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  1. Robert’s Rules comments: (11th edition paperback) Pages 588-589 Principle of Interpretation #4: I’d like help to understand this principle. What does …”the same class” mean. What is the definition or examples of “class”? For example, if the duties of the Treasurer are outlined in the by-laws, does that mean there cannot be another policy or document that defines the duties of a treasurer and includes any extra requirements beyond what is defined in the by-laws?
  2. I had thought that a Point of Order was only if the action was in conflict with, or violated, the By-laws. I also thought that standing rules and past practices can clarify criteria, and/or create a rule that is more easily changed than by-laws. For example if we wanted to create the policy of a 6-month waiting period, but may want to change it to 1 year, we should do a standing rule so we could change it more easily than the by-laws?