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Posted May 24, 2013
I loved this book growing up, so it's difficult to give it a low rating. But this edition (1990) is just getting too dated. Parliamentary Procedure at a Glance was clever and creatively designed when first released in 1932. This "New Edition" is from 1990. The latest Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised is the 11th Edition published in 2011. Each new edition brings changes to procedure (the 11th Edition has 120 listed changes, including new procedures and names for motions.) As a result, this edition of Parliamentary Procedure at a Glance is sadly now about three Robert's editions out of date.
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Posted July 1, 2008
I instruct our Chamber of Commerce sponsored Leadership Hilton Head/Bluffton class each year in Robert's Rules/Parliamentary Procedure. This book was given to me 25 years ago when I served on Town Council and remains, in my opinion, one of the best tools anyone can use to help them with proper procedures in running and participating in meetings.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 25, 2002
There are two kinds of reference books, the kind that has a complete discussion on every question you can think of on a particular subject, and the kind in which you can actually find what you're looking for right now. This work is one of the latter. It is no substitute for Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, the definitive work on the subject, which belongs in the library of every PTA president, budding politician, or C-SPAN junkie. But once you've done your homework and understand the principles of parliamentary procedure, it is Garfield Jones' book, not Henry Robert's, that you'll bring with you to every meeting (or wish you had.) Thin enough to get lost under your agenda, the book is uniquely suited to be used, in real time, in the meeting, in the trenches. It is one of the most cleverly designed tools I've seen, planned from the ground up, or rather from the middle out, to live up to its 'at-a-glance' title. Open it to the center staple, and you'll be looking at the index--two short (literally half height) pages. Above them stand two ranks of staggered-length pages that serve as a table of the various motions, and their order of precedence from the normal order of business, main motions, up through amendment, referring to committee, calling the question, tabling, points of order, adjournment--all visible at once. The cut pages serve as index tabs, so you can instantly flip to the reference page for that motion. (When you do, motions of lower rank, now out of order, are hidden, while those of higher rank remain visible above.) A glance at the reference page shows a table of rules pertaining to that particular motion: does it require a second, allow for debate, need a simple majority to pass, or a two-thirds vote? Then, most useful for the member (or presiding officer) still learning the ropes, is a complete sample dialog of the proper form for making the motion, stating the question, putting to a vote, and announcing the result. Example: 'The 'Noes' have it, and the amendment to the amendment is lost. Is there any further discussion on the original amendment?' The remaining pages in front and back of the book contain lesser-used but highly valuable material on general parliamentary principles, the strategic uses of some motions (not just how to make them, but when and why), and how-to sections on chairing a meeting, taking minutes, holding nominations and elections, and ballot counting. If it's not applicable, useful, and practical, it's not in there. But if you need it, there's a good chance that you'll find it, and quickly enough to do you some good. There is one minor error and one intentional rule-bending, both in regard to the Motion to Reconsider, but that's one of the most rarified points of procedure. It occurs on the final exam in Parliamentarian School, but not in real life on this or any nearby planet. If you really need to know it in any detail, you'll need to open two things: your full copy of Robert's Rules and the cork of a fortifying beverage. Three word review: A real find.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2001
This little book is great resources for everyone from the working parliamentarian to the novice committee chairperson. Open it to the middle and you'll find each section of Robert's Rules tabbed for easy reference with a step-by-step guide to handling the motion including a script of what to say. Whether you're comfortable with parliamentary procedure or not, this companion to Robert's Rules is a must-have.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.