RONR

Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR) is the most widely used parliamentary authority in the world today. More details about Robert’s Rules can be found here.

 

This page serves as an explanation page for the nomenclature used throughout this web site to indicate RONR citations.

 

Where “RONR” is seen, this refers to the most current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (currently the 10th Edition). Where a parenthetical comment is seen, this is a page/line citation.

 

Citations are listed by page number(s) first, then line number(s); all pages have numbered lines. For example, RONR (p. 351, l. 9-12) would refer to the most current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, page 351, lines 9-12.

Online Bookstore

The following book titles are ones that I am personally familiar with and have found to be informative and helpful. I’ve listed them here, in random order, in case you need suggestions on some of the better books to add to your library. If you know of other titles that I should list, please let me know and I’ll see about adding them. Note that these are listed in random order, not in order of the best reference or the best book to buy. Some of these are also available in electronic editions for the Kindle reader.

 

The Guerrilla Guide to Robert’s Rules

 

A really great introduction to Robert’s Rules if you need to get off the ground fast and hard. This no-nonsense book gives you a head start without spending time on the historical aspects of parliamentary procedure.

Robert’s Rules of Order In Brief

 

One of the “must have” books in your library. This brief version of the classic Robert’s Rules of Order brings all the important facts into one handy guide.

 

Use this book in your regular meetings for quick reference, answering questions of procedure or simply finding out the best way to handle certain processes.

The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure

 

An alternate parliamentary authority, and probably the next most common set of standard rules in existence. This set of procedures was recently updated by the American Institute of Parliamentarians for day-to-day use by organizations.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Robert’s Rules

 

A great introduction to Robert’s Rules from one of the most prolific parliamentarians writing today. If you’ve never spent time with Robert’s Rules, this would be a good first stop for your journey.

Riddick’s Rules of Procedure

A streamlined alternative to Robert’s Rules. This book serves as a glossary and collection of rules for modern meetings and organizations.

Robert’s Rules for Dummies

 

Another great introduction to Robert’s Rules in the tried and true Dummies style. If you’ve never spent time with Robert’s Rules, this would be a good first stop for your journey.

Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, 10th Edition

 

The seminal and official book on parliamentary procedure. This is the original document, updated to the 10th Edition, by descendants of the original Henry Robert. This is a “must have” book for anyone doing significant work in parliamentary procedure. It’s thick, but it is definitive and helpful.

Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules of Order

 

The comments and opinions of a known parliamentary scholar as he goes through the entire Robert’s Rules of Order text.

 

If you’ve ever wondered why something was written the way it was, or what the thinking behind a procedure is, then this will likely answer your question.

Cannon’s Concise Guide to Rules of Order

 

A modern interpretation and guide through rules of order, with a view towards to how to use rules practically and efficiently in meetings and deliberations.

 

Parliamentary Procedure at a Glance

 

One of the best quick references to parliamentary procedure. A great help for new users of parliamentary procedure, chairpersons or committee members.

 

Robert’s Rules in Plain English

A revised and concise reference to Robert’s Rules, newly updated for changes in the 10th Edition.This version includes an extensive glossary as well as references for electronic meetings and modern technology use in relation to parliamentary procedures.

Credentials

Why is a certification important?


Credentials are important in professional services because they provide you — the customer — with a sense of how educated a person is in a specific area of knowledge. I maintain membership in two parliamentary organizations, and have certifications in parliamentary procedure, so that you can have confidence in my abilities and in the services I can offer your organization.

I am a member of both the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) and a past member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians (AIP). These two organizations form the backbone of parliamentary knowledge world-wide. Each organization has a slightly different focus, yet between the two of them, there is much to share and learn. NAP focuses exclusively on Robert’s Rules of Order, the most commonly used parliamentary authority in the world today, and its members are experts within that realm. AIP generalizes on several parliamentary authorities, giving its members a wide range of parliamentary knowledge for a variety of organizational needs.

Within NAP, I am a Regular Member and working on my Registered Parliamentarian (RP) certification. Within AIP, I was also a regular member and working on my Certified Parliamentarian (CP) standing.

Background


I have been involved with parliamentary procedure for over 30 years in a number of areas.

I have been an active member of many non-profit and community organizations, giving advice and training on parliamentary topics. I have also served on two Board of Directors in director and officer capacities, and have spent considerable time helping organizations improve their meetings through better use of parliamentary practices.

My involvement with parliamentary procedure started back in the late 1970’s, when I joined debate in high school. Although I was primarily interested in the debate team, I was also involved with DeMolay, a fraternal youth organization that is an offshoot of the Shrine organization. In DeMolay, all meetings are held in compliance with Robert’s Rules of Order, which I found interesting and exciting. I participated as a member of a parliamentary procedure team (a “Parli Pro team”), where team members are challenged with a variety of parliamentary scenarios, and scored on how well they know Robert’s Rules and how properly applied that knowledge is. It began a long association with parliamentary procedure that continues to this day.

References


Some of the groups and organizations I have helped in the past:

  • DEC Users Society (DECUS)
  • Oracle Development Tools Users Group (ODTUG)
  • San Diego Mountain Rescue Team (SDMRT)
  • Penasquitos Lutheran Church (PLC) Council
  • International Oracle Users Group (IOUG)
  • Axapta Users Group (AXUG)
  • Your Conference Connection

I am interested in helping other organizations through instruction, advice and training, and can offer a wide variety of services that may be of interest to you. I look forward to understanding your organization’s specific parliamentary needs.

