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Stan Duffy

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  1. Here is an extract from our Bylaws. "Officers and Board of Directors: The Officers of this Association shall consist of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. They shall be elected at the annual general meeting and voted for separately by ballot, and shall receive the majority of all votes cast. They shall hold office for two years and until their successors are selected. They shall be eligible for re-election, with the exception of the President, who is eligible for two consecutive 2 year terms only. President The President shall appoint all standing committees. He shall be Chairman at regular meetings and Board of Directors meetings. He shall have one vote. In the event of a tie, the President has one additional vote to break the tie. Vice-President .......... Secretary.....Treasurer.... (statements of their roles) ... Past President The Past President, as long as he remains active in the Association, unless elected to the Board of Directors, shall be an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors for the duration of the incoming President’s term. He shall have one vote. Vacancies : When a vacancy occurs on the Board of Directors, the President shall appoint a member who is in good standing to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term. Such appointment shall be ratified by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. Should the vacancy occur in the Presidency, the Vice-President shall succeed for the remainder of the unexpired term. In the event these two Officers shall become unavailable, the members shall elect their successors for the remainder of the term, at the next regular meeting." Traditionally, when our President has served their 2 terms that President has become our Past President on the Board. Our President, VP and Past President all resigned recently just prior to our election for a new President and VP. A new President and VP have been elected. We are wondering what happens to the position of Past President. Does the President who resigned have a rightful claim to becoming the Past President since he did not serve out his term but resigned before he was replaced? Should the new President appoint someone to fill that position? Should the position remain vacant until our new president is himself replaced? Our Bylaws do not state how the position of Past President is filled. I have read other posts related to a Past President but none seem to answer this particular question.
  2. We are a 250 member association. Our President and VP resigned. After call for candidates we had ONE candidate step forward for each position. The online election started 2 days ago and ends tomorrow night. The ONE Presidential candidate just told me he is no longer interested. As Secretary, and the only remaining Board member, how do you recommend I handle this? Is the VP candidate elected as VP and we put out a new call for Presidential candidates and have a NEW election election for President? Or is the Presidential candidate assumed to have won the election and then resigned, in which case our Bylaws state that the VP becomes President and appoints a VP for the remainder of the VP term of 3 years?
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