If a Member is in doubt about the correct form of etiquette for some particular occasion he has several authoritative sources of information upon which to draw. He should consult the Manual of Lodge Programs and Protocol, the Mentor’s Manual, the Officers Manual, the Manual of Ceremonies or the Constitutions of Masonry. He may confer with older members who usually have had experience of the kind needed on this occasion.

He may consult with the Grand Provost, members of the Committee on Masonic Education, or District Educational Officers (DEO). They have broad personal experience, familiarity with and ready access to several books on Masonic Etiquette. Sometimes these books may be too general in their treatment of certain topics and lack detailed explanations for specific application to a particular situation to be immediately useful.

They are, nevertheless, valuable in providing general rules and principles which can be applied across the board. The DEO can usually be counted upon to help identify the appropriate source of authoritative rule. In addition, he is acquainted with the “personality” of the District and can help you develop a suitable course of action. He could confer with the Grand Lecturer, Division Lecturer, or District Instructor of Work.

Although most of forms of etiquette are not confined to ritual, yet they belong to the same general field of study, and most experienced ritualists are also usually very well informed on the rules and practical application of etiquette, protocol and decorum.