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Tranquility Lodge No. 2000 Organizational Plan
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TRANQUILITY LODGE NO. 2000
To be the premier Masonic Lodge operating under the Grand Lodge of Texas Laws, Title II, Chapter 2, and the By-Laws of the Lodge, and known throughout the State and the Universe for fostering Masonic courtesies and charitable acts.
The Lodge will promote, encourage, conduct, and foster the humanitarian principles of Freemasonry; assist in promoting the health, welfare, education and patriotism of children and members; and other acts as approved by the Grand Master and the Trustees of the Grand Lodge of Texas.
CULTURE AND CORE VALUES
Dedicated to the humanitarian and Masonic needs of our members and persons in need, we will be guided by the laws and edicts of the Grand Lodge to best serve the fraternity in keeping with the following values:
We will preserve and perpetuate our heritage and principles of Freemasonry by reaching out to others in need of our services. In addition, we will foster the concept of our founding and its association with man’s journey to the Moon and beyond – extending the concepts of Freemasonry into the far reaches of the Universe.
We will protect our reputation for excellence by setting high standards and striving to consistently meet them.
We believe that every person is worthy of respect. We will treat others as we would like to be treated, with honesty and compassion; being sensitive to them and respecting their differences.
We take pride in the quality of consideration and services we provide. We strive to continuously improve that quality by encouraging innovation within our membership to fulfill our purposes.
We will be diligent stewards of our resources:
People will be provided a respectful, stimulating, and rewarding professional environment.
Monetary gifts and assets entrusted to us by donors will be used wisely for the good of mankind and the Fraternity.
The organization of Tranquility Lodge No. 2000 shall conform to its By-Laws and the Laws and Edicts of the Grand Lodge of Texas.
Audit: The Worshipful Master soon after his installation will appoint a committee of three qualified members and a public accountant. This committee will audit the books and accounts of the Treasurer and Secretary and provide a written report to be read to the Lodge in open meeting.
Nominating: Composed of five members elected by the Lodge, preferably from different areas of the State, whose terms shall expire consecutively. The election to fill vacancies shall be conducted annually during the July meeting, and no member shall succeed himself on this committee. This committee will place in nomination names of members qualified to hold elective office. Nominations made by this committee shall not prohibit other nominations from the floor.
Membership: The Worshipful Master may appoint as many committees on membership as desired, and in any location within the Jurisdiction of Texas where three or more members of the Lodge may reside. The duties of this committee shall be to recruit members for the Lodge, and to perform such other duties as prescribed by the Worshipful Master. They will encourage the purchase of endowed memberships.
Since many of the members of Tranquility Lodge were recruited via the Internet, a core membership committee comprised of the Lodge’s Past Masters and several members of the (temporary) Internet Committee will provide direction and procedural advice to extend our membership rolls. In addition to our basic duties of fraternal love and charity, this committee will foster our connections with “Texas,” “NASA,” and the “Moon.”
After ensuring compliance with Grand Lodge Article 11, Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction, the Lodge shall consider the establishment of “Satellites” in areas where three or more members may reside. The purpose of these “satellite clubs” will be to meet to foster the Tranquility mission, and serve as a base of membership solicitation. They could be located throughout the various areas of the State, e.g., the Panhandle, or in other States or Countries. For example, a Tranquility Satellite in England could invite members from throughout Europe to celebrate “Texas” and “Space Exploration.” These Satellites could not open a Tranquility Lodge meeting (except with the express approval of the Grand Master), but could have a simple ritual opening for the purpose of having a program and fellowship. At their option, these Satellites could have a “Festive Board” meeting open to members, families, and non-Masons.
Time and Place: This committee will arrange for and provide proper locations for the Lodge to hold meetings within the Masonic Jurisdiction of Texas, under the direction of the Senior Warden, assisted by the Marshal. They will make every effort to de-conflict times and location with other Grand Masonic organizations, the Lodge of Research, or important Masonic Regional meetings. By tradition and heritage, one of our meetings will be held in the greater Houston area each year with a program solicited from NASA. The committee will make a preliminary report in the scheduled meeting prior to the required July meeting. They will provide a final meeting calendar at the July meeting.
