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August 2006 Barker


Did You Know?

You have heard of Mr. Roberts? No, not the one on TV "in the neighborhood", no, not the Lt. Robert, Naval Officer from the Movies. Mr. Henry Roberts [1837-1923]. He was a West Point educated U.S. Army Officer. He became interested in parliamentary law when he was asked to preside at a meeting and found he didn't know how. He found after attending meetings in different parts of the country, that everyone was going by their own set of rules, no one really knew how, as there were no rules. After investigating what was written at the time about meeting order of business and finding that no authority agreed on the subject, he decided to write his own set of rules. He published his own wors on the subject, having 4,000 copies printed. The book was titled Pocket Manual of Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies. It was 176 pages long. He then found a publisher, who retitled the book, Robert's Rules of Order. That 1st edition sold out in 3 months. The rest is history! Bringing order out of what can be chaos at times.

Some simple general rules:


*Each meeting, led by the Presiding Officer, follows an order of business called an agenda, reviewed in its proper order, and disposed of before moving to the next issue.
* Only one main motion can be pending at a time. When a main motion is pending, members can make motions froma class of motions called secondary motions. Some examples of secondary motions are to amend, refer to a committee, and postpone. These must be discussed, and resolved [voted on] before going back to the main motion, which may have an amendment attached to it at this point.
* Only one member can be assigned the floor at a time.
*Members take turns speaking.
No member speaks twice about a motion until all members have had the opportunity to speak.

[more rules and procedures next time]

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