Constitution By-Laws & Regulations
Moore Sovereign Consistory S.P.R.S. 32°
Whereas by ancient custom and the governing Statutes of the Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand Inspectors-General of the Thirty-third and last Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for Canada, the brethren of any Constituent Masonic Body alleging fealty to said Supreme Council enjoy the prerogative of enacting appropriate Statutes, Regulations and Rules applicable to that Constituent Body, providing the same are compatible with the applicable Ancient Customs, Statutes, Ordinances, Rules, Laws and Usages of the Order adopted by said Supreme Council; Now, therefore after due notice and by correct and adequate formality of procedure, the brethren of that Constituent Masonic Body established by authority of the Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand Inspectors-General of the Thirty-third Degree of the A. & A. S. R. of Freemasonry for England and Wales and the Dependencies of Great Britain, by Patent bearing date 6th of May, 1868, which upon the formation of the Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand Inspectors-General 33° for Canada, (herein sometimes referred to as Supreme Council) was continued by Warrant of Confirmation bearing date 16th of October, A.D., 1874, and designated.
Hereby Enact and Proclaim
1. The Grand Orient of said Consistory shall be in the City of Hamilton in the Province of Ontario near the B*B* and under the C*C* of that zenith which answers unto 43° 16' North Latitude and 79° 48' West Longitude of the Meridian of Greenwich.
2. Moore Sovereign Consistory S.P.R.S. 32° acknowledges and proclaims true Faith, Allegiance and Fealty to the Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand Inspectors-General of the Thirty-third and last Degree of the A.&A.S.R. of Freemasonry of Canada, as constituted under Warrant from the Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand Inspectors General of the 33° of the A.&A.S.R. of Freemasonry for England and Wales and the Dependencies of Great Britain under the date 15th of July, 1874.
Statutes of Supreme Council:
3. The Statutes and Regulations adopted and effected by the said Supreme Council of Canada under date the 14th of September, A.D. 2013, and from time to time, shall in all matters therein delineated, be and remain the supreme authority for the government and regulation of the affairs of Moore Sovereign Consistory S.P.R.S. 32°, and those Statutes and Regulations, together with the unwritten principles and Ancient Landmarks shall prevail.
4. Subject to the foregoing, the Consistory shall be a Sovereign Body having jurisdiction in and over the Province of Ontario in Canada or that portion thereof as may be designated from time to time by the Supreme Council of the Thirty-third Degree for Canada.
5. Moore Sovereign Consistory S.P.R.S. 32° shall have perpetual succession and an official seal in form approved by the said Consistory. The official seal of the said Consistory shall be the form of seal impressed upon the original copy of these Statutes unless and until the said Consistory shall in due form adopt some other form of official seal.
6. The objects of the said Consistory shall be exclusively charitable in all of its activities, which shall be devoted to the dissemination of Masonic morality and assistance to humanity.
7. Subject to provisions of Article 74 (Statutes & Regulations), Knights Rose Croix 18° in good standing in a Chapter of Rose Croix, alleging fealty to the Supreme Council 33° for Canada, or to another Supreme Council with which this Supreme Council is in amity and residing within the territorial jurisdiction of the Consistory for the statutory period, shall be eligible to apply for membership.
Honorary membership in the Consistory may be conferred on any member of any other Scottish Rite body, who, in that body, holds degrees of the equivalent import to those to be conferred by honorary membership.
A condition precedent to the conferring of honorary membership shall be that the name has been proposed at a regular meeting of the Consistory, and notice of the proposal setting out the name of the person to be so honoured shall be included in the summons for the next regular meeting, and that approval of the proposal has been obtained by unanimous vote of the members present and voting at that meeting.
The Consistory, by decision of the executive may in its discretion, confer upon any Sovereign Grand Commander, or Past Sovereign Grand Commander, the rank and title of Past Commander-in-Chief (Honorary), with or without furnishing him a decoration of the office as stipulated in Regulations 5.3, 5.4 and 5.5 of the Regulations of Supreme Council of Canada.
Honorary members shall be exempt from all fees and dues.
8. Membership in the Consistory shall be only at the pleasure of the Consistory, and shall be non-transferable, non-alienable, unavailable for succession, and subject to all Masonic discipline and strict observance of the Statutes and Regulations of the said Consistory and of the Supreme Council of Canada.
