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President of the Ontario Association of Parliamentarians


In the summer of 2007, the president of the Ontario Association of Parliamentarians was injured in a serious car accident. Over the past year and a half, in my role as vice-president, I’ve been helping her to carry the load. Tonight, however, at a special meeting of the board of directors, her resignation [...]

The launch of Raplyn Consulting


As of January 18, my parliamentary consulting business, formerly known as Dan Lynch, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, is now called Raplyn Consulting. This represents the third major change to the business in the last three months. First, on October 20, after resigning from my day job, I began working full-time rather than part-time in [...]

New name and branding for my business


Over the past few months, I have been working to develop a new name and branding strategy for my business. In the coming weeks, this will finally be realized, in both the physical world and here on the Internet.
The new name of my parliamentary business will be Raplyn Consulting. The word “Raplyn” doesn’t [...]

Rejoining the American Institute of Parliamentarians


Several years ago, when I was becoming more serious about parliamentary procedure, I decided to join the American Institute of Parliamentarians. Although similar to the National Association of Parliamentarians, AIP takes a broader perspective on parliamentary procedure, by encouraging the study of parliamentary authorities other than Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. Specifically, [...]

Big changes in my professional practice


In the past few weeks, my professional practice has undergone some very significant and positive changes. I hope all my clients and friends will support me as I move forward in this new direction.
First, I have quit my day job and will be staking my livelihood on my parliamentary practice. I will be [...]

Advanced Seminar in Parliamentary Law, part II


As discussed previously, I recently attended the Advanced Seminar in Parliamentary Law put on by the Robert’s Rules Association. The seminar was well worth the time and money I spent to attend, and I look forward to attending similar events in the future.
The adventure began at 3:00 AM on Monday, as I woke and [...]

Advanced Seminar in Parliamentary Law


A week or two ago, the Robert’s Rules Association—which owns the rights to Robert’s Rules of Order—posted an announcement on its website that an Advanced Seminar in Parliamentary Law would be held at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel at Baltimore on October 9-10, 2006. They invited all “serious parliamentarians” to attend, for the [...]

NAP Membership Exam


A few weeks ago, I wrote the membership exam of the National Association of Parliamentarians. Today, I received notice that I had passed the exam, and in fact had achieved a score of 99%. Effective August 31st, I will be a member of the organization, and of the Ontario association as well. [...]

RONR Message Board


Quite some time ago, I discovered an excellent online resource for parliamentary procedure. It is the official web forum of Robert’s Rules of Order, and is known as the RONR Message Board. One might expect that such a forum would be mostly dead, with perhaps only a few posts every week. On [...]