PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE

 

This event is based on team, rather than individual, participation.  This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of parliamentary procedure as well as speaking ability and poise.

 

The one-hour objective test will consist of parliamentary procedure principles with additional questions on FBLA State and National Bylaws. Through a partnership with the National Association of Parliamentarians, the questions will be drawn from the NAP’s official test bank. The team score is determined by averaging the scores of its members. 

 

The five teams with the highest average test score will be given a case problem 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.
 

ELIGIBILITY
 

A team may be composed of four (4) or five (5) persons (a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and an additional member) from active local chapters, on record in the state office as having paid dues by December 15 of the current school year. No more than two (2) members may have participated at a prior NLC or have competed more than two (2) years at the national level or placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th at a previous State Leadership Conference.  An individual from an active charter is eligible to take the written test to be considered as state parliamentarian.  He/she must complete the state officer application and screening to be considered.

 

Participants must have paid state and national dues postmarked by December 15 of the current school year.

 

District  Number of participants governed by local FBLA District policy.
 

State      Each district may be represented by participant(s) based on the Florida FBLA scaled quota system found in the Fact Finder.
 

National  See publication:  National Chapter Management Handbook—current edition.

 

REGULATIONS
 

District   Each district determines its own procedures for event registration.

 

State      When it has been determined that a student will represent the district at state competition, the student's local adviser must send the appropriate entry form to  the state adviser by first-class mail.  The entry form and the required receipt deadline are included in the SLC registration packet.

 

National  See publication:  National Chapter Management Handbook—current edition.

 

•  Participants must be selected in accordance with the regulations of the FBLA district and state chapters and the national association.

 

•  Participants failing to report on time may be either disqualified or permitted to take the written test with no extension of the one hour time limit. 

 

• Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers.   No other items are to be brought to the written portion of this event.

 

• Participants must adhere to the dress code established by the Board of Directors or they will not be permitted to participate in the competitive event.

 

• If for any reason, a member(s) fails to take the objective test and/or fails to show for the performance portion of this event and causes the team to drop below the minimum of four members, the team will be disqualified.

 

• The same number of members taking the written portion of the test must participate in the performance portion of the competition.
 
 

PERFORMANCE
 

• Members of the five participating finalist teams must report to the holding room by the time specified in the State Leadership Conference program.  All team members will be sequestered until their performance times.  If a team fails to report prior to the beginning of the first performance, the team will be disqualified. Twenty (20) minutes before their performance time, teams will receive the decision making problem.

 

• Teams may use the preparation time to consider procedure.  Parliamentary procedure reference materials may be used during this preparation period but not during the performance itself.

 

• Each performance 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 problem must be included in the appropriate order of business, but other items should also be taken up during the meeting.  During the performance the secretary will take notes, but the notes will not be transcribed into minutes.

 

• A copy of the problem will be given to each team member in the preparation room.  Participants are not to write on the problem. 

 

• The following items may be taken into the preparation room and may be used in the performance room:
--A copy of the problem for each team member
--The treasurer's report
--A copy of the minutes from a preceding meeting

 

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

 

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

 

• Performance time may be from nine (9) to eleven (11) minutes.  A timekeeper will stand at eight (8) minutes.  When each team is finished, the time used will be recorded, noting a deduction of one (1) point for each full half minute (30 seconds) under nine (9) minutes or each full half minute over eleven (11) minutes.

 

• Performances are open to conference attendees, except performing participants of this event.

 

JUDGING
 

The objective tests will be machine graded.  Ties will be broken based on the order in which the last team member's test was returned to the event administrator.

 

The performance portion of this event will be evaluated by a panel of judges.  Judges' decisions will be based on Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, current edition.  In the case of a tie on the performance portion, the team's average objective test score will be used to break the tie.  All decisions of the judges are final.

 

AWARDS

District The number of awards presented at the District Leadership Conference is determined by local FBLA District policy.

 

State    State awards for the top five places are presented at the SLC.

 

The member who has the highest score on the written test, has at least one year remaining before being graduated from secondary school, has completed a state officer application, and passed the officer screening shall be appointed FBLA state parliamentarian for the upcoming year. (This individual must have completed the State Officer Application and passed the officer screening.) The member who has the highest score on the written test is awarded the Edrie Kennedy Award.  The team that achieves the highest score on the performance portion of this event is awarded the Ronald W. Belscher Award.

 

National The number of awards presented at the National Leadership Conference is determined by judges and/or number of entries.  The maximum number will be ten.