Roberts Rules Of Order

Here are some quick tips and videos on using Roberts Rules of Order in the meetings.  The last video is a mock meeting showing the Robert’s Rules of Order in practice.  Enjoy!


Mastering the 3 main motions


How to debate a motion effectively


Five big mistakes of using Roberts Rules of Order



How to be an effective chair in a meeting


How to handle Friendly Amendments


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Quick Review Sheet  Parlimentary Quick Facts

1.        A main motion brings business before the assembly.

2.       A subsidiary motion assists the assembly in treating or disposing of a main motion.

3.       A privileged motion deals with matters of immediate importance.  It does not relate to the pending business.

4.       An Incidental motion is related to the parliamentary situation so that it must be decided before business can proceed.

1.       Members first obtain the floor

2.       The maker of the motion may speak first

3.       Debate is made to the chair; it is confined to the merits of the motion and not the motives or personalities of other members

4.       Amendments may be offered to improve the motion.  They must be approved by the body, and the motion must still be adopted as amended.

5.       Debate can be closed only by the assembly (2/3 vote) or by the chair if no one seeks the floor for further debate.


1.        To insert (within) or add (at the end of a sentence or paragraph) a word

2.       To strike out a word, consecutive words, or a paragraph.

3.       To strike out and insert (which applies to the word(s) or to substitute (which applies to at least a paragraph of one or more sentences).

4.       To strike out a work or paragraph and insert it in a different place.

1.        Presiding Officer signals for meeting to start:

2.       Opening Ceremonies (prayers, or customary activity of the group)

3.       Reading and Approval of Minutes

4.       Reports by officers and committees

5.       Special Orders (if necessary)

6.       Unfinished Business

7.       New Business

8.       Announcements

9.       Program Committee (if necessary)

10.   Adjournament