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JOHN CUTLER LODGE
BY-LAWS
ARTICLE I Communications
Section 1.
The regular communication of John Cutler
Lodge shall be on the second Monday of each month.
At any regular communication, no business other
than the conferring of the degrees shall be in order
previous to seven o'clock p.m.
Section 2
. A Regular Communication of John Cutler
Lodge shall not be held during the months of July
and August except by previous vote of the lodge.
Section 3.
The Fiscal Year of John Cutler Lodge shall
correspond to the Membership Year as set by Grand
Lodge.
Section 4.
The Annual Communication of John Cutler
Lodge will be the Regular Communication of the
second month of the Fiscal Year.
ARTICLE II Officers and Duties
Section 1.
There shall be elected by a majority ballot
at the last Regular Communication of the Lodge
Fiscal Year, a Master. a Senior Warden, a Junior
Warden, a Treasurer, a Secretary, a Senior Deacon, a
Grand Lodge Proxy, one or more auditors skilled in
accounting, and one Trustee for a term of three
years.
Section 2.
The Master shall immediately after his
installation appoint the following officers:
Chaplain, Marshal, Junior Deacon, Senior Steward,
Junior Steward, Inside Sentinel, Organist, and Tyler.
Section 3. The Officers shall perform the duties
required of them by the ritual and Grand Lodge
regulations.
The Treasurer shall render to the Lodge at each
annual communication, and at such other times as the
Lodge may by vote direct, a detailed written account
of all the financial concerns of the Lodge. He shall
represent and vote all stock owned by the Lodge,
except when the Treasurer is an officer or director

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of the Association or Corporation issuing the stock,
in which case, it shall be voted by the Finance
Committee of the Lodge.
The Secretary shall issue notices of communications
of the Lodge, notify all committees of their
appointment, furnish every candidate raised in this
Lodge with a Grand Lodge diploma, and issue such
summonses and notifications as the Master may
direct.
He shall keep an account with each member of the
Lodge, charging him with all dues, fees and
assessments, and crediting all payments. He shall
report at the Annual Communication, and at such
other times as the Lodge may by vote direct, on
attendance, current membership, dues assessed and
dues outstanding, monies received, and other matters
as interest or custom may direct.
Section 4.
The Treasurer, Secretary, Organist, and
Tyler shall be paid such compensation as shall from
time to time be determined by the Lodge. That rate of
compensation to continue from year to year unless
changed by vote of the Lodge.
Section 5.
The Trustees shall have charge of and
keep in order all property belonging to the Lodge. It
shall be their duty to inspect the property and make a
report of its condition at the regular annual
communications
recommending
such
repair,
replenishments and additions as may be necessary.
They shall sign all con- tracts authorized by the
Lodge and perform such other duties as the Lodge
may require of them.
ARTICLE III Candidates
Section 1.
Every petition for the Degrees shall be in
required form and accompanied by a deposit of not
less than one-half of the Initiation Fee (see Art. VII
Sect. 1).
Section 2.
The deposit accompanying a petition shall
be considered a part of the initiation fees if the
candidates be elected, but if he is rejected it shall be
forthwith returned to him.

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ARTICLE IV Membership
Section 1.
Every candidate elected to receive the
degrees in this Lodge shall become a member thereof
upon being raised to the degree of Master Mason,
learning the lecture of the Master Mason degree
and signing the bylaws, provided that such signature
be made within one year after he is raised.
Section 2.
Any Master Mason who received the degree
in another Lodge, desiring membership, shall I make
application in regular form, a committee of
investigation shall be appointed, his name shall stand
proposed at least one month and be borne upon the
notification for the meeting at which the application
will be acted upon. if elected he shall become a
member on the payment of ten dollars ($10.00) and
signing the By-Laws. if he holds a demit from any
Lodge, it shall be presented with his application.
Section 3.
Any Brother who has been granted a demit
from this Lodge. and subsequently desires to become
a member thereof shall make application as provided
by Section 2 of this Article and if elected shall be
entitled to the privileges of membership by signing
the By-Laws.
Section 4.
No member shall be granted a demit until
all arrearages are paid unless said arrearages have
been remitted by vote of the Lodge.
Section 5.
Any member who shall neglect to pay his
dues for one (1) month after the close of the fiscal
year shall be notified by the Secretary of his
delinquency and, if his dues remain unpaid two (2)
months later his name shall be referred by the
Secretary to the Finance Committee who shall
recommend to the Lodge such action as they deem
expedient. Notice mailed to last known address shall
be deemed sufficient notice.

