The Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians is fifty years old in 2018 and its annual meeting will reflect that past, present, and future in its workshops with three topics that are important whether you’re a 50-year member or embarking on your parliamentary journey.

Workshop #1  Meetings in the Past, Present, and Future

Eleanor “Coco” Siewert, PRP, will moderate a panel discussion of Connie Deford, PRP and past NAP President, Joyce Brown Watkins, PRP and current NAP Board Director, and Marguerite “Peggy” Gutt, PRP-Retired, exploring changes they’ve observed in meetings and MSAP/NAP through the years, trends they are seeing in meetings, and challenges for current and future parliamentarians and the meetings they attend.


Workshop #2  Disciplinary Procedures for Volunteer Organizations

Tom DeMeritt, PRP and Edna Arrington, PRP will illustrate an extreme disciplinary procedure with a participatory skit as well as pointing out the use of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised that expands and clarifies ordinary disciplinary procedures.


Workshop #3  Voting

Led by Maurice Henderson, PRP, Past NAP President, and our help at the 2017 MSAP annual meeting when we needed clarity about credentials and voting, this workshop will help anyone asked to be the chair of the tellers at a meeting where officers will be elected or when there may be contentious votes necessitating the use of ballots.  In this workshop you will learn the right way to count votes, prepare a report for the assembly, and consider voting in electronic meetings.


We’ll be looking back and ahead when we gather in Frankenmuth on April 14, 2018.  Plan to attend to prepare for your future parliamentary service and to bask in the golden glow of MSAP’s many good years serving the citizens of Michigan and more.