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  1. Currently the club I belong a few of the board members are proposing amendments to the bylaws that take away all membership voting rights contained in our bylaws, leaving all decisions in the boards hands alone. Also proposed are extending unlimited board (officers/directors) terms at their discretion and taking out the provisions of informing the membership of meetings/agenda. Currently, even though our bylaws state they must provide time/date, agenda and post minutes of meetings, they provide us none of these items. It is my understanding, that this goes against parliamentary rules in general. In addition, I believe I read in RONR somewhere (cannot find it now) that an exception to majority rule was that 2/3 vote from the membership is required for any bylaw change that takes away members rights. Is this true? Is it 2/3 of the quorum required or total voting membership? I also believe, I read in RONR that people (our board) "should" refrain on voting on these changes because they are self serving. Can anyone help us to prevent this by furnishing proper citations and proper procedure from RONR to strengthen our arguments against this? We are at a loss as to how to proceed to do this to keep our rights as voting members. 2 of our current board members are against these changes and furnished some of our members copies. These board members told us they are going to sneak the required notification of bylaw changes before the annual meeting by posting a link to the changes buried in an article in our newsletter in an attempt to get a lower turn out for the annual meeting of uninformed people. Did I mention that the bylaws committee is only comprised of 2 board members? HELP!
  2. I am not sure how to phrase this question, so please bare with me. Background: An association is meeting so that members can vote for one of two people who are seeking nomination to represent the association during an election. The only requirement is that each member (voter) must be required to live within a specific geographical area in order to be allowed to cast their ballot. Situation: There are two people seeking a nomination. Each person must sign up as many new memberships as possible in order for them to win the most votes during the nomination vote. Person X signs up 200 people and person Y signs up 190 people. After the vote takes place and Person X wins, it is later discovered that the people who voted for person x (his/her supporters) did not meet the residential requirement (by signing up with a fake address) What does Roberts Rules of Orders say? Are they considered illegal votes? I hope this is understandable! If someone can give me any references upon answering this question, it would help a lot! Thank you
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    Hello all, Our question is the following: If a person is on a leave of absence (paid or unpaid) or on sabbatical, is that person still considered part of the membership of the organization (in this case, a Faculty Congress)? Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.
  4. We are a non-profit social club and our activities consist of monthly meeting, luncheons, games etc. to participate (play games) you must be a member, if you are eligible to be a member you may attend two (2) functions prior to payment of membership dues. Most of the games are played in members homes, if game requires say 8 to play and only 7 members show up, then a non-member may Sub to make the 8 but according to the rules that same Sub can only play twice before becoming a member.. A small number of members have not paid their dues and are effectively no longer members as of July1, the Board has decided to check the membership status of all game players and requested a list of players names from the game Chairs, they want to see if any non-members are playing games. Now what can they do, hold the Chairs responsible for non-members playing, hold court... Thank you for your advise.
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    If a majority of a board is required for a quorum and seats are unfilled on the board, are vacancies included in determining a quorum. For example, If the board has 16 seats and 12 are filled (leaving 4 vacant), is the required quorum 9 or 7?
  6. After answering a question about By-law amendments, I thought that I would start a topic discussing different By-law amendments I have seen and to hear what other people have read or experienced. Here are what I have seen: 1) Any member can propose an amendment at the AGM, or a special meeting can be called. Either with a 2/3 vote or a majority vote of all members. 2) The Board may make changes (for large organizations with members covering a large area, as it might be hard for members to attend a meeting.) 3) The Board approves the change first, and then places it before the membership. 4) A By-laws committee to offer amendments - and some organizations may require an amendment be offered to the Committee first. #3 and #4 have an obvious issue - you do not want to amendments made to By-laws that do not exist or to make sure that the entire document (i.e. all the by-laws) will be consistent - it is possible that by changing By-law #4 that the amended verision will either make by-law #6 useless or be in conflict with #6.
  7. What is the vote, majority or 2/3 for a body to terminate a person's membership from an organization? The appeal process that is in our organization for appealing a termination of membership and this is the final appeal. How many votes do we have to have?
  8. A prospective member is put up before the organization for membership and receives the maximum number of negative votes. How long before the prospective member can be reintroduced to the organization for membership?
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