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Gary c Tesser

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    aspiring parliamentarian ($4.50 / hr, but I can deal)

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    I'm interested in finding out how to set "status". I'm also interested in advising everybody not to post their birthdate, because it just makes it easier for criminals .

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  1. No Quorum

    Um, not quite. Note that Mr Martin said, signally: -- that is, not just the first meeting at which you have a quorum. To amend the bylaws (such as, say, to to make the quorum more achievable), you have to follow punctiliously * the procedure specified in the bylaws themselves. I point this out because typically (and sensibly), amending the bylaws requires previous notice of the intention, so the meeting notice has to mention it. ___________ * I acquired that word maybe in junior high school, and remembered to use it maybe four times since. More often I'll say "scrupulously," "diligently," or maybe "assiduously," or even "carefully" like a college graduate.
  2. No Quorum

    Hmmm. Richard, and Guest Who's, and anyone else: it occurs to me that if two board members are also parents, wouldn't they qualify for both roles (at least, arguably, establishing that a question has arisen of interpreting the bylaws?)
  3. So it's all over before I even get a word in. Feh.
  4. Amending Minutes/Reciding Motion

    The reference to "striking out" was probably about the idea of amending the minutes. Yes, you correctly read Section 35. But look at p. 308, #b (OK OK, "b" is not a number) : so, it is impossible to undo the fact that the motion, however erroneously, was made and adopted; and it is unconscionable (see p. 299, last four words) to propose that the minutes record anything other than what happened. (But actually I don't think that that is actually what you have been proposing, I think we are all in agreement and there is only a misunderstanding and we are all on the same page (as the contemporary instant-cliche' goes).)
  5. No Quorum

    It looks to me (as, I presume, making a PRES out of U and ME, though NEITHER OF US were elected PRES) as if, in the event that you and the coordinator are board members, then all you need is to get enough more parents -- that's four more? -- to care enough about their children to show up for the meetings. ( ... And what about the current vice-chair?)
  6. "At all"??!? Yes, of course. It happened. Record it exactly how it was done -- however wrongly. Then, in the minutes of the meeting at which you correct the action (i. e., and also e.g, for others, as soon as possible), you jump up and down about it. Also nothing prohibits your organization from making a marginal note at the minutes of the meeting when you didn't vote by secret ballot. I'm leaving something out so that my betters (the people who like the horses I recommend) have something to add besides rephrasing what I said (grump, gripe). Your pal, Gary c Tesser
  7. Post election special meeting

    RB, if you're looking at a specific, pray tell what is it? (Whatever could Gary Novosielski have left unsaid?)
  8. Nominating Committee error

    "Puzzled", if you haven't already, you (or one of your allies, to whom Mr Brown alludes, that irrepressible, indefatigable college graduate) should posthaste determine whatever your bylaws (or other rules) prescribe about nominations and elections. RONR gives a few options, but specifically says that the nominating committee's report, regardless of whether it has been previously distributed (which RONR says is a good idea) or not, "should always be presented at a formal meeting", and that "after teh nominating committee has presented its report ... the chair MUST [my emphasis -- GcT*] call for further nominations from the floor" (RONR, 11th Ed, p. 434 & -5). Mr or Ms Puzzled, it's right there, on those pages in black and white. And maybe, diplomatically, instead of raising a point of order when the rules are violated (which, in a sense, essentially accuses the presiding officer of doing it wrong) you pull him aside earlier -- some time before the meeting -- and tell him the easy and fair (and, oh, official) way to get the job done. __________ *Suddenly I don't see the icons for italics and boldface, so my apologies for the all-caps
  9. Combination Show of Hands/Nay Voting System?

    Boy, I'm glad he (or she: isn't "ciat" the Celtic word for "gladiola"? I left my Celtic-English / English-Celtic dictionary in the Consultation Room of my winter home in Tierra del Fuego) or she was so accommodating. (They say one way to defer mental decay accompanying advancing age is mental exercise, and one recommended specific is learning a new language: I'm trying out Sarcasm.)
  10. (Might we go into the grammar ("if" / "that"?))
  11. Yeah, I myself have been wondering about that for some 20 years or so. (I was younger then, or at least looked it.)
  12. Able to limit detail of a motion in the minutes?

    I was on tenterhooks.
  13. Thanks. How did you get there? Is that one of the those nugatory benefits of being a college graduate? (I wound up with : https://archive.org/stream/Robertsrulesofor00robe_201303/robertsrulesofor00robe#page/n121/mode/2up and: https://archive.org/stream/Robertsrulesofor00robe_201303/robertsrulesofor00robe#page/n123/mode/2up)
  14. Signs for meetings?

    Read Heinlein's "Columbus Was a Dope".
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