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George Mervosh

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  1. Meeting location in minutes of teleconference meeting

    RONR doesn't say but I think the answer to your question is, no. I think saying the meeting was held by teleconference is fine. Not that NAP always does everything right, but if you peruse the board meeting minutes history you'll see they simply mention the meeting was held using the technology that was used for that particular meeting. I think that's adequate. http://www.parliamentarians.org/documents/board-minutes/
  2. Approval of minutes with no changes

    See RONR (11th ed.), pp. 354-355 for the full passage on reading and approval of minutes.
  3. Approval of minutes with no changes

    No motion needs main or vote taken on the final approval. Once all corrections have been dealt with the chair simply declares the minutes approved without a vote.
  4. Absolutely not. No rule in RONR would permit that.
  5. Well I'm more concerned with RONR prohibiting it and I just can't see where it does.
  6. I think he can be nominated. RONR discusses cases where an election can be contested: "If an individual does not meet the qualifications for the post established in the bylaws, his or her election is tantamount to adoption of a main motion that conflicts with the bylaws. " RONR (11th ed.), p. 445 There's nothing to overturn when it comes to a nomination as there's no final action take by the assembly at that point. As Mr. Brown notes, there very well may be some dispute about his qualifications under the bylaws at the time he is elected (especially if there is a delay between when he's elected and when he assumes office) and that's something the assembly needs to resolve if there is such a dispute.
  7. Your question simply goes beyond the scope of the forum. The answer provided by the RONR Authors in the FAQ link Mr. Huynh provided is the only one permitted here, as far as I know.
  8. RONR also says: " An organization should never adopt a bylaw permitting a question to be decided by a voting procedure in which the votes of persons who attend a meeting are counted together with ballots mailed in by absentees. The votes of those present could be affected by debate, by amendments, and perhaps by the need for repeated balloting, while those absent would be unable to adjust their votes to reflect these factors. Consequently, the absentee ballots would in most cases be on a somewhat different question than that on which those present were voting, leading to confusion, unfairness, and inaccuracy in determining the result" RONR (11th ed.), p. 423 Your group might want to fix that.
  9. Unless the bylaws authorize absentee voting, they may not vote at all. "It is a fundamental principle of parliamentary law that the right to vote is limited to the members of an organization who are actually present at the time the vote is taken in a regular or properly called meeting, although it should be noted that a member need not be present when the question is put. Exceptions to this rule must be expressly stated in the bylaws. " RONR (11th ed.), p. 423
  10. What is good standing ?

    *Members in good standing are those whose rights as members of the assembly are not under suspension as a consequence of disciplinary proceedings or by operation of some specific provision in the bylaws. A member may thus be in good standing even if in arrears in payment of dues (see pp. 406, 571–72). If only some of an individual's rights as a member of the assembly are under suspension (for example, the rights to make motions and speak in debate), other rights of assembly membership may still be exercised (for example, the rights to attend meetings and vote). " RONR (11th ed.), p. 6 footnote
  11. Casper

    Although your question has been answered, if there's a possibility that members may want to offer numerous proposals for how many trucks to purchase, the passage on Filling Blanks may be of use to your group. See RONR (11th ed.), p. 162ff
  12. Seeing an organization worried about debate taking too long is quite refreshing.
  13. Lone Vote in Committee

    I don't think so. Those who abstained were obviously ok with the decision or one of them would have voted no.
  14. Changing a Vote by Ballot

    I'm glad to see Mr. Elsman return as well, even when we're otherwise disagreeing.
  15. Forum software update

    Thanks, Shmuel. I've enabled those settings. I had not noticed that before.
  16. Amend postponement to a date certain

    It was postponed to a time too far and in my opinion can be taken up at the next meeting (assuming it is within a quarterly time interval of when it was postponed) without any motion to suspend the rules, but you must also follow whatever notice requirements you have. See http://www.robertsrules.com/interp_list.html#2006_8
  17. Amend postponement to a date certain

    So it wasn't postponed until your next meeting, but one further out than that?
  18. Forum software update

    I don't get the notifications by email, it's supposed to notify me the same way a quoted back response does, if I'm not mistaken. Either way there is no notification from the website itself and I'd prefer not to get them via email.
  19. Forum software update

    I double checked my notification settings and it's set to receive notifications of all replies in a topic I post in but that feature still isn't working, just so you know. In this thread, Mr. Goodwiller's reply didn't generate a notification http://robertsrules.forumflash.com/topic/30735-youth-league-board-member/ and in this thread Mr. Martin's reply didn't generate one http://robertsrules.forumflash.com/topic/30734-removing-write-in-votes/
  20. Youth League Board Member

    In addition to Mr. Honemann's comments, one rule from RONR to keep in mind as it might be applicable to your group: "If the bylaws require the election of officers to be by ballot and there is only one nominee for an office, the ballot must nevertheless be taken for that office unless the bylaws provide for an exception in such a case. In the absence of the latter provision, members still have the right, on the ballot, to cast "write-in votes" for other eligible persons." RONR (11th ed.), pp. 441-442
  21. Removing Write-In Votes

    Yes. How your group's bylaws need to be compliant in requisite areas with your parent organization's bylaws isn't something we can know, but your organization just can't stop allowing write-ins without amending the bylaws. Perhaps it's best to consult with parent organization prior to making any change in your bylaws.
  22. Removing Write-In Votes

    In my opinion the bylaws would have to be amended to prohibit write-in votes.
  23. can a member of an association be banned / barred

    Can we start here? So any member can just walk in and say I'm on this committee? There's no appointment process (for example - either by the President or the membership)?
  24. Emergency

    Without a quorum you can't do anything. Does is really say a quorum is five members or are you interpreting the wording of the quorum requirement to come up with the number 5?
  25. Illegal election

    At the next meeting you can raise a point of order, that the action taken is null and void since it violates the rule in the bylaws and may not be suspended. RONR (11th ed.), p. 251 a) and p. 263. If the point is not well taken (it should be) you can appeal but you'll need a majority to overturn the chair's ruling. If all else fails the membership can institute disciplinary proceedings against the board members who took this action (assuming the membership is actually going to have a meeting or meetings coming up to do this). Then of course, there's always the potential to pursue a legal remedy, but we can't discuss those things here.