty it shall be to examine and report on the By-laws of Subordinate Lodges referred to them, and also to examine and approve of the
By-laws of Subordinates, that may be submitted to them previous to being
printed, and to direct such alteration in the By-laws as will make them conform to the laws and regulations of the Order, subject to the approval of the
Grand Lodge.
Sec 7. The Committee on petitions shall consist of five members, whose
duty it shall be to examine all petitions referred to them, and report to the
Grand Lodge such action thereon as may be proper.
Sec . 8 The Committee on the State of the Order shall consist of three
members appointed in the same manner as the Finance Committee, who shall
examine the reports of the District Deputy Grand Masters, and such other
matters as may be referred to them, and report thereon to the Grand Lodge,
and they shall annually present to the Grand Lodge an exhibit of the condition
and progress of the Order under this jurisdiction, and recommend such measures for the good of the Order as from time to time they .* hall judge proper.
Sec. 9, The Committee on Legislation shall consist of five members, who
shall examine and report on all proposed amendments of the Constitution,
By-laws, Rules of Order, and Resolutions governing this R. W. Grand Lodge,
and such other matters as may be referred to them by the Grand Lodge, or M.
W. Grand Master.
Sec . 10. The Committee on Printing shall consist of three members, of
which the Grand Secretary of this Grand Lodge shall be one, and shall be
chairman thereof. They shall decide all matters of Printing, and none of the
proceedings of this Grand Lodge shall be given to the public press without
having first received the sanction of a majority of said Committee.
ARTICLE   VII.
OP VOTES.
Section 1. Each elective Officer, except the Grand Master, shall be entitled to one vote All questions and votes before the Grand Lodge, not in this
Constitution otherwise provided for, shall be determined by a majority of the
votes given ; and when five of the members call for a vote by yeas and nays, or
when the same are in this Constitution required to be taken, they shall be so
taken and recorded on the iournal.
ARTICLE   VIII.
OF REVENUE.
Section 1.    The revenue of this Grand Lodge shall be raised for the purpose of defraying the necessary expenses thereof. 72
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Sec. 2. The fee for a charter for a Subordinate Lodge shall be Thirty
Dollars, to accompany the application for a charter, and Fifteen Dollars for a
Degree Charter.
Sec 3. At each regular Annual Session, the Finance Committee shall
ascertain what will be the deficiency for the current year to pay the estimated
expenses of the Grand Lodge, and the amount of such deficiency shall be
assessed upon each Subordinate Lodge in proportion to the number of its members returned at the last semi-annual report thereof, ending 31st December of
each year. Said assessment shall be assessed.upon the members not suspended
at said date. Such assessment shall be paid immediately after receiving the
same by the Lodges, to the District Deputy Grand Masters, who shall remit
the same without delay to the Grand Secretary
Sec 4. No Lodge under this jurisdiction shall be entitled to have its
officers installed, or to receive the travelling or term P. W., until the semiannual reports to the Grand Lodge shall have been placed in the hands of the
Installing Officer, and assessments paid.
ARTICLE   IX.
OF SUBORDINATE LODGES.
Section 1. On the written application of five or more brothers of the
Order, one of whom has attained the Scarlet Degree, praying for a charter to
open a Lodge where there is no Lodge established, or on the application of
seven or more brothers, five of whom shall have attained he Scarlet Degree,
for a charter to open a Lodge where there is one already established, the Grand
Lodge may grant the same, and such Lodge shall receive its charter and the
necessary charges and instructions from the Grand Master, or the Deputy
^Grand Master of the district, or by a Past Grand specially deputed All necessary expenses, if any, of the installing officers, to be borne by the Lodge so
opened ; Provided, always, that the cards of the petitioners, or a certificate of
the deposit thereof with the District Deputy Grand Master of the district, shall
accompany the application.
Sec 2. An application, as provided in the first section hereof, shall be
presented to the Grand Lodge, if in session ; if not, to the Standing Committee, through the Grand Secretary, who shall, on the receipt thereof, if advisable, have power to issue a Dispensation to open such Lodge, subject to confirmation at the next session of the Grand Lodge, in which case, if confirmed,
a regular charter shall be issued.
Sec 3. At the end of each term, every Subordinate Lodge shall report
to the Grand Lodge the work thereof for such term, which shall include the
names of those initiated, admitted by card, as an Ancient Odd Fellow, rejected,
withdrawn by card, reinstated, and deceased ; the names of those suspended,
and expelled, with the cause thereof, together with the number of degrees conferred, the whole number in membership, the amount of receipts, and the
result of the election of officers, accompanied by whatever amount may be due
the Grand Lodge.
Sec 4. At each Annual Session, every Lodge shall report in addition, up
to the first day in January, a full return of members, with their names ranked
according to the degrees they have taken, and a statement of the number of
brothers relieved, widowed families relieved, and brothers buried, and amount
of money applied to each of these purposes, designating the amount paid for
th$ education of orphans. GRAND  LODGE  OF  BBITISH  COLUMBIA.
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Sec 5. The Constitution of Subordinate Lodges may be changed or
amended in any manner, at a regular session of the Grand Lodge, by a two-
thirds vote.
AKTICLE X.
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OF DEGREE LODGES.
Section 1. Upon the written petition of five or more Past Grands, and
five or more Scarlet Degree members of the Order, praying for a warrant to
open a Degree Lodge, the Grand Lodge may grant the same ; and such Degree
Lodge shall receive its charter, and the necessary lectures and instructions in
the same manner as is provided for Subordinate Lodges.
Sec. 2. The Standing Committee shall have the same power in reference
to the approval of applications and issuing of dispensation^ to open Degree
Lodges, as in the case of Subordinate Lodges.
Sec 3. No Degree Lodge shall admit or retain in membership any person who is not at the time a regular contributing member of a Subordinate
Lodge under this jurisdiction, unless his card is in the possession of the Grand
Lodge or itsjofficers, agjajn applicant for a charter.
ARTICLE   XI.
OF 0FFJINX3ES OF SUBORDINATE  OR DEGREE LODQESU!
Section 1. Whenever any Subordinate or Degree Lodge shall violate the
Constitution, By-laws, Rules, or Regulations of the Grand Lodge of the United
States, or of this Grand Lodge, such Lodge shall be liable to a trial and punishment, as herein provided.
