Tom Coronite

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  1. Transpower, Do you see any difference in degree of specificity in "...appoints THIS (the) committee" vs "...appoints ALL committees"?
  2. Perhaps the removed officer could, after being removed, be brought onto the board again, depending on what your bylaws say and what the provision regarding "removal" means. You may be seeing why such a hard-and-fast removal clause is unwise, and maybe should be changed.
  3. Would leaving the room solely so the motion would pass, making their action singularly responsible for adopting the motion, really make them feel better than simply voting yes? It may very well be possible their fear of a "conflict of interest" is unfounded, unless they for some reason have a pecuniary interest not held in common with other members. Is that really the case?
  4. ..or a 2/3 vote, period.
  5. Absent some other info that would change the scenario it would appear you had a quorum, and the motion to rescind was properly adopted by meeting the 2/3 threshold.
  6. Or all the small dog clubs take the summer off...
  7. FWIW, when I first offered this question, my thought was the wording is, indeed, crucial. If we'd decided to join the association, my thinking was that we had done that. The action was over and done with, so to leave the association would require only a majority vote. if we'd decided to be a member of the association (or something similar), that implied ongoing membership, so the higher threshold or notice applied. But the brief discussion about membership requirements and continued actions got me thinking that there would be the indication of the will of the assembly, rather than in the wording of the original motion. I do think both aspects are helpful, but the former more so. As we continue to make voluntary donations to the association, and we participate in its activities, I have a sense that membership is ongoing and desired by the church, so the threshold to rescind or amend would need to be met.
  8. Agreed. But in church meetings, so often things are driven by emotions and spur of the moment decisions, rather than planning. I suppose other groups, too. :-)
  9. There are no required actions to continue membership. But what you have suspected is the case; we do, time to time, adopt a motion to support the organization financially. I had not considered that as having a bearing on the situation, but that makes sense that it would.
  10. Would you say the same if the motion to terminate membership was not 2 years later? perhaps, the next day?
  11. Do you have an interesting opinion? :-)
  12. A church executive board, authorized to act for the church between the church's meetings, votes to join the XYZ association of churches. The adopted motion is "to join the XYZ association." Two years later at a meeting of the church, a motion is made "to terminate membership in the XYZ association." What vote is needed? Is it 2/3 because it is a motion to rescind something previously adopted, and per Official Interpretation 2006-13? Or is it a majority vote, because the original motion of the board was complied with (we joined the association) and this is simply a new action?
  13. Not 100% sure what's behind this, but she probably doesn't even have that authority. Ensure that the procedures are followed? Yes. But (arbitrarily/unilaterally) set them? Probably not.
  14. Uncle Jim, Mr. Mervosh's answer highlights that it is the assembly that is in charge of its proceedings. The superintendent, or chair, or president, commodore, grand poobah, or any other person, is often mistakenly seen as a sole arbiter of what happens at a meeting, as we so often see in forum posts.
  15. There may be an underlying misunderstanding of what placing it before the assembly means. Typically, motions and business items happen before the assembly because they are dealt with at meetings. This is not an issue of whether or not it's widely known. It's an issue of whether the motion (or request to be excused from duty) is properly in the hands of the assembly so it may be acted upon.