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Section 6.
Any member who has attained the age of
seventy-five years and has paid to this Lodge annual
dues for twenty-five years may, upon request, become
a Life Member. Additionally any member who has paid
five years annual dues, or an amount equal to the sum
of dues for five years, may, upon payment of the sum
equal to twenty times the annual dues, be constituted
a Life Member.
Section 7.
Life Members shall enjoy all the rights and
privileges of full membership and shall be exempt
from the payment of annual Lodge dues.
Section 8.
Master Masons who have been eminently
useful to the institution in general or this Lodge in
particular may be elected Honorary Members by
being proposed at a regular commendation by some
member of the Lodge and balloted for in the same
manner as for full membership. Any election to
Honorary Membership shall in no wise restrict the
rights and privileges of any member of this Lodge
which we would otherwise enjoy. Honorary Members
shall be exempt from payment of all Lodge dues and
assessments.
ARTICLE V Discipline
Section 1.
When a candidate for initiation or
affiliation is rejected, or a Brother reprimanded or
suspended, no member shall reveal either directly or
indirectly to such persons or any other, except he be
a Free and Accepted Mason, any transaction which
may be taken place on the subject, nor shall any
proceedings of the Lodge not proper to be made
public be disclosed outside thereof, under the
penalty of reprimand, suspension, or discharge from
the Lodge as may by vote be determined after due
notice and trial.
Section 2
. After a candidate shall have been
rejected, the Master shall read or cause to be read
Section 1 of this Article for the information of all
present.

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ARTICLE V1 Committees
Section 1.
Whenever an application for initiation or
affiliation shall be received there shall be appointed
by the Master, a committee of investigation consisting
of three members whose duty shall be to examine and
carefully ascertain the candidate's age. profession,
general character, residence, etc., and report in
writing to the Master or Secretary before the next
regular communication.
Section 2.
The Master and Wardens of the Lodge
shall be a committee of both Masonic Relief and
Finance whose duty it shall be to examine and act
upon all bills and demands against the Lodge and to
direct the investment and payment of the funds of the
Lodge as they may deem expedient. They shall examine
the accounts of the Treasurer and Secretary and the
state of the Finance of the Lodge and make a written
report at each annual communication. They shall
attend to all applications for relief and shall have
power to draw upon the Treasurer, payable from the
Masonic Relief Fund, not exceeding Two Hundred
dollars at any one time, for the relief of a distressed
worthy Brother, his widow or orphans. It shall also
be the duty of this committee to visit worthy Brothers
when sick or in distress, to see that their wants are
not neglected.
Section 3.
The auditor(s) shall audit the accounts of
the Treasurer, Secretary and Trustees and submit a
written report to the Lodge at the annual
communication.
ARTICLE VII Fees and Dues
Section 2.
, as of the beginning of the 2011 fiscal year
(September 1, 2010), Every member of this Lodge,
except Life and Honorary Members and any others
whose dues the Lodge may by vote remit, shall pay as
Lodge Dues a figure equal to 1.5 times the Grand
Lodge Dues rounded to the next highest even dollar.

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ARTICLE VIII Funds
Section 1.
A11 donations and bequests to the Lodge
for Masonic relief shall be paid into the Masonic
Relief Fund, and shall be administered in accordance
with the terms of the gift or bequest by the
Treasurer under the direction of the Finance
Committee.
All fees for the degrees and for affiliation shall
be paid into the Masonic Relief Fund. The sums thus
paid in shall be held subject to the provisions of
Article VI Section 2. If larger amounts than therein
provided are needed, they must be authorized by vote
of the Lodge.
Any balance of the sums paid in for fees not used
during the year for relief may at the annual meeting
be transferred to the Reserve Fund or applied to any
other Lodge use by a two-thirds vote of the members
present and voting, upon written recommendation of
the Finance Committee.
Section 2.
All money received for Life Memberships
shall be paid into and constitute a Life Membership
Fund which shall be invested by the Treasurer under
the direction of the Finance Committee. The income
from this fund shall annually be paid into the
general funds of the Lodge.
Section 3. Such sums as the Lodge may vote to it from
balance of current account, or excess of relief
fund, gifts and bequest, not left for specific
purposes, and income for such purposes as the Lodge
may vote, upon written recommendation of the
Finance Committee, shall constitute the Reserve
Fund. This fund shall be invested by the Treasurer
under the direction of the Finance Committee. No
part of the principal or accumulated interest shall
be encroached upon except by a two-thirds vote of
the members present at a regular communication,
notice of proposed action having been given at a
previous regular communication, and been printed
upon the notice for the communication at which
action is to be taken.

