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  1. Thank you! Yes, that summary clarifies things for me. I appreciate all the help.
  2. Thank you for replying. My latter confusion was two-fold: in reference to whether this meeting would fall under the "subsequent meeting" instruction of pp. 501 if a meeting is improperly called are the decisions made binding at all But if it's determined that this is "a dead horse," then I understand and will ask no more.
  3. I am confused by various of the last replies. Mr. Brown, I explained above that we were dealing with a particular issue. So may I please ask your opinions about my last two comments are? Others would be, of course, welcomed as well. Thank you
  4. A chair does not have veto power, true. BUT, the chair calls subsequent meetings, right? If the meeting was not properly called it's not a meeting, it's a gathering, right? And at a gathering decisions are not binding, right? Mr. Brown - our committee met initially to discuss a particular issue and determine a course of action. We had adjourned with action items and knowing we might have to meet again to finalize actions to be taken regarding the issue. We had been emailing opinions back and forth which got so cumbersome that it was decided we would need to meet physicall
  5. Thank you all for your replies. In summary, this is my take away based on your discussions given the information I've tried to supply: A complete reading of my committee's emails would prove beyond reasonable doubt that a clear and constant, not drawn out, back and forth discussion in determining a date for a meeting convenient to all was being carried on. The phrase of "fail to call a meeting" (p.499) would not make sense to me, as one reply read, in the middle of trying to set up a meeting. In addition, the issue we were dealing with was a continuation of a previou
  6. We are a standing committee. The first meeting for purposes of the current issue we were discussing was November 6th. There have been multiple emails regarding thoughts about the issues and members agreed that we needed to meet. Emails were being exchanged during this past weekend (Nov. 30-Dec. 5) to set up a convenient meeting Dec. 6 I received the notification that a meeting was being called at a so-so time and place by a committee member.
  7. This is kind of the question. RONR says "fails to call a meeting." It doesn't say refuses to call or is slow in calling a meeting, just that he fails to do so. Where is the interpretation of he's "failed" to do it? When a committee member thinks the chair is too slow? In my case, I was in the middle ofemails trying to determine a time. My original question is whether I "failed" to call a meeting.
  8. Thank you for the exact wording. So the words "won't for any reason" are added - hyperbole maybe? Still, would you say that I as chair would be charged with "fails to call a meeting" while I'm working on calling a meeting?
  9. I am the Chairman of a standing committee (Bylaws, mind you), with 3 other members and our committee has been working on an issue. We had met once and since then had had some communications via email. It was too burdensome to continue large email threads so I had been working on setting a time and place for another face to face meeting to continue our work. In the midst of getting feedback from members, one of the committee member chose to set up a time and place for a meeting on his own, contacted the other committee members about it. I told him privately that the meeting would not work
  10. The members are elected to 3 year terms and no set number who serve is listed.
  11. Hello. We have a committee that is setup per bylaws whose members are elected to operate in a rotating basis. The bylaws say that "one-third of the members are to rotate off" and one year must pass before they can be nominated again. We are considering some bylaw changes because that committee has unfortunately not been setup recently in sets of 3 and we are having difficulty getting people to accept working on the committee. One of the the proposed changes is to add the word "approximately one-third." I am wondering the effect of adding that word would have - how do you determine "appr
  12. Thank you. I wanted to make sure I had not misread the interpretation of the motion.
  13. Our membership's primary functions are to reach and educate others, and we have groups, considered organizations, divided by age and/or gender to carry the functions out. These organizations are not specifically named nor explicitly defined in the bylaws. Many were simply set up at the time of our founding. However our bylaws do state that only organizations explicitly voted for and apporved by the assembly will be considered organizations of our group. We have a Nominating Committee that prepares nominations for positions within those existing organizations, with a timed process to do so,
  14. Hello! A board of directors dutifully brought an motion to amend the bylaws. It had sought and received the agreement of the Bylaws committee and reported that to the assembly. When presented to the assembly, in the midst of the bylaw amendment discussion, a motion was made and seconded to commit the motion to the Bylaws Committee. The moderator of the business meeting ruled that the motion to commit was out of order because the committee being referred to had already discussed the motion. Was that a correct ruling? Thank you.
  15. Hello! Currently our assembly uses a process via a Nominating Committee to annually bring up for election nominees to serve in various positions, both committees and organizations. This sentence was added to the process outlined in the bylaws: "Annually the Director Board shall recommend the organizations of the assembly." If no further action is indicated in a bylaw, does the phrase "the board shall recommend" by itself carry any authority of action (implicitly) that obligates the assembly to act on the recommendation? If the assembly is not instructed to vote on the reco
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