Robert's Rules of Order is a set of rules first published in 1876 by Henry M. Robert to run effective, orderly meetings with maximum
fairness to all members. In addition to informational resources, RobertsRules.org provides software tools
to help organize and run meetings and groups.
For Fair and Orderly Meetings
Robert's Rules is a time-tested manual of "parliamentary procedure" for conducting business
at meetings and public gatherings.
The basic handbook of operation for most groups,
it provides common procedures for deliberation and decision-making
with the full participation of the membership body.
The conduct of ALL business is controlled by the general will of the whole membership -
the right of the deliberate majority to decide. Complementary is the right of at least a strong
minority to require the majority to be deliberate - to act according to its considered judgment
AFTER a full and fair "working through" of the issues involved. Robert's Rules provides for
constructive and democratic meetings to accomplish the business of the assembly, with
undue strictness never allowed to intimidate members or limit full participation. Meetings
work best when all members are familiar with the rules, and this website is intended to help everyone use them
to best effect.