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                                                                  SPECIAL SESSION ISSUE APRIL 2012

                                          RULES OF ORDER

                         FOR THE 146th ANNUAL COMMUNICATION

RULES OF ORDER. The following rules of order shall govern the deliberations at each Annual and Special
Communication of Grand Lodge:

A. The Grand Master shall take the chair every day precisely at the hour fixed for the meeting of Grand Lodge,
when the journal shall be read, if called for;

B. During the hours of business the members are to keep their seats and observe strict order and decorum, and no
member shall leave the hall, or absent himself from the service of Grand Lodge unless he has permission, or is
unable to attend;

C. No member shall be permitted to speak more than twice upon any subject without permission of Grand Lodge,
unless it is merely to explain, and if any member is twice called to order at any meeting for transgressing these rules,
and is guilty of a third offense of the same nature, the presiding officer shall, without challenge, order him to leave
Grand Lodge, and he may further be subject to reprimand, suspension or expulsion, as Grand Lodge may deem

D. When a question is put, it shall be the duty of each member present to vote, unless for good cause Grand Lodge
shall excuse him, but no member shall vote upon any question in the event of which he is personally interested;

E. No motion shall be entertained until it is seconded, and there shall be no debate thereon until it is stated by the

F. Every motion shall be reduced to writing, with the name of the mover endorsed thereon, if the chair or Grand
Secretary desire it;

G. When a question is under debate no motion shall be received but the following:

1. To adjourn;

2. To lay on the table;

3. To commit;

4. To substitute; and

5. To amend or to postpone indefinitely.

 The motion to adjourn shall always be in order and be decided without debate. These motions shall have prece-
dence in the order above listed;

H. When a motion has been once made and carried in the affirmative or negative, it shall be in order for any
member who voted with the majority to move for a reconsideration thereof, but this rule shall only be applicable to
an original motion;

I. All questions shall be propounded in the order in which they were moved, except in filling up blanks, when the
largest sum and longest time shall be put first;

J. There shall be no appeal from the rulings of the Grand Master as the presiding officer;

K. No report shall be received from any of the committees of Grand Lodge, unless the same shall be reduced in
writing, and signed by at least a majority of the members thereof; and

L. No committee, without special leave, shall sit while Grand Lodge is at labor.

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