Committee chairs get a crash course in essential parliamentary procedure
A few lucky students got to skip out on school a day earlier than the rest of the delegates for a very specific purpose: committee chair training.
While a day off from school may sound nice, the training was extensive.
“The first thing we did was go over how parliamentary procedure works, to know what to do if someone amends a bill and moves to motion,” said Ria Garg, a committee chair from Neuqua Valley.
Training provided committee chairs with practical experience as well.
“We did team building activities on Thursday, including mock sessions where we debated some bills so we could get practice with parliamentary procedure,” Garg said.
Anna Kluemke, a college advisor previously from Williamsville, explained how the training is a continuation of previously acquired knowledge as well.
“Committee chair training was pretty much just them explaining the rules to us and basically just going over parliamentary procedure, which all of us had a background on because we had done it in pre-leg 1 and 2,” Kluemke said.
Tyler Giacalone, a committee chair from Neuqua Valley, felt there were some definite benefits to the training.
“We had to rehearse the bills that are currently in our committee, so it was nice to kind of expect what’s coming,” Giacalone said.
When asked what her favorite part of being a committee chair was, Kluemke said, “I really enjoyed getting a different view of the program because you get to see a lot of backstage stuff when you’re committee chair.”
Garg’s favorite part of committee chair training was the mock trial.
“That’s when I feel like I really started to understand parliamentary procedure, which is really cool,” Garg said.
After being with his fellow committee chairpersons all day, Giacalone felt relaxed enough to have fun during training.
“If we were trying to be a lobbyist, we’d use a funny voice or do all kinds of fun things while actually learning what we’re doing,” Giacalone said.
Committee chairs also shared feedback on ways to improve the training.
“[The training could include] more advisors so you could get more one-on-one [time] with the advisors,” said Sophia Pensabene, a committee chair for Williamsville.
Giacalone added that he would like to see “more movement or interactive things rather than sitting there and just doing the same thing we’ve done this whole weekend.”
(written by Haley Mierzejewski, Williamsville)