Constitution and By Laws of the United Hebrew Beneficent Fuel Society

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CONSTITUTION

AND

BY-LAWS

OF THE

UNITED HEBREW BENEFICENT FUEL
SOCIETY
,

ADOPTED

SIVAN 8, 5604, MAY 26, 1844.

(SOCIETY ORGANIZED IN FEB. 1841.)

PHILADELPHIA:

C. SHERMAN, PRINTER.

5604.

Leeser, Vice Pres.

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CONSTITUTION

OF THE

UNITED HEBREW BENEFICENT
FUEL SOCIETY
.

PREAMBLE.

WE, the undersigned, being deeply impressed by the
miseries and privations endured by the poor, from the
inclemencies of our cold and rigorous winters, from the
want of fuel, do hereby unite ourselves in the hope of
relieving the sufferings of the poor of the Jewish per-
suasion, and adopt the following Constitution and By-
Laws for our government.

ARTICLE I.

The name of this Society shall be the United Hebrew
Beneficent Fuel Society
.

ARTICLE II.

The funds of the Society shall be appropriated for

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the purchase of fuel and stoves, for the relief of the
poor of the Jewish persuasion.

ARTICLE III.

SECT. 1. The officers of the Society shall consist of
a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and
twelve Directors who shall form a Board of Mana-
gers, for the transaction of all business.

SECT. 2. They shall be elected by written ballot, by
a majority of votes on the first Sunday in April in each
and every year.

SECT. 3. If the election of officers should not take
place at the regular day of election, the officers of the
preceding year shall continue till a new election can be
held.

SECT. 4. Vacancies in office shall be filled by the
Board on such event taking place.

ARTICLE IV.

The President shall preside at all meetings; in his
absence the Vice-President shall take his place, and in
the absence of both, a Chairman shall be appointed
from the members present.

ARTICLE V.

SECT. 1. The Treasurer shall take charge of mo-
neys belonging to the Society, and shall deposit such
sum or sums, in some bank or moneyed institution, as
the Board of Managers may from time to time direct.

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He shall give ample security for the faithful discharge
of his duty.

SECT. 2. He shall make payments only upon the
written orders of the President, or presiding officer.
He shall keep a just and correct account of all moneys
received and expended, which account shall at all
times be open to the inspection of the Board of Mana-
gers, to whom he shall give a statement of the funds,
at their stated meetings, and to the Society at the An-
nual meeting; in case he should leave the city, he shall
appoint a person to act in his place, notifying the Pre-
sident of such appointment.

ARTICLE VI.

The Secretary shall keep just and correct records of
the proceedings of the Society, as also of the Board;
do all other writings not connected with the office of
Treasurer, prepare notices, and deliver them to the
messenger of the Society.

ARTICLE VII.

SECT. 1. All meetings of this Society shall be held at
a suitable place, to be appointed by the Board of Ma-
nagers.

SECT. 2. The President shall have power to call spe-
cial meetings of the Board, or of the Society, when-
ever he shall deem it expedient; it shall be his duty to
call a meeting of the Society whenever required in

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writing by seven members of the Society, or at the
written request of four members of the Board.

SECT. 3. Stated meetings of the Board of Managers
shall be held on the first Sundays in May, August,
November, and February; in the event that a festival
should happen on the day of the stated meetings of the
Board, or the general meeting, the same is then to take
place on the first Sunday succeeding.

ARTICLE VIII.

SECT. 1. Every male Israelite of age paying one dollar
per annum, and signing the Constitution, shall be consi-
dered a member; payments to be made yearly, quar-
terly, monthly or weekly, the first instalment (sic) to guide
the mode of payment; the members of the Board are
authorized to receive the annual subscriptions.

SECT. 2. Yearly, quarterly, and monthly contributions
will be received, from ladies, children, and such gentle-
men, as are not members of this Society.

SECT. 3. All members will be charged with contribu-
tions, till their written resignations are received and
all arrears paid up.

SECT. 4. Any member paying twelve dollars at one
time, shall be a life member.

SECT. 5. All legacies bequeathed to this Society, and
all life subscriptions, shall be permanently invested, the
interest thereof only to be used.

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ARTICLE IX.

