555 N. Walnut Blvd. Unit J
Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
What is Parliamentary procedures and why are they 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 2018-2019 www.iowaala.org
American Legion Auxiliary Unit Guide Book
National Constitution, Bylaws and Standing Rules www.ALAforVeterans.org
Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised edition
Parliamentary Procedure Booklet
All units are encouraged to review their Governing Documents (Constitution/Bylaws and Standing Rules) at the beginning of the Auxiliary year. If your unit makes any changes, please 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 me if you have any 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.