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The 40th  AIP West Coast Practicum will be one for the record books! It will be January 15-17, 2021. The days of the week are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. No need to worry about more expensive airline flights or costly hotel stays as this will be a virtual practicum. Curriculum Coordinator Mary Remson, CPP-T, PRP, has chosen the topic “What’s New in the Parliamentarians’ World?” What’s new are virtual meetings and the 12th Edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. Presiding practice will be included in this practicum as with all practicums.

To insure an adequate number of facilitators for the presiding practices, the registration will be capped at 150 participants with any additional registrants placed on a provisional list. 

Online Registration

Downloadable Registration Form

SPECIAL EVENT (free for all AIP members)

On January 14 (Thursday), a forum will be presented by the team of authors who are writing the second Edition of American Institute of Parliamentarians Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure. The forum will be an open session for AIP members to provide suggestions for the book, and to ask questions of the authors. This is a new approach to updating a parliamentary authority, and the AIPSC2 team is excited to bring this level of transparency to the members!

Registration for the Forum

Dollie McPartlin, CP-T, PRP

General Coordinator

Electronic Meetings

Many organizations are trying to hold electronic meetings because of the Corona Virus. The AIP Opinions Committee has prepared a set of opinions concerning meeting during these times. Take a look at Opinions for Electronic Meetings.

The Robert’s Rules Society has produced an 11 page PDF that has sets of rules for such meetings. You can get a copy by clicking on this link to the document.

The authors of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised have issued three Official Interpretations (2020-1, 2020-2, and 2020-3) relating to specific questions that may be especially pertinent to organizations having difficulty conducting business amid restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Official Interpretations are not technically binding on an organization that has adopted Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised as its parliamentary authority, but are nonetheless definitive interpretations of the work by the current authors and should therefore be treated as highly persuasive. While those now being issued concern application of the current 11th edition, they are based in part on clarifications that will be explicit in the forthcoming 12th edition

For Members Seeking Certification or Re-Certification

The American Institute of Parliamentarians has two comprehensive certification programs. If you are a member and want to seek certification as either a Certified Parliamentarian or a Certified Professional Parliamentarian or to Re-Certify Your Status, go to the Members Only page and download the appropriate package. If your browser does not allow you to save PDF files, please search the web for “How to download PDF files using Your Browser

During the 2018 Annual Session, it was approved to immediately drop Demeter as one of the Parliamentary Authorities.

We invite you to become a part of our community by joining AIP today!
AIP’s learning experiences focus on every level of the parliamentary profession. Our programs will enhance your performance as an officer, presiding officer, or informed member. You can expand your knowledge of governance and parliamentary procedure and aid your efforts to make your organization efficient and effective.

The American Institute of Parliamentarians has several extensive certification programs, ensuring that members so designated have met the highest possible standards of parliamentary knowledge.

2019 Annual Session

The was a huge success in Spokane, Washington. The Annual Business Meetings went very smoothly, The workshops were exciting. The food was delicious. Weldon Merrit and his crew did a great job of making all feel welcomed.  Start thinking about going to the 2020 Annual Session. Here are the pictures from it.



If you wish to make a donation to AIP, please click click here to be taken to the appropriate page.

Public Forum

We have a new Public Forum where anyone can post about Parliamentary Procedure. You can click here or go to the menu item to get to it. The change was made as non-members could not post to the old forum. Give it a try.


Please contact AIP. AIP members and guests are encouraged to contact the president with concerns. If you have a question about membership, how to join, etc., please send your inquiry to:

General Inquiry about AIP

In addition, if you have a question about Parliamentary Procedure, feel free to send in your inquiry. If you are not a member, please send it to:

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Annual Session Day 1


Annual Session Day 2


Educational Events
AIP sponsors several practicum, workshops, and conferences designed to help the professional development of the practicing professional, new association officer, experienced board member or beginning parliamentary student. These training events focus on: leadership, presiding skills, board governance, parliamentary skills, and not for profit regulations. Each of these educational opportunities offer hands on learning, expert instruction, as well as the chance for idea sharing through strong networking possibilities.

Pin Buy Back Program

Program To Return/Recycle AIP Membership Pins

The AIP Board of Directors has approved a process by which AIP members can return/recycle regular membership pins, CP pins, and CPP pins to AIP. The pin must be in good shape with no obvious wear. The pins with the safety pin fastening must have a working safety pin. The pins with the clutch back (tie-tac) fastening must have both the pin and the fastener. Each donor will receive $10 for each pin returned.

The pins may be returned at the Annual Session, West Coast Practicum or East Coast
Practicum. If you are not going to attend any of these events, please contact board member Jeanette Williams at director02@aipparl.org for information.

This program is beneficial to the individual member who may not want to keep a pin that does not reflect that member’s current designation. This project is beneficial to AIP because our current inventory of regular membership pins is almost depleted. AIP can then re-sell the pins.

Some Quick Knowledge

Want to have some fun and wind up with new knowledge. Take a look at Explore AIP  A brief look at Parliamentary Procedure.

Teacher Course

The course filled up almost immediately. However, if you are interested in taking the course, there is a wait list. To find out more, go to the Event page.

East Coast Practicum

Due to our concern about the possible effects of the Corona Virus, AIP has decided to cancel the East Coast Practicum for 2020. We fully intend to hold both the West Coast Practicum and the East Coast Practicum in 2021.

West Coast Practicum
The next one will be in January 15-17, 2021

The 2020 West Coast Practicum was a huge success with over 40 people attending.

Pictures from WCP 2020.


Annual Session 2021

The 2021 Annual Session is scheduled for the summer of 2021 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the Skirvin Hotel August 4 -8. Details will begin to appear late is 2020.

The Communicator