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October 27, 2009
If there are more than two people present, my advice is to avoid them at all costs.
Of course, that may be impossible. Since there's no end of things we can meet on these days, which includes meetings on how to improve your next meeting.
But one man has kept us from complete chaos.
He has given us chaos with rules.
A man who said, “Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty.”
One Henry M. Robert.
So who exactly is he and why can’t we start a meeting without him?
Robert was a U.S. Army engineer and incurable joiner (none of us are perfect) who, when asked to chair a meeting, was so naïve he wondered if he could bring his own, which was more comfortable.
Well, perhaps, I exaggerate but all it took was one chaotic church meeting for him to realize a need for common procedures that would work for all sorts of organizations.
In the day before “Parliamentary rules for Dummies,” and Google searches, he did exhaustive research on the subject.
He no doubt studied the Greeks who invented this idea of self-government in around 450 B.C. and the Athenian Agora, the equivalent of our Town Hall.
The result of all this immersion was the user friendly "Pocket Manual of Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies" published in February 1876 with the short title "Robert's Rules of Order" placed on its cover.
Some of the rules are simple: One person speaks at a time.
That even happens sometimes.
His revised edition is the bible for Parliamentary procedure in much of the Western world.
Anyone can become an expert.
Perturbed by Parlipro? Or when something is debatable or not? Don't know a bylaw from a common law?
He was the man that brought order to meetings and dissected parliamentary law in a way that common people could use it.
How could anything have ever gotten done without him?
I make a motion to nominate Henry M. Robert as the man who almost makes meetings bearable.
Does anyone second the motion?
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