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Canon 01 Of The General Synod
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Section 1.
a) At the time and place appointed for the meeting of the General Synod, the Secretary shall call to order the members present and record the names of the lay and clerical delegates who are entitled to seats. If there be a quorum present, the Secretary shall inform the Council of Bishops of the organization of the Synod and of its readiness to proceed to business. If there be no Secretary the Presiding Bishop shall appoint a temporary one for the above purpose who in the General Synod's first item of business shall be either confirmed in office or replaced through election by the General Synod.

b) The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the proceedings of the Synod along with all documents pertaining to this church and shall remain in office until a successor is elected. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of the General Synod, whenever any alteration of the Book of Common Prayer, the Constitution or the Canons is proposed, or any other subject submitted to the consideration of the several diocesan conventions to give notice thereof within thirty days to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Church in every diocese, as well as to the Secretary of the Convention of every diocese, who shall make known such notices to the Convention of the diocese at its next meeting.

Section 2.
a) The right of' calling special meetings of the General Synod shall be vested in the Council of Bishops. An absolute majority of the Council is needed to call a special meeting.

b) The delegates elected to the General Synod shall be the delegates to the special meetings unless different delegates have been selected in the meantime.

Section 3.
a) At every meeting of the General Synod, a Treasurer shall be elected and shall remain in office until a successor shall be elected. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to receive and disburse all moneys collected under the authority of the Synod; and with the advice and approval of the Council of Bishops to invest such surplus funds as may be on hand. An account shall be rendered to the Synod, and shall be audited as provided by the Synod. In case of a vacancy, the Presiding Bishop shall appoint a Treasurer until a successor is elected.

b) The Treasurer shall give a bond conditioned on the faithful performance of his duties. The amount thereof and the terms on which the same shall be given shall be subject to the approval of the Council of Bishops; the expense of the bond shall be paid by the General Synod.

c) The Treasurer shall submit to the General Synod at its regular meeting a detailed budget for the next three years. The Treasurer shall have the power to expend all sums of money covered by this budget, subject to the provisions of these canons.

 


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