8. Project Texts of Agendas and Motions on Screens

Organizations with large numbers of members or conventions with delegates often appreciate the texts of items under discussion to be projected for better vision. Usually this is done with a laptop computer and portable projector using the WORD computer language. As of June, 2010, Jim has the equipment to provide this service when requested and is building his computer-inputting skill to do so.

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9. Convene Cross-Industry Strategy Groups

Convene Cross-Industry Strategy Groups: In today’s complex society, few organizations have large individual goals or legislative plans they can work out alone. Often representatives from allied or complementary professions can collaborate for more effective goal resolution. For example, Jim believes strongly in promoting renewable energy in general and geothermal heating and cooling for homes and buinesses. In the summer of 2009, with the approval of an Iowa state legislator, he convened members of the building industries, utilities, banks and governmental units to develop appropriate legislation encouraging geothermal installations.

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10. Prepare Parliamentary Opinions

Preparing “Parliamentary Opinions” means writing professional answers to questions provided by clients or the general public. Most credentialed parliamentarians provide written answers to parliamentary questions which may be either simple or complex. Most questions are answered using the following format or similar format:

  1. Stating the specific parliamentary question requested by the client.
  2. Listing the facts presented by the client with the question, to be sure those are accurate.
  3. Listing the sources consulted, including the organization’s own bylaws and minutes along with "parliamentary authority texts", such as Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.
  4. The reasoning by which the conclusion was reached.
  5. The “Conclusion” which is the parliamentarian’s answer to the client’s initial question.
  6. A Disclaimer, such as, “The conclusion reached is based on parliamentary principles and thought. Nothing in this Parliamentary Opinion should be construed as an interpretation of statutory law.”

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