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Can a Standing Committee be made up entirely on persons who are not members of the organization? We are a Fire Company working to incorporate an existing Ladies Auxiliary for 501C3 compliance. The argument is we can just make them a standing committee with a seperate set of bylaws that does refer back to ours for discipline, harassment, and a few other areas without making them a type of member of our organization. I say they need to be a class of membership that is set up with a set of bylaws that follow next to ours but has a seperate level of membership requirement from firefighting or else
I am Chair of an organization that follows Robert's. Our membership is restricted to a certain group of people, though these requirements are under scrutiny. Our by-laws lay out the process for amending the by-laws, but they do not specifically bar non-members from proposing an amendment. I can't find anything in Robert's that says a non-member can not make a motion or amendment. It appears to be left up to each organization. Does anyone has a clear answer on this? Thank you!
RONR (11th Ed.), page 501, lines 11-13 states, "During actual deliberations of the committee, only committee members have the right to be present." Also, starting on page 500, line 22, RONR states, "Committees of organized societies operate under the bylaws, the parliamentary authority, and any special rules of order or standing rules of the society which may be applicable to them. A committee may not adopt its own rules except as authorized in the rules of the society or in instructions given [page 501] to the committee by its parent assembly in a particular case." My question is this.
Are people who are not members of the deliberative body entitled to speak during deliberations (other than at the invitation of the presiding officer or of the full assembly)? Please note that the question is about being entitled to speak, not about being allowed to speak. I can't find this in Robert’s Rules of Order, perhaps because it's assumed that participants in deliberation will be members of the assembly. However, I did find the below question and answer on "Parliamentary Procedure: Toward the Good Order of the University: Advice from Dr. John A. Cagle, Parliamentarian of the Acade