What do you do with your phone during lodge meetings?

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What do you do with your phone while in the lodge?

  1. Silence it.

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  2. Leave it in the car

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  3. nothing...no one calls me anyway.

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  4. What's a cell phone?

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  1. asinghroy

    asinghroy Registered User

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    I usually put my phone on vibrate during a Lodge meeting.


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  2. Cblack

    Cblack Registered User

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    I put mine on vibrate

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  3. 4thGenMason

    4thGenMason Registered User

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    Normally I only set it to vibrate, because I don't get an urge to check it. But if a degree is being conferred, I either turn it off or leave it in my car.

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  4. RolandoG

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    Leave it out side, its disrespectful to the w.m and any brother who is speaking. Unless, I am expecting an important phone-call then I would excuse myself

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  5. Benjamin Baxter

    Benjamin Baxter Moderator Staff Member

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    I put leave it in the car, but I leave it in the kitchen area with my hat and sunglasses. It lives on vibrate anyways because I work shift work.
     
  6. 4thGenMason

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    How is it disrespectful if it doesn't go off? Or more importantly, if it does no one can hear it? Simply having it, or having it on silent is no more disrespectful than wearing a watch. As long as it isn't heard or seen, what's the harm?
     
  7. RolandoG

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    I would find it disrespectful if a brother was having his separate function while the minutes are happening inside. But as I stated if its an emergency or I am expecting then it only be proper to excuse myself. I enter a different topic, I should of been more clear-my apologies

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  8. 4thGenMason

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    Fair enough. I just wanted to clarify. I too would find it completely disrespectful if a brother was not giving his undivided attention to the officers and brethren present. If an emergency were to arise one should excuse themselves appropriately and take the call or text only after leaving. I'm with you 100%.
     
  9. urbrato

    urbrato Registered User

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    Ringing phone is to be rectified by gavel strike ))
    I set it to flight mode. So I can use it as clock and as ritual book without interfering calls.

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  10. stevens43

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    Turn it to silent mode .


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  11. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Before opening, the Master should instruct the Brethren to put their ringers on silent. I would use my phone on occasion, mainly for updating my calendar. That being said, the Wardens and WM should call out any Brother distracting the Lodge by playing on their phone. Yes Wardens, you can wear big boy pants and bring the Lodge to attention ;)

    I'm tired and don't have my GL (Texas at least) bylaws, but couldn't a W.M. instruct the Wardens to confiscate cell phones? That'd be funny.
     
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  12. marty15chris

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    I used to leave it in the car, now I just turn it to silent. When any event or meeting is being discussed I use my calendar to keep track of the events.


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  13. txtraveller

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    I keep my phone with me because I feel that my family should always be able to contact me no matter where I may be. That being said, we are grown men who swore an Obligation and not one of us should have to be told to turn your ringer off during any Lodge business. It's simple respect for your Officers and Brethren. We're big boys now fellas, why is this even a question?


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  14. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    He probably could upon a second offense after first having issued a warning. I think, instead, I would order the offending Brother, upon a second offense, to surrender his phone to the Tiler until the Lodge has been closed. Bet I'd only have to do it once. :wink:
     
  15. morpheus19770

    morpheus19770 Registered User

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    As a WM in my lodge, I have to give the example, leaving the phone in my room... And letting anyone out of the temple as his phone rings! :what::mad::mad:

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  16. Chillimaru

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    When I first joined I would leave my phone in the truck, but even the WM of our lodge uses his phone for calendar dates such as floor school dates and Degree dates, I have since started using this app as well, I just make sure it's on vibrate!!!


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  17. hollywoodbwc

    hollywoodbwc Registered User

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    I leave mine in the car or turn it off during degree work. I leave it on vibrate in a regular communication in case I do need the calendar. If I am expecting an important phone call, degree or communication, I alert the W\M beforehand.

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  18. Silent_Knight

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    I leave it in my car. Giving my full attention to my lodge. Unless you are on call and then it should be Silent and on Vibrate. I would never check my phone at Lodge.


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  19. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    this.
     
  20. Panzertech

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    In our lodge if the phone rings its $50 in the Jr. wardens fund. Set to silent s okay, but no talking on it or texting in open lodge. The brethren understand that emergencies can and do happen. Dominion Lodge #117 Edmonton Alberta Canafa


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