Parliamentary Procedure

Unusual Facts About the Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence is a significant piece of document in the history of America. It was drafted by Thomas Jefferson and was instrumental in giving the people of America freedom from the colonial rule. While most of us know the basic facts about the Declaration, there are some unusual facts that many may not know.
Jan 14, 2015 |

Seven Steps to Effective Community Leadership

How many times have you heard people at neighborhood bars, restaurants, or ball games complain about their community? How many times have you been a part of those moan-and-groan sessions? Stop complaining and start making a difference. As the saying goes, if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Don't be a grumbler. Be...
Dec 25, 2014 |

Importance Of Using A Well-Formulated Agenda

Most chairpersons either pre-distribute, or at least have available at their meeting, an agenda for meeting participants to review and follow. Unfortunately, however, many chairpersons either do not fully understand how agendas can be used effectively, or simply create "boilerplate- type" agendas, listing items extremely broadly. Further...
Dec 25, 2014 |

How Following Robert's Rules Affects Present Day Board Meetings

The official guide on how members of the United States Senate should behave was written by Thomas Jefferson in his "The Manual of Parliamentary Practice" which unfortunately was not followed to the letter. A state of confusion about parliamentary rules continued until Major Henry Robert came up with his Roberts Rules of Order.
Dec 25, 2014 |

Effectively Using Parliamentary Procedure

For meetings to be effective, they require effective planning by both the chair and the participants. In the spirit of "keeping on track," it is necessary for meetings to use "rules of order." The two "Rules of Order" most often utilized are Robert's and Sturgis", and there are some differences between the two, for the sake of this primer, the...
Dec 25, 2014 |

Hezbollah buries militant Qantar, says Israel will be held accountable

Lebanon's Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in an air strike in Syria, and accorded him an elaborate funeral of... Read More

Russia says black box from warplane downed by Turkey unreadable

Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey last month, data the Kremlin hoped would support... Read More

Exclusive: U.S. glossed over Oman's human rights record during Iran talks

By Jason Szep, Matt Spetalnick and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/MUSCAT (Reuters) - As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the... Read More