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PROCEEDINGS
OF  THE
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA,
I   O. CX F.
NINTH ANNUAL   SESSION
Victoria, 12th February, 1883.
The Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F., assembled this day, at 11 o'clock a. m., in the Odd Fellows' Hall.
Present :
Henry Waller     Grand Master.
J. Davies Deputy Grand Master.
W. D. McKillican Grand Warden.
E Fletcher      1     Secretary.
Wm. McColl       I     Treasurer.
P. Carne       §     Marshal.
J.W.Carey      "     Guardian.
W. H. Huxtable       "     Herald.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present. The
Grand Lodge was then declared duly opened for business.
The credentials of Representatives from Subordinate
Lodges to this Grand Lodge were read, and the Grand Master appointed the following committee thereon, viz : Rep.
Shiles, P.G.M., of No. 3, Rep. Phillips, of No. I and Rep.
Meldram, of No. 2, who submitted the following report :
Victobia, B. C, 12th February, 1883.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.:
Your committee appointed to examine the credentials of members of this
Orand Lodge, beg to report that they have performed that duty, and find that
the following are duly accredited Representatives to this Grand Lodge, viz:
FBOM VICTORIA LODGE, NO.  1.
J. Weiler, P.G.M. F. Carne A. Phillips
R. Roberts, P.G.M. C, Gowen, P.G.M. C. Hayward
M. Hart J. Davies Jas. Jackson"
J. G. Taylor J. M, Read D. Dale
Theo. Davie W. H. Huxtable G. Williams
T. R. Mitchell. 250
FROM COLUMBIA LODGE. NO, 2.
H. Waller, J. H. Meldram W. J. Pendray
M. Baker G. H. Maynard M. Humber
R. Hall, Jr. F. Norris R. W. Fawcett
J. W. Carey Jos. Sears.
FROM NEW WESTMINSTER LODGE, NO. 3.
B, \V. Shiles, P.G.M. W. J. Armstrong Wm. McColl
H  Elliott                              J. W. Howison            Henry Hoy
W.B.Kyle                          R.Thomas C. N. Trew.
FROM DOMINION LODGE, NO. 4.
J. Wriglesworth, P.G.M.   E. Fletcher W. D. McKillican
C.Todd A. J. Gray W  Walker
1 P, A. Babington J. D  Ford Wm. Leigh.
That the following Past Grands are entitled to seats, namely:
FROM VICTORIA LODGE, NO. 1.
C. Hegele E. C. Holden Jos. York
T. J. Partridge                    G. W. Anderson J. Gosnell
E. Fawcett                           Jas Jackson P. J. Hall
W. Irvine R. Elder J. D. Robinson.
FROM COLUMBIA LODGE, NO. 2.
W. J. Jeffree. P.M.G. John Partridge James Fell
Wm. Harrison A. B. Grav J. P. Goodhue
W. F. Archibald M. Young" Jas. E, McMillan.
FBOM NEW WESTMINSTEB LODGE, NO.  3
Geo. Turner L. F. Bonson J. Morey
J. E, Insley Wm. Litster T. L. Scott.
FROM DOMINION LODGE, NO. 4
H. Smith John Creden
R. Jenkinson E. Harrison, Jr.
And that the following Past Grands are entitled to the Grand Lodge Degree,
namely:
J. G.  Taylor | . „    .
T T       ,J >      Of  NO.   1.
Jas. Jackson )
S-I^'' \  of No. 2.
M. Baker J
R. Jenkinson j * xl-    A
t   t\   t?    j r       of No. 4.
J. D. Ford )
Fraternally submitted.
B. W. SHILES
A. PHILLIPS
JOHN H. MELDRAM.
Moved by Rep. Roberts, P.G.M., of No. 1, That the
report be adopted. Seconded by Rep. Carne, of No. 1, and
carried.
The Grand Marshal was instructed to retire and introduce Past Grands in attendance, and the Grand Lodge Degree was conferred on M. Baker, of No. 2.
The Grand Master then read his annual report, as follows : 251
Victoria, B. C, February 13, 1883.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the Province of British Columbia.
Officers and Representatives,—I have the honor and
pleasure of again greeting you, on this our ninth annual
session. Another year in our history has passed,—another year as it is measured by the Supreme Being of the
Universe,—counting only the good we have done since we
last met in this hall to legislate for the interests of Odd-Fellowship in this jurisdiction. We should not fail in making
proper acknowledgments to a kind Providence for the many
favors we have received at His hands, and for His mercies
to us individually and collectively; so that not one Past
Grand who was present with us at our last annual session is
prevented, either by sickness or death, from attending this
session; and also for permitting us to work together in peace,
harmony and good will, and that good order pervades the
entire jurisdiction.
In obedience to the rules and regulations of our Order
I have the honor to submit for your consideration my report,
setting forth my official acts during the past year.
I regret that I cannot report a much greater increase in
our membership since we last met. Although in some Lodges
the membership has fallen off, I am glad to inform you that
notwithstanding the inability or indifference of a good many
of the members to pay their dues, and the very heavy drains
on the funds of the Lodges, we have more than held our own
in the aggregate, numerically and financially.
CONSTITUTION OF SUBORDINATE LODGES.
My attention having been called to some errors and omissions in the Revised Constitution of Subordinate Lodges,
I considered the matter of sufficient importance to call a
meeting of the Executive Officers of this Grand Lodge, when
such alterations and additions were made as would enable
Subordinate Lodges to work without being in conflict with
the Constitution. I trust you will not only endorse our action, but give also the whole matter your most careful and
serious consideration, and put the Constitution in such a
shape that Subordinate Lodges can frame their By-Laws to
harmonize therewith. No blame can be attached to the Legislative Committee for the defects here referred to, for the
reason that the time was too short to do the work properly 252
and make it thoroughly perfect in all its parts at one session.
With, however, the foundation and framework made, as well
as the heaviest part of the work performed, there will belittle excuse for us if we do not put it in proper shape this session. I would therefore recommend that this matter be
placed in the hands of the Legislative Committee as soon as
possible.
Accompanying this report you will find a printed copy of
the amendments to the Constitution (A), as made by the Executive Officers. Before closing this subject I would suggest
that when any important changes in the work of the Order
are about to t ike place, requiring time and careful consideration, your Executive Officers should have authority to place
such matter before the respective Committees some time before the meeting of this Grand Lodge. Ail the most important reports would then be the first to come before you,
instead of coming as heretofore at the very last moments of
the session, to be hurried through without due consideration.
PROCLAMATION.
March 10th, I received from the Grand Sire a proclamation (B) to celebrate the sixty-third anniversary of Odd-
Fellowship on this Continent. I at once requested Bro. E.
H. Fletcher, Grand Secretary, to issue a proclamation to all
the Lodges in this jurisdiction, enjoining on them the proper
observance of the anniversary of our Order, and granting
permission to appear in regalia, as they might choose. I
am happy to state that the Lodges in this city acted on the
proclamation in a right good spirit, and great credit is due
the Committee of Management for the admirable arrangement of the entertainment on that occasion, which enabled
the members of the Order, with their families and friends,
to pass a very delightful and pleasant evening, every one going home with a grateful remembrance of our sixty-third
anniversary; and I truly hope the sixty-fourth will be as
pleasantly celebrated. I received a communication from the
Secretary of the above Committee requesting permission to
have refreshments in the Hall; which I granted with the
usual restrictions.
CIRCULAE
March 14th, I received from Bro. Theo. A. Ross, Grand
Secretary, a Circular (C),  showing that certain changes had 253
been made in the written work, and I also received the
changes in the unwritten work, in the usual manner, as well
as several copies of the amendments in pamphlet form. The
changes, with one copy of the pamphlet, I caused to be sent
to each Lodge in the jurisdiction, at the same time calling
their attention to the fact that they must conduct all their
business in the Third Degree on and after July 1st, 1882.
OFFICIAL  VISITS.
I visited Victoria Lodge, No. 1, for the purpose of instructing the members in the changes in the Degree work,
and assisting the Lodge in conferring the same, on the following dates: April 10th, June 12th, August 21st and 28th,
September 11, and November 13th.
I visited Columbia Lodge, No. 2, April 12th, May 10th,
June 15th and 22d, Sept. 6th and 27th, Nov. 29th, and Dec.
13th for the same purpose.
I visited Dominion Lodge, No. 4, Aug. 3d and 10th,
Nov. 2d, 23d and 30th, for the same purpose.
I visited Victoria Lodge, No. 1, for the purpose of instructing the members in the change in the Initiatory work,
and to assist in giving the same to candidates, on July 10th
and 31st, Sept. 25th and Oct. 2d.
I visited Dominion Lodge, No. 4, March 2d and Oct'r.
26th, for the same purpose.
I visited Columbia Lodge, No. 2, May 17th, June 29th,
Oct. 11th and 25th, and Dec. 13th, for the purpose of instruction only. •
I made all the above visits alone, as I did not think it
requisite to occupy the time of the Grand Officers on every
occasion that it became necessary to give instruction to the
Subordinate Lodges.
INSTALLATION.
July 5th, 1882, in company with the Grand Officers, I
installed the officers elect of Columbia Lodge, No. 2. July
6th, installed the officers elect of Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
July 10th, installed the officers elect of Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
January 3d, 1883, installed the officers elect of Columbia Lodge, No. 2. Jan. 4th, installed the officers elect of
Dominion Lodge, No. 4. Jan. 8th, installed the officers
elect of Victoria Lodge, No. 1. Jan. 5th, installed the officers elect of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3. 254
I was pleased to find in the last named Lodge that Bro.
W. McColl, Grand Treasurer, was able to look after the interests of his Lodge as regards the secret work. I was also
pleased to see them working so harmoniously, every brother
present taking a lively interest in the proceedings of the
Lodge. The most gratifying feature is, it is making considerable progress financially, and at the same time increasing in membership. I received a hearty and cordial greeting from the members; but this is proverbial with the Odd
Fellows of the Royal city, as quite a number of the Representatives here can testify, having on several occasions participated in their hospitality.
January 9th, I visited Nanaimo for the purpose of
installing the officers elect of Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
and also to exemplify the secret work; but I regret to state
that on my arrival there I discovered that Bro. J. Wilcox
had lost the communication I sent him setting the date for
installation, January 9th; the consequence was the Lodge
had set the meeting for the 10th, and to stay for installation
would have necessitated mv remaining in Nanaimo nearly a
week. This I could not do. I therefore gave the necessary
instruction to the D. D. Grand Master and the Noble Grand,
Bro. J. Mahrer. I was sorry I could not meet the whole
Lodge, as I firmly believe that more real good is accomplished by exemplifying the work before all the members in open
Lodge, than simply giving it to one or two individual members privately. But I am sure you will be gratified to learn
that Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, has been very prosperous
the past year, with ever^ prospect of a continuance of the
same.
DISPENSATIONS,
September 11th, I granted a dispensation to the Lodges
in this city to appear in public in regalia, on the auspicious
occasion of the visit of the Governor-General of Canada and
H. R. H. Princess Louise. The Lodges at first decided to
take part in the reception. I requested Bro. E. H. Fletcher, Grand Secretary, to inform the general Reception
Committee of that fact, but the Lodges on further consideration of the subject finding that so many of their members
would be otherwise engaged on that day, reversed their former decision. As soon as I was informed of this fact, I requested the Grand Secretary to notify the General Committee thereof.    I should state that previous to any action being iOO
taken by the Lodges I received a card from the General
Committee respectfully requesting that I would, as Grand
Master, act on the above committee, and at the same time
wished to know through me if the members desired to take
part as a body in the reception. I acknowledged the receipt
of the card and at once requested the Grand Secretary to
communicate with the respective Lodges on the subject, and
I also visited the Lodges in person, with the result above
stated. Under the circumstances 1 fully concur with the
Lodges in not taking part in the procession, as so many
members wished to be with their families on that day I firmly believe it would have been a great failure.
I granted a dispensation to Victoria Lodge, No. 1, to
give the three degrees in less time than required by law, on
April 10th, September 11th, and November 13th, respectively.
RECOMMENDATIONS.
Degrees.—I would recommend that this Grand Lodge
make such alterations and additions in the Constitution of
Subordinate Lodges, as to enable them to give the three
degrees without applying for a dispensation, and privilege
should also be granted to ballot for all the degrees at one
time (See Journal 1882, page 9026). This Grand Body
might also grant the right to ballot for any number of candidates at one time, provided always, that should more than
two black balls be cast the candidates must be separately
balloted for. This would facilitate work, and save a great
deal of time.
I would also recommend that a change be made in the
time oi meeting of this Grand Lodge, and thus enable the
Representatives from the outlying districts to attend our
meetings without being compelled to remain from home one
week, which is a great inconvenience and expense to them,
independently of the loss sustained to their respective callings. The principal part of our business is transacted on
the first and second evening3 and second day, the first day
being occupied principally with opening, receiving reports
of Grand Officers and distributing the same, and introducing new members, while the third day is generally occupied
with appointing Subordinate Grand Lodge Officers, the different Committees, the D. D. Grand Masters, and installation. If, therefore, the first day of the meeting was Wednesday, by the tim6 the Officers reports were distributed, and 256
the several committees prepared to make their reports on the
same, the Representatives from Nanaimo and New Westminster could be present with us, go through the principal
part of the session and return by Friday's boat. I refer only to those Representatives who do not receive mileage or
fill an elective office, and if the change is made, I am confident it would give great satisfaction as well as bring to our
meetings quite a number of Representatives who have year
after year been compelled from the cause here stated to re
main away
of meeting.
Some change might also be made in the season
INITIATION AND DEGREE FEES -FOR SUBORDINATES.
I would recommend that the minimum fee should be for
$10 00
Initiation,   -----
First and Second Degrees, $3 each,
Third Degree,
Making a total of
6 00
4 00
$20 00
This change would leave the Subordinates at liberty to take
in young men, at the same rate as they can join other benefit institutions, and would give to the Order a great impetus,
and at the same time reduce the average age of the membership of the Lodges, which at present is very great.
