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  1. A club has 4 classes of membership, one being "inactive." The bylaws state that an inactive member does not pay dues, and may be in that status for a maximum of 2 consecutive years. After that time, they must resume active membership or submit a written resignation. While they are inactive, the right to vote is suspended. For some reason, the Nominating Committee has nominated an inactive member for Treasurer. The bylaws say the qualifications for Treasurer must have served on the Finance Committee for one year and have been a member in good standing for at least two years. RON
  2. Our organization has 85 Active members. When voting to accept or reject applicants for membership, our Bylaws say: ."...Prior to the next meeting active members shall decide by secret ballot and by a majority vote whether to accept the applicant as a member." In a recent vote, the results were 41 YES, 34 NO. Did our Bylaws set the bar at 43? Should the applicant be accepted with the 41 YES votes? Thank you. Yoram
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    Board Meetings

    Can individuals who hold membership in an organization, but are not Executive Board Members, attend Executive Board Meeting? The association's by laws are silent on the subject Please cite the section of Roberts Rules on which you base our response. Thank you.
  4. Hi all - After months of contention between members, our Board recently voted to impeach one of our officers of the Board. Per our Bylaws, the officer is suspended pending the outcome of a hearing. Since this officer's position is crucial to the well-functioning of the organization, the Chair has inquired about temporarily replacing that member with a new appointee pending the outcome of the hearing. Our Bylaws are silent on the matter of appointing temporary replacements following a member's suspension. The Bylaws just say that a suspended member loses all rights and privileges associat
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    Speaking rights?

    Hello everyone, I am a member of a society who wishes to attend it's board meeting. I've been told that, if I were to attend the board meeting, Roberts Rules states that I'd be classified as an "Observer" and would have to granted speaking rights via a motion by the board members. I've tried to find this in Roberts Rules, but I can't find it anywhere. is this correct? Do I have to be granted speaking rights? Where in Roberts Rules does it state this? Can you show me the rule?
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    Our elections are always held at the Annual Meeting. About 500 members are eligible to vote, but the venue chosen usually only seats 300 or so. To my knowledge, voting has always been done by voice vote since candidates have not been contested. This year, however, there is a contested slate and the association will have to use a paper ballot. My concern is for the members who are put on a waiting list because there is no room in the venue for them. It seems unfair that these members will not be able to vote. How should we proceed according to Robert's?
  7. Our coop is just beginning the process of electing our 1st Board. In the meantime a survey was sent to the members to get their response for installing a pricy piece of equipment. A majority of the respondents supported the equipment. Several did not respond at all. This equipment may not be purchased before the Board is elected. My question is, if we have a Board in place can this survey be considered a majority vote .
  8. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization. By our by-laws and RONR, we are supposed to publish our minutes and motions. After our organization was put under the gun for several divisive votes that angered our members, a member decided to share the minutes and the motions with the community we serve. Is this improper or illegal?
  9. I need some wording clarified. To be able to be elected to our board this is the by-law. The wording I am questing is "for at least 2 years prior to his or her nomination. Is this consecutive or can it be broken up. I would think it would be consecutive, but it is not spelled out. Each Director shall be a United States citizen who was an Active member or Active lifetime member, in good standing, for at least two (2) years prior to his or her nomination as a candidate for the board of directors. Each Director shall, at all time during his or her tenure, be an active member or active Lif
  10. I have scoured the RONR and can not find a clear answer to the following: During a Board Meeting, not a Membership Meeting, that the Members and Public are invited to attend, what rights do the Members of the association have to speak? I understand that at a Membership Meeting (annual meeting of the members) they have all rights. But during the monthly "Board Meetings" that are not closed, since they are not "members" of the board, are they considered "Public" and technically do NOT have the right to particpate? Please quote pages numbers in RONR 11th. Thank you! This is a local sports Ass
  11. To whom it may concern, Last month I attended an Architectural Review Board meeting. Two out of the three board members were there and 4 home owner members attended. We all sat around a 5 foot folding table. The next meeting three weeks later only a folding card table of 4 places was set up and chairs were set up around the table. At this meeting, the three board members were present and the moderator. Only three home owner members were present, me and my husband and another home owner. Chairs had been set up around 3-4 feet away from the table for home owners. I was told that it was Florida
  12. Okay, I was wrong. I'm not finished with my questions. And quite honestly, the more I read here, the more questions pop into my head. Fortunately, I can also usually find the answer as well if I keep reading. (And I'm now halfway through the Complete Idiot's Guide to Robert's Rules, which has been very helpful in understanding my (brand-spanking new) copy of the 11th edition of RONR.) I am trying to figure out what exactly we have as our "majority" in our bylaws draft. It reads, "All resolutions shall require a simple majority vote, except for the following special resolutions...[A, B, and C]
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    group union charges

    Group Union charges are brought againt 2 Executive members, the board consist of 11 members. My question is, can those two board members vote to except or deny their own charges ? Can they be voting members of the board during their trial if their charges are excepted ?
  14. What governs the reconvening of an adjourned special meeting when no specific date or time was set at the adjournment only the President's statement she would give a full ten day notice? Can the President in the absence of a motion to adjourn or motion to fix time to adjourn, exercise a perogative to reconvene with under 48 hour notice? Is she excused from providing the normal notice time of ten days for non-emergency? If notice is given which does not allow all members the chance to attend or some members receive notice after the meeting has taken place, is it an illegal meeting?
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    If members or officers resign in writing, whether or not they state the effective date and whether or not they have been accepted or rejected by the voting members, would they in fact take affect?
  16. Our members can attend the monthly council meetings. If they give proper notice that they are attending, can they only speak with permission of the chair, and if so, can we limit the time they can speak?
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