Boards and Committees—so that a parliamentarian will know how special rules apply to different kinds of boards and to committees.

Writing and Interpreting Bylaws and Other Governing Documents—so that the parliamentarian will know how to write, read, and understand all the rules stated in bylaws and other forms of governing documents.

What Will Be Tested
Part Seven: Boards and Committees and Writing and Interpreting Bylaws

Updated to RONR (12th ed.)

Performance Expectations
In addition to the Performance Expectations below, the candidate is expected to be familiar with the rules in all of Chapters 1-11 of RONRIB (3rd ed.).


10.1     Understand and recognize the nature of, and differences among, independent boards, subordinate boards, and executive committees explained in RONRIB (3rd ed.) p. 160. (See also RONR 1:22–23, 49:5–7, 49:12–14, and 49:15 (first two sentences).)
10.4     Understand and explain the rights and responsibilities of ex-officio board members and how a board’s officers are designated as explained in RONR 49:8–10.


10.5     Understand and explain the provisions for giving instructions to committees as described in RONR 13:8(d) (12th ed. includes new last sentence), and 13:22.
10.6     Understand and identify the connection between the power to appoint, to fill vacancies, and to remove, as described in RONR 13:23, 50:11 (second sentence), and 50:14.
10.7     Understand and identify the limits on the authority of committees described in RONR 50:4–5.
10.8     Recognize the difference in the terms of members of standing versus special committees explained in RONR 50:3, 50:7, and 50:10.
10.9     Know and explain the rules regarding the appointment of non-members to committees as described in RONR 50:12.
10.10   Know and identify the five methods by which committees can be appointed described in RONR 50:13, 13:8(c), and 13:13–18.

Rules and Procedures in Boards and Committees

10.13     Know and identify the requirements for transaction of business in boards and committees given in RONR 49:16 (Significant 12th ed. changes to this paragraph), 50:21n6, and 51:2.
10.14     Know and identify the circumstances in which boards and committees employ the “small board” rules as described in RONR 49:16 (first two sentences), 49:21 (first sentence), 50:25 (first sentence up to semicolon), and 50:26 (last two sentences) 12th ed. adds last sentence.
10.16     Recognize and explain the eight rules governing more informal procedure in small boards as given in RONRIB p. 161 and in the context of RONR 49:21 (including n3).
10.18     Recognize the difference in the availability of motions to limit debate in boards and committees explained in RONR 49:21(3)n3, 50:25 (last sentence and n7).
10.19     Know and identify the rules governing the calling and adjournment of committee meetings and quorum in them as described in RONR 9:35, 50:21–23, including 50:21n6 Significant revision in 12th ed.
10.20     Know and identify the rules concerning committee hearings and who may be present during committee meetings described in RONR 50:27.

Bylaw Amendments

9.1     Know and identify the default requirement to amend bylaws described in RONR 57:1(1).
9.2     Understand and identify the principle that allows consideration of bylaw amendments that conflict with those previously adopted at the same session described in RONR 57:1(4) and the recommended procedure for considering conflicting proposals described in RONR 57:6–8 –12th ed. includes new details in 57:6.
9.3     Understand and identify the basic procedure for isolated bylaw amendments and their recording in the minutes described in RONR 57:3–4 (12th ed. adds new rule applicable to conforming amendments), and 57:9.
9.4     Understand and explain how notice is given of bylaw amendments and the limitations on amendment of them imposed by the scope of notice requirement as described in RONR 57:10–14 12th ed. eliminates former provision under which a noticed bylaw amendment becomes a general order for the meeting at which it is to be considered.
Interpreting Bylaws and Other Rules
9.11     Know and recall, at least in paraphrased form, the Principles of Interpretation listed in RONR 56:68(1–8) (italicized sentences only).

Reviewing Governing Documents

9.14     Identify the governing documents appropriate to particular content used for a given purpose as described in RONRIB (3rd ed.) Chapter 10.
Higher Authorities
9.15     Understand and identify how procedural rules in law may apply to an organization and may supersede the organization’s own rules as explained in RONR 1:5 (last sentence) and 56:49n1.
9.16     Recognize the relevance of an organization’s status as a corporation as described in RONR 2:5–7.
9.17     Understand and explain the nature of established custom and how to set it aside in a particular instance under RONR 2:25 (first two sentences).
9.18     Understand and explain how conflicts between established custom and written rules are resolved under RONR 2:25 (last two sentences).
9.20     Recognize that Suspend the Rules cannot suspend provisions of law as noted in RONR, 25:8.
9.22     Recognize that if an entity is subordinate to another entity (such as a state chapter that is part of a national organization) the governing documents and rules of the superior organization must be consulted for provisions that supplement or supersede those of the subordinate entity. RONR 2:7n4.

Practice Questions for Part 7

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