To the Editor:
In your recent article, “Controversy at Board of Health Meeting”, the board had a problem at a meeting and blamed their argument on Robert’s Rules of Order. They now plan to discuss whether to use Robert’s Rules in the future. Your article states that their bylaws state it is to be used. In that case it HAS to be used.
Robert’s Rules provides a structure to hold meetings, so that everyone’s time is not wasted and business gets done. If the board wants to change the bylaws, they can, but then they probably will run into the same sort of disorganized meetings that they complained about in the article. They should hire a parliamentarian for an hour or two to show them how to run a meeting properly.
Robert’s Rules is not restrictive; it merely sets forth how to do things in an orderly fashion. By the way, most organizations DO use Robert’s Rules.
Peter R. Kastl, PRP
Professional Registered Parliamentarian
New Orleans, Louisiana