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Robert's Rules For Dummies, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-24171-3
432 pages
May 2016
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Your no-nonsense guide to making sense of Robert's Rules

The classic Robert's Rules of Order has a proven track record of helping membership groups apply codes of conduct to serve as a parliamentary authority within a given assembly. Unfortunately, when read on its own, it can prove to be unclear and hard to follow for many organizations—and that's where this friendly guide comes in. This new edition of Robert's Rules For Dummies demystifies the often-confusing rules of parliamentary procedure in clear, simple language and shows you how to apply them within your organization in a practical and effective way.

From procedures for proper nominations to handling elections and ballots, from conducting meetings online to voting by mail and email—and everything in between—this hands-on, plain-English guide makes it easier to apply the information in the most recent version of the rules handbook so you and your organization can start benefiting from it today.

  • Contains updated content that conforms to changes in business meetings, including special rules for making group decisions in both real-time and non-real-time environments
  • Covers new timesaving tips to make meetings more efficient in a world where everyone is pressed for time
  • Provides sample agendas, minutes, scripts, and more
  • Includes interactive online material for readers on the go

If you want to keep meetings organized, efficient, and on track, Robert's Rules For Dummies has you covered.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1: It’s Parliamentary, My Dear: Participating Effectively in Meetings 7

CHAPTER 1: Following the Rules (Robert’s, That Is) 9

CHAPTER 2: Defining the Organization: Bylaws and Other Rules 19

CHAPTER 3: Meetings: Making Group Decisions 37

CHAPTER 4: Notice and a Quorum 51

CHAPTER 5: Ordering Business: The Agenda 63

Part 2: Motions: Putting Ideas into Action 75

CHAPTER 6: Main Motions: Proposing Ideas for Group Action 77

CHAPTER 7: Debate: Discussing the Pros and Cons of Ideas 97

CHAPTER 8: Making Group Decisions: Voting on the Motion 115

CHAPTER 9: Subsidiary Motions: Helping to Process the Main Motion 137

CHAPTER 10: Privileged Motions: Getting Through the Meeting 167

CHAPTER 11: Incidental Motions: Dealing with Questions of Procedure 183

CHAPTER 12: Haven’t We Decided This Already? Motions That Bring a Question Again Before the Assembly 217

Part 3: Getting Involved in Leadership 237

CHAPTER 13: Who’s Going to Do the Work? Following Nomination Procedures 239

CHAPTER 14: Holding Elections and Making Appointments 251

CHAPTER 15: Running the Show: Officers and Directors 267

CHAPTER 16: Gearing Up for the Real Action: Committees 283

CHAPTER 17: Reporting to Your Organization 295

CHAPTER 18: Disciplining and Removing Officers or Members 309

CHAPTER 19: Starting a New Association 321

CHAPTER 20: The Convention of Delegates: A Special Kind of Assembly 333

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Part 4: The Part of Tens 345

CHAPTER 21: Ten (Or So) Meeting Procedure Myths 347

CHAPTER 22: Ten Tips for Presiding Officers 357

CHAPTER 23: Ten Motion Mistakes to Avoid 365

CHAPTER 24: Ten Custom Rules to Consider 373

APPENDIX: Glossary of Parliamentary Terms 381

Index 389

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Author Information

C. Alan Jennings is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) credentialed by the National Association of Parliamentarians. He is past president of the Louisiana Association of Parliamentarians, and is a member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians.

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Sample Meeting Agenda
This sample agenda for a meeting of a small board follows the Robert's Rules standard order of business. The items listed under each heading represent the actual agenda items known to be on the calendar for this specific meeting.
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Sample Working Agenda
This agenda is a sample presiding officer's working agenda for the meeting of a small board. The agenda not only contains the items on the calendar for the meeting, but it's annotated in great detail to assist the presiding officer in conducting the meeting. Anticipated motions are even scripted. A good presiding officer prepares for meetings by outlining the agenda in as much detail as possible.
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Audited Treasurer's Report
This report is an example of a summary-style cash basis treasurer's report covering a full year's finances for a small local society. During the year, periodic reports are given in the same form, but without the auditors? certifications contained on this report.
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Finance Committee Reporting Budget
This form contains important components in addition to a budget. It includes a resolution adopting the budget with an authorization for the treasurer to disburse the budgeted amounts. The final part of the form includes a form for the secretary to certify the adoption of the budget and the resolution, providing the treasurer with an official copy for his files.
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Audit Committee Report
In connection with an audited financial report, an audit committee may have comments and recommendations. This committee report is a report rendered in connection with an audited treasurer's report similar to the one used in the previous section by the same name.
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Convention Committee on Standing Rules Report
A convention of delegates adopts its own convention standing rules for a single session. The organization's committee on standing rules is charged with recommending the rules for adoption at the opening meeting of the convention.
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Sample Minutes
The two detailed sample minutes in this document provide some examples of style for documenting items like motions laid on the table (or taken from the table), points of order, appeals, referrals to committee, and recesses, to name a few. The minutes are based on real-life examples that I think you can benefit from because they were prepared in general conformity with the principles in Robert's Rules.
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Tellers' Election Worksheet
In any election, it's important to track the nominees and the ballot totals and tallies. This tellers' worksheet is designed as a nice, simple way to accumulate all the information you need to prepare a perfect tellers' report. Of course, after you download the form, you can adapt it according to your own needs, but I personally find its current, simplified layout more than helpful.
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Tellers' Report for Elections
When your organization votes by ballot, reporting the details is important for the record (and for preventing the occasional fistfight). Two forms on the website are designed to help you in that process. The Elections is for reporting the ballot counts in a vote on an election. Both forms include the critical components for proper reporting of the following:
  • The number of votes cast
  • The number of votes required to elect (or adopt, as in the case of a motion)
  • The total votes cast for each candidate (or choice, as in the case of a motion)
  • The total number of illegal votes and a short description of each such vote
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Tellers' Report for Motions
When your organization votes by ballot, reporting the details is important for the record (and for preventing the occasional fistfight). Two forms on the website are designed to help you in that process. The Motions is for reporting the ballot counts in a vote on a motion. Both forms include the critical components for proper reporting of the following:
  • The number of votes cast
  • The number of votes required to elect (or adopt, as in the case of a motion)
  • The total votes cast for each candidate (or choice, as in the case of a motion)
  • The total number of illegal votes and a short description of each such vote
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