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Robert's Rules For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-29409-3
416 pages
June 2012
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Introduction 1

Part I: It’s Parliamentary, My Dear: Participating Effectively in Meetings 7

Chapter 1: Following the Rules (Robert’s, That Is) 9

Chapter 2: Defining the Organization: Bylaws and Other Rules 17

Chapter 3: Meetings: Making Group Decisions 35

Chapter 4: Notice and a Quorum 49

Chapter 5: Ordering Business: The Agenda 59

Part II: Motions: Putting Ideas into Action 69

Chapter 6: Main Motions: Proposing Ideas for Group Action 71

Chapter 7: Debate: Discussing the Pros and Cons of Ideas 87

Chapter 8: Making Group Decisions: Voting on the Motion 103

Chapter 9: Subsidiary Motions: Helping to Process the Main Motion 121

Chapter 10: Privileged Motions: Getting Through the Meeting 147

Chapter 11: Incidental Motions: Dealing with the Questions of Procedure 163

Chapter 12: Haven’t We Decided This Already? Motions That Bring a Question Again Before the Assembly 195

Part III: Getting Involved in Leadership 213

Chapter 13: Who’s Going to Do the Work? Following Nomination Procedures 215

Chapter 14: Holding Elections and Making Appointments 227

Chapter 15: Running the Show: Officers and Directors 241

Chapter 16: Gearing Up for the Real Action: Committees 255

Chapter 17: Reporting to Your Organization 267

Chapter 18: Disciplining and Removing Officers or Members 279

Chapter 19: Starting a New Association 289

Chapter 20: The Convention of Delegates: A Special Kind of Assembly 301

Part IV: The Part of Tens 311

Chapter 21: Ten (Or So) Meeting Procedure Myths 313

Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Presiding Officers 321

Chapter 23: Ten Motion Mistakes to Avoid 327

Chapter 24: Ten Custom Rules to Consider 333

Appendix A: Glossary of Parliamentary Terms 341

Appendix B: Sample Agendas, Reports, and Minutes 349

Index 369

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