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Benjamin Geiger

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  • Birthday 03/12/1982

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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. There is a link to a PDF outlining changes at the bottom of this page. Look for "Download a PDF of all significant changes".
  6. Standing rules are described on page 18 of the 11th edition.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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).
  10. I interpreted your earlier statement as meaning that there's a distinction between the HOA (homeowners are members) and the board (where the three board members are members). Mr. Brown is saying that if there's a meeting of the board, but there are members of the HOA (that are not members of the board) present, then seating the board members on a dais would be wise. In a meeting of the HOA, where the members of the board are just members, then they wouldn't be seated on a dais.
  11. I think you're conflating "the person running the meeting" with "the person running the organization". While the two can be (and often are) the same person, that is not necessarily the case. The expectation of impartiality applies to the person who is running the meeting, not necessarily to the person running the organization. For instance, the person running the organization can step down from running the meeting and appoint a chairman pro tempore in order to participate in debate. Also, board members don't hold any special status during normal meetings; they're just members. I
  12. Well, unless they're deer ranchers, I doubt they'd have any at all... đŸ˜‰
  13. Or, as the mnemonic goes: "you count heads, not hats."
  14. As the kids say today, "well, yes, but actually no." Theoretically, the presiding officer is still a member of the assembly (assuming they were one to begin with), which gives them the right to make motions. However, the presiding officer has an obligation of impartiality. This means that they are expected to waive their rights to make motions, participate in debate, or vote (except by ballot or when their vote would affect the outcome). There are two notable exceptions: 1. Under small board rules and in committees, the presiding officer is able to participate fully, without wai
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