What We Do

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Your meetings can be empowering, exciting, and quick. You can master the art of meeting, of group decision making. You do not need to change much. All you really need is a slight paradigm shift:

  • Change can be difficult OR Transitions are sacred
  • They are so critical OR All feedback is valuable
  • They are so _____ OR Even very smart people can be quite wrong, and often

Hermetas empowers leaders, enabling them to more effectively communicate their ideas. We apply our collective decades of experience in California Community College system, leadership, and consultation to promote Parliamentary Procedure, Conflict Resolution, Open Meetings, and so much more.

We take good leaders and teach them how to become more effective, ethical, and influential. We help build and implement marketing plans to help leaders connect with each other and those they serve. We assist with document archival and institutional memory.

Proper Parliamentary Procedure promotes the values of Democracy and the Fundamental Principles of Parliamentary Law:

  • Courtesy
  • Justice
  • Impartiality
  • Equality

Hermetas will guide your organization to the proper execution of parliamentary procedure. We offer training, consultation, and organizational analysis that will ensure your organization expresses and embraces the above values. Your organization will gain focus, civility, and effeciency.

If you are looking for back-end services, Hermetas provides webhosting, email, and colaboration tools that will bring your organization into the modern era. Stream line your workflow while still keeping everyone, including the public, informed of your everydecision. Allow anonymous commenting and suggested edits. Embed real-time data. The possibilites are only limited by your passion and dedication.

Services

Student Government

Hermetas provides a range of services targeting student governments (ASO's) of the California Community College system. We have found that ever year students must relearn what was learned by their previous administration. Hermetas is here to streamline this re-learning process. We provide training and consultation on California's Open Meetings Laws, Parliamentary Procedure, and Robert's Rules of Order, as well as IT services to fit student government's specific needs.

All partners and associates of Hermetas have had personal experience in Student Government and share the passion that comes from empowering the future. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Political Organizations

Hermetas has vast experince working with political organizations. Caucuses, elections, conventions; you name it, we have done it. Proper procedure allows for the equality of the individule to turn into the action of the group. It is often difficult for people to understand that Hermetas is devoted to the way of doing things right and not basing success on the decisions organizations make.

Religious Organizations

Extra sensitivity is necessary when working with Religious organizations. Religious organizations have more legal freedom while tending to be held to a higher public standard. Firing a CEO is not the same as reviewing your minister, or even your entire ministry. Hermetas can help your organization craft rules of procedure that allow for the free flowing nature of religous organizations, without sacraficing needed safe guards for controversy or liability.

Advocacy

Normally, Hermetas is neutral, acting only as an outside consultant. Usually we prefer to have our clients learn by doing. Some situations benefit from our advocacy. When we become your advocate we make it our mission to solve your specific problem. Like an attorney this does not mean that we agree or disagree with your position. (← Legal Disclaimer :p) Also, like an attorny, we will advocate with all our skill and strength, while still allowing you to make key decisions and stay in control.

Conflict Resolution

Robert's Rules is a form of conflict resolution: Individual agendas become united into group action. When individules fail to maintain civillity, when the unified group splinters into factions, or when everybody looks around and wonders "How did we get here?"; your organization may benefit from our mediation or arbitration Services.

Pricing

Every situation is unique. Please call us or fill out a support ticket at support.hermetas.org. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit we prefer to receive free-will donations from all supporters of our principles being passed on to those who are in need. It is our desire to completly disconect fudning from our work. While this is a laudable ideal, it is not currently feasable. We roughly charge $100 per hour of presentation time. There are many hours of work that go into and hour of presenting. Opinions writing is dependant on the complexity of the question being asked. We work to assign an agent close to your meeting location but will often need to charge for travel and other related expenses.

About

Statue of Hermes

Our name, 'Hermetas' is a compounding of Hermes, the messenger, and Veritas, Truth. Truth in Communications is our byline as we seek to bring truth to our clients and the public. Our focus is agenda agnostic and instead emphasises the implementation and skillset of using the proper process to achieve any goal. Hermetas focuses on the educating leaders, increasing effeciency and openness of those we serve.

People

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    Aaron Lee Taggert, PRP CC

    Aaron Taggert was President of Student Government for Cerro Coso Community College in 2011-2012 and Communications Officer before that. During his service Aaron found his true love, Robert Rules, and learned about the Ralph M. Brown Act. Aaron's now deceased grandmother taught him to question and research everything. "Trust, but verify" is one of Aaron's favourite quotes and because of this philosophy he discovered many inconstancies between state law and district policy. He then had the great fortune to run into John Fraser. John Fraser has a similar love of mischief combined with a heart big enough to want to do what it takes to create the society we all want to live in. John and Aaron were instrumental in the Vote of No Confidence in Pasadena City College's Administration. A joke was made that they should charge for all the work that they do and thus Hermetas was born. Bonnie Moir was brought to the SGCC Office and told to sign a paper. After signing she asked what this was all about. Aaron told her that she was now in student government. She reluctantly grew to love student government and Robert's Rules. She was made a partner of Hermetas later because of her organizational skills and her grounded outlook and most importantly, her willingness to put up with John and Aaron.

    Aaron's Noted Accomplishments:

    • Received Comptetent Communicator Award from Toastmasters International. Communication competence is the ability to choose a communication behavior that is both appropriate and effective for a given situation. Competent communicators express a concise, easily comprehensible message, understand the recipients of their message, possess empathy for those recipients and practice active listening. Strong communication skills are important for both personal and professional success.
    • Earned Credental as a Registered Parliamentarian. A parliamentarian is a professional consultant who advises an organization, its leaders, members, committees and staff on parliamentary law and proper procedure for conducting meetings. A Registered Parliamentarian is a professional designation given by the National Association of Parliamentariansand demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of parliamentary procedure and a thorough familiarity with Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. This knowledge helps RPs provide quality instruction to others learning about parliamentary procedure; enables them to respond quickly and confidently to questions and situations that arise during the conduct of business in the organizations they serve or in which they participate; and allows them to quickly find details or supporting documentation of any parliamentary topic.
    • Serves as the Chair of the Religious Explorations Committee of his church.
    • Serves as the District 2 Parliamentarianfor Toastmasters International
    • Served as Region IX Webmaster.
    • Served as President for his Student Government.
    • Received the California State Association of Parliamentarians President’s Outstanding Member Award.
    • Elected Communications Chair of the California State Association of Parliamentarians.
    • Discovered $300,000 of mismanaged funds for one client which caused a record-setting $68 million internal audit.
    • Restored pay and reputation to students who were then able to transfer to University.
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    Mister Searcy, MFT

    Mister Searcy has a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Monterey Bay. He conducted an independent research study on how the activity of cosplay plays on one's own identity in society today. He is currently a graduate student at Cal Poly Pomona working on his masters in psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. He worked with youth who suffer from various mental disorders and he worked to empower families and care for students by offering connections to resources and resource partners through the use of early intervention programs. He desires to enrich the lives of families and students and to help build self-confidence, giving leaders the opportunity to be themselves and accomplish thier goals.

Hermetas is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt as determined by the Internal Revenue Service, and donations to the Hermetas are tax-deductible.
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