The Hardin Northern FFA Advanced Parliamentary Procedure Team placed third at the sub-district contest and placed sixth at districts. Members are, left to right, Austin Douglas, Julia Poling, Billy Mills, Tiffany Breidenbach, Brett Roby, Molly Wilson, Grant Hites, and Courtney Acton. (Photo submitted)
The Hardin Northern FFA Advanced Parliamentary Procedure Team placed third at the sub-district contest and placed sixth at districts. Members are, left to right, Austin Douglas, Julia Poling, Billy Mills, Tiffany Breidenbach, Brett Roby, Molly Wilson, Grant Hites, and Courtney Acton. (Photo submitted)

DOLA - To run a business meeting right, correct Parliamentary Procedure, or parli pro, should be used. Parli pro helps a meeting to run smoothly and efficiently. It preserves the rights of the minority, yet lets the majority rule. Parli pro allows members to address items of business and change or modify that business to fit the wishes of the organization. Parli pro also allows members to deal with issues or concerns that arise during the discussion of business in a way that is courteous to all. Some of these abilities including amending a motion, referring an item to a committee, rescinding a motion, rising to a point of order, or calling for a division of the house.

During a parli pro contest, teams have to demonstrate how to effectively handle parliamentary procedure abilities and discuss given motions. In addition, the officers present opening and closing ceremonies and members take a written test on parliamentary law. Each team earns a gold, silver, or bronze rating, gold is the highest, based on how well they accomplish this. The judges then rank the teams by comparing them to the other competing teams.

The Hardin Northern FFA's advanced and intermediate parli pro teams competed at Delphos on Nov. 15, in the sub-district contest and both placed third and received a gold rating. The advanced team earned the opportunity to compete at the district level. Clyde hosted the district contest on Dec. 2, and the advanced team placed sixth in the district with a gold rating.