RIGHTS OF MEMBERS DURING
THE MEETING .
- All members are equal and have the same rights:
To place motions before the
To enter into the discussion;
To oppose and to amend.
have his vote count equally.
hold the floor until he is finished speaking,
assuming that the assembly has not limited debate.
demand a hand count, if he doubts the
chairman's decision on a voice vote.
inquire of the chairman the issue
being voted on.
call the chairman's attention
to what seems to be an error
appeal the decision of the chairman, if member feels the chairman has made a
call for order, if necessary.
The chairman must never permit
the meeting to get out of control. If disorder occurs, a member has the right to
remind the chairman of the obligation to keep order.
To call for the orders of the
day. If the assembly has strayed from the order on the agenda, a member can insist that the agenda be followed.
OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERS DURING THE MEETING.
receive recognition of the chairman before speaking,
whenever this is required by the motion. No member has the right to speak
whenever the whim strikes him. Since the chairman has the obligation to maintain
order, the member has the obligation to remain silent until recognized. (As has
been noted on the descriptions of the various motions, there are a few
exceptions to this rule.)
speak directly to the subject being considered.
No member has the right to talk about anything he
wishes, without reference to the motion on the floor.
address all remarks to the chair man. It is
very tempting to fall into the habit of speaking directly to other members or
especially to members on the opposite side of an issue. Violent disagreement is
the usual result in such cases, plus injured feelings.
- To refrain from using any insulting language.
To refrain from using any insulting language or
3. USUAL ORDER OF
This is the typical pattern:
- Chairman: "Meeting will please come to order."
- Chairman: "Roll call?"
- Chairman: "The secretary will please read the minutes of
the previous meeting."
- Chairman: "Are there additions or corrections?"
- (Chairman pauses)
- (if there were no corrections)
"They stand approved as read."
- (if there were corrections)
"They stand approved as corrected."
Chairman: "Are there any committee reports?"
- Chairman: "Is there any old business on
Chairman: (after all items on agenda
covered) "Is there any other new business?"
- Communications (in some organizations, this
comes immediately after the minutes)
Announcements - Adjournment