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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. Entering a motion to remove president

    I'm also having trouble with what Tom Coronite is. Removal of the president is an action by the board, not the membership. So it should be done not at a membership meeting, regular or special, but at a board meeting (a regular board meeting or a special board meeting, take your pick) -- so, generally, would not occur in front of all the members in the first place.
  2. Entering a motion to remove president

    In the spirit of comity, I would like to disagree as little as possible with the other esteemed posters, so I should have stopped typing 25 words ago (as of "typing"); yet my drive for the correction of injustices, though more often OCD, prevails. I'll start with disagreeing with Gary P. Novosielski (I find that so easy to type, at least until I get past the first four letters): let me propose a principle, or maybe just an axiom, though I can settle on a rotted plank: The most inept, sloppy, vague, inherently contradictory, incomprehensible bylaws take precedence over the parliamentary authority. I will assume that any responses will accept that statement, at least for the sake of this argument, or explicitly say not. So let's start. I think this is mistaken: -- or at least, incomplete and misleading, because ... ... which would be absurd, which Robert's Rules (among others) recommends against, in interpreting bylaws. Rather, what the bylaws do is offer more than one way of getting a meeting convened. One way is, the president calls for it. So forget that. The other way is, " Special meetings of the Executive Board may be called by the President and/or requested by other board members ." -- That is, requested of the the inimical president? Yeah, you got a case. ... Of whom, then? Well, how about the ultimate authority of an organization. So the "other board members" announce to the membership the special meeting that they are scheduling. ...So, how do we then tell conclusively whether the membership grants this request for a special meeting? They show up for it. [Edited, 20 April 2018, 6:16 AM EDT, to add:] (O nuts. This probably makes no sense. The regular membership isn't supposed to show up for a board meeting.)
  3. Null & Void Vote

    The minutes record what happened, proper or improper. That's what Robert's Rules says, and well said. Some anarchists suggest that marginal notes to explain the errors and the follow-ups can be helpful and won't bring the apocalypse any sooner. Just to nail this down, Ms Martell, you question is only about what the minutes say, yes? You are considering the motion to recall as an irretrievable mess, yes? You don't want any follow-up anyone is looking for, is there?
  4. Motion conflicts with previously adopted motion

    After not quite six months, would someone (anyone would do, but I think Paul McClintock would be ideal) please tell me at least whether Paul's question was answered; and it would be gravy to know what that answer was. George Mervosh says [I'm about to try to slickly cut-and-paste,* let's see what works] : [O lawsy me***, it worked.] But George, it is not another matter at all: if I understand correctly, it is precisely what Paul is asking about. The question is whether -- -- unambiguously, invariably, and not subject to the vagaries of parliamentary error if it happened that it were not adopted by the required threshold; or if, instead, the rule that any "vote required", if such an error is made (we are usually talking about a vote, like this one, that requires 2/3; and fails to get it; but the chair erroneously declares the motion adopted), will carry (unless a quick point of order snags it). (I'm thinking about votes requiring a majority of the entire membership, maybe, when you can't subsequently prove that a MEM was in the room; with similar sentiments in the clause on p. 349, lines 25-26 ) ____________ *Yes, grammar prigs, that's a comma fault. You know what you can do with yer fershtunkener college degrees, and any or all the propaganda they trepanned into your brain in junior high school.** **Slightly higher in Canada *** Gaelic-English slang for "Great Steaming Cobnuts"
  5. Whatever else would you expect?
  6. 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.
  7. 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?)
  8. So it's all over before I even get a word in. Feh.
  9. 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).)
  10. 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?)
  11. "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
  12. Post election special meeting

    RB, if you're looking at a specific, pray tell what is it? (Whatever could Gary Novosielski have left unsaid?)
  13. 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
  14. 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.)
  15. (Might we go into the grammar ("if" / "that"?))