(l to r): Nicole Learson, PRP, C. Alan Jennings, PRP, Alison Wallis, PRP, Peter Kastl, PRP, Ramona Hill, PRP
The Louisiana Association of Parliamentarians (LAP) held a parliamentary procedure workshop in Gonzales, LA on Saturday, December 1, 2018. The workshop was held at the Ascension Parish Governmental Complex. It was well attended with about 30 registered attendees. The theme was, “How to Make a Difference in Your Meetings.” Ascension parish council members, Oliver Joseph (District 1), Daniel “Doc” Satterlee (District 4), Teri Casso (District 8) and Benny Johnson (District 11) welcomed the participants and participated in the workshop.
The all-day workshop covered topics from mythbusting to identifying and using interrupting motions and other topics in between. All six of the the professional registered parliamentarians in the state of Louisiana participated in the event, including C. Alan Jennings, the author of Robert’s Rules for Dummies, now in its third edition. While Baton Rouge Unit member Carole Gloger, PRP was scheduled to participate, she fell ill and was unable to attend. However, she forwarded her handout on the history of parliamentary procedure so participants would still benefit from the information. The event was well attended and had something for every level of interest in parliamentary procedure. “Louisiana is rich in parliamentary talent and our PRPs shared their knowledge and experiences generously. We strive to make parliamentary procedure a practical skill everyone can use for better meetings,” said co-organizer Alison Wallis, PRP, Director at Large of the National Association of Parliamentarians.
LAP President Richard Brown welcomed all the attendees. After lunch, representatives from both the Metairie Unit and the Baton Rouge Unit were there to encourage attendees to join. Baton Rouge Unit member and Workshop Logistics Chair Clara Earle worked tirelessly with all of the workshop arrangements and worked with volunteers throughout the event to assist participants. Resources from the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) were available for purchase. Attendees asked questions throughout and the PRP’s made themselves available after the workshop to continue to answer questions. “This was a day well spent with participants interested in leading and participating in better meetings. I look forward to LAP’s next workshop opportunity,” said LAP Secretary, event moderator and co-organizer Ramona Hill, PRP. The Louisiana Association of Parliamentarians looks forward to continuing this momentum in 2019 with other successful events.