Robert's Rules

Learn more about Robert's Rules by attending a webinar!
The MDP is hosting a Robert's Rules webinar on May 20th from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Register here.

Robert's Rules & Parliamentary Procedure Webinar

On March 4, 2021, MDP Director of Party Affairs Hayley Alderman ran a Robert's Rules and Parliamentary Procedure webinar for the OCDP. You can watch a recording of the webinar, below (note: you will have to enter the Access Passcode, which is below). You can find her slideshow that she presented by clicking here.

Meeting Recording:
Access Passcode: wkb7#dg4


Additional Resources compiled by OCDP Parliamentarian Murray Gorchow

Our OCDP Parliamentarian, Murray Gorchow, has put together some Robert's Rules resources. You don't have to be an expert on Robert's Rules to participate in our meetings, but we hope that this information helps our meetings to run smoothly and to help everyone get more comfortable with the basics of Robert's Rules.

Click here for a Robert's Rules of Order Cheat Sheet, and here for a Summary of Motions. There are many others available online.
Here is a link to a YouTube video summary of the basics of Robert's Rules called "Robert's Rules of Order in a Nutshell":

This YouTube video gives an excellent demonstration of the basics and presents a meeting where the basics are played out. Though it is from the 1990's, recent new editions of Robert's Rules of Order do not change what is presented:
We also recommend that OCDP membership feel free to go online by way of Google or YouTube to get even more information.

For those that are interested, you can also purchase Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, 12th Edition, through the National Association of Parliamentarians, or We highly recommend Robert's Rules of Order - Newly Revised IN BRIEF, 3rd Edition, as a more user-friendly, less expensive concise guide, as compared to the rather dense complete Robert's Rules. In either case, we recommend the spiral-bound versions.


Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians (MSAP) Better Meetings, Happier Members education series: Click on the links for presentations from the series

1/19/21 - Gretchen Denton, PRP: "It's Elementary My Dear Watson: Parliamentary Basics"
1/19/21 - Barbara Bonsignore, PRP: "Making and Amending Motions"
3/16/21 - Julie Pioch, PRP: "There is a Motion for That!"