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Parliamentary Procedure Made Simple: the Basics

Video - 80 minutes


PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE - THE VIDEO

Parliamentary Procedures Made Simple "PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE MADE SIMPLE: THE BASICS, ROBERT McCONNELL PRODUCTION'S GROUND BREAKING VIDEO, LETS EVERYBODY BENEFIT FROM ORDERLY MEETINGS, NEITHER WASTING TIME, NOR IGNORING A FULL DISCUSSION AND THE RIGHTS OF MINORITY OPINION." THESE WERE THE WORDS OF GARY GILLILAND, A NORTH CAROLINA ATTORNEY, WHEN HE FIRST SAW THE VIDEO.

 THIS VIDEO PRESENTS A CLEAR, SIMPLE EXPLANATION OF HOW TO CONDUCT A MEETING, MAKE A MOTION, VOTE, TAKE MINUTES, AND FOLLOW PROPER PROCEDURE ACCORDING TO ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER. THE VIDEO WAS WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY ROBERT McCONNELL WITH THE HELP OF A MID-WESTERN UNIVERSITY “S STUDENT GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES. IT CONTAINS 60 MINUTES OF CLEAR, STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTION ON HOW TO FOLLOW ROBERT'S RULES. AT THE END THERE IS A 20 MINUTE SIMULATED MEETING TO EXPLAIN THE MAJOR POINTS OF ROBERT'S RULES. TOTAL RUNNING TIME IS 80 MINUTES.

 THE SCRIPT FOR THIS VIDEO WAS REVIEWED BY A REGISTERED PARLIAMENTARIAN TO INSURE THE ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION.

THE VIDEO IS INTENDED FOR AUDIENCES FROM JUNIOR HIGH TO ADULTS. IT WOULD BE ESPECIALLY USEFUL TO NEW OFFICERS OF ORGANIZATIONS AS WELL AS TO NEW MEMBERS WHO MAY NOT YET KNOW ABOUT ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER.

 INCLUDED WITH THE VIDEO IS A HANDY PRINTED REFERENCE BOOKLET CONTAINING KEY DEFINITIONS, TERMS AND CONCEPTS SUCH AS THE ORDER OF A BUSINESS MEETING. AN OFFICER CAN CONDUCT A MEETING WITH THE PRINTED HANDBOOK AT THE LECTURN.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOPICS INCLUDED IN THE VIDEO.
    PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE AND WHAT THEY DO:    
    explains what a parliamentary authority is and why we need to follow correct procedures.

    QUORUM:    
    defines quorum and what to do when no quorum is present

    ORDER OF BUSINESS:    
    tells the order of a business meeting from calling the meeting to order to adjournment.

    HOW TO GET BUSINESS BEFORE THE ASSEMBLY:    
    How to make a motion
    How to discuss the motion
    How to take the vote

    SUBSIDIARY MOTIONS:    
    1. Postpone Indefinitely: to kill the motion
    2. Amending motions and taking the vote on amendments
    3. Refer to a Committee:

        What committee
        What it is to do
        When it is to report
    4. Previous Question: close debate and the rules of closing debate
    5. Lay on the Table only used to set business aside number temporily

    COMMITTEES    
    Purpose of committees
    Difference between a standing and a special committee
    Rules in committee -- how business conducted
    Reports of committee -- what to include

    SECRETARY    
    Duties
    Taking Minutes
    Approval of Minutes

    BOARDS    
    Rules in boards

    PRESIDENT    
    How to preside at board meetings and assembly meetings
    How to prepare for a meeting
    How to conduct the meeting

    MEETING CONDUCTED FROM BEGINNING TO END ACCORDING TO ROBERT’S RULES.


HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS VIDEO:

    “We are in receipt of your pamphlet advertising your video entitled Parliamentary Procedure Made Simple: The Basics, based on Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised. We are a small library and do not ordinarily keep a file or videos due to lack of room. However, we feel this is a very vital video, so are ordering it at this time”

Ardis L. Skaarvold
Librarian
Adams County Library
Hettinger, ND

    “We recently hosted a workshop for board and commission members of our Parish Government and used your video on parliamentary procedures. The workshop was very successful and your video was an excellent means of providing basic parliamentary procedural information to assist board members in conducting their meetings.”

Barry Minnich
Councilman At Large
Division B

Chris A. Tregre
Parish President
Parish of St. Charles
Hanville, La

    “Parliamentary Procedure Made Simple is a very good way to learn the basics of Robert’s Rules. It is much easier to remember what you see rather than what you read -- I’m looking forward to the sequel.”

Pam Stiverson
Condominium Consulting
Management Services

    “As a member of a church where meetings follow Robert’s Rules of Order, I have found the video Parliamentary Procedures Made Simple: The Basics to be very helpful. IN clear detail this tape shows how to hold a meeting correctly and this has encouraged me to take more interest in meeting processes.

Barbara Frucci
Charlotte, NC

    “This is a very valuable tool for teaching students the basic elements of parliamentary procedure. It is informative, stimulating and entertaining. Above all, it is a first-rate video production, and it is designed to stimulate interest in key principles of parliamentary procedure.”

Dr. Donald Fishman
Department of Communication
Boston College
Chair, Commission on American Parliamentary Practice, 1993-1994

    “This video is an excellent way to learn the basic principles of parliamentary procedure. I would like to have seen this video while serving as chairperson for various charitable organizations. However, I find this information is just as valuable to a participant in meetings. Knowing parliamentary procedure helps me ensure that my motions are fairly and properly disposed of”.

J. Larry Clark
UAW Local 489
Delco Battery
Muncie, IN

    “The Parliamentary Procedure Made Simple video is exactly what the title states. Parliamentary procedure is presented in a simple, easy-to-understand manner. The information is acted out, thus making it easier to remember and emulate in an actual meeting. This video would be useful especially for secondary students who need to learn how to conduct business meetings for various school clubs.”

Kerry Turner
Social Studies Teacher
Yorktown Middle school
Yorktown, IN