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Suspension of rule: Eligibility of Officer

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Our bylaws state the following:

 
" A candidate for the office of President shall have served at least one full term as BOD..."
 
Can this rule be suspended to allow qualified candidate who has never served in the BOD to run for office?
 
 
 

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1 hour ago, Guest John said:

Our bylaws state the following:

 
" A candidate for the office of President shall have served at least one full term as BOD..."
 
Can this rule be suspended to allow qualified candidate who has never served in the BOD to run for office?
 
 
 

No.  A rule in the bylaws can only be suspended if it is a rule in the nature of a rule of order or provides for its own suspension (p. 17).  A rule of order "relates to the orderly transaction of business in meetings and to duties of officers in that connection (p.15)."  Eligibility does not relate to the transaction of business.

Further, anyone not eligible for a position cannot be "qualified," no matter how well suited for the position.  It has nothing to do with the persons ability, only to if he is permitted, under the bylaws, to hold office.

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On 8/12/2017 at 1:23 AM, Guest John said:

Our bylaws state the following:

 
" A candidate for the office of President shall have served at least one full term as BOD..."
 
Can this rule be suspended to allow qualified candidate who has never served in the BOD to run for office?
 
 
 

I think you meant to say an "otherwise qualified" candidate, since one who has never served on the BoD is, by definition, not qualified.

This rule cannot be suspended unless something in that "..." section that was omitted allowed for suspension of the rule.

If the society believes that this rule does not serve the society well, their course of action is to amend the bylaws, according to the procedure set forth in the bylaws for their own amendment.

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