The following is an explanation of various statuses of O.T.O. membership.
- Active Initiate
- This category includes all initiate members of Minerval degree or higher, who have not
been assigned to any other status listed below. Dues for active
members continue to accrue annually according to the published
schedule. Minerval initiates, though active
initiate members of O.T.O., remain "welcome guests" of the Order until they achieve full
membership status by taking the First Degree. Minervals may not hold office in any
- Demitted (or "Expired")
- A Minerval member who has not paid dues or otherwise contacted Grand Lodge
for over six months is subject to demitted status, by determination of the
Grand Treasurer General. An attempt will usually
be made to contact the member by mail at the last known address before making
the final determination to demit. Demitted members may not attend initiations
or members-only events, vote in O.T.O. meetings or elections, serve as officers
in a local body or other official O.T.O. group, or represent O.T.O. in any way.
A demitted Minerval may only re-join
the Order by taking his or her First Degree initiation. No back dues or extra
fees are required from demitted Minervals who take their First Degree.
- A member of First Degree or higher who has not paid dues or otherwise contacted
Grand Lodge for over twelve months is subject to inactive status, by determination
of the Grand Treasurer General. An attempt will usually be made to contact the member by
mail at the last known address before making the final inactive determination. Inactive
members may not attend initiations or members-only events, vote in O.T.O. meetings or
elections, serve as officers in a local body or other official O.T.O. group, or represent
O.T.O. in any way. Inactive members cannot utilize the services of the Grand Tribunal, and
must return to the GSG any charters and official initiation rituals they have been
issued by the Order. Members may also voluntarily request to be placed on inactive status
at any time by writing the GTG.
An inactive member may re-join the Order in one of two ways:
To reactivate membership at the current degree, pay two times the
current dues rate for the degree. For example, an inactive Second Degree would
have to pay $168 (2 x $84) to reactivate as a Second. Membership is reactivated
for one year following receipt of payment. If partial payments are made,
membership is not reactivated until the full amount has been received.
Membership can also be reactivated by taking the next degree. In this
case, the inactive member must pay one year of dues at the current degree
in addition to the normal dues and fees for the degree he or she is taking.
For example, an inactive Second Degree would pay $84 (Second Degree dues) plus
$210 (Third Degree dues and fees) to reactivate as a Third. Membership is reactivated
for one year following the initiation. Full payment is due before initiation can
NOTE: Reactivation takes effect only upon receipt of full payment and approval
by the Grand Treasurer General and is subject to verification of Good Report.
For any questions concerning membership reactivation, please contact the
- Active members who are dues-current may request a leave of absence from active
membership for a specified period of time. If you are not dues-current, you must
pay the minimum amount of dues owed in order to be granted sabbatical status. While on
sabbatical, no additional dues will accrue. Members on sabbatical may not attend
initiations or members-only events, vote in O.T.O. meetings or elections, serve as
an officer in a local body or other official O.T.O. group, or represent O.T.O. in any way.
At the end of the sabbatical period, you will return to active membership automatically unless
you request an extension of your sabbatical. To request this status, please write or
email the Grand Treasurer General and state the
length of time you wish to be on sabbatical.
- On Notice (of Pending Bad Report)
- A member may be placed "on notice" for good cause by a local body master, thus
curtailing specific membership privileges such as attending events at a particular
location. Such notice must include a specific time limit which may not exceed one year.
Notice is reported to the member's sponsors and to the Electoral College for
recording. It is not reported to the Executive Council unless the member on notice fails to
comply with the terms and conditions of the notice. Failure to comply with such terms
and conditions may result in the member being placed on bad report status.
- Bad Report
- A member, or a non-member applicant, may be placed on bad report status for good
cause. A member on bad report is disqualified from advancing to the next degree, and
may have one or more membership privileges curtailed, until such a time as the bad
report status is lifted. The Executive Council or its designee shall specifically set forth
the conditions and restrictions of the bad report status.
- A member may be suspended from the Order for good cause provided reasonable
effort is made to serve the member with notice of the proceedings against him or her
and the member has been given an opportunity to be heard in his or her own defense. In
case of emergency, in the unanimous opinion of the Executive Council, a member may
be suspended without prior notice provided reasonable effort to serve written notice is
promptly made. The Executive Council, Grand Tribunal, or their designee shall state the
duration of said suspension. Upon suspension, all rights and privileges afforded by
membership in O.T.O. are suspended.
- Any member may resign from active membership at any time by sending written notice
to the U.S. Grand Secretary General (email@example.com).
All Order rituals, charters, documents, and other materials in possession of the member
must be returned to the GSG. Resignation entails curtailment of all membership rights
and privileges. Resigned members who wish to be readmitted to the Order must first submit
a written petition to the Executive Council, care of the GSG (if the resigned applicant is
also on bad report, any pertinent issues must be resolved). Upon approval of readmission
by the Executive, the signatures of two sponsors attesting to the applicant's good report
must be obtained and all back dues paid in full before their readmission is effective.
Sponsors must be members in good standing of at least the degree at which the applicant
is returning to the Order. Members may also voluntarily request to be placed on inactive
status at any time, as an alternative to resignation. Reactivation at the same degree from
inactive status does not require sponsorship.
- A member may be expelled from the Order for good cause provided reasonable effort
is made to serve the member with notice of the proceedings against him or her and the
member has been given an opportunity to be heard in his or her own defense. An
expulsion is carried out by authority of the National Grand Master General or the
O.H.O., and is subject to reversal only by the O.H.O. Upon expulsion, all rights and
privileges afforded by membership in OTO shall cease.