INSTITUTING NEW LODGES.
I would recommend the incorporation into the Grand
Lodge Constitution; the resolution of the Legislative Committee of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, (See Journal 1882,
pages 8996 and 9096), which would enable the Grand Master or his deputy to institute new Lodges in sparsely settled
portions of the country, and dispense with the usual custom
of organizing new Lodges with Odd Fellows only.
I would report here that there is the nucleus of a good
Lodge at Wellington, and I was in hopes that I should have
had it organized previous to the meeting of the Grand Lodge,
but some of the brothers who wished to be charter members
of the new Lodge had to send some distance for their cards,
and as soon as they receive them they will make the application.
All the necessary information of how tp proceed has 257
been given them, and I trust that my successor will, in a very
short time, have the pleasure of instituting the same.
MISCELLANEOUS.
I take great pleasure in informing you that our worthy
Bro. Jno. Weiler, Past Grand Master, has been appointed
Deputy Grand Sire for this jurisdiction, ardit was from him
that I received the A. T. P. W. instead of receiving it
through another branch of the Order as heretofore.
GRAND LODGE CONSTITUTION.
Sec. 3, Art. II, number of Representatives for Subordinate Lodges, should be revised. Sec. 4, Art. Ill, the rights
of Past Grands are in conflict with White's Digest, 1557 in
the old, and 1003 in the new.
reports .
You will receive from the R. W. Grand Secretary, and
R. W. Grand Treasurer, faithful reports of the financial position of this R. W. Grand Lodge, from which you will see
that we have endeavored to carry on the business with the
strictest regard to economy of the funds, being careful to
keep within the limits of the estimates without jeopardizing
the interests of the Order.
D. D. GRAND MASTERS REPORTS.
I present the report of Bro. W. Walker, P. G. Deputy
for District No. 1, with all the correspondence, and I approve all the decisions and answers contained therein.
I present the report of Bro. Geo. Turner, Deputy for
District No. 2. I find on July 6th, the D.D.G.M. appointed Bro. W. McColl, P. G., to officiate for him in his absence.
This appointment was wrong; Bro. McColl being an elective
Grand Officer takes precedence of D. D. Grand Masters,
(See Section 6, Article IV. of the Grand Lodge Constitution.)
I do not make this correction from a spirit of criticism, but
simply to prevent the same error being committed by other
District Deputies.    The balance of his report I approve.
I present the report of Bro. J. Wilcox, P. G., Deputy
for District No. 3, the contents of which are very encouraging. 258
CONCLUSION.
Officers and Representatives,—I have presented to]
you as briefly as possible the various subjects likely to engage your attention, during this session, and with the report
of the other Grand Officers, and of the several committees
charged with the investigation of special subjects, during the
past year, you will have before you the fullest information
concerning the affairs of the respective Lodges which you
have the honor to represent.
The future success of these Lodges depends greatly
upon the care and attention with which your deliberatio]
are conducted Let kindness, courtesy and brotherly lo]
govern all your actions. That you will be faithful to the truj
confided in you, I do not doubt, and it is my earnest hope
that the records of the ninth annual session of this Grand
Body will be, if possible, more than equal, in the good accomplished for the interests of the Lodges, to any of the
sessions that have preceded it; and especially as we have
this year a greater representation, more will be expected
from us.
I would here acknowledge my indebtedness to the B.
W. Grand Secretary, Bro. E. H. Fletcher, for his prompt;
and ready assistance, so cheerfully rendered at all times, in
the discharge of the duties of my office, and to your Officers
and Representatives for the uniform kindness and forbearance that I have received at their hands, and for which I
tender my sincere and heartfelt thanks.
Although with the close of this session I shall surrender
this high office to my successor, I trust I shall never cease
to remember and appreciate the high honors bestowed and the
uniform courtesy shown me whilst occupying this position,
and if I have not filled this office with as much ability as my
predecessors, I assure you that I have worked hard for the
interests of the Order, that I might merit the confidence rel
posed in me by this Grand Lodge, when they elevated me to
this honorable station.
Should any brother feel aggrieved at any remark that
may have fallen from me whilst in the performance of my
duties, I ask his forgiveness, and whatever errors I may
have committed during my administration I ask you to take
a charitable view of them, and consider them errors of judgment only. 259
I again thank you for your attention, and with my sincere regards for your health and prosperity, I submit this in
Friendship, Love and Truth.
HT. WALLER,
Grand Master.
(A)
ARTICLE IV.
OP FEES, DUES AND BENEFITS.
The attention of Subordinate Lodges under the jurisdiction of the Grand
Lodge of British Columbia, 1.0 O.F., is drawn to the following alterations to
Article IV. of the Amended Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, and due
notice of the changes should be taken, viz:—
Sec. 2, shall read as follows:—
Every member qualified, as required by the By-Laws, shall in case of
being disabled by sickness or bodily accident from following any 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: Provided always, that such benefits shall not exceed the rate of ten dollars per week for
each dollar of monthly contribution, and provided always, that no Lodge
shall continue to pay the above rate of benefits for a longer period than six
months continuous sickness, after which time it shall not exceed the sum of
seven dollars and fifty cents for each dollar of monthly contribution, and further that after the expiration of twelve months continuous sickness no Lodge
shall pay greater benefits than at the rate of five dollars per week for each
dollar of monthly contribution. For members not having the Scarlet Degree
the benefits shall not exceed the rate of six dollars per week for the first six
months, four dollars and fifty cents per week for the next six months, and
after which three dollars per week during term of sickness, for each dollar of
monthly contribution
In all cases where a si ok member has received any benefits, and by reason of the recovery of his health ceased to be entitled to benefits, he shall not
be entitled to recommence the receipt of full benefits until he has been able
to resume am* business or occupation for six months commencing from the
day of his ceasing to receive benefits; but if he fall sick within that time he
shall be placed in the same position as when he ceased to receive benefits and
be paid the same benefits as he was then receiving; but when six months
shall have elapsed after his restoration if he fall sick he shall receive his full
benefits.
Sec. 3, shall read as follows:—
All fines and assessments of any nature shall, at the end of each term,
(June 30th and December 31st respectively), be charged as dues against a
Brother, and a member owing more than three months dues shall not be entitled to benefits; provided always, that each Brother shall not have less than
seven days notice that fines and assessments are charged as dues against him. 260
(B)
ANNIVERSARY PROCLAMATION.
Soveeeign Gband Lodge of the Independent Obdeb of Odd Fellows.
Office of the Gband Sibe.
To all whom these presents may come, greeting:
The twenty-sixth day of April, 1882, will mark the termination of sixty-
three years of the existence of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in
America. During this period wonderful changes have been wrought in our
ranks. The Fathers have passed a^ay, and few who became members of
this Brotherhood during the first decade of its existence remain with us.
Within the last twelve months, the Angel of Death has removed from our
midst many of our best beloved and most earnest worKers; and of all who
toiled for our Order in its infancy, devoting time, talent and influence to its
advocacy, the brightest mark of the unerring archer was our cherished and
revered Grand Secretary, James L. Ridgely, who three short months ago was
called from time to eternity.
Notwithstanding the habiliments of woe, to commemorate this sad event,
have been but recently removed from our Encampment and Lodge rooms, it
seems eminently proper that the time-honored usage of the Order should be
respected, and the memorable day venerated by all true Odd Fellows, be remembered by the Brethren assembling, as heretofore, to welcome the birthday of our Order and render homage to the Giver of all good, for the bountiful prosperity with which we have been blessed.
Therefore, I, Lutheb Glenn, Grand Sire, by authority of the Sovereign
Grand I odge, do hereby recommend all Grand and Subordinate Bodies of the
Order to celebrate the twenty-sixth day of April, 1882, as the sixty-third Anniversary of Odd Fellowship in America, by dedicating the occasion to appropriate exercises, and thanksgiving to Almighty God, for His manifold
blessings to our Order, individually and collectively.
Done  at  the  City of Baltimore, State of Maryland, this, the
—«—    the sixteenth day of February, 1882, and of  our  Order the sixty-
1 third.
Seal. \ LUTHER J. GLENN, Grand Sire.
—<~ THEO. A. ROSS, Grand Secretary.
The Ceremony authorized to be observed at the celebration of the Anniversary of the Order$§may be Obtained from the Grand Secretaries of the
several Grand Lodges, and at the office of the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge  Baltimore.
Seal.
(C)
Sovebeign Gband Lodge of the I. O, O. F.
Office of the Gband Seobetaby,
Baltimore, Md, March, 1882.
ToH. Walleb. Grand Master.
Deab Sib and Bbotheb:—At the session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge,
September, 1881, it was ordered "That on and after July 1st, 1882, all the
business of the Subordinate Lodge shall be transacted in the Third Degree,
or the Degree of Truth." 261
The Special Committee on that subject, reported certain alterations in
the Ritual, with the following resolutions, which were adopted:
"That the alterations and amendments herein contained, and such like
proper amendments as may appear necessary, in connection therewith, be
printed on a sheet suitable to be inserted in the Initiatory and Degree Book
now in use,"
"That in all future editions of the Initiatory and Degree Books, the alterations and amendments above referred to shall be incorporated in the text
of said books or elsewhere, as may be necessary."
"That when said amendments are made the Grand Secretary is authorized to have the Initiatory and Degree Books bound together as one book, and
he is hereby authorized to make all alterations which may be necessary for
that purpose."
4 'That a Committee of five shall be appointed by the Grand Sire to make
and supervise all the alterations and amendments herein referred to. and such
others as may be necessary to effectuate the purpose intended by these resolutions."
The Committee have prepared the matter required, consisting of twenty-
two octavo pages, a copy of each will be sent to each Grand Secretary.
In view of the fact that under the most favorable circumstances, the use
of the pamphlet containing the changes will be attended with much inconvenience, by reason of the numerous cancellations and insertions that will
have to be made in the present books, and believing that Lodges, generally,
will prefer the complete work, the Committee on Printing Supplies authorized the Revised Ritual, in one volume, to be furnished to Subordinate
Lodges at fifty < ents per copy (about the cost of the work); provided, that
one Charge and one Degree Book be returned for each copy so furnished.
In order that the above directions may be complied with, you are requested to advise immediately—
1. Number of copies, if any, of the Book of Alterations needed in your
jurisdiction.
2. Number of copies of the combined Charge and Degree Book required
for the Subordinate Lodges in your jurisdiction in exchange for the Charge
and Degree Books printed since September, 1880.
Orders will be filled in rotation, as received, and requisitions for the Revised Ritual at fifty cents per copy in exchange for books now in use, must
be transmitted before the first day of May, 1882. The money must be remitted to this office before the books are sent.
The price of the new book, when not sent in exchange, will be two dollars per copy, until otherwise directed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The books now in use are to be returned by Subordinate Lodges desiring
the new Ritual to the Grand Secretaries of their several jurisdictions who
will burn the old books and certify to this office the number of copies destroyed.
Fraternally,
THEO. A. ROSS,
Grand Secretary.
Moved by Rep. Carne, of No. 1, "That a committee of
three be appointed to distribute subjects in the Grand Master's Report." Seconded by Rep. McColl, of No. 3, and
carried. 262
The following committee was accordingly appointed:
Rep. Roberts, P. G. M. of No   1.
I     Shiles, P. G. M  ofNo. 3.
1     Meldram. of No. 2.
The following are the Reports of the District Deputy
Grand Masters, referred to in the Report of the M. W. Grand
Master:
Victobia, 6th February, 1883.
To the M. W  Grand Master, R. W. Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.
Deab Sib and Bbotheb,—I hereby submit my correspondence and decisions on the several questions referred to me as District Deputy for District
No   1, during my term of office.
I granted a dispensation to Victoria Lodge, No 1, authorizing them to
confer the three degrees of the Order upon two of their members in a less
time than that required by law, and a dispensation for the same purpose to
Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
Yours fraternally,
W. WALKER, D. D.,
District No   1.
Hall of Victobia Lodge, No. 1, I. O. O. F.,
Victoria, B. C, 20th May, 1882.
Bro. W. Walker, P.G,, D.D.G.M. District No. 1.
Deab Sib,—I am directed to forward you the enclosed list of Questions
in reference to the Revised Constitution for the Subordinate Lodges adopted
by the Grand Lodge of this Province at its last session, and to request that
you will be pleased to furnish this Lodge with your Answers to each, so as to
enable it to deal intelligently with the revision of its By-Laws, in order to
make them conform to the Constitution in question.
As some of the questions are momentous, we trust that you will  supply
us with your decision thereon with as little delay as possible.
^^k^^ Yours fraternally,
( gea]   ) FRED'K DAVEY,
1
Permanent Secretary.
Questions submitted to the D .D. G.M. of District No. 1, I. 0.
O.F., by Victoria Lodge, No. 1, /. 0. 0. F., with reference
to Bevised Constitution for Subordinate Lodges, dec.
Seal.
1. Is it imperative on Lodges to alter their By-Laws so as to conform to the Revised Constitution; and previous to  the  necessary
alterations having been made in the By-Laws are Lodges  to govern themselves by the provisions of the Constitution where they
conflict with the existing By-Laws ? 263
2. Is the amendment to the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges adopted
by the Grand Lodge at its session in 1880, governing the payment of Sick
Benefits by Lodges to their members, still in force ?
3
Are members out of standing immedi
ately they owe an amount equal
to three months dues, (vide Sec. 3. Art. IV. Const ), or can Lodges in their
By-Laws grant a further period for the payment of the same after the end of
the quarter ?
4. When does a Brother owe three months dues ? If on the last Lodge
night of the quarter and the amount is not then paid, is the Brother out of
standing when the Lodge closes ?
5. Can fractions of a quarter's dues be taken into account in determining
a Brother's standing.—for instance—a Brother fails to pay the whole of his
arrears to the 31st March and owes $1 for dues; would that Brother be out
of standing on the 31st May, if he had not reduced his indebtedness by that
time ?
6. If assessments levied and fines inflicted on a Brother during a quarter,
and prior to the end of it, amount to the sum of three dollars, and this amount
is unpaid, is the Brother out of standing ?
