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  1. Small non-profit corporation chartered in Texas. Nine member board. Our By-Laws state: "A Board member missing two consecutive regular board meetings is considered to have resigned, unless absence is for emergency medical reasons for the Board member or Board member's family. The Board of Directors must be notified of any absence by the Board member by letter or by a phone call to the CO-OP office. In case of emergency medical reasons, a member of the Board members' family can do the notification". The issue that we face is a Board member provided notification of an absence for at least two consecutive regular board meeting but not for emergency medical reasons. The Board must consider this as a resignation due to our By-Laws. Can the Board re-instate this member upon return to the corporation headquarters as an appointee. Please don't beat me up for the conflicting statements in the quoted By-Law above. i.e. The conflict between sentence one and sentence two. I read (interpret) that the member is OK based on compliance with sentence two. Several board members do not agree. Thanks, Jerry L. )
  2. So is fair to say that the preferential voting system is a method of arriving at only one winner based on voter preferences?
  3. Small non-profit corporation with a 9-member board of directors. Our process of election is a 'home made' version of a plurality that has caused confusion and has become a popularity contest. When the slate of candidates is presented to the voting members, they can vote for any or all. The votes are counted and each candidate is announced as a new member if the board regardless of the number of votes received. This count only comes into use if the number of candidates is greater that the number of positions available, which seldom happens. If it does happen, the top vote getters are reported as elected. The votes are counted at the Annual Membership Meeting. At the time of ballot counting our rules (by-laws) state “a plurality vote elects”. Based on the definition of plurality, this provision of the by-laws is ignored. I would like to introduce the preferential voting system. During my reading on pages 425-428, I cannot determine the process after elimination by redistribution. If the elimination reduces the number of candidates to less that the number of positions available, what is the procedure for filling the remaining positions. Do these eliminated candidates remain as candidates to be presented to the voting members to fill the remaining positions? Should the eliminated candidates along with nominations from the floor be presented.
  4. Can a vote to accept a bid proposal at a previous board of directors meeting be reconsidered at a later board meeting? In other words, new information became available and the board would like to "undo" the previous vote. Jerry L.
  5. Thanks, your response answered my concern. Our By-Laws do limit a BOD member to two (2) consecutive terms. Jerry
  6. Hello, On page 448, line 13 thru 15, it is stated that "an officer who has served more than half a term is considered to have served a full term". My question is what is the value or impact of being "considered" to have served a full term. Jerry
  7. why can I not start a new topic?

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