Certifications


My membership and credentials can be verified through these links:

Resources We Offer

In addition to our list of services that we can provide for you or your organization, we have a number of other informative resources for you to use:

  1. Parliamentary Key Concepts

    Perhaps you aren’t completely clear on what parliamentary procedure is, or how it can benefit your organization. Or maybe you have a basic understanding of Robert’s Rules of Order, but you don’t know how all the pieces fit together. In that case, start with this section. The key concepts of parliamentary process are explained and tied together so that you can see how each part supplements the others and builds a cohesive whole.

  2. My “Thought Blog

    Random musings on parliamentary topics. There is an open ended blog format, with no set agenda here and no timetable for postings. As intriguing topics come to my attention that seem worthy of discussion, thought or opinion, I will share my thoughts with the world. I would definitely welcome comment and ideas of your own as well. Sometimes the topics might not even by related to parliamentary concepts.

  3. Repository of my parliamentary opinions

    Formal opinions I’ve written that were provided for public benefit. No personally identifiable information is used to protect privacy, but if I find something worthy of discussion and comment, I will include it here.

  4. Brainteasers

    Think of these as puzzles for the parliamentary procedure crowd. The goal here is to present something that’s not obvious on the surface, or which has a tricky answer, and challenge my peers to solve it. I will also give my own opinion and answer.

  5. Selected Readings

    I am not the only Parliamentarian who blogs or maintains a web site full of opinions. There are many other excellent resources on the web, published by experts and leaders in the field. This list is an attempt to point out some real jewels that you might find helpful and/or interesting.

  6. Online Bookstore

    My suggestions on which books and resources you simply must have in order to best understand parliamentary procedure and parliamentary authority. Browse through the selections and read my interpretation of why you need each resource.

  7. Links to other parliamentary sources

    Web sites and other online resources for those who want to learn more from others in the parliamentary community. These are all off-site links for your own edification.

American Institute of Parliamentarians

The American Institute of Parliamentarians (AIP) is a not-for-profit educational organization started in 1958 to advance parliamentary procedure. AIP currently has about 1,200 members in the USA, Canada and internationally.

AIP is unique in that it stresses familiarity with several parliamentary authorities, rather than relying exclusively on Robert’s Rules of Order (as the National Association of Parliamentarians does, for example). This diversity enables AIP members to leverage the history and theory of parliamentary practice, giving organizations options in their use of parliamentary procedures. Members of AIP were involved in revising and editing the latest copy of The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, for example.

The objectives of AIP are:

  • promote use of effective democratic, parliamentary practices;
  • promote preparation and use of parliamentary literature;
  • promote teach of parliamentary procedure;
  • promote the training and certification of Parliamentarians;
  • promote wider use of Parliamentarians;
  • maintain a representative, democratic organization

AIP currently maintains four levels of membership:

  1. Member – anyone interested in parliamentary procedure who pays their dues. No examination required.
  2. Certified Parliamentarian (CP) – requires a written examination plus continuing service credits. There are approximately 60 CP’s in the world today. This level is similar to the NAP Regular Member (RM) level with the exception of requiring continuing service credits to achieve this title.
  3. Certified Professional Parliamentarians (CPP) – a CP with the addition an secondary oral examination covering several other parliamentary authorities, plus additional continuing service credits. There are approximately 50 CPP’s in the world today. This level is similar to the NAP Registered Parliamentarian (RP) certification.
  4. Designated Teacher of Parliamentary Procedure (CP-T/CPP-T) – Adjunct certification to either the CP or CPP level, showing evidence of monitored teaching experience in parliamentary procedure. This level is similar to the NAP Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) certification.

 

National Association of Parliamentarians

The National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) is the oldest and largest non-profit association of Parliamentarians in the world, with more chapters and service units than any other parliamentary organization. NAP was organized in 1930 and today has about 4,000 members in the USA, Canada and other countries.

The goals of NAP are to:

  • encourage its members and the general public to learn the principles and practice of democratic decision-making;
  • help teachers instruct people of all ages in parliamentary procedure at all levels;
  • promote collaboration and professional development among Parliamentarians;
  • provide widely recognized, authoritative accreditation of Parliamentarians serving the general public

In contrast to the American Institute of Parliamentarians, NAP focuses almost exclusively on Robert’s Rules of Order, rather than on a variety of parliamentary authorities. This focus allows them to become experts on Robert’s Rules of Order. Many Parliamentarians are members of both the NAP and AIP organizations.

NAP’s organizational structure provides for four levels of membership:

  1. Provisional member – open to anyone interested in parliamentary procedure who pays their dues.
  2. Regular member (RM) – candidates must pass a written examination, prior to becoming a member, from a pool of 300 questions. This level is similar to the AIP Certified Parliamentarian (CP) certification, but does not require continuing service credits.
  3. Registered Parliamentarian (RP) – regular members who pass an secondary written examination from a pool of 1,500 questions, including open-ended research questions. This level is similar to the AIP Certified Professional Parliamentarian (CPP) in terms of knowledge and diligence required for certification.
  4. Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) – an RP who teaches parliamentary procedure or acts in a professional capacity, and is required to complete continuing education credits, plus an oral examination, to remain certified. This level is similar to the AIP Certified Professional Parliamentarian-Teacher (CPP-T) certification.

The NAP California division provides direct support and training for members located in California. Their web site is the California State Association of Parliamentarians (CSAP).

The NAP California division is further broken down into localized area units, such as the CSAP group for the San Diego “Sigma Delta” unit.