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David A Foulkes

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  1. RONR has nothing to say in this regard. These "rules" do not come from RONR, so they must be yours, and no one here would have any knowledge of them. If there are any restrictions about when a new member can or cannot be added or removed from the roster, they will be found in your own rules. Review them carefully. RONR (11th Ed.) does provide some insights into interpreting bylaws, which may be of help. See pp 588-591.
  2. Stop posting meeting "news" on Facebook. If members want to find out what's going on, they have to come to the meeting, which is the only way they can vote anyway unless your bylaws authorize some fashion of absentee voting. But if the most of the members aren't interested in actually participating and are just "joiners", you may not make much progress there. Besides, without a quorum, there really isn't anything to report, on Facebook or otherwise.
  3. I'd wonder if removal was an option, but filling a vacancy created by such action would then be up to the general membership as opposed to the Board, which apparently is the only authorized vacancy-filling body in cases of resignation and death specifically.
  4. Short of amending the bylaws, perhaps the next best option is for the Board to invite her to the meetings. She has no right to attend, but could be an invited guest, assuming a majority of the Board wants her there. The Board could even Suspend The Rules to allow her to speak in debate on pending motions, for her input, but would not be allowed to vote. It could be a long two years that way, but it's something.
  5. This is a "popular" question on this forum, and the short answer is yes. Doing a search on the words "renew" and "renewal" might get you to some other postings on the subject, mixed in with others that may not address the issue. One recent reply, including some citations, that might be of help can be found here.
  6. Indeed, but it isn't really clear whether the OP's rules specify that voting threshold, or if that is just a (mistaken) impression under which Guest_Georgia is operating, and has referred to in her post. Guest_Georgia - - - are you there???
  7. All makes perfect sense, just didn't see the explicit reference, so I figured I'd poke the dozing crocodile.
  8. RONR requires no action be taken, nor that members actively participate. What the remaining active members think should be done is up to them, although be cautioned that there may be no way to "deal with" this inactive members if the rules (bylaws, etc) don't indicate they have done anything wrong. Sometimes, just paying your annual dues is all it takes to be, and remain, a member. What do your rules say about it?
  9. I'll take a stab at ...... by majority vote? (based on the p. 413 reference)
  10. If "someone" makes a motion to vote by ballot (I assume the bylaws don't require balloting for elections), which is adopted by the assembly, and every ballot has the unopposed candidate's name on it, wouldn't you think the members had elected him/her? That is to say, of course the person can be elected, and they can be defeated if a majority of voters put someone else's name on their ballot slips. Or no one might be elected the first round if no one person gets a majority of votes.
  11. RONR states that in "the absence of the secretary, a secretary pro tem should be elected..." (RONR 11th ed., p. 459 ll. 33-34) No rule prevents this secretary pro tem from being the president (or presiding officer) except perhaps the rule of common sense, which would suggest that it should be someone else. If no member is willing to step up to take on the duty, you probably have bigger problems than you've detailed here.
  12. A slight clarification, for what it's worth: The minutes should indicate "that the regular chairman and secretary were present [not their names, though] or, in their absence, the names of the persons who substituted for them..." (RONR 11th Ed., p 468 ll. 33-35, emphasis added)
  13. If Mr. Honemann's suggestion doesn't pan out, you might try being less creative with your question, and get more to the point. Yes. For instance, there is often a Board membership, comprising officers and directors, as well as a general membership. If you are not an officer or director, then you aren't a member of the Board. You are (or can be) excluded from their meetings. The bylaws may require 60 days notice to be amended at any regular meeting, and so without such notice, during New Business no motion may be made to amend the bylaws (such motions are excluded from valid business). The
  14. While In Brief (2nd Edition) does address the withdrawal of resignations, it also notes the citation of pp. 289-292 in RONR (11th Ed.) which covers in detail a Request to be Excused From a Duty (i.e. resignation). In that section, it covers how resignations should be submitted, as well as how they are and handled and by whom. In Brief (2nd Edition) is an excellect "quick study guide", but the official parliamentary authority is the 11th Edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, and should be your ultimate resource.
  15. That's their choice, as long they are aware that they can vote. That's their choice, as long as they are aware they can attend, and they are notified of the meeting regardless. If you have nine members on the committee, and no rule outside of RONR establishes the quorum, as long as five members remain present at the meeting you have a quorum. Make clear to them that they have a right to notification of the meeting, to attend the meeting, and to vote or abstain as they see fit. Anything less and the slope gets slipperier and slipperier.
  16. Depends on what the quorum is, and how many members remain in attendance in the member's absence.. It will either not affect it at all, or it will "break" the quorum, bringing business to a grinding halt. So.... you tell us.
  17. Only if you go back and fix all your typos. Edgar's head might explode.
  18. I was going to say crocodiles, but I'll settle for rhodoendrons.
  19. You can pretty much be safe in assuming that anything in the bylaws is unsuspendable. The exceptions would be something that is clearly in the nature of a rule of order (which this doesn't sound like), or if it provides for its own suspension. Short answer - no. But stay tuned.
  20. But doesn't p. 299 refer to a member being allowed to speak with no question pending? Since non-members have no rights whatsoever (ignoring public assemblies for the moment), including the right to speak at all, pending question or not, why don't the rules need to be suspended to allow a non-member to speak even with no question pending? Does RONR actually suggest somewhere that only a majority vote is necessary?
  21. It's best to start your own New Topic for your own new question.
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