Sec 2. Upon the .suspension or expulsion of a r Lodge, or surrender or
forfeiture of its charter? ft shafl be the' duty of 4ts last installed officers and
members, having the custody of the charte, books, papers, proper^ and
funds of the Lodge, to assign, transfer, and deliver the same, on demand, to
the Grand Jkfj^ter, or the District Deputy?prand Master, or to such Past Grand
as may be spegjMjy deputed by the Grand Master or jG^and Lodge to receive
the same ; and the same shall be helck$ujypct to the order of the.Grand Lodge.
Sec 3. v 11 the effects or funds received by the Grafad Lodge from any
Sabo?#fhrate or Degree Lodge, under the last section,A&&&& be kept separate
and apart from the property or funds of the Grand Lo&gje, and such funds
shall not be estimated as a part of the funds of the Grand Lodge, but shall be
held in trust to be restored, should such Lodge ever be reinstated, or upon the
expiration of the period of suspension ; Provided, however, that in the event
said Lodge should not be restored to fellowship within one year, the funds .of
said Lodge shall be placed in the general fund of the Grand Lodge.
Sec 4. Any Subordinate Lodge failing to hold its meetings for six
months, or to make its returns as required by Article IX , Sec 3, of this Constitution, for one year, shall be deemed an extinct Lodge, and its charter shall
be forfeited.
Sec 5. Members of a suspended or expelled Lodge, or of a Lodge whose
charter has been surrendered or forfeited, who were in good standing at the
time of such suspension or dissolution, "or who may have paid all arrearages then
due to the Grand Lodge, shall, upon the recommendation of the District
Deputy Grand Master of the district in which such suspended or extinct Lodge
is located, receive from the Grand Secretary a certificate, under the seal of ihe
Grand Lodge, to enable them to make application for admission to membership in any other Lodge ; Provided, such members are not excluded by Sections 3 and 4 of this Article. •fi3££ta& Upon thg^pUcajiion o^any five or more members of ?an extinct
Lodge, to the (jgind LgfiSgSijfor the restoration of such Lodge to fellowship,
accompanied with a satisfactory evidence that a fair opportunity has been
given to all who were members in spad .standing at the time the same became
extinct, to unite in such application (except as provided by Section 4; of this
Article,) such applicants, or such portion thereof as the Grand Lodge may
approve of, may be restored to fellowship in said Lod^e, together with the
carter andefipcts belonging to such Lodge at the time of its extinction; unless
such effects sh^all have beeruplaced in the general fund of the Grand Lodge
provided by Section 3 of this Article.
ARTICLE   XII.
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BY-LAWS AND RULE&
ORDER.
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Section 1. The Grand Lodge may enact, alter, or amend such By-laws as
may be necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this Constitution, and
of regulating the proceedings of its officers, and of committees, and of providing for the safety. and!£@@Urity of the funds and property ; Provided, at least
one day's notice in writin^fce given at the Annual Session, of such By-law or
amendment, and that the same do not in anywise contravene this Constitution.
Sec. 2. The Grand Lodge may, in like manner, make such Rules of
Order as may be necessary for the regulation of Sts ^sessions, and for securing
good order and the dispatch of business. Such Rules of Order may be suspended at any meeting by a two-thirds vote ; Provided, that such suspension
shall not extend beyond the meeting which voted therefor.
ARTICLE   XIII.
.amending   constitution.
Section 1. Any amendment or alteration may be made to this Constitution, at any regular Annual Communication of this Grand Lodge, by a vote of
two-thirds of the representatives present; Provided, all such alterations shall
be proposed one day before action thereon. And, provided also, that no
amendment providing for the meeting of the Grand Lodge at any particular
place, for locating the seat of the Grand Lodge, shall be madeijunless the same
be proposed in writing at a regular Annual Session, and acted upon and
adopted at the next Annual Session. GRAND LODGE OP BRITISH COLUMBIA.
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RULES   OF   ORDER
I.—ORDER OF BUSINESS.
The Order of Business of the Annual Session shall be, on the
first day:
1st. The Giand Master shall request the members to clothe themselves in
proper regalia, and direct the officers to take their respective stations, and fill
vacancies pro tern,., and shall then, after all have been examined, call up the
Grand Lodge.
2nd. While standing, the Grand Chaplain shall address the Supreme
Ruler of the Universe in prayer.
3rd. Proclamation shall be made by the Grand Marshal of the opening of
the Grand Lodge.
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4th. The Grand Secretary shall present, and read, if required, the credentials of members?
5th. r The Committee on Credentials shall forthwith examine and report
on the eligibility of members.
6th.    New members of the Gf&nd Lodge shall be admitted.
7th. The record of all Special Sessions shall be read, and passed upon by
the Grand Lodge.
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8th.    Vacancies in committees and among the appointed officers, shall be
filled.
9th.    The reports of the Grand Officers shall be presented.
lOthlS Petitions, Communications, Appeals, and Financial Accounts, shall
be presented, and referred in the 9fder above mentioned.
11th.    Miscellaneous business, and nomination and election of officers.
SECOND   DAT .
12th.    Reading and approval of Minutes of preceding day.
13th.    Reception and reference of Credentials, reports thereon, and admission of new members.
14th.    Resolutions of inquiry of Standing or Special Committees.
I 15th.    Reports of Standing Committees, in the order in which they are
named in the Constitution.
16th.    Reports of Special Committees by seniority.
J A7th.    Consideration of proposed amendments to the  Constitution of the
Grand Lodge.
18th.    Consideration of proposed amendments to the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges. 76
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19th. Petitions, Communications, Appeals, and Financial Accounts, presented and referred.
20th.   Unfinished business.
21st,   New business.
THIRD   DAY.
22d.    Reading ana approving Minutes of preceding day.
23d. Reception and reference of Credentials, reports thereon, and admission of new members*.-j
j~2ith.    Reports of Standing and Special Committees.
25th.   Additional business, in the same order as on second day.
[VWih..   miscellaneous business.
