Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians
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Louise Saks Parliamentary Unit

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. 

 

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Website:  http://lspunit.wordpress.com/      
Facebook:  facebook.com/LSPUMichigan       
 
Meetings 
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.
 
 
For information about parliamentarians located in and
serving the greater Oakland County area contact:
Barbara Bonsignore
248-375-0062

 

2015 - 2016 OFFICERS

President - Gretchen Denton

Vice-president - Dianne Bostic Robinson

Recording secretary - Eleanor “Coco” Siewert

Corresponding secretary - Vesta DeRiso

Treasurer - Dot Martin

 

Program schedule for 2015-2016

 

September 15, 2015

GOVERNING DOCUMENTS: FOCUS ON STANDING RULES 

Presenter:     Mary Ann Rosenberger

Presider:   Joan Price

RONR (11th ed.) pp. 18-19, 265-266, 618, 546, 576

 

October 20, 2015       COMMIT OR REFER

Presenter:  Terrian Bell

Presider:  Deb Davis

RONR (11th ed.), p. 556-561, 565-599

 

November 17, 2015     MEMBERS BEHAVING BADLY (A BORROWED WORKSHOP)

Presenter:  Elizabeth Haynes

Presider:    Max Rothbart

RONR (11th ed.)

 

December 15, 2015     WHAT TO DO IF?

Presenter:  Dot Martin

Presider:  Gina LaCroix

RONR (11th ed.)

 

January 19, 2016       COMPARE AND CONTRAST: LAY ON THE TABLE, POSTPONE,

INDEFINITELY, AND POSTPONE DEFINITELY  

Presenter:  Joan Price

Presider:   Pamela Williams

RONR (11th ed.), p. 481-529

 

February 16, 2016 AMEND THE BYLAWS

Presenter:    Barbara Balow

Presider:  Eric Bond

RONR (11th ed.) pp. 592-599

 

March 15, 2016   PRIVILEGED MOTIONS

Presenter:   Vesta DeRiso

Presider:   Vacant at this Time

RONR (11th ed.) pp. 66-69, 219-246

 

April 19, 2016     RESOLUTIONS

Presenter:  Barbara Bonsignore

Presider:    Chandra Jones

RONR (11th ed.) pp. 105-110, 548-551

 

May 16, 2016             DISSOLUTIONS: FOLLOW THE LETTER OF THE LAW

Presenter:   Rosy M. Latimore

Presider: Ruth M. Schluchter

RONR (11th ed.) pp. 563-564

 

 

Here is what happened at the October 2015 Meeting...

 

When an assembly gets bogged down in the details of a proposed motion or when it appears that more information is needed so people can make an informed decision, it’s a good time to Refer or Commit the motion to a committee.  The October 20 lesson presented by Deb Davis and Terrien Bell showed members of the Louise Saks Unit how to do that correctly.  As usual, the imaginary Garden Gnome Society served as the organization that had to make a decision on a proposed motion “to have a gnome mascot.”

 

The question of having a mascot was referred to a special committee after considerable discussion about the type of mascot needed or if the society needed a mascot at all.  

“After all,” one member argued, “ a garden gnome image exists in our hearts and there is no need to select one particular gnome, male or female, to represent the society.”

Since there were widely-divergent views and numerous options, the entire motion was referred to a committee who will report in November with their recommendation.

 

Every month, the Louise Saks Parliamentary Unit offers its members and guests an opportunity to be refreshed about a particular topic or to learn how to accomplish the action that is new to the group or to individuals.  All levels of expertise are welcome at our meetings.

 

Next month on November 20, 9:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1669 West Maple in Birmingham, the lesson will assist presiders and members to deal with challenging individuals in the course of a meeting.  The lesson will be “Members Behaving Badly” and all present will learn ways to deal with behavior that challenges the rules of decorum and interferes with the rights and privileges of all present.

 

Unit Past President Barbara Bonsignore and NAP District 4 Regional Director Joyce Brown-Watkins, PRP, at September 16 Meeting

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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