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Gary Novosielski

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  1. No there isn't any rule against it. RONR assumes that if the voters don't like it they will not vote to put both of them on the board together. But if the voters do like it, RONR has no objection.
  2. Discussion does not belong in the minutes. You could offer a correction to strike the discussion from the minutes. But it would be best not to spring this on anyone. People don't like surprises. Have the appropriate quotes from RONR handy and maybe do some advance work before the meeting.
  3. A motion is not complete just because a vote was taken; if it were, every motion would be impervious to change from Amend Something Previously Adopted. The standard is that ASPA can be applied to any motion, or portion of a motion, that has not yet been carried out. For example, a motion to paint the clubhouse red may be amended well after passage of the motion, so long as the clubhouse has not yet been painted red. RONR prohibits assemblies from tying the hands of future assemblies. If the dates for a future meeting were set by the 2010 convention, and the dates have not yet arrived, the motion has not, in my view, been carried out, and is subject to amendment by a later action of a duly authorized assembly. The opinion of the 2010 delegates that the new dates are not optimal does not carry any weight beyond whatever influence they can have on those who currently have a vote.
  4. Motions can fail for lack of a majority whether there is an odd or even number of board members. It's not as significant as many people think.
  5. No, it doesn't, but a board with the power to amend the bylaws is a little unusual. Still, if that's what your bylaws say, you're good.
  6. The motion passed on a voice vote while a quorum was present. There's nothing left to ratify; it passed. The attempt to seek a recorded vote failed.
  7. You can't add your vote to motions that have already been voted on.
  8. As Mr. Honemann hints above, a group can only ratify an action after the fact that it would have had the authority to approve in advance. So unless it would have been possible for the meeting to have been properly cancelled in advance by that body, a vote after it's done isn't in order either.
  9. Yes, the link is busted here as well. Robertsrules.com appears to be down again (or still).
  10. If you delete everything up to and including resolved, and substitute the words I move..., then you have the equivalent motion. A vote is required because it is an expression of the official position of the society. Admittedly, taking a position is not as much of an "action" as painting the clubhouse, but it is a perfectly valid motion--or resolution.
  11. What you suggest is entirely possible. But the same could be said if those researching the matter failed to check the minutes of every meeting from that day to this, to see if the motion was rescinded or amended. RONR does not require making a marginal note in the old minutes if an older motion is changed, even though it might be helpful.
  12. Mr. Katz is quite correct. Indeed, if the rules in RONR apply, the board cannot control elections held by the membership, and my be subject to discipline for taking action beyond their powers. Of course your bylaws may differ.
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