LAWS FOR MEMBER LODGES LODGE ORGANIZATIONChapter 26 - New LodgesSec. 26.1 – Lodge Purpose - Petitions for lodge charters and the institution of new lodges shall be according topolicies adopted and approved by the Supreme CouncilMoose International, Inc. Board of Directors. A dulyauthorized and chartered lodge shall be known as Lodge No. , LoyalOrder of Moose."Lodges shall exist to promote and support the fraternal programs of Moose International and the charitablepurposes of the OrderThe Moose, specifically Mooseheart and Moosehaven.Sec. 26.2 - Dispensation for Charter - A lodge shall not be instituted until a dispensation in proper form isissued by the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer and presented to the duly authorized representative ofthe charter applicants.Sec. 26.3 - Application for Charter - The General GovernorChief Compliance Officer shall deliver a charter tothe Administrator of each newly instituted lodge after receiving proper application containing a certified list ofthe charter members. Moose International shall adopt the form of the charter, which shall bear the signatures ofthe Supreme GovernorChairman of the Board of Directors and the General GovernorChief Compliance Officerand be imprinted with the seal of Moose International.Sec. 26.4 - New Lodge Officers - At the institution of a new lodge, the authorized representative of MooseInternational shall appoint the officers for the first term, including the Junior Past GovernorPast President. TheJunior Past GovernorPast President so appointed shall not be considered a Past GovernorPast Lodge President ofthe lodge by virtue of having held this office.Sec. 26.5 - Issuance of Supplies - Official- Official paraphernalia and supplies for the use of lodges shall onlybe secured from Moose International's Catalog Sales Department. All supplies secured from Moose Internationalfor the exclusive use of the lodge are held in trust. Upon the dissolution of a lodge, all supplies so secured mustbe returned to the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer, unless otherwise directed.If for any reason a lodge is not duly instituted within a period of sixty (60) days after the date of issue of thedispensation by the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer, all paraphernalia and supplies secured from orfurnished by Moose International's Catalog Sales Department shall be returned in good condition.Sec. 26.6 - Institution Report - Within five (5) days after the institution of a lodge, the authorizedrepresentative instituting the same shall forward to the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer a properinstitution report, complete with regional information.Sec. 26.7 - By-laws - Each lodge shall adopt by-laws consistent with laws or regulations enacted by the SupremeLodgeThe Moose. Amendments to the by-laws shall not become effective until adopted at a special meeting ofthe lodge after proper notice. Unless the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer has granted a dispensation,the original by-laws approved by Moose International shall only be amended to provide for different meetingnights or dues.Regular general membership meetings must be held at the times and on the days specified in the by-laws. Ifa meeting night falls on a major holiday, or on the date of an international or association convention orconference, the lodge may hold the meeting on an alternative night provided the membership has been giventhirty (30) days written advance notice of the meeting night change. Upon request, the office of the GeneralGovernorChief Compliance Officer will provide a new by-laws certificate to the lodge for display.Sec. 26.8 - Incorporating - Every lodge having substantial assets, operating a social quarters or if required bythe General GovernorChief Compliance Officer, shall incorporate under the laws of the state or province inwhich the lodge is located. New lodges may incorporate if necessary to obtain an alcoholic beverage license,engage in charitable fundraising purposes, or if required by the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer. Ifapproved by the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer, a lodge incorporated in one state may be domiciledin another state. The lodge shall be incorporated only in the name of the lodge. The Articles of Incorporation andany amendments thereto shall provide that membership in the lodge shall of itself carry with it membership inthe corporation. Suspension or expulsion from a lodge shall carry with it the same penalty in the corporation.The Articles of Incorporation and by-laws shall also provide that the lodge is incorporated in conformity with,subject to and under the jurisdiction and control of the laws for the regulation of lodges.A copy of proposed Articles of Incorporation must be ternationalapprovalforbeforeapprovalbeingbefore being filed with theappropriate public officer or agency. A copy of the certified Articles of Incorporation, or any changes or
