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CONSTITUTION

AND BY-LAWS

of the

BERNSTEIN FAMILY CIRCLE, INC.

 

Preamble

 

In order to perpetuate the family tree of the descendants of Jacob and Celia Bern­stein, to serve the family by providing a place where they may gather socially and to advance the welfare of all those who may come under its influence, we dedicate our­selves to the task of establishing and maintaining a Bernstein Family Circle.

 

Article I

 

Name, Object and Purpose

 

 

Section 1. Name.

 

This organization shall be known as the “BERNSTEIN FAMILY CIRCLE, INC.”

 

 

Section 2. Object and Purpose.

 

The objects and purposes of this organization shall be as follows:

 

a)     To perpetuate the name of the Bern­stein Family Circle, Inc.

 

b)     To create a closer bond of fraternity, brotherly love and family relationship among its members.

 

c)      To afford a more frequent opportunity for the members of this organization to gather socially.

 

d)     To do such charitable work as may be deemed necessary or advisable.

 

e)      To provide burial grounds and bene­fits for the members of this organization.

 

f)       To advocate and uphold the principles of the Constitutions of the United States and of the State of New York.

 

Article II

 

Order of Business

 

 

Section 1. Order of business.

 

The order of business for each regular meeting shall be as follows:

 

a)     Call to order;

b)     Invocation;

c)      Pledge of allegiance to our flag;

d)     singing of our National Anthem and Hatikvah;

e)      Roll call of officers;

f)       Reading of minutes of previous meet­ing;

g)     Sickness and distress;

h)     Report of Sunshine Committee;

i)       Communications read and disposed of;

j)       Proposal of new members;

k)     Reports of other committees:

l)       Unfinished business;

m)   New business;

n)     Induction of new members;

o)      Bills read and referred;

p)     Good and welfare;

q)     Singing of family song.

 

Items “d”,   “o” and “q” are optional with the President.

 

Article III

Membership

 

 

Section 1. Members.

 

Any person having attained 18 years of age, who is a descend­ant of Jacob and Celia Bernstein, or the spouse of such descendant, or the child of such descendant, shall be entitled to full membership in this organization, unless otherwise provided, upon complying with all of the requirements provided for herein.

 

 

Section 2. Types of Membership.

 

a)     family membership: a family is a hus­band and a wife, and their unmarried chil­dren under 18 years, if any.

 

b)     individual membership: an individual is a single person 18 years of age or more, or a widow or widower having any unmar­ried children under the age of 18 years.

 

c)      affiliate membership: any member who moves from inside and thus resides outside a radius of 75 miles from Columbus Circle, New York City, may, at his option, retain affiliation with the organization, upon pay­ment of the required affiliate dues. Such affiliate member shall not be entitled to bur­ial or any of the benefits except the receipt of “The Tattler.” Upon such member return­ing as a resident of the New York City area, as defined above, he must then con­vert his affiliate membership into a full ­benefit membership of type (a) or (b) as defined therein, within one year of said return or is suspended.

 

d)     golden-age membership: any member in good standing having reached the age of 65 and who has been a full benefit mem­ber of the organization for the past fifteen (15) consecutive years, and provided the said member complies with all of the requisite by-laws of the organization, shall be entitled to all of the benefits and privi­leges of the organization.

 

e)      children of deceased parents: provided the parents of a child under 18 years of age were in good standing at the time of their death, such child shall receive all of the benefits of the organization as a member in good standing.

 

f)       honorary membership: such member­ship, created as thereinafter provided in Section 6 of this Article, shall not entitle the holder to burial or any other benefits, privileges, rights or other interest in this organization,

 

 

Section 3. Dues.

 

The annual dues are: $20 for a family membership; $10 for an indi­vidual membership; $2 for an affiliate mem­bership; golden-age members are exempt from the payment of dues. Dues are payable in advance, commencing January 1, in annual, semi-annual or quarterly install­ments. Each proposal for membership shall be accompanied by not less than one-fourth of the annual dues.

 

 

Section 4. Induction of new members.

