Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians
Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians

Louise Saks Parliamentary Unit

Unit President Barbara Bonsignore and NAP District 4 Regional Director Joyce Brown-Watkins, PRP, at September 16 Meeting
For information about parliamentarians located in and serving the greater Oakland County area contact:
Barbara Bonsignore, LSPU President
PO Box 473, Birmingham, MI 48012
Saturday April 25, 2015, 9 am to Noon
Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center
2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Bldg 41 West
Waterford, MI 48328
For details please visit our Facebook Page at LSPUMichigan
 or our website: lspunit.wordpress.com 

Opening the 2014-2015 Program Year: "The Garden Gnome Society" 


The Unit year began September 16 with the topic Getting Organized. In keeping with our goal of gaining experience by creating and managing an organization, members were led through re-establishing ourselves as a "mass meeting", electing basic officers, setting a few rules, and planning the next meeting. That sounds simple but it was not! 
Subsequent meetings will follow the same format, opening and then reconvening as the Garden Gnome Society. Topics are outlined in the year's calendar below. 
We were plesed to be joined at the meeting by NAP District 4 Regional Director Joyce Brown-Watkins, PRP, who updated us on District activities and coming events. She was enthusiastic about our ambitious and creative plan for the year and commended the day's presenters, Kindra Speech and Chris Burns.  


About the Unit

Louise Saks Parliamentary Unit (LSPU) was originally the Parliamentary Unit of Oakland. In May, 1990, the name was changed to honor Mary Louise Saks, founder and longtime supporter of the unit. The Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians (MSAP) recognized LSPU as NAP unit of the year in Michigan for 2003-2007 and for 2009. In 2011 the unit was awarded national 3rd place for Unit Educational Opportunities. 
Awards received at 2014 MSAP State Conference, shared with The Detroit Parliamentary Unit:
·        Individual Community Outreach Unit Service Activities Award 
·        The Educational Unit Award for 2013 
·        Membership Retention Award 
And recognition that Linda Meadors, past LSPU president, advanced to Registered Parliamentarion. Congratulations, Linda!   


Visit Us Via Social Media on the Internet
Website:  http://lspunit.wordpress.com/      
Facebook:  facebook.com/LSPUMichigan       


Community Activities  
For its 2012-13 project LSPU celebrated National Parliamentary Month (April) by presenting copies of RONR 11th Edition to local libraries. The unit represents many communities in the Detroit area, and libraries in fifteen of them received a book. 


Visitors are always welcome. 
  • The third Tuesday of each month
  • 9:30 to noon 
  • September through May
  • Location: the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, 1669 W Maple Rd, Birmingham. The May meeting is at the Village Club in Bloomfield Hills. 


An education program opens each meeting, followed by a recess.
The business meeting begins at 11 a.m. and usually finishes by noon.


2014-2015 Monthly Meeting Program
The Garden Gnome Society


September 16, 2014 - Getting Organized              
October 21, 2014 - Writing Bylaws & Registration
November 18, 2014 - Nominations and Elections
December 16, 2014 - Preparations and Making an Agenda
January 20, 2015 - Committees
February 17, 2015 - Main Motions & Subsidiary Motions
March 17, 2015 - Minutes
April 21, 2015 - Fill in the Blank
May 19, 2015 - Dissolution, Indemnification & Bonding

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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