27th. Should the foregoing order of business not be concluded on the
first or second day, it shall be commenced on each succeeding day where it left
off on the preceding ; except that the reading and approval of 'minutes, and
receptipn, reference^and reports on credentials of members, shaRrrbe the first
business in order on each day: and that the nomination and election of officers
shall be the last business on the first day of the session.
28th. The vote on a motion to close the session, shall not be taken until
the day succeeding that at which it shall be offered, and shall be in this form:
"That when the Grand Lodge .adjourn this day, this Annual Session shall
stand adjourned sine die."
29th. On the last day of the session, the officers shall be installed, and
committees appointed, before it shall be declared closed ; the minutes of the
day shall be read and approved, if correct.
II.—OF DECORUM.
During the continuance of the meeting, the most decorous silence must be
observed ; the qfficers and members retaining their respective s^ats, and no
one leaving the room without the permission of the M. W. Grand Master, nor
entering without the consent of the R. W. Grand Warden.
No member shall, by conversation or otherwise, interrupt the business of
the Grand Lodge, or refuse to obey the chair. Every officer and member shall
be designated in debate, or otherwise, by his'tproper office or title, according to
his standing in the Order.
No member shall be permitted to vote or speak, unless clothed in regalia"
appropriate to his rank and station.
III.-OF THE CHAIR.
The Grand Master, while presiding, shall state every question coming
before the Grand Lodge, and immediately before putting it to vote shall ask,
" Is the Grand Lodge ready for the question?" Should no member rise to
speak, and a majority indicate their readiness, he shall rise to take the question ; and after he has risen, no member shall be permitted to speak upon it.
He shall pronounce the votes and decisions of the Grand Lodge, on all subjects. His decisions on questions of order shall be without debate, unless,
entertaining doubts on the point, he invite it. And he shall have the privilege
of speaking only on such questions from the Chair. Wheal his decision has
been appealed from, the question shall be put thus : "Will the Grand Lodge
sustain the Chair in its decision ?" GRAND  LODGE  OF BRITISH COLUMBIA,
IV.—OF DEBATE.
Every member, when he speaks or offers a motion, shall rise and respectfully address the Chair. While speaking, he shall confine himself to the question under debate, avoiding all personality and indecorous language, as well as
any reflection upon the Grand Lodge, or its members.
Should two or more members rise to speak at the same time, the Chair
shall decide which shall be entitled to the floor.
No member shall disturb another in his speech, unless to call him to order
for words spoken.
If a member, while; speaking, shall be called to order, at the request of the
Chair, he shall cease speaking, and take his seat until the question of order is
determined, when, if permitted, he may again proceed.
No member shall speak more than once on the same question, until all
the members wishing to speak shall have had an opportunity to do so, nor
more than twice, without permission of the Chair But no member shall have
the privilege of speaking more than, once on a question of order, after appeal
from the decision of the Chair.
V.—OF QUESTIONS AND VOTES.
When any communication, petition, or memorial is presented, before it is
read, or any vote taken on it, a brief statement of its contents sj^all be made
by the introducer, or the Chair. And after it has been read, a brief notice of
the purport shall be entered on the Journal.
No motion shall be subject to action until seconded and stated by the
Chair, and at the desire of any member, shall be reduced to writing.
When a blank is to be filled, the question shall be taken first upon the
highest sum or number, and the longest or latest time proposed.
Any member may call for a division of a question, when the sense will
j admit of it.
When a question is before the Grand Lodge, no motion shall be received,
unless to adjourn, the previous question to lie on the table, to postpone indefinitely, to postpone to a certain time, to refer or to amend, and shall have
precedence in the order herein arranged ; the three first of which shall be decided without debate
After any question, except one of indefinite postponement, has been decided, any two members who voted in the majority, may, during the same
communication, move for a reconsideration thereof.
The previous question can be called for by two members, if seconded by a
majority, and shall be put in this form " Shall the main question be now
put?" If carried, all debate shall cease, and the vote shall be first upon all
pending amendments, beginning with the one last proposed, after which, upon
the main question.
When five members rise in favor of taking a question by ayes  and nays,
I they shall be ordered to be so recorded.
Every member present shall vote on any question before the Grand Lodge,
I unless he is personally interested  i u the result, or has been excused by the
Grand Lodge, or is otherwise incapacitated.
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RULES  OF  ORDER.
No more than two amendments,. to a proposition shall be entertained at
the same time—that is, an amendment, and an amendment to an amendment—
and the question shall be first taken on the latter.
When the ayes and nays are ordered, the names of the representatives]
shall be called by Lodges.
Past Grands, not representatives, have no right to vote upon any question]
before the Grand Lodge ; that right is confined to those whose credentials as
Representatives are reported correct by the Committee on Credentials.
All unimportant questions and answers reported upon by the Committee-]
on the State of the Order, are to be entered on the Secret Journal.
After a substitute has been accepted by the Grand Lodge, in place of the
report of a committee, further action on the report would be out of order,
without first reconsidering the vote by which the substitute was adopted.
When a substitute is adopted in place of an amendment, it is not necessary
to take action on the amendment.
All resolutions laid on the table, and not acted upon before the  close of j
the session of the Grand Lodge at which they were presented, expire with the
session, and would have to be renewed at any subsequent session, before any
action could be had thereon. CONSTITUTION OF SUBORDINATE LODGES.
P RE AMBLE.
For the purpose of effecting uniformity in the administration of the privileges, honors and benefits of Odd Fellowship within this jurisdiction, the
Grand Lodge op the Independent Order op Odd Fellows op the Province of British Columbia ordains the following Constitution of Subordinate
Lodges under its jurisdiction :
ARTICLE I.
Section 1. This Lodge shall consist of at least five members, including
one qualified to preside at its meetings, to be hailed and entitled [Name and
number    of    Lodge,]    Independent    Order    of    Odd   Fellows,   holding:   a
legal and unreclaimed charter, granted or
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of
It cannot voluntarily surrender its charter,
in good standing object thereto.
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sanctioned by the Grand Lodge of
the Province of British Columbia,
or dissolve, so long as five brothers
op   membership.
