09
MAY
2018

NAPMobile App Ready for Testing

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The long-awaited NAPMobile app is now available for members to test on iOS and Android devices. It features quizzes on parliamentary procedure, a vote calculator to quickly determine if a motion is adopted or lost, and information on NAP and the benefits of membership.

This version is just the beginning. Your feedback will be extremely helpful as we continue developing it. Is the app in its current form useful to you? What features and functionalities would you like to see added?

The objective is to develop and promote an app that is a useful parliamentary tool consistent with NAP’s image as:

  • The Authority on Robert’s Rules of Order
  • The Resource for education and training on Parliamentary Procedure
  • The Experts who can help organizations and associations to improve governance, manage meetings, and engage membership

Ideally, the app would have value to non-members as well as members.

We invite you to download the app, test it out, and let us know what you think. It’s free!

Provide your feedback via a quick survey (click here). We’ll collect your comments and use them to drive app development.

08
MAR
2018

Virtual Town Hall Engages NAP Membership

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Kansas City, MO, January 31, 2018 –More than 130 members and local leaders of the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) gathered online for the association’s first-ever Fifth-Tuesday Town Hall on January 30.

President Jim Jones addresses a member’s question during NAP’s first virtual town hall.

Sponsored by the new Association Relations Committee and using Adobe Connect, the online session offered a direct and informal way for members to ask questions of NAP’s officers, who responded with an accounting of how the organization is progressing and an overview of the priorities for the upcoming months. Members were invited to submit questions prior to and during the town hall to be addressed by NAP President James “Jim” Jones, Vice President Darlene Allen, Secretary Kevin Connelly, and Treasurer Wanda Sims. Moderator Lucy Anderson – Chair of the Association Relations Committee – facilitated the officers’ responses. Turnout for the event was excellent and it was clear that a lot of thought went into the members’ questions.

“These town halls are just one of many initiatives being rolled out to keep members informed and to make the relationship between NAP and its members closer,” explained President Jones.

An additional benefit of the Town Hall was the use of Adobe’s online polling feature, which allowed members to voice their strong preference for online learning, support for the upcoming building fund campaign, and potential sites for an international educational experience. These responses provided NAP’s leadership insight for setting priorities and planning future activities.

NAP Treasurer Wanda Sims reviews the association’s financial position.

Click on the following links for a recap of the questions and answers from the event and a replay of the Town Hall:

The NAP Board of Directors thank all who participated and made this first virtual Town Hall a success. Watch NAP’s Membership Update for announcements of similar face-to-face or online interactions in the future.

Please plan to attend the next Fifth-Tuesday Town Hall on May 29, at 7:30 p.m. (CT), as well as future town halls scheduled for July 31, October 30.

07
MAR
2018

File Your 2016 990-N e-Postcard

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November 30 was the end of NAP’s fiscal year. Don’t forget to file the 990-N for your unit or association before April 15. You must file through the IRS website.

All NAP units and associations must file an annual tax return to maintain their non-profit status. If your average annual revenue is less than $50,000, you will likely qualify to complete the IRS 990-N, e-Postcard. This is done online by answering a series of questions and submitting the form electronically. You will be filing for the 2016 tax year since the fiscal year began December 1, 2016.

Please see this user filing guide for more information. There are also several more documents available to help you with the filing process:

If you encounter problems while trying to file, please contact the IRS at 877-829-5500.

Remember: Failure to file this form for three consecutive years will result in the revocation of your non-profit status by the IRS.

09
OCT
2017

NAP Installs New District Directors

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NAP’s eight district directors play a key role in supporting the organization’s 45 associations and 170 units. They actively promote NAP’s mission and growth. In short, they are an important dimension of the organization’s volunteer leadership.

The following members have been installed as district directors for the 2017-2019 term:

District 1: Rosemary Seghatoleslami, PRP (NJ)
District 2: Roger Hanshaw, PRP (WV)
District 3: Todd Crowder, PRP (GA)
District 4: Robert Schuck, RP (WI)
District 5: Larry Martin, PRP (MO)
District 6: Jim Lawson, RP (OK)
District 7: Kevin Connelly, PRP (WA)
District 8: Vivian Vincent, PRP (AZ)

See more information about NAP’s districts

06
OCT
2017

Beware Email Scams

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It seems every day there’s a report of some new — or old — email scam circulating. Because NAP uses email for so much of our communications, we remind you to protect yourself from potentially harmful — and costly — email scams. We all get them and they can take many forms. But if you receive an email asking for money — with or without an attachment — or from a friend stating they are on vacation and in need of help, DON’T OPEN IT.
Security experts advise to never click on any link or attachment if you don’t know what it is, no matter who it ‘s from. You should never make any payment without proper documentation. Reputable companies do not ask you for your password or banking information under any circumstances. If you get an odd email from someone you know, don’t reply — but rather send them a new email asking them if they recently sent you something.  If you receive an odd or suspicious email, just delete it. It’s always best to err on the side of caution.