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  1. Nominating committee

    There is no vote on the report from the Nominating Committee. But you hold an election, and only candidates who receive a majority vote gets elected.
  2. elections

    Yes, ranked ballots are the same as preferential ballots. And yes, I am aware that either option must be placed into the By-laws. The one organization did so.
  3. elections

    And while I do not normally agree with it, sometimes this is why organizations will allow for a plurality vote or to drop the lowest candidate before the next round of balloting. For one active organization, I did suggest ranked ballots for elections where there were more than two candidates per position. It might not have been ideal, but it resulted in a majority vote, and did not take all night. It was easier passing the By-law amendments, than holding an election in this organization.
  4. From the sounds of what the original poster has stated, this is a unique membership category (one that has its own Committee). As such, it would be up to the organization to interrupt its own By-laws. However, if I were a member of this organization, I would argue to remove the class of membership and its own Committee. Or I would suggest that the Committee removed from the By-laws, but add a Board member position specifically to represent the class of membership (I have seen this in other organizations where some classes do not have 'full' membership - they are allowed to elect one person to the Board as a representative.)
  5. Floor nominations

    The Chairman should refrain from doing so while chairing the meeting. However, the Chairman could always hand over the chairing of the meeting to the Vice Chairman in order to make a nomination (or better yet, ask another member to nominate the person.)
  6. Nominations of Offcers

    Some more information would be helpful here. For example, was the President's term of office up for election at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)? If yes, then someone should have been nominated, or volunteered. If not, then you have an incomplete election and only those allowed to vote at the AGM can vote at another meeting in order to complete the election. Did the Office of President become vacant due to resignation, death, or removal from office? If so, the Vice President (if there is one) becomes President automatically. If there is no Vice President, then the Office of President becomes filled through an appointment by the general membership unless the By-laws specifically allow the Executive Board to fill a vacancy.
  7. Unless the By-laws specifically state otherwise, yes. And in some cases it might be a good idea. For example, the Treasurer might make a good idea to be Chairman of the Finance Committee, or the Secretary heading up the Communications/Newsletter Committee.
  8. Or move the Principal's Report to the end of the meeting. Then once the report is given (and any business arising out of it taken care of), you can formally adjourn the meeting and the Principal can stay behind with any owners who are interested in having an informal discussion. But at least you know that any business required has been taken care of.
  9. Term Limit of Officer

    Unless the By-laws specifically states something to the effect of "No individual shall be elected to two separate positions" then the person could be elected to the second position and continue to hold both positions. Even if the state this, nothing would prevent the person from being elected to the second position and then resigning from the first position unless the By-laws specifically state something like this: "No current member of the Board shall be elected to another position on the Board unless they have completed the term of their original position." However, as you have different terms for different members of the Board, this second requirement would allow members to be elected as directors, but would limit their rights to run for other positions.
  10. Secretary-Treasurer

    I'll second that response. Just make sure the By-laws back that up.
  11. Big "B" Board vs small "b" board

    I think I might be able to help here - at least a bit (Dan is correct, the best advise would be from a lawyer on this issue), but I do believe that "The Board" and "The School Board" are the same thing here. I know in Ontario, the Ministry of Education makes most of the decisions regarding education and it's essentially up to each school board to decide how to implement those decisions, within specific frameworks. Here is some information that may be of help to you: http://cge.ontarioschooltrustees.org/en/the-role-of-school-board-trustees.html
  12. Can a board be elected w/o a vote?

    Yes, that's what I am trying to get at. But I do think it's better to simply state that "x directors shall be elected at each Annual Meeting" and leave it at that. The "minimum of x directors" raises too many problems. For one, what if a majority of members don't like one or more nominated directors (as in this case) and what stops a minority - even one member - from nominating everyone he/she wants to be directors? Nothing. Better to have a specific number or have the yes/no option. The yes/no option is not ideal, but at least it forces the directors to be approved by the members.
  13. Can a board be elected w/o a vote?

    I'd rather suggest that the By-laws be amended to allow for a "between 5 and x number of directors be elected each year." That way, whatever x is (be it 7, 8, 9, 10, etc. does not matter), it means that no more than that number can be elected. I'd like to make another suggestion, and I'd love to corrected as to why this will not work, would be to put something into the By-laws requiring a ballot vote (although it could still create an issue as the current By-laws allow for 5 or more directors, the first five must receive a majority vote to be elected, but how do you stop the others from being elected as well), but the By-laws could also call for "Should more than 5 candidates be nominated, the owners (members) must hold a ballot vote to determine if a majority of members wish the specific candidate elected." Someone will likely correct me, or at least suggest better wording.
  14. Sec/Treas.

    Okay people, let me jump in here. Do the By-laws actually call for for a combined position of Secretary-Treasurer, or has the society simply been combining the positions by electing the same person to both positions? The President may simply be wanting to follow the By-laws and have separate people in both positions. Some organizations can get lazy and as one person has 'always' been elected to both positions the it is easier to have one election to elect the Secretary-Treasurer instead of two elections, one for each position. In other words, when the elections are held, nominations are asked for the position of 'Secretary-Treasurer' and not for nominations to the positions of Secretary and Treasurer.