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 9781119241713-ftoc.indd iii April 1, 2016 12:44 PM 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
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.