Chris Dickey, Parliamentarian

A Professional Registered Parliamentarian, certified by the National Association of Parliamentarians, Chris is a recognized expert on Robertís Rules of Order. She has comprehensive experience as a parliamentary procedure consultant, as well as a presiding officer.
 


What is a Parliamentarian?

A parliamentarian is a consultant who helps organizations develop and understand their bylaws and other governing documents. A parliamentarian advises the president, officers, committees, and members on matters of parliamentary procedure in order to conduct productive, efficient, and legal meetings. 



What is Parliamentary Procedure?

Parliamentary Procedure is simply a set of rules to make meetings more efficient and effective. Parliamentary Procedure is designed to help members of organizations discuss common issues and decide on actions. There are some good reasons for using Parliamentary Procedure:

  • You will get more done in less time by following orderly procedures
  • You will encourage greater participation by all members
  • You will ensure fair decision-making
  • You will protect the rights of all members, including those present at the meeting, those absent, the majority, the minority, and the entire organization
  • You will develop more effective leaders
  • You will help ensure the legal status of your meetings according to the laws of society and your own organization

What is a Parliamentary Authority?

A parliamentary authority refers to the specific procedural book adopted by an organization. Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised is the most well-known parliamentary manual. It has been adopted by more than 90% of all organizations in North America. It is important that you are using the current edition of your parliamentary authority. Order the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised below.


 

Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th Edition

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User Friendly! Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief

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