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Who Is Robert, and Why Does He Get to Make All the Rules?

Robert's Rules is a form of parliamentary procedure; a set of rules to guide the conduct of a meeting. If you're involved in a group, committee, or organization that conducts business through meetings, chances are you've had some exposure to these rules.

Way before the Common Interest Community existed in history - there was Henry Robert. The first edition of Mr. Robert's "rules" was published in 1876, with the name Robert's Rules of Order. After Brigadier General Robert unexpectedly found himself at the helm of several committees - he began to notice something, all these groups had different methods of conduct. He formulated an idea to bring some uniformity to the business of conducting meetings; across regions and organizations.

Robert's Rules became the standard for many of those organizations. Since then, there have been many updates and revised editions. The most current is the 11th edition, published under the title Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised. It is just as significant today as it was back then. Perhaps - with our media and communication induced short attention spans - it is even more essential now.

These rules allow the members of your organization the opportunity to be heard, especially those with a minority opinion. It also encourages the group to conduct their meetings in an orderly fashion. It is only one of several styles of parliamentary procedure practiced throughout the world.

The rules as a whole are a complex structure of motions, seconds, debates, amendments, and votes. All Board Members should be encouraged to get to know Robert's Rules. It will definitely serve to make you more effective as an officer of your Community Association.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 June 2015 21:51