SOCIETAS ROSICRUCIANA IN CIVITATIBUS FOEDERATIS
This society is an invitational Masonic organization
ORDINANCES AND REGULATIONS
Updated March 4, 2023
Section 1 – TITLE AND JURISDICTION This College, acting under a Charter issued 27 September 2008 by Supreme Magus William Howard Koon, II, IXº, KGC of The High Council, shall be known as Iowa College, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis. Its jurisdiction shall cover the State of Iowa. Iowa College cannot lawfully receive a proposal for membership for a Candidate residing outside of the State of Iowa without consent of the College which has jurisdiction over the State of his residence.
Section 2 – OFFICERS The officers of this College shall be styled and take rank as follows:
- Chief Adept
- First Ancient
- Second Ancient
- Third Ancient
- Fourth Ancient
- Conductor of Novices
- First Herald
- Second Herald
- Torch Bearer
- Guardian of the Caverns
- Cyber Director
The Chief Adept and Secretary/Treasurer are appointed by the Supreme Magus, ad vitam. They are subject to removal by the same power or by The Advisory Council. The Celebrant, Suffragan, and four Ancients shall be elected each year at the Annual Convocation by ballot, and a majority of votes cast shall constitute election. The officers shall be inducted into office the day of election. To be eligible for office a Frater must have attained the Fourth Grade. All officers shall hold their respective offices until their successors are elected and installed. The remaining officers are appointed by the Chief Adept. There is no line or order of progression among either the elected or appointed officers. The Chief Adept may appoint Fraters to a Advisory Council of the College. Members of the College Advisory Council will serve at his pleasure. The Officers of Secretary/Treasurer and the Cyber Director will receive their dues as compensation for their duties. Expenses for the Web are to be paid from the Treasury upon order of the Chief Adept.
Section 3 – MEMBERSHIP LIMIT In conformity with ancient usage, there may not be more than seventy-two (72) members in this college. Each shall have voice and vote in the matters pertaining to the College, so far as such matters pertain to the rank of the Frater.
Section 4 – CANDIDATES “No aspirant shall be admitted to membership in a College unless he is a Master Mason in good standing, of good moral character, intelligent, possessed of a mind free from prejudice and anxious for instruction, and of the Christian Faith.
The name of the aspirant shall be submitted to the Chief Adept for scrutiny by the College Advisory Council not less than ten (10) days prior to the College Convocation. Unanimous consent of the College Advisory Council shall be necessary for admission to the College and the grades of the First Order. Written or oral objection by any member of the College Advisory Council made to the Chief Adept shall be sufficient cause for withdrawal of the nomination for membership.” (Constitution of The High Council Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis Section 35 CANDIDATES)
Section 5 – THE THREE ORDERS This College has control over, and power to confer:
(A) the four Grades of the FIRST ORDER, which are:
Iº – Zelator
IIº – Theoricus
IIIº – Practicus
IVº – Philosophus
(B) the three Grades of the SECOND ORDER, which are:
Vº – Adeptus Minor
VIº – Adeptus Major
VIIº – Adeptus Exemptus
The two Grades of the THIRD ORDER, which are VIIIº Magister Templi and IXº Magus are official grades and are conferred only by The Advisory Council. The Fratres of the THIRD ORDER are all members of The Advisory Council.
Section 6 – QUORUM Not less than FIVE shall constitute a quorum in the FIRST ORDER and not less than THREE shall constitute a Quorum in the SECOND ORDER.
Section 7 – CONVOCATIONS Iowa College shall meet three times each year at a date, time and place announced to the College membership by the College Secretary at the order of the Chief Adept. The meeting each July is designated the Annual Convocation.
Section 8 – MOTTO Every Frater shall, on admission into this College, choose a Latin motto which will be registered with the Secretary-General by the Secretary of the College with the Annual return. Should it appear that the motto is already chosen by a living Frater in this College, another must be selected. After the motto is once registered by the Secretary-General it may not afterwards be changed under any pretext.
Section 9 – FEES The fee for admission, and for the conferring of the Grades of the first two Orders shall be one hundred dollars ($100.) Annual dues, in the amount of $100.00, are due and payable on or before the first day of June of each year. Fraters delinquent in their dues for more than six months shall be dropped from membership in the College.
