Learn from the experts

This year’s educational offerings promise that you will learn something new, refresh your knowledge, and connect with your colleagues. What more could you ask?

Members of the RONR authorship team will virtually introduce the new edition of the book, followed by an in-depth review of the changes from the last edition. Plus, there will be 20 additional workshops and sessions from which to choose on a wide variety of topics suitable to your level of experience.

Attend all the programs and earn 12 CEUs toward the renewal of your RP or PRP.

All times are in Central Daylight Time. For the most up-to-date schedule, please go to the main conference website. 


Date of SessionSession Start TimeCategorySession NamePresentersSession Description
Thursday, August 27, 20202:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m.Panel DiscussionNew RP Credentialing UpdateBurke Balch, PRPFind out the latest regarding the development of the new RP credentialing process from members of NAP's Commission on Credentialing. New to NAP and the RP credentialing process? Be sure to attend the Introduction to the New RP Credentialing Process on Saturday, August 29.
Friday, August 28, 202010:20 a.m.-3:30 p.m.Panel DiscussionSignificant Changes in the 12th Edition of RONRBurke Balch, PRP; Dan Seabold, PRP; Shmuel Gerber, PRPMembers of the RONR Authorship Team will discuss the major changes in the latest edition of RONR. Each session will be followed by time for questions and answers.

10:20 am - 11:45 am CDT: RONR 12th Edition Changes Session 1 (1 hour 25 minutes)
Presenters: Shmuel Gerber, PRP; Daniel Seabold, PRP; Burke Balch, PRP

15 minute break

Noon - 1:25pm CDT:  RONR 12th Edition Changes Session 2 (1 hour 25 minutes)
Presenters: Daniel Seabold, PRP; Burke Balch, PRP; Shmuel Gerber, PRP 

40 minute meal break

2:05pm - 3:30pm CDT: RONR 12th Edition Changes Session 3 (1 hour 25 minutes)
Presenters: Burke Balch, PRP; Shmuel Gerber, PRP; Daniel Seabold, PRP
Saturday, August 29, 202010:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.All LevelsCreating a Presiding ScriptTim Wynn, PRPThrough interactive exercises, participants will learn how to properly populate an order of business, how to create a presiding script from scratch, and how to effectively use the presiding script to create a smooth and orderly meeting.
Saturday, August 29, 202010:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.IntermediateAmending BylawsLawrence Taylor, PRPThis workshop reviews the special rules for amending bylaws, and presents commonly used formats for presenting bylaws amendments.
Saturday, August 29, 202010:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.All LevelsJust Dollars and Sense, Please!Evan Lemoine, PRPFrom starting a new non-profit organization to serving as treasurer or as a member of a budget, finance, financial review, or audit committee, some things just don't make sense to most people. This workshop will explore the complexities of the financial management of non-profit organizations primarily in the area of taxes, budgeting, and reporting cash.
Saturday, August 29, 202010:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.Basic20 Voting-Related Obstacles for New Chairs and Confused MembersLorenzo Cuesta, PRPOnce a new chair or new members learn how to handle a motion, they then discover that the voting process is a parliamentary quicksand. This workshop will clarify confusing voting concepts, illustrate proper voting procedures, and correct voting misconceptions.
Saturday, August 29, 202010:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.All LevelsIs Your Notice Sufficient?Allison Wallis, PRPProper notice of meetings is an essential component for all meetings and conventions. For a seemingly straight-forward task, there are many pitfalls for the unprepared. Do you know how to protect your organization by giving complete and proper notice of meetings? How does sufficient notice differ for churches, condominiums, non-profit organizations, and governmental bodies? What are the requirements for giving notice in the bylaws (typically seen for meetings at regular intervals) and by issuing a written call to the meeting? Who should send the notice? Who should receive the notice? How much detail is required for a convention? How much detail is required for a special meeting? What is the notice for an adjourned meeting? How should notice be sent?
Saturday, August 29, 202011:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.All LevelsFounding Principles: Why Knowing the Reasons Behind the Rules Makes You a Better ParliamentarianLibby Willis, PRPDoes understanding the fundamental principles underlying parliamentary procedure help a parliamentarian become better at his job? Does an understanding of the basics make it easier to grasp the whole structure of parliamentary procedure? Absolutely!

