Welcoming visitors from NAP NTC 2020!

posted Aug 27, 2020, 9:45 PM by Paul McClintock

The National Association of Parliamentarians' web site for the 2020 National Training Conference has an Exhibitors/Advertisers tab, where you can find information on the Electronic Association of Parliamentarians (EAP).

The EAP welcomes visitors to join EAP and one of its units, linking to our very own eNAP welcome page for visitors from the NTC site.

new RP credentialing system for 8/1/2019

posted Jun 10, 2019, 7:49 PM by Paul McClintock

From: Thomas Joseph Balch
To: NAP President et al
Sent: Monday, June 10, 2019, 10:05:58 AM EDT
Subject: Credentialing Commission resolution setting new RP credentialing system for 8/1/2019

Dear Mr. President, Members of the NAP Board of Directors, and Chairs of the Membership and Registration Examiners and Professional Development Committees:

On Saturday, June 8, 2019 the Credentialing Commission adopted the attached resolution entitled the “New RP Credentialing System Implementation Resolution.”  In accordance with the NAP Bylaws, this resolution formally establishes implementation of the new RP credentialing process, setting the date of implementation, grandfathering clauses, and how the new credentialing process affects attaining or retaining the PRP credential. 

We are asking that key information about implementation of the new RP credentialing system be posted on the NAP website.  The Commission Chair has also been invited to summarize it during the July 30 NAP town hall.  The commissioners believe it desirable  that this information be distributed widely to the NAP membership.  We have written a memo similar to this one to the International Services Committee and to the District Directors asking their assistance in helping to ensure the information is widely distributed to the membership.  We are asking that NAP Board members also assist with distributing this information in any way it would be appropriate to do so, given your general officer responsibilities.  Your cooperation with this request is deeply appreciated.

Very truly yours,
Thomas (Burke) J. Balch, J.D., PRP
Chair, National Association of Parliamentarians Commission on Credentialing

Professional Registered Parliamentarian
Thomas Balch Parliamentarian

eNAP Report to 2019 EAP Annual Meeting

posted Apr 8, 2019, 7:38 PM by Thomas Holmes

See the attached PDF.

Proposed NAP bylaw amendment re district assignments

posted Jul 8, 2018, 10:41 PM by Paul McClintock

EAP President Weldon Merritt emailed eNAP and other EAP units this on 07-04-2018 in relevant parts:

[T]he NAP Board of Directors has assigned EAP to District Six, in which a plurality of EAP primary members reside. As reported to me, the NAP Board concluded that the current wording of Article IV, Section 2 of the NAP Bylaws requires that EAP be assigned to some district, despite our expressed wish to remain unassigned.

Attached are three proposed amendments to the NAP Bylaws that we want to propose for consideration at the 2019 NAP convention. If adopted, these amendments would allow EAP to return to unaffiliated status. The NAP Bylaws allow proposed amendments to be submitted by two associations or their boards of directors, or by three units. Rather than trying to find another association willing to join in proposing the amendments, the EAP Board of Directors has decided to ask our affiliated units to propose the amendments.

On behalf of the EAP Board of Directors, I request that each of your units consider a motion to propose the attached amendments, and let me know when the unit has done so. Once at least three units have agreed to propose the amendments, I will add the unit names to the "Proposed by" lines, and submit the amendments to the NAP Bylaws Committee. The deadline for submission is February 1, so there still is plenty of time....

Finally, it is important that the units not attempt to "perfect" the language of the proposed amendments. Since all proposers must agree on the language to be submitted, any changes by one unit would need to be submitted for consideration by the other units, which could unduly delay the submission. There will, of course, be a chance to further perfect the amendments during their consideration at the convention.



AMENDMENT 1—ELECTRONIC ASSOCIATION DISTRICT ASSIGNMENT:  Amend Article IV, Divisions, Section 2, Districts, by striking the last two sentences of the beginning paragraph and inserting “After consultation with the membership extension and retention committee and affected associations, the NAP Board of Directors shall assign associations outside North America to a district. Electronic associations need not be assigned to a district unless the NAP Board of Directors establishes an electronic district,” with the proviso that upon a request sent to NAP Headquarters by any electronic association assigned to a district as of the date of adoption of this amendment, the district assignment of such association shall be dissolved.

PROVISO: Upon a request sent to NAP Headquarters by any electronic association assigned to a district as of the date of adoption of this amendment, the district assignment of such association shall be dissolved.