Section 1. All candidates for initiation must be free white males, of the
age of twenty-one years and upwards, of sound health, of good moral character
and industrious habits, having some respectable known means of support, and
believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, the Creator and Preserver of the
Universe, and be proposed in the Lodge nearest his residence, except that
Lodge grant permission for his joining another Lodge ; Provided, that application for membership may be made to any Lodge nearest the residence of the
applicant, in the same county or district. A person may be admitted to any
Lodge in the city or village in which he resides ; but all candidates for initiation must reside in this jurisdiction, except such candidates as may apply from
other States or Territories, where there is no Grand Lodge or District Deputy
Grand Sire located.
Sec 2. All candidates for membership by deposit of card, or certificates
of dismissal, or as Ancient Odd Fellows, whose cards or certificates of dismissal have been granted more than twelve months, shall deposit their cards or
certificates with their proposition, or furnish satisfactory evidence that such
card or certificate has been lost.
Sec 3. No suspended or expelled member of the Order can be admitted
to membership in this Lodge, except on a dismissal certificate, or on being
reinstated, and receiving a withdrawal card from the Lodge which suspended
or expelled him, or from the Grand Secretary, as prescribed by law.
Sec 4. A non-affiliated Odd Fellow who has been regularly inijaated in
the Order, and has retained membership therein for at least ten consecutive
years, and who at the time of making application for reinstatement or membership shall be over fifty years of age, may be admitted to membership in this 80
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Lodge, as a non-beneficial member, upon such terms as the By-laws may prescribe, by presenting a petition as required under Section 1, Article III, for
proposals for membership by initiation, which shall be disposed of according
to said section.
Sec 5. When an application for membership is received from a person
residing nearer to another Lodge than to the one to which the application is
made, the Lodge receiving such application shall communicate the fact to the
Lodge nearest the residence of such applicant, and shall enquire whether such
person is a fit and proper person to be admitted into our Order, and if in the
same county or district, shall also ask the consent of such Lodge to receive
and act upon such application ; and it shall take no further action upon such
application until an answer is received to such communication. The Lodge
receiving such communication shall appoint <> committee of three to investigate
the character, standing, and health of the petitioner, in the same manner as if
the application were made directly to such Lodge. Such committee shall
report at the next regular meeting of the Lodge, and a certified copy of the
report, together with a certified copy of the minutes showing the action of the
Lodge upon the request for consent to receive and act upon the application (if
such consent was necessary) shall be forthwith forwarded to the Lodge in
which such application is filed, and said last-named Lodge may then proceed
upon such application as in other cases, except that, if it be a case where the
consent of the other Lodge is necessary, and that consent be refused, the petitioner's money ^if any has been pail) shall be returned, and no further action
shall be had in the premises.
ARTICLE III.
OP PROPOSITIONS POR MEMBERSHIP.
Section 1. The name of a person offered for membership, with his age,
residence, and occupation, must be proposed by a member in writing, signed
by the applicant, with the names of two persons as references attached, and
entered upon the record; and forthwith be referred to a committee of three members for investigation, who shall report at the next succeeding regular meeting
(unless extraordinary circumstances prevent,) when the candidate may be
balloted for with ball ballots, and if any or less than three black balls shall
appear, then the balloting shall be deferred until the next regular meeting.
During the week the member casting the black ball may (and it is his duty to)
inform the Noble Grand of the cause or ground thereof, and the Noble Grand
shall, at the next regular meeting, state the reason, if any is given, to the
Lodge, without exposing the name of the brother; and if the brother casting
the black ball shall not have informed the No bio Grand of the reason why he
cast such ball, the Noble Grand shall, at the next regular meeting, if no other
objection be made, declare the applicant duly elected ; but if such reasons are
disclosed, or other objections be made, privately or otherwise, then the ballot
shall again be held, and if no more than two black balls appear, the candidate
shall be declared elected : but if three or more appear, he shall be deemed
rejected.
Sec 2. No reconsideration of an unfavorable ballot can be had, unless
all the brothers who may cast black balls against an applicant for membership,
voluntarily make a motion for a reconsideration of the ballot; and in-such case
the vote on the reconsideration shall be taken by ball ballots, and if the balls
cast l~ e infavor of it, the reconsideration shall be had ; whereupon the application shall lie over till the succeeding meeting, when another ballot shall be
had with ball ballots, and if the same be unanimously in favor of the applicant,
he shall thereby be elected ; but if one or more black balls appear in either
ballot, the applicant shall be rejected ; and in no case shall a reconsideration
be had, except upon the voluntary motion of all those who cast the blackballs; SUBORDINATE LODGES.
and never more than one motion for a reconsideration in the same case shall
be allowed. A favorable balloting can be reconsidered at any meeting prior to
the admission of the candidate ; Provided, a majority of the members present
agree thereto.
Sec. 3. When a candidate for irrigation has been rejected, notice thereof
sliiill be sent without delay to the R. W. Grand Secretary, and to all the Lodges
in the county and district, and he cannot be proposed again in any Lodge for
the space of one year after such rejection All other applications for membership may be renewed at any time.
Sec 4 No proposition can be withdrawn after being referred to a committee, unless by consent of two-thirds of the members present at a regular
meeting, and before the report of the committee has been read to the Lodge.
.Sec. 5. If any person shall gain admittance to any Lodge upon a petition
containing any false representations, he shall be expelled.
ARTICLE IV.
OP PEES, dues and benefits.
Section 1. The fees and dues of this Lodge shall not be less than fifteen
dollars for initiation, five dollars for admission by card, ten dollars for an
Ancient Odd Fellow, five dollars for each degree to the Lodge Fund, and such
amount of dues to the Lodge Fund as shall be determined by the By-laws ; in
addition to which, the Lodge may, by its By-laws, provide for a Widows',
Oiphans' and education fund, and nurse and funeral tax, and for extraordinary
assessments for Lodge purposes;
Sec 2. Every member, qualified as required by the By-laws, shall, in case
of being disabled by sickness or bodily accident from following his usual occupation, or otherwise earning a livelihood, be entitled to, and may receive, such
weekly benefits as may be fixed by law, from the funds of the Lodge.
; Sec 3. In case of the death of a member, qualified as in the last section,
there shall be allowed from the Lodge not less than thirty dollars to defray the
expenses of the burial, to be paid by the N.G., on account of the funeral. In
the absence of competent relations, the N. G. shall take charge of the funeral,
and render an account of th   disbursements.
