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Benjamin Geiger

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  1. I would presume that the "silent roll call" would be the secretary recognizing members and recording their presence. If the organization is small enough, the secretary could probably recognize all of the members by sight. (In our organization, members sign the roll as they enter the hall.)
  2. Isn't SOP normally to specify the desired result when suspending the rules, not to specify the rule itself? In other words, "I move to suspend the rules to allow Leeroy Jenkins to speak in debate" should solve the problem, no?
  3. What would be the proper verbiage if the (lengthy) motion has been distributed to the members and submitted to the chair and secretary in written form? Does it need to be read in its entirety?
  4. Ultimately parliamentary law can't protect an organization from itself.
  5. Ackchyually... The "f" stands for "folio", and usually refers to pages or sections, not lines. For instance, you could refer to "p. 237" (for page 237 alone), "pp. 237f" (for pages 237 and 238) or "pp. 237ff" (for page 237 and some number of following pages, typically determined by context). Whether "f" can be used to refer to lines seems to be under dispute. If you want to be as pretentious as I am, you could always use "et seq." instead. The duplication to indicate plural does hold, though. (Some languages do the same in the general case; the abbreviation for the United States in Spanish is "E.E.U.U.", for "Estados Unidos".)
  6. I'll do you one better. The party I work with calls its county-level organizations "Executive Committees". The Executive Committee I deal with itself has a "Steering Committee", which is for all intents and purposes a board.
  7. Page 447, lines 16-19: Since "members who can not vote" is a contradiction in terms under RONR, it stands to reason that these "non-voting members" would fall under the same category as non-members.
  8. Do your bylaws require a parliamentarian be appointed?
  9. If by "consent agenda" you mean the same thing as "consent calendar" (a series of motions to be adopted collectively and typically by unanimous consent), it's on pages 361-362.
  10. That's probable, but I was going by this note in the FAQ: "The material here is derived from Chapter 13 of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief."
  11. Pretty significant chunks of chapter 18 (the one OP linked to) appear to come straight from the official RONR FAQ, which is itself pulled from RONRIB.
  12. I'm not aware of one. You could always take Gandhi's advice and "be the change you wish to see in the world". (Or you could take Nike's (and Shia LeBeouf's) advice and "just do it".) If you find one, or create one, let me know because I'll join.
  13. That's a legal question, not a parliamentary one. You'll need to check your local laws or ask an attorney. In assemblies following RONR, however, nobody has 'veto power' unless the bylaws explicitly say so.
  14. Officially, every Toastmasters club I've ever attended has used RONR as its parliamentary authority. (I vaguely remember that it's actually required by the US organization and highly encouraged elsewhere, but I haven't been a Toastmaster in almost a decade.) In practice, it's much more common to see "Bob's Rules" or "Telephone Rules". Most members don't read RONR; they learn by watching members who learned from watching members who learned from watching members who might have skimmed one of the public-domain editions once.
  15. I interpreted the question as one of "what do we do next time"/"what should we have done". And I should've thought to look up further information under the Previous Question's entry.
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