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Rules of Order for the Use By Subordinate Bodies

Revised January 1, 2021

Sec. 1.
When the President takes the Chair, the officers and members take their respective seats.

Sec. 2.
No member shall interrupt another while speaking unless to raise a point of order, and while speaking no member shall pass between him/her and the President.

Sec. 3.
Every member who desires to speak shall arise and respectfully address the President and, while speaking, shall confine himself/herself to the question under consideration and avoid all personalities, indecorous and sarcastic language or reflection on the chapter, or its members.

Sec. 4.
If two or more members arise to speak at the same time, the President shall decide who is entitled to the floor.

Sec. 5.
No member shall speak more than once on the same subject until all members desiring to speak shall have had an opportunity to do so and not more than twice without permission from the President.

Sec. 6.
If a member, while speaking, be called to order by the President, he/she shall cease speaking and take his (her) seat until the question of order has been determined and permission is given him/her by the President to proceed.

Sec. 7.
No motion shall be subject to debate until it has been seconded and stated by the President, and it shall be reduced to writing if requested by any member.

Sec. 8.
Any member may call for a division of a question, which shall be divided if it embraces two or more distinct propositions.

Sec. 9.
When a question is before the chapter, no other motion shall be entertained except to move the previous question, to lay on the table, to postpone indefinitely, to postpone to a certain time, to recommit or to amend, which motions shall severally have precedence in the order named.

Sec. 10.
When a question is postponed indefinitely, it shall not be acted on again during the session.

Sec. 11.
On the call of five members, the chapter may demand that the previous question shall be put, and until it is decided, further amendments to the main question and debate thereon shall be precluded.

Sec. 12.
The previous question shall be put in this form: “Shall the main question be now put?”

Sec. 13.
When a blank is to be filled and different sums, numbers or times shall be proposed, the question shall first be taken on the highest sum or number and on the longest or latest time.

Sec. 14.
Every member present shall, if requested, vote on every question before the chapter unless for special reason the chapter shall excuse him/her.

Sec. 15.
No motion for reconsideration shall be entertained unless moved by a member who voted with the majority in the first instance and be made within two meetings after taking the vote on the motion.

Sec. 16.
The member first named on a committee shall act as chairman thereof, unless one shall be agreed on by the committee.

Sec. 17.
The consequences of a measure may be attacked in strong terms, but the good faith of those who propose or advocate it shall not be challenged.

Sec. 18.
While the President is putting a question or addressing the chapter, no member shall walk about or leave the hall or engage in conversation.

Sec. 19.
No motion can be made by a member while another is speaking, and no motion can be made without the member’s arising and addressing the Chair.

Sec. 20.
No member shall arise to speak until the one occupying the floor shall have taken his/her) seat, and if the member wishing to follow has spoken on the subject twice, he/she shall not be recognized by the President until others have had an opportunity to speak.

Sec. 21.
No member shall commence speaking on a question until recognized by the President.

Sec. 22.
Whenever a question shall arise in the chapter as to the construction of the laws, it shall be referred to the President & CEO of WoodmenLife, whose decision shall be entered on the minutes and be final.

Sec. 23.
In all matters not expressly covered above, any questions of order shall be resolved as provided by the most currently available edition of Robert’s Rules of Order.