Helpful Tips for Zoom Events

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As we continue to navigate this virtual landscape for our workshops and events using Zoom, we would like to remind you of some tips to help you have a seamless experience.
  1. Create a Zoom account.  It is free and easy!  This will then allow you to input your First and Last Name on your Zoom profile.
  2. Ensure you have updated your Zoom app to the latest version.  Zoom makes frequent updates so checking bi-weekly should keep your account current.
  3. Zoom Webinar and Zoom Meeting are not the same.  NAP uses both Zoom Webinar and Zoom Meeting depending on the event. While both are Zoom platforms, the behavior is not the same.  Webinar will not allow participants to speak freely, nor can participants rename themselves or see each other.  There is also no waiting room in Webinars so there is no way to “join early”.
  4. Know your device.  Zoom behaves differently depending on the device you are using.  Androids, iPhones, iPads, Laptops, all have different limitations.  This question will always be posed by the tech host to ensure the proper advice is being given.
We have noticed registration and sign-on links and buttons will not work with certain internet browsers. When providing Join Links in communications from headquarters, we will begin providing the Meeting ID and passcode to minimize issues members may experience joining workshops and events. If the registration or sign-on button does not work, you will be able to copy and paste the URL, meeting ID and passcode to your internet’s address bar to join the meeting. Questions may be posed to , but be aware that prior to the start of the meeting, response may be somewhat delayed as preparations are being made for the upcoming event.


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April is Parliamentary Law Month. NAP is inviting all NAP student members, youth groups and partnership organization members, and non-NAP parliamentary youth groups whose members are 14-18 years of age to create and post a video answering the question, Who Needs Parliamentary Procedure Anyway? You do not need any fancy equipment to participate.

The NAP panel will evaluate videos based on the following factors:

  1. Does the footage run within the two-minute time limit?
  2. Does the video connect population and topic?
  3. How well does the video draw in the viewer and keep their attention?
  4. Is the video original and innovative?
  5. What is the overall quality of production (sound and visual)

1. Dates of Promotion
The NAP NEXT CHAPTER VIDEO CHALLENGE starts at noon Central Time (CT) on March 26, 2021 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (CT) on April 23, 2021. Winner announcements will be on April 30, 2021.

2. Eligibility
The NAP NEXT CHAPTER VIDEO CHALLENGE is open to NAP student members, NAP youth groups and Partnership Organization members, and non-NAP parliamentary youth groups whose members are 14-18 years of age.

3. How to Submit Video
There are four (4) ways to submit:

  • Facebook Method of Entry–Post a video on your personal, organization, or NAP page and include the hashtag #parlipro. You must have a Facebook account to submit via Facebook. If you do not have a Facebook account, visit Facebook.com. Account settings must be set to public.
  • Twitter Method of Entry–Tweet a video and include the hashtag #parlipro. You must have a Twitter account to enter via Twitter. If you do not have a Twitter account, visit www.Twitter.com. Twitter accounts must be set to public.
  • YouTube Method of Entry– Upload a video with a caption and include the hashtag #parlipro. You must have a YouTube account to enter via YouTube. If you do not have a YouTube account, visit YouTube.com.
  • Direct Submission Method of Entry–Submit a video to NAP by emailing the file or a link to . Include the words “video challenge” in the subject line and your name, the name of your organization or youth group, and email address in the email.

Limit one (1) Entry per group.

By participating in this Challenge, you declare you have read the rules and fully agree to all of the terms and conditions.

By submitting your video in one of the four ways above, you agree that your Entry conforms to the Contest Guidelines and Content Restrictions listed below.

Contest Guidelines

  • If a minor child is in the video, you, as the entrant, must be the parent or legal guardian of the minor child depicted in the video or must have the permission of the parent or legal guardian of the minor child shown in the video. You must submit a signed NAP Media Release Form.
  • Videos must be two minutes in length.
  • Videos submitted to the website must be in a format accepted by YouTube.
  • Videos must be posted/tweeted per the Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Terms of Use (as applicable).
  • Videos must be the entrant’s original creation and owned one hundred percent (100%) by the entrant.
  • If the video contains stock imagery, the entrant may be required to provide proof of purchase or license.

Content Restrictions
Videos must not contain material that violates, misappropriates, or infringes upon any law or regulation or the rights of any third party, including any copyright, trademark, or any rights of publicity or privacy, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights.

Videos must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, or obscene.

Videos must not contain unlawful material, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where the video is created.

By submitting/posting a video entry, entrants (and winners) grant NAP a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, edit, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such entries in whole or in part, and otherwise exploit the Entry in all media, in any way NAP sees fit including, but not limited to, instruction/education, promotional, advertising and marketing purposes.

4. Prizes
The individual or group submitting the winning video will win $100. The top video will be displayed on the NAP Website (Youth Resources Area) and Facebook page.

5. Notification
Winners will be notified via email.

Still, have questions?
Please contact for any questions regarding the NAP NEXT CHAPTER VIDEO CHALLENGE. When emailing, please include the words “video challenge” in the subject line.


NAP Youth Committee News

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George Pratt Selected as 2021-2022 Luard Morse Scholar

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is pleased to announce Mr. George Pratt has been selected as this year’s Luard Morse Scholarship recipient. George Pratt of Jacksonville, FL is a sophomore at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, where he is pursuing a degree in Religion and History. This prestigious scholarship offers George up to $25,000 towards a semester of study at a British university during his junior year. Under the Luard Morse Scholarship, George intends to study within the comparative religion and social anthropology departments at the University of Manchester during the 2021-2022 academic year. George is the parliamentarian for the International Young People’s Division (YPD) of the A.M.E. Church.

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


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.