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  • Birthday 03/08/1944

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    Saint Germain, Wisconsin
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    Musky Fishing; Substitute Teaching; Hunter Safety Education

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  1. May a secretary record in the minutes that a vote was "Unanimous," or "Motion carried Unanimously"? If such is permissible, what form of voting procedure(s) must be followed?
  2. Wendy Thiede Feb 11, 2021, 4:44 PM (22 hours ago) https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif Thank you, Robert. Very interesting posts. The Friends of the Mercer Library is a separate entity from the Mercer Library and is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to support and raise funds for the library. It is not an official government board or committee, but we operate under Roberts Rules. Wendy
  3. Richard: Thank you very much for your excellent explanation. Wendy now asks me for the appropriate wording of a bylaw that would deal with 'emergency' situations, especially where a financial payment is involved. Of course, one should err on the side of caution. Could you (or others) possibly relate actions taken by other organizations in similar situations? My personal first thought was consultation with an attorney -- hopefully long before such a situation arises.
  4. [Received by Robert Workinger on 08 February 2021 from the Mercer Librarian & the President of Friends... .] "Another question about the Friends of the Mercer Library bylaws has come up. The officers of the Friends have the authority to make emergency decisions between regular meetings. Occasionally we need to authorize payment of something that can't wait until a meeting. But, then Article V, Section 5, quoted below, seems to say that the action must be approved or disapproved at the next regular meeting. But how can they disapprove of an action that has already been taken? Also, FYI, the officers are the only officially listed members other than the very large list of donors. Anyone can attend meetings, so really the officers are the only ones who must attend regularly and I assume the only ones truly responsible for taking care of business." "Can we strike out that part that says members must approve/disapprove an action already taken?" "Article V, Section 5 Section 5. The elected officers shall be known as the Board of Directors and shall have the authority to transact any emergency business between scheduled meetings and to make recommendations concerning all policies. Any actions so taken shall be reported at the next regular meeting of the membership and shall be acted upon (approved or disapproved) by a majority of the members present."
  5. Has anyone recommended or published example(s) of appropriate wording for a special rule of order that could be used to amend bylaws to permit 'electronic meetings'? Thanks for sharing, RTW aka Watson
  6. I apologize for my lack of due diligence. This morning I opened to "Part III, page 37" in Slaughter, Jim, Gaut Ragsdale, and Jon Ericson. Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules. Carbondale; Southern Illinois University Press (4th ed.), 2012. And I quote: "If a person is a member of the organization, there is no distinction between ex officio and regular membership. An ex officio committee member who is not a member of the organization has all of the privileges but none of the obligations of membership and is not counted in determining a quorum (RONR 483-84, 497)."
  7. In several instances the standing committees of a municipal Common Council are composed of both elected Aldermen and members of the general public. In one committee, the Municipal Code (RONR parliamentary authority) states that the public member will have non-voting status because such membership is ex officio. This member is counted in determining a quorum and has all other rights and responsibilities of a committee member. Is this both a double standard and denial of a fundamental right?
  8. Exactly who 'appoints' a Director to an Executive Position? The Board? The general membership? Since the position of Treasurer is vacant, what do the Bylaws say, if anything, about filling vacancies? Is there enough time before the Annual General Meeting for the Board to convene a Special Meeting?
  9. When should the results, or process, of an election be challenged, and how do you do it?
  10. Guest Greg has posed two questions. Mr. Huynh's response of "No" would be contradictory if applied to both questions. Perhaps he would be kind enough to clarify his meaning(s).
  11. At the annual stockholders' meeting, a nominating committee presents a list of nominees -- one person for each position on the board of directors. Nominations are also taken from the floor. Each shareholder controls a number of votes equal to the number of shares held. Shareholders not present in person may vote their shares in advance of the meeting by written proxy (of course, they will not be aware of any nominations from the floor). If there are no nominations from the floor, are the original nominees elected by acclamation? Should the nominees be voted on one at a time in the order nominated? Does it make a difference if the original nominees are referred to as a "slate?"
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