Louise Saks Parliamentary Unit members went back to the basics at the October 17 meeting by studying Main Motions.  Cherunda Fox and Gretchen Denton led the program with two big goals for the day—

  • How to write main motions
  • How to handle main motions.

After members learned that new business is introduced through a main motion, they practiced what they’d discovered by creating their own main motions in small groups:

Write a main motion that you would make if you want your club to invite the actress Judi Dench to speak at your annual meeting.

The small group’s main motion could be the following:

I move that (name of organization) invite the actress Judi Dench to speak at the April 1, 2018 annual meeting at a cost not to exceed $10,000.00 for airfare and honorarium.

The motion makes a specific recommendation and anticipates the cost associated with it.  A motion is made by an individual member or a motion may come from a committee.  A motion is always concise, clear, and unambiguous.

Step by Step:  Here’s how main motions are handled

A member makes the motion.

Another member seconds it.

The presiding officer states it.

Members debate it.

The presiding officers puts the question so members can vote.

The presiding officer gives the results of the vote.

Then, the group considers another item of business always presented in the form of a motion.  As we say, that’s all folks!

Next month, we will look at what are known as incidental motions. 

Guests are always welcome at our meetings & can fully participate in lessons. 

Come see us on November 21, 2017, 9:30-noon, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1669 West Maple Rd. Birmingham, MI.