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We are in the process of making improvements to this website that will be most helpful in your search for knowledge about parliamentary procedure and Robert's Rules of Order.
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Parliamentary Procedure: What does it mean and why is it important?
by Parlipro? Tongue-tied by motions? Perplexed by whether a motion is
debatable or amendable? Who came up with the rules of parliamentary
procedure anyway? With our online tutorial, here's a chance to learn a
thing or two about motions and parliamentary procedure, courtesy of the
public domain version of Robert's Rules of Order Revised, Fourth
According to Robert's Rules of Order, parliamentary procedure is based on the consideration of the rights of the majority, the rights of the minority (especially a large minority greater than one-third), the rights of individual members, the rights of absentee members, and the rights of all of these groups taken together.
This website www.parlipro.org is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of parliamentary procedure, which can be fun, as well as educational. Some of the educational material on this website comes from Robert's Rules of Order Revised, Fourth Edition. This is an important book, mostly consistent with all later editions, and can be helpful in the study of parliamentary procedure; however, the most current edition of the work of Henry M. Robert is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR), 10th Edition 2000, which is the truly definitive source of information about parliamentary procedure....
the bylaws* of an organization specify RONR as the adopted parliamentary
authority, then that book should be used. The Fourth edition can serve
as a useful reference tool but, by all means, get a copy of the current
edition of RONR; it contains much information and details not available
in the Fourth Edition.
The information presented on this website is believed to be accurate and is intended to provide some of the basics of parliamentary procedure, but is not intended to be complete. RONR is a 704 page reference book, where you can find the facts and details about things that spark your interest.
How can a professional parliamentarian help you? A professional parliamentarian can serve your organization as a Meeting Parliamentarian, Convention Consultant, Written Parliamentary Opinions, Bylaws Writing and Interpretation, Parliamentary Procedure Workshops, and serving as a Professional Presiding Officer. Click here if you would like to read additional information about these services.
You may wish to consult with a professional parliamentarian in your area for more information. For a reference, contact:
National Association of Parliamentarians
213 South Main St.
Independence, MO 64050-3850
Or contact the Oklahoma State Association of Parliamentarians or the Sooner Unit, a local study unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians.
As time goes by, we will be adding additional interactive features to this website, designed to test one's knowledge, as well as other material designed to inform and educate on the basics of parliamentary procedure. Come back often and check on our progress.
* [The 1915, Fourth Edition, of Robert's Rules of Order Revised, uses the hyphenated spelling "by-laws." The current, 10th edition, of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR), uses "bylaws." Although many bylaws (by-laws) still spell it with a hyphen, the current usage is without a hyphen.]