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  1. The chair should work with the individuals necessary to carry out the adopted motion.
  2. Agreed....
  3. This question comes up periodically, and my answer is always the same: the chair may assume a motion and ask for general consent. RONR (11th ed.), p. 54, l. 36.
  4. Rules of Decorum (which the Chair should read aloud at the beginning of a contentious meeting): 1. Speakers (except for officers/committee chairs reporting) must address their remarks to the Chair, maintain a courteous tone, and avoid injecting a personal note into debate or attacking others’ motives. 2. Officers and committee chairs should come to the front left, front right, or front center to present their reports and address the body. 3. Speakers should refer to officers only by title and should avoid the mention of other members’ names as much as possible. 4. Speakers’ remarks must be germane to the question before the assembly and should not be about a prior action not pending. 5. Members are to stand when wishing to speak and when speaking, otherwise they are to sit. 6. Members are to refrain from disturbing the assembly by whispering to one another, walking out, etc.
  5. I use reference cards, which you can find here.
  6. Instead of doing nothing for 15 minutes, the chair or other members should have called the non-attendees to see if they could come in!
  7. The usual "due cause" is the weather or some unusual natural event.
  8. RONR (11th ed.), p. 445, ll. 22-28: "If a member commits only a slight breach of order--such as addressing another member instead of the chair in debate, or, in a single instance, failing to confine his remarks to the merits of the pending question--the chair simply raps lightly, points out the fault, and advises the member to avoid it. The member can then continue speaking if he commits no further breaches."
  9. Committee reports are ordinarily not "approved"--they are simply filed away by the secretary. Any member can request the reports.
  10. Then, based on your answer to my question 1, the bylaws committee must be formed and hold a meeting to discuss the matter. The answer to question 2 is irrelevant; besides, how could there be a chair if there is no committee? The board should have assisted with the formation of the bylaws committee, rather than acting on its own. The board vote is irrelevant; nothing can trump the bylaws.
  11. Very unclear. Is there only a "board"? Is there no member assembly? Is the Bylaws Committee a standing committee?
  12. Did the president give a reason for his resignation?
  13. A policy or "standing rule" can be adopted by a majority vote.
  14. Check the membership section of your bylaws. It should list the various classes of members and their privileges.
  15. RONR's Sample Bylaws (pp. 583-588) use the word "shall"--not "should."