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  1. Though I wish that they would put up more resistance when asked to do so. 😉
  2. The assumption in RONR is that elections will occur at the meeting, in which case I definitely agree with Mr. Mervosh. It sounds like the Guest's elections are occurring outside of and after the meeting. I think I still agree with Mr. Mervosh that the adjournment of the meeting appears to be the deadline (because there is no floor to be nominated from once the meeting adjourns) but it is not absolutely obvious from what we've heard so far.
  3. This is not something that is answered in RONR. You will need to check your own governance documents / policies / procedures.
  4. A person who declines the nomination can still be elected.
  5. Except that the RONR term "consent calendar" does not, by itself, indicate or even imply that the items of business listed under that heading are not debatable (41:32 does note that this can be done by a special rule of order, but that is not the default). On the other hand, the vernacular term "consent agenda," wherever I have seen it used, does include the concepts that the items listed under that heading will be voted on in gross and without debate or amendment.
  6. Why without discussion? Amending the agenda is a debatable motion. If the item is a main motion it, too, is debatable. Or are you speaking of something on a Consent Agenda?
  7. A second may or may not be necessary, as @J. J. notes above. But a second is not sufficient to remove an item from the agenda. That requires a vote, as @Daniel H. Honemann has stated. Unless, as he also stated, there is a special rule or circumstance.
  8. Reading the excerpt that you have provided, I agree with Mr. Katz. Amendments that are within the scope of notice are allowed at the meeting. The boundaries of the "scope of notice" are your current situation at one end and what has been proposed at the other. For example, if you currently have an executive board of 18 and the proposed amendment is to bring that down to 11, then at the meeting a member can propose to amend that to any number between 12 and 17. An amendment to increase the size of the board would be out of order as would an amendment to decrease the size of the board
  9. You will need to refer to the bylaws and rules of the Town. Is the Clerk, an employee, is a voting member of the Town Board? What gives the Clerk authority to vote to break a tie (if a voting member, should vote with other members)?
  10. There is yet another option. This may also be a convention committee.
  11. Not following valid decisions of the body sounds like grounds for disciplinary measures.
  12. Under RONR, no. Under your bylaws? I doubt it but you should have a parliamentarian review them. Under the legislation that applies to your 501c(6)? That requires a legal opinion. BTW, what body unanimously approved this? The executive board or the membership (although I am not certain that it changes the answer to your question).
  13. The board can censure or otherwise take disciplinary action against the members. Review Chapter XX of RONR very carefully. This is not a criminal (or civil) law forum. Consult an attorney for advice.
  14. Guidance is that you carefully and thoroughly read Chapter XX Disciplinary Measures
  15. If a rule is being violated, a member can raise a point of order. Well, first of all, you've told us that there is something about it in your bylaws. But, in the situation where the bylaws are silent, see § 41: Order of Business; Orders of the Day; Agenda or Program, particularly 41:2 and 41:5–6.
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