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George Mervosh

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  1. Uncontested nomination - HELP!

    At first blush it seems that a ballot vote is required given all of the references to one. "If the bylaws require the election of officers to be by ballot and there is only one nominee for an office, the ballot must nevertheless be taken for that office unless the bylaws provide for an exception in such a case. In the absence of the latter provision, members still have the right, on the ballot, to cast "write-in votes" for other eligible persons. " RONR (11th ed.), pp. 441-442. Make sure there's a space for a write in.
  2. Ok that's fine. The initial response you received is correct. I was just curious about the meeting date.
  3. Is the time for your regular yearly membership meeting established by the bylaws?
  4. President Duties

    I guess I'm the only one who thinks it sounds like a meeting but as Mr. Katz says you can check with an attorney about any legal questions.
  5. Principal Office

    RONR is silent on this. I personally see no reason for it. (I first read this title as "Prinicipal's Office" and thought back to the time or ten I visited it...... )
  6. I don't know, I didn't notice that, but my question was more generic even though helping Mr. Frederick is what the point of this thread is.
  7. I do too, but will a 2/3 vote cut it or will it be the same vote that is required to adopt a special rule of order? I only ask because p. 406 mentions "by virtue of a special rule previously adopted"?
  8. Perhaps this passage may be of help: "A plurality vote is the largest number of votes to be given any candidate or proposition when three or more choices are possible; the candidate or proposition receiving the largest number of votes has a plurality. A plurality that is not a majority never chooses a proposition or elects anyone to office except by virtue of a special rule previously adopted. If such a rule is to apply to the election of officers, it must be prescribed in the bylaws. A rule that a plurality shall elect is unlikely to be in the best interests of the average organization. In an international or national society where the election is conducted by mail ballot, a plurality is sometimes allowed to elect officers, with a view to avoiding the delay and extra expense that would result from additional balloting under these conditions. A better method in such cases is for the bylaws to prescribe some form of preferential voting (see pp. 425–28). RONR (11th ed.), pp 405-406 emphasis added by me. By your facts, you are not electing officers.
  9. 30 Days after adoption date to present

    RONR notes this regarding notice, but this generally applies to written notice: "Unless otherwise provided in the bylaws, the number of days is computed by counting all calendar days (including holidays and weekends), excluding the day of the meeting but including the day the notice is sent. " RONR (11th ed.), p. 92
  10. Motion by ineligible member

    It's adopted. Time to move on.
  11. Motion by ineligible member

    I agree with Dr. Stackpole. This error is not one which creates a continuing breach of the rules. The motion is adopted.
  12. Motion by ineligible member

    I would consider the motion adopted and the minutes would of course show exactly what transpired. No changes need to be made to how the minutes are approved.
  13. It's very clear: "A rule in the bylaws requiring that a vote—such as, for example, on the election of officers—be taken by (secret) ballot cannot be suspended, however, unless the bylaws so provide (see also Voting by Ballot, pp. 412–13). " RONR (11th ed.), p. 263. While the citation notes, as an example, an election, it applies any time a vote by ballot is required by the bylaws.
  14. Recording names of seconders in minutes?

    Yes, I think the custom should be followed and I wouldn't dream of raising a point of order after all this time.
  15. Nepotism

    Oh leave us civilized folks in PA (and some parts of the Free State of Maryland) alone.