By-Laws   

Phoenixmasonry, Inc.

Museum & E-Library

PREAMBLE

The Phoenixmasonry Museum and Library was founded on August 11, 1999, by a group of Masonic and non-Masonic students desirous of seeking and spreading Masonic light.   In 1999, The Phoenixmasonry Masonic Museum and Library was established and a web site listed on the Internet at: http://www.phoenixmasonry.org   It publishes articles and lists Masonic memorabilia on the first internet web-based Masonic Museum and Library.

Phoenixmasonry is not a Masonic organization; it is an independent and nonpartisan Masonic cultural, historic and literary resource. Phoenixmasonry, Inc. is a Florida not-for-profit corporation, unaffiliated with any Masonic obedience whatsoever.  In order to achieve its stated mission of delivering a maximum of Masonic Light, its Board Members, Officers, Members and Contributors are prohibited from expressing either discrimination or identification, based upon Masonic affiliation, race, gender, national origin, religion, politics or any minority status of any type. The Board Members, Officers, Members and Contributors are not enticed, but rather prohibited, from compromising any Masonic Oaths, Charges or Obligations, by which they may have sworn, affirmed or otherwise morally bound themselves.

Its membership consists of Members and Patrons from all walks of life that may or may not be Master Masons but must be of good standing in a world where brotherly love prevails.

Phoenixmasons are composed of Members and Patrons, to assure fellowship among like-minded individuals. The papers presented during on-line research sessions and through e-mail should be forwarded to the Webmaster and Scribe of Phoenixmasonry for possible publication.  Any artifacts to be included in the museum should also be sent to the webmaster@phoenixmasonry.org  

Patrons are chosen from Subscription Members who have shown a dedication to the knowledge of Freemasonry or the Masonic Museum. The number is limited to 13 at any one time.

Phoenixmasonry is governed by a Board of Directors, which meets at the call of the President.  An annual meeting of Board of Directors and Patrons is held at a time and place determined by the President.

ARTICLE I.   NAME

The name of this organization shall be Phoenixmasonry, Inc.  It is derived from two words… Phoenix and Masonry. The name Phoenixmasonry combines the symbolic spirit of rebirth and renewal associated with the ancient mythological bird the Phoenix with the ancient Craft knowledge of Masonry, hence the name Phoenixmasonry.

ARTICLE II. PURPOSE

To provide a medium for research among like-minded individuals who desire to pursue the study of Freemasonry and who collect Masonic memorabilia on our on-line museum and library located at http://www.phoenixmasonry.org and to mutually assist each other. 

ARTICLE III.  MEMBERSHIP

The Subscription Membership shall consist of Persons who are in good standing with their fellow beings and recognized in their communities as good citizens. The Subscription Membership shall never have a number placed on it at any time, only 13 may be chosen at any one time as Patrons. Patrons are recognized and chosen for particular service to Phoenixmasonry or its web projects. On very rare occasions, for extraordinary reasons, a member may be named as an Honorary Patron. The entire human race is welcome to become a "subscription member" to freely view Phoenixmasonry on our Internet site.

ARTICLE IV. ANNUAL ASSOCIATION FEE

The annual Subscription Membership of association is payable on January 1 of each year and shall be $25.00 US.

ARTICLE V.  BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors of the Phoenixmasonry Museum and Library will consist of the following officers: President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Executive Director, Executive Secretary, Treasurer, and Librarian.

The Board of Directors may, by majority vote, select and install a Business Manager, who shall serve  for a determinate period of time.

ARTICLE VI. DUTIES OF OFFICERS

The President shall be the presiding officer of the Museum/Library and the Board of Directors. He shall appoint the committees he deems prudent.

The First Vice President shall assume the duties of the President in his absence or disability; he shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President.

The Second Vice President shall assume the duties of the First Vice President in case of his disability, and those of the President in case of the disability of both; he shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President.

The Executive Director shall direct the day-to-day operation of the Museum/Library under the direct supervision of the President and the Board of Directors.

The Executive Secretary shall keep full and accurate records of all proceedings, preserve all books and records thereof, shall be ex-officio Librarian thereof and shall have custody of the corporate seal subject to the direction and control of the Board of Directors.

The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds and shall keep full and accurate records of the receipt and disbursement thereof. The Treasurer and Secretary shall each present full written annual reports of the finances as they pertain to their offices respectively, which shall be placed on file and noted in the records, and shall also report quarterly, when required to do so.

The Librarian shall collect and distribute issues of Masonic interest to the Society; provide photocopies of articles requested; and perform such other duties as may from time to time be considered appropriate. He or she is authorized to determine payments and charges for the services he renders.

The Webmaster of Phoenixmasonry shall be responsible for its upkeep and maintenance ;  he shall administer the Phoenixmasonry e-mail List-Server, and the Phoenixmasonry’s home-page and its sub sites on the World Wide Web, and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President. He may receive a honorarium or salary as shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

The day-to-day operation of The Society shall be the responsibility of The Executive Secretary, Business Manager, and Webmaster.  They will report their activities to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting.

ARTICLE VII.  E-ZINE PUBLICATION

The Phoenixmasonry Masonic Review will be published on the World Wide Web on a basis to be determined by the Board of Directors. The Webmaster and Scribe shall submit for review recommendations for publications to include content and format to the Board for approval to publish. All material submitted for publication must credit the source and author of origin. The Board of Directors at its pleasure may approve other Web pages and publications.

ARTICLE VIII.  ANNUAL MEETING

The Board of Directors shall meet annually at a time and place to be selected by the President. Other meetings may be held whenever and wherever the President and/or the Board of Directors approve.

ARTICLE IX. AMENDMENTS

These By-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors when the proposed amendment is submitted in writing and each member of the Board given sufficient notice of the action proposed.

 

         

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