Azella has served as parliamentarian for local, national, and international, Kiwanis, nursing, medical and dental groups. Azella has served as Illinois Association of Parliamentarians President and Secretary. She is a member of the first National Association of Parliamentarians electronic unit and the Lee Demeter Registered Parliamentarians Unit, where she currentlyserves as Vice President.
Azella started studying parliamentary procedure after attending a contentious PTA meeting in 1976. Armed with a book on meeting policy and procedure Azella returned to the next PTA meeting. It took six months for the group to even think about meeting management tools. Azella went back to the library and went through every book listed under, ‘Meetings’. She went to Kroch and Brentano’s and purchased a copy of Roberts Rules of Order. Azella studied independently until she attended a Moraine Valley Parliamentary meeting in 1985, the group heightened her interest in the study of parliamentary procedure.