J.Russell Angell

Procedure for accepting resignation by an organization

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When an officer of an organization tenders a resignation and that officer was voted into his or her position by the organization, should the organization vote to except or reject the resignation? 

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Yes, unless the bylaws authorize another body or person to accept the resignation, or a board has full power to manage the affairs of the organization between meetings of the members.

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What if nothing is clarified in the by-laws BUT the historical precedent of the organization has always been that the board accepts the resignation? It has never been brought to the members in the past but the resignation was announced to the members by the chairman and a special election was called to fill the vacancy?

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If RONR is specified as your parliamentary authority in your bylaws, then you don't really need any further bylaws statement regarding which body is empowered to accept resignations:  "The power to appoint or elect persons to any office or board carries with it the power to accept their resignations..." (RONR, 11th ed. p.467, ll 25-26). When the resignation was announced to the membership and a special election to fill the vacancy was called, the membership, in effect, accepted the resignation, even though there was no formal vote taken to accept it.

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