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  1. Guest

    Presidential Authority

    My volunteer organization operates off of a written constitution and bylaw book. I have a question which breaks down into several parts, all around the authority of the President. Our books clearly outline the responsibilities and duties of all officers and members. We have stipulations for membership which directly relate to benefits after a certain time period, basically if you do your duties for the required amount of time you’ll have less requirements after 7 years and then again after 10 years. Should you not perform your required duties, you suffer a loss of credited time which will need to be made up before being able to have less responsibilities. At our last meeting, our President basically wiped the time clean for those members who owe time going back to 2014. There is nothing in our books that state this is permissible. I’m looking for some specifics from RROR that I can cite at our next meeting and not simply “They can’t do that” answers. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
  2. Guest

    President Authority

    Good afternoon, Our chapter president dictates tasks and other policies on a regular basis. I know the presiding officer has the right to set procedures for expedition of meetings, but our president is setting procedures that are contrary to our bylaws and, what I believe to be, RONR. She states that it is within her authority to do so. Additionally, she states that other officers and chairs are subordinate to her and that if we disagree or don't do as we say we are being insubordinate. What authority does a chapter president/presiding officer have over members, officers, and chairs? Thanks!
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    President Gone Rogue

    So our president has gone rogue. He claims to know that only the board as a whole has the authority to make decisions, but he's not living it and is seeking to dictate to the entire board "how things are going to be." Is there anything in Robert's Rules that speaks to the "limits" of a president's so-called power? As well, our bylaws do read that directors are elected for "a three-year term or until the director's successor is elected." I understand that to mean that the general membership has the ability/power to remove a director at a duly called meeting for any reason (or no reason). Is this correct? If that is correct (and if so, I surely hope it doesn't come to that, since it would cause division in the organization), what is the proper procedure for doing that at a meeting? Does one just stand up during a lull and say, "I move to remove Mr X. from the position of president"? Does notice need to be given? Should the president be made aware that this is coming?
  4. I am seeking clarification regarding the "Authority" section of our by laws. They read as follows... Except as in herein otherwise specifically provided, the decision of the Board in all Associations matters shall be final, subject only to an appeal to the Association. The Board shall have general control over all officers and committees and may, for good cause, declare an office vacant. it shall constitute a Board of Appeal form the rulings of all officers and actions of committees. Appeal may be taken from any decision of the Bard to the Association. On such appeal the decision appealed from shall be reversed only by two-thirds vote of the members present, at the regular meeting specified by the Board, a quorum being present, notice of such appeal having been given by the secretary to all members of the Association at least fifteen (15) days previous to such meeting. Does this mean that any Board decision can be challenged by filing an appeal? At the regular meeting where the appeal is to be discussed/voted on, can it be reversed based on the vote of any qualifying association members, and not just the Board? Providing the other criteria mentioned above have been met. Thank you.
  5. Another committee/board question. If a committee that has been formed by the board submits a report to the board, is the board obligated to either accept the reports recommendations OR refer it back to the committee for more work? If the board refers the report back to the committee, can/should the board make recommendations as to the types of changes/work that it (the board) would like to see? Alternatively, can the board receive the report and proceed to change it as needed without referring it back to the committee that produced it?
  6. Our organization has a Special Committee whose chairperson has started to run amok. She seems to believe that the general membership has granted her committee (particularly its chair) to do whatever it pleases, even if it runs counter to what the general membership and/or the board of directors has dictated. She is even drafting and distributing minutes that contain her version of what happened at the most recent meeting of this particular Special Committee, even though most of it is entirely imaginary (although coincidentally enough, these minutes refelct her own desires exactly). If the bylaws state that the Board is responsible for Special Committees and is the body who in practical terms appointed this person as chair (as there was no motion to that effect ever made at the general membership level...although neither was their such a motion made at the Board level...sigh...), can the Board simply remove this person from the committee? Is this a Chapter XX situation? (Please tell me it isn't.)
  7. It appears as though a committee member has been consulting with non board members and other members, not previously approved by board at the time the committee was assigned with the task of seeking resolution. Committee members were only approved to discuss topic of resolution with attorney as a committee. This particular member has not only contacted attorney on behalf of committee without informing other committee members, but also contacted non board affiliated members while claiming to act on behalf of the board. Further, this committee member has contacted only one party (in a two party member dispute) to inform them of the "claimed" actions of the board. Thus, the question is: Under Roberts Rules of Order, Does the president, who appoints committee members, have the authority to remove, replace or reassign a committee member?
  8. As Corporate Secretary (and an Officer) of my Association I am wondering what my authority is when it comes to internal operational issues is in the absence of the President. I understand that I primarily have the role to report to the Board but there is a situation that happened recently that I am concerned with. Without having a hierarchy (decision making power) spelled out out on paper the management team is at a loss when it comes to making decisions in the absence of the President. There has been a serious safety issue in the office and when the President is not here it is unclear who has the power to make decisions that affect the employees and Association. This issue is something that has to be dealt with immediately and cannot wait until the President is back in the office. There is a CFO and management team in-house. It doesn't seem that the CFO wants to use his authority and I feel a certain sense of responsibility, do I have any authority here? Can you help with some clarification? Thank you!
  9. How does one deal with a question posed for a vote that the board has no authority to vote on? Our board has attempted to resolve on an issue in conflict with rules determined by another department with greater authority.
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    Authority of chairman

    We have a board of six members that changes every four years. in 2003, that Board adopted a resolution that prohibited personnel actions relating to certain officers without first having discussions at one meeting and then voting at the next meeting. In November 2011, the Board voted to take personnel action to terminate an officer without following the 2003 resolution. The 2003 resolution was not rescinded before the termination action was taken. Four months later, a new chairman of a new board declares the action taken in November null and void because the 2003 resolution was not followed or rescinded. He unilaterally reinstates the officer. Does Chairman have such authority or must the decision to declare action null and void and reinstate officer be put to a vote? Did the voting without following the 2003 resolution make the action terminating officer void? Proper procedures regarding voting in November were followed.
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