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  1. reelsman

    Emails

    If RONR is the society's parliamentary authority, the requirement for notice of meetings is met by electronic forms of communication, as long as the recipient has agreed to receive such forms. See RONR (11th ed.), p. 89.
  2. Even in the case of a secret ballot, I am of the opinion that no rule in RONR prohibits someone else to fill in the ballot of a voter (e.g., a disabled voter), whether or not the voter has executed a power of attorney.
  3. As to the third question, I agree with Mr. Novosielski that a main motion to adopt an agenda is not in order in an inquorate meeting, since the making of orders of the day is clearly not one of the actions which the rules permit in an inquorate meeting.
  4. The voter may very well have disguised his identity by deliberately writing in an "obvious[ly]" different way. Just for a historical note, the rules governing papal elections have long required the electors to hide their identity by "faking" their handwriting.
  5. reelsman

    quorum

    It would be better, I think, for the bylaws to be amended to set a lower quorum requirement, assuming there is no conflict with federal, state, or local law or regulation.
  6. The rule seems to me not to be suspendable, and the error has rendered the called meeting an illegal meeting.
  7. reelsman

    Emails

    As to the "legal" aspect of your question, I suggest you ask an attorney. RONR does permit electronic communications if the recipient has agreed to receive them. So, for example, the secretary might send the call of a meeting by email, if the recipient had agreed to receive communications by email and had provided the secretary with an email address.
  8. I agree with Mr. Lages that I misread the original post. I also agree with the responses of Messrs. Lages and Katz.
  9. Nothing in RONR empowers the chairman of a committee to make a report without the report's first having been adopted by the committee.
  10. Maybe that's why we don't quite know what to do with it. 😀
  11. Oddly enough, the original post seems to have disappeared. That's too bad. A lot of readers on the forum might have liked to learn something from it. As to the answer, strictly speaking, any member can do what members can do when they can do it.
  12. ...or the motion could be worded in a more positive way, "That the admission of new members be suspended for this year".
  13. You would want to amend the bylaws.
  14. In ordinary societies whose members meet at least quarterly, an agenda is not used; rather, the society's established order of business is used. A member brings business before the assembly by making a main motion at a meeting.
  15. A remark of this kind during debate on the motion involved is not in order, because it is not germane—that is, it does not have a direct bearing on whether it is advisable to do, or not to do, what the motion proposes. Is the City Manager, in this instance, even a member of the City Commission? If not (as I suspect), his remarks should be closely monitored by the chair to prevent him from straying from the subject for which he has been given permission to speak.
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