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  1. Committee Chair

    Under the rules in RONR, minutes are approved at the following meeting. If you want to publish approved minutes, it can't happen before they're approved. Any other methods would have to be contained in your bylaws. There are none in RONR.
  2. Treasurers Authority

    As long as a quorum is present, only one vote is required to approve a motion, as long as that one vote constitutes a majority of those voting. What you have described is only true if a majority of all present is required, and that is certainly not the regular rule.
  3. dismissal of old board

    Yes, you're correct. The odd notion of dismissing or dissolving the "old" board is not supported by anything in RONR.
  4. Unless you have special rules, or have adopted a motion relating to debate, the standard rules apply: A member may speak for up to ten minutes at a time, may speak no more than twice on a given motion, and may only speak for the second time after all those who wish to have spoken once. Any member, having gained the floor, may move to close debate by moving the Previous Question which requires a second, is not debatable, and requires for approval a 2/3 vote.
  5. President

    I would also add that if you were elected President by the membership (rather than by the board) the board might not have any power whatsoever to remove you from an office they did not elect you to. In any case, check your bylaws for any rules regarding the removal of officers. If there are no procedures there, read FAQ#20 here, and Chapter XX in RONR. That should give you an idea of how it has to be done, if it is to have any official weight.
  6. Normally, minutes are distributed only to members of the body that the minutes apply to. But the board, for example, could authorize distribution to the membership, and many do. In any case, the membership, by a 2/3 vote (or majority with notice, or majority of the entire membership) may order the minutes of the board to be produced and read at a meeting of the membership. Minutes could be sent before being approved, but to avoid problems, they should be clearly marked as DRAFT minutes, subject to correction. Those who were not present at the meeting can offer and vote on corrections if a vote is needed. Approval is done by unanimous consent without a vote as Mr. Honemann described above.
  7. President

    No, as long as the committee has more than one member.
  8. Committee Chair

    Not according to RONR.
  9. Closed session

    Minutes of executive sessions are taken, but are not made public outside of the group that was meeting. Minutes of executive sessions are read and approved in executive session. So only members of the board have access to the minutes of closed sessions of the board. Members of the association would have access to minutes of closed sessions of the association. However, the association, by a 2/3 vote (or with previous notice a majority vote, or a majority of the entire membership) may order that that minutes of the board be produced and read at a meeting of the association.
  10. Board of Directors selection

    That sounded like language that would be in the bylaws of the parent organization, authorizing the local chapter to create additional offices by the process of including them in its local bylaws. If it has never done so, then I'm wondering along with Mr. Honemann how it is that we can say the local chapter actually exists. If there is some reason for us to say that it does, then I would say that it has only such officers as the parent organization mandates that it must have, and no additional offices or officers, until such time as it creates local bylaws.
  11. Voting rights of new members

    According to RONR, members have all the rights of membership the instant they become members. Any variations on that theme would have to be contained in your bylaws. RONR explicitly denies any link between the paying of dues and the exercising of membership rights, unless the bylaws have such rules. So no matter what may seem reasonable or intuitive, the actual rules on precisely how one becomes a member, when the rights of membership begin, and upon what additional factors those rights are contingent, must be in your bylaws, or they are not enforceable.
  12. Non-voting members

    I think that if the bylaws say there are such things as non-voting members, then the Head of school is one, as far as RONR is concerned.
  13. Non-voting members

    RONR does not have any type of non-voting member. But since your bylaws supersede RONR, your organization does. When this sort of thing is included in bylaws, the question often arises: what other rights, if any, are restricted? Can the non-voting "member" make motions, speak in debate, attend executive sessions, and more? Ultimately it's up to your society to define the role of a non-voting member. I think most of us here tend toward the view that when some of the rights of membership are explicitly removed in the bylaws, any rights not mentioned remain.
  14. Bylaws superceding RONR

    I hope they clearly state the requirements, because organizations sometimes have trouble determining whether eligibility requirements apply to "running" for office, being "nominated" for office, being "elected" to office, or "holding" office. All of those mean, or could be interpreted to mean, something different. Of those, the definition of "running" is probably the most unclear. What do your bylaws actually say is being restricted by your requirements?