Goals and Activities: Under the direction of the Junior Warden, this committee will propose goals, activities and projects to fulfill the scope for which the Lodge was chartered. They will report in the July meeting, and may be done in the form of a Strategic Plan.
Financial Assistance: Composed of five members appointed by the Worshipful Master, preferably from different areas of the State, whose terms shall expire consecutively. No member of this committee shall succeed himself, regardless of the duration of the term served. This committee will evaluate all applications for financial assistance of any kind. Such applications must be initiated by the individual seeking assistance and forwarded to the Secretary of the Lodge. The Secretary of the Lodge shall advise the Lodge of such applications at the next meeting of the Lodge subsequent to receipt of the same. The applications will then be referred to the financial Assistance Committee, which will make its recommendation at the next meeting of the Lodge. When the lodge is not in session, and in extreme humanitarian emergencies, the three principal Officers of the Lodge, upon unanimous vote, may authorize the expenditure of up to $5000.00 in assistance and report the same to the Lodge at the next meeting.
Library and Museum: Composed of five members, whose terms shall expire consecutively, the Worshipful Master shall appoint a new member to this committee each year. This committee shall assist the Lodge in supporting the Grand Lodge Library and Museum, and serve as a focus point of identifying and interacting with all known on-line Masonic research archives. For example, Tranquility Lodge will provide a link to these facilities in exchange for a link to our website.
Program: Comprised of five members, whose terms shall expire consecutively, the Worshipful Master shall appoint a new member to this committee each year. Their primary duty will be to arrange an interesting program at each stated meeting, except the July meeting. This program should be presented in an open lodge setting, most frequently during a “festive board” or pseudo “Table Lodge.”
Jewelry: Comprised of at least three members, the Worshipful Master may appoint as many members as needed. This committee will obtain and sell Masonic artifacts as approved by the Lodge, and raise funds for our charitable purposes. They will make reports of their expenses and profits at each stated meeting, at the direction of the Worshipful Master.
Lodge No. 2000
Master Mason who is a member in good standing in any regular
Lodge in this jurisdiction, or in any jurisdiction in fraternal
relations with this Grand Lodge, may become a member of
Tranquility Lodge No. 2000, by payment of a one time fee of
$100.00, and such annual dues as adopted by the Lodge.
Membership shall continue only so long as such member is in good
standing in a regular Lodge in this Jurisdiction, or one in
fraternal relations with this Grand Lodge.
Tranquility Lodge No. 2000 shall hold stated meetings at least
four times a year, in such places and at such times as the
Worshipful Master (or in his absence or inability to serve by
the Senior Warden, or in the absence of both Master and Senior
Warden, by the Junior Warden) may deem necessary or to the
interest of the Craft. At least one stated meeting should be
held in the city of Waco, Texas. The Annual Stated meeting to
elect and install officers of Tranquility Lodge no. 2000, shall
be held as close as practical, to July 20.
Membership in Tranquility Lodge #2000 is open to all Master Masons in Texas under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Texas, A.F. & A.M., or members in Good Standing of those Grand Lodges that are in Fraternal Communication with the Grand Lodge of Texas. Membership fee $100, Endowment $500.
An Endowment Membership gives the member paid up dues for the rest of his life, in other words, a life-time membership. The amount is $500 for this life-time membership. The regular membership is $100 as a joining fee, and then the annual dues are $15.00 per year. A member joining during the year 2000 is a Charter member. If you join by paying $100, and then decide to become a endowment member, you can pay the other $400 for the full endowment membership. Our goal is to have the funds necessary to become an effective charitable organization.
Please complete the membership application form and send it with a copy of your current blue lodge dues card with your check
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