AMENDMENT 2—ELECTRONIC UNIT ASSOCIATION AFFILIATION: Amend Article IV, Divisions, Section 5, Units, Subsection B, Electronic Units, Paragraph 2, by striking all text following the first appearance of “association   affiliation,” and inserting “After the initial designation, an electronic unit may petition the NAP Board of Directors to change its affiliation to a different association, ” with the proviso that any electronic unit that is unaffiliated as of the date of adoption of this amendment shall inform NAP Headquarters, within thirty days after the close of the convention, of the association with which it wishes to be affiliated. If the unit fails to do make such notification, the NAP Board of Directors shall determine the unit’s association affiliation.

PROVISO: Any electronic unit that is unaffiliated as of the date of adoption of this amendment shall inform NAP Headquarters, within thirty days after the close of the convention, of the association with which it wishes to be affiliated. If the unit fails to do make such notification, the NAP Board of Directors shall determine the unit’s association affiliation.

AMENDMENT 3—VOTING RIGHTS AT DISTRICT CONFERENCES: Amend Article IV, Divisions, Section 8, Membership in Districts, Associations, and Units, Subsection B, Criteria, Paragraph 1b, by striking “an unchartered state or province in the district and who is not a primary member of any association,” and inserting “the district and who is not a primary member of an association assigned to another district.”

See attached PDF for full proposal with 3-column presentations of amendments and rationales.

- Paul McClintock, PRP, eNAP President

Related to edu program on Resolutions on 4-9-2018

posted Apr 9, 2018, 7:19 PM by Paul McClintock   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 7:35 PM ]

The Unanimous Resolution of the Thirteen United States of America

Whereas, It sometimes becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them;
Whereas, A decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation;
Whereas, We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness;
Whereas, That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness;
Whereas, Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed; But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security;
Whereas, Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government;
Whereas, The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world;
Whereas, He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good;
Whereas, He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them;
Whereas, He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only;
Whereas, He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures;
Whereas, He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people;
Whereas, He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within;
Whereas, He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands;
Whereas, He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers;
Whereas, He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries;
Whereas, He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance;
Whereas, He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures;
Whereas, He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power;
Whereas, He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their acts of pretended Legislation:
•    For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us;
•    For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States;
•    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world;
•    For imposing taxes on us without our Consent;
•    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury;
•    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences;
•    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies;
•    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments;
•    For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever;
Whereas, He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us;
Whereas, He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people;
Whereas, He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation;
Whereas, He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands;
Whereas, He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions;
Whereas, In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury;
Whereas, A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people;
Whereas, We been not been wanting in attentions to our British brethren, but have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us, and have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here, and have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence;
Whereas, They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity; now therefore be it

Resolved, That We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends;

Resolved, That We, therefore, the Representatives, of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do; and

Resolved, That for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Cast in Resolution Format by Paul McClintock, PRP, 2017

eNAP report to EAP 2018 annual meeting

posted Mar 20, 2018, 11:00 AM by Paul McClintock   [ updated Mar 20, 2018, 11:03 AM ]



MARCH 24, 2018




Midway through 2017, the Electronic Unit of NAP (eNAP) changed from bimonthly meetings to monthly. Meetings are normally online at the IRC channel #enap at 8:00 p.m. U.S. Central Time on the second Monday of each month. We cancelled the 9/2017 meeting and held a social instead on 9/10 in Lombard, IL at the NAP NTC.


The officers for the term starting February 2017 were President Todd Crowder, PRP; Vice-President David Mezzera, PRP; and Secretary Paul McClintock, PRP, CP-T.


The officers for 2018 are President Paul McClintock, PRP, CP-T; Vice-President Jan Meyer; Secretary Laura Kennedy LeGrand, RP-R (Jan.-Feb.); and Secretary Thomas Holmes (current).


Of our 43 current members, we have 16 PRP, 2 PRP-R, 3 RP, 1 RP-R, 20 regular members, and 1 provisional. Besides members in the USA, we have 3 in Canada and one each in Japan, Malaysia, and Lesotho Africa. We had 15-24 attending meetings in 2017, and 19-24 in 2018.


In 2017, eNAP helped start the Electronic Association of Parliamentarians.


Educational programs in 2017 and 2018 have been led by Todd Crowder PRP, David Mezzera PRP, Lori Lukinuk PRP, Paul McClintock PRP, Todd Crowder PRP, Weldon Merritt PRP, Lorenzo Cuesta PRP, Teresa Dean PRP, and Jan Meyer. Educational topics included:

  • What special rules of order are needed for electronic meetings

  • NAP’s Body of Knowledge (what every member should know: conduct of meetings)

  • Ambiguities about Committees under RONR

  • Bylaws; Agendas; Previous Question; Simultaneous Aural Communication

  • Questions from the Registration Exam Study Guide


Each educational program also allows members to ask opinions of other members on parliamentary questions that they have. Some of the 2017-2018 questions discussed were:

  • If a motion to Rescind is proposed without notice, but is postponed to the next meeting, at the second meeting, can the rule be adopted by a majority vote?

