Michigan Garden Clubs learn Parliamentary procedure.

Michigan Garden Clubs included a session on “Roberts Rules” during their District V Spring Presidents Meeting.

Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc’s mission is to provide education, resources, and network opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, floral and landscape design, and environmental responsibility. They do this through the following major areas of interest:

  • Flower Arranging
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Landscaping
  • Horticulture
  • Community Service
  • Gardening Study
  • Scholarships
  • Youth Activities
  • Social Activities

The District V Spring Presidents Meeting concentrated on Effective Meetings with a session on parliamentary procedure through the use of Roberts Rules of Order. The session was taught by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), part of the Leadership and Community Engagement Workteam from Michigan State University Extension. Participants learned in part who is responsible for effective meetings (board, chair, and the public). The overarching rules that govern their clubs:

  • Federal, state & local laws, court interpretations
  • Corporate Charter (Articles of Incorporation)
  • By-laws/Constitution of club
  • Board rules of order & special rules
    • Parliamentary authority
    • Custom

As well as the basic objectives of parliamentary law including:

  • Accomplish the objectives for which the group is organized
  • Ensure justice and equality for all
  • Consideration of one subject at a time
  • Maintain order

Marilyn McIntosh, District V Director explained that, “We very much appreciate the presentation to our District V Members on June 5th at the Charlevoix Public Library. We had several clubs who mentioned their own members would benefit from the same sessions at one of their regular meetings.”

Session participants commented on the session that it was “Great-it makes me want to make changes!” “Gave me a better introspect to my job as a president next year.” “Much more informed with RONR.”

Participants also talked about future changes such as, “When I’m chair, I’ll have an agenda we stick to.” That they would “attempt to keep meetings on task.” and “attempt to have members request to be recognized before speaking, and to stand with microphone so that all club members can see and hear.”

There are approximately 7,000 garden club members in Michigan. One of these clubs could be right for you. For the name of a club to join in your area, please contact the District Director for your county.

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