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Parliamentary Procedure is…
the rules of democracy. When a group of people meets for the purpose of a common goal, such as a meeting, decisions are made in the best interest of the organization. Parliamentary law is based on considering the rights of the majority, minority, individual members, and absentees.
Valoree Althoff, CPP-T, PRP offers the following parliamentary services:
- Teach parliamentary procedure workshops for boards and members
- Serve as convention or meeting parliamentarian
- Create or revise bylaws
- Serve as professional presiding officer to expedite business
- Take minutes for your meetings
- Advise officers and board of directors
- Providing the presiding officer with script templates
- Presiding officer and board of directors training
- Write formal parliamentary opinions
- Supervise elections
Valoree Althoff, CPP-T, PRP
Certified Professional Parliamentarian – Teacher
Professional Registered Parliamentarian
Valoree has served on the American Institute of Parliamentarians Board of Directors, the District 6 Director for the National Association of Parliamentarians, the New Mexico Association of Parliamentarians President, and various committees for both AIP and NAP.
Parliamentary Association Credentials and Memberships
Valoree is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian “PRP” in the National Association of Parliamentarians. The PRP credential is the highest certification given in the NAP after passing rigorous examinations including serving as parliamentarian and presiding. The NAP focuses strictly on the most utilized parliamentary authority, Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR).
Valoree is also a member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians and has obtained the highest credential: Certified Professional Parliamentarian credential as well as the Teacher credential. The AIP includes RONR and other parliamentary authorities, including AIP Standard Code, Cannon and Demeter.
Mrs. Althoff has served on the National Association of Parliamentarians, the American Institute of Parliamentarians and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, in addition to its constituent and component leadership offices. She is versed in teaching parliamentary procedure, presiding, bylaws amendments, strategic planning, leadership development, and conflict management. She obtained her Master’s in Healthcare Administration in 2018 and holds a Bachelors in Dental Hygiene since 2004.
What is Parliamentary Procedure/Parliamentary Law?
Parliamentary procedure is the rules of democracy. When a group of people meets for the purpose of a common goal, such as a meeting, decisions are made in the best interest of the organization. Parliamentary law is based on considering the rights of the majority, minority, individual members, and absentees.
From National Association of Parliamentarians website: Parliamentary procedure defines how groups of people, no matter how formal or informal, can most effectively meet and make decisions in a fair, consistent manner- and make good of everyone’s time. While parliamentary procedure cannot guarantee that every member of the organization is pleased with the outcome of a decision, it aims to ensure that every member is satisfied by the manner in which the decision was made and that the organization makes decisions efficiently but with consideration for every member’s opinion.
Group using parliamentary procedure include but are not limited to: legislatures, city and county councils, school boards, community/homeowners’ associations, boards, charitable organizations, churches, clubs, unions, fraternal and professional organizations.
A deliberative assembly is a group meeting to determine action to be taken in the name of the entire group, after free and complete discussion. Each member is free to make decisions based on their best judgment and each vote is weighed the same for each member. Rules governing absentee members/votes may be established. Types of assemblies include: legislative bodies, boards, conventions, mass meetings or an assembly of an organized society.
What is a Parliamentary Authority?
Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR) is the most commonly used parliamentary authority. It was originally published in 1876 as the Pocket Manual of Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies. Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised is currently in its 12th edition.
Other parliamentary authorities may be used, such as AIP Standard Code, Cannon, and Demeter. The use of which parliamentary authority should be designated in the organizations bylaws.
Why hire a credentialed parliamentarian?
A parliamentarian is a consultant on parliamentary procedure. Two parliamentary associations credential parliamentarians. Obtaining credentials in either parliamentary association show the member has met the highest standards of parliamentary knowledge. Continuing education is mandatory to retain credentialed status.
The National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) strictly focuses on Roberts’ Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR), which is the most commonly utilized parliamentary authority. Members must pass an exam to be granted membership. The second exam and first credential are received after passing the Registration Exam to gain a Registered Parliamentarian (RP) credential. Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) status is gained after passing the qualifying course, the highest credential obtained in the NAP.
The American Institute of Parliamentarians (AIP) has two levels of credentials also, but no membership exam. The Certified Parliamentarian (CP) credential is obtained first and the Certified Professional Parliamentarian (CPP) is the highest credential obtained in the AIP. AIP focuses on all parliamentary authorities including RONR, AIP Standard Code, Cannon, and Demeter. AIP credentialed members that have obtained the CP-T or CPP-T have passed courses to become a recognized Teacher of parliamentary procedure.
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Parliamentary Services Offered
Valoree can serve as your parliamentarian for convention, meeting, or community association. She can perform many other parliamentarian services, as well as offering a variety of training options.
Virtual and in-person training. Training for boards, minutes, members, and delegates.
Convention parliamentarian, supervise elections, opinions, bylaws, and scripts.
Parliamentarian services for your community association.
“I really appreciated that the instructor was not dry or boring!”
“Trainer was very knowledgeable, gave good examples, very experienced.”
“Miss Althoff is a great presenter with a great attitude and a great spirit.”
Certified Professional Parliamentarian - Teacher
Professional Registered Parliamentarian