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  1. Changing a Vote by Ballot

    I am of the opinion that what is said in RONR (11th ed.), p. 408, ll. 21-26, does, indeed, apply to votes taken by the ballot method, as well as any other method of voting. I was questioned about this matter during the preparation of the 11th ed. (having to do with the parenthetical reference to p. 22 in the 10th ed.). My response then, and now, is that the referenced rule applies to any method of voting, including any method of secret voting. It is a matter of honor that the member wishing to change his vote accurately and truthfully reports how he voted.
  2. Minutes Approval

    I do not understand what you mean by "Action Session", but RONR, 11th ed., has a whole section devoted to the order of business. Take a look at RONR (11th ed.), §41, pp. 351ff.
  3. Committee vote and Board Vote

    No rule in RONR limits how a member of an executive board can vote on recommendations of a committee of which he was a member.
  4. In small boards and committees, seconds are not necessary, RONR (11th ed.), p. 488, l. 1.
  5. Simultaneous Aural Communication

    Do I sense a "not hole"?
  6. what constitutes a motion

    No. If the report does not recommend any action, what motion would be needed?
  7. Approval of New Members in Order of Business

    The chair would have no reason to know the will of the assembly before making the request.
  8. Approval of New Members in Order of Business

    The instances where the chair's use of unanimous consent are proper are always distinguished by the fact that the use does not give the appearance that the chair is acting in a partial or partisan way. Just for a few examples: The chair may admit a motion that a member has called out without being recognized if no other member had risen to claim the floor The chair may permit a speaker in debate to continue his remarks after the expiration of his time if it is evident that the assembly is absorbed and no one objects The chair may introduce, without objection, a guest speaker in advance of the scheduled time for his presentation or program if the guest speaker needs to be excused from the meeting early
  9. Consideration as a whole

    That's an interesting reply, especially in the light of the new language, "...even by a unanimous vote", in RONR (11th ed.), p. 263, ll. 17,18.
  10. President's Rights

    No. But, if the proper parliamentary procedures are being followed, there should be no reason for the board to be "...at a standstill..." (deadlock?).
  11. Approval of New Members in Order of Business

    I disagree with the application of the cited text in this particular circumstance (though not what is said, in general).
  12. I certainly agree with this.
  13. Who says the member should withdraw from the board's meeting room while actions pertaining to the matter are pending? I certainly did not intend to imply any such thing.
  14. Special Meeting

    A special meeting can only be called by those to whom the power is assigned in the bylaws. The regular presiding officer presides. The only topics about which official action can be taken are those that are mentioned in the call of the meeting sent to all the members by the secretary as prescribed in the bylaws. If emergency action is required about other matters not mentioned, the action must be ratified at a later, properly-called meeting (regular or special) in order to be the official action of the society.
  15. The paragraph about the adoption of the main motion will be the same, regardless that action taken was improper or invalid.