21
APR
2022

Special Recognition to Our Mentors

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Mentors are a special type of parliamentarian. In addition to all that they do to serve their clients and keep their credential current, they make time to help aspiring Registered Parliamentarians (RP) and Professional Registered Parliamentarians (PRP) to prepare for the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) and the Professional Renewal Certification (PRC.) Not only do they deserve recognition and thanks from their mentees, but NAP itself is enhanced by the growing number of credentialed parliamentarians.

The following PRPs were actively mentoring one or more RPs and PRPs.

First Quarter 2022
Darlene Allen, Theodore Altman, Steven Anderson, Edna Arrington, David Bennett, Gregory Carlson, CJ Cavin, Mary Loose DeViney, Robert Kirby Glad, Adam Hathaway, Elizabeth Haynes, Ronald Herbison, Denise R Irminger, Derrick Isaac, Patricia Koch, Gail Lover, Michael Malamut, Jackquline May, Helen McFadden, Cynthia Mills, Laura Rabb Morgan, Edward Nelson, Carl Pease, Julie Pioch, Helen Popovich, Jacqueline Roundtree, Dr. Mariam Simmons, Carolyn Stubbs, Michael Swift, Deborah Underwood, Joyce Brown Watkins, David Whitaker, Fashika Willis.

Fourth Quarter 2021
Darlene Allen, Theodore Altman, Steven Anderson, Edna Arrington, David Bennett, Gregory Carlson, CJ Cavin, Mary Loose DeViney, Robert Kirby Glad, Adam Hathaway, Elizabeth Haynes, Ronald Herbison, Denise R Irminger, Derrick Isaac, Patricia Koch, Gail Lover, Michael Malamut, Jackquline May, Helen McFadden, Cynthia Mills, Laura Rabb Morgan, Edward Nelson, Carl Pease, Julie Pioch, Helen Popovich, Jacqueline Roundtree, Dr. Mariam Simmons, Carolyn Stubbs, Michael Swift, Donna Thompson, Deborah Underwood, Joyce Brown Watkins, David Whitaker, Fashika Willis.

Special Recognition
The following mentors have mentored more than one mentee at the same time. They deserve special recognition and thanks. Patricia Koch (5), Helen Popovich (3), Julie Pioch (2), Michael Swift (3), Fashika Willis (2)

To all our mentors we say thank you for your unwavering service and sacrifice of time to our members and organization. We Salute You!

Wanda Sims, PRP
President, National Association of Parliamentarians

Dr. Mona Calhoun, Chair
Chair, Professional Development Committee

10
NOV
2021

2022 Membership Dues Renewal

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Your membership expired on December 31, 2021, and membership renewal invoices for 2022 are now available online. Follow these easy steps to renew.
  • Sign on to your NAP account. If you have trouble please watch this video tutorial.
  • Click the bell icon in the top right of your screen. It will have a red notification on it.
  • Click “Outstanding Balances.”
  • Click the check box next to your open dues invoice. You can also view and print the invoice by clicking “view.”
  • Click Pay.
  • Enter dollar amounts for each NAP fund you would like to support.
  • Click Pay Now and follow the prompts to complete your payment.
  • A receipt will be emailed to the account that NAP has on file for you.

Call 816.833.3892 or email headquarters with any questions or to renew over the phone.

29
SEP
2021

Quick Quiz by David Mezzera, PRP

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How many times have you reminded an organization that it should provide new members with a copy of the group’s bylaws? NAP provides its bylaws (as well as other governing documents) for us to read and understand, but how often do we do that? Here are five QUICK QUIZ questions based on NAP’s bylaws. Can you answer all five off the top of your head? Give it a try!

1. Which of the following is not a recognized membership category in NAP?

    1. regular
    2. honorary
    3. credentialed
    4. retired
    5. student
    6. affiliate
    7. primary
    8. at large
    9. provisional
    10. life
    11. charter

 

2. Application for a charter to authorize a group to become a study unit requires which of the following?

    1. At least 5 NAP members to become members of the unit.
    2. If an electronic unit, at least 10 NAP members to become members of the unit.
    3. Evidence of a corporate charter registered with the state in which forming.
    4. The group must agree to have no provisional members until a charter is granted.

