Robert's Rules of Order is America's foremost guide to parliamentary procedure. It is used by more professional associations, fraternal organizations, and local governments than any other authority.
The Eleventh edition, referred to as Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR), supersedes all earlier editions as the parliamentary authority in organizations that have adopted Robert's Rules of Order in their bylaws. It is important for all members of an organization to use a single parliamentary guide. Older editions of Robert's Rules have significant differences in their guidelines and page and section references, which can exacerbate disagreements instead of helping to settle them.
Here is an image (of the paperback cover or the hardcover dust jacket) of the current edition of the right book:
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised is readily available at most bookstores. If the multiplicity of similar titles is confusing, insist on the edition shown above (or the deluxe edition, which is sold without a dust jacket and has the same title, edition number, and “double-R” logo, stamped on a brown cover). Other versions may be less expensive, but they will leave you looking in vain for a passage or a page that other group members have in front of them. You can also order the book online from Amazon.com using the links near the bottom of this page.
Because Robert's Rules of Order has been in use for so long, some of the earliest editions (published in 1915 or earlier) are no longer protected by copyright. They have therefore been republished and revised by different writers with variable qualifications in parliamentary law. There is even one book published under the “Robert's Rules” name which contains an entirely different text. None of these books is a definitive source on parliamentary law. Only the Eleventh Edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised is today’s official handbook.
For a simple and concise introductory guide, you may also be interested in the 2011 edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief.
Click here for information on how your organization can adopt Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised as its parliamentary authority.
General Henry M. Robert
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