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TSA Officer Duties and Symbols

President - Gavel

The duties vested in me by my officer are to preside at regular and special meetings of this organization and to promote the cooperation in carrying out the activities and work of our organization.

Vice President - Star

It is the duty of my office to see that we always have a strong membership, a good work program, and are alert to the welfare of our chapter.

Secretary - Pen

It is my responsibility to see that accurate and proper records are kept of all business and correspondence of this association.

Treasurer - Balance Budget

It is the duty of my office to keep accurate records of all funds and to see that our financial obligations are met promptly.

Reporter - Beacon Tower

It is the duty to see that our school, community, state, and national association have a complete report of our organization's activities.

Sergeant-At-Arms - Hearty Handshake

It is the responsibility to see that the assembly is comfortable and properly welcomed.  It is also my duty to serve as doorkeeper for this organization.


Parliamentary Procedure

Function of the gavel: To aid in conducting an orderly meeting.




One tap

A main motion has been passed or rejected.

OR Members sit down
OR The meeting is adjourned


Two taps

Calls the meeting to order

Three taps

All members stand during the opening and closing ceremonies


Parliamentary Procedure

Use During A Meeting

Main motion

Present business for action

Postpone indefinitely

Kill the motion

Lay on the table

Set matter aside for an emergency reason


Change or modify

Commit or refer to a committee

Let a few members attend to the matter

Previous question

Stop a debate and amendments and order an immediate vote

Suspend the rules

Do something contrary to the rules

Withdraw a motion

Prevent a motion from being voted on

Objection to consideration

Determine whether a question is in accord with bylaws


Dismiss members from meeting

Fix the time to which to adjourn

Set a time for next meeting


Provide an opportunity to vote a second time on a matter

Parliamentary inquiry

Ask question relating to parliamentary procedure

Point of order

Call attention to procedural error


Allow a member to question the decision of the chair

Take from the table

Take up an item that was laid on the table

Limit debate

Establish length of time for discussion

Postpone definitely

Defer a matter to a specified time


Cancel action taken by chapter

Division of the assembly

Question the chair's decision on a voice vote


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