Deportment While in the Lodge

Your deportment while the lodge is open should be governed by good taste and propriety. You should not engage in private conversations, nor through any other action disrupt the business of the lodge. Discussions in the lodge are always a healthy sign and promote the interest of the lodge, if properly conducted. If you wish to speak, rise and, after being recognized, give the due guard and sign, and then make your remarks. Always address the Worshipful Master, even if you are responding to a direct question from another brother. When finished, you may then be seated. Religion, partisan politics, any other subject which might disrupt the peace and harmony of the lodge should not be discussed in lodge. Voting on routine matters is usually conducted through a voice ballot.

Article is copied from the Master Mason Handbook, Masonic Formation Volume III, page 19 from the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Mason of California