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Gavel Rules


Gavel rules by RLP Woodware.

Firstly, what is a Gavel.
A gavel is a small ceremonial mallet commonly made of hardwood, typically fashioned with a handle and often struck against a sound block to enhance its sounding qualities. 
Your wooden Gavel is a symbol of the authority and right to act officially in the capacity of a chair or presiding officer. It is used to call for attention or to punctuate rulings and proclamations. 
The Gavel is customarily struck to indicate the opening (call to order), keep the meeting itself calm and orderly, and the closing (adjournment) of proceedings, giving rise to the phrase gavel-to-gavel to describe the entirety of a meeting or session. 
Gavels are also used by judges in the courts of some countries and by auctioneers to signal a sale.

I bet you think that you just bang a wooden gavel, well you can but over the years specific rules for Gavels have been established.

One famous set is Roberts Rules

Proper per use of a Gavel.

Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised provides guidelines on the proper use of the gavel in deliberative assemblies. 
For instance, the chair is never to use the gavel in an attempt to drown out a disorderly member; rather, the chair should give one vigorous tap at a time at intervals.
The chair should not lean on the gavel, juggle or toy with it, or use it to challenge or threaten or to emphasize remarks. 
The prohibited practice of a chair cutting off members' right to debate or introduce secondary motions by quickly putting a question to vote before any member can get the floor is referred to as "gaveling through" a measure.
Demeter's Manual notes that, in addition to an optional light tap after a vote, there are three other uses of a gavel:
To attract attention and call a meeting to order. In most organisations, two raps raise and one rap seats the assembly; in others, two raps raise and three raps seat it.
To maintain order and restore it when breached in the course of the proceedings. (Rap the gavel once, but vigorously.)
To be handed over to successors in office or to officiating officers as ceremonials, etc. (Always extend the holding end.)

Please feel free to print.

For a full and detailed explaination refer to Wikipedia/Gavels

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