for the Mutual Society for Help For Funerals
Founded January 29, 1901
Under the Name of
of Lynden, Washington
*Revised Constitution of the Burial Society
Adopted by the Society March 25, 1957
(The original version of this
constitution was adopted in the Holland language on January 27, 1931.
It was later translated on Jan. 13, 1937 and adopted as translated on
February 26, 1937)
Society shall have as its aim;
be of help to one another in time of bereavement: Gal. 6:2 "Bear ye one
help shall consist of personal and financial support, in order to
lighten these burdens
The Society shall consist of an indefinite number of families, and
single persons, who profess an orthodox Christian faith. (b) Every
unmarried child of the family shall share in the membership of the head
of the family until he or she is twenty-one years of age, except those
in a dependent condition.
person who takes in a needy person into his family must give notice
thereof to the executive committee. No member shall receive aid or
compensation for the needy they may have taken into their family, unless
such notice shall have been given.
Everyone shall pay a fee upon becoming a member of this Society as set
by the Society. All applications for membership are subject to
approval by the Society executive committee.
cost of a complete funeral shall be agreed upon between local funeral
home(s) and the executive committee. Members leaving this vicinity
shall not be paid in excess of this amount.
The dues assessed members shall be set by
the executive committee, so as to cover the cost of current funerals.
Each member shall be notified by post card
of dues assessed and such dues become delinquent after fifteen days.
member who neglects to pay his/her dues, after having been notified
twice thereof, and not having given the executive committee any reason
for such neglect, will not be considered a member of the society after
having been notified of this action by the executive committee.
Persons of families who move to other
communities, shall retain their membership in this society, as long as
they abide by the rules and regulations, and have given their new
address to the executive committee.
The executive committee shall consist of
the follow officers: president, vice president, secretary, assistant
secretary, treasurer and assistant treasurer.
The president shall preside at the general
meeting of the society and in his absence, the vice president. The
secretary shall keep the minutes of the society and also the board, the
treasurer shall have charge of the finances of the society and shall
keep an accurate record of all monies received and disbursed: and he
must be ready at all times to lay his books and records before the
executive committee for inspection.
Each death must be reported to either the
president or the treasurer by the family of the deceased, so that the
desired help and financial support may be given as soon as possible.
All meetings shall be opened and closed
The executive committee shall meet as often
as its members shall deem it necessary.
Each member shall have the right to make
remarks or complaints concerning the society. These must be sent
to the executive committee and they must then be considered at the next
There shall be one general meeting of the
society per year. The state of affairs of the society shall then
be laid before its members. Officers for the executive committee
shall also be elected at this annual meeting.
Two board members are to be elected
annually. The term of office shall be three years with no member
serving more than two consecutive terms. All voting in respect to
persons and financial matters shall be done by ballot. Other
matters may be decided by acclamation.
An annual meeting of the society must be
held. The executive committee shall fix the day and hour of this meeting
and notify the members thereof.
All members are bound to attend these
meetings. Members must send notice to this meeting if they cannot
Members present at the general meetings may
conduct the business of the society, if it appears the the absent
members are not present because of lack of interest.
These rules and regulations may be changes
by a majority vote of three-fourths of the members present at the annual
Monies on hand, when and if, this society
should ever dissolve, shall be given to local Christian Schools or sent
to some Christian institution of mercy.
In all cases not provided by this
constitution, the executive committee shall have the right to make the
Articles 1, 2 and 3a may not be changed,
except by a three-fourths majority vote of all the members of the