When I posted this question, Betsy Cawn of Lake County, California wrote a short and pungent response. Much appreciated, Betsy!
Thanks to you, Ann, Robert’s Rules DO NOT drive me crazy — but unlearned colleagues who refuse to even discuss the abbreviated set of “simple guidelines” you provide certainly DO.
Somewhere between the extreme formality of Parliament and the casually conducted “board” meetings there is a happy medium, and that is simply that the chair presides, the agenda is the road map, and participants use basic meeting etiquette to carry out their mission.
Thank you for bridging the gaps and helping us all to learn how to behave!
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