Read Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised 10th edition text version

Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, 10th Edition This is the most up-to-date version of Robert's Rules of Order. This is a great resource if you would like to review more details about Robert's Rules of Order and parliamentary procedures for running your meetings. There are also numerous references such as Parliamentary Procedure at a Glance and Robert's Rules for Dummies that can be used to learn more about Robert's Rules of Order. Alternatives to Robert's Rules of Order Robert's Rules of Order is just one example of a decisionmaking process that can be used by your neighborhood association. If your association currently lists Robert's Rules of Order as the official procedure used by the group, then you must abide by the core elements of these rules. Below I've included one example of a common decision-making process used for smaller groups. Another example is Roberta's Rules of Order or consensus decision-making. If your association decides to use an alternate decision-making process, your bylaws will have to amend your bylaws to note the new method that will be used. Robert's Rules of Order Modified for Small Boards, Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, 10th Edition, pg. 470 In a board meeting where there are not more than about a dozen members present, some of the formality that is necessary in a large assembly would hinder business. The rules governing such meetings are different from the rules that hold in other assemblies, in the following respects: Members are not require to obtain the floor before making notions or speaking, which they can do while seated. Motions need not be seconded. There is no limit to the number of times a member can speak to questions, and motions to close or limit debate generally should not be entertained. Informal discussion of a subject is permitted while no motion is pending. Sometimes, when a proposal is perfectly clear to all present, a vote can be taken without a motion's having been introduced. Unless agreed to by unanimous consent, however, all proposed actions of a board must be approved by vote under the same rules as in other assemblies,

except that a vote can be taken initially by a show of hands, which is often a better method in such meetings. The chairman need not rise while putting questions to vote. The chairman can speak in discussion without rising or leaving the chair and, subject to rule or custom within the particular board (which should be uniformly followed regardless of how many members are present); he usually can make motions and usually votes on all questions.

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