amendments, must be sent to Moose International within thirty (30) days after being filed with the appropriatepublic officer or agency. Each lodge shall maintain its Articles of Incorporation in compliance with allapplicable fraternal, federal, local, state or provincial laws.Sec. 26.9 - Seal of the Lodge - After institution and incorporation, Moose International shall provide the lodgewith a metal seal. Upon the surface of the seal shall be, in a circle, the imprint of a standing moose, and about theperiphery shall be the name, number, location and date of incorporation of the lodge.Chapter 27 - Dissolution of LodgeSec. 27.1 - Requirements - A lodge may voluntarily dissolve by complying with the following requirements:1. Prepare a Notice of Special Meeting and submit to the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer forapproval.2. At least seven (7) days in advance of the special meeting, send by first class mail a "Notice of SpecialMeeting" informing each active member of the lodge that the purpose of the meeting is to vote todissolve and forfeit the charter. In calculating the seven (7) days notice requirement, the lodge shall notcount the day of mailing or the date of the special meeting.3. Submit a properly completed "Resolution to Dissolve and Forfeit Charter" to the General GovernorChiefCompliance Officer for approval.4. A lodge can voluntarily dissolve by a majority vote of active members present.5. No disposition shall be made of any assets of the lodge except upon prior approval of the GeneralGovernorChief Compliance Officer.Sec. 27.2 - Revocation or Dissolution of Charter - If a lodge voluntarily dissolves and forfeits its charter or ifthe charter is revoked, all paraphernalia, supplies, property, cash and other assets remaining after payment of allindebtedness of the lodge, shall be the sole property of Moose International. No disposition shall be made of anylodge assets except according to instructions of the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer.If a lodge voluntarily (or administratively) dissolves and forfeits its charter or if the charter is revoked, theGeneral GovernorChief Compliance Officer shall have the discretionary power and authority to appointmembers of the Order The Moose as lodge officers to perform any and all acts associated with the dissolution ofthe lodge, including real and personal property transactions, for a term of satisfactory service.Sec. 27.3 - Mergers - With the approval of the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer and pursuant toresolutions duly adopted by each lodge at a special meeting, two (2) or more lodges may, by simple majority,vote to merge with each other. All assets, liabilities and membership of the merging lodge(s) shall become thesole property and responsibility of the successor lodge. Each lodge desiring to merge shall:1. Prepare a Notice of Special Meeting and submit to the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer forapproval.2. At least seven (7) days in advance of the special meeting, send by first class mail a "Notice of SpecialMeeting" informing each active member of the lodge that the purpose of the meeting is to vote to mergewith another designated lodge. In calculating the seven (7) day notice requirement, the lodge shall notcount the day of mailing or the date of the special meeting.3. Obtain an approved Resolution to Merge form from the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer andsubmit the properly completed resolution to the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer forapproval.4. The successor lodge is responsible to prepare and file with the proper authorities all legal and taxdocuments required to comply with all laws, rules and regulations and to establish a chain of title for anyreal estate owned by the merging lodge. It is recommended that legal counsel be employed for thispurpose.Chapter 28 - MembershipSec. 28.1 - Qualifications of Membership - Members of the Order The Moose shall be a member of a lodge ofthe Loyal Order of Moose or a member of a chapter of the Women of the Moose.To qualify for membership in a lodge, an applicant must:1. Be a male person.1. 2. Be twenty-one (21) years of age or older.2. 3. Not be a member of a terrorist group or recognized subversive organization.3. 4. Not be a registered sex offender or convicted felon, unless the conviction has been expunged, theconviction has been vacated by an unconditional pardon or a dispensation waiving thisrequirement has been obtained from the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer.
