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  1. I am in an organization which had an elected officer resign. Our Bylaws state that "All officers are elected by ballot, except the Parliamentarian who shall be appointed by the President." Our outgoing President accepted the resignations of two elected officers and appointed their replacements before she left office. A couple of the members raised a point of order as this is a violation of our documents. The President responded that since our organization documents say that "The Election of officers shall be held at the November meeting of each year. The following offices shall be filled in the same period and in the alternate year, the following offices shall be filled " The President has taken the position that officers can only be elected once a year and as such, that she can appoint individuals to serve the resigning officer positions for full terms (one person had just been elected, but not installed in the job; the other resigned mid-term). Several members have stated that the provision she cites only deals with the election of officers for scheduled vacancies. Since the Bylaws are clear - ALL officers are to be elected by ballot, they argue that the "appointment right" is moot and that the President should only deal with WHEN the election will be held. The Bylaws are silent as to when the election should be held and she is saying that it must be in November based upon the Bylaws provision. Robert's Rules for Dummies suggests that it should be at the next regular meeting of the members. Also, Robert's Rules itself would suggest that vacancies can be filled at regular meetings in the footnote on page 654 (11th edition) which talks about coordinating a resignation with the notice to elect the replacement at the next meeting to avoid any break in service. MY QUESTION is whether there is anything more substantial that supports the contention that the right of the members to vote to elect their elected officers cannot be taken away and that the vote should be at the next meeting of the members (or at a special meeting).
  2. The bylaws of an organization I am a member of specifies the term of office for our Trustees (Directors) is 3 years. There are no bylaw limitations specified as to whether a Trustee can serve more than one consecutive term. RONR page 448 states (The bylaws may contain a provision that "No person shall be eligible to serve _______ consecutive terms in the same office."). This seems to indicate a Trustee could serve more than one term even though the bylaws do not address a limitation. As our bylaws do not declare a maximum number of terms, Is it appropriate for a Trustee to be elected to more than one term? In addition, if a member is elected to serve out the remaining term (one year of three year term), of a resigned Trustee and without a bylaw to address a maximum number of terms, is it appropriate for the member to be elected to a complete term? Thank you, Jim Anderson
  3. When the President in our non-profit religious organization can only hold office for three consecutive terms. At the end of the third term, he/she automatically becomes the Immediate Past President. This position is an advisory position to the new President. Can the person who becomes the IPP run for and hold a separate elected position? There is nothing in our By-Laws stating a person cannot. Thank you for your guidance. Debbie
  4. Small, non-profit board has a president who wishes to remove the Registrar and confusion exists. In Const/Bylaws, Article-Board of Directors, enumerates that there are seven board members duly elected for two year terms. The President is selected by the membership. The VP, Secretary, and Treasurer are selected by the Board of Directors. The person with the highest number of votes who is not chosen for the board is an alternate director. The alternate director explicitly cannot vote. In later section of the Article, it lists the duties of the officers, but includes a FIFTH person, the Registrar. It notes that the Registrar is selected by the Board, just like the VP/Sec/Treas, but the Registrar is not required to be a board director. If not a board member, then "If a member appointed, the Registrar shall have no rights of an elected director and shall be considered an "Advisor to the Board of Directors."" Removal of "Officers" is covered under the Disciplinary Article, but the question of the board is whether the current Registrar, who is NOT a current Director (she is the Alternate Director) can be removed by a vote of the Board, or whether the disciplinary procedures must be followed. The confusion arises because the section listing the Officers does not include the Registrar, yet the section listing the duties of Officers does. Clarifying this ambiguity is on my list of proposed amendments next June, but what is the proper procedure today? I am the Parliamentarian chosen by the board to attend meetings and offer advice. I am not a Director. I informed the President that I felt that removal of the Registar would require that he follow Disciplinary Procedures and not just a 2/3 vote of the board. Thank you for your input.
  5. Hello, I am currently involved in a club called DECA within my high school. DECA is a co-curricular club and does require class participation. However, my advisor is now making it a requirement for seniors who want to be an officer to take not only the DECA class they are currently taking, but an additional Business Ownership course. This is not mentioned in the bylaws nor has it ever been brought up previously. Does this go against any rules in Robert's Rules of Order? I am currently speaking with administration to have this requirement be repealed, as my schedule is currently booked next year with 4 AP courses and an already selected DECA class.
  6. Hello, I am currently involved in a club called DECA within my high school. DECA is a co-curricular club and does require class participation. However, my advisor is now making it a requirement for seniors who want to be an officer to take not only the DECA class they are currently taking, but an additional Business Ownership course. This is not mentioned in the bylaws nor has it ever been brought up previously. Does this go against any rules in Robert's Rules of Order? I am currently speaking with administration to have this requirement be repealed, as my schedule is currently booked next year with 4 AP courses and an already selected DECA class.
  7. I am te president of an organization. Our Vice President (we only have 1 VP) has resigned. Our bylaws require that the President can fill a vacancy by appointment with the approval of BOD. The bylaws does not address the naming of interim officers. I would like to name an interim VP. Must an interim VP have BOD approval.
  8. Our organization's bylaws indicate that RONR shall be followed, except as otherwise provided in a specific bylaw. Every year, at the first meeting of the board after the AGM, the board members elect a vice-president during the meeting. Nominations are made during the same meeting. The nominations and election are conducted by ballot. One board member has claimed that RONR indicates that any candidate can observe the counting of the ballot. Under the board's current procedures for election of vice-president, this is problematic since each board member hand-writes the name of the candidate for which they are voting. (The board has approximately 12 members and there are normally only 1-3 candidates) I've searched through RONR and I can't find a reference to candidates observing ballot counts. Can someone point me to a reference?
