Council By-Laws are from a template provided by Supreme. The body of the template is required to be "as is" for approval by Supreme. We in the council are allowed to adopt "Council Policies" that adapt the template to our own existing policies. (Such as, while the template and our official by-laws say "A memorial Mass for deceased members is celebrated in November, our council instead does a memorial in May, since we also visit the town cemetery. Spring is more conducive to an outdoor ceremony than November!)
Council Policies are updated as needed by the current grand knight.