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  1. Thank you, gentlemen! I presumed this to be the case, although I wanted to be sure.
  2. Hi all, a quick question about quorum that a friend of mine and myself were discussing. Suppose a bylaw clause states, "Section #. Quorum. A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum." Suppose further that there are 20 members of the Board of Directors and that 15 of them resigned partway through their term for whatever reason (these resignations are accepted). Suppose the bylaw provision regarding vacancies on the Board is, "Section # Directors. A vacancy in a position of elected director shall be filled by the Board until the next General Meeting. No vaca
  3. Suppose this is the case, would a remedy for KTB's situation be to move the contracting of the individual anew if possible (and maybe pursue a censure or some other measure against the Board)?
  4. Agreed. Thank you! This is a case where fix the time to which to adjourn would have come in handy.
  5. Let's for sake of discussion show the bylaw clause pertinent here: "[the governing documents can be amended] by a two-thirds vote provided that notice of fourteen (14) days has been provided to all members of the Board of Directors" Does this change anything? I don't think so, but I don't mind hearing everyone's opinion.
  6. I am inclined to agree with you. Thank you!
  7. Hi all, Suppose you have a meeting where you considering a motion that requires 7 days notice as per the bylaws. Further, suppose that this meeting is inquorate. The President then calls a special meeting with 4 days notice as required in the bylaws to consider that motion, is notice fulfilled? Or does the special meeting also have to be at least 7 days in advance?
  8. Hi all, From what I am reading about Suspend The Rules, (25:1) it makes it clear that an assembly can use this motion, that I know; although, from what I have read, it seems that this is not something a committee can explicitly do (unless a special rule of order/bylaw clause states that they can of course). This is based from my reading, there is nothing to my knowledge that says it one way or another. So, can a committee move to suspend the rules? Thank you all in advance!
  9. Dr. Kapur, do you think this would also apply in the case of requiring members to register in advance? For example, in the call stating that all members who wish to attend must register 48 hours prior to the start of the meeting, in your opinion, would this be covered by 61:6 or would it have to be in the nature of a special rule of order/bylaw clause?
  10. Thank you Mr. Martin, you addressed all of my concerns. You addressed my concern here with the sentence, I was unsure how it would occur at its first instance. For my curiosity, what sort of bylaw language would authorize the Board to have such power? I have seen Boards that have the ability to amend their society's bylaws; therefore, even if they are unable to institute this on their own volition, I assume they can change the bylaws to reflect the language you kindly presented above? Thank you!
  11. Hi all, I wanted to ask a hypothetical about the use of a credentials committee at an AGM. Is it proper to require prior registration to an AGM and then have a credentials committee of sorts as per 59:14? I recognize the difference between an AGM and a Convention from RONR's perspective; I wonder what the members here think about the use of registration as per 59:14 at a general meeting of an organized society? I think from an organizational perspective; it would be difficult (especially in a virtual world) to not ID the members to ensure they are entitled to be present and vot
  12. No. A fundamental principle of parliamentary law is that one member gets one vote. "It is a fundamental principle of parliamentary law that each person who is a member ... is entitled to one -- and only one -- vote on a question" (RONR 45:2). A committee chair usually votes with all of the other members, even if they didn't, which is the case with the presiding officer of a large deliberative assembly, it is clear that they cannot vote twice. The presiding officer of a large deliberative assembly may vote to create a tie or to break one, but unquestionably they shall not do both simultan
  13. Hardly! I was inspired by that question with a situation I have encounter at one of my orgs. Thank you for this! I think it's the best way to do it, less questioning the impartiality of the chair.
  14. Nothing on the topic, it is the standard bylaw out of RONR with minor modifications. The Board is a large one, therefore the Chair has always adhered to all of the rules set out in RONR regarding the Rule Against the Chair's participation in Debate as per 43:29.
  15. Hi all, I have been looking for an answer to this question in RONR and cannot find it directly addressed. If the Chairman of a standing committee also happens to be the President of the Board, what occurs when the standing committee reports with recommendations to be debated? My first impression, as to ensure impartiality of the Chair, is that the President should allow the Vice President to preside for the duration of the debate coming from the committee's report. But it also occurs to me that the President could allow another member to present the report of the standing committee a
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