Parliamentary procedure can be intimidating to many people because they lack basic knowledge, or don't have experience using it. Yet parliamentary procedure is a valuable tool in meeting management. It can make council meetings more efficient, and it reduces the potential of actions being declared illegal or challenged for procedural deficiencies.

In this webinar, you will learn how to properly apply these rules of order, avoid common pitfalls to protect the rights of all, shorten meetings, and expedite business.

What You'll Learn:

  • The basics of making and amending motions
  • How to properly use the four most misused motions
  • How to apply the rules of debate to protect the rights of members, and streamline your meetings


Who Should Attend:

Anyone interested in having more orderly and efficient meetings.


About Our Speaker:

Mary J. Kayser has been city secretary of Fort Worth since January, 2012. She previously served the City of Burleson as deputy city secretary from 1992-1999, city secretary from 1999-2006, and city secretary for the City of Garland from 2006-2012. She earned her Texas Registered Municipal Clerk Certification in 1999 (No. 325), and was recertified in 2004 and 2009. She also holds the Certified Municipal Clerk and Master Municipal Clerk designations from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC).

Active in the Texas Municipal Clerks Association (TMCA) and the North Texas Municipal Clerks Association Chapter (NTMCA), Mary has served on the TMCA board as president, president-elect, vice president, secretary, treasure, trustee, and immediate past president. She was selected as the TMCA Clerk of the Year in 2010. She has also served on the TMCA Certification Committee, and volunteered as a Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program Election Law Seminar convener. Mary was honored as the NTMCA Clerk of the Year in 2001, 2008, and again in 2009.    

She is also active in IIMC, where she currently serves on the board as the Region 4 director.

Mary is co-author of Chapter 2, Agenda, Minutes and Indexing Procedures, in the eighth edition of the Texas Municipal Clerks Handbook, and the co-author of Chapter 8, Petitions, in the ninth edition of the Texas Municipal Clerks Handbook.




Wednesday, April 30, 2014


1:30 – 2:30 p.m.


$65 (per computer connection)



There is only one way to register—online with credit card payment. Payment and a valid email address are required to register.

You must register by April 28 in order to participate in the webinar. No registrations will be accepted after that time, due to the process required to confirm your participation.

The fee is $65 for TML member cities. Each paid registration gives you one computer connection to the webinar. You may not share your access information. Registration is limited to 85 connections, so register early to ensure your spot.



Participation instructions will be emailed to the registered individual prior to the webinar.



Please contact the TML Conferences and Training Services Department at 512-231-7400 or


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