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  1. The details you gave us are a bit unclear. Is a unanimous vote by the Council required to present the candidate to the congregation? Or is the default position that the Council presents the candidate to the congregation UNLESS they decided by a unanimous vote not to do so? Also, do the Bylaws allow the congregation to hire someone without it necessarily having to go through the Council?
  2. If there are more votes than voters than something seems to be amiss there. A re-vote would seem to be in order.
  3. I believe the OP was referring to the hearing in the Senate where they were grilling the Postmaster General and one of the Senators wouldn't let him finish an answer before "reclaiming her time."
  4. No. Unless there has been a rule adopted on the subject no one has a right to see let alone alter the minutes until they are up for approval at the next meeting. The next time the Branch Manager decides to insist to see the draft minutes the Secretary should insist in return she point out some adopted rule granting her the authority to do so. If she can't then the Secretary should politely decline the request.
  5. Depending on how large of an assembly we are talking about the Chair may have a duty to remain impartial at all times and if he wishes to express an opinion he should turn the chair to the Vice Chair. In any case it isn't proper for anyone to interrupt a speaker unless there is a legitimate reason to do so (such as raising a Point of Order, asking the Chair a question that cannot wait until the speaker is finished, asking if the speaker is willing to yield for a question, the Chair ruling something the speaker said is out of order because it violates decorum, etc). Commenting that "we need to start having the newsletter approved by a board member" doesn't appear to be a legitimate reason to interrupt the speaker.
  6. A vote in progress can't be interrupted with a few exceptions (RONR pp. 408-409). Of course, the Board member is free to vote against the motion.
  7. Yes (with a possible exception). RONR has a whole section dedicated to the Appeal. See RONR pp. 255-260. Be aware that only members of the body that is meeting (not members of the public) are allowed to Appeal a ruling.
  8. Since the $2500 had already been spent wouldn't the motion be fully executed and thus couldn't be amended?
  9. None that I see. That being said you should look at your City's laws to determine whether the Commission had the authority to do what they did.
  10. This being a RONR forum we try to stay away from some of those questions. That being said members can't be deprived of their right to attend meetings or vote except through disciplinary proceedings (RONR p. 3 ll. 1-9). So unless the Bylaws address this sort of situation I would argue that any attempt to exclude members or disenfranchise them is not only invalid but should lead to disciplinary actions against the President and anyone else who were exceeding their authority. Of course, if a member is feeling ill they owe it to themselves and everyone else to stay home!
  11. RONR doesn't address what implications (if any) there are for a member taking a "leave of absence". So it is unclear if anything must, should, or even can be done besides electing a Secretary pro tem at each meeting (and the Secretary pro tem doesn't have any administrative duties outside of the meeting). So the answer to your question ultimately depends on what your Bylaws say on the subject of what constitutes a "leave of absence" and its implications on the officer taking it.
  12. Resignation is a voluntary action so you can't "make" someone resign. As for whether a Board member can be removed from office by a majority vote depends on what the Bylaws say.
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