It is required of every member that he shall at all times keep the Grand Secretary informed of his proper address for mailing purposes. A member who is clear upon the books and against whom no Masonic charges are pending may withdraw from the Consistory and is entitled upon request to a demit.
9. No member of Moore Sovereign Consistory S.P.R.S. 32° shall have any proprietary right to or interest in the property, investments, monies or other assets whatsoever of the Consistory.
The Commander-in-Chief, the First LieutenantCommander, the Secretary and the Treasurer of Moore Sovereign Consistory, holding office at any time have been, now are, and shall hereafter be the Trustees for the Consistory to take, hold, or otherwise be vested with the legal titles on any real or personal property now or hereafter acquired by the Consistory, and as trustees to sell, convey, transfer or otherwise dispose of any and all of same and, for and on behalf of said Consistory to make adequate and effective delivery of same.
The management, use, application and enjoyment of all assets of the Consistory shall be as in this Constitution provided, and the purchase or sale of investments and securities shall be as in Section 21 hereof provided.
10. The Masonic degrees to be conferred or communicated by the said Consistory shall be:
- 19° Grand Pontiff
- 20° Master ad Vitam
- 21° Patriarch Noachite
- 22° Prince of Libanus
- 23° Chief of the Tabernacle
- 24° Prince of the Tabernacle
- 25° Knight of the Brazen Serpent
- 26° Prince of Mercy
- 27° Commander of the Temple
- 28° Knight of the Sun
- 29° Knight of St. Andrew
- 30° Knight Kadosh
- 31° Inspector Inquisitor Commander
- 32° Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret
The said degrees shall be conferred or communicated according to the Rituals and the Statutes and Regulations of Supreme Council.
11. Candidates for the degrees, or for affiliation, shall pay into the Consistory funds, at such time as the Grand Secretary shall direct, and before admission to the ceremonies of the degrees or affiliation, such fees as may be required by the Consistory, and are approved by Supreme Council, namely:
19° to 32° including Collar and Jewel - $500.00
Affiliation - $150.00
The above schedule of fees shall include commutation of dues and a non-transferable life membership of the member. These fees can be amended with the approval of the membership after due notice and with the approval of Supreme Council. This schedule and provisions shall take effect and include all initiations and affiliations from and after January 1st, 2013.
12. The officers of the Consistory must be Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret 32° and shall be and shall take rank or precedence as follows:
- First Lieutenant-Commander
- Second Lieutenant-Commander
- Grand Secretary
- Grand Treasurer
- Grand Almoner
- Grand Prelate
- Grand Master of Ceremonies
all of whom shall be elected,
- Grand Expert
- Grand Assistant Expert
- Grand Standard Bearer
- Grand Organist
- Grand Captain of the Guard
- Grand Sentinel
all of whom shall be appointed by the Commander-in-Chief at the time of his installation.
The said officers shall hold office for a term of two years or until their successors are elected or appointed. If a vacancy in any elective office occurs by death or otherwise at any time prior to the regular election, an election to fill the office shall take place at a regular meeting, after the members have received due notice from the Grand Secretary or the Commander-in-Chief. In the event of a vacancy in any appointive office, the Commander-in-Chief shall appoint a successor.
13. Election of officers of the Consistory shall be held biennially at the regular meeting on or next preceding the thirty-first day of January in the appropriate years. The first election of officers to be held pursuant to this authority after the approval of same shall be held in the month of January, 2000.
The Consistory shall elect an Auditor of its affairs at the time of its biennial election of officers and such election shall be by nomination and open vote of the members present.
14. The regular meetings of the Consistory shall be in May and November in each year, also in January of election years, and additional meetings, including Ballot meetings, at the call of the Commander-in-Chief. Special meetings of the Consistory may be held at the direction of the Commanderin-Chief.
15. Notice of all regular or special meetings of the Consistory shall be given to the members at least five days prior thereto, except in the case of meetings called for conferring degrees only, when three days notice shall be sufficient. The notice shall be written or printed, and personally served upon, left at the residence or place of business of, or forwarded through the mail to the member at his last reported address. Notice may also be sent to members in a manner such as email, in accordance with the Statutes and Regulations of Supreme Council set out in Section 3 of these By-Laws and Regulations. A newspaper notice will not suffice, and the use of postal cards or unsealed letters in this connection is prohibited.
The Grand Secretary shall send copies of every notice to the Sovereign Grand Commander, the Illustrious Deputies for the Province of Ontario and the Grand Secretary of Supreme Council.
