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Mark Apodaca

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About Mark Apodaca

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    Professional Registered Parliamentarian
  • Birthday June 25

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    Santa Fe, New Mexico
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    Nonprofit organization governance, nonprofit organization finance, and of course, parliamentary law and procedures.

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  1. I found this meeting to be interesting and quite challenging. You have a delegate who is deaf-blind and the president of an association serving the deaf-blind community in the USA. He requires an interpreter who signs to the presiding officer who is deaf along with over 130 delegates who are deaf also.
  2. The organization's bylaws do not have a section for special meetings for either the board or the conference. The bylaws are mostly a 1980's version with a number of amendments since then. Yes, I explained what RONR points out but again it was the President's decision. I encouraged the President to have its new Bylaws Committee draft new revised bylaws. It is way overdue and hopefully I will become involved in a consulting capacity.
  3. Greg, Lets say that before adjournment, a delegate makes a motion to call for another meeting within 30 days to focus on just one very important item from the agenda. The motion passes. Two weeks later, the meeting will be scheduled to meet today (two weeks after the close of the meeting). Would this be considered a special meeting since it will address only one item? One thing that happened during the end of the previous meeting was that there was no motion to adjourn or fix the time.
  4. Lets say that there is an agenda which was approved by the delegates during a biennial conference. The agenda must be completed by, say 4 PM, as that was the agreement between the hotel and association to rent the ball room. At 4 PM, the agenda was not completed as there were some remaining business which has not been touched. What happens to the remaining items? Do they fall into the cracks?
  5. Thank you all for your support, advise, and comments. The last part of the session ran smoothly. I think it will be very educational if I write an article for NAP's National Parliamentarian related to being a parliamentarian for deaf related organizations. Thanks, Mark
  6. Thank you.. Atul, I am under the impression that you are a medical doctor and came to wonder how you manage your time when it comes to your profession and being a parliamentarian. I find it challenging and amazing myself. Mark
  7. Perfect... The delegate tried to get the bylaws suspended. The purpose was the same but tried to twist words to make it look different.
  8. I have a question for you while I am still in session. A delegate made a motion to suspend the bylaws. Failed to meet the 4/5 vote so therefore the motion failed. With that said, another motion to suspend the bylaws cannot be made because you cannot have the same motion during the same session. It does not matter who made the motion. It does not matter what the reason is. If the motion to suspend the bylaws passed then the delegate can make the motion (specific purpose). Correct me please.
  9. Yesterday during the third session of the conference (today is the fourth and last session), the election was held. All positions had one candidate except for the vice presidency. The current vice president lost his bid to be reelected by a vote of 72 to 58. Majority was 66. The secretary cast the ballot recording the results in the minutes. The election closed in the afternoon. This morning I learned that a group want to bring back the election and hold the vice presidency election again. There was no illegal voting. There were 138 delegates present and 137 voted. There is no ev
  10. Right.. but unlike many cases, the delegates include some who are deaf-blind and they rely on interpreters. If the interpreters can only work till 6 PM, following the agenda and some delegates make a motion to extend the session to 8 PM, the interpreters cannot stay for whatever reason. This will violate the deaf-blind delegates to equal access, fairness, and the right to vote. In this case, the motion can be considered to be out of order. Your thoughts?
  11. Breaks were on the agenda. Two, one hour breaks. Delegates voted to eliminate the breaks to have more time to debate the next several motions.
  12. Because their motions failed in today's session, I believe they will try again tomorrow since it will be session IV, the last session. Cannot make a same motion twice during the same day. According to today's agenda, the business meeting was supposed to end at 8 PM EST. During the last hour, there was debate to amend the agenda to 10 PM. That failed then there was debate to start early and extend time in the afternoon. The debate went on and on until the delegates voted to stay with the current agenda without changes. There were no breaks. The sign language interpreters did not
  13. Also, the organization's bylaws say under Suspensions: These bylaws may be suspended for a specific purpose by 4/5 vote of the delegates present and voting. Two delegates tried to suspend the bylaws three times (1 delegate once and another delegate twice). The motions failed all three times. They wanted to add an Article and section regarding to elections. They did not want to make a proposed amendment to the bylaws because they did not want to wait till the next biennial conference. That article/section about suspensions needs to be removed from the bylaws.
  14. Yes, in Zoom, next to all the squares there is an area in the right where people use it for chat. That is where you would see the PO and RFI during the process. The President explained that during the voting process there shall be no interruptions per the parliamentarian. Some of the delegates just continued with it. A lot of parliamentary training is needed. I gave three workshops and I recognized their names during the business meeting. They were great. I gave training to three states. Forty-seven more states to go. A challenge.
  15. Atul, There were no interruptions during voting so all was well. We received too many RFI or PO during the debate times. Mark
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