NWPPA Pre-Conference Workshop 2018

May 21, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Boise Centre
850 W Front St
Boise, ID 83702
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Introduction to Robert’s Rules of Order

Who Should Attend:

Board members, policymakers, general managers, clerks to the board, executive secretaries, administrative assistants, and any utility employee participating in board or commission meetings.

Robert’s Rules of Order can be baffling and intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In this highly interactive and entertaining day-long class, attendees will learn essential principles and practice the tools and techniques to use Robert’s Rules well. The result: smooth, efficient and fair meetings.

Topics covered will include making sense of motions, including the tricky aspects of amendment; the fundamental rules of discussion and debate; dealing with difficult members; the role of the presider and the rights of members; and knowing how to table or postpone a topic to another day. This workshop gives you ample opportunities to practice what you learn, so the content stays with you. It’s also a lot of fun!

Course Objectives:

  • State the functions of the most commonly used motions
  • Describe how precedence of motions works
  • Explain authority and role of presider and members
  • List 5 types of inappropriate remark and how to respond
  • Use “point of order” and “appeal” correctly
  • Describe how a member can challenge the presider’s decision