Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians
Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians

Welcome to Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians

The purpose of the Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians (MSAP) is to study, promote, teach, and disseminate the principles of parliamentary law. We are members of the National Association of Parliamentarians.

 

Our state membership includes parliamentarians from six local units and members at large from around the state and Canada.

 

Chartered in 1968, our units offer educational programs in parliamentary procedure and effective meeting managment for all kinds of organizations and for all ages.  Our members serve their local communities as leaders of organizations and parliamentary advisors.

 

What Does a Parliamentarian Do?

 

Many non-profit organizations hire parliamentarians for annual meetings, particularly if those meetings are part of a convention.  While it's important to have a parliamentarian for major meetings, a parliamentarian can help any organization on an ongoing basis. 

 

 

A Parliamentarian can—

  • Help you have effective, efficient meetings to achieve your goals.
  • Assist you in assessing current meeting effectiveness.
  • Offer board training for officers and directors.
  • Lead parliamentary workshops for members.
  • Create scripts for leaders to use in presiding.
  • Support bylaws committees.
  • Help set up procedures for electronic meetings.
  • Preside at a contentious, challenging meetings.
  • Prepare an educated opinion on parliamentary procedure.

 

Need Help Finding a Parliamentarian?

 

The National Association of Parliamentarian can help you find a credentialed parliamentarian in your geographic area.  In Michigan, the Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians can connect you with somebody whose skills match your parliamentary needs. 

 

Or, your members can learn parliamentary skills by attending Units mentioned on this website.  Educational opportunities are also available online through the National Association of Parliamentarians.

 

Let a Parliamentarian Help You!

Several members of MSAP attended NAP's Training Conference in Oklahoma City in August 2014
NAP Past President Maurice Henderson and his Parliamentarian Thomas "Burke" Balch joined the Michigan Unit of Registered Parliamentarians for a "Mock Convention" workshop July 20, 2013 in Romulus.

Want to Become a Member?

To become a member of MSAP you must also belong to the National Association of Parliamentarians.  However, anyone interested in parliamentary procedure is welcome to join a local unit as a provisional member. For more information, use our contact form or feel free to contact one of the local units directly. We look forward to hearing from you!

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