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  1. Our religious organization is merging with another religious organization. Our By-Laws allow for members in good standing to attend and have a voice at meetings, both congregational and Board of Trustees. Two of our members, one of which is a Past President (Permanent Board of Trustees position) are now starting a new religious organization. This creates a conflict of interest going forward. The question is....can the Past President continue to vote on matters concerning the merging religious organization going forward? And does RONR address this issue? Thank you for your comments and insights.
  2. Our organization, non-profit, is run by a Board of Trustees. Members of our organization have called for a special meeting. At this meeting, a motion may come to the floor that the BOT temporarily suspend work that they are doing. Our By-Laws do not address whether or not the BOT is bound to follow the vote of the organization. Does Robert's Rules have an answer to this situation?
  3. Our By-Laws, after amendments are made, are presented to our Board of Trustees for approval. After accepting said amendments, the new By-Law amendments are subject to review by our membership. Our membership can vote to veto any or all of the amendments that were adopted by our Board of Trustees. One of these recently adopted changes the calendar that our BOT is voted into office. MY QUESTION...if the membership vetoes this amendment, does this "throw out" the existing BOT's?
  4. Must the person who 2nds a motion have to vote in favor of the motion?
  5. Josh, See FAQ #6. Thank you very much for the information. This helps clear up a lot of controversy.
  6. If the By-Laws of a non-profit (in this case, a religious organization) do not address the handling of abstentions when voting on motions, how should they be handled?
  7. Thank you for your input. I will explain this to the Chair at tomorrow night's meeting.
  8. During our last Board of Trustees, after a motion was introduced and seconded, the President (Chair) advised that only questions about the motion would be entertained, but not opinions. Can the Chair limit discussion/debate on a motion?
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