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Daniel H. Honemann

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  1. I think the procedure that was followed was fine.
  2. Just a friendly reminder from this Forum's Introductory page: "The Question and Answer Forum is provided to allow an open exchange of views relevant to specific questions of parliamentary procedure under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised."
  3. Do your bylaws say that the presence of a quorum is determined by the number of members signing in? I agree with Mr. Elsman that sign-in sheets do not necessarily reflect the number of members present. Some members may just forget to sign in.
  4. Yes, the meeting was held and minutes should be kept even although no quorum was present. These minutes should be corrected (if necessary) and approved at the next meeting of the board at which a quorum is present.
  5. It should be noted that the crucial words in what has been quoted above from page 599 are the words "in this connection". Reading the sub-section from which this quote was extracted in its entirety will make it plain that this delegation of authority is limited to corrections and conforming changes in captions, headings, article or section numbers, and cross-references, and even in these limited instances the changes much be such that cannot result in a change of meaning.
  6. You must not read what is said on page 489 in isolation. It refers you to (c) on page 237, and also to page 90, both of which make it clear that it is the expiration of the term of all or some of the board members that is the controlling factor.
  7. In my opinion (and just generally speaking), whenever the bylaws require that a vote be taken by ballot it is not in order to move to suspend the rule that the vote totals be announced. This is because announcement of the vote totals is an essential element of a ballot vote. This general principle may or may not be applicable in this particular instance.
  8. It would seem that the answer to your question depends upon exactly what occurred incident to this member's resignation from the board. I suppose it's conceivable that her resignation was offered and accepted based upon an understanding that it would become effective only if and when she should be elected to the office of Vice-President. If not so conditioned (and I would doubt that it was), her resignation became final and effective upon its acceptance. If such is the case, she no longer holds the position from which she resigned, unless, of course, your club has some rule in place providing otherwise (which I also doubt is the case because, if it does, you wouldn't be asking this question 🙂).
  9. So a motion such as the one described on page 180, lines 9-12, should be thought of in this light?
  10. If application of the rule is made contingent upon whether or not all members of the "old" board are reelected, then in many (if not most) instances the assembly at the last meeting of the "old" board will not know if they can or cannot effectively postpone a motion to the next meeting, nor will they have any way of knowing what will happen to business left unfinished at adjournment.
  11. Perhaps Mr. Gerber may also have a problem with the scenario presented depending upon what special committees are to report and the order in which they were appointed.
  12. I think I would want to see exactly how your motion is worded. Zeb is certainly right to point out that it is not in order to move to postpone an entire class of business, but I don't think that this means that it would not be in order to include, under a single enacting motion, two or more separate main motions to postpone the hearing of specifically identified committee reports.
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