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ARTICLE IX Seal
Section 1.
The seal of this Lodge shall be circular in
form, 1 1/2 inches in diameter enclosing by a double
line the words John Cutler Lodge, Abington, Mass., in
the center the square and compasses, within the
spread of the compasses the letters J.C.L. and above
on a semi-circular ribbon scroll the words
constituted Sept. 14, 1860 below a dash.
ARTICLE X Amendments
Section 1.
These By-Laws shall not be altered,
amended or repealed except upon a two-thirds vote
of the members present at a regular communication
and no motion therefore shall be entertained until
the same shall be presented in writing and read in the
Lodge at a regular communication preceding that on
which proposed action is to be taken and been printed
upon the notice of the communication at which action
is to be taken.

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MOST WORSHIPFUL JOHN CUTLER
Prior to 1792 there were two Grand Lodges in
Massachusetts. One was St. John's Grand Lodge,
dating back on July 30. 1733. The other was the
Massachusetts Grand Lodge dating back to December
27. 1769. On March 2, 1787, a committee was
appointed to consider the Union of the two Grand
Lodges. Electors of both bodies in joint convention
on March 5, 1792 adopted a Constitution and
regulations for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts
as we know it today. John Cutler was chosen the first
Grand Master of the combined organizations. Read in
the light of history, no one man's name stands out
more prominently than John Cutler's in the efforts
to bring about this happy reunion, and it is fair to give
him as much credit as to any one of the Fathers for
producing the grand result. His strong personality,
his intellectual culture and his eminent fairness
gave him the position of a leader.

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ARTICLE II Officers and Duties
Section 1.
There shall be elected by a majority ballot
at the last Regular Communication of the Lodge
Fiscal Year, a Master. a Senior Warden, a Junior
Warden, a Treasurer, a Secretary, a Senior Deacon, a
Grand Lodge Proxy, one or more auditors skilled in
accounting, a representative to the Board of
Masonic Relief to the Masonic Home for a term of one
year, and one Trustee for a term of three years.
With:
ARTICLE II Officers and Duties
Section 1.
There shall be elected by a majority ballot
at the last Regular Communication of the Lodge
Fiscal Year, a Master. a Senior Warden, a Junior
Warden, a Treasurer, a Secretary, a Senior Deacon, a
Grand Lodge Proxy, one or more auditors skilled in
accounting, and one Trustee for a term of three
years.
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ARTICLE III Candidates
Section 1.
Every petition for the Degrees shall be in
required form and accompanied by a deposit of not
less than $42.50.
With:
ARTICLE III Candidates
Section 1.
Every petition for the Degrees shall be in
required form and accompanied by a deposit of not
less than one-half of the Initiation Fee
(see Art. VII Sect. 1).

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Article IV Membership
Section 6.
Any member who has attained the age of
seventy years and has paid to this Lodge annual dues
for twenty-five years shall become a Life Member.
Additionally any member who has paid five years
annual dues, or an amount equal to the sum of dues
for five years, may, upon payment of the sum equal to
twenty times the annual dues, be constituted a Life
Member.
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Section 6.
Any member who has attained the age of
seventy-five years and has paid to this Lodge annual
dues for twenty-five years may, upon request, become
a Life Member. Additionally any member who has paid
five years annual dues, or an amount equal to the sum
of dues for five years, may, upon payment of the sum
equal to twenty times the annual dues, be constituted
a Life Member.
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ARTICLE VII Fees and Dues
Section 1.
The fees for conferring the degrees in this
Lodge shall be Eighty Five Dollars ($85.00).
With:
ARTICLE VII Fees and Dues
Section 1.
The Initiation Fee for conferring the
degrees in this Lodge shall be One hundred and fifty
dollars ($150.00) plus any Grand lodge assessment.
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ARTICLE VII Fees and Dues
Section 2.
Every member of this Lodge, except Life and
Honorary Members and any others whose dues the

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Lodge may by vote remit shall pay as Lodge dues
($30.00) Thirty Dollars annually, dating from and
payable on August 31, 1990.
With:
Honorary Members and any others whose dues the
Lodge may by vote remit shall pay as Lodge dues
Section 2.
Every member of this Lodge, except Life and
annually as follows:
In fiscal year 2011 starting on September 1, 2010 the
dues will be Thirty-five Dollars ($35.00). In
subsequent years the Finance Committee in
collaboration with the Treasurer and Secretary,
will examine the financial situation of the Lodge and
determine whether or not an increase in the dues is
essential for the financial health of the Lodge in the
coming year.
This determination will be made no later than two
months before the end of the Fiscal Year and in no
case, except by vote of the Lodge, should an increase
exceed five percent (5%) of the current dues rounded
to the next even dollar.
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Section 2.
Every member of this Lodge, except Life and
Honorary Members and any others whose dues the
Lodge may by vote remit shall pay, as of the beginning
of the 2011 fiscal year (September 1, 2010), as Lodge
Dues a figure equal to 1.3 times the Grand Lodge Dues
rounded to the next highest even dollar.

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