02
AUG
2017

Youth Committee Attends FCCLA Awards

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Youth Committee Chair Jan Strand, PRP, presented medals to the top three teams in parliamentary procedure at the recent Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) STAR Events Scholarship and Awards presentation. The teams are evaluated on proper use of parliamentary law, coverage of the agenda, use of the 13 ranking motions and a privileged motion, poise, clarity, team participation, and whether debate involves principles of the FCCLA mission. Both Jan and Kevin served as evaluators for the parliamentary procedure competition where 32 senior teams (10th, 11th, and 12th grade) and 25 junior teams (7th, 8th, and 9th graders) participated. They also administered the NAP membership exam to eight prospective members.

District Seven Director, Kevin Connelly, PRP, was awarded the 2017 FCCLA National STAR Events Volunteer Award. Kevin has been involved with FCCLA with evaluating and advising teams in Washington, as well as giving workshops and promoting parliamentary procedure to FCCLA chapters. He also advises the state organization on procedure for their business meetings and amending their bylaws.

02
AUG
2017

Be Prepared to Debate Proposed Amendments

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If you are attending the convention next month, and especially if you are a delegate, the Bylaws Committee encourages you to prepare for voting and debate on the proposed bylaws amendments by studying, and bringing with you, the Proposed Amendments Booklet. This booklet was mailed to all members with the spring issue of the National Parliamentarian and is available online.

While the booklet contains the existing language of provisions to be amended, members may wish to read some of the surrounding provisions for a better understanding of how an amendment fits within the overall document. When doing so, be aware that the bylaws document that is included in the Membership Manual inadvertently omits some language that was struck by the 2015 Convention, but with a proviso that the amendments not become effective until a date established by the newly-created Commission on Credentialing. The correct version of the existing bylaws may be accessed online.

Members also are encouraged to attend the forum on bylaws on Friday, September 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

03
JUN
2017

Is Your Association or Unit Outstanding?

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Once again, the Membership Extension and Retention Committee (MERC) will recognize those outstanding associations and units that lead NAP in maintaining and increasing the total membership and the number of credentialed members. Units and associations will be awarded prizes and receive recognition at the 2017 NAP Convention in Chicago, Illinois, September 8-11.   Make sure your unit or association gets the recognition it deserves!

Associations can receive awards in these categories:

Units can receive awards in these categories:

If you have any questions, please contact one of the Membership Awards Directors: Kevin Connelly or Denise Irminger.

04
MAY
2017

New Unit, Association, and Youth Group Kits Have Been Updated

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The NAP Bylaws Committee has updated documents in the new unit, association, and youth group kits. Most notably, the sample bylaws and bylaws checklists in all three kits have been revised to clearly differentiate between required and suggested provisions. There is also a new application form specifically for the charting of electronic units.

The sample bylaws and checklists are also useful for units, associations, or youth groups that are amending their bylaws. The documents are available on the NAP website in the Documents section under Association/Unit Resources.

04
MAY
2017

Meet the Candidates for the 2017-2019 Board of Directors

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Read about the candidates who have declared their intention to run for NAP’s next board of directors so you can make an informed vote at convention. They are profiled in the candidate booklet. Please note that Ann Rempel, PRP, is running for Director-at-Large, but was inadvertently omitted in the spring NP.

If you’re interested in serving on the board, there’s still time to declare your candidacy. Simply submit your Consent to Serve form to HQ. Include a high-resolution photo and statement (200 words max) by July 15 and we will include it in an updated candidates booklet in the August NAP Update. You can also wait to be nominated from the floor.