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Thanks for your patience! 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.
The Sooner Unit was chartered by the National
Association of Parliamentarians in 1986
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Parliamentary Procedure: What does it mean and why is it
Parliamentary Procedure is a set of rules for conducting business at meetings and public gatherings. If the bylaws of an organization specify Robert's Rules of Order as the adopted parliamentary authority, the most current edition of the work of Henry M. Robert is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR), 11th Edition, which is the truly definitive source of information about parliamentary procedure and is the basic handbook for many clubs, organizations and other groups.
Can't we all just get along?
According to Robert’s Rules of Order, Parliamentary procedure is
based on the consideration members' rights: RONR is based on the...
...rights of the majority,
...rights of the minority (especially a large minority greater than one-third),
...rights of individual members,
...rights of absentee members,
...rights of all of these groups taken together.
It is important because:
“The application of parliamentary law is the best method yet devised to enable assemblies of any size, with due regard for every member’s opinion, to arrive at the general will on the maximum number of questions of varying complexity in a minimum amount of time and under all kinds of internal climate ranging from total harmony to hardened or impassioned division of opinion.”
RONR (11th ed.), Introduction, p. lii
The Sooner Unit 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), 11th Edition 2011, 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.
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, 11th 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.]