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Greg Goodwiller

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  1. Roll Call Vote Election

    Or give another name as a "write in," unless your rules specifically preclude it. The only thing I can think of is if they treated each candidate as a yes or no vote, and then waited to see which candidate received the greater majority (or voted again if neither one achieved a majority). That is clearly not a proper way to conduct an election in accordance with RONR.
  2. Official Opinion

    Perhaps you could read through some responses on topics and find one of us who you think gives good answers, and then send them a message asking for information. We all have our owns rates and ways of working. So cost needs to be negotiated with a particular parliamentarian. Alternatively, both the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) and the American Institute of Parliamentarians (AIP) have referral services on their websites.
  3. Informal Communication Question

    And I would add that if the the discussion relates to matters resulting from a prior executive session, there could be a requirement for secrecy that precludes certain topics from being discussed.
  4. Appointment vs. Election

    Unless your bylaws state otherwise, a vice president is an officer elected by the assembly. There also is not a vice president unless that office is defined in your bylaws. So you really need to read your bylaws to answer your question.
  5. Bylaws interpretation

    I think we need to see your article on members of the corporation in order to address your questions.
  6. Let's try again: http://nap.adobeconnect.com/alpha-unit
  7. First of all, it isn't a matter of "revising" Robert's Rules of Order. Robert's Rules makes provision for organizations to adopt whatever "special rules of order" they need. Those special rules supersede their adopted parliamentary authority. As noted above, the National Association of Parliamentarians currently uses Adobe Connect for its board meetings. Here is a link to their special rules of order that are tailored to that technology: https://sites.google.com/site/enapunit/nap-special-rules-for-electronic-meetings. Additionally, there are currently local NAP "units" (clubs) that utilize both chat room technology and Adobe Connect. The former is called "eNAP," and here is a link to that unit's special rules: https://sites.google.com/site/enapunit/enap-special-rules-of-order. I am the current president of the NAP unit that uses Adobe Connect. Here is a link to our meeting room, on which you can download our special rules, which are based on NAP's rules: http://nap.adobeconnect.com/alpha-unit My email address is also listed in the room. Feel free to contact me if you further questions.
  8. Failure to follow adopted motions

    boards can always give new instructions to committees - so you could send the committee instructions with timelines or other criteria for their work.
  9. Member

    An item on an agenda - even if it is a recommendation - is not a motion, and no motion is on the floor until and unless someone moves it. That is often the person who had it added to the agenda - or the chair or other member of a committee whose recommendation is part of its report, but nothing is automatically on the floor because it is included on the agenda.
  10. In terms of process, I would add that a motion to exclude visitors from the meeting (if they are normally allowed, and assuming your bylaws do not require meetings to be open to the public) could be offered by any member. The motion would require a second and a majority vote. Regarding recording, the member may move that the meeting be recorded, but as stated by Mr. Mervosh, he cannot require it. His motion would likewise require a second and a majority vote for adoption. So if a majority of the members of your board are in agreement, they have the right to determine that the member's attorney may not be present and that the meeting will not be recorded.
  11. Motion in Conflict with Law

    You really need to be in touch with an attorney - one who is licensed in your state, knows employment law, and is familiar with your church law. It sounds as though your local congregation is part of a national body with a constitution. If so, your denominational office might well have legal counsel who can help you as well.
  12. Combination Show of Hands/Nay Voting System?

    First of all, I am assuming that your parliamentary authority is the most recent edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR). Voting by a show of hands is only for "very small" assemblies, and even then only to be used "if no member objects" (RONR pg. 409, ll. 32-36). So, if you are a member and you object, that method cannot be used. The usual form of voting on any matter that requires a majority vote is by voice, and the question should be put as follows: "The question is on the adoption of the following resolution: [reading it]. Those in favor of adopting the resolution that was just read, say aye. ... Those opposed, say no." If the resolution has been read very recently and there appears to be no desire to have it read again, the chair may use this form: "The question is on the adoption of the resolution last read. Those in favor of adopting the resolution, say aye. ... Those opposed, say no" (RONR pg. 45, ll. 31-34).
  13. Preface to a motion

    Well, if it is handled as a motion to amend an adopted agenda, the amendment is debatable, so I would recommend that the member offer the amendment, and when it has been seconded, address why they think the item should be included.
  14. amend or vote down

    Since you asked for an RONR 11 reference, on pp. 138-9 there is a list of six types of "improper amendments." As has been noted by others, "substantial change" is not one of them, but it is good to be familiar with the list in a meeting - especially when presiding.
  15. Abiding by a passed motion

    Look in section 62 on removal from office and other remedies for dereliction of duty in office or misconduct. It begins on page 650 in the 11th Edition and it outlines the procedure to follow in the event that a presiding officer doesn't follow the assembly's rules.
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