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on August 9, 2001
If you've always feared having to pull out the ol' Robert's Rules of Order because it was too detailed and complex for the casual social organizations in which you participated, help is here. Someone has realized that, because a group might need parliamentary procedures, it does not need the granularity required by The Parliament of England.
The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure is understandable, comprehensive, logical, refined, and efficient. As it should, it covers all the formal business of holding a productive and respectful meeting. But it also includes procedures that facilitate business for the less formal organization or club.
Necessary jargon is defined in a glossary. The "Often-Asked Questions" section covers many common situations and eliminates the need to look through the chapters for most answers. The book is up-to-date, addressing contemporary and often-encountered situations such as holding meetings and elections via the telephone or Internet.
As a bonus, it serves as a resource to those trying to form an organization. There are chapters to help you prepare documents (like bylaws and financial records) that won't be in conflict with legal and parliamentary procedures down the line. It explains the hierarchy of documents that govern an organization. There's even a section that helps explain some of the arcane procedures in Robert's Rules!
I'm grateful to have found this gem. It deals with all the situations that my clubs have encountered.
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on December 22, 1999
One of the best modernised book on the parliamentary procedures.
1st published in 1950, this 3rd edition is revised by the American Institute of Parliamentarians in 1988.Since this publication, many organisations have changed their bylaws to designate it as their parliamentary authority, among them are: American Medical Association and the American Dental Association.
It is the second most popular parliamentary authority after Robert's Rules of Order.
WHAT GROUPS MUST FOLLOW PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE? 'All organizations, such as business, cultural, religious, social, fraternal, professional, educational, labor, civil, scientific, medical, and governmental, are subject to the principles and rules of common parliamentary law. All profit and non-profit corporations and associations and the boards, counsels, commissions, and committees of government, must observe its rules.' Sturgis, p. 3.
This book is undoubtedly one of the best and comprehensive works. There is also a chapter which intended especially to aid persons unfamiliar with parliamentary procedure.
To quote Dr. Floyd M. Riddick, Parliamentarian Emeritius US Senate: 'It is understandable vocabulary makes it usable by anyone, not just experts in the field. All students of parliamentary procedure should have a copy in their library.'
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on September 16, 2013
As I've learned through hard experience, parliamentary law and procedure is the law of assemblies such as civic groups, professional organizations, city councils, county boards, state legislatures, and the Congress itself. As such, mastery of parliamentary law and procedure is essential to understanding democratic processes and procedures, and keeping the meetings of such organizations running smoothly and efficiently. Properly implemented, parliamentary procedure ensures that proposals for action are properly worded for presentation to the assembly, everyone's opinion is heard and weighed, and a majority of the assembly makes the decision in due course after full and fair discussion and debate by proponents and opponents. Its essence is buy-in by everyone in the assembly into a democratic process for making important decisions.

Alice Sturgis first undertook to simplify parliamentary law and procedure back in the 1950s, a daunting task. Roberts Rules had long dominated the field as the parliamentary authority, but was bloated, poorly organized, internally contradictory, difficult to read, understand, and apply, and confusing. Sturgis cut through the confusion, resulting in a simple, elegant book that explains parliamentary law and procedure in a way that an ordinary reader can understand. A breath of fresh air on a subject fraught with technicalities, manipulation, and distortion. And make no mistake: the incentive to manipulation and distort democratic processes exists where important decisions are being made collectively in assemblies. That why understanding and applying parliamentary law and procedure, and Stugis's approach, are important to members of assemblies.
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on March 26, 2007
If you can convince your orgaization to use this manual instead of Robert's, I say go for it! I find this manual much easier to use and more in line with what people expect to be the procedures for having meetings. The book updates old-fashioned language like, "I move the previous question" with the more understandable "I move to close debate". The book includes model Bylaws (useful for our Homeowner's Association which is in the process of revision), and a section that explains the differences between this book and Robert's, as well as tips for those whose organizations still use Robert's.

The book is much more readable than Robert's and tends to explain the basic principles a little better. There's a handy table inside each cover to help a member attending a meeting or a presider with proposing and handling motions.
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on November 27, 1999
Contains the complete standard code of parliamentary procedure, with each aspect thoroughly explained. This is the widely accepted procedure for meetings (ie United Nations). Very useful for keeping large meetings organized.
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on December 7, 2015
If you run meetings as a chair of a non-profit or public agency and you want a clear, easy-to-use desk reference for the rules of Parliamentary Procedure, this is it. I examined several similar titles before I finally wound up purchasing this and I'm glad I did. Unlike others that seem like mini-encyclopedias that are cumbersome and frustrating when you need a quick answer, you get to the answer you're seeking with this one typically in under a minute.
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on September 14, 2013
Needed this to help sort out our hobby club's board meetings. It's more accessible that Robert's Rules and easy to locate the info you need. I would definitely recommend this as a reference with or without Roberts Rules of Order.
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At last somebody has finally come up with an understandable approach to parliamentary procedure. Anyone who has wrestled with the outmoded language and complexities of Robert's Rules of Order will appreciate this more modern, "user-friendly" explanation.
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on May 21, 2013
Originally by Alice Sturgis, The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure has for years served as a shorter, simpler alternative to Robert's Rules of Order. While not nearly used as much as Robert's Rules, the book is the parliamentary manual for numerous groups, including many organizations of physicians and dentists.

The book is excellent, but I can't give it a higher rating in that this 4th Edition (2001) is getting fairly old and is unlikely to be updated. A separate work that may be worth a look, the American Institute of Parliamentarians Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, was published in 2012. While not a director successor to The Standard Code, the new book is quite similar and based on the principles of Sturgis.

Jim Slaughter,
Author, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track
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on March 26, 2011
Our Advisory Neighborhood Commission (a minor elective body in the District of Columbia) has been using this book as its parliamentary guide for several years. It's clear, understandable, well organized, and accessible to modern readers. Forget Robert's Rules of Order -- Sturgis provides the same essential rules, but in a manner that doesn't reek of stuffy, archaic 19th century parliaments. Sturgis offers Robert's Rules for the 21st century.
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