"Legislative committees, town councils and school boards have to agree on certain rules of behavior to get their work done. Without rules, their meetings would be confusing or chaotic. So, many groups adopt Robert's Rules of Order for their procedures. The following online sources can help you understand the process for running a meeting in an orderly way.”
The official Robert's Rules of Order Web Site, maintained by the Robert's Rules Association. Has short history of Robert's Rules and information on the basics of parliamentary procedure.