Robert's Rules of Order

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-all the problems of running a successful meeting smoothly and fairly-are covered in this special edition of a famous manual of parliamentary procedure. A clear presentation of the complex Procedure of Motions, clarifications of many technical points, explanatory charts and diagrams have been added to the original 1893 Robert's to make it especially valuable to clubs, churches and organizations of every type and size. For this long-needed task, Rachel Vixman draws on half a century's experience in directing national organizations and teaching
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-all the problems of running a successful meeting smoothly and fairly-are covered in this special edition of a famous manual of parliamentary procedure. A clear presentation of the complex Procedure of Motions, clarifications of many technical points, explanatory charts and diagrams have been added to the original 1893 Robert's to make it especially valuable to clubs, churches and organizations of every type and size. For this long-needed task, Rachel Vixman draws on half a century's experience in directing national organizations and teaching parliamentary law. Now President of the New York Metropolitan Chapter, American Institute of Parliamentarians, and Parliamentarian of the New York City Federation of Women's Clubs, she has taught and spoken all over the United States and Canada, and has presided as parliamentarian at many national and state conventions.

The modern edition of this useful guide contains a unique, comprehensive chart of all possible motions and six basic facts about each motion. Perfect for up-and-coming businessmen, student council, and other organization members who want to run meetings smartly and efficiently. Original.

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The ninth edition of the famous manual of parliamentary procedure, with new topics and clarifications, cross-referenced and indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891909903
  • Publisher: Amereon, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/1940
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 326

Meet the Author

General Henry M. Robert, who gave his name to the book that has brought order to millions of meetings, was a U.S. Army Engineer officer of Huguenot decent born May 2, 1837. Led to study parliamentary law over a number of years by experiences in civil and church organizations, he published the first edition of Robert's Rules of Order on February 19, 1876. After his retirement from the Army in 1901, he practiced consulting engineering and devoted the last decade of his life to writing on parliamentary procedure. He died on May 11, 1923.
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Table of Contents

Table of Rules Relating to Motions 11
Preface 17
Introduction 21
Parliamentary Law 21
Plan of the Work 23
Plan of the Work Part I 24
Plan of the Work Part II 25
Plan of the Work Part III 25
Definitions and Common Errors 25
Part I Rules of Order
Art. I Introduction of Business 27
1 How introduced 27
2 Obtaining the floor 27
3 What precedes debate on a question 29
4 What motions to be in writing, and how they shall be divided 30
5 Modification of a motion by mover 30
Art. II General Classification of Motions 31
6 Principal or Main motions 31
7 Subsidiary or Secondary motions 31
8 Incidental motions 32
9 Privileged motions 32
Art. III Motions and Order of Precedence 33
Privileged Motions 33
10 To fix the time to which to adjourn 33
11 Adjourn 33
12 Questions of privilege 35
13 Orders of the day 35
Incidental Motions 37
14 Appeal [Questions of Order] 37
15 Objection to consideration of a question 39
16 Reading papers 39
17 Withdrawal of a motion 40
18 Suspension of the Rules 40
Subsidiary Motions 41
19 Lay on the table 41
20 Previous Question 43
21 Postpone to a certain day 47
22 Commit [or Refer] 47
23 Amend 49
24 Postpone indefinitely 51
Miscellaneous Motions 52
25 Rescind 52
26 Renewal of a motion 52
27 Reconsideration 53
Art. IV Committees and Informal Action 56
28 Committees 56
29 Committees Form of their Reports 58
30 Committees Reception Form of their Reports 59
31 Committees Adoption Form of their Reports 60
32 Committee of the Whole 63
33 Informal consideration of a question 65
Art. V Debate and Decorum 66
34 Debate 66
35 Undebatable questions and those opening the main question to debate 67
36 Decorum in debate 69
37 Closing debate, methods of 70
Art. VI Vote 71
38 Voting, various modes of 71
39 Motions requiring more than a majority vote 75
Art. VII Officers and the Minutes 77
40 Chairman or President 77
41 Clerk, or Secretary, and the Minutes 80
Art. VIII Miscellaneous 83
42 Session 83
43 Quorum 85
44 Order of Business 86
45 Amendment of the Rules of Order, etc. 86
Part II Organization and Conduct of Business
Art. IX Organization and Meetings 88
46 An Occasional or Mass Meeting 88
(a) Organization 88
(b) Adoption of resolutions 89
(c) Committee on Adoption of resolutions 90
(d) Additional Officers 91
47 A Convention or Assembly of Delegates 92
48 A Permanent Society 93
(a) First meeting 93
(b) Second meeting 94
49 Constitutions, By-Laws, Rules of Order and Standing Rules 96
Art. X Officers and Committees 98
50 President or Chairman 98
51 Secretary, or Clerk, and the Minutes 100
52 Treasurer 102
53 Committees 104
Art. XI Introduction of Business 105
54 Introduction of Business 105
55 Motions Classified according to their
Art. XII Motions 106
Object 106
56 To Modify or Amend 108
(a) Amend 108
(b) Commit or refer 108
57 To Defer Action 108
(a) Postpone to a certain time 108
(b) Lay on the table 109
58 To Suppress Debate 109
(a) Previous Question 109
(b) An Order limiting or closing debate 110
59 To Suppress the Question 111
(a) Objection to its consideration 111
(b) Postpone indefinitely 111
(c) Lay on the table 111
60 To consider a question the second time 112
(a) Reconsider 112
61 Orders and Rules 113
(a) Orders of the day 113
(b) Special orders 113
(c) Suspension of the rules 114
(d) Questions of order 114
(e) Appeal 114
62 Miscellaneous 115
(a) Reading of papers 115
(b) Withdrawal of a motion 115
(c) Questions of privilege 115
63 To close a meeting 115
(a) Fix the time to which to adjourn 115
(b) Adjourn 115
Art. XIII Miscellaneous 116
64 Debate 116
65 Forms of stating and putting questions 117
Part III Miscellaneous
66 Right of an Assembly to Punish its members 119
67 Right of an Assembly to Eject any one from its place of meeting 119
68 Rights of Ecclesiastical Tribunals 120
69 Trial of Members of Societies 120
70 Call of the House 122
Guide and Commentary
Part 1
The Rules-What They Mean and What They Do 130
Part 2
Organization Structure and Accepted Procedures 155
Bibliography 182
Diagram of Parliamentary Motions in Order of Precedence 183
Index 184
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    Good for Parli Pro organizations!

    This book is awesome and explains every thing you would possibly need to know to run a smooth meeting. Lots of reading, but worth it!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    First Edition

    It's not made clear in the description that this is a digital edition of the first edition of Robert's Rules.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    Definitive Work

    RONR, as it is almost always referred to, is not light reading, nor was it intended to be. But if you are looking for answers to parliamentary procedure questions, this is without a doubt the bible. This book is very well indexed and cross-referenced so that you can find the answer to most any topic several different ways. For any serious student of parliamentary procedures, this is the book to own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Very easy read in terms of terminology

    I purchase the book to obtain a better understanding of the language most commonly used when leading a meeting. The terminology in the book was spot on and extremely helpful.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    A reference book worth having ...

    While most groups use a simplified variation on Roberts Rules, this book permits the average user to learn the intermediate and advanced techniques of these meeting procedures. Even the well versed user of Parliamentary Procedure 'can turn the page' only to find a concept they were not aware of.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2009

    useful

    this is very useful for all organizations

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    Do not recommend as it is not the current version.

    This book was advertised as the current edition - the 11th edition. It is not.- MsParliament

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    The ultimate guide to conducting meeting

    This book is the gold standard for conducting meetings. A must-have reference for all organizations....

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