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  1. Does the chair or chairman have the prerogative to not recognize a duly made motion?
  2. Guest

    Privilege of Chairman?

    I am on a seven member, relatively insignificant, town committee. We practice Parliamentary procedure very loosely, which in this case is not completely inappropriate, but I feel that our new chair is taking advantage of the situation. First, at our last meeting the first chairman announced that he was going to resign and, in the same statement, nominated his successor, and without a second, called a vote, which passed unanimously. The new chair then, nominated the vice chairman. She did wait for a second, then the vote was called and it passed unanimously. I did not disapprove of the changes in roles, but thought the process should have played out differently. I thought it would have been more judicious if the chairman had resigned at the close of the last meeting, then nominations The chair writes the agenda and this next meetings includes this as it's first item of business: "Chairman’s statement for entry into the record." Is this appropriate?
  3. Can an organization's executive board vote in 2 co-chairmen of a standing committee? The bylaws say there will be "a chairman" of each standing committee. ----Note: I don't see how 2 people could preside, but that's not the initial question.
  4. Hi, a question that arose that I didn't know the answer to is: in a regularly meeting deliberative assembly, if the chairman constantly proposes motions but is overwhelmingly rejected each and every time he does so, does he have a moral obligation to resign? (I am not a member of this assembly so I do not know a great deal of details, but I do know there is discontent brewing.)
  5. The organization that I'm a part of has a Chairman of the Board who doesn't like to follow our Constitution, Bylaws, Rules and Regs, OR Robert's Rules. On multiple occasions this person has been told that they are indeed in the wrong and have not been following proper procedure and they have completely ignored me, made rude comments. Let's say he's just fallen short of having me removed as a member because I won't let the matter go. His actions of ignoring proper procedure have resulted in 2 members being voted out of their positions incorrectly. One being the former Chairman of the Board who was not present at the general membership meeting to defend himself or his actions that were called into question. The second being the former Chief, who at the same meeting had a vote of no confidence against him, which fell short of majority and 2/3. The next night at the Board of Directors meeting, he was voted out of his position (we require the full 9 BOD members there to vote a Chief in, but it says nothing about removing a Chief). The Chairman also has used his position to vote in a program that had to be suspended only after a month due to improper insurance coverage. Our organization requires that if an elected member (both who were voted out were voted into their position for 3 yr and 2 yr terms) is being voted out of their respective office, you MUST bring that person up on formal charges, have an investigating committee, and trial. These NEVER took place. Motions were made, seconded, and the matters voted on. The current Chairman of the Board had a very specific agenda that night and unfortunately, I seem to be one of the only people to ever really read into any of our governing rules and knew that they were in the wrong. Now we are dealing with this Chairman having voted in a program with the former President (who up and quit when he didn't like that people were still questioning his program) without proper coverage, putting our members and our organization at risk. What steps do we need to take to have this person removed from their position? Given that he is an elected board member, must we follow the rules or can we make a suggestion that he resign from his position to save him and us the embarrassment of a trial. Thanks you in advance for any answers and suggestions!
  6. Good day all. Our new Board Chairperson (9 1/2 months) has taken it upon herself to start changing the way things have been for the past 4 years. By that I mean she has started to institute changes relative to policies that have been in place (voted on by the past Board) without having had a Board meeting (or vote of the current Board) for the purpose of making any changes. In our bylaws it specifically states that the day to day operations are controlled by the President and Executive Committee. She has (recently) been attempting to take control of that as well. I have pointed out to her, on several occasions, about the aforementioned policies and bylaws (I am co-chair of the Board) to no avail. What recourse do I have at this point in time? Thanks in advance.
  7. I am a little confused with the wording on pages 175-176. If an assembly appoints its own committee members but does not explicitly state the committee chairman, does the first person named automatically get the title or are they in all cases only the temporary chairman (to call the committee meeting) and the committee selects its own chairman?
  8. If the Chairman will be on a ballot for nomination to a position other than the Committee, is it proper for said chairman to preside at the Assembly?
  9. Our structure is that we have a President and a Chairman of the Board. Within that structure does the president have a vote?
  10. Does chairman have the right to refuse to accept and act on a motion regarding a topic that is on the adopted agenda strictly because he doesn't want to allow the body to vote on the item that he knows will go against his wishes. We have a situation where the chairman will simply rfuse to accept a motion on a subject he is opposed to. If he does not have the authority and does it is there a remedy?
  11. Can an individual nominate himself/herself for consideration as a "Presiding Officer" i.e. "Chair", "Vice Chair", "Secretary", etc.?
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    board of inquiry

    have a request from members to form a Board of inquiry into actions taken by the executive board. Can this be formed without consent of the executive board? What percentage (or is there one) of the membership must request this action? There is noting in our by-laws that state anything about forming investigative committees.
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    Debate Questions