(Metropolitan New York City residents)

 

Any new member of the Bernstein Family Circle, Inc. must be inducted into the organ­ization within one (1) year from the date of the proposal for such membership. If the said new member does not submit himself for induction within the above prescribed time, the Board of Governors shall have the power to recommend to the membership the suspension of said new member for failure to comply with the provisions of this section.

 

 

Section 5.    Induction of new members.

(residents outside Metropolitan New York City)

 

Any new member residing outside of the Metropolitan New York City area as defined in Article III, Section 2 (c), need not be inducted in the manner prescribed in Section 4 of this Article, but in lieu thereof a written application signed by such mem­ber and countersigned by a duly elected officer must be submitted to the Bernstein Family Circle, Inc. within one (1) year from the date of such membership. In the event the said new member does not comply with the provisions hereof, the Board of Gov­ernors shall have the power to recommend to the membership the suspension of such new member.

 

 

Section 6. Honorary membership, how created.

 

An honorary membership in this organization may be created in the following manner:

 

a)     the Board of Governors, by a two­ thirds vote of the members present at the Board meeting, shall first approve the grant­ing of same.

 

b)     the proposition then shall be submitted to the membership at the next regular meet­ing following the publication of the proposi­tion in the “Tattler”.

 

c)      at such regular membership meeting the proposition shall require a two-thirds vote of the membership present.

 

 

Section 7. Legal severance.

 

If the marriage of a blood descendant of Jacob and Celia Bernstein and his spouse be legally ter­minated during their lifetime, the spouse who is not such blood descendant shall no longer be entitled to membership.

 

 

Section 8. Voting rights.

 

A member in good standing shall be entitled to vote as follows:

 

a)     individual membership: one vote;

 

b)     family membership: the husband and wife shall each have one vote.

 

 

Section 9. Balloting.

 

All voting for election of officers shall be by closed vote only; all other voting shall be by open show of hands, or by closed ballot if so requested by any member in good standing and if approved by a majority vote of the mem­bership present. A request for a closed bal­lot is not subject to debate or discussion and shall be considered by a show of hands vote.

 

 

Section 10. Majority vote.

 

The majority of the members in good standing voting shall decide any issue, except as otherwise provided for in the Constitution and By-laws.

Article IV

Privileges and Benefits of Membership

 

Section 1. Privileges.

 

A member in good standing, except an affiliate or honorary member, shall be entitled to the following privileges:

 

(a)   the right to vote at all meetings of the organization, in accordance with Article III, Section 8.

 

(b)   to be eligible for election as an officer or as an appointee to the Board of Gov­ernors.

 

(c)    to participate in all activities of the organization.

 

 

Section 2. Benefits.

 

A member in good standing, except an affiliate or honorary member, shall be entitled to the following benefits:

 

a)     burial on one of the organization cemetery grounds as hereinafter provided.

 

b)     such other benefits the organization may, from time to time, make available.

 

 

Article V

Suspension of Members

 

 

Section 1. Suspended member.

 

(a)   a member in arrears in the payment of dues for a period of three (3) months following written notice by the Financial Secretary at the beginning of the next quar­ter, as such notice is hereinafter provided, is subject to suspension.

 

(b)   a member who owes the organization any moneys collected and belonging to the organization for a period exceeding three (3) months, and fails to remit same to the organization upon written demand, by certi­fied or registered mail from the Financial Secretary, is subject to suspension.

 

(c)    such affiliate member whose suspen­sion is provided for in Article III, Section 2(c)­.

 

 

Section 2. Method of suspension.

 

Any member subject to suspension under Section 1 of this Article is deemed suspended upon the receipt of a registered or certified letter, return receipt requested, of such suspension from the Financial Secretary.

