Part 4: In A Nutshell

  • The U.S. Bill of Rights and the North Dakota Declaration of Rights both list rights, or freedoms, of the people.
  • All citizens of every age need to work for the common good, or the good of everyone.
  • Some responsibilities, such as obeying the law and paying taxes, are mandatory, or required by law.
  • Citizens of any age may contact government officials.
  • Basic qualities of citizenship are civility, or politeness, and caring.
  • The Golden Rule says that we should treat others the way we would want to be treated.
  • Kindness is the highest act of caring.
  • Parliamentary procedure is a set of rules used to conduct a meeting.
  • Most groups that hold meetings follow some form of Robert’s Rules of Order, a handbook on parliamentary procedure.
  • The presiding officer of a meeting is called a “chair” or a “president.”
  • Members who want to speak at a meeting must be recognized, or called on, by the chair.
  • The vice-chair presides when the chair is absent.
  • The secretary is the official record keeper of the organization.
  • The secretary takes notes at the meeting and writes a report called the “minutes.”
  • The treasurer is in charge of the organization’s money.
  • A meeting is a group of members gathered to conduct business.
  • The person with permission to speak has the floor.
  • A motion is a formal proposal or suggestion that will be voted on.
  • A person making a motion starts by saying, “I move.”
  • A motion must have a second before a vote may be taken.
  • A meeting is over when it is adjourned.