    Our organization is facing what is going to be a very volatile meeting: our president and two of her friends appointed themselves the bylaws committee and have written an entirely new set of bylaws that they wish our club to adopt. The Board of Directors voted unanimously to not accept these new bylaws (the president did not vote), but according to our current bylaws, all bylaws revisions must go before the general membership for a vote. The motion to accept any bylaws changes must pass by a 2/3 vote. Here is the problem, at our board meeting last night, the president announced that she will run the meeting according to HER rules, and not RRoO. I pointed out that our bylaws state that we are governed by RRoO. She stated that she is going to limit each member to only asking questions, and that they must either email them to her in advance or write them down prior to the meeting. I told her that she cannot do this (some of our members do not even have email). Am I correct? Also, she said that, other than asking a question, no one will be recognized from the floor - so she is attempting to stop anyone from voicing an opinion or actually debating the issue. Again, she cannot do this, correct? She said that she will allow each member to speak for only one minute - I told her that according to RRoO, each member can speak twice, for 10 minutes, unless a motion is made and passed by the majority limiting the time. Am I right? Also, with her "question and answer session," are the members of the bylaws committee (the opposing side) then bound by the same rules as the rest of the general membership and allowed to speak only twice and for a limited time? Finally, I told her that if she plans to speak regarding the motion or participate in the debate in any way, she must recuse herself as chair and allow the vice-president to run the meeting. I also told her that if she does recuse herself to speak (and then she has the same limits regarding length of time and can take the floor only the same number of times as the general membership is allowed), she cannot resume her chair until AFTER the vote is taken and the results read. Again, am I correct? Thank you kindly.
  14. I am looking for some help in a quite complicated matter. The President of our club and a couple of other members have taken it upon themselves to do a total revision of our bylaws, which they now want to put before the general membership. As a Trustee on the Board of Directors, I, and several other board members, feel that this revision has been done in violation to our current bylaws, and should not be considered at all. Our bylaws state that “The rules contained in the current edition of RROO, NR” shall govern the Club in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the Club may adopt.” This is where it gets sticky: Our bylaws state: “The Parliamentarian shall serve as the chair of the bylaws committee.” In this case, he was present at fewer than half of the meetings of the bylaws committee, in part because he just wasn’t available, and also because the President decided to split the committee into “guys and girls” factions and hold separate meetings. Bylaws committee composition: “Shall consist of at least 5 members including the parliamentarian, who shall serve as chair.” Most of the meetings were held with only 2 or 3 members present, and other members who expressed interest in being on the committee were not informed of when and where the meetings were being held. At least one member who started on the committee was later excluded from meetings, even though he repeatedly asked when and where the meetings were. The Parliamentarian was only invited to the "guys" meetings. Amendments: Our bylaws state: “Proposed changes to the bylaws shall be submitted to the bylaws committee.” No one from the general membership requested a total revision, or any revision at all, of our current bylaws. When questioned about this, the President stated that SHE requested the total revision, and that SHE IS a part of the general membership. Is this so? If she is President, is she still part of the general membership? So, would this bylaws revision by valid, or in fact in violation of our current bylaws? Thank you for any help and insight into this matter.
  15. If a motion was made at a meeting last month and the voting body passed it and the meeting closed. Can the chairperson come back to the new meeting the following month and say that she made a mistake and should not have allowed the motion to pass, and it will be taken off the record like it never exsisted? If this answer is in the book could someone please point me to the correct page? I am having trouble finding something. Thanks for the help. A
  16. The Executive Board of a local committee has a rather reluctant chairman who cancels any (Exec Board) meetings when anyone, other than himself, requests one. I cannot find any reference as to who may call a meeting anywhere in the committee's bylaws, its plan of organization or RROR. I'm hoping to cite a specific section in Robert's (if one exists) since I'm anticipating further pushback from the chairman. Thanks in advance. George
  17. Guest

    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.
  18. Guest

    Chairman resignation

    I have two questions: If the chairman of the board is resigning from the board completely is it proper for a new chairman to be elected prior to the old chairman's resignation and if so, can the old chairman vote for the new chairman? I would appreciate any responses.
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