 

 

Section 3. Reinstatement of suspended Member

 

A suspended member shall be re­instated in good standing in the following manner:

 

(a)   if the suspended member is in arrears of dues for one year or less, by paying all arrears of dues together with all other monies owed this organization; or

 

(b)   if the suspended member is in arrears of dues for more than one year, by paying all arrears of dues together with all other monies owed this organization, and dues in advance for the next quarter; or

 

(c)    if the next of kin of said suspended member shall enter into a written agreement with this organization guaranteeing the pay­ment of the arrears and other monies that may be due the organization. The Board of Governors shall fix the amount and period of such payment if made in installments; in the event of the death of the said sus­pended member prior to the full payment herein required, the balance still due to the organization shall immediately become due and payable and the next of kin shall pay said balance in full. The issuance of a per­mit to open a grave for the deceased sus­pended member shall be contingent upon the full payment required herein.

 

 

Section 4. Officer’s responsibility as to suspended member.

 

Any officer who fails to exercise due diligence and gives any benefit to a suspended member shall be responsible for same and subject to other penalties as provided herein.

 

Article VI

Board of Governors

 

 

Section 1. Composition of Board.

 

(1)   The Board of Governors shall consist of one member from each branch of the Circle appointed by that particular branch.

 

(2)   The President, 1st and 2nd Vice Pres­idents, Seargent at Arms, Assistant Seargent at Arms, Treasurer, Finan­cial Secretary, Assistant Financial Secretary, Recording Secretary and all past Presidents shall serve as members of the Board of Governors with full voting powers.

 

(3)   (3)   (b)   Before the commencement of each meeting of the Board of Governors, the Chairman shall be notified as to which member is to represent his branch, and the member so desig­nated shall be entitled to one vote at Board meetings.

 

 

Section 2. Election of Board of Governor Officers.

 

The Board of Governors at its annual regular December meeting shall elect a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman for a term of one (1) year, to commence January 1st following.

 

 

Section 3. Duties of Chairman of Board of Governors.

 

The Chairman of the Board of Governors shall conduct the meetings of the Board and shall enforce the Constitution and By-Laws of the organization.

 

 

Section 4. Duties of Vice-Chairman of Board of Governors.

 

The Vice-Chairman of the Board of Gov­ernors shall on the absence of, or vacancy in the office of Chairman, assume all of the duties and responsibilities incumbent upon that office.

 

 

Section 5. Conduct of Board of Governors Meetings.

 

The Board of Governors shall conduct its meetings in accordance with the Laws of the State of New York, the By-Laws of the Bern­stein Family Circle, Inc., and Robert’s Rules of Parliamentary Procedure.

 

 

Section 6. Powers of the Board of Governors.

 

The Board of Governors shall have the power to:

     

(a)  Manage, invest and control the monies, personal and real property and effects of the organization in conjunction with the Financial Committee and other committees which may be appointed for that purpose.

 

(b)  Expend any sum up to the amount of $50.00 without the consent of the mem­bership of the Circle.

 

(c)  Remit the whole or any portion of such dues and assessments according to its best judgment in hardship cases.

 

(d) Fix the fiscal year of the Circle.

 

(e)  Consider and vote upon any proposi­tion involving the expenditure of more than $50.00; in which case, and in the case of action pursuant to sub-paragraph (a) of this section, such action of the Board of Governors shall be subject to the approval of the general membership at the next regu­lar membership meeting following the pub­lication of such action or proposal in the “Tattler”.

 

 

Section 7. Meetings of the Board of Gov­ernors.

 

The Board of Governors shall meet at least once every month at 8:30 P.M., except during the months of July and August. A special meeting of the Board of Governors may be called at any time upon five days’ notice by the Chairman of the Board. He shall specify the object of the meeting in writing prior thereto.

 

 

Section 8. Quorum at Board of Governors meetings.

 

Eight members shall constitute a quorum.

 

Article VII

 

Nomination and Election of Officers

 

 

Section 1. Nomination of Officers.

 

Nominations of all officers shall be made by a Nominating Committee which shall consist of all past Presidents of the Bernstein Family Circle.

 

 

Section 2. Duties of Nominating Com­mittee.

 

It shall be the duty of the Nominating Committee to submit a slate of one nominee for each office to the membership at the regular meeting in April and said nom­inees shall be duly nominated for their respective offices.

 

 

Section 3. Acceptance of Nomination.

