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  1. I have a quick question. I know that a By-law which creates a rule of order can be suspended, just like any other rule of order, however would the organization, when creating such a By-law (or series of By-laws) could not add a statement that "Any Rules of Order found in theses By-laws cannot be suspended." I do not see a reason why this would not be allowed, especially as the By-laws would supersede anything found in RONR (in this case the rule about suspending rules of order.) I am thinking that any such statement would be acceptable, but I thought that I would ask for feedback. Thanks for any feedback.
  2. JAK

    Can a fundraising support group which falls under the bylaws of a large medical nonprofit be governed by standing rules or rules of order? Currently, we have our own "bylaws" but they fall under the nonprofit's bylaws. Should we / can we instead create a set of standing rules to govern our support group?
  3. Can a response from a paid parliamentarian to the BOD of a nonprofit corporation, (dog club) regarding rules of order be published in the member newsletter and/or FB page without obtaining permission from the parliamentarian?
  4. Question on Decorum

    I am the advisor for a college fraternity. The Chapter President, on my recommendation, banned the use of cell phones during meetings. I had told the chapter that the Chairman had authority over decorum in meetings, and had the right to restrict the use of cell phone unless someone wished to overturn his decision. It was brought to my attention today that Robert's Rules of Order only explicitly grants the chairman the power to enforce decorum during meetings. I looked around and saw that most parliamentary bodies actually have legislation (standing rules or rules of order) that dictates what decorum will be for meetings. The fraternity currently has a dress code, but no standing rules or rules of order. Does anyone know what the standard protocol is for decorum when the organization has no written legislation on decorum? Does the chairman usually decide decorum until a policy is written? Is it decided by custom/tradition? Is it something else entirely?
  5. How is a Blank Vote counted in a vote?