C. Alan JenningsBaton Rouge, Louisiana
My interest in parliamentary procedure began when I was in the fifth grade. Being smitten with the soft smile of the prettiest girl in the class as she sat at the front of the room serving as secretary for the class meetings, I learned all I could about minutes so I could offer to help her. She, however, had eyes only for the class president. I had no use for Robert’s Rules again until 1989 when I found myself elected as a board chairman. I was lucky to be able to get the prettiest girl I knew at that time to serve as the board’s secretary. She knew not only how to take good minutes, but also how to aim her soft smile at her husband, the board chairman, so as to motivate him to keep the meetings short.