7. Does the value of goods supplied to a Brother (Diplomas for instance)
and owing for by him affect the Brother's standing ?
8. Does the payment of arrears place a member in good standing and entitle to benefits, (Vide Sec. 3, Art. IV. of Constitution), or can a Lodge
adopt a By-Law providing that no1 member in arrears shall be entitled to receive benefits by reason of any payment he may make during his sickness ?
9. Are not Sec. 3, Art. IV., and Clause 1., Sec. 1.. Art. VII. of the Constitution, respecting the suspension of members for non-payment of dues,
contradictory ? and. if so, by which Article is Lodges to be governed in
amending their By-Laws ?
FRED'K DAVEY,
Victoria Lodge, No  1,1. 0. O. F., | Rec. & Perm't Sec'y.
25th May, 1882. j"
1882.
Hall op Victobia Lodge, No. 1, I.O.O.F.,
Victoria, B. C, 27th May,
Bro. W. Walker. D.D.G.M  District No, 1.
Deab Sib,—I am instructed to acknowledge the receipt of yours of the
22nd inst. in answer to mine of the 20th instant, and to inform you that this
Lodge is in receipt of the amendments made by the Grand Master and his Executive Officers to the Constitution for Subordinates adopted by the Grand
Lodge at its last session, and I am directed to request, that in view of the fact
that these amendments do not affect some of the questions submitted to you by
this Lodge, and furthermore that Sec. 6. of Art. 2, still exists, that you will
be pleased to favor us with your ruling on the questions numbered 1, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7 and 8 enclosed in my communication to you of the 20th inst.
I am, dear Sir and Brother,
^-^_a—^ Yours fraternally,
jQal   I FRED'K DAVEY,
1 C5eaJ' j Rec. and Perm't Sec'y.
Victobia, 26th June, 1882,
To the Officers and Members Victoria Lodge, No. 1, I.O.O.F.
Deab Sibs and Bros,—I am in receipt of a communication   entitled
"Questions submitted to D D.G.M." from your Lodge,  and  will  undertake 264
to answer them according to my interpretation of the Laws  governing  Subordinates:
1. It is imperative, and after 1st July all Lodges must be governed by
their provisions
3. My answer to the first part of this question is Yes, to the second part, J
No.
4. No Brother can be out of standing at the closing of a Lodge if he met
in good standing at its opening. The first day of a fourth month will place
Brothers in arrears irrespective of Subordinates By-Laws.
5. No, but the Brother you instance would be out of standing on 1st
June.
6. No. assessments and fines cannot be rated as arrears against the
Brother until the first day of the following quarter in which they accrue.
7. To this question I answer, No.
8. No member in arrears shall oe entitled to benefits during sickness,
and any money paid to the Lodge during sickness will not place the Brother
in good standing, in so far as receiving weekly benefits is concerned.
Fraternally submitted,
W. WALKER,
D.D.G.M. District No. 1.
New Westminsteb, 30th January, 1883.
To the M. W. Grand Master, R. W. Grand Lodge of B. C, 1.0 O.F.
Deab Sib and Bbotheb,—I have to report the following business transacted by me as D.D.G.M. for District No. 2:—
March 30—Granted dispensation to New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, to
confer all the degrees at once upon Bro. H. Gisborne.
June 29—Granted dispensation to allow Bro. Henry Hoy to take his seat
as N. G. of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, he having filled appointed offices
but not the V. G. chair.
July 6—Being absent from the city, appointed P.G. Bro. McColl to install officers of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, which was done in proper
form.
Dec. 14—Granted dispensation to New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, to allow its members to appear in regalia at a ball held on 20th December, under
the auspices of the Lodge.
January 11th. 1883—Granted dispensation to above Lodge to confer all
the degrees at once upon Bro. F. W. Vincent.
Yours fraternallv,
GEORGE TURNER,
D.D.G.M. District No. 2.
Nanaimo, January 23rd, 1883.
To the M   W. Grand Master, of the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.
Deab Sib and Bbotheb,—Herewith I beg respectfully to submit a report
of my actions as D.D.G.M. for District No. 3, for the past year. At the proper time in July I installed the officers of Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, and
also on January 10th inst.   The installation having been postponed one week 265
at your request, unfortunately a misunderstanding arose and you came to Nanaimo on Tuesday, while the members understood the installation would take
place on Wednesday evening the regular meeting night.
I am informed that a number of Odd Fellows of various jurisdictions
resident at Wellington are taking the initiatory steps towards the formation
of a Lodge in that flourishing settlement. In my opinion a Lodge at that
point would be prosperous, and do a good work, and not materially affect the
progress and stability of Black Diamond Lodge.
I would repeat the assertions made by my predecessors in reference to
the unsuitable time at which the Grand Lodge meetings are held viz., on
Monday. This virtually prevents Black Diamond Lodge being represented
on the floor of the Grand Lodge, which, if the meetings commenced on Wednesday, representatives from Nanaimo and New Westminster could attend.
It is a matter of congratulation that Black Diamond Lodge has materially increased her membership during the past year, and at the same time is in
a good sound financial position. The Lodge is working harmoniously, and
it is expected that the membership will continue.
No questions or appeals have been submitted to me during the year.
All of *\hich is respectfully submitted in F. L. and T.
JAS. WILCOX,
D.D.G.M. District No. 3.
The Grand Secretary's report was read, as follows:
Victobia, B. C, 12th February, 1883.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of British Columbia, 1,0. O. F,
I herewith submit my report of the work and condition of the Subordinate Lodges in this jurisdiction for the year ended 31st December, 1882.
A review of the statistics hereto annexed will show a satisfactory degree
of prosperity. The loss in membership during the year has been but two,
and when we consider the number of fraternal organizations which have lately been established here this small loss is a proof that our Order has lost
none of its attractiveness; on the other hand there is every reason to believe
that from its usefulness greater success awaits it in the future.
The unfinished business from our last session has been disposed of, as
follows:
The name of Rep. Weiler, P G.M., was submitted to Grand Sire Luther
J. Glenn, for appointment as his District Deputy for this jurisdiction. That
officer considered it inexpedient to make any change during his term of office
as no further duties would be required of his Deputy in this District until after the election of officers of the Sovereign Grand Lodge in September, 1882.
P.G.M. Weiler has since received his commission as District Deputy from
Grand Sire Erie J. Leech.
The resolution from this Grand Lodge to be allowed to admit persons to
membership at the age of 18 years instead of 21 years, was duly forwarded.
The resolution was introduced by Rep. H. C. Hughes, of Ohio, at the
last session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, The Committee on Legislation,
after having duly considered the subject, did not feel justified in recommending such a change in our laws as the resolution contemplates, and reported
that "while there are many strong reasons that can be urged in favor of such
p a change, yet the age fixed by the combined wisdom and experience
| of civilized nations, when persons shall be deemed to have passed
I from irresponsibility and maturity of judgment is, nevertheless, deemed by
" your committee the best and fittest to be adhered to for the good of the
i Order." 266
/
I have received an acknowledgment from Grand Treasurer Vansant dated 21st February last, for the sum of $23.10, being the amount contributed
by Lodges in this jurisdiction towards the Ridgely Monument Fund. This
fund has already reached in the aggregate the sum of §5,500, and provision
has been made to increase the same.
In April last I received from Grand Secretary Ross pamphlets containing
the necessary changes to enable the Lodges to work in the Third Degree of
the revised work from 1st July last, and mailed two copies to each Lodge.
On consultation with the Grand Master it was thought best to purchase the
new combined Rituals. These were obtained and in accordance with a recommendation of the Committee on Legislation at the last session, four copies
have beeu sold to each Lodge in this jurisdiction, with the exception of
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, which prefers using the revised Rituals andj
pamphlets.
Six copies of the new edition (1882) of White's Digest of the Sovereign?
Grand Lodge were procured, but three copies only have been sold.    I think
every Lodge should have one as the work of the Grand Master and   his District Deputies might be considerably lessened in answering  questions which
rare easily decided on reference to the Digest.
In March last I received from the Grand Secretary a circular asking for
information as to what action this Grand Lodge had taken in the matter of
Dues and Benefits as submitted by the Grand Lodge of Missouri in 1881. I
replied that this Grand Lodge had not expressed any opinion on the subject,
and that Lodges in this jurisdiction were guided by Art. IV. of the Amended
Constitution of Subordinates as adopted at the last session of this Grand
Lodge.
On the 3rd April last the Grand Master's proclamation was issued to all
Lodges enjoining them to observe the Sixty-third Anniversary of our Order,
with the necessary dispensation to appear in regalia at any ceremonies or
festivities on the occasion.
I received from New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, documents relating to
the trial and suspension of Bro. Past Grand J. T. Suott, of that Lodge, together with the appeal of Bro. Scott against the decision of the Lodge.
These documents were duly referred to the Committee on Appeals of this
Grand Lodge.
This is the only trial which has arisen in this jurisdiction during the
year, and the Order is to be congratulated on the absence of any cause giving rise to the necessity for such trials, and the general harmony which prevails amongst our members,
A letter was received in August last from the Secretary of the Reception
Committee, asking the co-operation of the Lodges in this city in the proceedings attendant on the arrival of H. E. the Governor-General and H. R. H. the
Princess Louise. By direction of the Grand Master I communicated its contents to Victoria Lodge, No. 1, for its action.
In August last, and again in January last, copies of proposed amendments to the By-Laws of Columbia Lodge, No. 2, were received by me
which were duly forwarded to the Committee on Laws of Subordinates, and
on the 6th instant copies of proposed amendments to the By-Laws of New
Westminster Lodge, No. 3, which were at once referred to the same committee.
I have much pleasure in stating that a request has been received from
Wellington for the institution of a new Lodge of the Order at that place.
Bro Jas. Crosson writing on the subject states that there are a number of
members of the Order at Wellington and immediate vicinity who would appreciate the advantages to be derived from a regularly constituted Lodge.
He further states that arrangements have been so far completed as to admit
of the Lodge being instituted within one month. pr
267
The financial condition of this Grand Lodge will be found satisfactory.
The decrease in the total of the Stock Account arises from  the fact that
the obsolete Rituals on hand from the preceding year have  not been  included.
No certificates of Representatives or Past Grands have been received
from Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, and no explanation for their non-receipt
has yet reached me.
In conclusion, I trust that my efforts in carrying on the duties of this
office have proved acceptable, as it has been my endeavor to perform them to
the best of my ability.
Fraternally submitted,
E. FLETCHER,
Grand Secretary.
BALANCE   SHEET  GRAND   LODGE   OF   BRITISH   COLUMBIA
12th  February,   1882.
Folio.
ACCOUNT.
Dr.
Cr.
2
Sovereign Grand Lodge .      	
0 72
11
Stock	
185 24
145 89
24
41
Grand Treasurer	
554 66
43
Furniture and Regalia..       	
224 25
$555 38
ipDDO   OO
Amount of Cash received during the year
For Supplies:
Victoria Lodge, No. 1	
Columbia Lodge, No. 2    	
New Westminster Lodge, No, 3    	
Dominion Lodge, No. 4	
Black Diamond Lodge, No .5 	
For Tax Term ending 30th June, 1882:
Victoria Lodge, No   1 ,	
Columbia Lodge, No. 2	
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3	
Dominion Lodge, No. 4    	
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5 ■ 	
For Tax Term ending 31st December, 1882:
Victoria Lodge, No. 1	
Columbia Lodge, No ,2	
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3	
Dominion Lodge, No. 4	
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5	
Total amount of Cash received and paid over to Grand
Treasurer	
$18 63
19 25
25 OQ
15 &0
3 00
79 00
50 00
35 00
30 00
34 00
40 25
25 00
17 50
14 50
19 00
$81 38
$228 00
$116 25
$425 63 268
Orders drawn on Grand Treasurer.
Date.
1882.
Febru'y
April
June
July
August
Nove'r
Dece'r
IN WHOSE FAVOR.
Amount.
30 6
6   7
31 8
251 9
2210
2211
3012
B. W, Shiles, mileage	
W. McColl,        do .	
W. H. Huxtable, services as Janitor   	
Grand Secretary, on account of Salary	
McMillan & Son, on account of printing G. L. Proceedings 	
McMillan & Son, balance, printing G. L. Proeeedi'gs
Grand Secretary, on account of Salary	
Sovereign Grand Lodge, for Supplies, &c	
Do. do.. express charges and duty on
Rituals    	
Grand Secretary, balance of Salary	
Sovereign Grand Lodge, for Supplies	
J. E. McMillan, Printing	
1883.
January 22 13 Odd Fellows Union, 1 year's rent, G. Secret'y's office
Total    	
$20 00
20
00
10 00
25
00
20 00
49
00
50 00
33 84
4
70
50
00
12
50
2
00
60
00
$357 04
SUMMARY.
Cash balance in hands of Grand Treasurer, as per last report....       $ 77 30
Total amount of Cash received         425 63
$502 93
Less Orders drawn         357 04
Leaving a balance in the hands of the Grand Treasurer of      $145 89
STOCK ACCOUNT.
Dr.
Cr,
Stock on hand at last Report	
Purchased during the Year:—
3 Rituals, @ $2.00 $ 6 00
13   Do,      @50c      6 50
6 Digests revised to 1881, @ $2.50    15 00
25 Withdrawal Cards, @ 20c      5 00
50 Visiting Cards, @ 20c    10 00
Express charges, duty, &c, on same      7 10
$219 05
49 60 Sold during the Year:—
16 Rituals (combined), @ $3.00
2 Initiatory Degree Books. @ $3.00
1 Do.       Charge Book, @ $3 00.
3 Digests (revised to 1881). @ $3.50.
2 Books of Forms, @ $1.25   .
11 Withdrawal Cards, @ 25c      2 75
32 Visiting Cards. @ 25c      8 00
Orders for P. W
Stock still on Hand :—
2 Books of Forms (old)	
77 Do. (new),® 85c
6 Books of Odes, with Music, @ 65c..
4C0 Initiation Petitions    ...
