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  1. Defeated motion

    "The executive board of an organized society operates under the society's bylaws, the society's parliamentary authority, and any special rules of order or standing rules of the society which may be applicable to it. Such a board may adopt its own special rules of order or standing rules only to the extent that such rules do not conflict with any of the rules of the society listed above." (RONR, 11th ed., p. 486) It seems to me that a rule such as the one suggested by Mr. Martin will conflict with the rules in RONR concerning renewal of motions.
  2. Renewals

    Yes, provided that the meeting immediately following constitutes a new session, or a part of a new session.
  3. Defeated motion

    This seems to indicate that the chair is of the opinion that these motions to move the location of your board meetings are motions to amend a standing rule previously adopted by your board. As Mr. Martin has stated, such a motion requires a two-thirds vote, a vote of a majority of the entire membership of your board, or simply a majority vote if previous notice (as described in RONR, 11th ed., pp. 121-122) has been given. If such notice was given, or if your board has only seven members, the chair was mistaken (made a mistake when he declared that the motion was defeated), but it's too late for anyone to complain about that now.
  4. President ex-officio

    How do the bylaws say that these two Directors are chosen?
  5. Minutes Approval at Special Meeting

    I think so. We are told, on page 93, that the rule that the only business that can be transacted at a special meeting is that which has been specified in the call of the meeting "does not preclude the consideration of privileged motions, or of any subsidiary, incidental, or other motions that may arise in connection with the transaction of such business or the conduct of the meeting." A motion relating to approval of the minutes of a special meeting would seem to me to be a motion arising in connection with the business being transacted at that meeting.
  6. Minutes Approval at Special Meeting

    See this Official Interpretation.

    As far as the rules in RONR are concerned, board members can get together any time they like, discuss anything they like, and arrive at any decisions they like. However, none of this constitutes official business of the board, since a board can conduct official business "... only in a regular or properly called meeting of which every board member has been notified—or at an adjournment of one of these meetings (pp. 93–94)—and at which a quorum (a majority of the total membership unless otherwise specified in the bylaws or established by the constituting power) is present." (RONR, 11th ed., pp. 486-87). For an understanding of what constitutes a "regular or properly called meeting" see pages 89-93.
  8. Election of Officers

    ... although serving for a term beginning in 2018 and ending in 2010 may be a bit tricky.
  9. Who may propose amendments to a main motion?

    This assertion is so outlandish that I'm led to believe that whoever made it was referring to modification (not amendment) of a motion. As to modification of motions, take a look at pages 295-98.
  10. Conflict in the implementation date of a Motion

    Regardless of whether or not the maker of the original motion agrees to the amendment, the proposed amendment must be dealt with just the same as any proposed amendment to a main motion. The maker of the original motion has no say in the matter, other than by arguing against the amendment and voting against it, just as Dr. Stackpole said.
  11. Overturning a board decision

    Yes, a board can overturn a decision which it made earlier. It's the same board, even although some or all of it membership may have changed. You will need to look to your bylaws to determine if members are entitled to a refund of dues under these circumstances, and questions concerning legality need to be addressed to a lawyer. Nothing in RONR prohibits members from starting a petition.
  12. Minutes recording motions

    It is correct to record the name of the maker of any main motion, but not the name of the seconder (unless ordered by the assembly).
  13. Well, for one thing, a main motion that has been withdrawn is normally not entered in the minutes.
  14. Early Officer Elections

    Well, then, since the teens received the directive to conduct their election early from the adults so that the president-elect could be identified as a delegate, I doubt that there is much of a chance that the adults will be challenging his or her credentials. In any event, you are essentially right about what should happen if a point of order is properly raised concerning the validity of the February election. The presiding officer should rule on it, and this ruling may be appealed, in which event the assembly will decide the question concerning the election's validity. If it is determined to be invalid, then an election should be conducted at the April meeting. And yes, the bylaws should be amended so that they provide for holding elections when they should be held.
  15. Early Officer Elections

    You say that the June conference is a delegate conference where the president-elect will serve as a delegate. You have also previously indicated that the organization with which we are now concerned is an organization of teenagers which is a component of an adult organization, and that the teens received the directive to conduct the election early from the adults. Is this delegate conference to be held in June a conference run by the adult organization previously referred to?