Learn how to start an organization, club or society, or improve your existing group with better procedures.
“It is difficult to find another branch of knowledge where a small amount of study produces such great results in increased efficiency in a country where the people rule, as in parliamentary law.”
“Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty”
-Henry M. Robert
This program is designed to provide a working knowledge of parliamentary procedure as described in Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR), 11th Edition, and to prepare individuals to take the Membership Exam of the National Association of Parliamentarians (optional).
Bonus sessions draw from generally accepted best practices for information management, communication, managing group finances and developing policies and procedures.
Organization leaders, members, teachers and students can all use this program. Each session can be used as a stand-alone training. The sessions can also be taught as a course. Slideshows, simple explanations, handouts, teaching instructions, and simulations are provided, to create an engaging learning experience.
Program Use Permissions: Upon purchase, use of this program is licensed to the group. A group is defined as a single society, the chapter of a society, or a newly forming group. If a society is comprised of multiple chapters, each chapter should purchase their own access to this program. Upon purchase of this program, users may print copies of handouts to use in instructing group members and students.
The training program includes the following sessions:
SESSION ONE: Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure and Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR); How to Make a Motion; Forms and Rules for Voting
Learn the value of using good procedures and the history of how they were developed. Learn the steps for making a motion, and how to conduct a variety of voting procedures.
SESSION TWO: Ranking of Motions: Subsidiary and Privileges
Learn how members process motions in a meeting, including how to amend, lay on the table, or send to a committee, and how to postpone, limit and close debate.
SESSION THREE: Writing or Revising Bylaws; Understanding the Rules of Assembly
Bylaws are a society’s fundamental instrument, used to describe its most basic rules of organization and define its primary characteristics. This session will walk you through the elements and creation of new bylaws, and provide training in the amendment and revision process.
SESSION FOUR: Officer Nominations, Elections, Training and Development
Need great leadership? Learn how to determine the best officer positions for your group, how to conduct proper nominations and elections, and how to define appropriate duties and create effective officer training. In addition, this session teaches how to keep accurate meeting minutes,
SESSION FIVE: Creating and Improving Meeting Efficiency and Effectiveness
Learn how to create effective and efficient agendas, making sure important business takes priority. Learn to create officer and committee reports and properly handle new and unfinished businesses.
SESSION SIX: Incidental Motions
Incidental motions deal with questions of procedure that arise during meetings. Learn how to make and use these motions to help your meeting run more smoothly.
SESSION SEVEN: Committees–The Work Horses of Societies
Overwhelmed with the growing mountain of work associated with running your society? It’s time to establish standing and special committees to share the load. This session will assist you in identifying which committees are needed, including standing committees in your bylaws, strategies for the creation of special committees, and setting up systems for effectively overseeing the work of multiple committees.
SESSION EIGHT: Writing and Adopting Resolutions
Resolutions – those lengthy, complex motions, often introduced with a preamble, and typically drafted in committees – can be organized, easy to understand and right to the point. This session will assist groups wishing to write resolutions that will be adopted, and most importantly, resolutions that hit the mark the first time.
SESSION NINE: Creating a New Group with an Effective Mass Meeting Strategy
Establish leadership and decision-making forms the right way, right from the beginning. A mass meeting is a powerful and effective way to initiate the creation of a new group, vision cast, inspire potential membership, establish a bylaw committee and galvanize support for the objective of your future society. This session will assist you in creating a unique strategy to serve the objective of your future group.
Bonus Sessions–The procedures taught in Sessions Ten, Eleven and Twelve are not taken from RONR, but are drawn from generally accepted best practices for societies.
SESSION TEN: Information Management and Communication
Effective and accurate information management is essential to fulfilling the group mission. Learn to set up turn-key systems early on, and refine them as needed. Excellent communication will help members plan and prepare for meaningful participation in programs and events.
SESSION ELEVEN: Creating and Maintaining Policies and Procedures
Learn how to develop a policies and procedures handbook that is unique to your group, and how to train members, officers, mentors and committees to use the rules effectively.
SESSION TWELVE: Managing Group Finances
Learn how to set up a bank account, establish security procedures to safeguard group funds, and manage the accounting and reporting.