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Special Business Meetings:  Special business meetings of the membership shall be called by the Secretary upon notice from the Pastor-Teacher or the Deacons.  Announcement, general purpose and content of such meeting shall be given on two Sundays immediately preceding said meetings.


General Meetings:  A general meeting is defined as one called by the Pastor-Teacher or the Deacons to impart or gather information where no vote is required.  Announcement and purpose of any such meeting shall be given from the pulpit five (5) days preceding the meeting.  A general meeting shall not constitute a business meeting as elsewhere herein mentioned.


Quorum and Conduct of Business:  (a) A quorum for the transaction of business shall be twenty percent (20%) of the voting members.  The majority vote of such members present and voting shall prevail unless the vote of a greater number is required by law or these By-Laws. 


(b) The agenda of all business meetings of the members shall include the following:  Opening and closing prayer, proof of notice of meeting and quorum, reading of the Minutes, disposition of business for which the meeting was called, reports and elections as required by these By-Laws. 


(c) In all business meetings, the Chairman of the Board of Deacons shall preside, and in his absence, the Vice-Chairman, and if both be absent, a Chairman shall be appointed by the Deacons.


(d) In the transaction of business, the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, shall be used in all cases not covered by these By-Laws.


Voting:  The Chairman of the meeting shall determine the method of voting except the following shall be by secret ballot:  the ratification of Deacons; the appointment or dismissal of the Pastor-Teacher, the purchase, sale or transfer of real or personal property.


Article VIII



Number:  The Board of Deacons shall consist of not less than three (3) male voting members, nor more than twenty (20).  It is understood that the Deacons of this Church are equal and equivalent to the Directors, so designated in the Articles of Incorporation of this Church.


Appointment Procedure:  The Pastor will annually appoint the members of the Board of Deacons by submitting a list of appointees to the Board of Deacons then in office, for approval at the January meeting of the Board of Deacons.


Ratification: Upon approval by the Board of Deacons, the list of appointees will be submitted to the congregation at the next regular business meeting of members for ratification by an affirmative vote of a majority of voting members there present. 


Conditions and Tenure of Office:  (a) A member who is employed by the Church shall not serve as a Deacon.  (b) The Board of Deacons shall be appointed annually by the Pastor as provided herein.


Vacancy:  Any Deacon vacancy shall be filled by appointment of the Pastor-Teacher and such appointee shall serve the unexpired term of his predecessor. If the pulpit is vacant at the time of a Deacon vacancy, the Deacon Board shall appoint a Deacon replacement to serve the unexpired term of the predecessor.


Regular Meetings:  A regular meeting of the Board of Deacons shall be held not later than thirty (30) days after the Annual Meeting of this Church, for the purpose of electing officers.  Other regular meetings shall be held at such times and places as the Deacons may determine, but at least once quarterly.


Quorum:  A quorum shall be two-thirds of the total number of Deacons.  The acts of the majority of the Deacons present shall be the act of the Deacons unless otherwise specifically required by law or by these By-Laws.


Voting by Proxy:  A Deacon entitled to vote at any meeting may vote either in person or by proxy, executed in writing by the Deacon.  No proxy shall be voted at any meeting unless the same shall be filed with the Secretary of the meeting at the commencement thereof. The proxy must set forth in reasonable detail the purpose of such meeting.

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