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Two months ago the members of our non-profit realized that the Executive Board was publishing ads for events that appeared to be fundraisers, but were really just to make money for the general fund.  The general fund serves the organization only and pays the overhead (utilities, payroll, etc) and does not further our aims and purposes.  In order to be ethical, a motion was made, seconded and voted on unanimously to remove the deceptive wording from the advertising.

A month later, at the next meeting, the wording was still appearing in all of our advertising.  Several members spoke out and once again moved to remove the deceptive wording and the motion was seconded and passed unanimously.  Fast-forward to today, the deceptive advertising is still being run.

While this is not the first appearance of unethical behavior by this board, we would like for it to be the last.  How to do you remove an entire board of elected officers?  Our bylaws only cover how to elect someone and how to replace them if they leave, but now how to remove them. 

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To be fair, did the motions specifically instruct the board to take action? Did they provide for other parties to take actions? Do your bylaws place such advertising under the exclusive control of the board?

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Agreeing with the previous answers, the organization also has an option that isn't technically "disciplinary action", but  comes pretty darn close.  That is to adopt a motion of censure as to those officers/members who are ignoring the directive.  It can be handled as any ordinary motion and does not require going through the convoluted process that formal discipline or removal from office or expulsion might entail.

Adopting a motion of censure doesn't punish those officers or members in any way, but is just a formal statement of displeasure with their actions by the membership.

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