About us

The Colorado Association of Parliamentarians (CAP) is a non profit, educational organization composed of more than 200 parliamentarians and students interested and trained in parliamentary procedure. CAP is a division of the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP).

CAP was organized in Denver in 1939 and chartered in 1959. The founders foresaw the need for proficiency in parliamentary procedure as a motivating force in business, government, organizations, and community service.

National Association of Parliamentarians

The National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) is the oldest and largest professional non-profit association of parliamentarians in the world. NAP's primary objectives are teaching, promoting, and disseminating the philosophy and principles underlying the rules of deliberative assemblies.

Colorado Association of Parliamentarians

Purpose

Primary purpose of CAP is to promote closer cooperation among parliamentarians in Colorado and to further the growing interest in parliamentary procedure.

Membership

CAP welcomes all interested persons. Membership is individual, based on knowledge of the fundamental principles of parliamentary law.

To become a member, a person must successfully complete the membership exam on the basic principles and procedures from the current edition of Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised.

To become a registered parliamentarian, a member must pass the registered exam. To become a professional registered parliamentarian, a registered parliamentarian must meet the requirements of NAP.

Dues

Each member pays dues to NAP, CAP, and the Colorado Unit to which he or she is a member or as a Member at Large (MAL).

Structure

Local study units are composed of students, members, registered, and professional registered members. The units generally meet monthly to study parliamentary procedure with a high level of individual participation. Members learn by doing and progress at their own rate of speed.

In addition, members meet four times a year, two membership meetings and two workshops, for additional study and cooperative activities.

Publications

The Colorado Parliamentarian and the National Parliamentarian are published quarterly and mailed to all members.

The CAP Yearbook is published annually and the NAP Membership manual biannually. Both are mailed to all members.

Services

Professional registered parliamentarians, registered parliamentarians, and members serve organizations with a wide variety of parliamentary law services such as teaching individuals and groups, speaking on parliamentary law, assisting with bylaws, organizing meetings and seminars, service as a parliamentarian, presiding at meetings, and offering parliamentary advice to presiding officers, governing boards, and committees.

HAVE GAVEL: WILL TRAVEL - ROAD SHOW

The Traveling Gavel can and will travel to your location to provide practical parliamentary information, education, and motivation adapted to meet your organization’s specific needs for a nominal fee. For additional information or to schedule an educational offering contact:

Donna J. Thompson, PRP
2668 East Geddes Place
Centennial, CO 80122-1727
303-220-5267
madprez@msn.com

National Association of Parliamentarians

The National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) is a dynamic, growing organization concerned with the practical problems parliamentarians face today. NAP is the oldest and largest professional non-profit association of parliamentarians in the world. NAP's primary objectives are teaching, promoting, and disseminating the philosophy and principles underlying the rules of deliberative assemblies.

NAP helps coordinate the services of Professional Registered Parliamentarians to a wide variety of organizations. We can assist you to become a Registered Parliamentarian, and we offer numerous benefits to our members.

Organized in 1930, NAP is recognized as the premier professional non-profit association of parliamentarians in the world. Today, NAP has a membership of more than 4,000 parliamentarians in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and internationally. Among NAP's members are more than 700 individuals who are certified as Professional Registered Parliamentarians, the highest level of proficiency. Click the NAP link for more information.