4. 5. Be of good moral character and capable of understanding the obligation of membership.5. 6. Profess a belief in a Supreme Being.6. 7. Have not been expelled from any lodge, unless a special dispensation has been granted inaccordance with the laws of the Order.7. 8. Not currently suspended from membership in any lodge.8. 9. Not having had an original application for membership rejected in any lodge.To qualify for membership in a chapter of the Women of the Moose, an applicant must:184.108.40.206.Be a female person.Be twenty one (21) years of age or older.Not be a member of a terrorist group or recognized subversive organization.Not be a registered sex offender or convicted felon, unless the conviction has been expunged, theconviction has been vacated by an unconditional pardon, or a dispensation waiving this requirement hasbeen obtained from the General Governor.5. Be of good moral character and capable of understanding the obligation of membership.6. Profess a belief in a Supreme Being.7. Have not been expelled, suspended or rejected for membership by any chapterSec. 28.2 - Application for Lodge Membership - Each person applying for membership in a lodge must besponsored by another active member of the Order. An active member of the lodge to which the applicant ismaking application must also endorse the applicant. An applicant must properly complete and sign an officialmembership application on the form provided by Moose International, as authorized by the SupremeCouncilMoose International, Inc. Board of Directors. Both the sponsor and endorser must sign the application.The completed application will be a part of the condition of membership between the member and the lodge.The answers within the application shall be warranties, and if any answer is materially false, incomplete orincorrect, it may cause forfeiture of all rights and privileges as a member of the The Moose Fraternity, unless aspecial dispensation is granted by the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer (i.e., prior felony convictionor registered sex offender). If any applicant is elected or enrolled into any lodge in violation of this section, hethey shall be dropped from the rolls of the lodge, subject to the right of appeal as set out in Section 60.1.Convicted felons and registered sex offenders not receiving a special dispensation to retain their membershipshall be expelled from the Order.Sec. 28.3 - Application Review Committee - Every applicant for membership shall be referred to a committeeappointed by the Governor President of the lodge. The Application Review Committee shall conduct a thoroughinvestigation of the applicant from public records and other non-privileged sources and file a written report tothe Board of Officers containing their finding, either favorable or unfavorable. When the Application ReviewCommittee reports unfavorably on an applicant for membership, the Governor President or presiding officershall declare him them rejected without the formality of a vote. Unless authorized by the GeneralGovernorChief Compliance Officer, a rejected applicant cannot again be proposed for membership until after theexpiration of a period of six (6) months from the date of the rejection. If the report of the Application ReviewCommittee is favorable, the applicant shall be voted on in the manner provided by Section 28.4. A majority ofthe Application Review Committee reporting is sufficient.Sec. 28.4 - Voting on Lodge Applicants - Every applicant for membership, approved by the ApplicationReview Committee, must be voted upon by the membership at a regular lodge meeting. When an applicant isvoted on and receives a simple favorable majority of votes cast, he they shall be declared elected to membership.The vote shall be taken by the "voting sign of the Order," unless the presiding officer or any member present atthe meeting requests the vote be by secret paper ballot.Sec. 28.5 - Rejection by Lodge Vote - When an applicant for membership is voted on and does not receive afavorable majority vote, he they shall be declared rejected. When an applicant has been voted on and appears tohave been rejected, the Governor President may immediately upon his their own motion, or the request of anymember, declare another vote at the same meeting. When more than one (1) applicant has been rejected, theGovernor President shall require another vote immediately and the applicants shall be voted on in small groupsor individually.Sec. 28.6 - Orientation and Enrollment of a Lodge Member - A person cannot legally become a member ofany lodge until he hasthey have been enrolled into the lodge in the manner and form required by the SupremeCouncilMoose International, Inc. Board of Directors.Sec. 28.7 - Lodge Membership Status – An active lodge member shall enjoy the same privileges andimmunities as every other member of his the lodge. A member who has been expelled by a Commissioner, theGeneral GovernorChief Compliance Officer or the Supreme Forum shall not thereafter be regarded as a Moose
