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  1. The following administrative powers were (strangely) included in our 501c3's new/first Bylaws earlier this year. We are a public middle school PTO. Only the 5th/last of these seems reasonable to me. Policies -- Seek input and approval of school administration on all matters. Funding -- Fundraising efforts beyond dues must be approved by administration. Elections of Executive Committee -- Filling mid year vacancies requires administration approval. Special Meetings -- Administration may, on his/her own, call a special meeting. Treasurer Duties
  2. Our 501c3's new (first) Bylaws state that a mid year vacancy in the Executive Committee (made up of four officers) "shall be filled by the Executive Committee with the approval of the school's administration". The current three officers elected a fourth officer, with a 2-1 vote. However, the school administration (principal) is now requiring that the office be filled by a unanimous vote, and will accept/approve the same, or any other candidate, as long as the current three officers all vote in favor of the candidate. Can administrative approval impose a requirement that does not align with vot
  3. 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 wil
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    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?
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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 reas
  6. 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 ap
  7. 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?
  8. 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 b
  9. 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
  10. 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 h
  11. 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.
  12. 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 followe
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