Robertís Rules of Order
for Alaska Native Organizations


A keen knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order provides you with the tools to conduct productive meetings and accomplish your goals. Keep discussions on track and cut through delay tactics. Make sure difficult personalities are in check. Robert’s Rules of Order is the parliamentary authority used by most organizations to ensure that democratic procedures are followed during meetings.

This class will give you the hands-on experience that you need to make certain that your next meeting runs smoothly and productively. Youíll explore the rules that govern meetings, including quorums, motions that bring business before the assembly, motions that are out of order and motions requiring a two-thirds vote. Youíll learn how to debate issues, handle reports and work in an executive session. By putting this knowledge to work in mock meetings, youíll see which motions are valid in a variety of situations and gain useful experience in making motions and using points of order.

This class is essential for effective and efficient meeting management and a must for tribes, associations, schools, health organizations and more.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
What is Parliamentary Law?
  • Historical background
  • Fundamental principles and basic rules
  • Tribal sovereignty
  • Foundation
  • Relevance in day-to-day operations
Constitution and Bylaws
  • Content of bylaws
  • Key articles
  • Documents of authority
  • What supersedes parliamentary law?
  • Standing rules
  • Procedures for amending
  • Calling for the vote
  • Voting methods
  • Recording the vote
  • When a two-thirds vote is required
  • The chair as the “casting vote”
Role of the Presiding Officer
  • Role of the president/chair
  • Dos and don’ts for the chair
Order of Business
  • Meetings and sessions
  • Conducting a meeting
  • The agenda
  • Typical order of business
  • Sample agenda request and report form
  • Definition of a “quorum”
  • Special rules defining a quorum
  • A quorum or no quorum
  • Eight steps in processing a motion
  • The main motion
  • Acting on resolutions
  • Subsidiary motions
  • Appeal
  • Object to consideration
  • Suspend the rules
  • Point of order
  • Ratify, renew and rescind
Meeting Minutes
  • Role of the recording secretary
  • Establishing the official record
  • Determining what to include
  • Correcting and amending the minutes
Effective Meetings
  • What makes an effective meeting?
  • Meeting objectives and structure
  • Role of board members in meetings
  • Checklist for efficient meetings
Maintaining Control
  • Keeping discussions on track
  • Eliminating delay tactics
  • Diffusing emotional situations
  • Using speaker time limits to maintain control
  • The ultimate tool — ruling “out of order”
Motivating Membership
  • Techniques for encouraging participation
  • Fully exploring each issue
  • Protecting and encouraging the minority voice
  • Selling the benefits of parliamentary procedures
Acting Like a Leader
  • Powerful role of the chair
  • Maximizing the full scope of your authority
  • Creating a balance of debate
  • Presiding without dominating

*Topics subject to change.

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