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  1. In our club we allow for membership as an individual or an Entity. In this case an entity is usually a husband and wife. It could also be a business. The ByLaws say that an individual and entity only has "one Vote." In the past this was interpreted as there being a voting member and non-voting member of a husband and wife entity. Also, it was understood that only the voting member was eligible to run for office. We currently have a sitting board member (voting member - Past President) who's wife wants to run for office. Is she eligible to do that without getting her own membership given he is the "voting member?" And if so, does that mean a business with more than 2 members can have any of their employees run. John
  2. At a recent board meeting, our club president removed from the board meeting and censured the club secretary after repeated points of orders. The club president called for a penalty and made a motion of a 30 day suspension of the secretary. The vote passed 4 to 2. Now the president is stating that because of the 30 day suspension, the current secretary is removed from the position as well as any other position currently held. the president is also instructing the secretary to deliver all records of the club to himself. The president feels that the current club secretary can be removed from the position because the 30 day suspension defines the secretary as a member "not in good standing"' According to our bylaws. it states that under Article 3 Directors and officers , Section 1 Board of Directors "all of whom shall be members in good standing for at least two (2) years proceeding their nomination and who reside in the United States". Can our club president proceed with these actions in a legal manner. Their are 7 members of our board of directors with three of the members of the board voting with the club president against the secretary as this has become a personal issue with these board members. Without the votes of the board of directors, how can we stop an action which we feel is unjust and not in the bylaws. Is their a legal authority to contact when a board is acting out of the realm of the current bylaws? AS a club member and officer of the club, are their any actions or steps to taken that can help? our club is incorporated in the state of New York. Is their any legal ramifications or concerns that should be addressed? Help is needed Should we contact a parliamentarian and how and/or where? .And would this even make a difference?
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