|About the IAP|
Welcome to the Illinois Association of Parliamentarians (IAP) web site. IAP is a nonprofit organization chartered by the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) in 1961. Its primary purpose to educate its members and the public about how to conduct meetings fairly and efficiently. IAP is a division of the National Association of Parliamentarians, the largest parliamentary organization worldwide.
With over 125 members throughout Illinois, IAP and its units provide opportunities for you to:
- Learn how to run a meeting effectively
- Understand why and how to keep accurate, complete, and concise minutes
- Learn what belongs in the bylaws and why it is important to follow them
- Become credentialed by the NAP
If you or your organization needs help but you don't have time to join us to learn these techniques, the National Association of Parliamentarians can provide a list of Professional Registered Parliamentarians practicing in your area. Simply fill out NAP's professional referral form.
Explore the IAP web site for more information about IAP news and events; membership; and how to contact us. Scroll down to learn more about Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised and IAP's goals.
Robert's Rules of Order
- Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, current edition, is the parliamentary authority followed and taught by NAP, IAP and Illinois units.
- Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, current edition, applies in situations not specifically covered by the organization's rules, bylaws, and articles of incorporation as well as by local, state and federal laws.
- Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, current edition, includes guidelines for defining membership and leadership; for specifying when and where meetings will be held; for determining how decisions will be discussed, decided, and recorded; and for creating, combining, and dissolving organized societies.
Goals of the IAP
IAP's goals, as outlined in our bylaws, include
- Promoting interest in the study of parliamentary procedure
- Stimulating the democratic practice of parliamentary procedure by organizations
- Fostering the the study of parliamentary law in Illinois public and private schools
- Encouraging collaboration between unit members, members-at-large, and students of parliamentary procedure
- Increasing the number of chartered units in Illinois.
- Providing technical support
- Promoting the educational program of the National Association of Parliamentarians
What is Parliamentary Procedure?
Parliamentary procedure is a set of rules which helps people work more effectively and efficiently to achieve common short-term, long-term, and ongoing goals.
Parliamentary procedure balances the rights of the majority, the minority, individuals, absentees, and the organization as a whole.
Parliamentary procedure is based on sound democratic principles and respect for the dignity of the individual.
What is a PRP?
A PRP has achieved the designation of Professional Registered Parliamentarian from the National Association of Parliamentarians, and undergoes continuing education to maintain proficiency.
A PRP may serve as a convention parliamentarian to assist officers, boards, committees and individual members.
A PRP may serve an organization as a consultant on bylaws, rules, and other parliamentary concerns.
A PRP may instruct individuals, and teach classes, workshops, seminars or institutes on parliamentary procedure.
A PRP may professionally preside over conventions or other meetings.
PRP's may be listed with NAP for client referral.
What is an RP?
An RP has achieved the designation of Registered Parliamentarian with NAP and is on route to becoming a Professional Registered Parliamentarian.
An RP may serve an organization in many of the same capacities as can a Professional Registered Parliamentarian.