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George Mervosh

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  1. Correspondence read to the assembly isn't something listed in 48:4-5. but again, the assembly can add it in this case per 48:3 if it feels it is that important to do so. Any main motion arising out the correspondence would absolutely be included.
  2. The parliamentarian is clearly incorrect. Did he read 48:15? That said, I don't think the letter should be included in the minutes. It can certainly be filed with them. The assembly can order that the entire letter go into them however (48:3).
  3. No. A tie vote simply defeats whatever motion was being voted on. Under the rules in RONR no member can be compelled to abstain, so why is the one member not voting?
  4. Committees can exclude non -members, no doubt (50:27). I'm not sure the tellers are a committee but they do in fact seem like one.
  5. Do you think the tellers committee can disallow it on their own accord? I'm thinking they can but I may be wrong.
  6. I don't see anything in RONR that would prohibit a board from using only some of the procedures in small boards shown in 49:21. In my view there is nothing wrong with continuing to ask for seconds if that is what the board wishes to do,
  7. This was discussed here as well some time ago. https://robertsrules.forumflash.com/topic/17380-what’s-new-in-the-11th-edition-—-part-3-definition-of-“majority-vote”/ Very interesting.
  8. Under the rules in RONR, a member may abstain as he cannot be compelled to vote. RONR (12th ed.), 45:3. You should check with the board's attorney regarding any applicable rule in statute regarding this matter.
  9. Yes if there are 4 members present when the vote is taken. "As indicated in 3:3 a quorum in an assembly is the number of members (see definition, 1:4) who must be present in order that business can be validly transacted. The quorum refers to the number of members present, not to the number actually voting on a particular question. " RONR (12th ed.), 40:1
  10. I wonder if the vote to reopen them will be 4-4? It could be a long meeting.
  11. The entire constitution or bylaws may not be suspended, but it's possible that certain rules in the governing documents can be suspended. RONR (12th ed.), 25:7 Care to provide an example of a rule which you might like to see suspended?
  12. Yeah, because I'm lazy I just put a brief note in my signature.
  13. There are no restrictions in RONR. An assembly may enter into executive session any time it chooses to.
  14. Your rules says "No one on the nomination committee will be eligible to run for any office." In my view, what needs to be decided is if this rule applies to an ex-officio member or not. It doesn't say anything about participation. What if John Doe is a member of this committee but never participates once this year due to unusual circumstances? Is he eligible as a regular member of it even though he did not participate?
  15. Mr. Honemann needs to increase his fee for script writing.
  16. Under the rules in RONR, nominations do not require a second. RONR (12th ed.), t18-19, motion 53.
  17. Yes, but no one should move to approve the minutes of the prior meeting. Once the chair is sure there are no (more) corrections being offered he simply declares the minutes approved (or approved as corrected) without a motion to approve them. Members absent from the prior meeting are permitted to participate in the approval process. RONR (12th ed.), 41:10-11.
  18. Typically, at the annual meeting of the members, the Secretary records the minutes in accordance with the society's parliamentary authority. The Board has no authority to approve the minutes of the annual meeting unless the society expressly gives them that authority. If the society is granting them that authority they should, upon granting the authority instruct them to comply with the rules in §48 if they are not doing so. So basically, the membership just needs to exert its authority and instruct the board accordingly.
  19. RONR (12th ed.), 10:13-22 should be all you need to read regarding format but a thorough read of §10 in its entirety is not a bad idea.
  20. As far as RONR is concerned I don't see anything improper about adopting a motion of no confidence in someone other than a fellow board member. As the FAQ states, this is just an attempt to express an opinion. Also this motion is amendable. So If a motion is put forth to express no confidence in John Doe, the board can offer and adopt an amendment to strike "no" and insert "complete" and then vote on the motion in its final form. The two unhappy members may be even more unhappy if that happens. You should check with your board's attorney if you have further questions.
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