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  1. Our non profit has a small limited set of bylaws. In it they state the Treasurer is "appointed" apparently by the chair/president. No where does it indicate that he can or cannot vote. Every board I have sat on, the Treasurer is part of the executive committee and full board and can vote. I cannot locate an answer in the RROO documents I've pulled up. Can someone assist with this question? I just joined this board and realize we need to change our bylaws but we're in a quandary at the moment and things are out of hand. Thanks to anyone who can help. Email is vnorthrup@cfl.rr.com.
  2. The text is relatively vague regarding whether or not a chair, who is a non member of the body, has the ability to break a tie vote. Can a chair who is not a elected member of the body break a tie.
  3. Hello, When a member of a Board of Directors proposes a new idea (change in positions, money allocation, etc) does that director have a vote on the proposed idea? Thank you, Lynn
  4. We did not fill the position of Treasurer at a recent meeting; the previous person is continuing but only wants the position to be "Acting" not permanent. Does he still have full voting rights?
  5. We have an on-going hostile takeover attempt at a local political club and the new comers are winning with incoming, new, majority members to create a majority voting bloc. In this process, some of the old guard are being accused of multiple bad deeds and put on formal trial to remove them from the Board, the majority rules, huh? The question is the trial voting process to find the accused guilty or not guilty and removal from the Executive Board and by Executive Board members, to which the accused is a normal voting member. Does the accused have the right to stay and vote, and/or leave a
  6. In my organization we have in our statutes that ex-officio members cannot vote. Robert's Rules grants ex-officio members all the same rights as normal members unless otherwise stated. There has been a debate that because we have in our statutes "ex-officio members cannot vote" that also means they are unable to make motions. I disagree because there is nothing in our statutes stating specifically that ex-officio members cannot make motion. Meanwhile others state that because making a motion leads to a vote it, in itself, is essentially the same as voting. So my question; can an ex-officio memb
  7. The by-laws of our NFP organization state that the executive committee of the board of trustees shall consist of the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and one other trustee who volunteers to serve and is approved by the board. At this last month's executive board meeting, a guest remarked that this 5th person (the volunteer trustee) is not allowed to vote. A discussion ensued about this issue after addressing this section of the by-laws. Does it have to be spelled out that the volunteer (BoT member) has voting rights? I maintain that if the volunteer is approved by the board
  8. During a recent meeting a person who was ineligible to vote voted during a voice vote. The result was 15-15 with one abstention. After the meeting closed a voting member brought forth the information that the there was an ineligible voter. Currently there is discussion as to whether the vote entirely should be invalidated or just eliminate the vote of the ineligible party (for clarity the ineligible was a nay) and does the abstention count towards the yays or nays?
  9. Good morning all, Here is my question. Can an Executive Director on a NFP have voting rights?
  10. Does a Member at Large have the same voting rights as any other member of the Board of Directors?
  11. If our Board members are unable to attend a regularly scheduled full Board meeting, we allow them to attend the Executive Committee meeting to receive credit. Should those members be allowed to vote during Executive Committee meetings? Should their presence be considered in determining quorum?
  12. I am the Chairperson for an college organization. In the Executive Board meetings, which are held weekly, there are the following present: President* Vice-President* Secretary* Treasurer* Chairman (myself) Academic Advisor The four main officers (*) were elected by the general membership. I volunteered myself as Chairperson, but the officers took a vote and unanimously voted me in as Chair. Our academic advisor, however, was voted in. He merely started to attend the meetings for the sake of his role as advisor for the organization. According to the college's description of the advisor, it sta
  13. Does an interim Sec and Treas have the same voting rights as a Sec and Treas on the board?
  14. I serve as parliamentarian for a small board. RONR p. 451. appears to preclude "a member of the assembly who acts as its parliamentarian" from casting a vote except in the case of a ballot vote. My question is this: If I am asked to rule on a particular motion from a parliamentary position, must I abstain from voting on the motion? Do I have to abstain from voting on ALL motions before the Board? What are the rules for having a Board member serve as parliamentarian? Does it matter that we operate under small board rules? Thanks for any help!
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