Having an appreciation for the rights, principles, and structure of parliamentary procedure can be an epiphany to a new student or seasoned parliamentarian who never before took the time to think about the core foundation of parliamentary procedure rules. This appreciation can help parliamentarians impart to organization members and students why parliamentary procedure is neither a "bag of tricks" or an incomprehensible procedure which must be endured. Understanding the reasons behind the rules encourages appreciation and practice of the rules. Examining how specific rules of parliamentary procedure reflect fundamental principles makes the knowledge "stick" whether you are teaching the rules or serving as a convention parliamentarian.

In this workshop, survey the profound principles of parliamentary procedure -- and see how what you learn makes you a better parliamentarian.
Saturday, August 29, 202011:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.IntermediateThat's Not Right! How to Correct Mistakes During a MeetingFashika Willis, PRPThis workshop will explore some of the most common mistakes made during meetings and how to correct them. Participants will learn what mistakes to look out for from members, the Chair, the assembly, and in committee meetings. Work-shoppers will leave feeling more confident in their ability to discern mistakes and feeling empowered to offer corrections using RONR.
Saturday, August 29, 202011:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.All LevelsWhat's On Your Ballot?Brandon Walters, PRPThis workshop will review types of ballots, the pros and cons of different ballot styles for an organization, and utilize concepts from real-world application to allow an organization to make a better informed decision about the ballots they use.
Saturday, August 29, 202011:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.IntermediateNominations: Principles, Practice, and PitfallsCarl Nohr, PRP
When organizations are first established, there is a process described in RONR to populate the essential positions. As organizations mature, they will develop governing documents that prescribe the positions of authority and how members can achieve them. At some point in the life of an organization, it will reach a point where nominations must be formalized through a robust and transparent nominations process, usually involving a committee. In the real world, the nominations process is sometimes viewed as providing a preferred candidate. This culture can be destructive and inhibitory to engaging new members in an organization. This session will review the material in RONR relevant to establishing an organization and the nominations process, emphasizing principles of fairness and engagement.
Sunday, August 30, 20202:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m.IntermediateWe Interrupt This Meeting…Todd Brand, PRPThe following devices - point of order, request for information, and parliamentary inquiry - are commonly misunderstood, mixed up, and perhaps under or overused at times. With the potential to bog down a meeting, the proper use of these devices can help members access better information, and in the long run, can allow for better and more efficient meetings. This workshop concludes with a brief practice session on handling these devices.
Saturday, August 29, 20201:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.IntermediateAll That and a Bag of Chips!Theljewa Garrett, PRPEvery generation has its slang -- new words and phrases that allow young people to communicate without adults understanding. Do you remember your generation's slang phrases you used when you were trying to be "All that and a bag of chips"? Many of today's slang words are not new in their meanings. Join the Youth Committee to find out how well you can "translate" generational jargon into parlipro and learn tips and strategies for inviting and involving members of the "Next Chapter" in the life of your unit, association, or district.
Saturday, August 29, 20201:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.BasicThe Real Lives of Parliamentarians and Their ClientsEsther Heller, PRPYou’ve read RONR, you’ve attended meetings, you’ve taken workshops, you’ve earned the credential.  Your first meeting with a new client went in a totally unexpected direction.  Now what?   Through real examples, tempered with humor, we’ll figure that out together!  
Saturday, August 29, 20201:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.BasicCall of Duty: How Fiduciary Duties Affect Your AssociationValoree Althoff, PRPThe Three Fiduciary Duties - Care, Loyalty, and Obedience - can affect how a leader prepares, serves, and makes decisions for the organization. Learn these skills to gain a better understanding of your role as a fiduciary.
Saturday, August 29, 20201:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.All LevelsDemystifying PowerPointHenry Lawton, PRPExplore some of the uncommon features of PowerPoint to make presentations that can be more understandable to your participants.
This workshop will go into features that are seldom used to maintain consistency throughout your presentation. We will discuss, review, and demonstrate the use of fonts, background colors, size of presentation slides, animation, positioning of objects on slides, etc.
Participants are asked to bring their laptops with PowerPoint properly installed. We will use those laptops to create and present a few very simple presentations with the knowledge learned in this session.