Sec 4. The funeral expenses and sick benefits shall be regulated by the
By-laws of the Lodge, and all orders drawn for the above shall be by vote of
the Lodge.
ARTICLE   V.
OP    DE GRE ES.
Section 1. A member who* lias been in membership one month, shall be
eligible for degrees, but shall not be elected to more than three degrees at the
same meeting, unless % dispensation be obtained therefor, from the Grand
Master, or his Deputy for the district.
Sec 2. Application for election to any of the five subordinate degrees,
shall b<> accompanied with the amount required therefor, and shall be presented
to the Lodge when open in that order of business, if so provided for in its
Rules of Order if not, then in the order of New Business—and when the
Lodge has regularly closed, it shall then forthwith open in the degrees applied
for, beginning with the lowest, and ballot upon the application, and if not
more than two black balls be cast—and the Lodge does not confer the degrees
upon its own members—a certificate shall be given the applicant, addressed to 82
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a Degree Lodge, or officer authorized to confer degrees, located or residing in
this District, showing that he is a member of this Lodge, and has been authorized, by a ballot of the members of said degrees of this Lodge, to receive
them.
ARTICLE VI.
OF   OPFI OE RS.
Section 1. The elective officers of this Lodge shall consist of a N. G.,
V. G., Secretary and Treasurer, who shall serve a regular term each, and the
Lodge may elect a Permanent Secretary for the sane time : or for one year, to
take charge of the accounts between the Lodge and its members.
Sec 2, The appointed officers shall consist of a W., Conductor, 0. G.,
I. G., R. S. to N. G., L S. to N. G., R. S. to V. G., L.S. to V. G„ and R. and
L. S. S., who shall each serve a regular term ; and the uodge may also appoint
a Chaplain for a regular term.
Sec 3. No member shall be installed as N. G., unless he has served a
term as V. G., or the last of a term to fill a vacancy ; nor as V. G., unless he.
has served twenty-six weeks in an inferior office; that service in office, whether]
elected or appointed, is qualifying in any other Lodge as well as in this Lodge,!
providing a brother has a certificate to that effect, under seal of a Lodge in
good standing ; Provided, that any Scarlet member may be elected, if all qualified brothers refuse to serve, and a dispensation being granted by the M. W.
Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, or Deputy of the District, previous to
the election.
Sec 4. All elective officers, Warden, Outside Guardian, and Inside Guar-!
dian, shall be clear of all pecuniary charges on the books, and have attained
the Scarlet Degree previous to installation.
Sec 5. Nominations for elective officers shad be made only on the two
meetings immediately preceding that of the regular election, except when the
nominees for an office all decline
Sec 6. Officers shall be elected at the last regular meeting in each term,
and be installed at the first regular meeting in the new term ; Provided, the
installing officer be present; if absent, the Lodge may, by vote, defer it for one
week, or call a special meeting for the purpose, at the request of the District
Deputy Grand Master.
Sec 7. Any officer, absenting himself from the Lodge for three successive meetings, except in case of sickness, or any officer, for misconduct or
neglect as such, may be removed by a vote of two-thirds of the members voting, at the next meeting after a resolution therefor has been offered in the
Lodge.
Sec 8. Vacancies in any elective office may be filled by the Lodge, by
nomination and election, at the next regular meeting after nominating ; and,
until so filled, the N. G. shall appoint a member to the .office, pro tern.
Sec 9. The duties of the various officers shall be as laid down in the
charges of office, and as specified by this Constitution, and the By-laws of the
Lodge.
Sec 10. The N. G., or officer acting as such, shall appoint the majority,
and the V, G., or officer acting as such, the minority of all committees on candidates or charges.
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Sec. 11. The Lodge, at the first regular meeting in January, in each
year, shall elect one representative to the Grand Lodge for its members of fifteen or under ; also one Representative for every fifteen members over and
above first said number of fifteen, and one for every fraction exceeding ten
members in good standing, as shown by its report on the 31st day of December of the previous year.
ARTICLE VII.
OP PENALTIES and trials.
Section 1.—Clause 1. Any member neglecting or refusing to make payment of his dues or demands against him to the Lodge, according to its Bylaws, for the space of eleven months, shall be notified by the Lodge, in writing
of the state of his account; and if after one month his account still remains
unsettled, he shall be suspended from membership ; Provided, that no person
shall be so suspended until after the fact of his dues being in arrears and unpaid for twelve months, shall have been announced in open Lodge, at two
regular meetings ; and provided further, that no person shall cease to be a
member, under this section, whilst charges are pending against him.
Clause 2. Any member suspended from membership for non-payment of
dues, may be reinstated in the Lodge from which he was suspended within one
year thereafter, by paying the amount of one year's dues and by receiving a
vote of two-thirds of the members present—a motion to that effect having been
laid over one week ; but after one year he may be reinstated, upon the payment of the fee charged for an initiate of the same age. as provided by the Bylaws, or such lesser sums as majr be fixed by the By-laws of the Lodge to
which such application is made ; Provided, such sum be not less than the
amount of one year's dues of said Lodge ; and he shall petition the Lodge in
writing to be reinstated, which shall be disposed of, in all respects, as provided
for in Article III, Section 1, for petitions for membership by initiation.
Clause 3. A member suspended from membership for non-payment of
dues, and who makes application for reinstatement and for a withdrawal card
for the purpose of uniting with another Lodge in this jurisdiction, may be reinstated and granted a final card at any time within five years from the date of
suspension, upon the payment of one year's dues, and the usual price of a
card.
Clause 4. A member after being suspended in this jurisdiction for nonpayment of dues for the space of five years, wishing to join a Lodge in this
jurisdiction, shall be entitled to receive, and the Lodge shall grant him, upon
proper application, a dismissal certificate, upon the receipt of one dollar.
Clause 5. A member suspended from membership in this jurisdiction for
non-payment of dues, wishing to regain membership in another jurisdiction,
shall, upon proper application, be entitled to receive from the Lodge from
which he was so suspended, a dismissal certificate, upon the payment to said
Lodge of one dollar.
Clause 6. In all cases, when a member has been suspended for non-payment of dues, and his Lodge has refused to reinstate him, he shall, upon proper application, be entitled to receive, and the Lodge shall grant a dismissal
certificate, upon the receipt therefor of one dollar.
