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Protocol is a code of political manners that ensures smooth-running meetings and events by using friendliness, courtesy and consideration. The protocol guidelines are here to ensure that everything about our clubs runs smoothly and without trouble.


We in the IFRW abide by these rules in every aspect of our Federation.

5 Protocols For Effective Clubs

  • Use bylaws, policies and procedures at National, State and club level to maintain effective and ethical behaviors

  • Know and understand proper procedures when welcoming guests and reaching out to potential speakers and new members

  • Hold welcoming meetings of your board, committees and membership which involve, include and engage ALL Republicans

  • Develop a structure which effectively deals with guests/speakers, and members using proper etiquette

  • Develop outreach activities which market to various generations

These are only a few protocols of which club leadership need awareness.  For protocols in more detail, see the Distinguished Guests Protocol page at the NFRW  Website.

Protocol Powerpoint


"Protocols are those norms by which organizations operate.  These norms are established so one can understand 'what right looks like' then judge how members are conforming, stretching the norms, or perhaps are outside of them.  Without norms we only have chaos, and every decision or activity is contested.  So, protocols are crucial for organizations and indeed modern society to function for the better good.  With that background it is CRUCIAL for all organizations to have an expert in accepted protocols.  Since we all come from different backgrounds, the protocol officer can coach teach and mentor everyone in the organization on accepted protocols, thus enabling us to gauge the 'norms' of our activities.  The protocol officer is the one we go to in order to understand if we are 'in the box', pressing the envelope or outside the box.  

Second the protocol officer is the leadership's watchdog to ensure the organization is behaving within accepted protocols (norms) and if not, where and why.  So, a protocol officer is much like the ship's watch officer.  The captain sets the destination, the navigator sets the course and adjusts it, and the protocol officer keeps watch for shoals, shallow water, storms and areas of clear sailing.  Organizations that move forward without effective protocol officers are organizations headed for a shipwreck."






More information will be coming as it becomes available.

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