Meals -- Before or after the meeting

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  1. Smokey613

    Smokey613 Registered User

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    I began to ponder on this after our last stated meeting. Most lodges I have visited have their meal before the meeting. We have ours after the meeting. I was wondering if there was a "standard" regarding this.
     
  2. Bro_Vick

    Bro_Vick Moderator Premium Member

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    Most places do meals before the meeting to allow participation of wives, etc. D.C. and Virginal are the only two jurisdictions I have been that they serve the meal afterwards.
     
  3. dhouseholder

    dhouseholder Registered User

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    No wonder the Virginal jurisdiction eats afterwards, they DON'T have any wives to participate.

    ... you know, being virgins and all.
     
  4. Traveling Man

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    Excellent idea! ROFLMAO
     
  5. Nate Riley

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    We do ours meal then meeting and we are in a town where a lot of folks commute to the Houston area for work. So, from a practical standpoint, having the meeting after the meal (at a later time) appears to allow more brothers to make to the meeting from work and other obligations. If the meal and meeting were switched it might make it harder for some to make the meeting. I find (from my position in the kitchen) the some brothers have dinner with their family before coming to the meeting. At first I thought "why not fellowship with the brothers", but spending time with family is more important (per our teachings).
     
  6. RedTemplar

    RedTemplar Johnny Joe Combs Premium Member

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    When conferring the MM Degree, we eat between the 1st and 2nd sections.
     
  7. Bigmel

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    We eat our meals before Meeting. It lets candidates and visitors have fellowship before meeting.
     
  8. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Ditto. We also like to have wives & kids eat with us.
     
  9. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    I would love to have a nice meal served afterwards along with a nice glass of wine.
     
  10. Christopher

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    I like the idea of having the meal after the meetings. Stated meetings have a serious tendency to drag on with a lot of business and drudgery. I think a meal after the meeting would give some incentive to stay focussed and on-track and get our work done, and a way to relieve some of the strain from the back and forth haggling that sometimes happens at meetings. A bit of hunger might also prop up the attention spans of some brethren accustomed to napping after a good meal.

    Christopher
     
  11. kcir

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    I belong to a lodge in Germany and we eat after the meeting and have a formal table lodge. The brothers are served the meal by all attending EA's and FC's. This is a tradition thaqt I miss.
     
  12. Christopher

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    "Table lodge"? What all is involved in that? Are there certain customs involved?
     
  13. TexMass

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    During the meeting in MA. We usually break for refreshment and go to dinner after opening and doing any first half ritual. After dinner we return and do our business meeting then what ever part two ritual we have.
     
  14. kcir

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    There is a lot to the procedure. You can get an idea by visiting the web site of Army Lodge 1105 here in San Antonio. They have instructions for their formal table lodge. Good Luck
     
  15. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    i like after. the women aren't there at that point.
     
  16. Wingnut

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    We do before, but I think we should do it after degrees, a chance to destroy the evidence by serving the goat.
     
  17. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    At stated meetings, we eat first. At degrees, we eat afterward.
     
  18. TexMass

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    MA lodges usually start at 6:30 and dinner is at 7:00 to 7:45. IF the District Deputy is visiting, he is received at 8:00. This actually allows the DD to have dinner with us and after lodge has returned to labor you can get the business meeting out of the way and receive the DD. Whle he's there, he can view your ritural if you have a second part to do on a candidate. I think it works out really well.
     

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