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Training & Education

Running great meetings using parliamentary procedure

January 25
Hotel RL Olympia by Red Lion

2300 Evergreen Park Drive
Olympia, WA 98502

As city elected officials, your active participation at council meetings is critical. Join us as we learn parliamentary procedures, with tips and insights to create great meetings. Get a solid foundation for success in your principal job: discussing and deciding the key issues for your community.

  • Understand how to cover motions, amendments, and voting
  • Learn the respective authority of mayor and council and what to do when a mistake is made
  • Hear how to respond effectively to rudeness or obstruction by citizens or fellow councilmembers

This workshop is for city elected officials, especially those newly elected in 2018, managers, and clerks.

Agenda & speaker

Workshop is from 11:30 am – 4 pm, includes lunch
This workshop follows City Action Days. Separate registration is required.

Ann Macfarlane, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, Jurassic Parliament
Ann is an inspirational, energetic and enthusiastic trainer who presents parliamentary procedure in an engaging fashion that turns a dry subject into a lively experience. Her career as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, a Russian translator, and the volunteer president of a 10,000-member professional association has given her insight into how board members can work together effectively to achieve a common purpose, and enjoy doing it.


There is limited parking at the Hotel RL Olympia. We encourage attendees to carpool.
Paid parking – There is a paid parking area in the hotel parking lot. The parking stalls are numbered and require payment to park there.
Free parking – There is limited free parking on both sides of the hotel.


Register now!

AWC member registration – $75 per person
Non-member registration – $105 per person

See AWC’s conference and workshop terms of agreement for information on our refund/cancellation policy.

For cities and towns under 5,000 population, scholarships are available. Please enter the scholarship code RGMSCS during the registration process to utilize this scholarship.
For cities over 5,000 and experiencing financial difficulties, Washington Cities scholarships may be available.


Workshop information
Karen Tanner

Registration or cancellation questions and special accommodations
Please contact us at least seven business days prior to the workshop if any disability accommodations are needed. For TDD users, please use the state’s toll-free relay service, (800) 833-6388, and ask the operator to dial the AWC number.


Earn 3 credits toward your Certificate of Municipal Leadership and meet the effective local leadership requirement.