16. Every officer of the Consistory shall be deemed to have assumed office on the condition and guarantee that no officer shall be personally liable for any debts, claims or other obligations of the Consistory while acting within the authority of his office in good faith and circumspectly, and the Consistory shall indemnify and save harmless every such officer with respect to such claims.
Duties - Commander-in-Chief:
17. It shall be the duty of the Commander-in-Chief to preside at all meetings of the Consistory, all meetings of the officers of the Consistory and to appoint all committees. He shall discharge all the duties and enjoy all the prerogatives prescribed for him herein and by the Statutes, Laws, Regulations and Rituals of the Supreme Council and the usages and customs of the Rite. In the absence of the Commander-in-Chief, and if no Past Commander-in-Chief be present, the duties pertaining to that office, except the conferring of degrees, shall devolve upon the First Lieutenant-Commander, and in his absence upon the Second Lieutenant-Commander.
The Commander-in-Chief shall:
- supervise and direct all activities of the Consistory as authorized, required or permitted by the governing By-Laws and Regulations of the Consistory and Supreme Council.
- be ex-officio a member of every committee entrusted with matters relating to the Consistory.
- be a signing officer on behalf of the Consistory in all matters.
- be one of the Custodians of any securities owned by the Consistory.
- represent the Consistory as a director of Towers Inc. or in his place shall appoint a designate.
Duties – First Lieutenant-Commander & Second Lieutenant-Commander:
The First Lieutenant--Commander and the Second Lieutenant-Commander shall, in the order of their precedence, be vested with and under the obligations of the duties of the Commander-in-Chief as his deputies under his instructions or upon their own responsibility during the absence of the Commander-in-Chief except that the First Lieutenant-Commander only shall be one of the Custodians of any securities owned by the Consistory.
Duties - Grand Secretary:
The Grand Secretary of the Consistory shall:
- record and keep available for reference minutes and memoranda of all proceedings, authorities and deliberations of the Consistory and the officers of the Consistory, and shall keep and record copies of all official correspondence of the Consistory, shall issue certificates and official attestations and evidences of the Consistory, shall effect and distribute all requisite notices, appointments and edicts, collect fees from candidates, record and deliver the same to the Grand Treasurer, and otherwise generally effect the purpose of his office.
- keep a correct register of all degrees conferred, specifying the dates thereof, the date of birth, place of birth, permanent residence, and detailed information of the occupation of each candidate, and shall report annually thereon to the Deputies for the Province and to the Grand SecretaryGeneral of Supreme Council. He shall record and likewise report all affiliations, restorations, deaths, suspensions, expulsions and withdrawals from year to year.
- provide a form (as approved by the Supreme Council of Canada) setting out the Oath of Fealty which shall be signed by each member as provided in the Statutes and Regulations of the Supreme Council of Canada and shall dispose of them in accordance with Section 67(b) (iii) of the Statutes and Regulations of the Supreme Council of Canada.
- be a signing officer of the Consistory in financial and all other matters.
- be one of the Custodians of any securities owned by the Consistory.
- have charge of and be responsible for the custody of the official seal of the Consistory and of all documents and confidential papers.
- act as Custodian of Rituals as provided by the Statutes and Regulations of Supreme Council.
- within ten days after each election of officers (whether regular or special), transmit a certificate thereof to the Deputies for the Province and to the Grand Secretary-General of Supreme Council, with the post office addresses of the Commander-inChief and the Grand Secretary.
- be responsible for keeping a record of Past Commanders-in-Chief Jewels and the ordering of same, as necessary.
Duties - Grand Treasurer:
The Grand Treasurer shall receive all monies from the Grand Secretary and income from securities or other assets of the Consistory, shall direct and ensure that full and adequate records are made, kept and retained of all financial transactions of the Consistory. He shall cause to be assembled, prepared and delivered, when and as may be required, complete and conventional statements of the financial affairs of the Consistory. He shall be the receiving and disbursing officer of the Consistory in financial matters according to and under the directions of the established decrees and instructions of the authorized officers of the Consistory. He shall be the custodian of and responsible for all matters of insurance and indemnity relating to the Consistory.
He shall be a signing officer of the Consistory in financial matters.
He shall be one of the Custodians of any securities owned by the Consistory.