< lause 7. Dismissal certificates may be received from the holders thereof
on application for membership in Subordinate Lodges, in the same manner,
and with the same effect, as withdrawal cards ; and applications made on such
certificates shall be received and acted on in like manner as upon withdrawal
cards. But the holders of such certificates shall in no case be allowed to visit
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Clause 8. The certificates named in this section shall be only those provided by the Grand Secretary of the G. L. U. S.
Sec. 2. Any member who shall violate any of the principles of the Order,
or offend against the Constitution, By-laws, or Rules of Order of this Lodge,
shall be fined, reprimanded, suspended or expelled, as the By-laws may direct,
or the Lodge determine.
Sec 3. Every member shall be entitled to a fair trial for any offence involving reprimand, suspension or expulsion. No member shall be put upon
trial, unless charges duly specifying the offence, so as fully to apprise him of
the nature thereof, and to enable him to prepare for his defence, shall be submitted to the Lodge in writing, and signed by a member of a Lodge within
this jurisdiction, and a copy thereof, under seal of the Lodge, be served upon
him.
Skc. 4. Such charges shall be referred to a committee of five members,
who shall, if possible, be chosen from the peers of the accused. Such committee shall, without unnecessary delay, summon the parties and try the case.
They shall keep full minutes of the evidence, and of their proceedings, and
report the same to the Lodge, with their verdict. If a witness be a member of
the Order, he shall give his evidence on the honor of an Odd Fellow ; if he be
not a member, then on oath or affirmation, and the proceedings must state
that such obligation or oath was administered. No testimony shall be taktn
without notice, or opportunity for cross-examination by the opposing party.
Upon the report being made, notice thereof shall forthwith be given, by the
Secretary, to the party against whom the verdict is rendered, and he shali have
two weeks in which to file his exceptions. If no exceptions are filed within
two weeks, the Lodge shall proceed to pronounce judgment upon the verdict,
and affix the penalty. An appeal from the judgment of the Lodge, may be
taken, at any time within two weeks thereafter, to the Hrand Lodge ; and if
no such appeal is taken, the judgment of the Lodge shall be final. When a
bill of exceptions to the report of the committee is filed, as above provided, the
Lodge may determine upon its merits, and either sustain the report of the
committee, or refer the same back to the same or another committee, or:grant
a new trial. If the Lodge deems the exceptions not well taken, it shnll proceed to pronounce its judgment, and affix the penalty
Sec. 5. If the accused refuse or neglect to stand trial when duly summoned, the committee shall report him guilty of contempt of the Lodge, which
report shall be conclusive, and the punishment shall be expulsion.
Sec 6. If a specific penalty for an offence be provided in the Constitu-
tidK or By-laws, the N. G. shall enforce it If none be so provided; the Lodge
shall decide by paper ballot whether the penalty shall be expulsion, suspension, or reprimand and fine. During the ballot the accused brother shall
withdraw from the Lodge-room. If upo the ballot it shall appear that two-
thirds of the ballots are cast for expulsion, such shall be the penalty ; if two-
thirds of the ballots are cast for suspension, suspension shall be the penalty,
and the Lodge shall proceed to fix the duration of such suspension If neither
expulsion nor suspension is determined as the penalty, as above provided, then
the penalty shall either be reprimand, fine, or both ; if fine is determined upon
then the Lodge shall fix the amount, not exceeding ten dollars ; if reprimand
is decided upon, then the accused shall be reprimanded in open Lodge, by the
acting Noble Grand. No ballot held under this section, shall be reconsidered.
All fines imposed under this section shall be charged in his account, and considered, in determining his standing in the Lodge, as dues ; and when the fine
thus im
this Article, he shall be notified, and allowed the usui
In all cases, if he ceases to be a member, upon reinstatement he shall pay th<
posed, added to his dues, bring him under the penalty of Section 1, of
11 time to make payment
w
hole amount of the fines and dues. SUBORDINATE LODGES.
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Bbo. 7. When a member shall be subject to t..e penalty of reprimand, he
shall be summoned to attend at some regular meeting, to be fixed by the N. G.,
to be reprimanded from the chair of the N. G. ; and until he so attend and be
reprimanded, he shall be suspended from all benefits and privileges of membership.
Sec. 8. Notice of all suspensions, expulsions, rejections, and reinstatements, and of brothers who have ceased to be members in accordance with
Section 1, of this Article, shall forthwith be forwarded to every Lodge in the
District, and to the Subordinate Encampment of which the Lodge shall have
been notified of such brother having become a member ; and also to the R. W.
Grand Secretary, who shall, at the end of each quarter, forward the same to
all the Lodges in the Province, and also to the R. W. Grand Scribe of the
Grand Encampment or Oregon.
Sec 9. An expelled member can be reinstated only after a proposition,
reference, and election by ballot, as in the case of a newly proposed member.
A brother suspended for any cause, may be reinstated on the removal of the
cause, or the expiration of the term for which he was suspended, without
action of the Lodge, and the N. G. shall declare in open Lodge his being reinstated.
j Sec. 10. Any member intending to appeal from the action of the Lodge,
either> in a decision of law, or where charges have been preferred, shall file
with the Secretary a notice of his appeal, and the grounds thereof; upon
which the Secretary shall forthwith send the notice, or a true copy of the
same, together with a certified copy of all charges, reports, evidence and proceedings of the ../odge, relating to the case, to the D. D. G. M.
ARTICLE VIII.
OP PUNDS AND PROPERTY.
i Section 1. The funds and property of this Lodge shall be held exclusively as a Trust Fund to be devoted to no other purpose than the charitable
-uses"of the I. 0. O. F.; and expenditures legitimately ma'de for Lodge purposes, and the advancement of the interests of the Lodge or the Order. The
funds may be invested from time to time, as the Lodge shall direct, but no
part thereof, or of the Lodge property, or of the proceeds of any sales of such
property, shall ever be divided among the members ; and in case of a surrender or forfeiture of the Lodge Charter, all the funds and property of the Lodge
of whatsoever kind, shall be immediately surrendered and delivered up to the
R. W. Grand Lodge of this jurisdiction, or to its officers or agents properly
authorized to receive them.