 

No nomination shall be considered for vote by the membership unless the nom­inee consents to such nomination, either in writing to the President not later than ten days after such nominee has been notified in writing by the President of such nomina­tion, or accepts in person at the general meeting at which he is nominated.

 

 

Section 4. Nominations by Membership.

 

The membership may nominate other nominees for the various offices at the meet­ing in April, and may make such other nominations as necessary at the May meet­ing, in the event any previously nominated candidate has not accepted his nomination.

 

 

Section 5. Publication of Nominees.

 

Any members nominated pursuant to this Article shall be published in the “Tattler” not less than 10 days before the regular meeting at which the election is to take place.

 

 

Section 6. Election of Officers.

 

The election of officers, for a term of one year, at the regular May meeting of the organization shall be held annually. The officers so elected shall be a President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Treas­urer, Financial Secretary, Assistant Finan­cial Secretary, Recording Secretary, Ser­geant-at-arms, Assistant Sergeant-at-arms, and Chaplain. All officers shall serve until their successors are duly elected and in­stalled. Installation of Officers shall be at the June meeting.

 

 

Section 7. Qualifications of Candidates for Office.

 

Candidates for office in the Circle must be members of the Circle, and in good stand­ing for one year.

 

 

Section 8. Limited Terms of Office.

 

No officer, except the Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Assistant Financial Sec­retary, Treasurer and Chaplain shall be elected to the same office for more than two (2) consecutive terms.

 

 

Article VIII

 

Duties of Officers

 

 

Section 1. President.

 

The President shall preside at all meetings except the Board of Governors meetings, shall enforce the Constitution and By-Laws of the Circle; and may sign all checks joint­ly with the Financial Secretary or Treas­urer. In addition thereto, he shall:

     

(a)   Decide all questions of order, subject to appeal by any member to the Circle.

 

(b)   Call a special meeting of the organ­ization whenever in his opinion necessity therefore exists, or in the event at last ten (10) members in good standing, other than affiliate or honorary members, shall make a written request for same, setting forth the purpose of such meeting. On the refusal or failure of the President to act within ten (10) days after the receipt of such request, the Vice-Presidents, or in their absence or re­fusal, the Treasurer, shall call such meeting. The procedure for notice of such special meeting of the Circle shall conform to that set forth in Article X, Section 2 of these By-Laws.

 

(c)    Appoint a custodian of all valuable documents and records of the organization, and see that they are delivered at the expi­ration of his term to his successor in office. Said Custodian shall have possession of the key to the Safety Deposit Box rented by the organization.

 

(d)   Cast the deciding vote on all ques­tions in which there may be an equal divi­sion of votes, except in the election of officers and appeals from his decision.

 

Section 2. First Vice-President.

 

The First Vice-President shall in the ab­sence of or vacancy in the office of the Pres­ident assume all the duties and responsibil­ities incumbent upon the President and shall be ex-officio member of all standing com­mittees, thus acting as coordinator of all Circle activities. It shall be his duty to report to, advise and assist the President; and with the assistance of the Second Vice-President appoint at or before the first meeting of the Circle and after the installation of the Offi­cers, the Chairmen and members of the Standing Committees.

 

 

Section 3. Second Vice-President.

 

The Second Vice-President shall assist the First Vice-President, and shall in the absence of or vacancy in the office of the First Vice-President assume all the duties and responsi­bilities incumbent upon the First Vice-Presi­dent and shall be ex-officio member of all Standing Committees.

 

 

Section 4. Treasurer.

 

The Treasurer, in the absence of the Vice­ Presidents shall assume the responsibilities and duties incumbent upon that office. The Treasurer shall receive as a salary $1.00 per year. He shall:

 

(a)   Immediately deposit all monies re­ceived by him from the Financial Secretary in the bank designated by the Board of Governors.

 

(b)   Have access to the Safety Deposit Box rented by the organization.

 

(c)    Attend the meetings of the Finance Committee of which he shall be an ex-officio member.

 

(d)   He may sign all checks jointly with the President or Financial Secretary.

 

(e)   Examine all authorized bills sub­mitted to the organization and supervise payment if found correct.