Saturday, August 29, 20201:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.IntermediateConsidering SeriatimCraig Henry, PRPThe incidental motion to consider seriatim (or by paragraph) is used to separately open to debate and amendment the different parts of a report or long motion consisting of a series of resolutions, paragraphs, articles, or sections that are not totally separate questions. In this way, this motion is distinct from a division of the question, which is used to separate a motion into two distinct motions, each of which can stand independently if the other fails.
Saturday, August 29, 20203:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m.Panel DiscussionIntroduction to the New RP Credentialing ProcessBurke Balch, PRPReady to take the next step and become a Registered Parliamentarian? NAP's Commission on Credentialing is preparing to roll out the new RP credentialing process. Members of the Commission will introduce you to the process so you know what to expect.
Sunday, August 30, 20201:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.Panel DiscussionProfessional Responsibility Standards and Procedures: A Sea of Change -- Parliamentary Ethics UpdateWeldon Merritt, PRP; Tannis Nelson, PRP; Denise Irminger, PRP; Jason Morgan, PRPNAP's Professional Standards Committee will discuss changes in the NAP/AIP Joint Code of Ethics and other current issues in parliamentary ethics.
Sunday, August 30, 20202:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m.BasicRONR Application in Small BoardsJohn Berg, PRPSmall boards of about a dozen or less typically function differently than ordinary deliberative assemblies. They often have a heavy workload, may be responsible for staff, have more interaction between board members, and are generally accountable to a constituency. The presenter draws upon his half-century association with various boards, most recently with two years as an observer of a local school board followed by his election to the board and recent work as a school board director. RONR application in small boards will be discussed, with emphasis on agendas and consent calendars. The practical dynamics between individual board members, each with their own personal perspectives, will be explored. Application will be to both private and public boards, with distinctions noted.
Sunday, August 30, 20202:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m.All LevelsBody of Knowledge Cynthia Mayo, PRP; Margie Booker, PRPNAP's educational offerings are developed in accordance with the NAP Body of Knowledge (BOK), a comprehensive document outlining eight categories, or domains, of knowledge, skills, and practical applications that individuals must know and demonstrate in parliamentary procedure. The BOK is designed to assist individuals in developing educational programs that provide the democratic processes and meets the principles of protection for the majority, the minority, individual members, and absentees both individually and collectively. This workshop will provide the template, references, and suggested activities for using the BOK congruently with RONRIB and RONR to design and implement workshops, forums, and academies for persons seeking membership in NAP or preparing to become a Registered Parliamentarian or a Professional Registered Parliamentarian.
Saturday, August 29, 202011:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.IntermediateWait a Minute! Making Sense of Meeting MinutesRob Moore, RPEvery meeting has minutes, but it seems like every organization does minutes differently. Minutes might seem as straightforward as a record of the proceedings of an association, but in the practical context of a disorganized association (or even an organized one!), minutes can sometimes be the only thing that keeps track of what qualifies as business and what is baloney.
Sunday, August 30, 20202:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m.All LevelsAre You A Farmer?Dave Mezzera, PRPYou’ve undoubtedly heard the humorous definition of a FARMER: someone outstanding in their field! Well, what if your field is Parliamentarianism? When you serve any group as its appointed or paid parliamentarian (or when you give a parliamentary lesson to your unit or other outside group), you should be outstanding in this field! And how can you become more exceptional? This workshop will provide numerous tips on (1) how to make your own educational presentations more fun, (2) how to make your clients more attentive, and (3) how to make your consultations more credible. Come prepared to share some of your own tips of the trade - collectively we can all become more "outstanding in our field!”
Sunday, August 30, 20202:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m.All LevelsMeeting in the Age of PandemicsSteve Bolen, PRPIn the seemingly new world of emerging pandemics, what can parliamentarians do to prevent our client organizations from dissipation and obsolescence in any possible required isolation? General Henry M. Robert always envisioned deliberative bodies meeting together in social settings. As such, it was always the wisest and safest approach to organize societies such that they are often restricted by external legal requirements and their own design of bylaws to having regular in-person meetings. This new paradigm means that the traditional face-to-face meeting may be at times undesirable or even impractical, which will profoundly affect the world of parliamentarians. This workshop explores the changes that should be implemented in the governing documents to achieve the dual goals of complying with legal requirements safely and pursuing flourishing societies. Further, techniques will be re-envisioned for effective presiding, handling agendas, and managing debates within these dispersed organizations. Participants will come away with an understanding of the steps necessary to protect their organizations in the new world paradigm.