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DSC as Operations Officer. The Deputy Supreme Command¬er is usually the operation~ officer of the Supreme Council. He coordinates closely the administrative aspects of the national headquarters with chapters and affiliate organizations. Unless the Supreme Council designates another officer for the purpose, the Deputy Supreme Commander as a matter of long standing Policy, the director,of the National Leadership Institute. He sees to it that all duly formulated policies of the Supreme Council are carried out. The Deputy Supreme C6mmander works closely with the Supreme Commander for effective administrat ion of the Order.
The Supreme Chancellor shall be the ceremonial officer of the Supreme Council and, as such shall assist the Supreme Commander in all the ceremonies of the Supreme Council, in the irastallation of officers or formation of chapters and in all social and civic activities of the Supreme Council, also, he shall perform such other duties as may be required of him by the Supreme Commander or Supreme Council.
As Ceremonial Officer. The Supreme Chancellor is the ceremonial officer of the Supreme Council. He makes or supervises all arrangements concerning ceremonies, rituals, and other activities where the prescribed rituals are to be observed. He must familiarize himself with the accepted and/or recognized requirements of protocol in order to maintain a smooth flow of the particular activity or ceremony. In a large measure, he must provide effective assistance to the Supreme Commander whenever occasions demand the same.
The Supreme Pursuivant shall prepare and publish all orders and resolutions of the Order when directed by the Supreme Commander; shall sign all checks drawn against bank accounts. the Supreme Exchequer, in the absence of both the Commander and Deputy Supreme Commander; and in general, perform such other duties as are incident to his office or required by the Supreme Council.
The Supreme Pursuivant shall "Prepare and publish all orders and resolutions of the Order when directed by the Supreme Commander." He is therefore, a "heraldic" officer. In line with his mandated duties, he must see to it that minutes of the meetings and activities of the Supreme Council are properly prepared, recorded and filed methodically. Likewise, he must effectively see, to it that certificates and citations are properly prepared and given to those entitled to them. He shall attend to the records of memberships and see to it that notices are delivered within a reasonable time before every meeting. He may also perform suck other duties as the Supreme 'Commander or Supreme Council may deem fit for him to perform.
The Supreme Exchequer shall be 'the custodian of the funds and properties of the Supreme Council; shall keep an accurate account of all mpney received and disbursed by him, shall deposit all collections and funds of the Supreme Council; shall sign all checks drawn against such funds when disbursement thereof are authorized by the Supreme Council, jointly with the Supreme Commander, or the Deputy Supreme Commander, or the Supreme Chancellor, or the Supreme Pursuivant, as the case may be; shall submit monthly to the Supreme Council a statement of the financial, condition of the Order; and shall perform such other duties as are incident to his office or required of him by the General Assembly or by the Supreme Council.
The Supreme Exchequer is the "custodian of the funds and properties of the Supreme Council." He is actually one of the most trusted officers of the Supreme Council. He is charged with the custody of the funds of the Order and their proper disburse¬ment pursuant to the By Laws of the Order and the sound policies of the Supreme Council. He signs checks and other monetary outlay together with the Supreme Commander.
There can be no successful administration of the Order without an effective and efficient handling of the funds in the mistorly of the Supreme Exchequer. Thus, the Supreme Exchequer must in effect "police" income and expenses of the Order to see to it that funds are properly and wisely used to promote the objectives of, the Order.
The Supreme Archivist shall keep all records, documents and correspondence of the order and of the Supreme Council as may be directed by the Council, shall act as Historian and Librarian thereof and make recommendations for the acquisition of such books, relics, or other objects pertaining to Dr. Jose Rizal or of interest to the order; and shall perform such other duties as are incident to his office or required of him by the Supreme Council.
The Supreme Archivist "shall keep all records, documents and correspondence pf the Order and of the Supreme Council as may be directed by the Council, shall act as historian and librarian thereof and make recommendations for the acquisition pf such books, relics, or other objects pertaining to Dr. Jose Rizal or of interest to the Order." It goes without saying that the Supreme Archivist shall see to it that records of the Order are properly kept and maintained. Whenever the Order deems it necessary it may appoint a curator for the Library Museum with such compensation and duration it may deem convenient. The Supreme Archivist and curator, if there be one, must maintain a working relationship to safeguard the interest of the Order in the maintenance, preserva¬tion and care of books, records, Rizaliana and other materials given to their care.
