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  1. Hello looking for guidance here. There is a convention committee (created by the Bylaws) that allows for members and alternates to be designated by different bodies. Can one be both an appointee of one body and an alternate for another? Example: Organization A appoints Ms. Smith as its alternate and appoints 5 primary appointees. Organization B appoints Ms. Smith as its primary appointee and Ms. Jones as its alternate. If any one of Organization A's primary appointees do not attend a meeting, may Ms. Smith substitute in as an alternate and then Ms. Jones is the primary
  2. I am on the executive board of a small nonprofit organization - we have a total membership of about 100 members. There are 7 members of the executive board and they are all elected by the members for 2 year terms. The bylaws state that the president of the organization will appoint all committee chairs, but doesn't go into any further detail regarding committee chairs/appointments/removal of chairs/etc and does not detail how the committee chair puts the actual committee together (many of our committee chairs actually just operate as a committee of one to do the work, others recruit other memb
  3. Our bylaws states vacancies for executive board officers shall be filled by appointment by the voting assembly at its next meeting for the duration of the current term. The remaining non-voting executive board officers have recommended a member for the vacant position to the assembly for a yes/no vote. This has been past practice. Can the assembly insist on having a say on determining the recommendation or will their negative vote mean the process starts all over again.
  4. The bylaws authorize the president to make committee appointments and to fill certain vacancies. The bylaws also say the vice president may perform the duties of the president if the president is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of his office. The vice president may also perform such executive powers as the president may delegate. The bylaws say the president shall preside at meetings of the assembly but make no mention of who presides in the absence of the president. RONR is the parliamentary authority. Two questions: 1. Must the president make those appointments in a m
  5. I am in a group whose Bylaws do not explicitly allow business between in-person meetings. In such a circumstance is it legal for appointments or dismissals of Officers to be made between in-person meetings or by email? Thanks for the clarification.
  6. In the absence of an election, can the chair appoint? What rule addresses this? Thanks!
  7. Our bylaws state "Appointments by the board to fill vacancies shall be for the remainder of the term of the vacant position." It goes on to say that the appointment requires the approval of the entire membership at the next general meeting. However, our secretary does not keep minutes of the general meetings, just the board meetings. She did not even keep minutes of our last election in November! The approval of an appointee was announced at the last general meeting. No one called the meeting to order. No one established a quorum. It went from "welcome" to announcements and then directl
  8. The by-laws of our organization state that the president can appoint three people to the executive committee. The first Vice President is automatically a member. After the 2013 president of the organization resigned, the newly elected president appointed one person to the executive committee. The person appointed subsequently was elected first Vice President. Does the first Vice President continue to count as a presidential appointment, leaving the current president two appointees, or is the president allowed to name a third person since her first appointee became an official member when she
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