2 Order Books on Treasurer, @ $5.00.
4 Rebekah Books (old) @ $2.60    10
125 Lodge Odes, @ 7c	
50 Diplomas, @ 65c «L_
4 White's Digest (old) @ $3.12%      12
3 Do. (new) @ .>2.75
3 Officer's Roll Books, @ $2.50
29 Withdrawal Cards, @ 22c	
38 Visiting Cards, (a)/ 22c	
25 Dismissal Certificates, @ 21c      5
Being  Balance to  Dr. of said account per Balance Sheet
Loss during the year	
Moved by Rep. Carne, of No. 1, " That the Eeport be
received and handed to the committee appointed on the
Grand Master's Report." Seconded by Rep. Dale, of No.
1, and carried.
The Grand Treasurer's Report was then read, as follows:
Victoria, B. C, 12th February, 1883.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the Province of British Columbia:
Dear Sirs and Brothers, —I herewith respectfully submit my report for
the year ending February 12th, 1883:—
1881. Receipts:
February 13th—To Balance received from last Treasurer     $ 77 30
March       7th—To Cash from Grand Secretary  13 00
April        14th—           Do.               do.                 6 25
July            5th—            Do.                do.                   4 13
6th—           Do.              do.                     50 00
17th—           Do.               do.                  34 00
20th—           Do.               do.                  35 00
28th—           Do.               do.                  3 50
August     18th—           Do.               do.                 30 00
Carried forward     $253 18 Septem'r 19th—
Do.
25th—
Do.
Novem'r   6th—
Do.
Decem'r  19th—
Do.
1882.
January     5th—
Do.
23rd—
Do.
February   9th—
Do.
9th—
Do.
270
Brought forward     $253
do. 	
do. 	
do. 	
do. 	
do.
do.
do.
do.
February 12th—To Balance on hand
$253
18
3
50
3
00
79
00
24
00
17
50
68
00
14
50
40
25
$502
93
145
89
1882.
February
15th-
C (
t *
April
June
July
August
Novem'r
Decem'r
ft
29th
30th
6th-
31st-
25th
22nd-
t i
30th-
1883.
January 22nd-
February 12th-
By Order
Disbursements.
No. 1, B. W. Shiles	
2, W. McColl	
3, W. Huxtable	
4, Grand Secretary	
5, J, E. McMillan	
6, Do	
7, Grand Secretary    ....
8, Sovereign Grand Lodge
9, Do. do.
10, Grand Secretary
11,
12, J. E. McMillan
$ 20 00
Sovereign Grand Lodge
20
10
25
20
49
50
33
4
50
12
9.
00
oo
00
00
00
00
84
70
00
50
00
13, Odd Fellows Union
14, Balance	
60 00
145 89
$502 93
Fraternally yours,
WM. McCOLL,
Grand Treasurer.
Moved by Eep. Carne, of No. 1, | That the Report be
received and referred to the Finance Committee." Seconded by Rep. Meldram, of No. 2, and carried.
The Grand Lodge then adjourned until 2.30 p. m.
AFTERNOON SESSION.
The Grand Lodge met pursuant to adjournment at 2.30
p. m. In the absence of the Grand Master, the D. G. M.j
presided, Rep. Roberts acting as D. G. M.
322 271
The Report of the Distributing Committee was then
read:—
Victoria, 12th February, 1883.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. 0. F.:
Your Committee beg to recommend that so much of the Grand Master's
Eeport as refers to the Constitution of Subordinates, and also Reports of
District Deputies, and recommendation for certain alterations to the present
Constitution of this Grand Lodge, be referred to the Committee on Legislation
That all other recommendations contained in the Grand Master's Report,
and his action in calling together the Executive Committee of this Grand
Lodge be referred to Committee on State of the Order; and
That the Reports of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer be referred to the Committee on Finance.
R. ROBERTS,
" JOHN H. MELDRAM,
B. W. SHILES,
Committee on Distribution.
It was moved by Rep. Carne, of No. 1, | That the Report be received and the recommendation of the Committee
be carried out." Seconded by Rep. Leigh, of No. 4, and
carried.
The Grand Master appointed the following to fill vacancies on committees, viz:—
FINANCE COMMITTEE:
Rep. Leigh, of No. 4.
§ Sears, of-No. 1.
"     Carne, ofNo. 1.
COMMITTEE ON APPEALS:
Rep. Shiles, P.G.M., of No. 3.
|     Carey, of No. 2,
|     Meldram, of No 2.
COMMITTEE ON STATE OF THE ORDER:
Rep. McColl, of No. 3.
I     Carey. ofNo. 2.
COMMITTEE ON LAWS OF SUBORDINATES:
. Rep. Maynard, of No. 2.
1     Jackson, of No. 1.
The Grand Marshal was instructed to retire and introduce Past Grands in attendance, and the Grand Lodge Degree was conferred on Jas. Jackson, of No. 1.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates submitted the
following Report:— 272
Victoria, B. C, February 12th, 1883.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F:
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—-We, the undersigned members of the Committee on Laws of Subordinates, beg leave to report that we have examined
the proposed amendments to the By-Laws of Columbia Lodge, No. 2, as
submitted to us, dated August 28th, 1882, and January 18th, 1883, and would
respectfully recommend that they be approved.
We have the honor to be,
Yours in F. L. and T.,
JOHN WEILER,
JOHN H. MELDRAM,
JOSEPH SEARS.
Moved by Rep. Roberts, P.G.M., of No. 1,   "That the;
Report be laid on the table until the Report of the Committee on Legislation is received."    Seconded by Rep. Shiles,
P.G.M., of No. 3, and carried.
The Report of the Committee on Appeals was read, as
follows:—
Victoria, 12th February, 1883.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. 0. F:
Your Committee on Appeals, to whom was referred the appeal of Bro. J.
T.Scott, of New Westminster Lodge, No. 3, would respectfully report as
follows:
The Brother was charged by the Junior Past Grand of the said Lodge
with conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow, and as it appears by the evidence
of Bro. W. N. Bole, that the case was brought into a " Court of Justice ,J
and that Bro. J. T. Scott therein pleaded guilty, and in consequence was
fined in the sum of Ten Dollars ($10), your Committee find no difficulty in
agreeing to confirm the action of the Lodge, and beg to refer this honorable
body to 1329 of White's Digest, 1882-.
I A record of a trial in the courts upon a charge of the violation of the
laws of the land is prima facie proof of the facts appearing therein, and where
charges are preferred against a brother for a violation of the laws of the Order
the same he has been tried for in the courts, the record in the courts is competent proof in the trial in the Lodge, and is conclusive unless other evidence
be introduced besides that in the record."
Fraternally submitted,
W. J. JEFFREE,
JOS. W.  CAREY,
A. PHIILLPS,
B. W. SHILES.
Moved by Rep. Roberts, P.G.M., of No. 1, "That the
Report be adopted." Seconded by Rep. McKillican, of No.
4, and carried.
The following Report from the Committee on Laws of
Subordinates was presented, which, on motion of Rep. Roberts, P.G.M., of No. 1, seconded by Rep. Carne, of No. 1,
was adopted, viz:— 273
Victoria, H. C .February 12th, 1883.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of British Columbia:
We, the undersigned, members of the Committee on Laws of Subordinates, beg to report that we have examined the proposed amendments to New
Westminster Lodge, No. 3, I O, O. F., regarding initiation fees and fees
for degrees, dated February 7th, 1883, and would recommend that the same
be approved.
JOHN H   MELDRAM
GEO. H. MAYNARD,
JAMES JACKSON,
JOSEPH SEARS.
Moved by Rep. Roberts, P.G.M., of No. 1, "That the
Report be adopted." Seconded by Rep. McKillican, of No.
4, and carried.
The Report of the Finance Committee was read, as
follows:—
Victoria, 12th February, 1883.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.:
Your Finance Committee having very carefully examined the books, orders and vouchers, etc , of your Grand Treasurer and Grand Secretary, have
pleasure in reporting that they have found them correct, and are pleased to
find that there is a balance standing at the credit of Grand Lodge in the
Grand Treasurer's acco nt of one hundred and forty-fiv* dollars and 89-100
(§145.89), and your Committee would respectfully recommend that, if possible, a cash balance should stand at the credit oi Grand Lodge for the purpose
of meeting any emergencies that may arise.
Your Committee estimate that the income and expenditure for the cur-
rent year will approximate very closely the estimates of last year, and would
recommend that a per capita tax of 75 cents per member be paid, viz., 50
cents on the 30th June, and 25 cents on the 31st December. 1883.
All of which your Committee respectfully submit.
R. ROBERTS,
B. W. SHILES,
WM. LEIGH,
JOSEPH  SEARS.
FRED K CARNE.
Moved by Rep. McKillican, "That the Report be
received and adopted." Seconded by Rep. Meldram, of
No. 1, and carried.
The Grand Lodge then adjourned until 8.30 P. m.
EVENING SESSION
P. M.
The Grand Lodge met pursuant to adjournment at 8.3C 274
The Grand Master appointed the following Representa-1
tives to fill vacancies on the Legislative Committee:
M. Humber, of No. 2,
Theo. Davie, of No. 1.
M. Baker, of No. 2.
The Grand Marshal was instructed to retire and introduce Past Grands in waiting, and the Grand Lodge Degree
was confered on
J. G. Taylor, ( H xT^   i
rp,      tv  .   y of No. l.
Theo. Davie,
ELECTION
The hour for election of Officers having arrived, the following Past Grands were nominated:—
FOR GRAND MASTER:
Joshua Davies, of No. 1,
Nominated by Rep. Carne, of No. 1.
A. Phillips, ofNo. 1,
Nominated by Rep. Wriglesworth, P.G.M., of No. 4.
FOR DEPUTY GRAND MASTER:
W. D. McKillican, of No. 4,
Nominated by Rep. Roberts, P.G.M., of No. l.j
FOR GRAND WARDEN:
Wm. McColl, of No. 3,
Nominated by Rep. Shiles, P.G.M.; of No. 3.
FOR GRAND SECRETARY:
E. Fletcher, of No. 4,
Nominated by Rep. Fawcett, of No. 2.
FOR GRAND TREASURER:
F. Carne, of No. 1,
Nominated by Rep. McKillican, of No. 4.
The Grand Master appointed Rep. Roberts, P.G.M., of
No. 1, and Rep. Hart, of No. 1, as Tellers.
A ballot was held for Grand Master with the following
result; 33 votes being cast, with one blank:—
Rep. Davies Received 16 votes.
|   Phillips         I        16     " 275
The ballot resulting in a tie vote the Grand Master ordered that a second ballot be held, when
Rep. Davies Received 16 votes.
I?   Phillips        "       17     m
Rep. Phillips having received a majority of all votes cast
he was declared elected Grand Master for the ensuing year.
The following officers were elected by acclamation:—
W. D. McKillican Deputy Grand Master.
Win. McColl      |    Warden.
E. Fletcher      1    Secretary.
F. Carne      |     Treasurer.
The following Report was read from the Committee on
State of the Order :-*-
Victoria, 12tb February, 1883.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of B  C, I 0. 0. F. :
Your Committee on State of the Order, beg to report:
1st. That in regard to the action of the Grand Master in calling together
the Executive Committee for the purpose of harmonising sections of the
Constitution of Subordinates be approved.
2nd. Regarding placing reports before the Standing Committees during
recess of this Grand Lodge, we recognize that that is part of the duty of said
Committees.
The following recommendations in Grand Master's report we fully endorse, viz:
3rd. Regarding balloting for degrees and candidates.
4th. Change of time and meeting of this Grand Lodge.
5th. The minimum fee for Initiation and Degrees.
6th. Instituting new Lodges in sparsely settled portions of the country.
Such portions requiring alteration in Constitution of Subordinate
Lodges we recommend be referred to Committee on Legislation.
WM. MeCOLL.
M. BAKER,
JOSEPH SEARS
Committee.
Moved by Rep. Davies, of No. 1, | That the Report be
taken up seriatim." Seconded by Rep. Carne, of No. 1, and
carried.
Clause 1. Moved by Rep. Mitchell, of No. 1, "That
this clause be laid over until the completion of the Report
of the Committee on Legislation." Seconded by Rep. Hayward, of No. 1, and carried.
Clause 2.    Approved.
Clause 3. Moved by Rep. Davies, of No. 1, "That
this clause be referred to the Committee on Legislation."
Seconded by Rep. Sears, of No. 2, and carried. 276
Clause 4. The Grand Master declared this clause unconstitutional.
Clause 5. Moved by Rep. Mitchell, of No. 1, "That
consideration of this clause be deferred until to-morrow."
Seconded by Rep. Hayward, of No. 1, and carried.
Clause 6.    Approved.
Rep. Hayward, of No. 1, presented the following notice
of motion:—
I hereby give notice, that I will move That Article II, Section 1,
of the Constitution of this Grand Lodge be amended by striking out
the word | Monday 77 and inserting in its place | the second week in
February at such time as may be named by the Executive Committee.77
The Grand Lodge then adjourned until to-morrow at
7 p. M.
SECOND DAY.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 7 p. m., pursuant to
adjournment.    Present:
J. Davies I Deputy Grand Master.
W. D. McKillican      |    Warden.
E. Fletcher      "    Secretary.
Wm. McCoU      g    Treasurer.
F. Carne j.....     u    Marshal.
W. H. Huxtable      1    Herald.
The minutes of previous day's meeting were read and on
motion duly seconded and carried were adopted;
The Committee on Legislation presented an informal
verbal report, and were granted further time in which to
complete the same.
The notice of motion presented by Rep. Hayward, of
No. 1, was then considered, and it was finally decided to request the Committee on Legislation to make provision for
the change contemplated in the motion in their repcrt.
Moved by Rep. Davies, of No. 1, "That this Grand
Lodge express itself in favor of an Endowment scheme, and
hereby instructs the Executive Committee to draw up a
memorial in sympathy with that of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi." Seconded by Rep. McColl, of No. 3, and carried
unanimously.
