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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.
  16. Am I the only one who is somewhat confused as to exactly what types of meetings Guest Terri Tipps is asking about? At the very least,the reference to in person meetings seems to differ from RONR's description of an in person meeting. Also, what type of platform is Basecamp? Guest Terri seems to imply that it is different from both in person meetings as well as video meetings, but I have no idea what the difference(s) might be.
  17. Abstaining is choosing not to vote. Since an abstention indicates no choice for any candidate, members who abstain have no effect on the results of a vote, at least a vote that is taken as defined in RONR - e.g., a majority of the votes cast by members eligible to vote - and in your bylaws as well (" a majority of the votes cast"). Your ballots should not include a line item labeled abstention - members can also abstain by not making any choice in that segment of the ballot, or even not submitting a ballot. When calculating the results of the vote, you do not count any ballot with no choice ma
  18. I don't think it's necessary to have the chair retract his resignation letter. You could ask the chair to attend the next meeting, at which you will formally accept his resignation, but only after you appoint a new director with his help.
  19. Your organization can put any rules you want into your bylaws, including rules that override the rules in your adopted parliamentary authority. What cannot be put in your bylaws would be rules that conflict with procedural elements contained in local, state, or federal laws. So, yes, rules that restrict members' rights to make motions and/or debate can be added to your bylaws, as long as the procedure contained in the bylaws for their amendment is followed. It will also be wise to look at your provincial acts for anything related to procedure that might apply to your organization - you ca
  20. I thought Mr. Brown might be referring to some secret 2FP procedure đŸ™„
  21. I think Guest Michaelann is asking about their motion that 'the Bylaws Committee moves the adoption of the bylaws revision', i.e. whether that motion can be rescinded. I think the answer to that is clearly no. But the motion was defeated, so the bylaws have not be amended, and rescinding would therefore seem to be pointless. It will be necessary to submit a new revision encompassing the same changes, with or without any new changes, if it is still desired to make these changes to the bylaws.
  22. If that is all that happened, then the minutes should reflect that the motion was made (with the name of the maker), seconded (no name necessary), and no vote was taken. If your next meeting is held within a quarterly time period, that motion should be brought up under unfinished business. The chair at that time should urge that the motion be dealt with in some way - a vote, or postponement to the next meeting, or referral to a committee.
  23. As a member of the group, a person serving officially as the parliamentarian has the right to vote, but does not exercise that right (except in the case of a ballot vote), nor does she participate in debate or make motions. When a member is officially elected or appointed as the parliamentarian she gives up these rights of membership in order to preserve the appearance of impartiality. However, in many organizations a member who is more experienced in parliamentary procedure may be called on by the chair to provide some guidance in particular instances. In that case such a member does not giv
  24. Based on the OP's wording, I would conclude that it is the organization's standard policy to automatically supplement approved grants with a 10% contingency fee. If that is the case, then the treasurer's interpretation that this was an approval of the grantee's request seems to be accurate. The grantee did, in fact, request $80,000. The assumption that the grantee should only get $80,000, without the 10% contingency fee, does not seem logical from the discussion of the motion as presented. If that was what was intended, it would seem to me that an amendment should have been offered to specific
  25. Was this a standing committee, i.e., a committee either defined in the bylaws or established by the assembly to which items like the one at issue here are always referred, or was it a special committee, i.e., one created by the assembly to research this one issue only and report it recommendations? It makes a difference because if it is the latter it would cease to exist once it has reported its recommendations and the assembly has acted on them (RONR, 12th ed. 50:10). If it's a special committee and the assembly wants it to provide more input on this issue, a motion would be needed to re-cre
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