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Take a Break

Most of us know how to use the motion to recess in a meeting. That's when we need a short break to stretch or for other comfort. The presiding officer can initiate the recess by saying, "If there is no objection, we will recess for ten minutes (or until 10:30 a.m.)" Or a member can move to recess, "I move to recess for ten minutes (or until 10:30 a.m.)" Once a recess has been declared, members can leave the room or otherwise occupy themselves until it is time to reconvene.

The other break is called "stand at ease." The presiding officer determines when this type of break is needed and it is usually necessary for the chair to confer with the parliamentarian or to obtain information from another member. When the assembly is standing at ease, members remain in their seats, but they can converse quietly until the meeting is called back to order.

The next time your meeting needs a break, think about recess and stand at ease.

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Aha! Stanidng at ease but staying seated. Laying ourselves on the table comes to mind.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011
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