The Grand Lodge then adjourned until 2.30 p. m. tomorrow. 277
THIRD DAY.
The Grand Lodge met at 2.30 p. m.,   pursuant  to  adjournment.    Present:
H. Waller Grand Master.
W. D. McKillican      |     Warden.
Wm. McColl      u     Treasurer.
F. Carne      "     Marshal.
J. Carey      §     Guardian.
W. H. Huxtable      |     Herald.
The minutes of previous day's meeting  were read and,
on motion duly seconded and carried, were adopted.
The following Report was read from the  Committee on
Legislation:
To the M. W. Grand Master and to the Officers and Members
of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia:
We, your legislative Committee, to whom has been submitted
the amendments to the Constitutions of the Grand and Subordinate
Lodges, beg to submit the following as the result of our labors:—
Constitution of Subordinate Lodges.
Article 2, Section 6, should be expunged. We think Section 2,
of Article 4, sufficiently deals with the question of benefits and sufficiently authorises Subordinate Lodges to make their own by-laws for
the purpose of controlling their benefits.
In Section 2, Article 4, in the fourth line after the word | by n
the word ubye 77 should be prefixed to the word law.
The words in Section 3, Article 4, "Any member owing more
than three months dues shall not be entitled to benefits77 should be
struck out as unnecessary ; the words in the fifth line u until such
arrearages are paid77 should also be struck out: our object being to
deprive a member absolutely of his benefits in case of his being in ar-
rear when seeking them.
The following words should be added to the sec-1ion now under
consideration: Provided that in case of absence of a brother at a distance of fiffcy miles from the location of his lodge an additional two
months shall be allowed him to pay up his dues so as to avoid the
penalty which would be incurred of forfeiture of benefits or membership.
We cannot recommend any reduction in the fees for initiation
and degrees, and therein we differ from the report of the M. W. G. M.
We think Section 3, of Article 6, should be amended by striking
out the words at the end of the section "and a dispensation being
granted by the M. W. Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master or Deputy of the district previous to the election.77
Section 1, Article 7, should be struck out as inconsistent with
other parts of the Constitution and unnecessary.
Section 2, Article 9, should be amended by striking out the word
I Master77 in the last line and inserting u Lodge of British Columbia.$ 278
Constitution of Grand Lodge.
Section 4, Article 3, should be struck out as unconstitutional, vide
White7s Digest, Section 1003.
We recommend the following addition: Resolved, That Grand
Masters and their duly commissioned and appointed Deputies may,
under such rules and regulations as may be represented by the Grand
Lodges, initiate, for the purpose of instituting a new lodge in a locality not less than ten miles from any other lodge, a sufficient number
of applicants to constitute such new lodge, provided such persons
shall first make regular application for membership in the lodge nearest such locality, and upon due reference of such application, examination and report of such committee, according to the by-laws of such
lodge, the said lodge shall recommend such persons to membership by
the constitutional vote required for the election of members, which
vote shall be certified to the Grand Master by the Noble Grand and
Secretary of such lodge, under seal.
We recommend that Section 1, Article 2, be amended to read as
follows: The Grand Lodge shaU hold regular Annual Communicar
tions to begin on such day in the second week of February in each
year as may from time to time be determined by the Executive Committee and advertised in one or more daily newspaper or newspapers
published in the place where the session is to be held for thirty continuous days before the session. The hour of meeting shall be 2
o7 clock, p. m., and the lodge shall continue to sit at such hours as may
be agreed tipon from day to day (Sundays excepted) until the close of
the session.
In conclusion your Committee desire to express their regret that
owing to the limited time at their disposal it has been impossible to
consider constitutional points at greater length, and respectfully suggest, That during recess the future Legislative Committee should consider the matters pertaining to their duty and report thereon to the
Grand Lodge at its next session.
Respectfully submitted.
J. WRIGLESWORTH,
THEODORE DAVIE,
JOHN WEILER,
Legislative Committee.
Moved by Rep. Davies, of No. 1, | That so much of this
report as bears upon the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges
be now considered.'.' Seconded by Rep. Mitchell, of No. 1,
and carried.
Moved by Rep. Carey, of No. 2, "That the amendment proposed by the committee respecting Art. 2, Sec. 6,
be approved." Seconded by Rep. Shiles, P.G.M., and carried.
Moved by.Rep. Davies, of No. 1, "That the correction
mentioned by the committee in Sec. 2, Art. 4, be made."
Seconded by Rep. Carey, of No. 2, and carried.
Moved by Rep. Davies, of No. 1, "That Sec. 3, Art. 4, 279
of the Constitution of Subordinates be expunged, and substitute, in lieu thereof, " All fines and assessments of any
" nature shall, at the end of each term (30th June, and 31st
" December respectively), be charged as dues against a broil ther."    Seconded by Rep. Meldram, of No. 2, and carried.
Section 4, shall read as follows: Moved by R«jp. Davies,
of No. 1, "When any members account shows an indebted-
" ness of three months dues, the brother shall not be entitl-
" ed to benefits and the Secretary shall notify the brother of
" the fact without delay. Section 4, shall read as Sec. 5.
"Section 5, shall read as Sec. 6." Seconded by Rep. Roberts, P.G.M., of No. 1, and carried.
Moved by Rep. Davies, of No. 1, " That the following
be added to Sec. 3, Art. 2, "and this Lodge shall not admit
" to membership any member of an expelled or extinct
" Lodge without permission of the Grand Lodge of British
"Columbia." Seconded by Rep. Shiles, P.G.M., of No. 3,
and carried.
Moved by Rep. McKillican, of No. 4, "That so much
of the Grand Master's Report referring to initiation and degrees be adopted."    Seconded by Rep. Meldram,  of No. 2.
Moved in amendment by Rep. Davies, of No. 1, " That
the fee for initiation be $10, and for degrees $5." Seconded
by Rep. Carne, of No. 1.
The amendment having been put to the vote was lost,
and the original motion was carried.
The Grand Lodge then, on motion, adjourned until 2.30
p. m. to-morrow.
FOURTH DAY.
Victoria, 15th February, 1883.
The Grand Lodge met this afternoon at 2.30 p. m., pursuant to adjournment, and was called to order by the Grand
Master.    Present:
H. Waller jGrand Master.
W. D. McKillican       "    Warden.
C. Todd      u    Secretarv, (pro. tern.)
Wm. McColl      "    Treasurer.
A quorum of Representatives being present the Grand
Lodge was declared open for business. 280
The minutes of previous day's session were read and, on
motion, adopted.
The Grand Lodge Degree was then conferred upon J.
D. Ford, of No. 4.
The Report of the Legislative Committee was re-considered when it was moved by Rep. Shiles, P.G.M., of No. 3,
"That the proposed amendments to Sec. 3, Art. 6, be struck
out of the report." Seconded by Rep. Jackson, of No. 1,
and carried.
Moved by Rep. Davies, of No. 1, "That all the words
of Sec. 2, Art. "9, of Constitution of Subordinate Lodges
after the word " order" to and including the word " Lodge"
shall be expunged." Seconded by Rep. Shiles, P.G.M., of
No. 3, and carried.
Moved by Rep. Davies, of No. 1, "That that part of
the report relating to Sec. 2, Art. 9, be adopted as amended." Seconded by Rep. Shiles, P.G.M., of No. 3, and carried/
Moved by Rep. Davies, of No. 1, "That Sec. 1, Clause
1, of Art. 7, remain as it is with the addition of " Provided
that in case of absence of a brother at a distance of fifty
miles from his Lodge two months additional time shall be
allowed him to pay his indebtedness," Seconded by Rep.
Shiles, P.G.M., of No, 3, and carried.
That portion of the Report of the Legislative Committee
relating to the Constitution of this Grand Lodge was then
taken up, when it was moved by Rep. Mitchell, of No. 1,
" That that portion of the report relating to Sec. 4, Art. 2,
be not adopted." Seconded by Rep. McKillican, of No. 4,
and carried.
Moved by Rep. Davies, of No. 1, " That in lieu of the
recommendation of the committee respecting the time of
meeting of this Grand Lodge the following be adopted :
I That in Art. 2, Sec. 1, the word " Monday " be struck out
and the word "Wednesday" be substituted, and that 11
o'clock, A. M." be struck out and " 2 o'clock, P. M." be substituted." Seconded by Rep. Shiles, P.G.M., of No. 3, and
carried.
Moved by Rep. Davies, of No. 1, " That the Report of
the Legislative Committee as amended be adopted." Seconded by Rep. Roberts, P.G.M., of No. 1, and carried. 281
Moved by Rep. Davies, of No. 1, " That the Printing.
Committee be authorised to correct Art. 4, as altered and
approved by this Grand Lodge at a former meeting."
Seconded by Rep. Roberts, P.G.M., of No. 1, and carried.
Moved by Rep. Davies, "That the recommendation
made by the Grand Master in his report respecting the balloting for degrees in Subordinate Lodges be adopted."
Seconded by Rep. Mitchell, of No. 1, and carried.
Moved by Rep. Mitchell, of No. 1, "That the action of
the Grand Master in calling a meeting of the Executive
Officers of this Grand Lodge during its recess be approved."
Seconded by Rep. Shiles, P.G.M., of No. 3, and carried.
Moved by Rep. Davies, of No. 1, "That the Printing
Committee be authorised to have printed, separately from
the proceedings of this Grand Lodge, fifty copies of the
Constitution of this Grand Lodge, of the Subordinate
Lodges and Degree of Rebekah." Seconded by Rep. McKillican, of No. 4, and carried.
Moved by Rep. Mitchell, " That a remuneration of $20
be paid the Janitor in consideration of the services performed by him during the session of the Grand Lodge." Seconded by Rep. McKillican, of No. 4, and carried.
There being no further business on hand the Installation
of Officers was proceeded with. 282
INSTALLATION.
Alex. Phillips, Grand Master elect was presented for
obligation and was duly installed into office by Bro. H.
Waller, retiring Grand Master.
The Grand Master then inst lied the following Officers:!
W. D. McKillican Deputy Grand Master.
Wm. McColl       "    Warden.
E. Fletcher      |    Secretary.
F. Carne      u    Treasurer.
The Grand Master then appointed the following Officers
who were installed into office:
T. R. Mitchell Grand Marshal.
Jas. Jackson      "     Conductor.
C. Todd      |    Guardian.
W. H. Huxtable j      §    Herald.
Geo. Williams      u    Chaplain.
And the following to be District Deputy Grand Masters:
D. Dale, District No. 1.
R. Thomas, u " 2.
J. Wilcox,    I       "   3.
The following Standing Committees werejappointed for
the ensuing year:
Finance—G. Williams, ofNo. 1, B. W. Shiles, P.G.M., ofNo. 3,
J. M. Read, ofNo. I C. Todd, ofNo. 4, M. Baker, ofNo. 2.
•Appeals—C. Gowen, P.G.M., ofNo. 1, Jas. Fell, of No. 2, J. E.
McMillan, of No. 2, J. W. Howison, of No. 3, M. Bate, of No. 5.
Laws of Subordinates—J. Weiler, P.G.M., of No.  1, J. H
Meldram, ofNo. 2, T. R. Mitchell, ofNo. 1, J. Wriglesworth, P.G.M.J
of No. 4, M. Humber, of No. 2.
Petitions—W. Walker, of No. 4, W. J. Pendray, of No. 2, M.
Hart, of No. 1, G. Norris, of No. 5, R. Roberts, P.G.M., ofNo. 1.
State of the Order—JrW. Bnra&wi, of No. 5, G. H. Maynard,
ofNo. 2, C. Hayward, ofNo. 1.       ££tdiW ^
Legislation—Theo. Davie, of No. 1, J. Davies, of No. 1, J.
Sears, ofNo. 2, J. W. Carey, ofNo. 2, C. Todd, ofNo. 4.
Printing—Grand Secretary,  Grand  Treasurer,   M.  Baker, of
No. 2.
f*ftf«nH
23 Moved by Rep. Roberts, P.G.M., of No. 1, "That the
appointments of the Grand Master be confirmed." Seconded by Rep. Carne, of No. 1, and carried.
Moved by Rep. Shiles, P.G.M,, of No. 3, "That a vote
of thanks be tendered to Past Grand Master Waller for the
very able manner in which the business of this Grand Lodge
has been conducted, and* the welfare of the Order cared for
by him during^his term of office." Seconded by Rep. Jackson, of No. 1, and carried unanimously.
The minutes of the day were then read and, on motion,
confirmed.
The Grand Lodge then adjourned sine die.
E. Fletcher,
Grand Secretary. 284
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ANNUAL EEPOET
Of the B. W. Grand Lodge of British Columbia, for the year
ended 31st December, 1882, to the Sovereign Grand
Lodge, I. O. O. F.
Number of Lodges    5
I       Initiated  20
H     Admitted by Card    4
|       Re-instated*    1
|       Withdrawn by Card    4
"       Suspended     1
1       Resigned    0
I      Expelled    0
"       Deceased     4
• i      Ceased membership for non-payment of dues  17
"       Now in membership 466
I       of Brothers relieved  55
U       of Widowed families relieved    |
Amount paid for relief of Brothers $3,340 Oo
44       1} I widow^d familes      250 00
P       -;       Education of Orphans	
"       u       Burying the Dead      401 00
I       I       Special Relief      105 00
Total Relief. $4,096 00
X ui nber of weeks for which sick benefits were paid  346
Amount of Annual Receipts $ 9,069 55
|      of Current Expenses of Lodges $3,010 25
m CONSTITUTION
OF THE
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, L 0, 0, F,
PREAMBLE.
Whereas, The Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, possessing original and exclusive jurisdiction—
the source of all true and legitimate authority in Odd Fellowship—
did, by its warranty bearing date the twenty-fifth day of April, in thej
fifty-fifth year of our Order, grant authority to certain Past Grands of
the Order, resident in the Province of British Columbia, to form aj
Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, to be known
and hailed by the name, style and title of the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellowrs 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 hon
orary and the first three degrees~or tne Order lo be conferred on deserving members, according to the laws, customs, and ancient usages
ofrthe Independent Order of Odd Fellows; and as the Grand Legislar
tive Head of the Order in the Province of British Columbia, to have)
and to exercise full power and authority to enforce upon its subordil
nates 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 Sovereign Grand Lodge of the I.O.O.F.
