Imperial Ethiopian Order of Baronets
Name and Authority
Section 1. Name. The name of the organization is The Ethiopian Order of Baronets.
Section 2. Authority. The Order is formed under the authority of H.I.H. Zere Yacobe Asfa Wossen, Emperor of the Imperial Solomonic Dynasty of Ethiopia, the Elect of God, Defender of the Faith of Abraham.
Section 3. Definitions. The Order is an administrative order of minor nobility.
Section 1. Administrative Council. The Order serves as an administrative council and management pool. The Order is given specific administrative objectives by the Chancellor. Sub-tasks of which are assigned to individual members who are empowered to act in the name of the Crown to fulfil the respective assignment(s).
Section 2. Consulting Pool. The individual members of the Order act as consultants to the Crown on matters specific to their back ground and expertise.
Section 1. Delegated Authority. The Order is given authority from the Crown to administer it's affairs under the leadership of the Imperial Chancellor, who shall be named Baronet Primum and be senior and chief of all Baronets appointed now or in the future.
Section 2. Individual Authority. Each Baronet carries a special entitlement as working emissaries of the Crown. Within a Baronet's assignment, he is empowered to act in the name of the Crown and as an administrative extension of the Chancellor.
Section 3. Collective Authority. As a body, the Order is empowered to function as a legislative extension of the Crown. Under the chairmanship of the Chancellor, specific policies pertaining to issues of administration and management are addressed and enacted.
Section 1. Leadership. The Order is under the personal direction of the Chancellor who acts as president and chairman of the Order under the authority of the Crown.
A. The executive membership is selected and appointed by the Chancellor to serve in three year terms which may be renewed indefinitely upon agreement of both parties. The executive membership is comprised of the following.
Deputy Chancellors (2)
Section 2. Officers. There are two officers elected from the general membership, the Secretary and the Treasurer. These officers serve three year terms. The other officers of the Order are appointed by the Chancellor (see 1-A above).
Section 3. General Membership. The degree of Fellow is awarded to members of the Order. All fellows are of equal authority, except in such circumstances where additional authority is granted. In such circumstances, the extent of any authority as delegated by the Chancellor is to be specifically defined in writing.
Membership and Individual Responsibilities
Section 1. General Membership. Membership in the Ethiopian Order of Baronets is restricted to those who have been titled as Baronets or Baronetess' by the Crown. Nobles holding additional and higher degrees of nobility but carrying the title of Baronet are also included. There is no set number of members as this is corresponding to the number of Baronets appointed by the Crown.
Section 2. Membership requirements. All Baronets are sustained as such based upon continual support of the Crown. The specific nature of this support is defined in the Articles of Homage.
Section 3. Delinquency. Baronets who are delinquent in homage may be subject to several administrative actions as imposed by the crown. These prerogatives are defined in the Articles of Homage.
Section 1. General Meetings. The general assembly of the Order of Baronets occurs annually. Attendance at this assembly is mandatory upon all members.
Section 2. Special Meetings. The Chancellor is empowered to call special meetings of the Orders. Such meetings require a six week notification to the membership.
Section 3. Other meetings. Specific sub-units of the Order - committees, sub - committees, task teams, etc. - may meet on occasion as deemed necessary.
Section 1. Insignia of the Order. The Order is authorized an armorial achievement with coronet, crest, supporters, and motto.
Section 2. Individual Insignia. All Baronets are authorized the Collar of the Order. Additional entitlements including supporters and coronets may be authorized by the Imperial Ethiopian College of Heraldry. The Collar of the Order may be borne encircling the achievement.
Section 3. Seals. The Chancellor alone holds and is authorized to enact the Seal of the Order. However, under specific direction this can be delegated to the Deputy Chancellors.
Section 1. Quorum. No minimum number or percentage of fellows is necessary to conduct a vote on any issue brought before the General Assembly of the Order.
Section 2. Proxy Voting. Any Fellow may designate a proxy for the purposes of voting. Such designation must be submitted to the General Secretary Prior to the vote being called. Proxies must be Fellows of the Order of Baronets.
Section 3. Voting. Voting on any issue may be done by open vote or call by the Chancellor, or may be a silent or confidential vote, if so called by the Chancellor.
Section 4. Passing Criteria. All general issues put before the General Assembly are passed upon a simple majority vote. In certain circumstances, a two thirds or three fourths majority vote may be required. Any such occasion will be defined by the Statutes or policies of the Order.
Amendments and Changes
Section 1. Amendments. Amendments can be submitted by any Fellow of the Order for consideration by the General Assembly. Any amendment must be passed by vote of the assembly by a two thirds majority of those Fellows present.
If a proposed amendment passes the assembly, it must be ratified by the Crown before it can be implemented or adopted into the statutes as an amendment.
Section 2. Changes. Changes in these Statutes require a three fourths majority vote by the general assembly as present at the time of voting.
Any proposed change that passes by vote of the assembly must be ratified by the Crown prior to adoption into the Statutes.
Imperial Ethiopian Order of Baronets
Last Updated: September 10, 2005
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