Original Author: Norris, Margaret
Date of Material: 05/17/2019
Meetings--Planning and management
A series of brief, instructive articles explaining the use Robert's Rules of Order for cities and towns in Tennessee. The series starts with the history of the Robert's Rules parliamentary procedures and delves into everything from making a motion to adjourning a meeting.
MTAS legal and management consultants often receive inquiries into parliamentary procedures and questions as to whether a motion passed or not. Many cities have chosen to adopt Robert’s Rules of Order as their guideline for conducting meetings. This is not a requirement since municipalities may opt to create their own rules of procedures. There are a few examples of other options in Knowledgebase. However, with so many Tennessee cities and towns choosing to adopt Robert’s Rules of Order we will be reviewing some of the key points and common misconceptions in the attached articles. This first article provides a bit of history about who “Robert” was.
The following excerpt is taken from the “Official Robert’s Rules of Order Website”: http://www.robertsrules.com/default.html
Henry Martyn Robert was an engineering officer in the regular Army. Without warning he was asked to preside over a public meeting being held in a church in his community and realized that he did not know how. He tried anyway and his embarrassment was supreme. This event, which may seem familiar to many readers, left him determined never to attend another meeting until he knew something of parliamentary law.
The additional attached articles cover some of the most common issues that councils and boards encounter in the course of conducting the business of the city or town. If you have additional questions, contact your MTAS management consultant. http://www.mtas.tennessee.edu/
Introduction and history.doc
11th edition of the book.doc
Abstain versus pass.doc
Amending the Minutes.docx
Debate Part I.doc
Debate Part II.doc
How to make a motion.doc
Motion Makers Rights and Responsibilities.docx
Motion to table vs motion to postpone.doc
Phrase that pays - words to use when making different motions.docx
Point of order.doc
Reconsider - rescind - amend something previously adopted.doc
Rights and Repsonsibilities of Mayor.doc
Roll call voting and voting order.doc