The name of this Association shall be The Masters, Wardens and Secretaries Association, AF & AM of the Fourteenth Masonic Districts of Texas, and this Association exists only at the will and pleasure of the Grand Lodge of Texas, acting through the Grand Master and in turn through the District Deputy Grand Masters in these districts.
This Association is a cooperative service organization dependant upon the Masonic Lodges of the 14th Masonic Districts of Texas for support and has no authority or right to concern itself in any manner with the business or other affairs of the Lodges of these districts, or of any member thereof. All members of this Association shall retain all rights and privileges invested in them as Master Masons under the Constitution and Laws of the Grand Lodge of Texas and nothing herein shall ever be construed to restrict such rights in any manner.
The purpose of this Association shall be:
All Worshipful Masters, Wardens and Secretaries of Lodges in the 14th Masonic Districts shall by virtue of their respective offices, be Regular members of this Association.
Non-Regular members shall have no vote in the transaction of business, however they may offer suggestions for consideration, and may serve on committees when properly appointed. The by-laws of this association are subject to change with the approval of The Grand Lodge of Texas.
The officers of this Association shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer, all of whom shall be elected from the regular membership and by a majority vote of the regular members present. The office of Secretary and Treasurer may be combined at the discretion of this Association.
No President shall succeed himself in office.
In the case of the death, resignation, inability, or refusal to serve of the President, the Vice President shall assume the duties of that office until the next regular meeting of the Association at which time that office shall be filled by election. In the event a vacancy occurs in the office of Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer, the President may appoint a pro tem officer until the next regular meeting of the Association at which time that office will be filled by election.
In the event of more than one nomination being made for any elected office, the presiding officer will cause to be passed out to each eligible voter present, one blank sheet of paper approximately one inch by three inches. The presiding officer will invite all nominees to stand in the East and one present be identified by name. In the event of a need for a tellers committee, the presiding officer shall appoint at least five members of this Association. This committee shall be appointed at the time of the election and serve for that single election only.
Not less than four meetings shall be held per annum.
The regular meetings of this Association shall be held on the last Wednesday of January, March, May, July, August, and October.
The election and installation of officers shall be held during the July regular Association meeting.
A Called meeting may be held at any time that it has scheduled in the annual MWSA directory, or announced at the prior scheduled meeting, or when written notice is mailed by the President to all lodges in the 14th districts. No less than 7 days will have elapsed since notification was sent before a called meeting can be held. An electronic mail announcement shall be made to as many members with viable email addresses as are listed in the annual MWSA directory. The purpose of the special called meeting will be transmitted at the same time as the announcement of the meeting.
The order of business at regular or called meetings shall be as follows, unless otherwise ordered by the President.
The President may appoint such committees as he deems desirable and necessary to carry out the various activities of the Association.