ARTICLE  IX.
OF  OFF ENCES.
Section 1. No member of this Lodge shall be concerned in organizing or
visiting any illegal, spurious, expelled, extinct, or suspended Lodge of Odd
;Fellows; nor paint on nili sign any emblem of the Order, or otherwise exhiMfc
any upon the same, or have any printed Or engraved upon his business cam,
nor expose any in a public placets,a sign ; or receive, or put any motion from
the Chair of the N. G., unless he be a present or past N. G. or V. G.
Sec 2. This Lodge shall not have a public procession, unless to attend
th- funeral of a member, or have* any public celebration of any kind, or get up
any ball or public amusement in the name of the Order, or admit to membership any member of an expelled or extinct Lodge, or reinstate an expelled or
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ARTICLE X.
OF TERMS  AND RETURNS.
Section 1.    All terms shall commence on the first day
July, in each year, and  end on the day on which the
mences.
of
succeeding one
January and
com-
Sec. 2. The officers for the term about expiring, shall prepare and deliver to the officer who shall install their successors, the result of the elections,
arp a regular report of the work of the term, including the names of those
.initiated, -admitted by card, and as an Ancient Odd Fellow ; those suspended
or expelled, and the cause thereof, and of those reinstated and deceased ; the
number of certificates for degrees granted ; the whole number in membership,
and the amount of receipts, accompanied by whatever amount may be due to
the Grand Lodge.
Sec 3. In addition to the above, the officers for the term expiring on the
first meeting in January, shall annually make to the Grand Lodge a full return
afdihe members of the Lodge (except such as are more than one year in arrears
or have been expelled) ranked according to the degrees attained, and a statement of the number of members relieved in the past year; the number of
widowed families relieved ; the number of members buried ; the number of
sisters bu; ied : the amount of money applied to each of these purposes; designating the amount paid forjthe education of orphans, the amount of money in
the Treasury, amount of widows' and Orphans' Fund, and amount of investments.
Sec 4. Should this Lodge fail to make any of its returns, as required by
the two preceding sections, for one year, it shall thereby forfeit its charter and
become extinct; and it shall be the duty of the G. M., or D. D. G. M. to
withhold the A. T. P, W. and semi-annual P. W., until such returns are made,
and the amount due the Grand Lodge paid. And it shall be the duty of the
last installed officers to transmit or surrender to the Grand Master or his
Deputy, the charter, books, papers, furniture and funds of the Lodge.
ARTICLE XI.
OF CARDS.
Section. 1. Withdrawal Cards may be granted to members who are clear
of the books, according to law, by a majority vote, by ballot, of the members
present when application is made. Should the Lodge refuse to grant the card,
the applicant, on tendering a written resignation of membership, and paying
all dues, shall be entitled to receive from the Secretary a certificate under seal
of the Lodge to that effect; and such certificate shall be sufficient evidence of
good standing at the time of such resignation.
Sec 2. Visiting Cards shall be applied for in open Lodge, and the dues
must be paid up to the time for which the card is to be granted.
ARTICLE XIL
Section 1. When any doubt arises of the true meaning of any part of
these Articles, it shall be determined by the Grand Lodge.
Sec 2. These Articles, or any past thereof, shall not be altered, amended
suspended or annulled, except on motion made in the Gr$nd Lodge, at a regular session. %
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ARTICLE XIII.
OP BY-LAWS.
Section 1. This Lodge may make, alter or rescind such By-laws, Rules,
and Resolutions, from time to time, as may be deemed expedient; Provided,
that they do not in any wise contravene this Constitution, or the Constitution, By-laws, or Regulations of the (Brand Lodge of the Province of British
Columbia, or of the United States.
Sec 2. The By-laws of this Lodge are in force from the time of their
adoption, subject to the approval of the Grand Lodge ; and the manuscript
copy of such By-laws shall, before being printed, be transmitted to the Grand
Secretary, to be submitted to the Committee on Laws of Subordinates for their
approval.
A_TT V ^5T *
JAMES D. ROBINSON, CONSTITUTION
OP
REBEKAH  DEGREE  LODGES
For the purpose of effecting ar uniformity in the administration of the
privileges, honors, and benefits of the Rebekah Degree of Od$ Fellowship
within this jurisdiction, the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows of the Province of British Columbia, ordains the following Constitution of Rebekah Degree Lodges under its jurisdiction :
ARTICLE I.
Section 1.    This Lodge shall consist of at least ten members,
five of each
sex, including one qualified to preside at its meetings, to be hailed and entitled
.... Rebekah  Degree   Lodge,   No....   Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, of British Columbia. It cannot voluntarily surrender its Charter,
or dissolve, so long as Hve brothers and five sisters in good standing object
thereto.
ARTICLE II.
MEMBERSHIP.
Section 1. The name of any qualified brother or sister within the district designated in the Charter, offered for membership, with his or her age,
residence and occupation, with the name and number of the Lodge to which
said brother, or the husband of said sister does, or if deceased, did at the time
of guch decease belong, must be proposed by a member in writing, signed#by
the applicant, with the names of two persons as references attached, and entered upon the record ; such proposition shall be referred to a committee of
three members for investigation, who shall report at the next succeeding regular meeting (unless further time be grar^ed,) when the candidate i^ay be balloted for with ball ballots, and if less than five black balls shall appear, then
the baHotiHg~shaH be deferred nntil'-the - next regular - meetingr-when a hiH@t
sh&ll-ag&in-be-held, and -if-no-more -than five-black- balls-appeaivthe candidate
shall be declared elected ; but if more than five black balls appear, the candi-
datenshall be. deemed rejected? Should the candidate be elected, he or she
shall become a member on paying the dues provided by the-By-laws ; and any
brother may continue such member so long as he remains a member of his
Subordinate Lodge in good standing, and pays his dues to this Lodge : and
any sister may remain a member so long as her husband is entitled to remain a
member, or so long as she remains his widow, and pays her dues to this
Lodge.
Sec 2.    Candidates rejected in this Lodge, uip,f  renewiheir application
for membership £h8rein, at the Expiration of six mop4ih*s4fcafter*sucJi rejection. REBEKAH DEGREE  LODGES.
