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Benjamin Geiger

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  1. Have you been touched by His Noodly Appendage? (EDIT: something something relevant signature something.)
  2. It should be noted that, as far as I'm aware, members were unaware of other members' votes until after the meeting had ended, or otherwise they'd be able to rectify the issue immediately. I guess it'd be more akin to a signed ballot.
  3. Isn't this literally the entire raison d'etre for the motion to Reconsider And Enter On The Minutes?
  4. It's time now for further adventures of The State Level Chapter Of The Major National Political Party (Not That One, The Other One). Keep in mind that I am not a voting member of this particular organization, though I am a member of one of the county-level subordinate entities, so take all of this with grain of salt (or whatever quantity of salt you feel necessary). A couple of days ago, there was a vote to amend the bylaws of this organization to modify the voting system. Currently we use a "weighted vote" system, where each county chapter has two elected delegates to the state orga
  5. TL;DR: What can we do when the chair simply refuses to acknowledge that certain motions have been made, if there's no equivalent of standing up and simply shouting for a vote? Today I witnessed some of the most nauseating examples of abuse of parliamentary practice I've ever seen. Some background: there were two meetings today, for the Central Committee and the State Executive Committee of a state-level chapter of a major political party. I was asked by a member of both to observe; I'm not a member of either committee, so these don't directly involve me. Zoom meetings have bee
  6. Would it be better to call the meeting to order and have the members stand at ease (or request unanimous consent for Recess) until Ms. T can arrive?
  7. Likewise. I received my first copy from Amazon on the 1st but it arrived damaged (based on the damage, it appears that the pages were creased when they attempted to shove RONRIB into the same envelope carelessly). My replacement arrived today and so far I have no complaints. Actually, one "complaint": it's bigger than the 10th and 11th editions, which means I'll probably need to rearrange a couple things in my bag to make it fit. Oh well, c'est la vie.
  8. I mean, if the singular 'they' is good enough for the Bard... (A Comedy of Errors, Act IV, Scene 3) And here's a short lecture on the subject that I find rather entertaining and informative.
  9. I concur with Mr. Mervosh. Personally, I'd err on the side of avoiding pronouns whenever possible, falling back to the singular 'they' if needed.
  10. There is a link to a PDF outlining changes at the bottom of this page. Look for "Download a PDF of all significant changes".
  11. Standing rules are described on page 18 of the 11th edition.
  12. Can confirm: The numbers are visible in Chrome on Windows, but not in Chrome on Android. EDIT: The numbers are visible in Chrome on Android on my tablet but not on my phone, so it likely has to do with the screen size rather than the browser.
  13. Option 1: The items on the agenda become "unfinished business" for the next regularly scheduled meeting*. See pages 358ff, RONR 11e, for more on unfinished business. Option 2: If you want to have more time to discuss the current topics, use Fix The Time To Which To Adjourn to create an "adjourned meeting". For instance: "Madam Chair, I move that when this meeting adjourns, it adjourn to meet at 8 PM on Friday, September 4th." See pages 242ff (ibid.) for more on Fix The Time To Which To Adjourn and pages 93ff (ibid.) for more on adjourned meetings. * If the two meetings are not separa
  14. Assuming your bylaws don't say anything different, the agenda doesn't become official until it's adopted by a majority vote at the meeting. It can be amended just like anything else that goes before the assembly (move to Amend, majority to pass).
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