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Who Is The Parliamentarian?

The parliamentarian advises the board of directors and members on matters of parliamentary procedure, and serves as a consultant, especially in a meeting, where only the chair has the authority to rule on questions of order or to answer parliamentary inquiries.


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Duties at a Glance

  • Maintains copies of current governing documents - bylaws, standing rules, policies and parliamentary authority.

  • Provides guidance to members and board members on issues outlined in governing documents.

  • Ensure your Local PTA meets all requirements of the Standards of Continuing Affiliation.

  • Confer with president prior to the meeting regarding business items on the agenda.

  • Advises the president on points of parliamentary procedure.

  • Maintains a position of impartiality and does not make motions, enter debate or vote.


Nominations and Elections

A successful election is important to a smooth transition for a PTA from year to year. All members are invited and encouraged to get involved in this important process. Nominating Committees are elected by the membership, never "formed" or appointed.


Nominating Committee and Chair Responsibilities  
Sample Nominations Worksheet
Sample Letter To Nominating Committee
Sample Nominating Committee Report


Find out more on the Texas PTA Governance site and the BASICS Parliamentarian Resource Guide


Share Your Success

One of the most valuable benefits of PTA is that our Leaders are part of a larger community who have the opportunity to network and share with one another.  We know that PTAs across Texas are doing great things and we want to hear about each and every one of them! Submit your success story and be the Talk of Texas!



Download the BASICS Parliamentarian Resource Guide