What happens at a lodge meeting?
Lodge meetings are held regularly (often semimonthly), consist of two main parts, and generally followed by refreshments.
1. General Lodge Business
As in any association there is a certain amount of administrative procedure – such as approving the meeting minutes, balloting for new members, discussing and voting on financial matters, electing officers, planning of charitable activities, discussing events, news and correspondence.
2. Ceremony and Education
Then there are the ceremonies for admitting new Masons and the annual installation of officers. The three ceremonies for admitting a new Mason involve a slight dramatic instruction that includes a symbolic oath and series of formalized presentations (similar to short plays) that use drama to highlight the codes of conduct by which a Freemason strives to live.
At many meetings there is an educational presentation and discussion often led by the Lodge Education Officer or special guest. The topics are wide and varied.
Nearly all meetings are followed by an informal gathering with members sharing refreshment and lively conversation.