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  1. Bylaws
    A parliamentarian can: * assist in interpreting bylaws * assist in preparing amendments to bylaws * draft a new set of bylaws The organization's bylaws define the membership and the rights and duties of members. They also state the degree to which the membership retains direct control of the organization's business and the degree to which control is delegated to a board of directors, an executive committee, or some other entity. The parliamentarian can often provide specific language to clarify the intent of the organization in its bylaws.
  2. Meetings
    Although parliamentarians often attend regular weekly or monthly meetings, their services are particularly valuable at annual meetings and conventions. Preparation for a meeting includes a thorough review of the organization's governing documents and a face-to-face meeting with the presiding officer. Any anticipated problem areas are reviewed in detail, and a means of communication between the presiding officer and the parliamentarian is implemented. Some organizations may request a written script for the presiding officer, and a "script review session" may be scheduled. The parliamentarian's most valuable services, however, often occur when problems arise and the meeting goes "off script."
  3. Opinions
    Parliamentarians are often requested to provide formal written opinions on matters of concern that arise between meetings. When writing opinions, a parliamentarian will begin with a review of all relevant governing documents (articles of incorporation, bylaws, standing rules). Other documents, such as minutes, may be requested if they bear on the question. Opinions should not be solicited over the phone, and most parliamentarians will deny such requests. The parliamentarian recognizes the value of hearing more than one side of a controversy before rendering an opinion, and all opinions will be supported with relevant documentation.