A parliamentary procedure seminar, sponsored by the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Council, will be presented as a gift for the community in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Extension Homemakers/Home Demonstration work in the state of Arkansas.

A parliamentary procedure seminar, sponsored by the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Council, will be presented as a gift for the community in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Extension Homemakers/Home Demonstration work in the state of Arkansas.

“Minding Your P’s and Q’s: Parliamentary Procedure for the 21st Century” will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 6 at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service conference room, 500 Idaho St., according to Eva Marie Pearson, chairman of the activity.

The presentation will be made by James R. “Bobby” Hall, program associate in the Community and Economic Development Department of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture – Extension. Hall is also president of the Arkansas Association of Parliamentarians.

He will not only talk about parliamentary procedure, but also intertwine this information with how to conduct effective meetings.

During his presentation, he will use a combination of teaching methods. Some will be testing the knowledge of the group through the use of clickers. Each person will have a clicker and be able to select answers to the questions that are posed. The results will be shown immediately on a screen. Hall said that he might even conduct a pre- and post-test to see how much the group learns.

The other part of the seminar will be lecture. “I will certainly talk about some basic information, such as the proper way to make a motion and how the motion gets to the floor,” Hall said. “At all times I welcome interaction from the group. Depending on time, we might even use my parliamentary procedure game built in the Jeopardy formal using the clickers.”

Hall is a native of Wynne and graduated from Wynne High School. He received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

He began working for the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service in 1987, serving as an agricultural agent in Phillips County. He has also served as an agricultural/community development agent in Calhoun County and staff chairman in Dallas County. Since April 2008, he has worked in the Community and Economic Development Department at Little Rock as a program associate specializing in leadership development and parliamentary procedure.

He is married and has two daughters and is a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church.

Hall will provide free handouts, and copies of his award-winning publication, “Pocket Guide to Parliamentary Procedure,” will be available for $2 each.

A complimentary supper will be served for 30 minutes, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The seminar will begin at 6 p.m. There is no admission fee, but preregistration by Feb. 27 is required by calling 870-534-1033 or e-mailing mkizer@uaex.edu.

This activity is open to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county Extension office as soon as possible prior to the activity.