9780764563997

Webster's New WorldTM Robert's Rules of Order : Simplified and Applied

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 8/29/2001
  • Publisher: Webster's New World

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Summary

This is the clearest, most useful guide to parliamentary procedure, now with new information on effective and reliable procedures for nominations, elections, ballots, balloting, and ballot counting.

Author Biography

About the Author Robert McConnell Productions is a multimedia company providing simplified information about parliamentary procedure in the form of videos, books, magazine articles, and a Web site: http://parli.com. The company published Robert's Rules of Order: Simplified and Applied in 1998, a book designed to take the complexity and the mystery out of Robert's Rules and to explain it to users in plain, easily understandable terms. The company also makes special interest videos in its own production studio. To date, the company has made five videos about parliamentary procedure. Parliamentary Procedure Made Simple: The Basics is an 80-minute video produced in 1993. It has sold more than 12,000 copies worldwide so far. The next video, produced in 1996, is All About Motions, a 140-minute video covering all the motions in Robert's Rules of Order. The third and fourth videos are a 32-minute How to Conduct a Meeting and its Spanish companion version, the 46-minute Como Conducir Reuniones, the world's first video about parliamentary procedure made in Spanish. The fifth video is Nominations & Elections, a video designed to keep organizations out of trouble by showing them how to do the electoral process correctly. The company markets these videos through a combination of direct mail brochures, targeted faxes, and a Web site, http://parli.com, which was the first Web site about parliamentary procedure on the Internet. The company also makes and markets videos about France, Russia, and Cuba, and produces custom-made videos for corporate clients. Robert McConnell Productions has been in business since 1993.