 

(f)     At the expiration of his term, deliver to his successor, when duly qualified, all monies and other properties of the Circle in his custody and all books and papers per­taining to his office which may be in his possession.

 

(g)   Perform such other duties as the office demands.

 

 

Section 5. Recording Secretary.

 

It shall be the duty of the Recording Sec­retary to:

 

(a)   Attend all regular and special board and organization meetings; read the min­utes, reports and communications and keep a correct record of the proceedings.

 

(b)   To send out notices pertaining to organization matters.

 

(c)    At the expiration of his term, deliver to his successor, when duly qualified, all monies and other property, and all books and papers pertaining to his office, which may be in his possession.

 

(d)   Perform such other duties as the office demands.

 

 

Section 6. Financial Secretary.

 

The Financial Secretary shall receive a salary of $50.00 per year. He shall:

 

(a)   Keep a register of the names of all the members of the Circle with complete data as to their membership.

 

(b)   Collect all dues, send out statements, make out all vouchers, collect and record any and all revenue turned in to the organ­ization

 

(c)    Deliver promptly to the Treasurer all monies collected, after being duly entered upon the books of the organization.

 

(d)   Be a member of the Cemetery Com­mittee and keep the Chairman of the Cemetery Committee informed of all members who are suspended.

 

(e)   Attest all orders drawn upon the Treasurer when approved by the President for appropriations by the Circle or the Board of Governors.

 

(f)     He may sign all checks jointly with the President or Treasurer.

 

(g)   At the expiration of his term, deliver to his successor when duly qualified, all monies and other properties, and all books and papers pertaining to his office which may be in his possession.

 

(h)  Be a regular member of the Finance Committee.

 

(i)     Have his books and accounts ready for settlement at the expiration of his term or at any time the Board of Governors may request upon two weeks’ notice by mail.

 

(j)    Perform such other duties as the office demands.

 

 

Section 7. Assistant Financial Secretary.

 

It shall be the duty of the Assistant Finan­cial Secretary to assist the Financial Secre­tary and assume his duties in his absence.

 

 

Section 8. Sergeant-at-Arms

 

It shall be the duty of the Sergeant-at­ Arms to:

 

(a)   Maintain order during all meetings.

 

(b)   Prepare the meeting room for the meetings.

 

(c)    Take charge of all paraphenalia be­longing to the Circle.

 

 

Section 9. Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms.

 

It shall be the duty of the Assistant Ser­geant-at-Arms to assist the Sergeant-at-Arms and assume his duties in his absence.

 

 

Section 10. Chaplain.

 

 

It shall be the duty of the Assistant Ser­geant-at-Arms to assist the Sergeant-at-Arms regular meeting.

 

 

Section 11. Vacancy in Office.

 

Should the office of the President become vacant for any reason, the two (2) Vice-Presidents in order shall move up, and the office of the Second Vice-President shall be declared vacant and the Nominating Com­mittee, as defined in Article VII, Section I shall fill said vacancy from among the mem­bership of the Circle, who shall hold office until the next annual meeting, unless other­wise provided for in these By-Laws.

 

 

Article IX

 

Committees

 

 

Section 1. Standing Committees.

 

Except as otherwise provided for herein, the Chairmen of the following standing com­mittees shall be appointed and the number of committeemen thereon shall be decided by the First Vice-President with the assistance of the Second Vice-President, at or before the first meeting of the Circle after the instal­lation of officers: Cemetery Committee; Enter­tainment Committee; Finance and Ways and Means Committee; Sunshine Committee; Visiting Committee; Publication Committee; Nominating Committee; Membership Induction Committee.

 

 

Section 2. Duties of the Cemetery Committee.

 

The Cemetery Committee shall consist of at, least three members, one of whom shall be the Financial Secretary. This committee shall:

 

(a)     Administer the Cemetery rules and By-Laws.

 

(b)     Make an annual report to the mem­bership at the June meeting on the status of available graves.

 

(c)      Perform such other duties as required in Article XII, Sections 2 and 3, and Article XIII, Sections 1 and 2.

