Kim Goldsworthy has been a member for about 25 years in the two major parliamentary organizations, the National Association of Parliamentarians, and the American Institute of Parliamentarians. He has earned the level of achievement of Professional Registered Parliamentarian and Certified Parliamentarian.
Mr. Goldsworthy has had more than 25 articles published in the parliamentary journals. He has served as a judge in parliamentary procedure contests for four organizations.
Mr. Goldsworthy was active in a speakers bureau in the 1980s and 1990s, and he has spoken to many local service clubs throughout Los Angeles County. He has lectured to over 200 organizations on the history of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, as well as on parliamentary procedure.
Kim Goldsworthy lives in Rosemead, California, in the Los Angeles area.
Personal background: How did I get interested in learning Robert's Rules?
In 1986, I joined Toastmasters to learn how to to have cool confidence when speaking in front of an audience. I wanted to achieve "grace under pressure," when I had to stand up and talk to a group of strangers. Well, my Toastmasters club, when it was doing its business, used real motions and real majority vote to come to official club decisions. I had never seen it done before, all this "I move that" phraseology and all that "All in favor say 'aye'" phraseology. It was all new to me.
In 1988, one of my club mentors took me aside and recommended that I learn good, solid "parliamentary procedure," before I become a club officer. I said, "I never heard of this 'parliamentary procedure' stuff, but is it anything like 'Robert's Rules of Order'?"
My mentor recommended that I attend a workshop sponsored by a local chapter of the American Institute of Parliamentarians. So, I attended 8 consecutive Saturdays, for 2 hours, to soak up everything I could about how Robert's Rules worked.
Well, guess what? I found the subject matter so interesting, and so useful, that I decided to learn more. I joined that local chapter, so that, once a month, I could absorb more information from people who knew the subject so well. I figured, "Hey, if I can learn how the rules worked, then, for the rest of my life, in whatever organization I join, whatever convention I attend, I can become an active participant right away, and not be afraid of what to say or how to say it."
Along the way, as the years passed, I took this written exam and that written test, and attended this workshop and that seminar. Soon I had some credentials. I knew enough to write articles on the subject. I could now teach it to others.
And, 25 years later, I still find the subject interesting. And useful.