Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules / Edition 3

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Overview

This third edition of Jon Ericson’s Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules updates all references and page numbers to the tenth edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, published in 2000. Ericson’s guide to the authoritative parliamentary resource clarifies many of the concepts and rules that intimidate or confuse the members of organizations who use it, stressing that they have a choice in—and may, in fact, modify—the rules by which they are bound.

Ericson begins with the Order of Precedence, which he defines as the key concept in understanding and utilizing parliamentary procedure. He then uses a question-and-answer format in which a logical progression of essential parliamentary questions is explicitly answered, with a rationale for each rule. Throughout, he provides specific page references to Robert’s Rules. Through these three elements, he makes classic doctrine intelligible and workable, leading the reader step-by-step through the rules and their applications and, in the process, encouraging people to feel more positive about parliamentary procedure and their ability to use it.

“Far too many members, armed—or more accurately disarmed—with a misconception of parliamentary procedure, choose to spend a lifetime wondering what is going on and lamenting or blaming others when things fail to go their way,” writes Ericson in the Introduction. “Understanding parliamentary procedure also allows a person to have more fun—not just the fun of socializing outside the business meeting—but the fun of performing in the public arena.”

A popular, concise, and clear handbook, Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules emphasizes the simple machinery of the system, relates its concepts to the procedures most commonly used in meetings and conventions, and encourages members to obtain and study, rather than shy away from Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. This new edition also expands the number of question-and-answer sections and surveys the research in and commentary on the field since 1991. A laminated, removable card featuring simplified charts of parliamentary motions serves as an additional resource and is included with the volume.

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A handy, accessible guide in a question-and-answer format. For individuals who want a quick answer to what action may be taken in the absence of a quorum, for example; for those who want to arm themselves against defeat because the opposition knows more about a parliamentary procedure; and for organizations needing an approach that simplifies procedures for delegates and encourages them to become involved (the author suggests helpful modifications). Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809326051
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 175
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Ericson is Ellis and Nelle Levitt Professor Emeritus and former provost of Drake University. He lectures and serves as parliamentarian for organizations throughout the country, including state associations of the National Education Association and the National Association of School Boards.

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Table of Contents

Order of precedence 3
Main motion 7
Postpone indefinitely 17
The amending process 20
Refer to committee 31
Postpone to a certain time 42
Limit or extend limits of debate 48
Call for the previous question (close debate) 51
Lay on the table 57
Raise a question of privilege 63
Recess 66
Adjourn 67
Fix the time to which to adjourn 69
Point of order 71
Appeal from the decision of the chair 75
Suspend the rules 78
Object to consideration 82
Division of a question (divide a motion) 86
Division of the assembly 89
Requests and inquiries 92
Rescind 100
Reconsider 102
Reconsider and enter on the minutes 109
Quorum 115
Voting 119
Nominations and elections 127
Bylaws 130
The chair 134
The parliamentarian 138
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