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  1. This question has to do with which bylaws to follow in a nonprofit with the following structure: a national organization, with regional/satellite offices, and each regional/satellite office with volunteer chapter(s). The regional office has its own set of bylaws which outline the running of its chapters. Chapters previously did not have Chapter bylaws, rather a Chapter Manual Guide (CMG). Recently, the regional office restructured the CMG to include bylaws, but kept these new bylaws under the the cover/title of CMG. Is this even a thing (as in, can there be bylaws at several different layers of an organization)? Is it possible for there to both be chapter bylaws and regional bylaws? If so, which takes precedence in the event of conflicting language? There is a differing of opinions on which of these documents to follow. Is this a question for parliamentary procedure or legal standing?
  2. My organization has subordinate chapters with a yearly convention of voting delegates. Voting delegates are defined as current or past presidents in good standing. This year, the governing board has passed along a 40+page listing of proposed amendments to our by-laws. At the regular subordinate chapter meeting, am I required to read every single by-law and amendment for the membership? Traditionally, this has been done but most years, the list of proposals is very short. I suspect that reading and discussion of each of the proposed changes could potentially take several hours. Someone suggested that as the current president, I am the voting delegate and should already be entrusted by the electing body to vote in the best interest of our chapter. Can I forgo reading of all of these pages of proposals? If so, what language is used for the minutes? Do I need someone to make a motion?
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