1205 E Avenue East
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
Phone: 641 673-3227
Why is Parliamentary Procedure 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.
Are Parliamentarians elected or appointed? 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 the Standing Rules.
- Department of Iowa Blue Book 2019-2020 (www.iowaala.org/)
- American Legion Auxiliary Unit Guide Book (www.alaforveterans.org) (REVISED 2019 edition).
- National Constitution, Bylaws and Standing Rules 2018 (www.alaforveterans.org)
- Manual of Ceremonies, (www.alaforveterans.org)
- Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised edition (https://emblem.legion.org/)
- Parliamentary Procedure Booklet (http://emblem.legion.org/)
Review Governing Documents (Constitution/Bylaws and Standing Rules) at the beginning of the Auxiliary year. All changes to the Unit Governing Documents shall be submitted to the Department Parliamentarian for review and recommendation before they become operative. Documents may be either mailed with signatures (2 copies along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope) or sent by electronic mail (E-mail) with typed signatures to email@example.com. 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: To vote, to be elected an officer, to be heard and to oppose. Procedural rules should always be seen as a means to an end, not an end in themselves. Remember, “kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless”.