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Motion

Purpose   Tick  The idea of the Motion is a humorous, exaggerated or peculiar motion designed to test the Chairman. 
  Tick It should be a subject on which all members can speak, move amendments and procedural motions. The object is to make the General Business section of the meeting a learning and participation activity.
     
When preparing Tick  When devising the motion, ensure it is obviously a funny or frivolous motion that is destined to be lost on the final vote.
Tick  A proper motion has the following characteristics:
 a) It is one sentence in length
 b) begins with "That...",
 c) denotes a specific action or decision.
  Tick Have the motion written out legibly.
     
In the early part of the meeting Tick  Hand the written motion to Chairman 2. You may delay giving the motion until it is called to minimise the amount of time the Chairman has to ready him/herself.
Tick You may if you wish to liven the session, organise someone to speak for or against the motion. But remember the idea is to give all people an opportunity to jump in and participate.
     
What to do during your assignment Tick When called, stand and read the motion, and speak for no longer than 45 seconds on why it should be accepted. Conduct your mini-speech in such a way as to encourage open debate.
Tick  You are not permitted to speak again on this motion until then end. However, if an amendment or procedural motion is moved, you may speak once for or against the amendment or procedural motion.
  Tick  At the end, you will be invited to stand and offer a final right of reply to arguments advanced against your motion. (This must not include any new material.) You may waive this right if you wish. You may also elect to "turn your coat" and inform the meeting that you have been convinced of the error of your ways, and plea for a vote against the motion.
     
    That is the end of your assignment. You will be evaluated by the General Evaluator
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