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CHAPTER 35. PROPERTY OF RELIGIOUS, EDUCATIONAL
AND CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS.
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ARTICLE 3. HOMES AND ASYLUMS OF FRATERNAL ORDERS.
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§35-3-1. Acquisition of real estate by unincorporated grand
lodges; maximum quantity; exemption from taxation.
It shall be lawful for the grand lodges of the Knights of
Pythias, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons, Junior Order United American Mechanics, Improved
Order of Red Men, and other organizations of like character, to
acquire by purchase, devise or gift, and hold the same for the
purpose of establishing, erecting, and maintaining thereon homes
or asylums for the care and support of orphans and widows of
deceased members, and of disabled and aged members of said
organizations in indigent circumstances, respectively, such
quantity of real estate within this state, as shall be necessary,
not exceeding five hundred acres of land in the aggregate, upon
which to erect, construct and maintain such buildings as may be
necessary to care for and maintain therein and thereon all such
persons as may be eligible to admission thereto; and all of such
land to be cultivated, or otherwise utilized, for the benefit and
support of such homes or asylums. The real estate thus acquired
together with such personal property as may be needed in the
administration of the affairs of said homes or asylums shall be
exempt from every species of taxation as long as used for the
purpose of such homes or asylums.
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§35-3-2. Regulations and boards for government.
Any such grand lodge desiring to establish a home or asylum
shall adopt and prescribe such rules and regulations for the
government and control thereof as may be deemed wise by such grand
body; and it shall appoint a board of directors, trustees, regents
or commissioners, composed of a specified number of persons from
its own membership, not fewer than seven nor more than eleven, to
serve for definite periods; and any such grand lodge may select for
each of such boards two members from the associate branches of the
orders, known as Pythian Sisters, Rebekahs, Eastern Star, or other
like organizations, as the case may be. Such board shall have the
management and control of the home or asylum for which it is
appointed, under the prescribed rules and regulations adopted by
said body for the government thereof. Such board of directors,
trustees, regents or commissioners shall organize by the election
of a president, secretary and treasurer, and, if necessary or
expedient, an executive committee, all from its own membership.
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§35-3-3. Boards to be corporations; powers.
Such boards shall be corporate bodies; and as such shall be
governed by all the provisions of law relating to, and have and
exercise all the privileges and powers of, nonstock corporations.
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§35-3-4. Corporate name.
Each board of directors, trustees, regents, or
commissioners, appointed under the provisions of this article,
shall be styled and known by such corporate name as may be
designated and bestowed thereon by the grand body appointing or
creating such board.
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§35-3-5. Incorporated grand lodges may establish homes or
Any grand lodge enumerated in this article, or any similar
grand lodge, heretofore or hereafter incorporated as such grand
lodge under the laws of this state, shall be authorized and
empowered to take by purchase, gift, devise or otherwise, land
not to exceed five hundred acres for the purpose of establishing
and maintaining homes or asylums for orphans, widows, aged and
indigent members and dependents, and in and under its corporate
name may hold or dispose of such land under such regulations and
restrictions as said grand lodge may prescribe.
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§35-3-6. Provisions of article not to apply to organizations
connected with churches.
Nothing in this article contained shall authorize the
incorporation of any society or organization connected directly
or indirectly with any church, religious sect or denomination,
and nothing in this article contained shall authorize any society
or organization, connected directly or indirectly with any
church, religious sect, society, or denomination to have or
acquire any real estate.
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§35-3-7. Enticement of residents away from fraternal home;
harboring or influencing inmate to violate rules;
improper intercourse with female resident of home.
Any person who shall entice or attempt to entice away from
any home maintained or kept by any of the fraternal organizations
specified in section one of this article, or any other
organization of like character, any resident of any such home; or
shall aid or abet any resident of any such home to leave the same
without proper authority; or shall harbor, conceal or aid or abet
in harboring or concealing any resident of any such home who
shall have left such home without proper authority; or shall in
any way knowingly cause or influence or knowingly attempt to
cause or influence any resident in any such home to violate any
rule of the home, or to rebel against the government of the home
in any particular; or shall have or attempt to have any improper
or unlawful communication or intercourse with any female resident
of such home, knowing her to be a resident thereof, shall be
guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction thereof, shall be
fined not less than ten dollars nor more than five hundred
dollars, or imprisoned not exceeding one year, or, in the
discretion of the court, both fined and imprisoned.
If any person shall aid or abet the commission of any of the
offenses named in this section, or aid or abet an attempt to
commit the same, he shall be punished as herein provided the same
as if he were the principal. In the trial of any indictment for
committing any of the offenses named in this section, the accused
may be found guilty of an attempt to commit the same, or of aiding or abetting another in committing or attempting to commit
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session