 

(d)     Keep the cemeteries of the organiza­tion landscaped.

 

(e)      Keep and store the landscaping equip­ment owned by the organization.

 

 

Section 3. Duties of Entertainment Com­mittee.

 

The Entertainment Committee shall con­sist of at least five members. This commit­tee shall:

 

(a)  Provide each entertainment as the Circle may direct or authorize, and any other duties which by vote of the member­ship may be assigned.

 

(b)  Provide a collation after each regular meeting.

 

 

Section 4. Duties of Finance and Ways and Means Committee.

 

The Finance and Ways and Means Com­mittee shall consist of at least three members, one of whom shall be the Financial Secre­tary. The Treasurer shall be an ex-officio member of this committee. This committee shall:

 

(a)   Examine all bills submitted to the Circle and authorize and supervise payment if found correct.

 

(b)   Engage an accountant to audit the books and render a written financial state­ment annually in April to the membership.

 

(c)    Make a detailed estimate of the in­come and prospective expenses for the ensu­ing year of the Circle, and furnish such estimate to the Board of Governors in writ­ing at least one month prior to the April meeting.

 

(d)   Propose ways and means of raising funds.

 

 

Section 5. Duties of the Sunshine Com­mittee.

 

The Sunshine Committee shall spread cheer among the membership.

 

 

Section 6. Duties of the Visiting Committee.

 

The Visiting Committee shall visit any member of the Circle as directed by the Vice-Presidents.

 

 

Section 7. Duties of the Publication Com­mittee.

 

The Publication Committee shall consist of two editors and two publishers. It shall edit, publish and mail the monthly bulletin called the “Tattler” once every month, ex­cept during July and August. The Commit­tee shall be governed by Article XIV of these By-Laws.

 

 

Section 8. Duties of Nominating Com­mittee.

 

(see Article VII).

 

 

Section 9. Duties of Membership Induction Committee.

 

The Membership Induction Committee shall induct all new members at the mem­bership meetings.

 

 

Article X

 

Meetings

 

 

Section 1. Regular meetings.

 

This organ­ization shall hold regular meetings once a month, except during July and August, on the second Saturday evening of each month at 9:00 P.M. Notice of the regular meeting shall be mailed to the membership at least 10 days prior to the meeting. The Publication Committee shall send out the notice for such regular meeting.

 

 

Section 2. Special Meetings.

 

Special meet­ings may be called at any time by the President, or upon written request of ten (10) members in good standing, other than hon­orary or affiliate members; such request to be delivered to the President. Notice of such meeting to the membership must specify the object thereof and be mailed at least ten (10) days in advance of such meeting, and no other business than that specified in the notice shall be transacted. The Recording Secretary shall send out the notice required herein to the membership in good standing.

 

 

Section 3. Quorum.

 

Ten members in good standing, other than honorary or affiliate members shall constitute a quorum.

 

 

Section 4. Rules governing membership meetings.

 

All meetings are to be held in accordance with the provisions of these By-laws, the Laws of the State of New York, and Robert’s Rules of Parliamentary Pro­cedure.

 

 

Article XI

 

Amendments

 

 

Section 1.  Procedure for Amendments.

 

Any member in good standing, except an affiliate or honorary member, may propose an amendment to these By-Laws. The pro­posed amendment must first be submitted in writing to the Board of Governors. If two­thirds of the members present at the Board of Governors vote in favor of submitting the proposed amendment to the membership, it shall be published in its entirety in the next “Tattler” following such Board of Governors meeting, and it shall be voted upon at the next regular or special member­ship meeting following its publication. The proposed amendment shall require a two­thirds vote of the members present at such meeting for adoption.

 

 

Article XII

 

Cemetery

 

 

Section 1. Cemeteries.

 

The Cemeteries of the BERNSTEIN FAMILY CIRCLE, INC. are the Beth David, located at Elmont, Long Island, New York and Beth Moses at Pine­lawn, Long Island, New York.

 

 

Section 2. Notification of Death.