in any sense. Unless specifically permitted in writing by the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer, anylodge or chapter member whose membership is in a state of suspension or who has been expelled shall not bepermitted to visit any lodge as a guest or otherwise (including social quarters and home), join as a Moose in anypublic procession or display, exhibit or use any emblem of the Moose or receive relief as a Moose from anylodge, chapter or other unit until the member's active membership is restored. An active member is defined as amember whose dues are current.Sec. 28.8 - Multiple Memberships - Any active lodge member may hold membership in more than one lodge atthe same time. A member holding memberships in more than one lodge shall be entitled to vote in any lodge inwhich he isthey are active. With dispensation from the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer, a membermay hold office in more than one lodge at the same time. An Administrator who has dispensation to hold officein two (2) lodges may represent both lodges at conferences and conventions, but only has one vote.Chapter 29 - Lodge FeesSec. 29.1 - Application Fee – A refundable fee in an amount determined by the Supreme CouncilMooseInternational, Inc. Board of Directors shall accompany each application for membership. The fee shall becomeknown as the Application Fee.Chapter 30 - DuesSec. 30.1 - Dues at Institution - Before the institution of a lodge, all applicants about to be enrolled shall paydues as established by the laws of the OrderThe Moose. The annual dues rate shall not be less than the per capitaamount as established by the Supreme CouncilMoose International, Inc. Board of Directors.Sec. 30.2 - Annual Dues - Each member of a lodge shall, after payment of the Application Fee, pay annual dues(including the per capita amount as provided in Section 43.6) as established by the Supreme CouncilMooseInternational, Inc. Board of Directors.Dues shall only be paid in advance annually. Dues are non-refundable. No applicant or member shall beissued a receipt or membership card except for actual payment received for the fees or dues as established byMoose International or the lodge. A membership card shall not be transferable. It is unlawful for any member toallow another person to use their membership card. All Moosehaven residents are exempt from paying dues totheir home lodge.Sec. 30.3 - When Dues Credited - Terms for dues shall be annual. Dues paid by a member shall be credited asof the date the dues are posted by Moose International. Moose International will issue a membership card onbehalf of the lodge to each member upon notice of enrollment or receipt of dues payment.Sec. 30.4 - Nonpayment of Dues - Every member will be in arrears after the expiration date of his their dues. Amember in arrears shall not be entitled to any privileges of membership nor be considered a qualified guest. It isthe member's responsibility to know the date his their dues will become delinquent. A member's failure toreceive notice of his their dues or arrearages shall not release him them from his responsibility to pay his theirdues on or before the dues expiration date. A member in arrears shall be dropped from the rolls after theexpiration of twelve (12) months.Sec. 30.5 - Reinstatement of Member - An expired member is a member in arrears on the payment of his theirdues but has not been dropped from the rolls. An expired member may pay his their dues and reinstate into thelodge from which he wasthey were dropped or reinstate into General Assembly. After an expired member isdropped (at the end of 12 months), the member has twelve (12) months from the date he isthey were dropped(twenty-four (24) months total from the expiration date of his their last membership card) to reinstate into thelodge from which he wasthey were dropped or reinstate into General Assembly by paying all past and currentdues.Sec. 30.6 – Re-enrollment – When a member’s dues have expired after six (6) months, he they may re-enrollinto a lodge by furnishing a re-enrollment application and paying all applicable fees, and dues, plus any fines orassessments owed by himthem, including accruals of interest, costs, etc. If applying to his their original lodge, are-vote by membership is required. If re-enrolling into a different lodge, the applicant must be approved by theApplication Review Committee and lodge membership. By re-enrolling, the member will receive a newenrollment date and will lose prior years of service to the fraternity.By reinstating, a member retains his their prior years of service to the fraternity. If a member re-enrolls (vs.reinstating) the member loses all prior years of service to the fraternity.Chapter 31 - Life Memberships
