Putting Precedence of Motions into Practice
The system of “precedence of motions” is central to Robert’s Rules of Order, yet it sometimes appears overwhelming. Using toy dinosaurs as props, you will engage in scripted and free-form practice making motions according to the 13 ranked motions in Robert’s Rules of Order. You will also learn how to use of Point of Order and Appeal.
PURPOSE To give you confidence in applying the system of “precedence of motions” to the meeting process.
OUTCOME After taking this workshop, you will be able to:
- State the principle underlying Precedence of Motions in Robert’s Rules.
- List the eight steps to process a Main Motion and three secondary motions.
- Make and respond to a Point of Order when mistakes in applying precedence of motions are made.
Advanced Robert’s Rules for Clerks and Secretaries
Board directors faced with challenging situations turn to the clerk/secretary to ask what to do next. Learn how to process more complicated motions and how best to advise your directors. We will cover the motions to reconsider, to rescind, to amend something previously adopted, to table and to postpone.
The Role of the Clerk and Meeting Minutes
Taking meeting minutes can pose unexpected problems for clerks and secretaries of the board. Learn best practices for taking and processing minutes according to Robert’s Rules of Order. We will cover what should and should not be included in minutes, what to do when someone says “I want it on the record!” and how the clerk can intervene when essential content is missing. Note that this session does not cover the mental task of listening and scribing minutes, rather, it describes problems that the presenter has encountered in her twelve years of working with clerks at the Northwest Clerks Institute and other clerks’ associations in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.