The Supreme Trustees shall perform the duties that may be assigned to them by the Supreme Council.
The Supreme Council may in the proper and convenient administration of the Order create such offices and positions and fix a reasonable compensation thereof.
The last three members of the Supreme Council are the Supreme Trustees. These trustees perform duties "assigned to them by the Supreme Council." While it is true that the Supreme Commander of' the Order is the first' among equals (Ejojo inter pares) the S upreme Trustees occupy positions equal to any member of the Supreme Council as the latter is a body. composed of equals. Thus, the Order expects the trustees to be also in the forefront in the achievement of the programs and objectives of the organization. Invariably, trustees of the, Supreme Council are given responsible positions in the over all program of activities of the order.
GENERAL AND SPECIAL ASSEMBLIES
The Supreme Commander by authority of the Supreme Council may set a day for the holding of an Annual or Special. Assembly of the Order v~henever it is proper to call such assemblies pursuant to tl~ie Code of By Laws.
Such assemblies are held on such events as to celebrate the birth of our national hero on June 19 and to commemorate his death on December 30 of,every year. The Annual Assembly and Election of Trustees of the Supreme Council is held every year on a day set by the Supreme Council pursuant to the By Laws.
Special Assemblies may likewise be held for the initiation, elevation, exalttition and c onferment ceremonies.
After the election of the members of the Supreme Council and the organization of the elected officers, the functional committees are reactivated or additional committees are created tc carry out the various activities of the order. These Committees are as foilows:
The Executive Committee is responsible, subject to the direction of the Supreme Council, for the formulation of guidelines, programs and operating policies and for the direction, coordination, and management of operations and activities of the Order. The Supreme Commander shall be the Chairman of the Committee and shall, have a membership not exceeding five, all of whom are members of the Supreme Council.
Public Issues Committee
The Committee on Public Issues ga thers, collates, observes, analyzes and examines the vital public issues as it affects the goals and objectives of the Order in particular and of the country in general to the end that legitimate measures may be taken and pursued in keeping with the basic principles of freedom, justice, honor and general welfare.
The Finance Committee shall find ways and means of generating funds for the various activities and programs of the Order pursuant to its objectives and attend to such other matter pertaining to collection, disbursement and programming of the funds of the Order.
Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee
The Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee shall monitor legislative developments as it affects the Order and make studies and recommendations with the end in view of safeguarding the interest of the Order. The Chairman and/or Co Chairman of the Committee shall in apropriale cases act as the Legal Counselor of the Order.
Protocol, Ceremonial and Heraldry Committee
This committee shall see to it that the approved rituals and ceremonies of the, Order are observed and implemented. It may further make recommendations on the insignia, uniforms, banners, seals and other symbolic paraphernalia to be used or adopted by the Order, and to make such other recommendations for improvement or alteration of the same.
This committee shall receive and submit the names of ,qualified members for nominations to the Supreme Council on or at any annual election of trustees pursuant to the Code of By Laws.
Publications and Research Committee
This committee shall gather, edit, collate, compile and recommend publication of all lectures, bulletin, speeches, and other scholarly works to the Supreme Council for distribution and dissemination to all chapters of the Order or the general public.
Public Relations Committee
This committee shall undertake programs to inform the general public of the activities of the Order and in the course thereof promote the objectives of the Order to a wider segment of'our society.
Prefectural Tribunal Committee
This committee shall undertake the screening of prospective members of the Order, conduct interviews and make recomrnendations of those qualified for admission to the various degrees of the Order in accordance with the Code of By Laws. The committee may also recommend those deserving of conferment and awards including distinguished service cross and distinguished service star.
This committee shall provide a working relationship with the Kababaihang Rizalista as a counterpart organization and coordinate activities of interest to the Order and other affiliated organizations.
