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OCT
2020

Changeover from 11th to 12th Ed. RP Assessments

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URGENT AND IMPORTANT: Changeover from 11th to 12th Ed. RP Assessments IMMINENT

Quizzes and assignments based on the 11th edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised will no longer be available to those in the new Registered Parliamentarian credentialing system after Noon EDT* on Friday, October 23, 2020. It is important not only that RP candidates and beta testers complete any Step One quiz based on the 11th edition before that time, but also that you allow a sufficient period for Schoology to grade your submitted quiz and for you to review it to identify questions you missed and their correct answers before that deadline, since no 11th edition-based quizzes will be accessible thereafter (although your scores on them will be preserved).

If you are presently in Step Two, you must upload any 11th edition-based assignments before the deadline.

Following the deadline, no quizzes or assignments in the new RP credentialing system will be available for a period, expected to be approximately 48 to 72 hours, while the necessary changes are made on Schoology to publish the 12th edition-based Step One quizzes and Step Two assignments.

A comprehensive set of content-rich webpages on how to attain the Registered Parliamentarian® credential using the new credentialing system, updated to accord with the new 12th edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, may be accessed by clicking on “New RP Credentialing” under the “FOR PARLIAMENTARIANS” column on the NAP homepage.

* In North American time zones: 5:00 a.m. HST; 6:00 a.m. HADT; 7:00 a.m. AlaskaDT; 9:00 a.m. PDT; 10:00 a.m. MDT; 11:00 a.m. CDT; 12:00 p.m. EDT; 1:00 p.m. Atlantic DST; 1:30 p.m. Newfoundland DST

Learn more about the 12th Edition of RONR and the New Credentialing System

18
SEP
2020

Updates to Membership and Legacy Exams

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Beginning October 1, 2020, the 40-question membership exam will be based on the 3rd edition of  Robert’s Rules In Brief and the 100-question membership exam will be based on the 12th edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. The study guides for both exams will be updated as well.
The legacy RP exams will continue to be available until the Commission on Credentialing determines that enough candidates have completed the new RP process. At that time, at least 2 months notice will be given that the legacy exams will be discontinued. Anyone who is in the process of taking the legacy exams will be grandfathered into that testing method provided they have successfully completed at least 2 exam parts, excluding the Part I research exam. The legacy exams will continue to be based on Robert’s Rules 11th edition; they will not be updated to the 12th edition.
Join us for the Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, to learn more about the Legacy Exam. 
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APR
2020

Sample Rules for Electronic Meetings

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Recent COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have prompted organizations of all types and sizes to rethink how they conduct business. Consequently, there has been a great demand for information on how to use electronic meetings. The RONR authorship team has published “Sample Rules for Electronic Meetings,” which will be included as an appendix in the 12th edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. The document provided in the link below includes referencing to the 11th edition of RONR.

Sample Rules for Electronic Meetings

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APR
2020

Electronic Meeting Resources

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As meetings are increasingly transitioned to electronic platforms, easy access to information on how to conduct these events virtually is more important than ever. NAP members have the unique opportunity to learn from the best in the parliamentary profession. We are diligently working to create relevant content that will answer your questions about hosting electronic meetings and events. Below are links to some of the excellent resources available to members and non-members. Watch for details about upcoming webinars and offerings.

  • Sample Rules for Electronic Meetings In light of the fact that many organizations are needing to conduct business using electronic meetings, due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the Robert’s Rules Association and its publisher Hachette Book Group are making available Sample Rules for Electronic Meetings, which will be included as an appendix in the forthcoming 12th edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. We at the Robert’s Rules Association, our publisher, and our Authorship team hope that releasing this information in advance of the publication of our 12th edition will be of some assistance to help organizations navigate during these challenging times. The PDF available here includes references to the 11th edition of RONR. Download Sample Rules.
  • NAP 5th Tuesday Town Hall Recording: Parliamentary Advice in the World of COVID-19 — This meeting answered questions previously presented to our panelists on a wide range of parliamentary situations. The Town Hall discusses types of electronic meetings, rules for holding electronic meetings, adjusting meeting dates, elections for both officers and delegates, the ethics of electronic meetings, and more. The panelists were Timothy Wynn, PRP, Weldon Merritt, PRP, and Thomas (Burke) Balch, PRP.  Members can view the recording for free by logging into their account or it may be purchased through our online store.
  • Webinar Recording: Electronic Meetings Platforms, Helping You Bring NAP to the World This workshop presented by David Whitaker, PRP, is designed to introduce the participants to the three most used video conference meeting platforms: Adobe Connect, GoToMeeting, and Zoom. It includes a demonstration of each system and a discussion of other types of platforms that can be used to aid in meetings, such as conference calls, Skype, and other platforms. Download Webinar Recording.
  • Webinar Recording: Electronic Meetings that Pass Parliamentary Muster — This webinar is an overview of state-of-the-art video conferencing tools and how to use them to achieve essential parliamentary requirements for deliberative assemblies. It focuses on Zoom and internet software for voting. It also provides sample electronic meeting rules. Download Webinar Recording.
  • Webinar Recording: Electronic Voting and Elections Part 1: Demonstration of Electronic Voting and Elections — In the advent of COVID-19, organizations across the world are examining electronic meeting platforms, including systems that can conduct elections remotely. This workshop demonstrates how to use ElectionBuddy in the context of annual elections and during membership/board meetings, and discusses the implications of using electronic voting systems under Robert’s Rules of Order. Download Webinar Recording.
  • Webinar Recording: Electronic Voting and Elections Part 2: Methods of Absentee Voting – Analog and Digital — In today’s world, many organizations cannot meet in person and are searching for answers on the best ways to decide issues remotely. As parliamentarians, how can we advise groups and clients on the best way to make decisions from a distance? This workshop explores the processes of absentee voting, examines the pros and cons of each, and discusses best practices for voting and holding elections fairly and honestly. Download Webinar Recording.
  • Still have questions? Can My Unit or Association Meet During a Public Health Emergency is a step-by-step resource to help you determine whether your unit or association can meet during a public health (or similar) emergency.

Other helpful links:
Coronavirus Electronic Meetings Notice – March 2020

08
APR
2020

Tax Filing for Associations and Units

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Tax Filing for Associations & Units
Non-profits are still required to file form 990-N by April 15, 2020.
The form must be submitted electronically to retain your 501(c)3 status. Read this User Guide for filing instructions. You can find more information on the documents page of our website.
 
Reminders
  • If you don’t successfully file three years in a row, you will lose your 501(c)(3) standing.
  • Check your status. Just because your file uploads does NOT mean that it has been accepted. You will need to check back to confirm it was accepted and is not pending or rejected.
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