The very purpose of having a meeting is to bring about changes in rules and regulations or in the way of conduct of an organization. However if the meeting itself is chaotic, it would be a waste of time and of absolutely no benefit to anyone involved. Every organization, be it a residents welfare committee or the church committee, consists of people interested in doing good for the community they represent. However it would also want that the voice and opinion of every resident be heard and a consensus decision be made. This will happen only when meetings are conducted with discipline and orderliness which is what Roberts Rules of Order attempts to do. Roberts Rules of Order consists of a set of rules for the orderly conduct of a meeting where decisions are made without resentment or confusion.
History of Roberts Rules
Roberts Rules of Order has gained the popularity that it has because it has stood the test of time and has proven to be effective since the time of its publishing in 1876. Henry Martyn Robert laid out a set of rules called Roberts Rules of Order which he thought would be useful in the conduct of meetings based on his lack of experience in conducting a church meeting. He did not want anyone else to go through the embarrassing experience that he went through.
Roberts Rules of Order Based On Parliamentary Law
In his time, the most orderly meetings were conducted in parliament based on parliamentary law. His study of parliamentary law gave him a basic idea of how meetings were conducted but he found that despite that, there was a lot of anarchy in parliamentary meetings due to the ignorance of the law by the members. Thus was born Roberts Rules of Order in an attempt to familiarize people with the rules of orderly parliamentary conduct.
Roberts Rules of Order through the Ages
Since the original edition of Roberts Rules of Order, there has been a series of revisions to adapt it to current situations and times. Revisions were also needed to simplify the language from the stiff and formal English language of the 19th century. Through all its revisions though, great care and attempt has been made to ensure that the original sentiments were maintained. This has been achieved by ensuring that somebody who worked with the master or had knowledge of the way the author wrote was in the editorial team. The authorship team selected by the Council of the Roberts Rules of Order usually consists of preeminent members of the society who have made outstanding contributions in different fields.