What is a parliamentarian?
• A parliamentarian is a consultant to the president.
• The role of parliamentarian is purely an advisory and consultative one since
parliamentary law gives the chair alone the power to rule on questions of
order or to answer parliamentary inquires.
• The parliamentarian can only speak to the assembly if the president makes
such a request.
What can the parliamentarian do?
The parliamentarian shall:
• Attend all meetings of the
association and of the executive
board and give necessary advice in
parliamentary procedure when
• Call the first meeting of the
nominating committee, conduct
election of chairman and give
instructions in procedure, and may
be contacted for additional
information, if needed, and shall
attend meetings of the nominating
committee only if elected to serve
as a member of the committee.
• Chair the bylaws committee and
review bylaws and standing rules
• Be entitled to all rights and privileges of membership including the right to
make motions, debate and vote.
How does the parliamentarian assist the president?
• Studies PTA bylaws and standing rules, Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly
Revised and other parliamentary resources.
• Teaches the president, executive board and members how to use
• Listens carefully to all meeting proceedings.
• Keeps a running list of members wishing to speak to an issue.
Answers parliamentary questions as needed.
from the Communicator, the California PTA