Constitution & Bylaws

Please note that in order to be accepted, amendments shall be submitted to the Executive Manager and must be received on or before April 1 of the year of the Annual Session when it is to be considered.

-UPDATED WITH 2016 AMENDMENTS-

Constitution & Bylaws- Full Set 2016

Individual Downloads

File 01- Cover

File 02- Constitution of SGC 2016 Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 03- Bylaws of SGC 2016 Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 04- Standard Operating Procedures of SGC 2016 Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 05- Constitution of GGC 2016 Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 06- Bylaws of GGC 2016 Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 07- Standard Operating Procedures of GGC 2016 Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 08- Constitution of JGC 2016 Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 09- Bylaws of JGC 2016 Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 10- Standard Operating Procedures of JGC 2016 Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 11- Constitution of BGC 2016 Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 12- Bylaws of BGC 2016 Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 13- Standard Operating Procedures of BGC 2016 Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 14- Constitution of Bethel 2016 Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 15- Bylaws of Bethel 2016 Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 16- Standard Operating Procedures of Bethel 2016 Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 17- Rules & Regulations of Alumni Association Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 18- Rules & Regulations of Degree of Royal Purple Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 19- Rules & Regulations of Parent’s Club Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 20- Rules & Regulations of Prospective Member’s Club Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 21- Rules & Regulations of Supreme Bethel Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 22- Policies of BOT 2016 Reformatted w/ Amendments

File 23- Glossary Reformatted w/ Amendments

2015 Set

Constitution & Bylaws- Full Set (2015)

Constitution & Bylaws in Portuguese- Full Set (2015)

SI- 1 Rules of Order & Parliamentary Authority

SI- 2 Master Mason

SI- 3 Trademark

SI- 4 Insurance

SI- 5 Official Jewelry

SI- 6 Special Dispensations

SI- 7 Initiation & Annual Fees

SI- 8 Council Recommendations

SI- 9 Majority Members

SI- 10.1 Organization of a Bethel

SI- 10.2 Guidelines for Bethel Inspection Prior to Chartering

SI- 11 Bethel Bylaws Template

SI- 12 Merging, Closing, or Reinstituting Bethels

SI- 13 Loss of Council Membership

SI- 14 GGC Perogatives

SI- 15 Appeals & Grievances

SI- 16 New Bethel Supply List

SI- 17 Index of Forms

SI- 18.1 Reorganization of a Bethel

SI- 18.2 Guidelines for Removal from Reorganization

SI- 19 Grand Bethels

SI- 20.1 Format for Contitution of a JGC

SI- 20.2 Format for Bylaws of a JGC

SI- 21 Flag Protocol

SI- 22 Jurisdictional Bethels

SI- 23 JGC Perogatives

SI- 24 Escort, Introductions & Honors

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Glossary

Notes from the Jurisprudence Committee – 2015-2016

The Jurisprudence Committee is moving forward to have all information in an electronic format.

GGCs MUST use the email jdijurisprudence@gmail.com to electronically send their updated Manuals.  The complete manual, including the amendments approved by Supreme Jurisprudence are to be submitted by all GGCs.

This same email address will also be used for electronic submission of amendments passed at GGC Annual Sessions and forwarded to Supreme Jurisprudence for approval. We would like to standardize the way we receive all amendments.  To accomplish this we are asking that the GGCs use the format that is used for SGC proposed amendments.  Each proposed amendment is to be on a separate page and each proposed amendment needs to be numbered.  The consistency will assist the Supreme Jurisprudence Committee in the identification of the change to your GGC Manual to assure we are reviewing what you meant to change.

All GGC approved amendments and Bethels under Supreme approved amendments are to be electronically submitted to Supreme Jurisprudence and the Vice Supreme Guardian for approval. This will help streamline the process and our goal is to reduce the amount of paper being used as well as to expedite the approval process.  Please reformat your Manual of Rules and Regulations and Bethel Bylaws, using Microsoft Word, into an electronic document if you have not yet done that.

The Supreme Constitution and Bylaws may be downloaded and placed into a binder.  You can either print the entire document or only the pages which were changed based on amendments passed at the last Supreme Session.  We recommend that the Supreme pages be printed on white paper as is currently used.

GGC’s / JGC’s will format their Manual to be compatible with the new sizing and make available online.  It is our recommendation that each jurisdiction follow the same page numbering as indicated on the Supreme page and if there is more than one page to contain the necessary information it would then be numbered as 1a; 1b; 1c  etc.  We recommend that both the Supreme Bylaws and the Manual of Rules and Regulations be printed on 8.5 x 11 paper.  GGC’s may utilize whatever paper color they would like, whether it is the color they currently use, another color or white.

If the only change is formatting and/or housekeeping items, it will not be necessary to submit to the Supreme Jurisprudence Committee for approval.  However, if a jurisdiction makes changes to the content or integrity of a page it will be necessary to handle this change through the amendment process.  This is an appropriate opportunity to make the changes: ‘International Order of Job’s Daughters’ to ‘Job’s Daughters International’ and ‘IOJD’ to ‘JDI’ as housekeeping.