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Timothy

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  1. Nothing in RONR requires a committee to tell the public anything about their meetings or to allow them to attend.
  2. I'm having a little trouble following what you are asking, but if you are saying that the standing committees were established by the bylaws and the bylaws have now been amended to remove, it seems you have eliminated the committees. This does not prevent you from adopting a standing rules that establish those committees and if you intended for those committees to remain in existence that should've been done at the same time as they were removed from the bylaws. But without either a rule in the bylaws or a rule in your standing rules, the committee doesn't exist.
  3. Even though it would be a violation of the bylaws, I don't see that anyone but the Secretary is in a position to make an issue of it, since no one would know it had happened if the Secretary is able to complete any required work in a shorter amount of time. Certainly, once the Secretary has completed that work, it is too late to make an issue of not meeting the 60-day deadline.
  4. I see no reason why it should. Your past experience will inform your opinion, but other people's past experiences will inform their opinions also.
  5. I'm inclined to think that the new board member is not a board member until he is approved by the organization. If the only option is to "disapprove" then it makes no sense to include a statement about approving the board member. But the wording could be better.
  6. You don't have to approve the minutes for a motion to take affect. The only purpose of approving minutes is to make sure that the official record of what happened is correct.
  7. It seems to me, that if an ex officio member without vote can't make a motion without being explicitly allowed, then they can't do anything else without being explicitly allowed. They would not be able to speak in debate. They would not be able to attend the meeting. But if it allows them to attend the meeting, then it makes sense to say that it allows them to do everything else that a member can do, except vote.
  8. No, it is not. "Whomever" is used where it can be replaced with "him" and "whoever" is used where it can be replaced with "he". In this case, "he responds" would be correct while "him responds" would not, so "whoever" is the correct word to use.
  9. Based on what I see, it looks very much like an amendment to the bylaws would be required. There are other options, such as allowing the members of the Executive Committee to use e-mail state their opinion of what the official position should be, but that would also require an amendment to the bylaws, since that method isn't allowed by RONR.
  10. The line items on an agenda are often quite broad in scope and there might be one that covers everything else that isn't covered by one of the other agenda items. An agenda provides a framework for the meeting and can help move things along. There could be one or many motions that fit under a particular agenda items, or there may be none at all.
  11. Any limits on what you can call a special meeting for will be in your bylaws, not in RONR. Whether or not it was appropriate for you to cancel a meeting, that would also be something in your bylaws.
  12. There's no reason why "unanimous" must be recorded in the minutes, but "unanimous" implies that no one voices disagreement, not that everyone voted.
  13. I've never heard of the average Joe past president being considered a "president emeritus." Normally, that is an honorary position given to someone who has served for a long time or has accomplished something or merit. I wouldn't expect the bylaws to provide for that position, since there are usually no duties associated with it. I would think you would follow whatever rules you follow for electing other officers. RONR would have you do it at a meeting, since that's how RONR does everything. Since you have rules that go beyond RONR that deal with "full membership," I expect you'll need
  14. I tend to agree, though my opinion on that could differ depending on whether it is the chair who asked for the meeting time to be published or whether someone just happened to know that the council meet at that time each month and started publishing the date and time.
  15. For some, a quorum is whoever shows up. I can see where that would be a problem if one group is changing the bylaws while the other group is in the process of following them. The solution, I would think, is to make sure that the people authorized to call a meeting are the kind of people who won't put you in that situation.
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