Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians celebrate 50 years

Conference attendees can build skills at the annual MSAP conference.

Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians President Julie Pioch, PRP welcomes those interested in parliamentary procedure to join members, guests and friends as they gather to celebrate 50 years of the Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians at the annual meeting at Zehnders Restaurant in Frankenmuth on Saturday, April 14, 2018. This year’s meeting, hosted by the Genesee Area Unit, is guaranteed to be worth the trip to historic Frankenmuth. Not only for the great venue and outstanding educational sessions, but also to see old friends and make new ones as they celebrate 50 years as a state association.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 13, 2018

            MURP Registration                                                                 4:30 p.m.  to  5:00 p.m.

            MURP Meeting (guests are welcome to attend)                     5:00 p.m.  to  5:45 p.m.

            Dinner                                                                                     5:45 p.m.  to  6:30 p.m.

            MURP New Officer Installation                                               6:30 p.m.  to  7:00 p.m.

            MSAP Board Meeting                                                             7:00 p.m.  to  9:00 p.m.          

Saturday, April 14, 2018

            MSAP Registration                                                                 7:45 a.m.  to  9:00 a.m.

            MSAP Annual Meeting                                                         9:00 a.m.  to 12:00 p.m.

            Lunch                                                                                    12:00 p.m.  to  1:00 p.m.

            Parliamentary Workshops                                                       1:00 p.m.   to  4:00 p.m.


You do not need to be a member to attend, however to become a member of MSAP you must also belong to the National Association of Parliamentarians. Detailed membership information is available on the “NAP Membership” page of the NAP Web site.

Anyone interested in parliamentary procedure is welcome to join a local unit as a provisional member. Feel free to contact a local unit directly.

The registration for the conference can be downloaded and printed here.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary for the Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians, the annual meeting will reflect the past, present and future in its workshops. There are three workshops with the following topics:

  • Meetings in the past, present and future, will explore changes and trends that have been observed in meetings through the years and challenges for current and future parliamentarians and the meetings they attend.
  • Disciplinary procedures for volunteer organizations, will illustrate an extreme disciplinary procedure with a participatory skit as well as pointing out the use of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised that expands and clarifies ordinary disciplinary procedures.
  • Voting will help anyone asked to be the chair of the tellers at a meeting where officers will be elected or when there may be contentious votes necessitating the use of ballots. In this workshop, participants will learn the right way to count votes, prepare a report for the assembly and consider voting in electronic meetings.

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