 

In the event of the death of any member of the Circle who is entitled to burial on one of the cemeteries owned by the Circle, the Chairman of the Cemetery Committee must be notified. Upon being notified of a death of one entitled to be buried on one of the cemeteries of this Circle, the Chairman shall notify a member of each branch of the Circle. Said Chairman is empowered to use any available means of notification. In addi­tion the President, the Vice-Presidents, and Financial Secretary must also be notified. In the event that the Chairman cannot be reached, the Co-Chairman, the President, or Vice-Presidents of the Circle shall act in his capacity, respectively. If none of these officers can be reached, any member of the Cemetery Committee shall act as Chairman. An emergency meeting may be called by the Chairman of the said Committee, and any member or members present shall constitute a quorum to conduct business.

 

 

Section 3. Burial Permit.

 

A permit to open the grave of one entitled to be buried on one of the cemeteries of the Circle, must be signed by the Chairman of the Cemetery Committee, or the Financial Secretary or in their absence, in accordance with Section 2 of this Article.

 

 

Section 4. Private Plots.

 

No additional private plots shall be created on the ceme­teries of this organization, nor shall any such private plots heretofore created but undisposed of, be distributed in the future.

 

      a)            Notwithstanding anything to the con­trary contained in these By-Laws, the orig­inal owner of a private plot in the Beth David Cemetery of this organization must use the plot for the burial of such original owner and spouse. Any other graves in the private plot may be used for the burial of any relative of the original plot owner or spouse, except that any such relative, if eligible for membership in the organization, must be a member in good standing at the time of the issuance of the burial permit.

 

 

Article XIII

 

Burial

 

 

Section 1. Entitlement of Burial.

 

Unless otherwise provided, any member in good standing, except an affiliate or honorary member, is entitled to burial on one of the cemeteries of the Circle. The next of kin of any deceased member or the deceased mem­ber by a designation in his will or other written document, shall have the right to select the cemetery on which burial shall take place, which choice shall be followed, subject however to these By-Laws and the availability of a grave in the cemetery so selected.

 

(a)   Any unmarried child up to the age of 18 years, if either parent is a member in good standing, other than an affiliate or honorary member, is entitled to burial by the Circle.

 

(b)   Members or others, entitled to be buried in one of the cemeteries of the Circle, must be buried in accordance with the rules and regulations of said cemeteries.

 

(c)    There exists on the Beth David Cem­etery of the Circle 31 infant graves which were and are intended to be used for the burial of the first 31 infants who might die, and who are entitled to be buried on one of the cemeteries of the Circle. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this section, and irrespective of the cemetery where the said infants’ parents or the im­mediate relatives might be buried or are entitled to be buried, the aforesaid first 31 infants who die, shall be buried on the Beth David Cemetery.

 

The Cemetery Committee shall have the final authority and power to decide in any disputed case whether or not a particular infancy death comes within the foregoing provision, with the understanding that the infant coming within this section in no event shall be more than two years of age.

 

 

Section 2. Headstones.

 

All headstones in any one cemetery owned by the Circle shall be of uniform shape, size, color and design, and plans of such headstone shall be sub­mitted to the Cemetery Committee for ap­proval.

 

 

Section 3. Burial Allowance.

 

The Circle shall pay the sum of $50.00 towards the funeral expense of a deceased member, ex­cept an affiliate or honorary member.

 

 

Section 4. Disputes.

 

Except as otherwise provided in this Article, all disputes, irregu­larities or controversies concerning burial shall be adjusted by the Board of Gover­nors, whose decision shall be final.

 

 

Article XIV

 

Publication

 

 

Section 1. Name of Publication.

 

The Circle shall maintain a publication to be known as the “Tattler.”

 

 

Section 2. Distribution.

 

Every member in good standing shall be entitled to receive a copy of the publication.

 

 

Section 3. Material.

 

There shall be printed in the “Tattler” only matter and material pertaining to the Circle and its members.

 

 

Section 4. Notices.

 

The “Tattler” is the sole official publication of the Circle and any notice requirement to the membership shall be deemed complied with if published in the “Tattler”, unless otherwise expressly provided in these By-Laws.

 

 

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