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George Mervosh

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  1. Yes, the cited passage in post 2 mentions that they are rights.
  2. If you are serving as parliamentarian for the board meetings and membership meetings, this rule applies to both: "A member of an assembly who acts as its parliamentarian has the same duty as the presiding officer to maintain a position of impartiality, and therefore does not make motions, participate in debate, or vote on any question except in the case of a ballot vote. He does not cast a deciding vote, even if his vote would affect the result, since that would interfere with the chair's prerogative of doing so. If a member feels that he cannot properly forgo these rights in order to serve as parliamentarian, he should not accept that position. Unlike the presiding officer, the parliamentarian cannot temporarily relinquish his position in order to exercise such rights on a particular motion. " RONR (11th ed.), p. 467
  3. Absolutely not. If he's a member of the board he has a basic right to attend every board meeting. If any meeting is called without advising the President of it, the meeting is not a regular or properly called meeting an any action taken would be null and void and candidly, if the board did try that, the membership may very well decide to institute disciplinary actions on the rest of the members.
  4. Not unless the bylaws expressly authorize the board to discipline its members, and from you facts, that does not seem to be the case.
  5. As Mr. Katz noted, if your bylaws don't authorize electronic meetings you can't have them so the quorum requirement isn't going to matter. It's probably better to take a chance that you'll meet the quorum requirement at a properly called annual meeting. If you don't have a quorum at your in person meeting you still have satisfied the bylaw requirement to hold the meeting, whether that meeting simply adjourns or, as Mr. Katz notes, adjourns to another date and time. So scrap Zoom, in my opinion.
  6. 10 years ago, the late Mr. Mountcastle's source was the 10th Edition of RONR. Today try RONR (11th ed.), p. 468 - "The official record of the proceedings of a deliberative assembly is usually called the minutes, or sometimes—particularly in legislative bodies—the journal. In an ordinary society, the minutes should contain mainly a record of what was done at the meeting, not what was said by the members. The minutes should never reflect the secretary's opinion, favorable or otherwise, on anything said or done." Not only do you not record what is said by the members (of the board in your instance), you don't record what is said by anyone, at least if RONR controls the matter. Oh and please see this from Mr. Gerber regarding tacking on to old threads - https://robertsrules.forumflash.com/topic/25416-important-read-this-first-faq-and-information-for-new-members-and-guests/
  7. There is no need at all to address this in the bylaws. See https://robertsrules.com/faq.html#1
  8. It's the Secretary's duty to prepare the draft and it should done so according to the rules in Section 48 in RONR. But for fun, have your chair read p. 472ff for RONR's form of the minutes. They don't get much briefer than that.
  9. While he's clearly wrong that they are "no" votes, as FAQ#6 that Mr. Martin referred you to notes, it is possible that the abstentions have the same effect as a no vote. If a majority of the entire 3 member board is required to adopt a motion, 1 yes vote isn't going to cut it and the motion would fail. So he may just be using imprecise language.
  10. I'm stubbornly waiting for the Deluxe Edition.
  11. I was sure, So adopting an agenda which does not include new business doesn't prevent members from bringing up new business after all of the items have been gone through, but it's going to take something more to permit it, correct? If so, yes, I wasn't clear on that.
  12. If the rules in RONR solely control this matter and previous notice is not required, yes.
  13. See Temporary Occupants of the Chair, beginning on p. 452 of RONR for the full set rules which Mr. Katz has summarized.
  14. Oops, I misread this. Stay tuned for a good response.
  15. Not unless the board has granted permission for them to do so. See RONR (11th ed.), p. 487
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