SECT. 1. All applications for fuel, or the loan of
stoves, must be made to the Committee of Distribution
of the district where the applicant resides.

SECT. 2. The benefits of this Society shall be ex-
tended in the following precedence:

First.—Sick persons.

Second.—Widows and orphans.

Third.—Poor applicants.

SECT. 3. The distribution of fuel shall commence on
the 1st of December, except in case of an emergency,
which is to be left to the discretion of the Committees.

ARTICLE X.

SECT. 1. Whenever application is made to the Dis-
tributing Committees by an Israelite, either for fuel, or
the loan of stoves, it shall be their duty (in order to
guard the Society against imposition,) to visit the ap-
plicants and ascertain whether he is in want, and de-
serving of the necessaries applied for.

SECT. 2. They may, if they think it requisite, require
security in writing for the safe return of the stoves.

SECT. 3. All orders for fuel shall be signed by at least
two of the Committee of the district where the appli-
cant resides, to be addressed to the presiding officer;
and no relief shall be granted to any applicant who
shall attempt any impositions on the Society, or refuse
to deliver up the stoves, whenever required by the Com-

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mittee, unless by the unanimous consent of the Com-
mittee of the district where the applicant resides.

ARTICLE XI.

SECT. 1. No greater quantity of fuel than one half of
one cord of wood, or one half of a ton of coal, shall
be delivered to any applicant, at one time, nor shall the
quantity exceed three half cords of wood, or one and a
half tons of coal, during the season; except in case of
emergency, when the Committees of Distribution shall
have the power of extending farther relief upon finding
the applicant worthy; the quantity of fuel, however,
not to exceed, in any case, two cords of wood or two
tons of coal in one and the same season.

SECT. 2. The President shall keep a register, in
which shall be recorded the names of the recipients,
(enumerating the articles supplied or loaned, under
their regular dates,) together with their residences;
also the names of the securities, who shall be residents
of the City and Liberties of Philadelphia; said register
to be open to the Board of Managers only.

ARTICLE XII.

The Board, at their first meeting in May, shall form
themselves into two standing committees, the one to
consist of four persons, to be styled the Purchasing
Committee, whose duty it shall be to select and pur-

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chase fuel and stoves, and obtain proper places where
to stow the same; the other committee to consist of
twelve persons, to be styled the Distributing Commit-
tee, who shall divide themselves into district sub-com-
mittees of three persons each.

ARTICLE XIII.

The Board of Managers shall elect a Messenger,
and fix his salary; whose duty it shall be to collect all
moneys due to the Society, for which in every case he
shall give a printed receipt, reserving the counterpart
in the receipt book; he shall make weekly payments to
the Treasurer, from whom he will obtain a receipt; he
shall attend all meetings of the Society, and deliver all
notices. He shall also give security for the faithful
discharge of his duties, if required.

ARTICLE XIV.

SECT. 1. No part of this Constitution shall in any
manner be altered, nor any addition made thereto, un-
less the same shall have been made in writing and pro-
posed at a general meeting of the Society, and con-
curred in at a subsequent general meeting, by three-
fourths of the members present.

SECT. 2. Nine members shall constitute a quorum for
the transaction of business.

SECT. 3. The members of this Society shall have

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power to pass all by-laws necessary for their govern-
ment, provided the same be not repugnant to the
Jewish Laws, the Constitution and Laws of the United
States
; the Constitution and the Laws of the State of
Pennsylvania, or to the true meaning and spirit of this
Constitution.

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BY-LAWS.

ARTICLE I.

SECT. 1. The President or Chairman shall take the
Chair within half an hour after the time specified in the
notices for the meeting.

SECT. 2. The meeting being organized, the Secretary
shall call the roll and read the minutes of the pre-
ceding meeting, prior to the transaction of any other
business.

ARTICLE II.

When the Vice-President or Chairman shall preside,
he shall be bound by the duties and invested with the
same powers which are enjoined on, and exercised by,
the President.

ARTICLE III.

ORDER OF BUSINESS.

1. Officers may be elected (if at a stated meeting).

2. Reports of officers or committees shall be read.

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3. Communications addressed to the President or
Society shall be read.

