Amending a Motion

Anticipating their Holiday Meeting, LSPU members created an example: They introduced a motion under New Business, then amended it following Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, as follows:   Let’s re-create today’s New Business.

Main Motion:

“I move that we have refreshments at the December meeting.”

Amendment:

“and that a sign-up sheet be distributed allowing members to say what they want to bring.”

Amendment to amendment:   To be inserted after the word sheet and before  “including sweet, savory, and beverage options”

Note:  When there is more than one amendment on the floor the presiding officer brings each up for a vote beginning with the last amendment to the amendment, as follows:

#1  The group voted to approve “including sweet, savory, and beverage options”

Now the amendment read “and that a sign-up sheet including sweet, savory, and beverage options be distributed allowing members to say what they want to bring.”

#2  The group voted to approve inserting “paper goods” after savory and before and.

The amendment now read “and that a sign-up sheet including sweet, savory, paper goods, and beverage options be distributed allowing members to say what they want to bring.”

#3  Members voted to adopt the amendment.

Result of #3: The main motion became “I move that we have refreshments at the December meeting and that a sign-up sheet including sweet, savory, paper goods, and beverage options be distributed allowing members to say what they want to bring.”

#4 Members voted and approved the amended main motion.

That is how the group agreed to have refreshments at the December meeting, following Robert’s Rules for decision-making. A sign-up sheet was distributed and one member was appointed to take it so we will not have all sweet goodies in December.

The members learned and practiced:

a) having the maker of the motion speak first,

b) amending a motion,

c) seeking to end a debate,

d) asking  for a rising vote,

and so much more.

It was a game well-played with everybody speaking, watching, and learning.

The next meeting will be December 20, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1669 West Maple, Birmingham, Michigan.  Visitors are always welcome