Examples of action, summary, and detailed minutes in Robert’s Rules

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Our faithful readers know that Jurassic Parliament advocates for action or summary minutes, not detailed minutes. This article, Meeting minutes record what is DONE, not what is SAID, explains our reasoning.

We thought it might be helpful to provide a real-life example of each kind of minutes, so here they are.

Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, 12th edition, provides a set of sample minutes. You can read that sample here.

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Ann Macfarlane

Ann G. Macfarlane is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian. She offers an interactive and user-friendly way to master the key points for effective, efficient and fair meetings. Her background as a diplomat and Russian translator enables her to connect with elected officials and nonprofit board directors and give them the tools they need for success. She is the author of Mastering Council Meetings: A guidebook for elected officials and local governments.