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  1. Weldon Merritt

    Voting by the Chair

    Concurring with Mr. Martin about interpretation of state law, I will just add that, so far as RONR is concenreed, choosing not to vote is abstaining, whether or not you say, "I abstain."
  2. Weldon Merritt

    Special meetings/elections

    "Unless otherwise provided in the bylaws, the number of days is computed by counting all calendar days (including holidays and weekends), excluding the day of the meeting but including the day the notice is sent." RONR, p. 92. ll. 22-25.
  3. Weldon Merritt

    Did the authors mean to do this?

    Unless I am missing something, it seems to me that you have a good point.
  4. Weldon Merritt

    Nullify a vote

    I concur with Mr. Katz. The motion is null and void, so just raise a Pont of Order and be prepared to appeal if the chair rules against the point.
  5. Weldon Merritt

    Approving a Major Bylaws Revision

    I will add that if your idea is to first get the revision adopted as is, and then at the same meeting consider amendments to the newly-adopted revision, that won’t work (unless the revised bylaws contain some very unusual amendment provisions). Once adopted, the revision, including its amendment provisions, will be effective immediately. So any amendments to the new documents would have to follow whatever notice provisions are continued in the document’s amendment provisions. And if (unwisely) the revision contains no provision for its own amendment, the RONR default is that amendment requires previous notice and a two-thirds vote. Just follow the advice from Mr. Brown and Mr. Coronote, and you should be OK.
  6. Weldon Merritt

    Who can move "Reconsider"?

    It's possible that the Study Guide didn't get anything wrong, and that the OP just misread the question or the answers. But I don't have my copy handy to check (and even if I find it, it may not be the current one).
  7. Weldon Merritt

    Who officially approves the minutes

    Thanks, Dan. That makes sense.
  8. Weldon Merritt

    Who officially approves the minutes

    Dan, would such a rule have to be in the bylaws, or would a special rule of order suffice. For example, could an SRO validly provide that if there is no quorum at a particular meeting (say Meeting #2), the minutes of the previous meeting (Meeting #1) may be approved by the board of directors rather than being held for the next regular meeting?
  9. Weldon Merritt

    Minutes Question

    "Question," in this context, refers to an issue under consideration by the assembly. If you substitue "motion" for "question," the passage may make more sense to you.
  10. Weldon Merritt

    EC refuses to hear motions on the floor

    Based on the infomation you have given us, it isn't.
  11. Weldon Merritt

    Election by Acclamation

    Agreeing with George, I will just add that if the election is conducted properly, it would be unusual for an unopposed candidate to not reeceive a majority vote. It is improper to have votes "for" and "against" a candiate, as the only legitimate way to vote against a candidate is to vote for another one. And abstentions (including blank ballots) don't count. So the only way the sole nominee would not get a majority would be if there are enough write-in or illegal votes to preclude it.
  12. Weldon Merritt

    Specificity of Special Meeting Notice

    Based on the quote that George posted, I would think not.
  13. Weldon Merritt

    Specificity of Special Meeting Notice

    Thanks, Geeorge, John, and Richard. That's what I thought, but I was looking for confirmnation.
  14. If a special meeting is called for the purpose of considering a motion to make a donation to a specified fund, is it necessary that the notice specify the amount of the donation? (The bylaws provide for special meetings, and the donation would be within the organization’s object.) If it is not necessary to specify the amount, then it seems that the motion could be for any amount (at least up to the amount in the treasury). But if the amount must be specified in the notice, then I assume that an amendment to decrease the amount would be in order, but an amendment to increase the amount would not be.
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