17 Robert’s Rules >Take up business one item at a time >Have courtesy, fairness, impartiality and equality >Majority rules, but rights of individual, minority and absent members protected From Robert McConnell Productions (2001). Robert’s Rules of Order: Simplified and Amplified, 2nd Ed., Indianapolis: Wiley.
18 Misuse of Robert’s Rules >Using rules to intimidate or dominate >Majoring in the minors
19 Managing Big Talkers >Everyone speaks once on an issue >Seat them to the immediate left or right of presiding officer >“Thank you. Now that I know how you feel, I would like to hear from _________.” >“Everybody talks once before anybody talks twice.”
20 Managing Chit-Chatters >Ask them to stop >“Cross-talk makes it difficult for the secretary to keep accurate minutes…”
22 Question 1 >What should the president do if he/she wants to give an opinion of a topic?
23 Don’t Do It! >But, there’s another possibility – >Ask another officer to preside, so you can give opinions and vote
24 Question 2 What is an example of a special order?
25 Special Orders are: >Stuff that’s done on an annual basis >Election or a nominating committee report >Business designated for the meeting as a special order
26 Question 3 >A motion was discussed and approved by the membership. Yet, the motion never received a second. >Is the motion void?
27 No >If the issue was voted on and discussed, then the second has no bearing
28 What does “second” mean? >Another member wants the issue discussed >Members may call out “second” or “I second the motion”
29 How does it work >If no one seconds, the President may ask: “Is there a second?” >“Without a second, the motion will not be considered. Next item.” >It is moved and seconded that…Is there any discussion?”
30 Question 4 >Is it a good idea to memorize anything for a meeting?
31 Absolutely >“I move that…” >“A motion has been made and seconded to…..Is there any discussion?” >“I speak in favor of the motion.” >“I oppose the motion.”
32 Question 5 >What are some of Robert’s Rules that are often ignored that would help our meetings?
33 Consider >Write down motions and hand to President >President stays neutral >State the item of new business and “What are the members’ wishes?”
34 Question 6 >Does the Treasurer’s Report have to be approved by the membership?
35 No >Treasurer states their report >President: “Are there any questions?” >President: “The Treasurer’s Report is filed.”
36 Reminder: Success means >Every member has their say >Purposes of organization furthered >Majority rules >Rights of minority opinion and absent members protected
38 References >Robert McConnell Productions (2001). Robert’s Rules of Order: Simplified and Amplified, 2 nd Ed., Indianapolis: Wiley. >Cook, M.J. (1998). Time management: Proven techniques for making the most of your valuable time. Holbrook, MA: Adams Media Corp.