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Robert’s Rules for Condominiums and HOA’s

Most community associations use parliamentary procedure to govern board and owner meetings. In the United States, the most popular form of parliamentary procedure is Robert’s Rules of Order. Complicated? Surely. But if you understand a few basics, you can learn

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Challenging the Chairman of a Meeting

Have you ever been at a meeting that you did not believe was being run properly? Is the chair ruling every motion out of order? Were you unsure on what you could do or did you feel like there was

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Recap – Motions at Meetings

It is AGM season again. Rather than re-invent the wheel, I decided to highlight a post from two years ago about motions at meetings using Robert’s Rules of Order. I posted a Chart that I had made summarizing the motions

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Fractions and Votes Under Robert’s Rules

The math involved in determining voting requirements doesn’t usually have whole round numbers

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Must We Follow Robert’s Rules of Order??? (AZ)

we are often asked whether Arizona boards must (not may) follow Robert’s Rules. I always respond with my favorite and typical attorney response-IT DEPENDS.

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Running a Darn Good Meeting – What You Need to Know About Parliamentary Procedure

Legal counsel to community associations must be aware of parliamentary procedure basics. Numerous states have adopted statutes requiring associations to follow a specific parliamentary manual in association meetings. Even without such a mandate, courts generally hold that all organizations are subject to the principles

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Robert’s Rules & Small Boards

Robert’s Rules of Order is designed to keep control of large groups or assemblies. Members must stand and be recognized by the chair, motions must be seconded, and members may not speak out of turn. However, sometimes that level of

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Is Robert’s Rules too Restrictive? Consider Martha’s Rules of Order for Meetings

The setting is Ancient Rome, in the Colosseum. After two gladiators have fought, the winner looks to Ceasar to make a decision. Should the loser live, or die? The crowd goes wild. Holding out their thumbs with their vote—up to

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Don’t Let the Rules Get in Your Way

Robert’s Rules of Order were developed to provide a standard procedure to facilitate orderly meetings of parliamentary organizations. To some, however, Robert’s Rules are a confusing morass of protocols that impede, not promote, a Board’s effectiveness. It’s worth noting that

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Does the Chair Vote in the Event of a Tie?

In board and membership meetings you’ll sometimes hear the phrase that the chair gets to vote “in case of a tie vote.” But is that accurate? In short, no.   Read more………

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Reader Feedback Q and A (re Robert’s Rules)

Over the past few weeks I posted about the types of motions under Robert’s Rules of Order. I had several comments and questions about my previous posts so I thought I would take a few moments to respond today.   Read

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Refresher – Motions at Condominium Meetings

I said earlier this week that I would describe how certain motions are made at condominium meetings. Rather than re-invent the wheel, I’ve decided to post a Presentation that I prepared last year for some condominium management firms. It provides

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Parliamentary Procedure: Amending a Motion

Most community associations use Robert’s Rules of Order (“RRO”) to govern both board and owner meetings. RRO is an effective tool which allows the chairperson to keep control of the meeting and at the same time ensure that members of

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Refresher – Robert’s Rules of Order (Part 1)

love the fall season. Thanksgiving, Halloween and AGM season (?). All jokes aside, another AGM season is quickly approaching and many notices have already been sent to the owners and mortgagees of record. This week I will provide a quick

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What is Parliamentary Procedure and Why is it Important for HOA Board Meetings?

In the proper course of governing the community, an HOA board has to conduct meetings of all kinds. Using a format to run these meetings insures an orderly gathering and makes sure that all parties have their say in any

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Take charge of that meeting: 8 ways to make sense of Robert’s Rules of Order

If you’re going to chair meetings or rise to a high post in your professional society, you’re likely to run up against Robert’s Rules of Order. In the U.S., it’s the most widely used authority on parliamentary procedure–and many a

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Parliamentary Procedure for Idiots

My friend and fellow CCAL member, Jim Slaughter, who teaches me something new about Parliamentary Procedure at every CCAL conference, just published a new book on running meetings. Here’s his announcement:  Read More……

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