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
· Membership Retention
And recognition that Linda Meadors, past LSPU president, advanced to Registered Parliamentarion. Congratulations, Linda!
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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