Unfortunately the posted versions of Roberts Rules of Order online tend to be reprints of the 1915 edition, which is out of copyright. It is not a good idea to rely on them. Roberts Rules of Order have changed a lot in the past 100 years.

What should you do instead of looking for Roberts Rules of Order online?

Cover of Roberts Rules of Order current edition - the only authorized version

Roberts Rules of Order current edition – the only authorized version

The best thing to do is to buy the current version, Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th edition, along with a handbook to help you navigate through it. We recommend the spiral-bound version available from the National Association of Parliamentarians. It lies flat on the desk and is easier to handle.

Our book, Mastering Council Meetings, is a practical guide designed as a companion to Roberts Rules of Order. It is written in a user-friendly and conversational style. You can find the information you need easily using our 19-page glossary and the 11-page index, which contain many terms not usually found in such books.

Our book is oriented towards public bodies and elected officials, and members of nonprofit boards will also find it very useful. Learn more about it here, read reviews here and testimonials here.

You may also find Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised in Brief, 2nd edition, to be a helpful addition to your library. This little book is quite readable and available at a modest cost. Note that it is intended as a “guidepost” to the big book. It may not be adopted as a parliamentary authority in its own right.

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  1. Wynetta on August 22, 2015 at 6:13 am

    What is the required amount of members of a committee that need to be present in order to conduct a meeting? I was told it was 75%. Is this correct?

    What is the required amounts of members of a meeting that is needed to pass a motion. Is it 50% of all members or 50% of those present?

    • Ann Macfarlane on August 22, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      Wynetta, ordinarily a majority (more than 50%) of the members of a committee must be present for business to be done. This is called a “quorum” of the committee.

      And ordinarily, a MAJORITY OF VOTES CAST is necessary to pass a motion. You will see that this is less than 50% of all members and also less than 50% of those present, since some members could be absent, and some members who are present could choose not to vote (to abstain). See our blog post on “abstain.”

      It is also possible for bylaws to set higher requirements for either of these. Always check the bylaws to see what they say.

      Thanks for asking and good luck! Ann

  2. Grace Hebert on March 22, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    If you have a AGM and one has left there name to run in any spot but secetery and a vote is held he gets in by 1vote .Then it comes to treasure and no. One wants it but the first person that got voted in would of taken treasure can one change places

    • Ann Macfarlane on March 22, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Dear Grace,

      This is an interesting situation! I can’t give specific advice without knowing more. In general, however, a person can step down from his office. The person who is willing to be treasurer could resign the position to which he was elected, someone else could be elected to that position, and then the willing person could accept the treasurer position. Good luck!