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Chris Harrison

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    All felinophiles say "Aye"
  • Birthday 04/22/1977

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  1. Making a Ballot Vote Unanimous

    Good question. There are at least 155 members there so taking a ballot vote could take a while. I would think that even taking a vote whether to hold the unanimous vote by ballot would require a ballot vote since if anyone voted against it that would suggest they were against the motion. So I suppose I would instruct the Secretary to break out the packs of Post-it-Notes.
  2. anonymous individuals

    As far as RONR is concerned the Board members are the only ones who can make an official proposal the Board do something. Whether that proposal is being made on another's behalf is irrelevant (as far as RONR is concerned). That being said if the Board has a problem with getting issues second-hand they can adopt a rule (or make it a practice) that whenever one of those issues are raised they say "have this person raising the issue come and speak with us directly" and move on.
  3. Elections

    Nothing in RONR prevents it. Indeed in some smaller organizations the Secretary and Treasurer are both the same person.
  4. Combination Show of Hands/Nay Voting System?

    Are you the only member that has this concern? If so, you may need to accept this is a custom that the others have no issue with but be prepared to call for a "division" (RONR pp. 51-52) if the results of the vote are inconclusive. If you aren't the only member concerned with this you all might want to approach the Chair informally and point out that the voting procedure can be a bit confusing and request the vote be taken by one method or the other. If this doesn't get the Chair to change his ways; after the next time he holds a vote like that you can raise a parliamentary inquiry (RONR pp. 293-294) as to whether the previous vote should have been held by a voice vote or by a raising of hands. Hopefully this (more formal) approach will get his attention and he will hold further votes by one method or the other.
  5. Abiding by a passed motion

    RONR p. xlix says:
  6. Constitution Edits

    Yes. Can you be absolutely sure that those typographical changes won't bring up (reasonable) questions of interpretation some time in the future? After all the addition of two commas in "The panda eats shoots and leaves" and "The panda eats, shoots, and leaves" drastically changes the meaning of the sentence.
  7. 1) Yes and in fact the Board only has the authority the bylaws give them (RONR p. 482 ll. 25-29). 2) Well I can request you send me $1 Million and you would have as much right to decline politely (or not) as the member would to decline the President's request. That being said the Board finding out the President sent out this "request" without conferring with them could send him a similar "request" he resign. 3) Sounds like it. 4) I would definitely recommend the bylaws be amended to raise the quorum.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Voting rights of new members

    Details on how someone becomes a member and when those rights start should be located in the bylaws.
  11. 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 ).
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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