4. Other business may be proceeded to on mo-
tion.

5. No motion shall be received unless seconded, nor
unless the mover, if required by the Chair, shall com-
mit it to writing.

6. All reports shall be made in writing.

ARTICLE IV.

While a motion is before the Society no other shall
be received, except to amend, postpone, reject, or ad-
journ, which shall always be in order, and be decided
without debate.

ARTICLE V.

All votes shall be viva voce, except in the election
of officers, which shall be by written ballot; at the re-
quest of any three members, the yeas and nays shall be
called, and entered upon the minutes.

ARTICLE VI.

None but members who have signed the Constitution,
and are not in arrears, shall be allowed to vote, or
hold any office. In no case whatsoever can any proxy
for voting be allowed.

ARTICLE VII.

At any special meeting of this Society no business

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shall be transacted other than that for which the meeting
was called, except with the consent of three-fourths of
the members present, which shall be determined without
debate.

ARTICLE VIII.

SECT. 1. No member shall be allowed to speak more
than twice on the same question, without permission
of the presiding officer, nor shall any member leave
a meeting without having obtained permission from the
Chair.

SECT. 2. Whenever a division is demanded, or the
ayes and nays are called, every member present shall
vote, unless excused by the majority present.

SECT. 3. For refusing to vote he shall be fined in an
amount not exceeding $5, at the discretion of the Chair.

ARTICLE IX.

In case of absence of the Treasurer or Secretary at
any of the meetings of the Society, it shall be their
duty to send such books or papers, as may be requisite.
In case of non-compliance with the foregoing, they
shall be liable to a fine not exceeding $5.

ARTICLE X.

Five members shall constitute a quorum at the Board.

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ARTICLE XI.

Any member elected President refusing to serve, or
resigning within the year, shall pay a fine of - $10 00
Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer – 5 00
A member of the Board - - - - 3 00
Provided they have not served one year or been ex-
cused by the Society.

Any member of the Board being absent from a
Board meeting, shall pay a fine of 50 cents.

ARTICLE XII.

The Board of Managers may at all times strike off
the name of a member who is in arrears eight quarters,
and who has been duly notified of his arrearage.

ARTICLE XIII.

No By-Law shall be enacted, amended, or repealed,
unless the proposition has been made at the preceding
meeting, and finally agreed to by two-thirds of the
members present.

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OFFICERS FOR 1844.

President.

Z. A. DAVIS.

Vice-President.

ISAAC LEESER.

Treasurer.

D. SAMUEL.

Secretary.

M. A. DROPSIE.

Managers.

L. BOMEISLER,J. L. MOSS,
M. MICHELBACHER,ISAAC J. PHILLIPS,
H. VAN BEIL,S. LYONS,
D. PESOA,J. ULMAN,
A. S. WOLF,A. HART,
J. JACOB,H. COHEN,

Messenger.

E. S. LINZE.

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3 Life members

52 members

MEMBERS AND CONTRIBUTORS.

All those marked thus * have signed the Constitution,

and are members.

