Robert's Rules of Order provides a group guide to democratic action. But it also imposes a great responsibility on individuals to understand and master the democratic procedures so painstakingly provided. To make this more attainable, the publisher has issued this enriched inexpensive edition, the first in paperback, with clarifying charts and diagrams and a wealth of easy-to-follow explanatory material. The careful reading and use of this material can help guarantee orderliness and fair play in the conduct of a variety of our everyday activities.
Motions, rules, and proceduresall the problems of running a successful meeting smoothly and fairlyare covered in this special edition of a famous manual of parliamentary procedure.
A clear presentation of the complex Procedure of Motions, clarifications of many technical points, explanatory charts and diagrams have been added to the original 1893 Roberts Rules of Orders to make it especially valuable to clubs, churches, and organizations, of every type and size.
For this long-needed task, Rachel Vixman draws on half a centurys experience in directing national organizations and teaching parliamentary law. Now President of the New York Metropolitan Chapter, American Institute of Parliamentarians, and Parliamentarian of the New York City Federation of Womens Clubs, she has taught and spoken all over the United States and Canada, and has presided as parliamentarian at many national and state conventions.
Henry M. Robert (18371923) was a military engineer. His book Robert's Rules of Order (also known as Pocket Manual of Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies) became the most widely used manual of parliamentary procedure to this day in the United States. During the Civil War, Robert worked on the defenses of Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and several ports in New England. He served as the president of the Board of Engineers from 1895 to 1901. Upon his retirement he was appointed chief of engineers.