Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure
, by George Demeter
, is a parliamentary authority
manual. It is included in the bank of study materials used in preparing for the Certified Parliamentrian (CP) designation offered by the American Institute of Parliamentarians
. Similar to Robert's Rules of Order
, Demeter's manual notes, "Without rules, there would be injustice and confusion. Hence, it is as necessary to follow the rules of parliamentary law as it is to follow the rules of a ball game or a card game. The book attempts to include everything a presiding officer might need to know, including public courtesies and ceremonies; sample prayers for opening a meeting; organizing a new lodge, chapter or post; times of fraction and discord; acquisition of new members; installation of officers; and adjournment. Chapter 16 contains an "entire meeting in drill form," designed to illustrate a range of parliamentary motions and situations and how a chairman would handle them. Demeter also devotes space to discussing strategic use of parliamentary procedure
. The book concludes with "The Greatest Convention Ever Held," an account of the Creation
, in parliamentary terms.
The most recent edition, the 1969 Blue Book Edition, was revised, expanded, and updated from Demeter's 1953 Universal Edition.