Course Intro


  Module Three            
  Basic Rules of Parlimentary Procedure    
  1. Use parliamentary procedure to protect the rights of ALL members - particularly their right to be heard, to be treated fairly, and to be treated with respect.

  2. Never use your knowledge of parliamentary procedure to control and intimidate members of your organization.  Your ability to think and act with compassion should guide your meetings, NOT your knowledge of formal rules.

  3. The presiding officer's station is called "the chair".  Members address only the chair.  The chair is addressed as Mr. President or Madam President.

  4. A member must "obtain the floor" by being "recognized" before speaking.  Generally, the member rises to speak and sits to yield the floor.

  5. No one is entitled to the floor a second time in debate on the same motion on the same day as long as any other member who has not spoken on this motion desires the floor.

  6. Three steps are needed to bring a motion to the floor:
    a) A member makes a motion.
    b) The motion is seconded.

    c) The chair states the motion (states the question).
    Once all three steps happen, the motion is pending.

  7. A motion requires a second to be considered, unless the motion is made on behalf of a committee.  IF the motion is NOT seconded, it is lost for lack of a second.