Watching or participating in a meeting of a governing body–City Council, School Committee, or even a nonprofit board of directors–can sometimes feel like you’re at a fancy dinner and you don’t know what fork to use. The language these meeting employ are a bit like etiquette rules: developed to keep everyone on the same page, but inaccessible and intimidating when you’re new to “seconds” and “motions.” Robert’s Rules of Order, which gave us this lexicon, are essential knowledge for the civic-minded. So we were particularly pleased to learn that our friends at UMass Law will be offering a free workshop on Robert’s Rules next month! Here are the details:
WHAT: Robert’s Rules of Order workshop, hosted by UMass Law’s Theta Delta Phi Law Fraternity
WHEN: Wednesday, October 2, 4:30-6p
WHERE: UMass School of Law, 333 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth, MA
COST: Free (book available for purchase); register at this link
*Fun fact: Robert’s Rules of Order were written in response to an unruly meeting in New Bedford.