The parliamentarian assists the district director with planning and conducting district meetings. Working with Toastmasters International, the responsibilities of the parliamentarian include interpreting Toastmasters bylaws and policies, reviewing district operating procedures as requested by the district director, and ensuring all meetings follow proper protocol. The parliamentarian is an invaluable resource for the district director, offering help, guidance and support during meetings and answering any questions the district director has related to rules and procedures. Members who assume this role must have a thorough understanding of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised.
What is Parliamentary Procedure?
Parliamentary rules take into account the often conflicting interests that develop during meetings, and they provide procedures that ensure decisions are made fairly.
What is the Purpose of Parliamentary Procedure?
- Ensure majority rule
- Protect the rights of the minority, the absentees and individual members
- Provide order, fairness and decorum
- Facilitate the transaction of business and expedite meetings
The Governing Resource Documents for Toastmasters International can be found here:
Robert’s Rules of Order
The official parliamentarian authority of Toastmasters International is the current edition (11th) of Roberts Rules of Order (RNOR)-