Andrade, Joseph*Bacon, Miss Ellena
Arnold, MorrisBeerman, J.
Arnold, Mrs. LazarusCohen, Henry*
Arnold, Mrs. MargaretCohen, A. M.
Arnold, Mayer*Cohen, Jos. S.
Abrahams, M., Jr.Cauffman, M.
Asch, MorrisCromelien, Mrs.
Ascher, M.*Cromelien, Washington
Andrews, Lyon*Cromelien, Miss Pauline
Arnold, E.Collins, Abraham*
Arnold, MiriamCohen, Mrs. Abraham
Allen, CharlesCromelien, Rowland
Bernheimer, Isaac*Davis, Z. A.*
Bomeisler, Louis*Davis, D. A.*
Bomeisler, Miss JosephineDavis, Abraham
Berg, Mr. and Mrs. L.Davis, Mrs. Goodman
Bartram, D.Davis, Michael
Blum, B.De Bruin, M.
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De Haan, L.*Gans, Solomon
Delissa, S.Gans, Daniel
Dropsie, M. A.*Gans, Meyer
Dessau, J. H.Gumpel, Mrs.
De Young, M. H. 3Goldsmith, N.
De Young, Dr. PhilipGreenwald, B.
Eckstein, SolomonGeisenberger, Joseph
Elfelt, SimonGreentree, E. J.*
Elkin, AbrahamHohenfels, S.*
Elkin, SolomonHendricks, Miss C.
Eytinge, BarnetHart, Mr. and Mrs. A.*
Eytinge, David*Hart, E. C.
Ehrlich, SimonHart, P. A.
Ehrlich, MatildaHart, A. L.
Elson, HermanHart, B. B.
Einstein, MorrisHart, Mrs. Michael
Friedenberg, P.Hart, Miss L. B.
Friedenberg, H.Hart, Mrs. Sarah
Florance, Mrs. J. L. 7Hart, Mr. and Mrs. Saml.*
Frank, P.Hart, Miss Bluma
Frank, A.Hays, Henry
Frank, IsaacHays, Mrs. R.
Friend, N.Heffelsheim, H.
Fatman, JosephHunt, Mr. and Mrs. S.*
Fatman, LewisHunt, Mr. and Mrs. P.
Fatman, AaronHunt, Eleazar
Gratz, HymanHyman, Leopold
Gratz, Miss R.Hunt, Jacob*
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Hoffman, M.Leviestien, H. E.*
Hanline, A.Lieber, Mrs. Rachel
Israel, Mrs.Linze, E. S.*
Isaacks, WashingtonLinze, S.
Isaacs, AaronLipman, Mrs. Solomon
Isaacs, S.Langsdorf, Joseph
Isaacs, Mrs. E.Leeser, Isaac*
Jacob, Mr. and Mrs. J.*Levine, David
Jacob, MosesLyons, Samuel*
Jacob, AaronLyons, Miss Jessica
Jacob, MorrisLyons, Mr. and Mrs. A. S.
Jacobs, IsaacLyons, Jacques
Jones, H.Lowengrund, L.
Joseph, Miss SarahLandman, Isaac
Joseph, IsraelMarcus, Henry*
Kayser, SolomonMoses, Miss Sarah G.
Kayser, Charles*Moss, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. 6*
Latz, Mr.Moss, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. 4
Levey, Garretson*Moss, Mr. and Mrs. John
Levy, Mr. and Mrs. L. J.Moss, A. A.
Levy, Mr. and Mrs. I. J.*Moss, Isaac M.
Levy, Mr. and Mrs. L. B.*Marks, Mrs. Jochebet
Levy, Jacob I.Marks, Miss R.
Levy, Elias P.*May, Isaac
Levy, AaronMay, Wendolia
Levy, JosephMichelbacher, M.*
Levy, Mrs. SarahMorrison, L. M.
Levy, Mrs. LeonardNordlinger,____
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Noot, S. E. CohenRau, M.
Nathans, IsaacRoget, E.
Oppenheimer, A.Rosenheim, A. H.
Oettinger, L.Rosenfeld, M.
Ostheimer, M.Reinhart, M.*
Phillips, H. A.*Stein, A.
Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. J. A.*Strauss, M. J.*
Phillips, George, 3*Samuel, D.*
Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. IsaacSimpson, H.
Phillips, Miss MadelineSchoneman, Jos.
Phillips, BarnetStork, Henry
Phillips, JacobStork, Hart
Phillips, Miss EllenStern, Julius*
Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. I. J.*Stern, Menks*
Piexotto, A. C.*Spanier, M.
Peixotto, D. C.*Switzer, R. J.
Peixotto, Miss S. C.Solis, S.*
Pesoa, David*Strauss, Jacob
Pesoa, JosephineSchnoettinger,____
Prince, Miss C.Schloss, A.
Pincus, TheodoreSteinberg, ____
Phillips, Isaac B.Schayer, M.*
Polok, Mr. and Mrs. H.*Steinberg, M.
Pragheimer, J.Tobiason, Mr. and Mrs. J.
Phillips, D. A.*Ulman, Jacob*
Rowland, P. S.Van Beil, H.*
Rosenthal, R.Van Beil, D.
Remak, G.Van Loon, Mr. and Mrs. D.*
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Van Collem, M. A.Weil, Jacob
Wolf, A. S.*Warburg, E.
Wolff, Ralph

Life Members.

A. Hart,I. J. Phillips,J. L. Moss.