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Chris Harrison

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  1. If your Bylaws don't specifically provide for Special (Board) Meetings then you unfortunately can't have them (RONR p. 92) so anything you do in tonight's meeting would be null and void (RONR p. 251[a]). I would suggest you cancel it and get a Special Meeting of the General Membership set up as soon as possible.
  2. Another amendment perhaps. However, while the Appeal is debated you can cite RONR p. 401 ll. 8-11 which defines a two-thirds vote. Hopefully that'll convince them the Chair erred and they'll overturn the decision.
  3. RONR doesn't impose any limits on what sort of business that can be conducted in Executive Session. However, your rules or applicable laws might so you should do your research.
  4. I agree it is unusual wording (was it perhaps language taken from the original Robert's Rules in the 1870s?). My takeaway from the section is the member should never make it personal.
  5. It would definitely be rude but whether it violated decorum depends on the circumstances. I can think of cases where while such an inquiry would be very tasteless it would (if properly asked) be a valid question which would not (in my opinion) violate decorum. In addition, the Board should be wary about removing someone simply because of him or her having a disability because that can cause them a whole new set of problems beyond what they currently may be dealing with.
  6. Then the employees would probably be seeking authorization from the Board or General Membership to take some sort of action every week if not more often. Definitely not a feasible long term situation.
  7. I agree the Board could adopt this rule but I doubt they did and that is why I suggested the OP research where this authority comes from if it indeed exists.
  8. I would not be surprised if the Bylaws or a rule adopted by the Board or General Membership grants the organization's employees the authority to take certain types of actions without having to go to the Board or General Membership for permission. Directing the lawyer write a letter to someone is likely one of those actions.
  9. The question is under what authority does she or whoever imposed this "special rule" on you think they have the power to do so and make it stick? I suspect that authority only exists in their own minds (though I could be wrong so you should do your research). If that authority doesn't exist then it's up to you to decide whether this "special rule" should be obeyed.
  10. As far as RONR is concerned the duty to keep what was discussed in Executive Session within Executive Session isn't waived just because what was discussed involved that particular member. That being said, if I discussed it outside of Executive Session and was called out on it I would argue that if I am being accused of something or my reputation is being impugned I darn well have a right to refute those allegations in any forum I darn well please. Of course, they may then toss me out on my ear but such is life. Since you said this had "nothing to do with board jurisdiction, (nor an authorized executive session topic, as far as local laws go)" I would suggest you talk to a lawyer as to any legal implications but as for RONR see my above response.
  11. I was originally going to suggest you check out FAQ #14 but since there are potential legal issues involved you should talk to a lawyer who can better advise you.
  12. Besides talking to everyone outside of a meeting (you have no obligation to talk to the President or anyone else for that matter) there is really no way to prevent the President from speaking in debate. Granted, the President in order to remain impartial shouldn't be speaking in the first place but there is no way to actually prevent her from doing so if she is so inclined. Also, if she is involved in your situation she should be turning the chair over to the Vice President and then she would be free to speak in debate as any other member.
  13. I suspect Guest LRB got more than he or she bargained for. Definitely food for thought though.
  14. Assuming your Bylaws don't say otherwise the consequences can range from censure (a slap on the wrist merely stating the assembly is not happy with the offending member) to being expelled from the organization. See RONR Chapter XX for details.
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