Judge Gavel

Leslie's Parliamentarian Corner 

By: Parliamentarian Rachel Lokken 

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Making A Motion 

Sample dialogue for making a main Motion: 

Karen raises her hand (or stands) when no other question has the floor and waits to recognized by  the President (or presiding officer).  

Karen: “Madam President, I move that MCJJ continue the tradition of advocating for our  communities’ heathy living by sponsoring the Community Health Fair Walk-A-Thon in co partnership with the Morris County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Alpha Kappa Alpha  Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Morristown Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta  Sorority, Inc., and 100 Black Men of New Jersey, Inc., that is taking place September 26th at 8:30  am.” 

Unless coming from committee, a main motion requires a second. Any Mother Member may  second a motion by simply stating, “Seconded” or “I second.” Recognition by the President is not  required prior to seconding a motion.  

Madam President: “It has been moved and seconded that MCJJ continue the tradition of advocating  for our communities’ heathy living by sponsoring the Community Health Fair Walk-A-Thon , at no  monetary cost to the MCJJ, in co-partnership with the Morris County Chapter of The Links,  Incorporated Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Morristown  Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and 100 Black Men of New Jersey, Inc., that  is taking place September 26th at 8:30 am. If adopted, we would be designated and identified as a co partner for the Community Health Fair Walk-A-Thon. This motion is adopted by majority vote. Is  there any discussion?” 

• If you anticipate a robust discussion on your motion, inform the President that you reserve  the right to speak first in support of your motion and last in the event your rebuttal  necessary.  

• Once the President restates the motion, it is “on the floor” and belongs to the membership.  A motion on the floor cannot be withdrawn, modified, or altered without the approval of  the membership.