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  1. This term appeared in an agenda sent by an organization in Canada to which I belong. I've never encountered the term before nor can I find a reference to it in RONR.
  2. As secretary of our organization I was asked to include the above as an agenda item. I have never heard of this before. Could someone please enlighten me?
  3. Is "Old Business" a frequently used agenda item?
  4. Thanks for all the clarifications! Most helpful. NancyB
  5. Following a formal meeting, there can be an informal discussion among any participants who choose to remain. What is this called? I believe the phrase "general welfare" is part of the title.
  6. Our organization has no rules for membership. If you pay the yearly fee, you are deemed to be a member. Recently, however, the President and Vice-President of our organization wanted to deny membership renewal to a long-time member. Their tactic: if she tried to pay in person, the cheque would be refused; If she mailed her cheque to the President, he would not cash it or he would return it to her on the grounds that the organizations name was incorrectly stated; the amount was incorrect, etc. He then told the individual that membership could be granted if she were to meet with the Vice-President who would tell her what she needed to do to have her membership renewed. Obviously, this is infra dig but, in the absence of rules, how should the organization have proceeded?
  7. Recently, without consulting the Board, the President of our association sent a member of our group two registered letters, each threatening legal action. As a Board member, I believe the president should be censured for his unilateral actions. He has called a meeting of the Board. What action(s) can or should I take at that meeting? The threatened lawsuits happen to be without merit but that, it seems to me, is irrelevant. The issue is the proper response to his, to my mind, inexcusable behaviour.
  8. Thanks so much! I'd never have discovered this on my own. NancyB
  9. After all items on the agenda at a recent general meeting of condominium owners had been addressed, to my surprise various owners raised questions about a variety of topics which were discussed for some time until, finally, an owner moved adjournment; the movement was seconded and the meeting officially ended. The discussion was completely informal w/ the president and others voicing their opinions. Is there any precedent for allowing such? I certainly could not find any in RONR. If allowable, how would it be reported in the minutes?
  10. From time to time, it can be useful for our condominium council to meet informally to consider how best to respond to questions owners have raised or simply to plan for our next formal meeting. Is this OK? Should a brief summary of such meetings be sent to all owners?
  11. We are a small condominium (called a strata in Canada) w/ a 5 member board (called a council in Canada). If we have a meeting and one or more council members is absent, we always list the name or names of the absent member(s). One of our owners says that we must also list the names of all the members present as well. Is that correct?
  12. At our recent annual AGM we elected 5 members to the Condominium Board. Today we hold our first meeting. I assumed the first order of business would be to elect from among the members the President, Vice-President and Secretary. A continuing member, however, insists that she should chair the meeting and that the elections should take place after all other agenda items have been acted on, w/, obviously, no provision for a secretary to take notes. This seems highly irregular to me. Is it?
  13. Thanks, Hieu. I should have specified that I was referring to elections. Nancy B
  14. If balloting is secret and, therefore, the chair can vote, what happens if there is a tie? I've studied RRNR fairly carefully but can't find the an answer. Nancy B
  15. Thanks for the clarification. It seems that the British Columbia Strata [read Condominium] Property Act is ambiguous since it does not specify whether the 3/4 vote is to be a 3/4 vote of all owners present or not or just those present and voting.
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