Section 10 – RIGHTS OF ADVANCEMENT Candidates elected to the First or the Second Order shall be entitled to all the Grades of such Order.
Section 11 – CHIEF ADEPT He shall have the general superintendence of all affairs pertaining to the College; he shall preside at all convocations thereof, at his sole will and pleasure. He shall appoint all committees, and be ex-officio, chairman of same. He shall discharge all the duties prescribed for him by the Constitution, Ordinances, Regulations, Rituals and usages of the Order. In his absence, the Celebrant shall preside, and thereupon have equal authority as if he were Chief Adept, subject to appeal to the Chief Adept and The Advisory Council. The presiding officer may convoke the College at any time he may deem necessary.
Section 12 – CELEBRANT AND SUFFRAGAN They shall respectively discharge the several duties prescribed for them in the rituals of the Order. In the absence of the Chief Adept and Celebrant, the Suffragan, for the time being, shall succeed to the Presidency.
Section 13 – SECRETARY/TREASURER He shall convene the College by written notification to all the Fraters at least ten days prior to the Convocation date. He shall keep the minutes of the College, register all of the members, their mottoes, and dates of admission to each grade, and receive all fees, dues and subscriptions which shall be deposited in an account in the name of Iowa College, SRICF maintained in a federally Or state chartered financial institution having FDIC/FSLIC/SIPC insurance on deposits. He shall pay out College funds upon a warrant signed by the Chief Adept. His accounts shall be audited at the Annual Convocation by the Ancients. He shall, within ten days after the Annual Convocation, transmit a certificate of the election of the Officers of the College to the Secretary-General of The Advisory Council, with the post office address of the Presiding Officer and Secretary. He shall prepare an annual return to The Advisory Council, in duplicate, embracing the transactions for the fiscal year ending the 30th of June, and shall state the Latin motto for each new Frater. One copy shall be forwarded to the Secretary-General on or before the first day of August in each year and the other shall be filed in the records of the College. He shall act under the direction of the Chief Adept.
Section 14 – FOUR ANCIENTS They shall assist their superiors in all matters of ritual and ceremony, and instruct their Fraters in the science and philosophy of Rosicrucianism.
Section 15 – CONDUCTOR OF NOVICES He shall examine and prepare all Aspirants and conduct them in accordance with the forms of the ritual.
Section 16 – FIRST AND SECOND HERALDS They shall have charge of the ballot, and otherwise generally assist the Conductor of Novices, as provided in the ritual and ceremonies; and see that proper silence and order are observed, and the caverns protected from the unworthy.
Section 17 – GUARDIAN OF THE CAVERNS He shall have charge of the entrances of the caverns, and a general supervision of the Acolyte in his relation thereto. The duty of tiling the several Orders must be strictly enforced.
Section 18 – ACOLYTE He shall act as outer guard, under the immediate direction of the Celebrant, through the Guardian of the Caverns. He shall likewise have the care of all properties, paraphernalia and furniture of the College, and shall set them forth and remove the same as occasion may require and as directed by the Celebrant.
Section 19 – CYBER DIRECTOR He shall build and maintain a Web Site for the College. He shall receive his dues as compensation for performing this service. The Office of Cyber Director does not preclude the Frater from holding another office in the College.
Section 20 – DISCIPLINE All Fratres of Iowa College shall be amenable to the College. Any member disciplined may appeal to The Advisory Council within six months, where the sentence may be revised; pending such final action, the penalty awarded by the College shall be effective. Iowa College shall have jurisdiction over a nonaffiliate residing in Iowa.
Section 21 – COLLEGE DISSOLUTION If this College be temporarily interdicted or permanently dissolved, the officers thereof shall forthwith deposit their Dispensation or Charter, Ordinances, Regulations and all manuscripts and printed papers, moneys and properties appertaining to the College, with the Secretary-General, that the same may be deposited in the archives of The Advisory Council for safe-keeping, the monies deposited in the Society’s treasury.
Section 22 – AMENDMENTS These Ordinances and Regulations may not be changed or amended except by the consent of a majority of the Fraters of Iowa College present at a duly assembled regular Convocation and only after they have been presented to the College Advisory Council.