Event Profile

Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Class: Robert's Rules of Order - Meeting Management and Democratic Order - CANCELLED

May 18, 2020
Three Rivers Convention Center
7016 W. Grandridge Blvd.
Kennewick, WA 99336 


This event has been cancelled. For questions or to find out about future training opportunities, please contact Mike Hyatt-Evenson at (360) 816-1445 or mike@nwppa.org.

Who Should Attend:

Board members, policymakers, general managers, clerks to the board, executive secretaries, administrative assistants, and any utility employee participating in board or commission meetings.

Related Events:

NWPPA Annual Conference and Membership Meeting, May 17-20, 2020

Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Class: NRECA CCD 2640 - Financial Decision Making, May 18, 2020

Course Overview:

Robert’s Rules of Order can be baffling and intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In this highly interactive and entertaining day-long class, attendees will learn essential principles and practice the tools and techniques to use Robert’s Rules well. The result: smooth, efficient, and fair meetings.

Topics covered will include making sense of motions, including the tricky aspects of amendment; the fundamental rules of discussion and debate; dealing with difficult members; the role of the presider and the rights of members; and knowing how to table or postpone a topic to another day. This workshop gives you ample opportunities to practice what you learn so the content stays with you. It’s also a lot of fun!

Course Objectives:

  • State the functions of the most commonly used motions
  • Describe how precedence of motions works
  • Explain authority and role of presider and members
  • List five types of unacceptable remark and how to respond
  • Use “point of order” and “appeal” correctly
  • Describe how a member can challenge the presider’s decision
  • Describe best practices for public comment

Course Instructor:

Ann MacFarlane, Jurassic Parliament

Course Schedule:

Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch, as well as morning and afternoon breaks, will be provided.

Course Location:

Three Rivers Convention Center
7016 W Grandridge Blvd
Kennewick, WA 99336

Hotel Information:

Multiple hotels have been blocked for your convenience. Please call the hotel no later than the cutoff date listed to receive the group rate. Mention that you are coming in with the NWPPA group when booking your reservation.

Springhill Suites by Marriott
7048 W. Grandridge Blvd.
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 820-3026

Room rate: $145
Cutoff date: April 16, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn
701 North Young Street
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 735-4600

Room rate: $145
Cutoff date: April 16, 2020

Fairfield Inn & Suites
7809 W Quinault Ave.
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 783-2164

Room rate: $149
Cutoff date: April 21, 2020

Red Lion Inn & Suites
602 N Young St
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 396-9979

Room rate: $129
Cutoff date: April 25, 2020

Red Lion Columbia Center Kennewick
1101 N Columbia Center Blvd
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 783-0611

Room rate: $119
Cutoff date: April 25, 2020

Course Fees:

Utility and Associate Member Early Bird (ends 4/17/2020): $440
Utility and Associate Member Standard: $515

Non-member Early Bird (ends 4/17/2020): $1,4320
Non-member Standard: $1,395

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations are accepted, with full refund, if request is made at least 30 days prior to the course. Within 30 days, fees are as follows: 15-29 days, $100; 1-14 days or "no show," 100% of registration fee. When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling; NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions.

Continuing Hours:

This course qualifies for six continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the course.

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Three Rivers Convention Center

For More Information:

To find out more about this course, to register, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.