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  1. Hello, Our nonprofit executive committee met last week to approve a minor action. Do these minutes need to be approved? If so, by whom? Thank you, Laura
  2. May a secretary record in the minutes that a vote was "Unanimous," or "Motion carried Unanimously"? If such is permissible, what form of voting procedure(s) must be followed?
  3. I am our board's secretary. We usually hold an executive session (without staff) at the end of each meeting to discuss personnel issues, such as salaries, benefits, etc. Because the board minutes are posted on our Intranet site, which the staff can view, they include only the topics we discussed, not the details that would be considered confidential. My question is: If I were to include the details of our private discussions and decisions, how would we keep the minutes of that part of our meeting confidential? The staff needs to reference the non-private sections of the board minutes
  4. History: Our non-profit group held their AGM recently. The secretary had sent out AGM minutes from the previous year (2020) as mandated but sent them as a Rev.1. The reason for this was the out-going secretary in 2020 had sent out the minutes to the incoming board a few days after the 2020 AGM, in Feb 2020. The current secretary noticed there was an error on those Feb 2020 version, revised them, and sent out the revised copy, indicating they were revised by adding Rev 1 to the title, to be adopted at the 2021 AGM. Question: Was the current secretary in error by sending out AGM Minu
  5. We are a condo board. Is there a way to insist a committee’s full report (121 words) be part of the minutes, verbatim? Is there a specific procedure for this?
  6. During a board meeting last weekend, a director disclosed that she had been contacted by someone who was trying to convince her to support an issue. Does that information have to be published in the meeting minutes?
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    Agenda in minutes?

    When an agenda is adopted for a meeting how much detail of the agenda needs to be recorded in that meetings minutes? Is a simple note that an agenda was adopted enough or needs the whole agenda be spelled out?
  8. The Board of the organization I worked for met in Executive (Closed) Session to discuss a then-ongoing legal matter. A motion was considered and passed regarding the matter. (In short, the Board gave the Executive the authority to settle the issue up to a certain amount.) The association's bylaw regarding minutes are below: 13.6 Minutes i. The minutes of the meetings of the [Board] shall: a. be the responsibility of the Recording Secretary, in their absence the [Board] may select a temporary replacement; b. include a summary of the discussion, a record of the motions pass
  9. We had a Special Called Business Meeting convened. Meeting was called to order and Agenda was read. Member requested to read a statement into the official record as part of the meeting. Second member made a motion to move the stated agenda to the regularly scheduled business meeting for the following reasons: - meeting agenda was not announced at two consecutive meetings prior - agenda items to be voted on were in violation of the Constitution & Bylaws which stated those items must be carried out at Regularly scheduled business meeting. Our Bylaws state we will follow Rober
  10. Guest

    Changing Minutes

    At a Board of Directors meeting, a motion was made and passed that allocated funds to an individual, with the individual being named in the motion. After the meeting, the individual receiving the funds asked that their name not be in the minutes, so the secretary removed the name. The minutes have not yet been approved. What course of action is available to address the meeting minutes being intentionally falsified? Can a majority vote of the Board allow the minutes to be falsified?
  11. We've had some significant dysfunction in our organization recently, which included a secretary who didn't understand what minutes should (and shouldn't) contain. The last several sets of minutes that she prepared were not approved by the board due to inaccuracies and liability concerns. Our new secretary is not sure what to do with these minutes that aren't approved were never fixed (as the previous secretary took any recommended changes really personally). The new secretary wasn't on the board when those minutes were compiled and then rejected by the board. Is it appropriate to pull out
  12. Good day. Hope everyone is doing well. I have a question of the transcribing of minutes. I tried to point out to our Chairperson that things like personal observations, judgmental comments, or wording, such as... "There were several displeased and heated opinions regarding the addition of the category and the language...", do not belong. He tried to argue that "the minutes have to be accurate and we can't take short cuts". I argued that the minutes should be concise and summarize the major points of what happened at the meeting. Not to include opinion and speculation. Help?
  13. Point of order is raised in contentious debate over a motion - does the point of order get included in the minutes?
  14. I am presently the minute secretary of a non profit organisation. As I am due to take minutes of the AGM this month, I have been forwarded a copy of last year's minutes. There is no list of members present on these minutes, only a note under the "Present" tab that the chairman has a list. My question therefore is - can these minutes be approved without the list of attendees being available?
  15. Is it normal (or appropriate) for minutes to be read immediately following a meeting - basically, to re-cap what was said/voted on at the meeting?? My not-for-profit company has been doing this for years and I feel if you read the minutes after a meeting that "technically" they are approving them on-the-spot. Thoughts???
  16. I am part of a small board. I understand that opinion and commentary are not part of minutes. If such opinion or comment is part of an officer's (verbal) report, should it be included? Example: Officer reports that the budget for a raffle drawings was not enough to last the fiscal year, and states her opinion about the purpose of such drawings--which happens to contradict the published purpose. If the opinion is directly related to an action the officer is taking, should it be included? Example: Officer reports she will be absent for a future meeting and delegates one of her tasks to another m
  17. The Dec. minutes for our non-profit group were approved at the beginning of the January meeting. There was election and change of several board members from December to January. A former board member (from December) submitted an amendment to the previously approved minutes. Who should be voting on this amendment- the December sitting board members or the new sitting board members? Does it matter if the members were present at the meeting or not? Just FYI- since our minutes are published, they include what was "done and said". The discrepancy is about what was "said" (though it is my feeli
  18. Guest

    Approval of Minutes

    If the December 2012 minutes are corrected and then approved and accepted at the January 2013 ..... can those minutes then be further corrected and then approved and accepted yet again? could you cite "chapter and verse" to justify your answer .... thank you
  19. Guest

    in camera minutes

    If part of the meeting is in camera, is there any obligation to publish in the public minutes anything that went on "in camera", including any motions, passed, defeated or tabled? Or does all of that just stay in the "in camera" minutes?
  20. Constitution states: Minutes of all Executive Committee meetings, including teleconferences, shall be kept and promptly promulgated to the Association members within 30 days of the meeting. So if a vote is caried out in Executive Session, do the members have the right to see the passing of that vote in the promulgated minutes?
  21. In Robert Rules of Order 11th edition, pg.36. When and how do you use "Rescind and Expunge" and what does it mean "on extremely rare occasions". What is the criteria for using the rule?
  22. A member proposed an amendment to a motion. The amendment failed, the motion passed. Is it necessary to document the amendment in the minutes? Carole O
  23. Our board is having a retreat, where we are orienting new members, discussing plans and priorities for the coming year, touring the facility, etc. There are no action items, and there will be no votes taken--it's purely informational. Are we required to take official minutes?
  24. Guest

    Meeting minutes

    Please can you tell me if Roberts Rules, 11th edition says anything about how meeting minutes should be typed? I know that withdrawn motions should not be included but how about the format of the minutes? We have a secretary who does it differently after every meeting and things that's just fine. It makes it difficult to read, especially when she center's everything on the page.
  25. I am the recording secretary for two public pension plans. This is my first experience doing minutes, much less for a public body. There seems to be some confusion about how some things should be handled, and I really haven't found an answer yet, so I'm hoping one of you lovely people can help me. My first question is about correcting minutes. Yesterday, the previous meeting's minutes were on the agenda to be approved. There was some clarifying statement that one member wanted, so a vote was passed to amend one section of the minutes. The minutes were approved as amended. My question is do I m
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