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2023 Next MSR Unit Meeting – May 17th at 6:30 PM

The M. Stanley Ryan Unit of Parliamentarians will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 6:30. This is our final meeting before summer break! 

Please see below the readings and learning expectations that will be covered at our Wednesday, May 17th Education Sessions.
Basic Education Session

Presented by: Rhiannon Liker, RP and Peggy Thomas, NAP
We will discuss, “A Summary of Motions” (Chapter 14, RONRIB) which will cover the Five Classes of Motions.
A Summary of the (5) Classes of Motions; pages 126-133:
▪ Main Motion
▪ Subsidiary Motions
▪ Privileged Motions
▪ Incidental Motions
▪ Motions That Bring a Question Again Before the Assembly
What’s needed for this session:
▪ A note book and pen to take a few notes.
▪ Please have read chapter 14 in the RONRIB.
▪ Bring your RONRIB book “The little Yellow book”, (which is required for the basic education sessions).
The Advance Education Session will cover Lesson 7b –Bylaw Amendments and Governing Documents.

Presented by: Vivian Hall, NAP and Jacqueline Wells, NAP
▪ Please read and answer the performance expectations, found in RONR 12th edition, or watch the entire (Lesson 7b) video using the following link: prior to attending this education session. Please Note: M. Stanley Ryan Unit will be discussing its bylaws
for possible amendments at our May business portion of the meeting.
▪ Please have your RONR 12th edition book.
▪ A pen and note book to take notes.
Please See the Following Performance Expectations for Lesson 7b (Amending Bylaws and Reviewing Governing Documents).

Performance Expectations

Amending Bylaws
9.1 Know and identify the default requirement to amend bylaws described in RONR 57:1(1).
9.2 Understand and identify the principle that allows consideration of bylaw amendments that conflict with those previously adopted at the same session described in RONR 57:1(4) and the recommended procedure for considering conflicting proposals described in RONR 57:6–8.
9.3 Understand and identify the basic procedure for isolated bylaw amendments and their recording in the minutes described in RONR 57:3–4 and 57:9.
9.4 Understand and explain how notice is given of bylaw amendments and the limitations on amendment of them imposed by the scope of notice requirement as described in RONR 57:10–14.

Reviewing Governing Documents
9.14 Identify the governing documents appropriate to particular content used for a given purpose as described in RONRIB (3rd ed.) Chapter 10.
9.15 Understand and identify how procedural rules in law may apply to an organization and may supersede the organization’s own rules as explained in RONR 1:5 (last sentence) and 56:49n1.
9.16 Recognize the relevance of an organization’s status as a corporation as described in RONR 2:5–7.
9.17 Understand and explain the nature of established custom and how to set it aside in a particular instance under RONR 2:25 (first two sentences).
9.18 Understand and explain how conflicts between established custom and written rules are resolved under RONR 2:25 (last two sentences).
9.20 Recognize that Suspend the Rules cannot suspend provisions of law as noted in RONR 25:8.
9.22 Recognize that if an entity is subordinate to another entity (such as a state chapter that is part of a national organization) the governing documents and rules of the superior organization must be
consulted for provisions that supplement or supersede those of the subordinate entity. RONR 2:7n4.
9.19 Explain the difference between governing provisions of procedural law which are subject to a Point of Order under RONR (12th ed.) 23:6(c), and substantive provisions of law, which are not.
9.21 Find applicable provisions of procedural law through
(especially corporations) and the sources under “References” in PPPP
p. 47, excluding the reference to open meeting laws and homeowner association statutes in the final sentence. (C)
Note: “(C)” refers to “consulting.” It is an indication from the Commission on Credentialing that this is a rule that the candidate is expected to explain by consulting an authority.
Learning Objectives

  1. Be able to describe the ranking order of rules that organizations must follow, understanding
    that the rule in the higher-ranking authority takes precedence over a lower ranking one.
  2. Name and describe the function of each kind of rule that the organization must follow.
  3. Be able to identify the difference between procedural rules and substantive rules recognizing
    that any violation of the law on procedural matters will be null and void. (1:5 last sentence and
    For The Link to Lesson 7b:
    Recording Link:

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