When called upon, I stood at the appointed Microphone, introduced myself, and before even beginning the meat of my speech I'd lost the script by refuting a coment the previous brother had made. I did my best to continue, though, despite some mutterings from the sidelines that I was getting too long. I invoked the Charges, the Lectures, the Ancient Landmarks and even the Code itself. I completed my speech (which will be posted later if I get approval) in about the time i expected, and made a parliamentary move in asking for a Vote by Lodges. That vote was seconded and thus granted. The floor was then open for others to speak. A brother in the Grand Lodge, who is well known for spekaing out
and speaking quite vocally and at length when there is a matter he disagrees with stood up after me and said "Most Worshipful, I oppose this amendment, and I stand on what the previous brother just said." It was later I found out that this was so out of character for him, so as to be a ringing endorsement of my speech.
The final blow came when the votes were counted. I'd expected this to be a contentious issue, one could swing in the balance of a few votes, yet when cards were counted, the motion was quite thoroughly defeated. I wonder how many of those swayed by my words.
After the Grand Lodge meeting, I had a number of Brethren, some I know, many I did not, and some I knew only as Important People, came up to congratulate me on what I said.
Whew, what a rush. :-)