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Henry M. Robert (1837–1923).  Robert’s Rules of Order Revised.  1915.


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Art. X.   The Officers and the Minutes.


Chairman or President     58.
Secretary or Clerk 59.
The Minutes 60.
Executive Secretary 61.
Treasurer 62.

58. Chairman or President.

   The presiding officer, when no special title has been assigned him, is ordinarily called the Chairman, or the President, or, especially in religious assemblies, the Moderator. In organized societies the constitution always prescribes his title, that of President being most common. In debate he is referred to by his official title and is addressed by prefixing Mr. or Madam, as the case may be, to that title. In referring to himself he should never use the personal pronoun; he generally says, “the chair,” which means the presiding officer of the assembly, regardless of whether his position is permanent or temporary. If his position is only temporary he is called the chairman.
  His duties are generally as follows: To open the session at the time at which the assembly is to meet, by taking the chair and calling the members to order; to announce the business before the assembly in the order in which it is to be acted upon [65]; to recognize members entitled to the floor [3]; to state [6] and to put to vote [9] all questions which are regularly



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