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  1. Executive session

    J.J. thanks. As a note of information, board minutes are released to the members of the voting body after they have been adopted by the board in accordance with the organization's by-laws. At that time they are considered public. Joshua Katz, at this point in time I am just a concerned politically involved citizen. I have in the past been a voting member of the local body and have represented my precinct in both County and State conventions. I intend to shed light on what has happened in several local public forums first (hoping that will alarm enough people into action) before I seek legal options. Although I certainly see the value of it.
  2. Executive session

    Last night I had a very surprising occurrence happen. I walked in to observe the board meeting of our local County political party (as I have frequently done this year) and as I was about to sit down when the chairman approached me and informed me that I had been trespassed from the office and he asked me to leave. This was a complete blindside to me. I asked why, and he said that because I had been involved in a disturbance that happened at a previous board meeting. He stated that the board had voted on it. I asked the board members present if that were true and one responded in the affirmative, the others remained silent. Now, in explanation of the "disturbance", unknown to me a local party member and the former Treasurer of the board had called the Sheriff's office to file a formal complaint against the Chairman for electronic forgery. The police had gathered outside and were talking to these two. A board member asked to go into executive session and thus cleared the room of all observers (there were about 10 of us). We waited outside while the police did their thing and no arrest was made, only a complaint filed. We (the observers) had waited around expecting to be let back in when they ended executive session. We were informed that they were going to stay in session for the rest of the meeting so we all went home - no big deal. I thought. I missed the next two monthly board meeting because of illness and when I showed up last night the above happened. I left and went home. Caused no disturbance other than my bewildered questions. Later that evening a board member called me and told me some of what happened. Evidently, during an executive board meeting (the board member was not clear whether it was the night in question or at one of the other meetings) the chairman asked that I and 5 other people be trespassed from the office. Of the members present 3 voted against the measure but the majority were in favor. I was then told that the chairman took it upon himself to send a letter to each of us informing us of the action. That never happened (I was made aware of 3 of the people and KNOW they were not notified like I was not). I have been a vocal opponent of this chairman in public forums, but that is where it has remained. In person, there have been no verbal or physical altercations whatsoever. I just happened to be at a meeting where something happened that the chairman did not like. My question (setting aside that I now know information that happened in an x-session, that I really shouldn't know, because well, it happened in x-session) 1) Do the minutes of the board need to show what action was taken and voted on in executive session? 2) When an action is taken against particular people (as in this case) is there a requirement that they are notified of such action? I mean other than it is a common courtesy? I suppose I am most upset because I feel like I was blindsided and am being "punished" for something I had no involvement with and was given no opportunity before the board to defend myself. At the very least I think I am entitled to see the exact motion, and all that it says so that I am aware of my "boundaries".
  3. Chairman abuse of authority

    Very interesting indeed. I would say some clarifying needs to be done in our by-laws then (same organization as John Law). In which case it changes the challenge in our current circumstances.
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    Sorry, it took so long to get back. But John Law above ^^^ has filled you in correctly with the information. I might add that historical precedent of the organization has been that the board has always accepted a resignation, then the Chair would announce to the assembly the resignation and the call for a special election to elect a replacement.
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    This all has been very helpful, Thanks!
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    Good idea! This chair is so set on himself, I would not be surprised if he refused to leave. Thank you!
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    If I can add another question... what happens if the minutes are not approved from a meeting? In the case above if the majority of the board decides that they do not want to approve the minutes from this last meeting, what happens? Should I ask this in a new thread?
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    Thank you! I think the board members have now realized that grave action needs to happen and will gather the confidence to do this.
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    This is excellent! Does the board have a course of action if he continues to disrupt? Can they actually physically have him removed?
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    Thank you! I think this is what they will probably do. They do have the numbers to do this 6 against the chair for sure and one sympathetic. 4 against (including the chair). Only 3 against once they have taken action to remove the board member "brought back from the dead" by the chair (see previous response to message).
  11. Chairman abuse of authority

    The chairman tried to seat a member of the board that had resigned. He had already relayed it to the membership and set up a special meeting to replace. Before that meeting, the board sent a notice to replace to him and the membership and scheduled a special meeting to address referring to the membership for a vote of his removal. Two days before the meeting to refer the previous board member (an ally to the chairman) decided to un-resign and sent an email to all the members stating so. The chairman followed up with canceled the meeting to replace the board member. When the meeting began the chairman insisted that the previous board member is added to the roll call. An objection raised, the chairman ruled it dilatory. The member that was ruled against in the objection appealed to the members (3 times, seconded) but the chairman just steamrolled right over it all. Did not allow a vote to be taken. That seated member (the one that had resigned) was the deciding vote to keep the board from taking it to the members. 2/3 needed 7-4 votes to send it to the members. Can you cite for me the pages where I could find about censoring him? I suspect the board is going to take action soon. I'm not on the board itself but know some that are.
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    That is what the board is working on...