frequently asked questions
who are we?
The Oil Capital Unit is a parliamentary procedure study group chartered by the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP). The Unit is also affiliated with the Oklahoma State Association of Parliamentarians (OSAP). At our monthly meetings, members present programs on different parliamentary procedure topics based on Robert's Rules of Order. Members are available to help other organizations with procedural problems. We also periodically present seminars on parliamentary procedure which are open to the public.
when and where do we meet?
Unit meetings are held on the third Friday of each month with the exception of June, July, August, and December from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. We meet in the Library of the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria Avenue. The Library is located in the basement of the building.
how do I become a member?
There are three levels of membership, Primary, Provisional, and Affiliate. Primary members are those who have met the member qualifications and are members of the National Association of Parliamentarians. Provisional members are those who wish to study parliamentary procedure with the goal of taking the NAP membership examination. Affiliate members are those who are also members of another NAP unit.
Unit membership is open to anyone wishing to study parliamentary procedure. The annual dues are $10.00. A membership application form is available in the CONTACT US section of our website.
In the 1950s, a group of interested individuals formed a parliamentary procedure study club in Tulsa. The club was chartered by the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) in 1957 as the Oil Capital Unit. In the early days, meetings were held in members' homes, but for over thirty years the Unit has met at the Tulsa Garden Center.
Over the years, besides the monthly meetings, the Unit has presented workshops, institutes and seminars for the public as well as to other groups when requested. Unit members have served as parliamentarians for other organizations and have been called upon to provide expert testimony in legal cases.
The Unit officers are President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer. Officers are elected at the annual meeting in November and serve for one year. The current officers are as follows:
At the beginning of a career in teaching in the 1970's, Nancy had the opportunity to enter her students in a “Club Business Procedures” contest. Another instructor offered to help and Nancy also happened upon a Parliamentary Procedures class taught by Joan Blankenship, PRP, and Catherine Lisle, PRP. Those students won the District contest and Ms. Lisle agreed to work with them for the next level. Nancy joined the Oil Capital Unit to increase her knowledge which she used to provide training to many students and teachers and to enhance her skills for leadership roles in other organizations. Nancy also enjoys judging parliamentary procedure contests at the District and State levels.
Though having an interest in Parliamentary Procedure since her first exposure in elementary school speech class, Karen began more serious study by taking a class at TJC taught by Catherine Lisle, PRP. That class led to Karen becoming a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians in 1977. Karen joined the now-disbanded Tulsa Gaveliers Unit of NAP and later the Oil Capital Unit. She has served as the Parliamentarian at national meetings of her professional organization, the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.
Jean was introduced to Parliamentary Procedure by some friends in an organization to which they all belonged. Her friends were also members of the Oil Capital Unit and invited her to attend one of the the Unit meetings. Jean became interested in pursuing her studies and joined the Unit.