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  1. If bylaws of a society requires electing office by ballot, and the society did it by voice, the action should be what RONR 12ed. 23:6(e) says. If a member is allowed to call for a point of order when there is no business pending, the point of order is a main motion. Is it correct?
  2. A parent committee appointed non-members of the committee to its subcommittee. These appointments were never authorized by the assembly (c.f. p. 497, ll. 16-19). If the appointments are ratified by the assembly, does that also, by extension, also ratify all actions done by the subcommittee while the breach was occurring? Or, do the actions taken by the subcommittee also need to be ratified? If no one raises a point of order on the issue of continuing breach in this case, should the parliamentarian point out the error in proceedings?
  3. Can the Chair suspend an adopted motion that may violate the bylaws? The motion that was adopted may or may not be a "policy statement." Until the definition of a policy statement is determined, the Chair would like to suspend the decision and any action. The Board meeting via conference call was Thursday night, so it is too late to reconsider the motion. Our bylaws state that a unanimous decision is required for policy statements. While there was a clear majority, this was not a unanimous decision. Without getting too specific, the motion reads, "I move that the (named org) join the
  4. Is an election to an office which is not vacant always void and a continuing breach? A member is elected in a special election to an office that the members erroneously believed to be vacant. Is such an election always void or does it depend on the circumstances? Assume, for the purposes of this discussion, that the position is already filled and is not vacant and that the error comes to light after the special election to fill the alleged “vacancy”. Consider the following two scenarios. Case A: The bylaws provide that officers serve a fixed term, such as for two years, and the term h
  5. The Society of which I am Chair has a real mess on its hands.... - November 1996: Society adopts a standing rule banning the Society from funding political clubs. This rule continues to be in effect. - March 2011: Executive Committee of the Board approves an application to fund a left-wing club. - October 2012: Executive Committee of the Board considers an application to fund a right-wing club. Motion postponed. - December 2012: Board of the Society voted to fund the right-wing club in question. - April 2013: Society holds a General Meeting. A motion to adopt a standing rule banning the Soci
  6. How does one assembly (a special meeting of the membership) raise a point of order about a continuing breach of the Rules by another (the board)? The breach in question is clear, leaving no room for interpretation, and satisfies the other requirements in RONR. The Board has been notified informally, but to no avail.
  7. Our committee has been meeting even though it has fewer members than the minimum required by the bylaws. It is not a question of a quorum; a sufficient number of members were simply not appointed "promptly" after the Annual General Meeting (held three months ago) as required by the bylaws. As no one is disputing the meaning of "prompt" it is not a question of interpretation. Should the chair raise the point herself, declare the meeting and/or any previous actions invalid and simply report the issue to the parent body (i.e. the Board) whose responsibility it is to make the appointments?
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