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  1. In our organization, the bylaws don't mention committees at all. We simply meet yearly to elect the Executive Board. Can the Executive Board establish standing committees and boards—with standing authority to act on certain matters without specific instructions—that report to it? It is my understanding that such standing committees and boards would need to be in the Executive Board's special rules of order, per page 578.
  2. An organized group that began in 1999 with a set of approved Bylaws (that were completely revised in 2004 and amended several times since) has several committees that are names as Standing Committees. Our group is all volunteer. Our members have families and jobs and their time available to spend doing things for our club constantly changes. Since 2007 we have began each calendar year with fresh sign up sheets asking those members that are interested and available to serve to please sign up for a Committee - any Committee. Until tonight (1-29-14) no one has questioned this procedure/policy; in fact the ability to come and go has been very popular with the people who seemed to be doing all the work all the time. Now a members is stating that a Standing Committee remains staffed by members until they remove themselves or are removed with just cause. I have yet to reference my copy of Robert's Rules to see if this is even addressed. The Standing Committees are constant, it's the membership of the Committee that is in question. If our group has a policy that is not specifically addressed in our Bylaws but had been embraced by our membership what is the order of correctness between Procedures/policies, Bylaws, and Robert's Rules? And does the individual member of a Standing Committee in an all-volunteer organization remain on it because it's a Standing Committee? Or is the Committee all that's required to remain, allowing for a change in it's staffing.
  3. Newly appointed chairman of a standing committee is attempting to silence a minority (voting) member by unilaterally reducing the committee membership by one and then telling the member that services were no longer needed. Existing committee size and composition has been approved at previous committee meetings. What authority does the committee chairman have other than calling meetings, presiding over meetings and ruling on points or order? Also, is there anything in RONR regarding punishment of a member for opposing the majority?
  4. Corporation by laws give responsibility to manage a subordinate subcommittee to a standing committee. A motion to authorize the subordinate to execute one of its duties was introduced. A motion to lay on the table was approved (probably illegal because its purpose was to suppress the question). As a complicating factor, the subordinate has been performing this duty without approval from the standing committee. The motion to authorize was an attempt to enforce existing by laws. Two questions: 1) Does previous usage trump the by laws? 2) Can the lack of a vote be intrepreted as a lack of approval, therefore the subordinate does not have approval for this duty?
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