A Ruskin meeting is divided into two parts. First there is the business session, which operates under the strict rules of parliamentary procedure. Following a reading of the minutes, which are always subjected to intense scrutiny, Members, Candidates, and Guests are invited to speak to various reports. These reports, presented by the Executive Committee and others, provide for the Society's programmes and deal with such other business as may be appropriate. Amendments are proposed frequently and sometimes even amendments to amendments.
This is where you develop your skills in public speaking, parliamentary procedure, and the art of running a meeting. But you need to participate to get these benefits. Ruskin is not a spectator sport.
Following a short break, we move to the programme part of the meeting. Every Member and Candidate is expected to take a major role in presenting a programme at least once a year. Programme topics include the study of literary, social, political, and economic questions. This year's topics range from a formal debate to oration and essay contests. Members and Candidates always benefit from these endeavours.