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The Massachusetts Moderators Association is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association that provides to its members opportunities to communicate and meet in order to exchange ideas and information which can enhance the conduct of town meetings. Town meetings constitute the legislative component of local government for most towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The association may also communicate with and testify before the General Court of the Commonwealth for the purpose of proposing or commenting on pending legislation that affects the procedures to be followed at town meetings.
Membership in the association is extended to persons who are elected by the voters of each town as the moderator of the town, i.e., the presiding officer at the town meeting. Benefits of being active members in the association include:
|•||Receiving advice or other perspectives from moderators through an electronic mailing list known as the Gavel Line|
|•||Receiving specific responses to questions about procedures from experienced moderators|
|•||Workshops (in particular, one for new moderators), speakers, and discussions at annual meeting|
|•||Gathering at regional meetings|
|•||Manual for moderators distributed free to new moderators|
|•||Information on legislation affecting town meetings|
|•||Materials in the archives on many topics available for review|
|•||Opportunities to work on committees and projects of interest to moderators.|
Former moderators and current deputy or assistant moderators are welcome as associate and affiliate members.
Contact us for additional information about joining the association.