All officers shall be elected at the first regular meeting in June
of each year. The officers shall hold office for a term of one year,
beginning July 1, and until their successors are elected and
qualified. Trustees shall be elected for a three year staggered term,
as provided in Section 24(i) of Article VIII of the Laws and Rules
Governing the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.
Sec. 2. The
election of officers shall be by ballot. A majority of all votes cast
shall be necessary to elect; except that where several of equal
degree are to be chosen, a majority shall not be necessary, but all
shall be voted for on one ballot and no ballot containing names of
more or less candidates than there are such offices to be voted for
shall be counted, and those receiving the highest number of votes
shall be declared elected in the order of the number of votes received.
Sec. 3. The
Faithful Navigator shall appoint two members who shall not be
candidates in the election to act as Tellers. After all who are
entitled to do so have voted, the ballot shall be declared closed and
the Tellers shall then proceed to count the votes. One of the Tellers
shall examine each ballot singly and pass the same to his associate,
who shall read aloud the name or names written or printed on all
legal ballots. The Scribe shall tally the same and the result thereof
shall be announced by the presiding officer.
Sec. 4. Each
officer elected must qualify and fill the office to which he is
chosen, with or without installation, at the first regular meeting in
the month of July succeeding his election, unless excused by a vote
of the Assembly, and must present himself for installation at the
time specified in the notice issued by or through the District
Master, unless excused by such officer. Otherwise such office shall
be considered vacant.
Sec 5. Any
officer who misses three consecutive general meetings may have his
office declared vacant, subject to the approval of the Master.
Vacancies in elective offices shall be filled, after notice to the
members, by election at the regular business meeting next succeeding
the regular meeting at which the vacancy was created.
Section 1. The
Assembly shall elect a Faithful Navigator, a Faithful Captain, a
Faithful Pilot, a Faithful Comptroller, a Faithful Scribe, a Faithful
Purser, Faithful Inner and Outer Sentinels, a Faithful Admiral and
three Trustees. The Faithful Navigator, Faithful Captain, Faithful
Admiral and Faithful Pilot shall annually appoint a priest to act as
Faithful Friar or Chaplain but such selection must be made in
accordance with any rules established by the bishop of the diocese in
which the assembly is located. The Faithful Admiral shall be chosen
from the Past Faithful Navigators of the assembly, if any there be.
Sec. 2. The
Faithful Navigator shall act as presiding officer, with all powers
and duties incident to such office. In his absence, or inability to
perform such duties of office, the Faithful Captain shall perform
such duties and exercise such powers.
Sec. 3. The
Faithful Captain shall, in the absence of the Faithful Navigator,
perform the duties and exercise the powers of that office. He shall
also, to assure a good attendance at meetings and other functions,
have charge of social and other activities under the Good of the Order.
Sec. 4. The
Faithful Admiral shall preside in case of the absence of both
preceding officers, and may have such other powers and perform such
other duties as herein prescribed.
Sec. 5. The
Faithful Pilot shall have charge of all properties of the Assembly
except moneys, accounts and record books of the officers but
including ceremonials, shall be responsible for arrangement of the
Assembly chamber and shall direct and be responsible for the
activities of the Sentinels.
Sec. 6. The
Faithful Comptroller shall collect and receive all moneys due the
assembly and all funds obtained from any source and transfer the same
to the Faithful Purser and obtain a receipt from that officer; he
shall keep accounts of the charges and receipts of each member; he
shall keep a roll of the members, their ages, residences and
occupations, with the date of their initiation in the Fourth Degree;
he shall, upon request by a member transferring to another assembly,
issue a transfer card, signed by the Faithful Navigator and attested
by the Faithful Comptroller; he shall issue to each member not
indebted to the assembly for dues, a Fourth Degree membership card,
duly signed and attested as above, which card shall entitle a member
to admittance to any meeting of the Fourth Degree within the period
specified on said card and upon further compliance with the rule
requiring that the member produce a Third Degree membership card; he
shall keep such necessary official records and forms as will be
furnished by the Supreme Secretary, he shall notify quarterly the
Supreme Secretary of all suspensions, withdrawals, deaths,
reinstatements and transfers to or from other assemblies occurring
during the period; and he shall generally perform all duties incident
to his office as required by the Orders laws, the laws and
rules of the Fourth Degree and of the Board of Directors.
Sec. 7. The
Faithful Scribe shall keep a record of the minutes of all regular and
special meetings in a bound book furnished for that purpose by the Assembly.
Sec. 8. The
Faithful Purser shall act as the treasurer of the assembly, keeping
necessary records in a bound book or in computer format furnished for
that purpose by the Assembly; give a receipt to the Faithful
Comptroller for all moneys given him by said Faithful Comptroller. He
shall pay all orders drawn on him which are signed by the Faithful
comptroller and countersigned by the Faithful Navigator. All such
orders shall have the approval of the Board of Trustees, except
demands of the Supreme Council, initiation fees due the District
Master, the regular and usual stated payments of the assembly and
payments authorized by the assembly.
Sec. 9. The
Faithful Inner and Outer Sentinels shall be responsible to see that
all in attendance at meetings are in possession of appropriate valid
Third and Fourth Degree membership cards and shall perform such other
duties as directed by the Faithful Pilot.
Faithful Comptroller and the Faithful Purser shall each give a bond
for the faithful performance of the duties of his office in such
amount and form as may be from time to time determined by the Board
Trustees shall before each meeting carefully examine all bills and
present same to the Assembly with their recommendation; and the
approval of at least two members of the Board of Trustees shall be
required for the payment of any bills or statements. They shall
annually during the first ten days of July make an audit of the books
of the Faithful Comptroller and Faithful Purser, as of each June 30
and report their finding to the Assembly and file the same with the
Assembly not later than the next regular meeting of the assembly
following such audit. The Faithful Navigator shall be chairman of the
Board of Trustees.
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