Parliamentarian

Sue Beattie

State Information Packets (SIP)

Emphasis Month:

  • November

  • May

Cool Rules for Running Smooth

2nd Trimester Challenge

Women of Today and food are a great combination. For my next challenge (my first challenge was the “Beach Ball Review”), try this fun teaching activity with your members.

  • Name: “Make a Pizza Parli Pro Style”2

  • Purpose: toto practice making and voting on motions

  • Materials: a basic pizza with crust and sauce – toppings, such as pepperoni, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, cheese, etc.

  • Process: The chairperson announces that the group will vote to finish making a pizza. Participants will vote on additional ingredients by making motions and amendments.

  • After each motion is passed, the person introducing the motion performs the task of adding the ingredient and then takes over the chairmanship. Continue the process until the pizza is complete.

Hints for success:

  • The chairperson will hold up the items being considered to enhance the visual effect of the activity.

  • In the beginning, keep the activity simple by voting to add one item at a time.

Discussion questions:

  • Did our group reach consensus?

  • How did pa5rliamentary procedure help us achieve our goal of making a pizza?

  • How did parliamentary procedure hamper our effort?

  • How does parliamentary procedure help a group making other types of decisions?

Take pictures during this activity and send them to me for a chance to win a gift card at the year-end meeting!

1st Trimester Challenges

  • Send me your completed Fast Start by August 15.

  • Send me a photo of you and your members (by September 26) having a fun activity while learning parliamentary procedures.

A drawing for each challenge will be held at the mid-year meeting.

We don’t need no stinking bylaws…Or do we?

Why do we need bylaws?

        • They set the structure of the board and the organization.

        • They are written rules to govern an organization.

        • They determine the rights of participants.

        • They determine the procedures by which rights can be exercised. Guide the board in conducting business.

        • They can ensure the fairness of board decisions and provide protection against challenges.

4 Primary Reasons to Have Bylaws

      • Consistency. Rules and policies that have been documented in the form of bylaws can be applied consistently so that emotions and personalities do not get involved.

      • Efficiency. Your bylaws include procedures for decision making so that organization can conduct all its business according to the rules and as efficiently as possible.

      • Protection. Strong bylaws help protect the group from internal conflict and financial risk.

      • Legitimacy. A strong set of bylaws is a sign that the organization takes itself seriously. Bylaws give the members assurance of the mission, structure, and policies of the group.