Table of Contents

Preface xvii
Introduction xix
PART I: Meetings and Organizations
The Basics
3(10)
Structure of an Organization
3(1)
Applying Democratic Principles to Organizations
4(2)
Defining Parliamentary Procedure
6(1)
Importance of Parliamentary Procedures
7(1)
Basic Principles of Parliamentary Procedure
7(6)
Taking Up Business One Item at a Time
8(1)
Promoting Courtesy, Justice, Impartiality, and Equality
9(2)
The Rule of the Majority and Protection of the Minority
11(2)
The Order of a Business Meeting
13(18)
Planning and Using Agendas
13(7)
Accepted Order of Business
14(2)
Creating a Specific Agenda
16(2)
Adopting the Agenda
18(1)
Mailing an Agenda to the Members
19(1)
Consent and Priority Agendas
19(1)
Quorum
20(3)
How to Keep a Record of the Quorum
22(1)
What to Do When No Quorum Is Present
22(1)
A Business Meeting in Action
23(8)
Calling the Meeting to Order
23(1)
Reading and Approving the Minutes
23(2)
Reports of Officers
25(1)
Reports of Committees
26(2)
Unfinished Business and General Orders
28(1)
New Business
28(2)
Adjourning the Meeting
30(1)
Presenting Business to the Assembly
31(14)
Basic Steps in Presenting a Motion
31(2)
Making a Main Motion
33(2)
Discussing a Motion
35(2)
Taking the Vote
37(2)
Completing the Action on the Motion
39(1)
Important Points to Remember Before Making a Motion
39(4)
Resolutions
43(2)
Debating the Motion
45(8)
Rules of Debate
46(3)
Limitations on Debate
49(1)
Debatable Motions And Undebatable Motions
49(4)
Voting
53(22)
Procedure for Taking a Vote
54(1)
The Majority Rules
55(4)
Majority Vote Defined
56(1)
Modifications in Majority Vote
56(3)
A Two-Thirds Vote
59(1)
A Three-Fourths Vote
59(1)
The Tie Vote
60(1)
Ways the Vote Can Be Taken
60(8)
Taking a Vote by Voice
61(1)
Taking a Vote by Show of Hands
61(1)
Taking a Vote by Rising (Standing)
62(1)
Taking a Vote by Ballot
62(2)
Taking a Vote by Mail
64(1)
Taking a Vote by E-mail
65(1)
Taking a Vote by General or Unanimous Consent
66(2)
Doubting the Result of the Vote
68(1)
Calling for a Division
68(1)
Doubting the Result of a Ballot Vote or Roll Call Vote
69(1)
Other Voting Procedures
69(1)
Frequently Asked Questions About Voting
70(5)
PART II: Motions Simplified
Motions
75(10)
Classes of Motions
75(7)
Main Motions
76(2)
Secondary Motions
78(3)
Motions That Bring a Question Again Before the Assembly
81(1)
Previous Notice of Motions
82(1)
The Ranking of Motions
82(3)
Using Subsidiary Motions to Help Adopt a Main Motion
85(22)
Postpone Indefinitely
85(2)
Amend
87(3)
Voting on Amendments to the Main Motion
90(4)
Refer to a Committee
94(1)
Committee (or Quasi-Committee) of the Whole
95(1)
Consider Informally
96(1)
Postpone to a Certain Time
97(1)
Postpone to a Certain Time Made into a Special Order
98(1)
Limit or Extend the Limits of Debate
99(2)
Previous Question (Close Debate)
101(3)
Lay on the Table
104(1)
Legitimate Uses of the Motion Lay on the Table
105(2)
Using Privileged Motions
107(10)
Calls for the Orders of the Day
107(2)
Raise a Question of Privilege
109(2)
Recess
111(1)
Adjourn
112(2)
Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
114(1)
Fix the Time at Which to Adjourn
115(2)
Using Incidental Motions
117(16)
Point of Order
117(1)
Appeal from the Decision of the Chair (Appeal)
118(2)
Requests and Inquiries
120(2)
Request for Permission to Withdraw or Modify a Motion
122(2)
Request To be Excused from a Duty
124(1)
Object to Consideration of a Question
125(1)
Division of the Assembly
126(1)
Division of the Question
127(1)
Suspend the Rules
128(5)
Using Motions That Bring a Question Again Before the Assembly
133(10)
Take from the Table
133(1)
Reconsider
134(3)
Rescind and Amend Something Previously Adopted
137(3)
Discharge a Committee
140(3)
PART III: Membership
Officers
143(32)
Elected Officers
143(1)
The President
144(8)
Setting Goals for the Organization
145(1)
Performing Administrative Duties
145(1)
Presiding at Meetings
145(6)
Becoming an Effective Presiding Officer
151(1)
Legal and Ethical Considerations
152(1)
The Vice President
152(1)
The Secretary
153(8)
Meeting Minutes
154(1)
The Structure of the Minutes
155(5)
Approval of and Corrections to the Minutes
160(1)
Finalized Form of the Minutes
160(1)
Carrying out the Actions in the Minutes
161(1)
The Treasurer
161(4)
The Treasurer's Duty in Small Clubs
162(1)
The Treasurer's Report in Small Clubs
162(1)
The Treasurer's Duty in Larger Organizations
163(2)
Boards
165(7)
Bylaws and Boards
166(3)
Ex Officio Board Members
169(1)
Handling Resignations
170(2)
Passing the Torch
172(3)
Nominations and Elections
175(26)
Nominations
175(5)
Nominations by Committee
176(1)
Nominations from the Floor
177(2)
Nominations by Ballot
179(1)
Nominations by Mail
179(1)
Nominations by Petition
179(1)
Other Nominating Procedures
179(1)
Nominations and the Minutes
179(1)
Motions Relating to Nominations