 

3. NAP dues may be adjusted by:

    1. A 2/3rds vote of the Board of Directors if the dues increase is not greater than the CPI rate of inflation.
    2. A 2/3rds vote of convention delegates if the dues increase is greater than the CPI rate of inflation.
    3. A majority of convention delegates if the notice for the dues increase is provided in the call to convention.
    4. Since the rate of dues in listed in the standing rules – not in the bylaws – any dues increase may be made at any time by a majority of the delegates.

 

4. Credentialed members retain their status by renewing their level of credential every _______ years.

    1. four
    2. five
    3. six
    4. eight

 

5. May voting at the upcoming biennial NAP business session be done by absentee ballot or by proxy?

    1. Absentee ballot only
    2. Proxy only
    3. Either absentee ballot or proxy
    4. Neither absentee ballot nor proxy

 

ANSWERS

1. All of the listed categories are recognized by the NAP bylaws as legitimate membership categories except (k) “charter.” Although the bylaws discuss charters and chartering units, no mention is made specifically of “charter members.” For the others, check out Art. III, Sec. 1 and Art. IV, Sec 5D.

2. Only (a) is valid among the four choices: 5 NAP members are necessary to charter a unit. Check out Art. IV, Sec. 5.

3. Both (a) and (b) could be invoked to approve a dues increase depending on the amount of increase being sought. Check out Art. III, Sec. 3. By the way, the amount of dues is listed in the standing rules, but the rules for their increase are found in the bylaws.

4. Recertifying credentials (whether RP or PRP) must be accomplished every (c) six years. Check out Art.III, Sec. 1B.

5. Check out Art. VI, Sec. 6 to find out the correct answer as (d).

03
SEP
2021

NAP 43rd Biennial Convention

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The 2021 NAP Convention unofficially starts on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, with the First Timer and New Member Orientation. If you’re new to the organization or if you’ve never attended Convention before, this is a session that you must attend! The orientation will be followed by the NAP Board of Directors Meeting at 7:00 p.m. CDT. Convention officially kicks off with the Opening Ceremonies at 1:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Visit napconvention.com for more information!

18
AUG
2021

Legacy Registration Exam Retirement Date

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF
LEGACY REGISTRATION EXAMINATION
RETIREMENT DATE

 

The NAP Commission on Credentialing has determined that as of December 31, 2021, the legacy Registered Parliamentarian® (RP®) examination will be retired, and beginning on January 1, 2022, the new RP credentialing system will be used by all new RP candidates.

The new RP credentialing system has been available to RP candidates since August 2019 while the legacy registration examination has remained available as an alternative during further testing and development of the new system. The new RP credentialing system, which is now based on the 12th edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, has reached a stage at which the commission considers that the legacy RP exam, which continues to be based on the 11th edition, should be retired.

The transition to the new system does include a limited exemption for those RP candidates who are in the process of earning their RP under the legacy system. This means that any candidate who has applied for and successfully completed at least two of the five parts in the legacy RP examination (other than the “research” part) by December 31, 2021, will be permitted to continue using the legacy exam under the supervision of the Membership and Registration Examiners Committee.
Because at this time the commission is not changing the process of retaining the RP, this process will continue to be administered by the Professional Development Committee.

As the commission begins to prepare the new Professional Registered Parliamentarian® (PRP®) credentialing system, it is now recruiting PRPs and any Professional Registered Parliamentarian-Retired (PRP-R) to consider serving as alpha testers, initially for the PRP Step One 40-question multiple-choice quizzes. Any PRP or PRP-R who would like further information about this opportunity is asked to email c.

The Commission on Credentialing was created, as authorized in the NAP Bylaws, for the purpose of establishing and administering a new system of assessment that would award the credentials of RP and PRP using modern psychometric techniques.