Now, therefore, we, the Past Grands, residing within said jurisdiction, do hereby make and declare the following as the Constitution
of the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, for the
Province of British Columbia.
ARTICLE I.
OF THE GBAND LODGE.
Section 1. This Grand Lodge shall be known by the name,
style and title of u The Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows of the Province of British Columbia," and shall be com- .289
[posed of all Past Grands who are contributing members of Lodges
Subordinate to this Grand Lodge, arid in good standing, and who hav<|
been admitted as required by this Constitution.
require
I Sec. 2.   The Grand Lodge has jurisdiction in Odd Fellowshi]
over the territory known as the Province of British Columbia, and
over all Subordinate Lodges situated within the said
Province, or working under the authority of the same
Supreme Tribunal of the Order in its jurisdiction.
Cerritory ou
and is the
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 member in good standing of a Lodge subordinate to this'
Grand Lodge, at the time of his admission.
ARTICLE II.
OF THE SESSIONS AND BUSINESS OF THE GRAND LODGE.
Section 1.   The Grand Lodge shall hold regular Annual Communications to begin on the second W9dnesday of February, in each
year, at two o'olooli| p* M.ftand shall continue to meet at such hours
as may be agreed upon from day to day, (Sundays excepted) until thej
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 LodgeTshall have the right to voteTor, without permission, to
speak on any subject at the session.
Sec. 3. *Every Subordinate Lodge shall be entitled in this Grand -,
Lodge to firi ^p^jy"*"*^™ ^v itf C^n,w"^oykifil ^^ representative for
its members offiftwfc or under; also one representatrtfg/£or every £f-
W*ee*i members over and above^g&id first number of fiftomi, and-one for
arery fraotion OJLOooding torumombers in good standing..  Representatives must be Past Grands in good standing, and shall be elected by
the Lodge atSuiy regular meeting at loaot ono month pronoun to cagh
AnnualiComniuiiiicatioi*, to serve one year from the beginning of said:
Annual Communieation^Vacancies may be filled at any time to;
serve the remainder of the term. 0&Q
Sec. 4. Each elective officer, except the Grand Master, who is
not also a representative, and each representative, shall be entitled to
one vote. The Grand Master shall be entitled to 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 the 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.
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Sec. 6. The Grand Lodge cannot be opened unless representa^
tivesfrom three Lodges are present, including ten members, in addition j
to the Grand Master, or his Deputy.
ARTICLE III.
OF OFFICERS.
Section 1.   The elective officers of this Grand Lodge shall be:
1st.   Grand Master.
2nd. Deputy Grand Master.
3rd.   Grand Warden.
4th.  Grand Secretary.
5th.  Grand Treasurer.
6th.   Grand Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge ol
the I. O. O. F.
Sec. 2.   The appointed officers shall be:
Grand Chaplain.
Grand Marshal.
Grand Conductor.
Grand Guardian.
Grand Herald.
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.
ISec. 3. The election for eletive 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, each 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 canvass 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 then be 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 the 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 viva 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.
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Sec.
?ss he
4.
'*£-**
o one ohall be eligible for the office  of Grand Mautc
vod at least one tcrarifaar
(iwrand Lodge-:   No onto .'hall be eligible
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elective uffiti in lhl&~
other ckxfaiu Uranri-
Offioc, unlcoo he hoo uorvod at loaot one term in an elective or appoint ■■
/j        ydoffioo in thio Grand   Lodge.    Provukd alwaya^ That1 iiuy Fyfa
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Grand io eligible in oithor qlou without buoIi uurviooj when till quiili-
lu'd Pant Grtuido refuoo to ;jcrvc.
Sec. 5. The appointed officers shall be appointed by the Grand!
Master, by and with the consent and approval of this Grand Lodge!
after his installation.
ARTICLE IV.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS.
Section 1.   The Grand Master shall preside at all sessions of the
Grand Lodge, and preserve order therein, and enforce a due obser-|
vance of the Constitution and By-laws of the Sovereign Grand Lodge!
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and of this Grand Lodge.
All questions of order, and all decisions made by him on any points
growing out of the Constitution or By-laws of this Grand Lodge, shall I
,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. tern., 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. Hei
may grant dispensations:
1st.    To confer degrees on a member without delay.
2nd. To allow members of the Order to appear in public in regalia.§
3rd.   To allow Lodges to apply to other Lodges for assistance.
4th.   To allow Lodges to admit to membership persons who resided
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 meei-fe
ing.
To allow a brother to be reinstated after expulsion.
9th.
10th.
11th.
To institute Lodges, and authorize them to work as sucl*
until the. next session of this Grand Lodge.
To empower Subordinate Lodges to elect Scarlet Degre(|
members to any office in such flora nd^ -Lodge,  provided a*l|
qualified brothers refuse to serve.
He may, in person, confer the Past Official Degrees. He shal: j
decide all appeals on questions of law, which may be made to hiiig
from the decisions of his deputies. He shall receive and act upon all
complaints which may be made to him against his deputies or Lodges!
He shall give such instructions from time to time in the work of tin
Order to the deputies, or to the Lodges, as may be necessary. Whei.|
officially visiting Subordinate Lodges, he shall be received? with the j
honors of the Order. 00
Sec. 2.   The Deputy Grand Master shall support fehe Grand Master in presiding,*and in his absence shall ftiLthe chair for him.    Ti; \f\Ut^cikrM ^^^tCUiAj^iLW ^UidUikrhm^
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the eveht of a vacancy in the office of Grand Master, the Deputy
Grand Master shaU become Grand Master for the balance of the term,
nnd receive the honors of a full term.
Sec
The Grand Warden shall assist the Grand Master in con-
"c&uk}
c^OvtvCa^ m/L&McUJriwM
ducting the business of the Grand Lodge. He shall, under the Grand
Master, Ijave special charge of the door, and in the absence of the
Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master, he shall preside.
Sec. 4.   The Grand Secretary shall make a just and true record of1
the proceedings of the Grand Lodge at every session, and transmit as]
soon as practicable after %he close of the annual session, to the Subordinate Lodges, each two copies thereof; he shall keep the accounts!
between the 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 j
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 Grand Treasurer shall receive and take charge of the
imoneys of the Grand Lodge, pay all orders drawn on him by the
iGrand 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 1
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
lasLshall be approved of, for the faithful performance of his duties.
j* Sec. p. The 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, By-Laws, and Resolutions of the Grand Lodge; be the
iorgan of the Grand Master with the Subordinates in his jurisdiction;
have power to grant dispensations to Lodges in his district for granting cer^fiesctes; for the three degrees in less time than may otherwise
be permitted, \ssfeqsri^ei»eumstances requ«i*e-4t; he shall see that the
work of the Order is perforrfied uniformly, confer official degrees on
Past Grands, coUect from Lodges in his district all returns and moneys
due the Grand Lodge, and forward them immediately to the Grand
Secretary ; decide ail questions of law that may be submitted to him
I Lodges under his charge, and report sssw-annually to the Grand
Master his proceedings. He shall forthwith report to the Grand Master all cases of violation on the p&rt of Subordinates of the Constitution and By-laws of the Grand Lodge, or disobedience to its lawful
commands. 293
Sec. J> The appointed oflicei^ of this Grand Lodge shall perform
[such duties as are required by their charges and the usages of the
Order.
ARTICLE m
REMOVALS AND  VACANCIES.
Section 1. Any Grand Officer may be removed from his office
by the (rrand 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 th&
;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.
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 meeting, after a copy of the resolution of expulsion flftftU,
have been served upon him. lAntFaffiy niemoer elSBdOTre^in^eitner
for himself^or any other memberpfor any office4n this GraaiehLodge;
snah be considered guffEy of misbonduetp-iwftd^liable- to-expulsion, as
**|>5ye provided.
Sec. 4. Vacancies in the office of District Deputy Grand Master
shaU be filled by the Grand Master. Vacancies in the pthev 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 a vacancy in the
office of Grand Representative, the appointee of the Standing Committee shall only hold until the succeeding session of this Grand
Lodge.
ARTICLE VI.
. committee*5
Section 1. The elective Grand Officers, except the Grand Re-
presentatitive^ 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 bo chairman, and he may call 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. r , + 294
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 J&^e 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 accounts 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 pleasures 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.
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 4ix any essential
particulars, they snail certify the fact to the Grand Secretary, who
shall remit the papers to the respective Subordinate Lodge, requiring
it forthwith to correct the defects 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 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 thel
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 fire members, whose duty it shall be to examine all^wtitioiu referred to them,
and report to the Grand Lodge such action tliereon as may be proper.
Sec. 8. The Committee on the State of the Order shall consist
of three members a£$©Ua£e&4n-the same-manner as4he--Fmanee Com1j
/imlfagL, 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 tinder this jurisdiction, and recommend such measures for the
good of the Order as from time to time they shall judge proper.
Sec. 9. The Committee on Legislation shall consist of #^e members, who Shall examine and report on all proposed amendments of 295
the Constitution, By-Laws, Rules of Order and Resolutions governing this Grand Lodere, and such other matters as may be referred to
them by the Grand Lodge, or 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 shal be
given to the public' press without having first received the sanction of
OF 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 journal.
ARTICLE VIII.
**
OF REVENUE.
Sec. 1. The revenue of this Grand L )dge shall be .raised for the
purpose of defraying the necessary expenses thereof.
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 &$e*t regular Annual Session, the Finance Committee shaU ascertain what will be the deficiency for the current year to
pay the estimated expenses^ofthe/rrand Lodge, and the amount of
such deficiency shall be &§&&&&£ upon each Subordinate Lodge in
proportion to the number of the members returned at the last semiannual report thereof, ending'31st December of eael^(car./- Such a&-
s<»ftsp i pti t, sI-lq.1 Tin j i 11 rl *wmm*m¥m**^ j i i ^^^g^^^^^yt^e by t he j
Ited^esfto^tlxe" "District- Deputy Grand- ''^afetlr",^^^'-4rha-l:r remit the
I same-^ifeou^&^f'li^
P^ttfl^ A4tf#afcf-.        ARTICLE IX.
ON SUBORDINATE LODGES.
Sec. 1.   Onth
Order, oiuj uf \vh
charter to open a Lodge
ication of five or more brothers of the
for a
PSMr attained the Scarlet Degree, praying
where theieis nu Lodge^established,- ©r on'
th&appljjGafenrTyfSe vefT'OT more brothers, five -of -" w horn shall have
attaiaed-the Scarlet Degree, for a charter to open aLro"dger where there is
oaaa^lready^-established, the Grand Lodge may grant the same, and
|p3§ Lodge shall receive its charter aiid the necessary charges and
instructious from the Grand Master, or the Deputy Grand Master of
the district, or by a Past Grand speciaUy 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 ma
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certificate of the deposit thereof with the  District De^
Master of the district, shall accompany the application.
Sec. 2.   The Grand Master and his duly commissioned and ap-
p*d by the Grand Lodge, initiaxe,^oflthe purpose of msmut-
ing a new lodge in a locality not less than ten miles from any other
lodge, a sufficient number of applicants to constitute such new lodge,
provided such persons shall first make regular application for mem-
>ership in the lodge nearest such locality, and upon due reference of
such application, examination and report of such committee, according to the by-laws of such lodge, the said lodge shall recommend such
persons to membership by the constitutional vote required for the
election of members, which vote shall be certified to the Grand Master by the Noble Grand and Secretary of such lodge, under seal.
Sec. 3. An application, as provided in the first section hereof,
laB^B nresented'to the Grand Lodge, if in session; if not, to the
J^m^Rk^^wiffrfttee, 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. 4. 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
leceased ; 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. 5. At each Annual Session, every lodge shall report in addition, up to the first day in January, a full return of members,with
itieir names ranked according to the degrees they have taken, and a
statement of the number of brothers relieved, and widowed families
relieved, and brothers buried, and amount of money applied to each *
of these purposes, designating the amount paid for the education
orphans.
Sec. 6.   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.
ARTICLE X.
OF DEGREE LODGES.
Section 1. Upon the written petition of five or more Past
Grands, and &ve 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,     j.
Sec. 2. The Sending Committee, shall have the same power in
reference to the approval of applications and issuing of dispensations 297
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 its officers, as an applicant for a
charter.
ARTICLE XL
OF OFFENCES OF SUBORDINATE OR DEGREE LODGES.
Section 1. Whenever any Subordinate or Degree Lodge shall
violate the Constitution, By-laws, Rules, or Regulations of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, 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 Lodge, or surrender
or forfeiture of its charter, it shall be the duty of its last installed
officers and members, having the custody of the charter, books, papers, property and funds of the Lodge, to assign, transfer, and deliver
the same, on demand, to the Grand Master, or the District Deputy
Grand Master, or to such Past Grand as may be specially deputed by
the Grand Master or Grand Lodge to receive the same; and the same
shall be held subject to the order of the Grand Lodge.
Sec. 3. All the effects or funds received by the Grand Lodge
from any Subordinate or Degree Lodge, under the last section,«shall
be kept separate and apart from the property or funds of the Grand
Lodge, 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 oven: be reinstated, or upon the expiration of the period of
suspension; Provided, however, that in the event said lodge should
hot 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. 4,
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 arrearges 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 lodj£e is located, receive from the
Grand Secretary a certificate, under the seal of the 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.
Sec. 6. Upon the application of any five or more members of an
extinct lodge to the Grand Lodge for 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 good 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 298
to fellowship in said lodge, together with the charter and effects belonging to such lodge at the time of its extinction ; unless such effects
shall have been placed in the general fund of the Grand Lodge, as
provided by Section 3 of this Article.
ARTICLE XII.
BY-LAWS AND RULES OF ORDER.
