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Chris Harrison

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  1. Empty Ballot

    If there indeed are no nominees for the office then the members write down the name of whoever they want and if someone gets a majority vote then he or she is elected and if that person declines the office then you will need to have further rounds of voting. If your bylaws specifically prohibit write-in votes then you have a real problem. Edit: Also, I was thinking the members could Suspend the Rules and reopen nominations from the floor. However, depending on how the bylaws are written doing so could violate the rights of any absent members.
  2. Non-voting members

    RONR leaves it up to the organization to determine what sort of classes of membership (and what rights) they want to have.
  3. Voting rights of new members

    Details on how someone becomes a member and when those rights start should be located in the bylaws.
  4. bobby1011

    All too often we see questions here concerning bylaws that obviously weren't well considered by the members and they didn't seek outside help to assist with them. The reference to Proverbs 15:1 is his signature and doesn't have anything to do with his response (I don't think ).
  5. Elections and ballot counting

    Is your concern that you don't want to have the same two people as tellers for the whole meeting? If that is the case I don't see why the presiding officer at the start of the meeting couldn't appoint two tellers and then as needed remove one or both of them and appoint replacements. But stay tuned for other thoughts?
  6. Approving motions via email

    As far as RONR is concerned it is permitted provided it is authorized in the bylaws (RONR pp. 423-424). However, check any laws applicable to the nonprofit to make sure there aren't any issues there.
  7. The closest thing he may be referring to is that a member who has a personal interest not in common with the other members should not vote but can't be compelled to abstain (RONR p. 407 ll. 21-31). Since (presumably) the VP would take over the President's duties during the suspension he might have an interest to vote for the suspension (if he wants the power) or vote against it (if he is happy where he is). That being said the VP has the right to vote even if he does have an interest as opposed to the "rule" the member cited where he would have to abstain and abstention being a voluntary action he would count towards the quorum whether he chose to vote or not.
  8. Termination/ Adjournment of Meeting

    The President may or may not be correct in believing that just because a specific authority is granted by the bylaws means that authority can't be suspended by the members. For example, the duty to preside at meetings (which is a pretty significant one) can be suspended by a 2/3 vote (RONR pp. 651-653). Can you give us more detail in what the members were trying to do?
  9. Termination/ Adjournment of Meeting

    The President may want to be careful in declaring the meeting adjourned and walking out since absent the building being on fire or something similar the assembly would be within their rights to have the Vice President take over and continue the meeting. There being a majority in favor of those "dilatory" motions it very well could be viewed by them as the President being the one in the wrong for attempting to thwart the will of the assembly and depending on how much of a majority there is he could find at the next meeting he has more problems than dealing with motions he believes to be dilatory. By a 2/3 vote they could decide to remove him from the Chair for that meeting or depending on how the bylaws deal with discipline they could be on their way to removing him from office altogether.
  10. Members Leaving Inc.

    If I hadn't read the original message yesterday then I would have been confused as well. The OP drastically edited the first message which made everything else pretty much nonsensical.
  11. Omitted motion in minutes

    Are there any former members who were around at that time you can ask? I do have to wonder why this is only now being noticed rather than at the meeting after this motion was made.
  12. Committee member

    Your question is pretty vague. Can you please clarify it? What was being said and what was happening at the time?
  13. Assigning the Floor, Multiple Motions

    RONR pp. 380-382 goes into more detail regarding preference in recognition. That being said I think that you ultimately will need to recognize whoever rises first seeking the floor and the others will simply have to work within the rules to get their competing motions considered (for example they can check out RONR pp. 153-162 regarding offering an amendment to the motion via a substitution). Stay tuned for thoughts from others who may have more experience dealing with larger more contentious assemblies.
  14. Leaving motions on the table

    I'm not sure I understand your question. What exactly don't you think is right about the situation?
  15. validity of nomination

    ...However it sounds like the "member" in question is making the nomination not being nominated. That being said I still agree that this is a matter of interpreting those pesky rules.