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Joshua Katz

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  1. I have nothing to add on anything else, but regarding how many times to revote: it is a general rule of thumb that people want to go home eventually. Sometimes, if multiple ballots are not producing the desired changes, a brief recess where people have informal conversations can be helpful.
  2. Quorum, Board, General, Bylaws,

    It says "our Past President resigned last week." Resigned from what? It doesn't say. In particular, it doesn't say "resigned as Past President." I read it as "the person who is now our Past President resigned from President last week." True. So far, though, the only thing I've seen the attorney actually do is somehow adjourn a meeting (by what authority?) so he can study Robert's Rules (always a good idea, but not particularly helpful here).
  3. Quorum, Board, General, Bylaws,

    I don't see what legal questions are presented here.
  4. Voting

    I'm struggling to see how the answers connect to the question. It seems to me that they voted, counted, and then realized that the person who was elected was not eligible (I'm going to assume this is correct). The answer to that is - no, you don't just award the position to the runner-up. You have a vacancy in office, and you hold a new election.
  5. Quorum, Board, General, Bylaws,

    I assumed he was President until he resigned, at which point he became Past President. Am I too optimistic?
  6. Quorum, Board, General, Bylaws,

    If I may - what business does this attorney-member (who presumably was not chairing the meeting) have adjourning your meeting? Inquorate meetings aren't automatically adjourned, and people might well want to conduct other business, such as set the time to which to adjourn, which is permitted without a quorum. It's likely true (although we can't say without knowing your bylaws) that a new election is needed, which leaves the question of how to hold one.
  7. A member providing information

    I generally say, if the chair asks, "speaking neither in favor nor against." As chair, I take such speakers in the order of seeking the floor and just ignore them in the alternation, unless they clearly speak one way or the other.
  8. Correcting minutes

    Hmm. My lecture notes certainly don't include discussion.
  9. Past practice in amending bylaws

    What is the nature of the organization?
  10. Message Board

    That's weird, I still see it.
  11. Past practice in amending bylaws

    Then no, unless there were some factors we're not aware of, such as an applicable procedural statute.
  12. Motions

    That, at least, is clearer (and the same as the standard used for a mass meeting). A fair point. Mine is analogous to the RONR default for conventions, though, to some extent.
  13. Motions

    Granted, but it seems to me that my interpretation is preferable in that it doesn't render a bunch of words pointless.
  14. Motions

    How do you figure? While, admittedly, this is a mess, I think the most reasonable interpretation (which doesn't matter, since only the organization can interpret its bylaws) is that a quorum is a majority of the largest number attending at any point after the call to order. There were 5 attending, so a quorum is 3; therefore, one cannot conduct business. I expect others will disagree, based on past conversations.
  15. Member disrupting a meeting

    It sounds like you were the chair of the meeting, in which case, you were expected to maintain order, not "simply ... take it." When members make personal attacks, rule the remarks out of order. When members interrupt other speakers (except for purposes which are permitted to interrupt), do not recognize them, and call them to order. If needed, name the offenders or use disciplinary proceedings. It shouldn't be needed, though, just maintain order firmly.