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MemberJanuary 22, 2022 at 4:02 pm
Thanks for mentioning both Pat and me Terry! A few comments on this thread from my perspective. The above posts are excellent in my opinion and here are a few more thoughts on the matter…
It is true there is not a credentialing organization here in Canada so Canadians like Pat and myself are Professional Registered Parliamentarians through the US National Association of Parliamentarians. To the poster who struggled to find a local parliamentarian, that is both unfortunate and understandable so one bit of help is coming soon. A number of us have been working to upgrade the Alberta Association of Parliamentarians (part of NAP) and we will have a website available shortly. This should make it a bit easier to find out about us!
I agree that a simplified set of rules is ideal for most Condo Corporations. With that said, Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR) is often still workable for many boards with a simplified set of rules (often called Special Meeting Rules or Standing Rules of Order) as the method by which the Board operates. RONR actually advises the use of this practice as needed. In short, RONR is the backup, but an agreed-upon, more simple set of rules are followed by the Board. These special rules often include things like how many times someone can speak on an issue, how email decisions are governed (and kept to a minimum!), rules on decorum etc.
The value of some kind of parliamentary procedure cannot be understated. There must be a simple, well-understood way of making decisions that ensures that every board member has the equal opportunity on all decisions and that decisions are made in a way that will be upheld legally if challenged.