Duties - Auditor:
The Auditor shall have access to all financial records of the Consistory, all repositories for securities, all bank accounts, and shall be provided with all information and data required and requested to make an effective audit and report on the financial affairs of the Consistory. He shall prepare and render yearly to the Consistory a balance sheet setting out the financial affairs of the Consistory and the Audi tor’s report.
If said Auditor shall withdraw, or through Masonic discipline or physical disability be unable to complete his term of office, the Commander-in-Chief, in consultation with the First Lieutenant Commander and the Second LieutenantCommander, shall appoint an Auditor pro tem to carry out the Auditor’s duties until a new Auditor is duly elected.
18. The fiscal year of the Consistory shall end with the thirty-first day of May in each year.
19. Six members of the said Consistory shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, provided the Commander-in-Chief, a Past Commander-in-Chief, or one of the Lieutenant Commanders be present. No degrees may be conferred except by or in the presence of the Commander-inChief, a Past Commander-in-Chief, or an Active Member of Supreme Council.
If within 30 minutes of the time appointed for a meeting of the Consistory a quorum is not present, the meeting shall be dissolved.
Order of Business:
20. The order of business at meetings of the said Consistory (except that items 1 to 7 inclusive may be altered or varied by the presiding officer) shall be:
- Reading and confirmation of minutes
- Reading of correspondence
- Passing or approving of accounts
- Reports of committees
- Receiving petitions
- Unfinished business
- General business
- Balloting for candidates
- Conferring degrees (At biennial election and installation meetings substitute as may be applicable)
21. The Commander-in-Chief, the First Lieutenant Commander, the Grand Secretary and the Grand Treasurer of the Consistory shall be the signing officers of the Consistory with respect to all banking transactions and the signatures of not less than two of said officers shall be necessary on any documents of banking.
The Commander-in-Chief, the First Lieutenant· Commander, the Grand Secretary and the Grand Treasurer shall have authority to execute and deliver for and on behalf of the Consistory all documents of every kind including contracts, engagements, transfers, orders or any documents pertaining to the sale or purchase of securities or other investments. Two signatures shall be necessary and adequate on any document or other paper or thing executed and delivered pursuant to this authority
Use of Seal:
22. All formal engagements of the Consistory shall be given and undertaken under the official seal of the Consistory.
Specific Restriction of Powers:
23. In addition to those restrictions of the natural powers of the Consistory through adherence to the authorities above cited, the following shall apply:
- No engagement of borrowing, except with respect to temporary banking accommodation incidental to the purchase of securities, shall be entered into on behalf of the Consistory without approval of the borrowing having been first obtained at an open meeting of the Consistory and pursuant to notice of motion premising the action to be taken. If borrowing is so authorized and undertaken, the signing officers of the Consistory in that respect shall be those authorized to execute and deliver contracts at large.
- The Consistory shall maintain sufficient of its assets in readily realizable investments having financial auspices or guarantee as to payment of principal and interest that in the judgement of the Executive render the investments secure beyond reasonable doubt to equal the amount that may be advised to the Consistory from time to time by Supreme Council as being the requirement for commuted dues. The requirement as to commuted dues shall be shown in the statement of affairs and balance sheet of the Consistory but segregation of assets or the establishment of a separate fund for commuted dues shall not be required to meet the obligation of this provision.
Authorities of Officers in Executive Meeting:
24. The Executive of the Consistory shall consist of, the Officers of the Consistory, together with the Past Commanders-in-Chief, plus at least three members appointed by the Commander-in-Chief at each biennial meeting from members residing outside of the Valley of Hamilton (who shall not succeed themselves). The Executive of the Consistory, without notice to or the presence of the members at large of the Consistory, shall be vested with authority and autonomy in executive meeting duly convened to perform and carry out the administration of the activities and interior economy of the Consistory in all aspects save as in this Constitution or in the Statutes and Regulations of Supreme Council or the enactments of other authorities having competent jurisdiction expressly and specifically regulated or restricted, and without limiting or detracting from the generality of the foregoing and incidental thereto shall have express jurisdiction, power and right:
- to authorize, direct, or approve the purchase or other acquisitions of, the holding or disposal of, the sale or liquidation of, and the loan or rental of, or other transaction with respect to real and personal property, of any and every nature and kind for the use, benefit, security or furtherance of the affairs or objectives of the Consistory and other bodies or entities of Masonic nature or of purpose or objective deemed by the officers and Past Commanders-in-Chief of the Consistory in executive session essential or beneficial to the advancement of the affairs of the Consistory;
- to appoint representatives or proxies to appear on behalf and in the name of the Consistory;
- to appoint delegates, agents or attorneys to carry out any particular duty on behalf of and in the name of the Consistory;
- to appoint trustees to be approved by the Consistory to carry out any duties directed for or on behalf of the Consistory;
- to engage employees and fix the remuneration of same, and generally to carry out an effective and economical administration of the affairs of the Consistory, said express powers being subject as aforesaid to the Statutes and Regulations of Supreme Council or other body having competent jurisdiction. Such meetings shall be styled “Executive Meetings”.