Esquires of Rizal and Kabataang Maka Rizal Committee
This committee shall recom mend program of activities for institutional chapters of students in schools, colleges and universities. Such recommendations on programs may refer to organization, supervision, discipline and compliance with rules and regulations promulgated by the Supreme, Council from time to time.
This committee shall undertake the visitation of chapters and whenever possible coordinate with regional and chapter commanders. Sub-committees may be formed in chapters to undertake visitation of members and friends qf the Order.
June 19th and December 30th Celebrations Committee
This committee shall recommend and adopt measures to the end that appropriate activities or ceremonies are undertaken fo celebrate the birth and commemorate the death of our national hero, Dr. Jose. Rizal.
Social Action Committee
This Committee on Social Action brings in to the fore the positive and dynamic Rizalist who is conscious of the plight of the less fortunate of our people. And, therefore, analyzes the problems of the people and the community, as he tries to alleviate the same to arrest hunger, disease, insecurity, destitution and depravation by extending legal, medical, dental, psychological, educational and other m6terial assistance, to lessen suffering and thereby promote peace and tranquility in society. The Rizalist then emulates the example of Rizal in Dapitan as a community worker.
Education and Seminars Committee
This committee sball undertake to recommend studies, programs and activities which will devel op and improve the educational system attuned to the ideas and principles of Rizal specifically along character formation, nation building, enlightened citizenship and progressive economic development.
Rizal Centennial (Dapitan) Committee
This committee shall make recommendations on program of activities on the 6elebration of Rizal's Centenary in Dapitan, particular emphasis on his works in community development and related endeavors.
Rizal Essay and Oratorical Contests committee
The Essay and Oratorical Contest Committee shall prepare subject to Ine approval of the Supreme Council the criteria regarding the holding of essay and oratorical contests and for the purpose shall recommend the qualifications of the contestants, judges, venue, prizes, theme, sectors to be involved whether national or regional, and such other matters as may in it or its judgment would be conducive to the prorrtotion of the general objectives of the Order.
Community Service Committee
The Community Service Committee shall prepare plans, guidelines and programs to be pursued by the Order on a year round basis and for the purpose it may designate and call the assistance of regional or chapter commanders in the implementation of its programs to effect civic, patriotic, social endeavors, and in appropriate cases to respond to the call of emergencies for humanitarian reasons.
The general administration and direction of the affairs of the corporation (Order) shall be in the hands of a Supreme Council (Board of Directors) of nine members, which is hereby vested with full powers and authority to act and perform all such functions as the corporation (Order) itself may do and perform. (Sec. 5, Rep. Act. 646).
ELECTION OF MEMBERS TO THE SUPREME COUNCIL
The election of the nine (9) elective trustees of the Supreme Council shall be in accordance with Article XIII, Section 2 of the Code of By Laws and under the following procedure.
a. Only members in good standing, as provided for in Article IV Section 4 and of Article X, Section 6, of the By Laws, shall be entitled to vote or be voted for in any office or position in the Order.
b. Nomination for the nine elective trustees of the Supreme Council shall first be submitted to a Nomina-ting Committee previously constituted by the Supreme Council in any number as it may deem proper.
Except for members under the National Head¬quarters, no Chapter shall nominate more than one (1) candidate to the Supreme Council. Such nominee shall be certified to as a member in good standing and reputation by the Supreme Commander in the case of members under the National Headquarters or by the Chapter Commander concerned.
All nominees for the Supreme Council shall first accept the nomination before they may be voted upon. (Art. V1, Section 1, Code of By Laws).
After the nominations are closed, the members present and qualified to vote shall proceed to vote, depositing their ballots in a box provided for that purpose. No voting by proxy shall be allowed.
c. The Supreme Commander shall appoint a Board of Canvassers of at least three (3) members from among the voting members who shall canvass the ballots cast and verify that they 'tally with the number of members present and qualified to vote, the votes shall then be counted and recorded on tally sheets. The Chairman of the Board of Canvassers shall report the results of the voting to the Supreme Commander.
d. The nine candidates obtaining the highest num¬ber of votes shall be proclaimed elected by the Supreme Commander. The Supreme Council shall promulgate rules and regulations to insure the integrity of the election.