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 J
committees, and of providing for the safety and security of the funds
and property; Provided, at least one day's notice in writing be 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 its 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 daybefore action thereon.
And, provided also, that-no amendni&nt proviftiJig: for theftn^etingjEf
the\Grand Lodge, at/any particular prace, foil locating thfe seat of the
Grand Lodge, sfrall lie made^unleps th^eamejbe prcmoseo. in witmg
at a re^ulkr Annual Session, a&d4icted upo»4ind adopted at the\nfext
AnnnaTISession.    ^
RULES OF ORDER.
I.—ORDER OF BUSINESS.
The order of Business of the Annual Session shall be, on the
first day:
1st. The Grand 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.
4th. The Grand Secretary shall present, and read, if required,
the credentials of members. 299
5th. The Committee on Credentials shall forthwith examine and
report on the eligibility of members. j
6th.   New members pf the Grand Lodge shall be admitted. '
7th. The record of all Special Sessions shall be read, and passed
upon by the Grand Lodge.
8th. Vacancies in committees and among the appointed officers,
shall be filled.
9th.   The reports of the Grand Officers shall be presented.
10th. Petitions, Communications, Appeals, and Financial Accounts, shall be presented, and referred in the order above mentioned.
11th. Miscellaneous business, and nomination and election of
officers.
SECOND   DAY.
12th.   Reading and approval of Minutes of preceeding day.
13th. Reception and reference of Credentials, reports tnereon,:
and admission of new members.
14th.   Resolutions of inquiry of Standing or Special Committees.
15th. Reports of Standing Committees, in the order in which
they are named in the Constitution. •
16th.   Reports of Special Committees by seniority.
17th. Consideration of proposed amendments to the Constitution
of the Grand Lodge.
18th. Consideration of proposed amendments to the Constitution
of Subordinate Lodges.
19th. Petitions, Communications, Appeals and Financial Accounts, presented and referred.
20th.    Unfinished business.
21st.   NewT business.
third day.
22d.    Reading and approving Minutes of preceding day.
23d. Reception and reference of Credentials, reports thereon, and
admission of new members.
24th.   Reports of Standing and Special Committees.
25th.   Additional business in the same order as on second day.
26th.   Miscellaneous business.
27th. Should the foregoing order of business not be concluded on
the fifst 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 reception, reference, and reports on credentials
of members, shall be the first business in order on each day: and that
the nomination and election of officers shall be the last business on the
first dav 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.11
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 aud approved, if correct.
H._OF DECORUM.
During the continuance of the meeting, the most decorous Silence
must be observed ; the officers and members retaining their respective
seats, and no one leaving the room without the permission of the Grand
Master, nor entering without the consent of the Grand Warden. 300
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
proper 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?'7
Should no member rise to speak, arid 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 shall have the privilege of
speaking only on such questions from the Chair. When his decision
has been appealed from, the question shall be put thus: "Will the
Grand Lodge sustain the Chair in its decision?77
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
shall 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 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 301
postpone indefinitely, to postpone to a certain time, to refer or t6
amend, and shall have precedence in the order herein arranged; the
the three first of which shall be decided without debate.
After any question, except one of indefinite postponement, bas
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?77 If carried, aU 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, they shall be ordered to be so recorded.
Every member present shall vote on any question before the
Grand Lodge, unless he is personally interested in the result, or has
been excused by the Grand Lodge,or is otherwise incapacitated.
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 hays are ordered, the names of the representatives shall be cailed by Lodges.
Past Grands, not representatives, nave 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
ot the report of a committee, further action on the report wtfuld 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. j
All resolutions laid on the table, and not acted upon before the
close o^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.
PREAMBLE.
For the purpose of effecting uniformity in the administration of
the privileges, honors and benefits of Odd 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 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 sane- 302'
tioned by thp Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the Province of British Columbia. It cannot voluntarily
surrender of its charter, or dissolve, so long as five brothers in good
standing object thereto.
ARTICLE II.
OF 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 seme 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 district. A person may be admitted to any lodged
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 any other Provinces, States or Territories, Where there is
no (irand 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 Fellowrs, whose cards or
certificates of dismissal have been granted more than twelve months,
shall deposit their cards or certificates with their proposition, or fur-
nsih 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, and this lodge shall not admit to membership
any member of an expelled or extinct lodge without permission of the
Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
Sec. 4. A non-affiliated Odd Fellow who has been regularly
initiated in the Order, and has retained membership therein for a# j
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 the 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 initiition, which shall be disposed of according to
s dd s ection.
Sec. 5.   When an application for membership is received from a j
person residing nearer to another lodge than to the one to which the
application is made, the lodge receiving such application shall com-
mnn cate the fact to the lodge nearest the residence of such applicant,
and s^al enquire whether such person is a fit and proper person to be
admitted into our Order, and if in the same district, shall also ask j
the consent of such lodge to receive and act upon such application;
and it shall take no further action upon such application until an an- ,
swer is received to such communication.   The lodge receiving such
communication shall appoint a 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 I 303
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
petitioners^ money (if any has been paid) shall be returned, and no
further action shall be had in the premises.
ARTICLE III.
OF PROPOSITIONS FOR 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
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 Noble
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 shaU 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 baUot can be had,
unless all the brothers who may cast black balls against an applicant
for membership, voluntarily make a motion for the reconsideration of
the ballot; and in such case the vote on the reconsideration shall be
taken by ball ballots, and if the balls cast be in favor 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 black balls; 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 initiation has been rejected, notice
thereof shall be sent without delay to the Grand Secretary, and to all
the lodges in the jurisdiction, 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. 304
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 shaU gain admittance to any lodge upon a
petition containing any*false representations, he shall be expelled.
W;^M
ARTICLE IV
Section. 1. The fees and dues of this lodge shall not be less than
ten dollars for initiation; five dollars for admission by card; ten dollars]
for an Ancient Odd Fellow'; three dollars each for first and second degree, and four dollars for the third degree to the Lodge Fund, and
such amount of dues to the Lodge Fund as shall be determined by the
By-lawsfiri addition to which the lodge may, by its By-Laws, provide for & Widows7, Orphans7 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 fol-
1 jwing any occupation, or otherwise earning a livelihood, be entitled
to and may receive such weekly benefits as may be fixed by By-Law,
from the rands of the lodge: Provided always, that such benefits shall
not exceed the rate of ten doDars per week for each dollar of monthly
contribution, and provided always, that no lodge shall continue to
pay the above rate of benefits for a longer period than six months
continuous sickness, after which time it shall not exceed the sum of
seven doUars and £ fty cents for each dollar of monthly contribution,
and further that afoer the expiration of twelve months continuous
sickness no lodge shall pay greater benefits than at the rate of five
dollars per week for each dollar of monthly contribution.^For.members not having the Scarlet Degree the benefits shall not exceed the
rate of six dollars per week for the first six months, four dollars and
fifty cents per week for the next six months, and after which three
dollars per week during term of sickness, for each dollar of monthly
contribution.
In all cases where a sick member has received any benefits, and
by reason of the recovery of his health ceased to be entitled to benefits,
he shall not be entitled to recommence the receipt of fuU benefits until
Ip has been able to resume any business or occupation for six months
commencing from the day of his ceasing to receive benefits; but if he
fan sick within that time he shall be placed in the same position as
when he ceased to receive benefits and be paid the same benefits as he
was then receiving; but when six months shall have elapsed after hiS j
restoration if he fall sick he shall receive his fuU benefits.
Sec. 3." All fines and assessments of any nature shall, at the end'
of each term, (June 30th and December 31st respectively,) be charged
as dues against a Brother, and a member owing more than three
months dues shaU not be entitled to benefits ; provided always, that
each Brother shall not have less than seven days notice that fines and
assessments are charged as dues against him.
Sec. 4.    When any member7s account shows an indebtedness of
three months dues, the brother shall not be entitled to benefits and 305
the Secretary shall notify the brother of the fact without delay. Provided that in case of absence of a brother at a distance of fifty miles
from the location of his lodge an additional two months shall be allowed for him to pay up his dues sb as to avoid the penalty which
would be incurred of forfeiture of benefits or membership.
Sec. 5. In case of the death of a member, qualified as in section
2, there shall be allowed from the Lodge not less than thirty dollars
to defray the expenses of the burial, to be paid by* thfc N. G., on account of the funeral. In the absence of competent relations, the N. G.
shall take charge of the funeral, and render mi account of the disbursements.
Sec. 6. The funeral expenses and sick benefits shall be regulated
by the Bv-Laws of the Lodge, and all orders drawn for the above
shall be by vote of the Lodge.
ARTICLE V.
OF   DEGREES.
Section. 1. A member who has been in membership one month
may make application for election to any or all of the three Subordinate Degrees, which application shall be accompanied with the
amount required therefor, and it shall be presented to the Lodge
when open in that order of business.
Sec. 2. All business, other than the confer] ing of degrees shall
be conducted in the third degree. The Lodge may by By-Law, confer all the degrees without charge upon any brother in the Initiatory
Degree with a view to enable him to assist in the working of the
Lodge; but he shall not participate in any of the benefits of the
Order, beyond what he may be entitled to receive under the said
Initiatory Degree. Each Lodge shall confer the degrees on its members except in the case of absence from the city, in which case the
brother shall be furnished with a certificate under seal signed by the
N. G. and attested by the Secretary, authorizing another Lodge to
confer the same, provided the same is done without charge.
ARTICLE VI.
OF OFFICERS.
Seqtion. 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 same
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,
O.G., I.G„ R.S. to N.G., L.S. toN.G., R.S. to V.G., L.S. to V.G.,
and R. and L.S.S., who shaU each serve a regular term; and the
LSdge 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 weU as in this Lodge, providing a brother has a
certificate to that effect under seal of a Lodge in good standiug ; Pro- 306
vided, that any Third Degree member who has paid for his degrees
may be elected, if all qualified brothers refuse to serve.
Sec. 4. All elective officers, Warden, Outside Guardian and Inside Guardia^n, shall be clear of all pecuniary charges on the books,
and have attained the Third Degree previous to installation, and all
elective officers shall be eligible for re-election.
Sec. 5. NonSdnatiohs for elective officers shall 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 eleeted at the last regular meeting in
each term, and be installed at the first regular meeting in the new
teym; 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-tlSirds
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, )5y 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. tem.
Sec. 9. The duties of *the various officers shall be as laid down
in the charges of office, 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.
Sec. 11. The Lodge, at the second regular meeting in January,
in each year, shall elect five representatives to the Grand Lodge for
its charter aud one 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. No member shall be elected to fill more than one
elective office at the same time, except the Recording Secretary who
may also act as Permanent Secretary.
ARTICLE VII.
OF 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 By-Laws, for the space of eleven months, shall be
notified by the Lodge, in writing of the state of his account; ancLif
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 oease
to be a member, under this section, whJLlst charges are pending agaixxjat
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Clause 2. Any member suspended from membership for nonpayment of dues, may be reinstated in the Lodge from which he was
suspended within one year thereafter, by paying the amount of one
year7s 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 By-Laws,
or such lesser sums as may 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 year7 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 year7s dues, and the usual price of a card.
Clause 4. A member after being suspended in this jurisdiction
for non-payment 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 doUar.
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.
Clause 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 aUowed to visit thereon.
Clause 8. The certificates named in this section shall be only
those provided by the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge.
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. No officer shall preside when his trial is taking place in
the Lodge.
Sec. 4. All suspensions (as a means of punishment) must be for
a definite period, not exceeding one year.   At the end of the term of
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punishment, the- brother shall return to his rank in the Lodge withr
out further action. A brother who has been legally expelled, shall
not be again admitted to membership without the consent of the
Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
Sec. 5.    All trials arising under the provisions of this Article
shall be conducted substantially according to the following
CODE OF PROCEDURE.
Section I.
Rule 1.—All charges against members of the Order in this
jurisdiction made pursuant to the provisions of Article VII. of this
Constitution, shall be drawn in the manner prescribed -in Form 1,
Section V of this Code, and be signed by a member in good standing.
The general charge shall be an averment of |Conduct unbecoming
an Odd Fellow,77 followed by a specification or specifications stating
the time, place and circumstances of the offense; and each offense
shall be the subject of a separate specification.
charges
md specifications shall be presented and
ar session,  when open in the Order of
Rule 2.—The
read to the Lodge at a regu
"New Business,77 and shall be entered in full on the records.
Rule 3.—The Lodge shall immediately after the reading of the
cnarge, if the accused brother be present, proceed to the choice, by
ballot, of a Committee of Trial, consist.ng o.' five, who must, if possible, have (he sam * or a higher degree en an that attained by the
accused. Any member nominated as one of the Committee of Trial
may be challenged for cause by the accuser, accused, or any member
of the Lodge, in which case the Lodge shall proceed to the election
of the members against whom no challenge has been made. The
grounds of challenge or challenges shall then be stated, when the vote
shall be taken, and if two-thirds- of those voting shall vote in favor of
the challenged brother, he shall be declared elected. Should such
brother fail to be elected new nominations must be made and proceedings had until the committe is filled. Should the accused brother be
absent the choice of the committee shall be postponed for two weeks,
and the Secretary of the Lodge shall notify the absent brother of the
fact that charges have been preferred against him, and of the time
when the committee is to be appointed ; and should the brother fail to
appear at the time, aforesaid, he shall be deemed to have waived his
right of challenge, and the Lodge shaU proceed to the ch >ice of the
committee as herein provided.
Rule 4.—The Secretary shall make a copy of the charge and
specifications, affix thereto the seal of the Lodge, and certify it substantially according to Form 2, Section V of the Code, and serve, or
cause the same to be served, upon the accused. He shall also certify,
under seal, the original cnarge and specifications, and deliver the
same to the first named member of the committee, according to Form
3, Section V of the Code, and shall notify each member ^thereof of his
appointment, according to Form 4, Section V.