25. At such Executive Meetings no precedence or official rank of office shall be of import save with respect to the Commander-in-Chief, the First and Second Lieutenant Commanders and the Grand Secretary. The respective Commanders shall, according to their official precedence, preside at Executive Meetings, and the Grand Secretary shall record the minutes of such meetings and such minutes shall be a part of the records and minutes of the Consistory.
Notice of Executive Meetings:
26. Notice of Executive Meetings to be convened shall be given in writing and personally served upon, left at the residence or place of business of, or forwarded through the mail, addressed to the respective members at their last reported address at least two days before the meeting is convened; provided that if all the members of the executive are present at any meeting, the giving of formal notice shall not be necessary. Notice may also be sent to members in a manner such as email, in accordance with the Statutes and Regulations of Supreme Council set out in Section 3 of these By-Laws and Regulations. In the event of a mail disruption, such notice may be given verbally or by other generally accepted means of communication to the members of the Executive Committee.
Quorum of Executive Meetings:
27. A quorum for such Executive Meetings shall consist of six members eligible to attend, provided that the Commander-in-Chief or the First Lieutenant-Commander shall be one of those present.
Confirmation in Writing:
28. A resolution, consent or other measure, the subjectmatter of which lies within the powers of an Executive Meeting, if signed in the affirmative by all the officers of the Consistory and a majority of Past Commanders-inChief, shall be as valid and effective as if the same had been passed at a regularly held Executive Meeting duly called and constituted.
Votes at Executive Meetnig:
29. Upon any motion made or decision to be taken during an Executive Meeting, the Chairman shall first ensure that the matter to be decided has been clearly enunciated; he will then ascertain if there is unanimity on the question and, failing unanimity, a vote shall be taken in such manner as he shall direct, and in the event of an equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.
At any meeting, unless a poll is demanded, a declaration by the Chairman that a resolution or measure under consideration has been passed or approved or defeated and an entry to that effect made in the minutes of the proceedings, shall be sufficient and incontrovertible evidence of the fact without proof or reference to the number or proportion of votes recorded in favour of or against said resolution or measure.
Until otherwise determined, every member present at an Executive Meeting shall have one vote.
No proxy for any purpose shall be entertained at any such meeting, however authorized or constituted.
30. There shall be no remuneration or allowance paid to any officer of the Consistory. Disbursements made by an officer or agent or appointee of the Consistory may be refunded or advanced or prepaid upon the authority of a resolution passed at an Executive Meeting. Any payment made under this authority shall be submitted for consideration by the members of the Consistory at the next regular meeting.
31. In all matters with respect to which no provision is made by these By-Laws and Regulation, the Statutes and Regulations of Supreme Council, as the same may then be in force and effect, shall apply to the Consistory mutatis mutandis.
32. The By-Laws and Regulations hereof may be amended at a regular meeting of the Consistory provided notice of motion has been given at a prior regular meeting of the Consistory wherein was set out the entire particulars of the proposed amendment and that particulars of the said notice of motion and the proposed amendment have been set out in the notice of the regular meeting of the Consistory at which the amendment is submitted for the vote of the members. To effect such amendment there shall be an affirmative vote of three-fourths of the members present and voting at the meeting at which said amendment is presented. No amendment shall have effect until formally approved by the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council of Canada.
33. This Constitution and governing By-Laws and Regulations of Moore Sovereign Consistory S.P.R.S. 32° shall supersede all and every authority of that nature heretofore authorized or recognized, and all former By-Laws, Statutes, and Regulations shall be from the time of approval and adoption of this authority, abrogated, abandoned and of no force or effect.
AS WITNESS the official seal of Moore Sovereign Consistory S.P.R.S. 32° at its Grand Orient this 17th day of the month Tammuz A.H. 5774 and the 15th day of July, A.D. 2014.