Parliamentary Procedure


Specific Cases are given during the conference. The role play scenario will be given to simulate a regular chapter meeting. The examination and performance criteria for this event will be based on Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, 11th edition.

Event Introduction

Parliamentary Procedure is an ‘Individual Objective Test and Team Role Play Event’.

The Dorothy L. Travis Award for Parliamentary Procedure consists of two parts, an objective test and a meeting presentation. A 60‐minute objective test will be administered on site at the NLC. Questions for the parliamentary procedure principles section of the exam will be drawn from the National Association of Parliamentarian’s official test bank. The team score is determined by the average scores of its members.

Parliamentary Procedure is a Team event. 



  • Parliamentary procedure reference materials may be used during the preparation period but not during the performance itself. The following items may be taken into the prep and performance room: a copy of the problem for each team member, the treasurer’s report, and a copy of the minutes from a preceding meeting.

  • Performances must include presentation of procedures that are used in a complete regular meeting of the chapter from the time the meeting is called to order until it is adjourned. Items designated in the case must be included in the appropriate order of business, but other items also should be taken up during the meeting. The secretary will take notes, but notes will not be transcribed into minutes.

  • The problem may or may not include class of motions, but all five (5) classes of motions—main, subsidiary, privileged, incidental, and motions that bring a question again before the assembly—must be demonstrated during the performance.

  • No reference materials, visual aids, or electronic devices may be brought to or used during the performance.

  • Final performances are not open to conference attendees

Preparation time: 20 minutes 

Performance time: 9-11 minutes