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  1. An association's bylaws listed a series of duties of the chair without indicating the chair was in fact the president. Some members were of the opinion that this meant someone else was the chair because the rules did not specifically state that it was the president's duty to carry out those presiding duties.
  2. Where is that ruling located?
  3. Thanks George. I found those but I was looking for something that specifically indicates the president is the presiding officer unless the bylaws assign that duty to another position or person. My concern is that the "ordinarily is" and the "usually prescribed" doesn't specifically require the president to be the presiding officer.
  4. Is there a citation in RONR that states the president is the chair unless the bylaws prescribe otherwise. It seems to be implied that the president is the chair but I could not find a specific statement clarifying the issue.
  5. I am not wishing to debate. I was looking for a citation in RONR that states, "The election of a chair pro tem is not debatable." for example In the absence of the president and the vice president the secretary calls the meeting to order and presides over the election of a chair pro tem. The secretary says, "If there is no objection John Smith is elected chair pro tem." Member A having objected to the unanimous consent then addressed the secretary and wishes to debate the issue. The secretary says, "RONR p. xx, ll. xx-xx, states 'the election of a chair pro tem is not debatable."
  6. Is there a citation that the election of a chair pro tem is not debatable?
  7. Is there a citation to that effect in RONR?
  8. Is the election of a chair pro tem debatable?
  9. Thank you and I agree with you. I was looking for something to support the argument in RONR. It just seems to be the norm that nominations are open at a meeting where the members who are also the ones to elect the officers are present. The organization has a rules saying the nomination committee gives the list of nominees to the board. They could just as easily give the list to the secretary for mailing. The organization has no rule prohibiting the board from making nominations and there is no rule saying the board does anything with the list when it receives it.
  10. An organization elects its officers by mail ballot with space for write in candidates. A nominating committee submits the list of nominees to the board of directors to be mailed to the members. Is it proper for the board of directors to open the floor, at a board meeting, for nominations?
  11. Thank you. I was looking for that and couldn't find it.
  12. An officer is removed from office at a meeting, by following the procedure prescribed by the bylaws. Can that removal be rescinded?
  13. Does the statement on page 352, lines 2 – 6 help clarify the situations? Although the terms order of business, agenda, and program relate primarily to the business of an entire session, the same terms are also applied to a part of the whole, in speaking of "the order of business," "the agenda," or "the program" of a meeting within a session.
  14. At a monthly meeting two committee reports are, at the same time, made special orders for different hours at next month’s meeting. The report of committee A is made a special order for 7:00 The report of committee B is made a special order for 7:30 At next month’s meeting the report of committee A contains recommendations. At the time of the report a motion is made to adopt the recommendations. The motion to adopt the recommendations is still pending at 7:30 The report of committee A takes precedence over the report of committee B and would continue if there were conflicts. Does the motion to adopt committee A’s recommendations have the same priority as the report of committee A?
  15. A request for permission to withdraw a motion, or a motion to grant such permission, can be made at any time before voting on the question has begun, even though the motion has been amended, and even though subsidiary or incidental motions may be pending. p. 297, ll. 8–12