Sec. 31.1 - Purchase of Life Memberships - Any active lodge member may purchase a life membership in histheir lodge by paying to Moose International the sum designated by the Supreme CouncilMoose International,Inc. Board of Directors, one-half of which shall be retained by Moose International and one-half remitted to themember's lodge.Sec. 31.2 - Conferral of Life Membership - Moose International shall issue a life membership card to amember if Moose International records show that the member meets one of the following qualifications:(1) The member has fifty (50) or more years of continuous service in the fraternity.(2) The member has paid dues in advance equal to 50 years of membership.(3) The member has sponsored 250 members.Sec. 31.3 - Life Membership Cards - Moose International shall prepare and deliver to each life member a lifemembership card.Chapter 32 - TransfersSec. 32.1 - Issuance of a Request for Transfer - Requests for transfers will be completed by the Administratorof the receiving lodge. He The Administrator must receive a completed application and the transfer fee of 20.00. This amount will be deposited by the Administrator of the receiving lodge. There shall be no transferfees for members transferring out of General Assembly into any lodge of the Order.The transferring member's current lodge shall be notified and have fourteen (14) calendar days to object tothe transfer for the following reasons:1. The member’s dues expired prior to the date of application for transfer.2. The member has disciplinary charges pending (does not include House Committee).3. The member has fines, lawful obligations or other charges against him bydue to the lodge.At the end of the fourteen (14) calendar days, if no objection has been expressed and the receiving lodge’sApplication Review Committee has approved the applicant, the lodge shall vote on the transfer at the nextregular lodge meeting. If found favorable, the member shall immediately become a member of the receivinglodge. The Administrator shall notify the former lodge of the acceptance. The former lodge will forward allmembership records and pertinent documents and retain a copy for their files. The receiving Administrator shallnotify Moose International of the transfer to maintain the member’s original enrollment date.Sec. 32.2 - Rejection of Transfer – Rejected applicants will remain a member of the current lodge and may notapply for transfer for a period of six (6) months unless granted dispensation by the General GovernorChiefCompliance Officer.Chapter 33 - Lodge OfficersNomination - Election - RepresentationSec. 33.1 - Elective Officers - (A) For Lodges using Three Trustees: The elective officers of a lodge shallconsist of a GovernorPresident, Junior GovernorVice President, PrelateChaplain, Administrator, Treasurer, andthree (3) Trustees who must be active members of the lodge in which they are elected. All officers, except theAdministrator and Trustees, shall serve for one (1) year. The Trustees shall be elected to a three (3) year term,providing their terms are so arranged that one (1) expires annually. No officers shall be eligible to serve morethan two (2) consecutive terms in any one office, unless the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer issues adispensation. Each officer shall serve until his their successor is elected and installed.(B) For lodges using One Trustee: The elective officers of a lodge shall consist of a GovernorPresident,Junior GovernorVice President, PrelateChaplain, Administrator, Treasurer, and one Trustee, who must be activemembers of the lodge in which they are elected. All officers, except the Administrator, shall serve for one (1)year. No officers shall be eligible to serve more than two (2) consecutive terms in any one office, unless theGeneral GovernorChief Compliance Officer issues a dispensation. Each officer shall serve until his theirsuccessor is elected and installed.Sec. 33.2 - Nominating Committee - A Nominating Committee shall consist of the eight (8) elective officers forlodges with a full Board of Officers or six (6) officers for lodges using only one (1) Trustee, five (5) PastGovernorsPast Lodge Presidents (if the lodge has so many available) in their order of juniority by service in thatlodge, and five (5) members of the lodge appointed by the GovernorPresident, each of whom must be anappointed officer, committee chairman or Past GovernorPast Lodge President (honorary or by service) of thatlodge. A larger Nominating Committee may be assembled when the lodge deems it necessary for the good ofthe lodge.
