County Parliamentarians Unit
Fraternal Order of Police Hall
23300 Harper Avenue
Charlotte Harbor, FL
STATE ASSOCIATIONAs a fairly new CCPU member and State member, I must admit I was a little nervous about attending my first Florida State Association of Parliamentarians Conference. After all, I am still a little raw around the edges about parliamentarian procedure. But as the old saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” So with that thought behind me, I am moving forward with a few thoughts about my first State Association of Parliamentarians Conference, Jacksonville, Florida from May 20 through May 22, 2016.
May 20-22, 2016
As a member of the Charlotte County Parliamentarians Unit, my icebreaker was the Friday evening social event. I thought to myself, wow, what a college of knowledge is in attendance. I was greeted at the event by the same lady with whom I had exchanged greeting in the hallway and at breakfast. At breakfast with my husband and my guest, I had noticed that same lady at a table closer to the window with a view of St. Johns River. I began to share with my husband the history of St. Johns river. Later I would learn she enjoyed hearing me read about the history and I immediately apologized to her. She informed me there was no problem because she now has the information about St. Johns River. We shared a laugh.
The workshops were very informative, with excellent presenters. My most highlight moment was the amount of information available with the workshop of the National Association of Parliamentarians body of knowledge. These handouts provide an opportunity for upcoming parliamentarians to facilitate a workshop to local chapters and communities. Another highlight for me included a suggested way to keep track of motions by utilizing the up arrow symbol. I really like that idea. This was a positive experience for me and I will try to avail myself of future workshops. I now find myself challenged to teach at the Charlotte County Parliamentarians Unit and I look forward to studying for the PRP.
The last highlight of my trip, on the way home, my husband decided to test my knowledge on what I learned in the workshops. I began to explain that I observed how to effectively run an organized meeting and that by observing experienced parliamentarians my knowledge was reinforced. There were opportunities for interactions with hands on exercises. It is very important to have an agenda, because the agenda sets the business tone. The chairperson controls the meeting and must be impartial. Any motions from the floor should be submitted in writing and that a person must stand and be recognized by the chairperson, then state the motion by saying “I move that” and state the motion. The motion must have a second or it fails. The maker of the motion has the first opportunity to speak to the motion. What a great opportunity for knowledge reinforcement!
In closing, by attending such networking workshops it truly helps to put parliamentarian procedure in practice and builds self-confidence. I look forward to my next adventure of learning and networking with each workshop opportunity. Most of all, I can look forward to quizzes from my spouse as we travel.
Luceal Henry Curry
Charlotte County Parliamentarians Unit
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