About Miriam

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Miriam G. Simmons is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian.  This is a credential of the National Association of Parliamentarians and it means that a person has been tested in the understanding and use of Robert’s Rules of Order.  Miriam is currently the presiding officer of a community foundation in Stillwater, Minnesota and she has been a director on both small and large boards of non-profit organizations.  She has held positions as Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Bylaws Chair, and Program Chair with various organizations. She is retired from running a business in the technical sector and is a retired Patent Agent.   Her parliamentary experience includes revision and amendment of bylaws, running meetings, helping people have better meetings, and teaching people what to do to be effective during a meeting.


My goal

is to provide parliamentary services to clients in the non-profit sector.  To assist with writing and revision of bylaws and the running of efficient meetings.  To provide educational programs to help understand and to use Robert’s Rules of Order.


My Resume

Experience

National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP)

  • Professional Registered Parliamentarian, October 2017 and Registered Parliamentarian, April 2017
  • Chair, Bylaws Committee, Minnesota State Association of Parliamentarians (MSAP), 2016 and 2017
  • Vice President and Convention Chair, MSAP, 2018 and 2019
  • President, St. Paul Unit (SPU) 2019
  • Vice President, SPU, 2017 and 2018
  • Secretary, SPU, 2015 and 2016

League of Women Voters Minnesota (LWVMN)

  • Secretary,  April 28, 2019 to present
  • Chair, Bylaws Committee, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Co-editor of the Briefing Paper:  The Impact of Neonicotinoids on Honey Bees, published 2016
  • Co-author of the Briefing Paper:   Election Law: Absentee Ballots, published 2010
  • Co-Chair, Judicial Study Committee, 2007
  • Board member, 2001 to 2007

Stillwater Area Community Foundation

  • Chair, September 2017 to present; Secretary, October 2015 – September 2017
  • Board Member, 2014 – present

Skills

  • Preparation and presentation of Bylaws Amendments (SPU, MSAP, LWVMN) and Bylaws Revision (LWVMN, 2013 and 2019)
  • Preparation of scripts for state conventions of LWVMN (2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019)
  • Preparation and presentation of parliamentary procedure tailored to an organization (e.g.: LWV-St. Paul, January 2017; LWV-Duluth, August 2015; LWVMN Council, April 2014)
  • Preparation and presentation of seminar on “Annual Meeting” at MSAP Fall Seminar, October 3, 2015 and on “Previous Question” at MSAP Convention, May 6, 2017.
  • Preparation and presentation of seminar on “How to Run a Meeting with Robert’s Rules of Order”,  Parts 1 and 2, Stillwater Community Education, 2018

Education and Experience

  • C.E.O, Delta Technologies Ltd., 1986 – 2011
  • Sr. Chemist/Sr. Patent Liaison, 3M Company, 1981 – 1997
  • Registered Patent Agent, 1990
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Rice University, Houston, Texas (1974 – 1978)
  • B.S., Chemistry, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (1970 – 1974)

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