  • Can a meeting decide if the meeting itself was valid?

  • Does a term limit to "two consecutive terms" mean that after the 2 consecutive terms they were forever barred from serving again?

  • How do you apply "same day" rules (e.g., debate limits) for electronic meetings with participants in different time zones around the world?

  • Can you suspend the rules to start a meeting early?

  • At a convention, why is it that the presiding officer need not step aside if he wants to make an annual report? 

Paul McClintock, PRP
eNAP President

eNAP Questions - Presidents response 2016-05-25

posted Jan 7, 2018, 10:19 PM by Paul McClintock

Questions from eNAP to NAP (see attachment for responses):

Question 1: "May 'an NAP member who resides in an unchartered state, province, or country
and is not a member of any association' (emphasis added) join eNAP as their primary unit?"

Question 2: "May state or province association members-at-large designate eNAP as their
primary unit while maintaining primary membership in their state or province association?"

Question 3: "What is the minimum number of primary members that a unit must have to be
entitled to delegate representation at the NAP Convention?"

Question 4: "If eNAP attains the required number of primary members, will eNAP be entitled to
delegate representation on the same basis as other units?"

eNAP is now affiliated with EAP

posted Oct 10, 2017, 10:47 AM by Paul McClintock

From: Paul McClintock <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 8:47 PM
Subject: Status of eNAP affiliation with EAP
To: NAP national assoc of parliamentarians
Cc: Todd Crowder, Weldon Merritt, Paul McClintock

As secretary of the Electronic Unit of NAP (eNAP), I have a question that stems from tonight's meeting, concerning whether eNAP is automatically now affiliated with the newly chartered Electronic Association of Parliamentarians (EAP), or whether eNAP needs to still formally request a change to that status.

NAP bylaw IV.5.B.2 provides: "When chartering, an electronic unit shall designate its association affiliation or designate that it will not have  an  association affiliation. After the  initial designation, an  electronic unit may petition the NAP Board of Directors to change its affiliation status."

A few of our members thought we would have to formally petition the NAP board to change our affiliation status, to achieve the desired affiliation with EAP.

BUT most of us felt that NAP bylaw IV.3.B ("Electronic associations may be organized when at least three electronic units wish to affiliate, provided that the association’s bylaws have been approved by the NAP Bylaws Committee") sufficed to communicate our "wish to affiliate" and that we were thus now considered affiliated with EAP.

We recognize that the NAP Update email today says we are now affiliated (referring to eNAP as the E-Unit):
"The NAP Electronic Association currently has four chartered e-units: NAP E-Unit, E-Grant, Young Professionals Parliamentary Practice, and the Green Gavel."

But we'd like a definitive statement from NAP that we are indeed officially affiliated, or if instead it is the case, that we need to petition to become officially affiliated.

Thank you.

Paul McClintock, PRP
Secretary, eNAP

CC: eNAP President Todd Crowder, PRP and EAP President Pro Tem Weldon Merritt, PRP

From: NAP HQ <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 10:08 AM
Subject: Re: Status of eNAP affiliation with EAP
To: Paul McClintock
Cc: Todd Crowder, Weldon Merritt


The Electronic Unit is affiliated with the Electronic Association as it was listed on Electronic Association's application for charter. 


Online poll for location for eNAP Social Event on 9/10 in Lombard

posted Aug 8, 2017, 1:34 PM by Paul McClintock

We need to decide where to have the eNAP Social Event at the NAP Convention in Lombard, IL.  Best time to have it is Sunday Sept 10 at 6pm.  There are 2 restaurants in the convention building, and 3 others in easy walking distance.

If you hope to attend the social event, please rank your venue preferences by Saturday 8/12 at 6pm PT.  Poll is online at:

Here's what it will look like:

eNAP social venue

The eNAP social event at the NAP Convention will be Sunday, 6pm at WHICH restaurant? Rank your choices.

NAP Convention Site Westin Yorktown Center 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, IL 60148

Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse, (630) 953-3400 (in convention site building)

Holy Mackerel!, (630) 953-3444 (in convention site building)

Uncle Julio's Lombard, IL, (630) 705-9260 (8-minute walk from convention building)

DMK Burger Bar, (630) 705-9020 (9-minute walk from convention building)

Weber Grill Restaurant, (630) 953-8880 (15-minute walk from convention building)

Instructions: Drag the choices to arrange them in order of preference with your most preferred at the top and your least preferred at the bottom. 

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Paul McClintock, PRP, CP-T

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