About Garth Christie
- Township Clerk

Garth Christie

Garth Christie is a life-long resident of Redford and an honor graduate from Thurston High School, the University of Michigan Dearborn (B.A.), and Wayne State University (J.D.). He is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan.

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Feature Story

Oct 2014
     by Garth Christie, MMC


On Thursday, September 25th the Redford Unit of Parliamentarians began to meet on a quarterly, rather than monthly, basis and once again it was my turn to teach. Whenever I give the lesson I also volunteer to bring the refreshments and I always get gourmet breakfast pizza from DiMaggio's Bakery on Six Mile Road just west of Beech Daly. This culinary delight must be ordered a day ahead by calling (313) 592-1661. By providing this tasty treat I am assured a good review by my fellow Parliamentarians. My lesson was on the authority of a single member of an assembly.

Most obviously, a single member can call for a roll call vote or take an item off of the consent agenda to be considered separately. Also, a single member can "Call for the Orders of the Day" which is Parliamentarian speak for "Hey let's get back to the agenda items". A short intermission or "recess" can be granted on a single request and is used to address issues of personal comfort for members of the assembly, e.g. potty or cigarette breaks.

It takes a single member to make a motion and that member also has the authority to withdraw or modify that motion if it has not been stated by the chairman. There are several types of requests and inquiries that can be made by a single member: Point of Order, Request for Information, Parliamentary Inquiry and Request to Read from Papers. The intent of the last one was to prevent filibuster style tactics in debate. In practice, and at a minimum, it is unfair to allow one member to read from a document that is not shared with the entire assembly. We pause to make sure that all board members have the document in question first. It is only fair.

One of the most interesting powers of a single member is to call an unruly member to order. This is not the chairman's exclusive authority. On the demand of a single member a vote must be taken on a penalty for the offending member which could be temporary departure, expulsion from the assembly or requiring an apology from the offending member.

The Redford Unit of Parliamentarians promotes the use of Robert's Rules of Order as an effective tool for meeting management. Anyone interested in improving the effectiveness of their organization's meetings can contact me at and I will put you in touch with a parliamentarian that's way smarter than me.


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