Parliamentary procedures help establish a process for conducting business in a group. The process is used to help a group come to a decision in a fair manner. It also helps a group to stay focused and resolve issues. In this free Parliamentary Procedure lapbook, you will learn about Robert’s rules of order and how to implement them in a meeting.
Most Noted Parliamentarians: Henry M. Robert, originally published 1876, 4th edition 1915, still in print with 10th edition 2000. Alice Sturgis, originally published 1950, American Institute of Parliamentarians is still making revisions. George Demeter, originally published 1948; Paul Mason originally published 1935; Hugh Cannon originally published 1992.
Robert’s Rules: Henry Martyn Robert 1837-1923 was a general in the U.S. Army. He researched parliamentary procedure after being elected chairman of a group. He found many discrepancies in the existing books and decided to simplify the procedure. Many groups still use his rules to conduct their meetings today.
Famous Quote: “Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty.” Henry M. Robert, December 1875
Interesting Fact: Parliamentary Procedure is adaptable for different size groups. The larger the group the more formal the meeting should be but always consider “what is the fairest thing to do in this situation?” Remember to apply this to all and not just yourself.