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ARTICLE III.
POWERS AND PRIVILEGES.
Section 1. This Lodge shall possess the powers and enjoy the privileges
following :
1. To confer the Degree of Rebekah on such Scarlet Degree members and
their wives, as present a certificate from a Lodge located within the District
embraced in the Charter, certifying that he is a Scarlet Degree member in
good standing ; also to confer the said Degree of Rebekah upon widows of Odd
Fellows presenting certificates from Lodges of which their husbands were members at the time of their decease, certifying that her said husband was a Scarlet Degree member in good standing at such decease ; or if her said husband
was not such Scarlet Degree member, certifying that he was a member in good
standing, and that it is the desire of the Lodge that the Degree of Rebekah
should be conferred upon his said widow.
2 To elect and appoint its own officers, in the manner prescribed by the
By-laws.
3. To hold regular and special meetings, as provided in the By-laws.
4. To fix and establish dues, to be paid monthly, quarterly, semi-annually,
or annually, as the By-laws may provide ; and to provide by By-laws when
those in arrears for dues shall be dropped from the roll of members.
5. To pay and disburse from the funds of the Lodge, for the relief of the
sick, the destitute or the distressed, from time to time, as a majority of the
members present shall by vote determine, or as shall be otherwise provided by
the By-laws.
6. To establish such By-law^ and Rules of Order, not inconsistent herewith, or with the rules, usages, and general regulations of the Order, as if; mgy
/deem proper ; subject, however, to the approval of the Grand Lodge of TJaTi-
Turuia.
ARTICLE IV.
OFFICERS.
Section 1. The elective officers of this Lodge shall consist of a Noble
Grand, Vice-Grand, Secretary, and Treasurer, and if so provided in the Bylaws, a Financial Secretary.
Sec. 2. The appointed officers shall consist of a Warden, Conductor,
Outside Guardian, Inside Guardian, Right and Left Supporters of Noble Grand
and Vice-Grand, who shall ( ach serve a regular term.
Sec 3. Any member of the Lodge shall be eligible to any office {in the
Lodge, except that of Noble Grand, which office shall be filled by a Past Grand
in good standing in his Lodge, and except Warden, Outside Guardian, anifl
Inside Guardian, who shall be Scarlet Degree members.
Sec. 4. All officers shall hold their offices for six months, except the financial Secretary, who may hold his office for six months or one year, as the Bylaws may prescribe.
Sec 5.    All officers shall be clear of all pecuniary charges on the books.
Sec 6 Nominations for elective officers* shall be made only on t^e two
meetings immediately preceding that of the regular election, except when the
nominees for an office all decline.
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CONSTITUTION OF
Sec 7. The officers shall be elected at the last regular meeting in each
term, and shall enter upon the discharge of their duties at the first regular
meeting in the new term, after the Lodge has acted upon the reports of the
retiring officers, andfefter they shall have been regularly installed by a competent installing officer.
*Sec 8. Any officer absenting himself from the Lodge for three successive
meetings, except in case of sickness, or any officer, for misconduct or neglect,
as sucn, may be removed by a vote of two-thirds of the uiemt ers voting at the
next meeting, after a resolution therefor has been offered in the Lodge.
Sec. 9. Vacancies in any elective office may be filled by the Lodge by
nomination and election at the next regular meeting after nominating, and
until so filled, the N. G. shall appoint a member to the office pro tern.
Sec 10. The duties of the various officers shall be as laid down in the
charges of office, and as specified by this Constitution, and the By-laws of the
Lodge.
Sec 11. The N. G., or member acting as such, shall appoint the majority, and the V. G., or member acting as such, the minority of all committees
on candidates.
Sec 12. In the absence of the Noble Grand, any Past Grand present may
act as such, and in case there should be more than one Past Grand present,
the Past Grand who first became a member of the Lodge, shall have precedence
and so on in their order.
ARTICLE  V.
FUNDS AND PROPERTY.
Section 1. The funds and property of this Lodge shall be held exclusively as a Trust Fund, to be devoted to no other purpose than the charitable
uses of the I. 0. 0. F., and expenditures legitimately made for Lodge purposes, and the advancement of the interests of the Lodge or the Order. The
funds may be invested from time to time, as the Lodge s.hall direct, but no
part thereof, or of the Lodge property, or of the proceeds of any sales of such
property, shall ever be divided among the members ; and in case of a surrender or forfeiture of the Lodge charter, all the funds and property of the Lodge,
of whatsoever kind, shall be immediately surrendered and delivered up to the
R. W. Grand Lodge of this jurisdiction, or to its officers or agents, properly
authorized to receive them.
s ARTICLE  VI.
TERMS.
Section 1.   All terms shall commence on the first day of January and
July in each year, and end on the day on which the succeeding one  com-
rmences.
ARTICLE VII.
RETURNS.
Section 1. The officers of the term about expiring, shall prepare and
deliver to the R. W. Grand Secretary, the result of the elections and a regular
report of the work of the term, including the names of thw brothers admitted,
the names of the sisters admitted, the names of the brothers dropped from the
roll, the names of sisters dropped i|rom the roll, the names of sisters deceased,
the names and number of those upon whom the degree is conferred, the whole
number in membership, the Amount of receipts, and the amount of disbursements;. DEGREE
Sec, 2. In addition to the above, the officers of the term expiring on, the
first meeting in July, shall annually make to the Grand Lodge a full return of
the members of the Lodge, and a statement of the number of brothers and sisters relieved in the past year, the amount of benefits granted, the number of
widows relieved, the number of orphans relieved, the number of members
buried, the amount of money applied to each of these purposes, designating
the amount paid for the education of orphans, the amount of money in the
Treasury, and the amount of investments.
ARTICLE
BY-LAWS.
Section 1. This Lodge may make, alter or rescind such By-laws, Rules
and Resolutions, from time to time, as may be deemed expedient; Provided,
they do not in any wise contravene this Constitution, or the Constitution, Bylaws or Regulations of the Grand Lodge of the Province of British Columbia,
or of the United States.
Sec 2. The By-laws of this Lodge,, are in force from the time of their
adoption; subject to an approval of the Grand Lodge, or its authorized or
^appropriate officers or committee. 

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