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Bruce Lages

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  1. Since RONR has no rules regarding attendance requirements - other than those requiring the presence of a quorum in order to validly conduct business - I don't think you will find your answer here. Any attendance requirements would have to be spelled out in your own rules.
  2. One pertinent question may be how did this motion that was 'up' next get put on the agenda in the first place. If it was on the agenda because a member had given previous notice of the motion, then that member is entitled to preference in recognition when the agenda reaches that point (42:13, 4f), and the chair should not recognize another member first. So, how did this motion get placed on the agenda?
  3. Aside from the parliamentary issues, do you really find it necessary to have a board of 10 members for an organization with < 45 members? Perhaps it would be easier to recruit board members (new ones especially) if you didn't need to find that many. It does seem to be an unusually large size board for your total membership, although granted that we know nothing about your organizational structure. Just thinking out loud.
  4. As to the other part of your question, I don't believe that RONR addresses the issue of acceptance speeches. You could look at it as a case where, once the results of an election have been finalized, the implied motion "that [blank] be elected" has also been carried out to completion, and therefore no further discussion on the matter is in order. However, RONR does say that an election becomes final only if the winner does not decline (46:46), so an acceptance is actually a key part of the election process. For an acceptance speech that goes beyond simply accepting the office or position,
  5. A definitive answer will depend on how the monthly meeting(s) was scheduled or called. Are these meeting schedules prescribed in your bylaws, or by adoption of a motion, or by a directive from your president or some other officer? Or by some other method? Please be specific.
  6. Nothing in RONR would prevent this. There would have to be something in your rules that addresses it.
  7. I'm afraid that RONR in Brief won't be much help in these circumstances - it only touches on disciplinary procedures in a very passing manner. The big book is necessary for this one.
  8. I would check your bylaws carefully to see how the quorum for this committee is defined. If it is described as a percentage of the membership (such as the default quorum in RONR, which is a majority of the membership), then one person holding multiple positions will not cause a problem. However, if it is defined as a set number of members, then one person holding as many as four positions out of seven may be a real problem for achieving quorum. As with voting, each person counts as one person only, regardless of how many positions he or she occupies, for determining quorum.
  9. Please note that the quote from RONR, 48:4(6) cited above should read "...except, normally, any that were withdrawn..." (A reverse 'not-hole'?)
  10. Apologies for the delay in response. No, I would not want to presume such an absolute inability to satisfy scope-of-notice restrictions. But, as experienced by the original poster, it seems that amendments by substitution are probably more likely to run afoul of scope-of-notice restrictions than other, less encompassing forms of amendment.
  11. For future reference I would just point out that a motion to substitute, i.e. to replace a pending amendment in its entirety with a completely different wording, is a perfectly proper form of amendment (see 12:69 and 12:70) in a situation that does not involve amending the bylaws, or where previous notice of a motion is required. A motion to substitute would be in order for a motion for which previous notice was given, but not required. In that case, however, adoption of the substitution would require a 2/3 vote rather than a majority vote because it would nullify the effect of the previous no
  12. I hope that these five positions are all different from each other in some way, as opposed to being five identical positions ( e.g., defined just as director, trustee, etc). While I don't believe there is any prohibition in RONR against one member holding two or more identical positions, it would make no sense whatever to do that.
  13. Are you sure that your bylaws don't say anything more about the procedure for their amendment? Do they really say nothing at all about previous notice or a vote threshold?
  14. What we need to know is whether this 'ballot' that is sent to all homeowners is where the voters are expected to indicate their choices for board members and then return to the association to be counted; or is it just a list of all the nominees for an election to be held at a subsequent meeting.
  15. I just guessed that it might be a ballot that included elections for different offices on the same ballot. I think jggorman sort of confirmed that was the case.
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