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  1. If this was supposed to be a meeting between the board of directors and the attorney, and was properly noticed as such, then no, you can not be denied access. But it's not at all clear that this was to be such a meeting. Nothing in RONR would prevent the president and vice president from speaking with the attorney. It may very well be, however, that the president and/or vice president may not take any action on behalf of the organization based on that meeting. Your rules and bylaws should define who has the authority to remove members from the club - under RONR it would be the general membersh
  2. My bad - I missed the 'expand' button under the quoted text. Yes, of course the interpretation is correct.
  3. I don't see how you arrived at that interpretation. The sections quoted from your constitution don't say anything about the items of business - such as the election of convention delegates - that may be considered at each type of meeting.
  4. You can ask - at a meeting necessarily - and perhaps there will be no objection to your request. Otherwise, you will need to move to make the change, which will require a second and a majority vote for approval. You do understand that under the rules in RONR comments do not belong in the minutes at all? The minutes should be a record of what was done, not what was said.
  5. If, as Dr, Kapur notes, the second motion is adopted by a vote sufficient to satisfy the requirement for adopting a motion to amend something previously adopted, the second motion would supercede the first motion.
  6. No, at least not for a majority vote as defined in RONR - a majority of those members present and voting. If the basis for the votes is defined differently, such as a majority of the members present, then abstentions will affect the outcome in that they will count towards the members present but not towards the number of votes cast. In that case, abstentions will have the same effect as a 'no' vote, even though they are still not votes.
  7. Well, clearly a number of things happened that were not proper procedure, but if the motion was withdrawn with the chair acknowledging the withdrawal, and no point of order raised by anyone, the motion, together with any adhering amendments, is now dead. That same motion could be made again at the next session, but if the member who originally made the motion decided it should be withdrawn, that may not be likely.
  8. Guest martimcg - please submit your question as a new topic, even if you think it is related to this one. Use the blue "start new topic" button at the top right of the general discussion home page. Thanks.
  9. If your bylaws are ambiguous on this matter, RONR describes two specific situations that are very similar to yours, as alluded to by Mr. Brown above. The two situations are when the bylaws specify that the president shall be, ex officio, a member of all committees (47:20), and when a person who is not a member of the society is made an ex officio member of the society's board (49:8). In each of these situations, RONR makes it clear that, while the ex officio member is not obligated to attend meetings, and is not counted in determining the presence of a quorum, they retain all the rights of mem
  10. All three are acceptable procedures, assuming the board is following RONR's small board rules (49:21), where the president can participate to the same extent as all other board members. Since two of your three examples suggest there is no dissension, it might be easier to use unanimous consent, e.g., the president states "If there is no objection, the board will now reconvene in executive session." Any stated objection means a majority vote will be needed to enter executive session.
  11. If the board is the body authorized to accept the resignation, then, generally yes, although resignations can usually be accepted by unanimous consent.
  12. To be elected, a candidate needs a majority (more than half) of the votes cast, not just the most votes. If this is an election for officers, only a bylaw-level rule can allow a plurality of votes to elect a candidate; for other than officers a special rule of order will suffice. And yes, any candidate that receives a majority of votes is elected and therefore not included on subsequent ballots
  13. Since a majority vote will be achieved with more yes votes than no votes, it will be much easier if you just count the responses themselves rather than look at percentages. Does the zoom poll feature automatically report in percentages, instead of the number of each response?
  14. From the wording in your example (15% of voting power; 10% of total households eligible for membership) it sounds like these two things are not equivalent. Is that the case? Does each household eligible for membership not have one unit of voting power, i.e., one vote? And, following up on Joshua Katz' question, are you also trying to ensure that a minimum number of members (or of voting power) must actually be physically present as part of the quorum requirement?
  15. The motion to postpone can not be applied to a secondary amendment - nor a primary amendment - alone. The motion should be made to postpone the main motion, and then any primary and secondary amendments that are also pending at that time will be postponed along with the main motion. (RONR, 12:7 (2))
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