Rule 5.—The first named member of said committee shaU, within
one week after receiving notice of his appointment, call a meeting of
the committee for organization, when a Chairman and Secretary
shall be elected, and a suitable time and place be appointed .for an ad- 309
journed meeting, which shall not be held in le.-s than two weeks, at
which the accuser and accused shall be notified to appear and proceed
with the trial. The notice shall be in accordance with Form 5, Section V of this Code, aud must be served upon the parties personally,
if they can be found, otherwise by leaviug the same at their last
known place of residence, if in the town or city where the Lodge is
located, at least one week prior to the time of the trial. If the accused
resides out of the town 1 he notice shall be directed to his last known
place of residence and left at the post office, and if the brother so
notified shall not appear at the time specified, or offer satisfactory reasons therefor, the committee shall proceed as if he were present, or
they may report by resolution, to expel the member so refusing to appear for contempt, of the Lodge.
Rule 6.—At the time specified for the trial, the accuser and accused being present and answering, the charge and specifications shaU
be read, and the accuser be required to make answer to each specification contained in the charge. Should the accused object to a specification on the ground of indefiniteness, tne accuser shall have leave to
amend, provided such amendment be made immediately. The accused may then plead to each specification either of the following
answers:
1. That the alleged offense is not within the legal jurisdiction of
the Lodge.
2. That the complaint contained in the specification is frivolous.
Admit the facts stated and justify the alleged offense.
Guilty.
Not guilty.
Rule 7.—The report of the committee shall state the findings on
each specification and on the charge, according to Form 6, Section V
of the Code, and shall be accompanied by an accurate record of their
proceedings, rulings and decisions, together with the evidence taken
during the trial, and a resolution or resolutions for adoption by the
Lodge, which shall be submitted to the Lodge within one month after the case has been submitted to them. Should there be a minority
report, it shall be drawn and presented in a similar manner.
Rule 8.—The report of the committee shall be received and entered in full in the records, without discussion, and laid over for action at the second regular session thereafter. The Secretary shall
immediately transmit to the accuser and the accused a copy of the
report or reports, and also notify them of the time when the same will
be acted upon, in the nianner prescribed in Rule 5. At the time fixed
upon to consider the report the Lodge may proceed to consider and
determine the matter, whether the accused brother be present or not,
and in all cases involving the suspension or expulsion of a member, it
shall require a vote of two thirds of the members present to adopt the
resolution, and the Lodge shall be fully competent, while such motion is under consideration, to vary the penalty from the original
motion. Either party may object to any of the rulings and decisions
of the committee, when the Lodge shall take up the report for consideration.
Rule 9.—At the regular meeting of the Lodge two weeks after the
report of the committee, the case shall be taken up ; the findings, Tidings aud resolutions of the committee read and considered, and all
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^testimony, if any, bearing thereon; and the Lodge shall, by vote,
adopt or reject the resolutions which may be submitted by the committee, subject to the provisions of Rule 8.
Rule 10.—When the Lodge shall have taken final action as aforesaid, the Secretary shall at once give notice thereof, under seal, to the
party against whom che decision is rendered, by delivering the same
to him personally, or by leaving it at his last known place of residence,
or forwarding to him by mail, from which decision he may appeal to
the Grand Lodge of British Columbia within two weeks after the
service of such notice, by filing with the Secretary a written notice
of such appeal and the grounds thereof, according to Form 7, Section
V of the Code, and also by serving a notice of appeal upon the Grand
Secretary, according to Form 8, Section V.
Section II.—Rules Governing Committees.
Rule 1.—Three members of a Committee of Trial shall constitute
a quorum and be competent to proceed with the preliminary trial.
All questions requiring a decision of the committee shall be determined by a majority of those present.
Rule 2.—When the accuser or accused shall notify the chairman
of the Committee of Trial, in writing, that he requires the presence
of a member of the Order, as a witness, the chairman shall endorse
such notice, stating the time and place of meeting, and transmit it to
the Noble Grand of the Lodge of which .such witness is a member,
who shall immediately cause the member (or members) named, to be
to attend as a witness according to Form 9, Section V of I
Rule 3.—The committee shall keep correct minutes of the proceed-
ngs, which must show:
1. The date and place of each meeting, and the parties present.
2. The charges and specifications and answers or pleas of the
accused.
All points raised and the decisions thereon.
The exceptions taken by either party.
Parol evidence in full, subscribed by the witnesses.
Documentary evidence distinctly marked.
Decisions of the committee upon each specification and charge.
Rule 4.—The report must be signed by at least three members of
the committee.
Section III.—Evidence and Witnesses.
Rule 1.—The evidence competent to be admitted before the Committee of Trial shall be: 1. Testimony of witnesses, who shall appear
before the committee ; 2. Depositions ; 3. Records of Lodge; 4. Documentary evidence, etc.SThe committee shall determine the admisS
sibility of the evidence, subjeet to exceptions by either party •; the|
exceptions so taken shall be entered by the committee upon its
minutes.
Rule 2.—After the direct and cross examination of a witness has
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except to explain evidence given on his original examination, or by
consent of the opposing party.
Rule 3.—Extracts from the records of a Lodge shall be authenticated by the Secretary, under seal. No Lodge shall be allowed to
challenge its records, or extracts taken therefrom, when duly authenticated.
Rule 4.—Members cf the Order shall qualify under their obligations as Odd Fellows, according to Form 12, Section V of the Code;
^witnesses, not members, shall be   qualified by some civil  officer
authorized to administer oaths.
Rule 5.—'Depositions of absent witnesses shall be procured in the
'manner prescribed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the I. O. O. F.,
Journal of 1857, pp. 2738, 2774 ; Journal of 1858, pp. 2909, 2926.
Rule 6.—The attendance of a person as a witness who is not a
pnember of the Order, must be procured by the party desiring him.
Rule 7.—After the evidence for the accused shall have been put
in, the prosecution may introduce testimony in rebuttal of the witnesses for the defence, but for no other purpose.
Section IV.—Appeals.
Rule 1.—All appeals by Subordinate Lodges, or their members, shall be presented within twenty days from the action of
the Lodge appealed from, to Grand Master for transmission to
the Grand Secretary or the Grand 1 .odge of British Columbia ; and
no appeal will be considered unless such course is taken.
Rule 2.—The Lodge shall, within twenty days after the reception
of a notice of appeal to thfe Grand Lodge, through its Secretary,
deliver to the Grand Secretary, under seal, a certified copy of the
charge, minutes of the Committee of Trial, and also of the records of
the Lodge relating to the subject matter of the appeal; and the
original testimony taken at the trial, according to Form 10, Section
V of the Code.
Rule 3.—Should the Lodge fail to make the above return, the
Grand Secretary shall notify the Lodge of such failure, and direct
the return to be made within ten days from the receipt of the notice
according to Form 11, Section V of the Code, and if default be made,
he shall report the Lodge to the Grand Sire as insubordinate.
Rule 4.—The Grand Secretary shall, atifche time required by law,
present the appeal, together with all the papers in the case received
by him, to the Chairman of the Committee on Appeals of this Grand
Lodge.
Rule 5.—When an appeal shall finally be decided by this Grand
Lodge, the Grand Secretary shall, within one month after such decision, notify the Lodge and the appellant thereof. The record in
appeals from a Subordinate Lodge need not be printed.
Section V.
Form 1.—Charge and Specifications.
 18...
'o Lodge, No , I.O.O.F.
The undersigned, a member of. Lodge, No , I.O.O.F.
oes hereby charge Brother of said Lodge, with Con 312
duct Unbecoming an Odd Fellow, and the grounds of this charge
are more particularly set forth in the following specification, to wit:
Specification First—The above named , in violation of;
the laws of the Order, did on or about the day of	
18 , (here state the offense, place and other circumstances, and con*
tinue with specification, second, etc., as provided in Rule 1, Section I).
Fraternally submitted,
(Signed)	
Form
Notice to the Accused.
 Lodge, No , IO.O.F.,
 18	
Brother	
Enclosed in this notice I transmit a copy of charge and specificarl
tions preferred against you by of. Lodge, No •
The same were referred to a Committee of Trial, consisting of (give
names). The officers of said committee will notify you of the time
and place to appear for answer. Fraternally,
[seal.]  Secretary.
Form 3.—Notice to Temporary Chairman of Committee* to
Try Charges.
 '..Lodge, No ,I.O.O.F.,
 T...18	
Brother	
The   members   named below were this   evening  appointed a
Committee of Trial on the charge anol specifications preferred by
 against    As the temporary chairman of
such committee, you will, within one week after receiving this notice,
call a meeting of said committee for organization. The committee
consists of Brothers (give names).
Fraternally,
[seal.]  Secretary.
Form 4.—Notice to Members of Committees.
 Lodge, No , I.O.O.F.,
 18	
Brother	
You were this evening appointed as one of the Committee of Trial
on the charge and specifications preferred by... againsf|
 Brother the temporary chairman of the
committee will notify you of the time and place of the meeting of the
committee for organization. Fraternally,
[seal.]  Secretary.
Form 5.—Notice to Accuser and Accused to attend Meeting
of Committee.
 18	
Brother	
The Committee of Trial on the charge and specifications preferred
by against will meet (give the time and 313
place), to hear and decide the case. You are hereby notified to be
present and (sustain or defend) the same. Fraternally,
 Chairman. \
 Secretary.
Form 6.—Report of Committee of Trial.
 18	
To Lodge, No , I.O.O.F.
The undersigned a (majority or minority) of the committee to investigate the charge- ana specifications preferred by against
 respectfully report: That after hearing the parties, they
find (state finding on each specification and the charge, as required
by Rule 7, Section I). The minutes of the doings of the committee, a
copy of the ev^denee taken, and papers pertaining to the trial, are
herewith placed in the custody of the Secretary of the Lodge.
Fraternally submitted,
(Signed by committee.)
Form 7.—Notice of Appeal to the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia of the I.O.O.F.
The undersigned, a member of. Lodge, No ,res|)e.ct-
fully appeals to your Grand Body from the action of said Lodge
(state the action from which the appeal is taken and the grounds
upon which it rests). Your appellant asks that you will reverse said
action, or grant such other relief as you may deem the-merits of the
case demand. t «W
Fraternally, (Signature and residence)	
Form 8.—Appeal to the Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia of the I.O.O.F.
The undersigned, a member of. Lodge, No , respectfully appeals to your Grand Body from %e action of said Lodge (state
the action from which the appeal is taken and the grounds upon
which it rests). Your appellant asks that you will reverse said action,
or grant such other relief as you ihay deem the merits of the case demand.
Fraternally, (Signature and residence)	
Form 9.—Notice to attend as Witness.
Lodge, No , I.O.O.F.,
 18	
Brother
You are hereby notified to attend as witness before the Committee
of Trial on the charge and specifications preferred by against
 (state the time and place).   By order of the Noble Grand.
[seal. ] Fraternally,  Secretary. 314
Form 10.—Certificate Accompanying Return of Lodge under Rule 1, Section IV.
 ....Lodge, No ,I.O.O.F.,
 18	
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia of the I.O.O.F.,
Enclosed you will receive the return of this Lodge in the matter
of the appeal of. to your Grand Body, required by Rule
1, Section IV. I hereby certify that the same embraces correct copies
of all the minutes and papers relating to the case, in my possession,
or in possession of the Lodge, and also the original testimony taken
at the trial.
[seal.] Fraternally,  Secretary.
Form 11.—Notice of Grand Secretary to Lodge, under Rule
3, Section IV.
Grand Lodge of British Columbia of the I.O.O.F.,
Office of the Grand Secretary,
 18	
To Lodge, No , I.O.O.F.,
On the day of. I received from an
appeal from the action of your Lodge in matter of (state ^ause of appeal). The papers relating to the appeal not having been transmitted
to me within the time specified by law, you are hereby notified to
forward the same to me within ten days from the receipt of this notice.
Should I not receive them, it will be my unpleasant duty to proceed
under Rule 3, Section IV. of the Code.
Fraternally,
V   7.
Grand Secretarv.
Form 12.
-Obligation to Witness to be Administered by the Chairman of the Committee.
You do sincerely declare upon your honor as an Odd Fellow, that
the evidence you shaU give in the matter of charge preferred by	
 against now pending, shall be the truth, the whole truth,
and nothing but the truth.   Thus you do affirm.
Sec. 6. Notice of the expulsion or suspension of a member, with
the cause thereof, shaU be given by the Secretary forthwith, to all the
Lodges in this jurisdiction.
Sec. 7. This Lodge shall have a book, in which shall be entered
the names of all persons rejected, suspended, or expelled by this or
any other Lodge, of which they may have received due notice, with
the date and cause of such suspension or expulsion.
ARTICLE VIII.
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. O. O. 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 shall direct, but no part thereof, or of the Lodge property, or of the proceeds of any sales of such property, shall ever be 315
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
Grand Lodge of this jurisdiction, or to its officers or agents properly
authorized to receive them.
ARTICLE IX.
Section 1. No member of this Lodge shall be concerned in
organizing; or visiting any illegal, spurious, expelled, extinct, or
suspended Lodge of Odd FeUows : nor paint on his sign any emblem
of the Order, or otherwise exhibit any upon the same, or have any
printed or engraved upon his business card, nor expose any in a public
place as 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 the 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 suspended member of this Lodge,
without permission of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
ARTICLE X.
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 commences.
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, and 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 of the 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 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 ; 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 shaU 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. 316
ARTICLE XL
ON  CARDS.
Section 1. Withdrawal Cards may be granted to members who are
clear of the books, according to law. py 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 underjfche 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 XII.
' Section I.    When any doubt arises as to the true meaning of any
part of these Articles, it shall be determined by the Grand Lodge.
SeC; 2. These Articles, or any part thereof, shall not be altered,
amended, suspended or annulled, except on motion made in the Grand
Lodge, at a regular session. ImJ Q,. \L(       \Jll\~ZJ
ARTICLE XIII.
OF 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 thisConsititu-
tion, or the Constitution, By-Laws, or Regulations of the Grand
Lodge of the Province of British Columbia, or of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge.
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 oi such By-Laws shall before being printed, be transmitted to the (Iraind Secretary, to be transmitted to the Committee on
Laws of Subordinates for their approval.

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