1205 E Avenue East
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
What Is Parliamentary Procedure and why is it important? Parliamentary procedure is a set of rules or guidelines for conduct at meetings. These rules allow everyone to be heard, to promote cooperation and harmony and to make decisions without confusion.
What is a Parliamentarian? A Parliamentarian is appointed by the President to give advice on parliamentary procedure to the president, (and if asked) officers, committees, and members of the organization. “The Parliamentarian is much like an official in a game. She is to be impartial and make sure everyone plays by the rules.” She remains neutral on issues and cannot make motions, debate or vote, except by ballot.
What are the Resources Available?
· District, County, or Unit governing documents consisting of a Constitution, Bylaws and, of course, the Standing Rules.
· Department of Iowa Blue Book 2017-2018 (www.iowaala.org/)
· American Legion Auxiliary Unit Guide Book (www.ALAforVeterans.org) (2014 edition to be revised 2017)
· National Constitution, Bylaws and Standing Rules (www.ALAforVeterans.org)
· Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised edition
· Parliamentary Procedure Booklet (http://emblem.legion.org/searchprods.asp)
All units are encouraged to review their Governing Documents (Constitution/Bylaws and Standing Rules) at the beginning of the Auxiliary year. If your unit should make any changes, mail two (2) copies along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to me for review and recommendations. I will return one (1) copy to you with my signature and send one (1) copy to the Department Office. Please call if you have questions.
All members have basic equal rights: The right to vote, the right to be heard and the right to oppose. Procedural rules should always be seen as a means to an end, not an end in themselves.