BY-LAWS OF OMALA GROTTO OF THE MYSTIC ORDER
OF VEILED PROPHETS OF THE ENCHANTED REALM

Article:  
Preamble
Name and Location
Membership
Officers
Sessions
Fiscal Year
Quorum
Fees and Dues
Demits
Penalties
Amendments

I . Preamble

That the best interest of the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm may be secured, only Master Masons are eligible for its mysteries. one of the objects of the order is to benefit the Symbolic Lodge, and in many cases the government is guided by Masonic usages as the most perfect system extant; but it is to be explicitly understood that in itself it is not a Masonic Order, and that it is in no sense a Masonic Degree.

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II. Name and Location

This Grotto shall be located in the City of San Antonio, State or Province of Texas, and known as OMALA GROTTO, M.O.V.P.E.R., and acknowledges obedience to and the sovereignty of the Supreme Council of the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm, organized in Hamilton, N.Y., June 13, 1890.

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III. Membership

Sec. 1. No one but a regular Master Mason in good standing and affiliated with a regularly and duly constituted Masonic Lodge is eligible to membership in this Grotto.
   
Sec. 2. Membership shall be divided into three classes: active, honorary, and life. Active membership may be obtained either by petition, followed by election and initiation, or by affiliation.
    
Sec. 3. A Petition for Initiation or Affiliation can be received by the Grotto at any session, and when received, shall be referred to an Investigating Committee of not less than three members. A Petition, having been referred to an Investigating Committee, cannot be withdrawn. The petitioner must have been a resident of the place from which he petitions for at least three months preceding the presentation of the petition. He must present his current membership card to the Prophet sponsoring his membership application showing that he is in good standing in his Masonic Lodge. A Petition for Affiliation must be supported by a demit or a certificate from the Executive Secretary.
    
Sec. 4. Immediately after receiving the report of the Investigating Committee, the applicant, whether for membership by initiation or by affiliation, shall be balloted upon. It shall take three or more black balls to reject a candidate. If but three black balls appear, a second ballot shall be taken immediately, and if three or more black balls appear on the second ballot, the candidate shall be declared rejected. However, a Prophet who is demitted from a Grotto and then petitions the same Grotto for affiliation, shall be reinstated to membership by a majority vote of the members present and voting at a Stated Session thereof.
    
Sec. 5. A petition having been rejected cannot again be received until three months shall have elapsed. A Petition for Affiliation may again be received at any time by the rejecting Grotto, or by any other Grotto that may have acquired jurisdiction.
    
Sec. 6. Any Prophet who at the time, is a member in good standing of some other chartered Grotto, may without fee, and by unanimous ballot at any session, be elected an Honorary Member of this Grotto. An Honorary Member is not entitled to vote, nor can he hold office or committee membership in this Grotto.
    
Sec. 7. Any member of this Grotto who is in good standing on the books of the Grotto, may commute all future annual dues upon the payment in cash of an amount equal to 15 times the annual dues currently assessed the members of the Grotto.

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IV. Officers

Sec. 1. The Elective officers of this Grotto shall consist of: Monarch, Chief Justice, Master of Ceremonies, Treasurer, Secretary, Venerable Prophet, and three Trustees.
    
Sec. 2. At the first election of trustees, three trustees shall be elected; one for a period of one year, one for a period of two years, and one for a period of three years. Thereafter, one shall be elected each year to serve for a period of three years.
    
Sec. 3. As soon as is practicable after the election of officers, the Monarch shall appoint a Marshal, a Captain of the Guard, a Sentinel, a Chaplain, and Auditing Committee, and such other officers as may be desirable or necessary for the proper exemplification of the order to serve during his term of office.
    
Sec. 4. Any officer may resign at his pleasure. The vacancy in an elective office may, on three days notice to members, be filled by election at any Stated Session. A vacancy in an appointive office may be filled at any time.
    
Sec. 5. The duties of the officers shall be such as are prescribed by the Supreme Council Code, together with such other duties as are usual to such office or officers. The duties of the Auditing Committee shall be, to audit all financial records, books and accounts of the Secretary, Treasurer, Trustees and any other accounts or funds of the Grotto, its committees or auxiliary organizations, and report thereon at the annual meeting.
    