180(1)
Close the Nominations
180(1)
Reopen the Nominations
181(1)
Undemocratic Practices in the Nomination and Election Process
182(1)
Elections
183(5)
Election by Voice Vote
183(1)
Election by Ballot Vote
184(3)
Election by Roll Call Vote
187(1)
Election by Cumulative Voting
187(1)
Election by Other Types of Voting
187(1)
Motions Concerning Elections
188(1)
Counting and Recording the Ballots by Teller's Committee
189(7)
Teller's Sheet and Report
189(1)
Counting the Ballots
190(2)
Filling Out the Teller's Report
192(2)
Giving the Teller's Committee Report
194(2)
Other Points About Elections
196(2)
Election Irregularities
198(1)
Taking a Recount
199(2)
Committees
201(4)
The Role of a Committee
201(1)
Standing Committees
202(1)
Special Committees
202(1)
Appointment of the Committee Chairman
203(2)
The Role of the Member
205(4)
Membership Involvement
206(1)
Duties of the Members
206(2)
A Special Responsibility for Members
208(1)
Discipline
209(12)
The Unruly Member at Meetings
209(1)
Penalties
210(7)
Removing an Offender from the Assembly Hall
211(1)
Making a Motion to Censure
211(1)
Censure
211(4)
Holding a Trial
215(2)
Some Final Thoughts
217(4)
PART IV: Meetings and Strategies
Meetings
221(36)
The Basics
221(1)
Formal Meetings
222(10)
Annual Meetings
222(1)
Regular Meetings
223(1)
Adjourned Meetings
223(1)
Executive Sessions
224(1)
Special Meetings
224(1)
Sessions
225(1)
Conventions
225(4)
Mass Meetings
229(3)
Informal Meetings
232(3)
Board Meetings (Under 12 Members)
232(2)
Committee Meetings (Under 12 Members)
234(1)
Electronic Meetings
235(2)
Meeting Management
237(7)
Managing Meetings at the Office
239(2)
The Meeting Environment
241(1)
Evaluating Your Meetings
242(2)
Meeting Strategies
244(13)
Strategies for Members
245(8)
Strategies for Presiding Officers
253(4)
Strategies for Individual Motions Illustrated
257(24)
Object to a Motion's Consideration
258(1)
Subsidiary Motions
258(14)
Postpone Indefinitely
258(1)
Amend
259(7)
Refer to a Committee
266(1)
Postpone to a Certain Time
267(2)
Limit or Extend the Limits of Debate
269(1)
Previous Question
270(1)
Lay on the Table
271(1)
Privileged Motions
272(4)
Raise a Question of Privilege
272(1)
Recess
273(1)
Adjourn
274(1)
Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
275(1)
Incidental Motions
276(1)
Motions That Bring a Question Again Before the Assembly
276(2)
Reconsider the Vote
276(2)
Rescind
278(1)
Other Helpful Motions
278(3)
Reconsider and Enter on the Minutes
279(2)
Most Frequently Asked Questions
281(32)
Voting
281(9)
The Secretary and Minutes
290(3)
The President
293(5)
Nominations and Elections
298(4)
Other Officers
302(1)
Ex Officio Officers and Members
303(1)
Quorum
304(1)
Meetings
305(3)
Motions
308(5)
PART V: Governing Documents
Various Types of Governing Documents
313(6)
The Corporate Charter
313(2)
Constitution and Bylaws
315(1)
Rules of Order
315(2)
Standing Rules
317(2)
Bylaws
319(70)
Composition of Bylaws
319(11)
Name
320(1)
Object
320(1)
Members
321(1)
Officers
322(2)
Meetings
324(2)
Executive Boards
326(2)
Committees
328(1)
Parliamentary Authority
329(1)
Amending the Bylaws
329(1)
Other Bylaw Provisions
329(1)
Revising the Bylaws
330(2)
Amending the Bylaws
332(1)
Helpful Motions for Bylaw Revision and Amendment
333(1)
Seriatim (Consideration Paragraph by Paragraph)
333(2)
Proviso
335(1)
Sample Bylaws
336(7)
PART VI: Appendices
Appendix A: Correct Parliamentary Terminology
343(20)
Main Motions
343(1)
Voting
344(1)
Subsidiary Motions
345(1)
Postpone Indefinitely (Kill a Motion)
345(1)
Amend
345(2)
Refer to a Committee (Commit)
347(1)
Postpone to a Certain Time
347(2)
Limit or Extend Debate
349(1)
Close Debate (Previous Question)
349(1)
Lay on the Table
350(1)
Privileged Motions
351(1)
Call for the Orders of the Day
351(1)
Raise a Question of Privilege
352(1)
Recess
352(1)
Adjourn
353(1)
Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
354(1)
Incidental Motions
355(1)
Point of Order
355(1)
Parliamentary Inquiry
355(1)
Point of Information
355(1)
Appeal from the Decision of the Chair
355(1)
Object to Consideration of a Question
356(1)
Suspend the Rules
357(1)
Motions That Bring a Question Again Before the Assembly
357(1)
Reconsider
357(1)
Take from the Table
358(1)
Rescind
359(1)
Amend Something Previously Adopted
360(1)
Additional Pointers for the Chair
361(2)
Appendix B: Meeting Script
363(6)
Appendix C: Sample Minutes
369(4)
Minutes of a Regular Meeting
369(2)
Minutes of an Adjourned Meeting
371(2)
Appendix D: Steps in Making a Motion
373(2)
Appendix E: Ranking of Motions
375(2)
Appendix F: A History
377(4)
Appendix G: Who Was Henry Robert?
381(2)
Appendix H: National Organizations
383(2)
Appendix I: Motions That Take a Majority Vote
385(2)
Appendix J: Motions That Take a Two-Thirds Vote
387(2)
Index 389

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