Sec. 33.3 - Meetings of Nominating Committee - The Nominating Committee shall be organized not later thanthe last regular general membership meeting in February for the regular election and not later than three (3)weeks prior to any special election. The committee shall give written notice of the time and place of its meetingto the Administrator of the lodge and by verbal report in an open lodge meeting.With the exception of the Administrator, all officers shall be nominated at the last general membershipmeeting in March and elected at the first general membership meeting in April. Special elections shall beconducted at a general membership meeting. Annual and special elections shall follow the report of theNominating Committee by at least two (2) weeks. If there are no nominations for a particular office, the GeneralGovernorChief Compliance Officer may issue a dispensation to allow nominations for that office from the floorat a general membership meeting of the lodge or he may authorize the position to be filled by appointment.Any member desiring to run for an elective office (other than the office of Administrator) in the lodge shallsubmit his their name to the Nominating Committee at least one (1) week prior to the date the committee isrequired to present its report to the lodge. The Nominating Committee shall consider all eligible members andselect one (1) or more candidates for each office to be filled. Not later than two (2) weeks before the date of theelection, the committee shall at a general membership meeting, file a written report with the lodge, stating thenames of those members nominated by the committee. The names of the nominees chosen by the NominatingCommittee shall be placed upon the official lodge ballot.After the written report is given to the lodge, the Nominating Committee shall automatically dissolve.Subsequent elections require a new Nominating Committee to be organized.Sec. 33.4 - Nominating by Petition - Any member nominated by the Nominating Committee who declines thenomination may not later petition for the office to which he wasthey were nominated. However, any eligiblemember of the lodge who has submitted his their name for a specific office, but not nominated by theNominating Committee, who still desires to be a nominee for that specific office shall have his their name placedupon the official ballot of the lodge by the petition and signatures of ten (10) per cent of the first five hundred(500) members plus five (5) per cent of the membership of the lodge in excess of five hundred (500). Allmembers signing the petition must be active at the time of signing the petition. The petition shall not be signedby anyone prior to the report of the Nominating Committee. The petition must contain the member's printedname, Moose membership identification number, signature and the date he signed it. The properly completedpetition must be delivered to the Administrator at least one (1) week before the date of the election.The nominating petition should contain substantially the following words:"We the undersigned active members in Lodge No. , Loyal Order ofMoose, hereby nominate , an active member of the lodge, for the office of."Sec. 33.5 - Eligibility of Officers - Only active lodge members, who are also either active members of one ofthe men’s higher degrees or the lodge’s Women of the Moose unit (or establish such active membership withinsixty (60) day following installation) in the lodge, may be considered for any elected office. Eligibilityrequirements for lodge offices are as follows:Governor President - Been an active member of the lodge for at least six (6) months immediately precedingthe date of election and completed at least one (1) year in another elected office (not a combination ofoffices) of the lodge in which he they seeks office.Junior GovernorVice President - Been an active member of the lodge for at least six (6) monthsimmediately preceding the date of election.Prelate Chaplain - Been an active member of the lodge for at least six (6) months immediately precedingthe date of election.Treasurer - Must be an active member of the lodge.Trustee - Must be an active member of the lodge.Exemptions from these qualifications require a special dispensation from the General GovernorChiefCompliance Officer. A special dispensation will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Theserequirements shall not apply to a newly instituted lodge.No member shall be eligible for election to more than one (1) office in the lodge at the same time. A memberremoved from office by a Commissioner or the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer for disciplinaryreasons or who resigned from office at the request of the General GovernorChief Compliance Officer shall notbe eligible to hold office again for three (3) years unless a dispensation is obtained from the GeneralGovernorChief Compliance Officer. For prior violations of the General Laws, the General GovernorChiefCompliance Officer may, in his their discretion, prohibit any member from holding office.An officer, whose term will not expire at the time of the election, regular or special, can be nominated foranother office, but he they must resign his their present office, thereby creating a vacancy, which shall be filled
at the regular or special election. The resignation is automatic and effective on April 30 for a regular election oron the actual date of a special election.A member under suspension because of disciplinary charges preferred against him them shall be eligible as acandidate for election to office if his their dues are current and he isthey are not otherwise disqualified. If foundguilty of a charge affecting his their membership, or if the member has been removed from office rendering himthem ineligible to hold office for three (3) years, the office shall be declared vacant and the lodge shall proceedto fill the vacancy according to the provisions of Section 33.10.Sec. 33.6 - Appointment of Election Committee - The Governor President shall appoint an Elec
Sec. 26.1 - Lodge Purpose - Petitions for lodge charters and the institution of new lodges shall be according to policies adopted and approved by the Supreme CouncilMoose International, Inc. Board of Directors. A duly authorized and chartered lodge shall be known as _ Lodge No. _, Loyal Order of Moose."