The newly elected trustees of the Supreme Council, including the immediate past Supreme Commander, shall then meet and elect from among themselves, the Officers as provided for in Article,V, Section 2 of the By-Laws. Provided, however, that any Chapter Commander who is elected to the, Supreme Council shall ipso facto be considered resigned from his position as Chapter Commander. (Art. IV, Section 1, Code of By Laws).
SUPREME COUNCIL OFFICERS
Once the nine members (trustees) are elected by members in good standing in a general assembly called for the purpose they shall then meet and elect among themselves the following
Executive Officers as follows:
1. Supreme Commander
2. Deputy Supreme Commander
3. Supreme Chancellor
4. Supreme Pursuivant
5. Supreme Exchequer
6. Supreme Archivist
7. Supreme Trustee
8. Supreme Trustee
9. Supreme Trustee
The Supreme Commander is the highest Executive Officer of the Order, as such 'he shall have general supervision over the management of the affairs of the Order; shall preside at all the meetings of the Supreme Council and the General Assemblies; shall sign all certificates, diploma, contracts and other important documents, shall also sign all checks drawn against bank accounts, jointly with the Supreme Exchequer; shall create with the approval of the Supreme Council, all, committees of the Supreme Council which he may deem necessary; shall submit to the General Annual Assembly a report covering the activities of the Order during his incumbency; shall call Regular or Special General Assemblies of the Order or special meetings of the Supreme Council whenever he deems it necessary, and shall perform such other duties as are incident to his office or required of him by these By Laws or the Supreme Council.
SC as Presiding Officer.
The Supreme Commander is the presiding officer of the meetings of the Supreme Council and also the general and special assemblies of the Order. He is therefore, the Chairman of the meetings Of the Order. There is no gainsaying the fact, that it is a very responsible Position both from the point of administration and as head of the organization.
He has a tremendous responsibility and his conduct and behavior is keenly observed by the Order's membership and the public as a whole.
As presiding officer of the Order's meetings, he must see to it that the business is properly carried out and order is maintain¬ed at all times. He is a symbol of authority and should exercise his powers within reasonable bounds. It is suggested that during meetings he should keep calm and have his emotions well under control. He must be able to think clearly and objectively. He must be familiar with the provisions of the charter, by laws, policies, rules, circulars and accepted practices of the Order. In tight situations, fie should not lose his sense of humor.
Rizal's Advice. "The spirit of tolerance ought to prevail when it concerns trifles that do not affect ihe essential part of a thing; in discussions, the conciliatory tendency ought to domi¬nate before the tendency to oppose. No one should. resent defeat. When any opinion is rejected, its author, instead of despairing and withdrawing, should on the contrary wait Jor another occasion in which justice may be done him. The individual should give way to the welfare of (the) society. And so that the very delicate self esteem of the Filipino who is besides an unconcious individualist may come out least hurt in the discussions, and discontent may be avoided, it would be advisable that to all propositions, proposals, projects, etc., should always be added the ending: We think thus, if the other mernbers have no objection, or any other similar phrase that you may deem more appropriate. I have heard many discussions arising from questions of self esteem. Laying this aside,* the decisions of the majority, after a sufficient discussion, are sacred and unquestionable." (Letter to the members of La Solidaridad in Barcelona, January 28, 1889. Epistolario Rizalino, 11, No. 227, pp. 113 114).
Deputy Supreme Commander
The Deputy Supreme Commander shall assist the Supreme Commander in the performance of his duties, and in the absence, illness, inability or resignation of the Supreme Commander, shall have the powers to discharge the duties of the Supreme Commander, and shall sign all checks drawn against bank accounts, jointly with the Supreme Exchequer or Deputy Supreme E'xchequer or such other officer designated by the Supreme Council, in the absence of the Supreme Commander.
in the event that both of the above officers are unable to discharge their duties as herein prescribed, the Supreme Chancellor shall be Supreme Commander protempore with all the powers and duties of the Supreme Commander.
- RA 646
Order of the Knights of Rizal
R. Act 646
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