Sec. 6. The Elective Officers shall be elected by ballot at the first Stated Session of the Grotto in November of each year, except that the date may be changed by dispensation of the Grand Monarch. No candidate shall be received or initiated or obligated at the meeting set aside and designated for an election of officers, until after the election of officers shall have been held. No candidate for elective office shall be balloted upon until he shall be certified as being eligible for such office as required by the Supreme Council Code. (Amended February 13, 2009)
    
Sec. 7. The Secretary and Treasurer shall give a corporate surety bond in such amount, and subject to such terms, as shall be acceptable to and approved by the Board of Trustees, and as required by the Supreme Council Code.
    
Sec. 8. The officers shall be installed during the Session at which they are elected or appointed, or at the next Stated Session thereafter, and their terms shall continue until their successors are elected and installed.

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V. Sessions

Sec. 1. Stated Sessions of this Grotto shall be held on the second Friday in each month; except that the three Sessions during the summer months may be omitted by vote of the Grotto.

The Stated Sessions of Omala Grotto shall begin at 7:30 p.m.
    
Sec. 2. Special Sessions shall be held at the call of the Monarch, or when requested in writing by not less than ten (10) members. only the business designated in the call shall be acted upon at Special Sessions. Notice of the time and place of holding Special Sessions shall be mailed to each member at least five days prior thereto. At least two Ceremonial Sessions shall be held each year.

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VI. Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of the Grotto shall end December 31.

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VII. Quorum

Seven (7) members, including an officer qualified to open the Grotto, shall constitute a quorum.

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VIII. Fees and Dues

Sec. 1. The fee for conferring the Order shall be $125.00, all of which shall be paid before initiation.
    
Sec. 2. The fee for affiliation shall be $50.00, which must accompany the petition, to be returned if the petition is rejected.
    
Sec. 3. The annual dues of each member shall be $25.00, plus any Supreme Council Assessments, payable in advance on or before the first Stated Session in January of each year. Honorary and Life Members shall not be required to pay dues. Upon payment of annual dues a member shall be issued an annual membership card which shall be good until after the first Session in January of the succeeding year. (amended November 14, 2003; amended October 10, 2008)
    
Sec. 4. Each member of the Grotto, including Life Members, shall, at the time of paying his annual dues, pay to the Secretary, the sum of $1.00 for the benefit of the Supreme Council Humanitarian Foundation to be used exclusively for charitable purposes. A failure to pay said dollar shall have the same force and effect as a failure to pay dues.
    
Sec. 5. A member delinquent in dues after ten (10) days written notice, and an opportunity to show cause why he should not be suspended, may be suspended by a majority vote of the members present, and voting at any session.

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IX. Demits

A demit shall be issued a member upon his written request at any time, if he is free from all indebtedness, and no charges are pending against him, no action by the Grotto being necessary.

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X. Penalties

When a Prophet demits or becomes expelled or suspended from a Masonic Lodge, his standing in the Grotto shall be similarly affected and his membership ceases, or lies in abeyance until he has reaffiliated with a Lodge.

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XI. Amendments

These By-Laws may be altered, amended, or repealed by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting at any regular Session, after the proposed change shall have been submitted in writing at a previous regular Session, read, and entered upon the Minutes, and not less than five days written notice shall have been given the members reciting the change, and designating the session at which action thereon is to be taken. When the Constitution and Code of the Supreme Council are amended or changed, and the By-Laws of this Grotto are thereby affected, the By-Laws of this Grotto are ipso facto changed to conform with the action of the Supreme Council.

(Suggested other provisions which the local Grotto might add to the foregoing By-Laws, adopting of Robert's Rules of Order, setting forth the order of business; establishing a Board of Trustees, and their functions; outlining duties of various officers, including that of Secretary and Treasurer; establishing various committees, including committee on Charity, finance committee, auditing committee, etc.; establishment of meeting place, investment of monies, payment of salaries to Secretary or other officers; and other provisions establishing a complete set of rules for the regulation and conduct of the Grotto, providing the same are not inconsistent with, or violative of, the Supreme Council Code.)

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