Connect With VVA VVA on Facebook Faces of Agent Orange on Twitter VVA on YouTube
Find A Service Officer
vietnam veterans of america
800-vva-1316
vva logo

MAY/JUNE 2007

red star bulletThe Veteran Departments : Featured Stories / President's Message / 2007 VVA Candidates / Election Committee Report / Letters / Ask The Parliamentarian / SHAD/Project 112 Task Force Report / Credentials Committee Report / Veterans Health Care Committee Report / Government Affairs Committee Report / AVVA Report / AVVA Scholarship / AVVA Election / Chapel of the 4 Chaplains / Homeless Veterans Task Force Report / Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report / Rules Committee Report / Veterans Benefits Committee Report / Benefits Update / Consitution Committee Report / Women Veterans Committee Report / Books In Review / Membership Notes / Reunions / Taps / Locator /

PAST ISSues
2010: Jan/Feb
2009: Jan/Feb | mar/apr
| may/june | july/Aug | sept/oct | Nov/DeC
2008: Jan/Feb | mar/apr | may/june | july/Aug | sept/oct | Nov/DeC
2007: Jan/Feb | MAR/APR | MAY/JUNE | july/aug | SEPT/OCT | Nov/DeC
2006: July/Aug | SEPT/OCT | nov/dec

RULES COMMITTEE REPORT

BY DAN STENVOLD, CHAIR
What follows is a list of the proposed rules that, if accepted, will govern the credentialing, what constitutes a quorum, seating, committee reports, resolutions, debate, voting, decorum, and Robert’s Rules of Order for VVA’s 13th biennial National Convention, which will be held in Springfield, Illinois, July 18-22. All delegates should familiarize themselves with these rules, which are in the main the same as those employed in previous Conventions, to help insure a smooth-running and productive Convention.

CREDENTIALS

A. The Credentials Committee shall provide identification for Delegates and Alternates upon registration with the Credentials Committee.
B. Identification badges shall not be transferable.
C. Such identification must be worn during all meetings of the Convention.
D. A member registered as an Alternate may become a Delegate only after proper clearance with the Credentials Committee. No Alternate or other person may substitute for a Delegate who remains registered.

QUORUM

A majority of the credentialed delegates shall be necessary to constitute a quorum for the conduct of business.

SEATING

There shall be a designated seating area for Delegates. Non-delegates and guests shall be seated in a designated observers’ area.

COMMITTEE REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS

The Chair of the Constitution Committee shall report the work of that committee and shall provide the delegates with an overview of the process for hearings to be conducted on each proposed amendment to the bylaws as written. The report of the Constitution Committee shall be subject to a hearing to be held before a reading at a general session of the Convention.

Following the Constitution Committee’s hearing, each proposed amendment shall be read at a general session of the Convention, and moved by the Chair of the Constitution Committee, and deemed to be seconded by a member of that Committee, and shall then be put before the Convention for debate, and upon a motion to close debate, for a vote on the proposed amendment. Amendments to the bylaws shall require the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the delegates present and voting for passage. Any amendments referred back to the committee shall be subject to further review and appropriate action. Those proposed amendments will then be presented a second time at a general session of the Convention and shall be subject to full debate, amendment, and vote by the delegates.

The Chair of the Resolutions Committee shall report the work of that committee and shall provide the delegates with an overview of the process for hearings to be conducted on each proposed resolution as written.

Following the committee hearings, all proposed resolutions shall then be subject to a reading at the general session of the Convention and shall be subject to full debate, amendment, and vote by the delegates. Resolutions shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of the delegates present and voting for passage.

Following the second reading of, and action upon, the proposed resolutions and amendments reported out of committee, delegates may be permitted, upon a majority vote of delegates present and voting, to offer and move proposed resolutions and amendments that were not reported out of committees. The Presiding Officer shall set a time for consideration of such motions.

DEBATE

A. Debate shall be limited to two minutes for each speaker.
B. The Timekeeper will signal the expiration of the allotted time.
C. Debate on any issue shall not exceed twenty minutes, unless such time is extended by the consent of the voting body.
D. No Delegate may speak more than twice on the same issue.
E. No Delegate may speak a second time on an issue until all who desire to speak have had an opportunity to do so, except by the consent of the voting body.
F. Points of inquiry shall be in the form of a question. Points of Information shall be in the form of a statement. After the question or statement is stated, the delegate shall be seated.
G. Microphones shall be designated for speaking in favor (Pro) and speaking against (Con). Points of order may be addressed at either microphone.
H. A Delegate desiring to speak shall stand at a microphone designated for that purpose.
I. Once recognized by the Presiding Officer, the Delegate must state his or her name, Chapter number and location, or State Council before speaking.

VOTING

A. Except on roll call votes, all voting on reports, amendments, and resolutions shall be by voice or by a show of hands, but the Presiding Officer may call for a standing vote when in doubt.
B. Casting of votes for election of Officers and Directors shall be by written, secret ballot.

DECORUM

A. All meetings shall be called to order on time.
B. During meetings of the Convention, members shall refrain from speaking until recognized by the Presiding Officer and entitled to the floor.
C. The solicitation of funds, also known as “passing the hat,” shall not be permitted in the Main Hall of the Convention at any time.
D. No election campaign literature may be distributed in the Main Hall of the Convention at any time.
E. Announcements of concern to the assembly shall be made only by the Presiding Officer or his or her designee from the platform.
F. No smoking shall be permitted within any meetings of the Convention.
G. Electronic devices such as cell phones and pagers must be turned off or placed on silent mode if carried onto the Convention floor, and during the meetings of the Convention.
H. All firearms (loaded or unloaded) are absolutely prohibited within all formal or informal meetings, social functions, assemblies, and gatherings of the Convention. Regardless of whether a person with a firearm has a permit or a license for the firearm, the Convention is a firearms-free zone for all attendees.

ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER
Other than herein above stated, the rules of the Thirteenth National Convention of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., shall be the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.

clothing donations button

Altarum Banner Ad

USAA

 

 

vva logo small©2006 - 2013, Vietnam Veterans of America. All Rights Reserved. 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Report Website Errors Here | Advertise