About the Unit
President - Gretchen Denton
Vice-president - Dianne Bostic Robinson
Recording secretary - Eleanor “Coco” Siewert
Corresponding secretary - Vesta DeRiso
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.
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!