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  1. Who reads a standing Committee by-law change? The person(s) proposing said change or the parliamentarian?
  2. Belated By-Law Change

    Hello, Our group has been looking for an answer to this question. In our club, an addition to our by-laws in the form of a "Special Rule" was voted on in 1994; but, as far as anyone can tell, it was never published in the official by-laws as either a special rule, amendment, or by-law. (After one year without change or modification, and without further vote, Special Rules that apply to articles of our club's by-laws are incorporated under the appropriate article. Special Rules that do not apply to specific articles remain Special Rules until voted out.) The official by-laws have been revised, approved, and accepted by the membership several times over the past 20+ years, and the special rule that was voted on in 1994 was never incorporated into the official by-laws. Recently, our members voted to take an action which would have been contrary to the 1994 special rule that was never published. Now, after these many years, the president directed that research be conducted; and he has found documentation where the vote was indeed taken in 1994 and the motion passed. As previously stated, though, the special rule was never published. So now, 22 years later, the president of our club has added the 1994 addition as a "Special Rule" to our club's current by-laws, even though it has never been there before now. This is important to us because, although our recent vote to take an action which would by contrary to this 1994 vote had a majority of the members in attendance in favor of it, it did not meet the 2/3 majority threshold needed to change a by-law or a special rule, and our motion failed. Is this action by the president - inserting a special rule 22 years later and after several revised, approved, and accepted by-laws - allowed according to Roberts Rules of Order?
  3. Can a By-Law be exempted, or teporarily suspended by a motion to the membership, or must the By-Law be amended permanently in order to change it?
  4. Treasurer's Report

    Good afternoon, I am the president of a school Mothers' Club and need advice, Our Club meets once a month. The first meeting with members was in September, 2015. The treadure's report was not given at the September meeting. There were banking issues that were not resolved for several weeks, not because of any wrong-doing on our part. They've been rectified. When asking for an update, the treasurer told me she should have something for our November meeting. I did not feel it was right to make members wait for information. Below is a by-law in our handbook that speaks directly to my question. " She (treasuer) shall make monthly reports of money received and paid out at each Business and Board Meeting." The next business meeting is in Novemer 2015. We are having a Halloween party in October 2015 and no business is conducted at the October meeting. Since the next business meeting is not until November 2015, my treasurer has rudely expressed that she has read the by-laws and she's done nothing wrong. She has the right to get it together for the November meeting. I feel that isince it was not prepared and presented at the September meeting that the members should not have to wait until November 2015. This is one of her duties and it's imperative to get something together immediately. Please advise if she is correct and waiting until the November 2015 meeting is not violating any by-laws. Thank you, Marie Sullivan
  5. It sounds like a silly question but How does one go about interpreting their by-laws? When a discussion comes up, people tend to interpret them in such a way to favor their point of view/agenda, so how does an organization go about with the interperatation to keep it plain, simple and "neutral" Sure we could ask the "founders" but they have all either moved on, or passed away. Suggestions?
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