  9. Our procedure for appointing an officer replacement not the President. After the resignation is read of the current officer, the President then appoints the replacement asking for a motion and then approved by majority vote. We follow the present, second, discuss and vote process. We will be adding a co-officer to this same officer position. Does this need to be voted on or just shared and noted in the minutes? If we have to vote on this, it would need to be another motion from the appointment motion? Thanks, Rita
  10. Section 4. The President shall preside at all meetings, appoint all non-elective officers provided by these Bylaws, unless otherwise specifically provided in these Bylaws, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees, act as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, and be an ex-officio Member of all committees. The above is under the article of our bylaws describing "Officers and Their Duties". The wording and punctuation seems to indicate: 1) The President shall (a) - preside at all meetings, (b) - appoint all not-elective officers provided by these bylaws unlss otherwise specifically provided in these bylaws 2) subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees, (a) - act as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees; (b) - and be an ex-officio member of all committees I understand the Forum cannot interpret an organization's bylaws however I read in RONR §56 p568 [26-36] and p569 [1-16] that wording and placement of punctuation has very specific meaning. This section of our bylaws has remained just as written above since the organizations inception in 1958 and I therefore belive the originators had specific meaning in mind with the placement of the commas therein. My thoughts above are made a bit confusing (to me) with respect to the ", unless otherwise specifically provided in these Bylaws," placed in between two other "comma" separated statements as this one seems as extra info. I could be (and most likely am) way off base here however I thought I'd ask.
  11. I was wondering if there is some sort of template or basic way to remove an officer of the board whom is also president-elect? We have the two-thirds majority and this is a volunteer organization. Thanks
  12. When an officer of a non-profit group decides not to seek re-election, when does their term officially end? The board assumed it would be at the end of the AGM, as well as the expectation the individual would provide the AGM minutes - since they did not ask anyone else to take them. The AGM minutes are needed at the bank to change signing authority to the new officers - this is what the bank has told the non-profit group. The former officers in question attended the AGM, and functioned in their roles during the meeting, so it was expected that they would supply the minutes for the AGM, and then go sign-off at the bank. After a few weeks when this transfer and outstanding items had not been done, the board inquired the former officers on when this might be happening, also explaining it was getting urgent that they do so. The board was told that the minutes and other outstanding items would be coming. Then more time passes. The bank informs the new board that their account is now frozen due to that the former officers who were on file have not come in and removed their signing authority. The bank says that they cannot move forward without the sign-off of the two officers, or not having a copy of the AGM minutes showing the new board. What recourse does a non-profit group have when former officers, who in a fiduciary capacity, intentionally do not sign-off at the bank nor provide essential documents as they had agreed to? Essentially, the former officers are holding the association hostage.
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    Board Resignations

    Following some "less than proper" behavior by several members and officers of our organization, several of our elected board members (including the Chairperson) sent their resignations to the remainder of the board via email. Now after cooling off, these board members wish to withdraw their resignations and remain on the board. According to RRoO, it is my belief that they can do this. Am I correct? Does any action need to be taken? i.e. - Do we need a motion to NOT accept the resignations? Can our next meeting proceed with the elected Chairperson running the meeting?
  14. Can a person hold two voting positions? For example Treasurer ( which is an officer in the by laws ) and Immediate past present (which is an executive board member in the by laws )
  15. I am part of a HOA and was nominated and elected on the board of directors at our annual meeting. I hold a "voting" position. My question is this, am I an officer OR a director. (I am not a chairman, president, vice president, secretary or treasurer).
  16. If we are trying to vote out an officer, does the officer being removed have a vote in the matter?
  17. We are holding elections next month and we have two people who would like to run as a unit as co-secretaries. Is this allowed?? Thanks
  18. My state organization's Constitution and By-Laws do not specify that an officer must be elected by a majority vote. In the past, we have made the selection based on a plurality in some years, a majority in others. However, I seem to recall reading awhile ago in RONR that if there is no provision stating otherwise, a candidate must receive a majority of the votes cast to be elected. When I went back to check, I could not locate the paragraph I wanted. Am I mis-remembering? If not, could you indicate which chapter/section (or even page number) of RONR I should find this information in?
  19. A non profit membership organization is being sued by one of its members. Club has services of attorney. As the organization is small, many of the board members have had past 'business relationships' or transactions with the plaintiff. The attorney periodically briefs the BOD on status of litigation. BOD may be asked to approve various courses of action, and eventually possibly a settlement. Some members of the BOD believes they can pass a motion 'recusing' another member from being present at the attorney's briefing and that the motion would in some manner remove that member from any participation in BOD discussion/deliberation/votes regarding the litigation. RONR notes that 'no member should vote on a question in which he has a direct personal or pecuinary interest not common to other members of the organization. ... and notes that no member can be compeled to refrain from voting in such circumstances. Is there any action which could be taken to preclude the member from attending meetings and participating in discussions with the club attorney? That would certainly seem improper, as the member should be able to hear the information on which vote is to be made. ------------- Somewhere, (and I thought it was RONR) I read there was a statement about discipline procedures which allowed either complaintant or defendant to object to an individual sitting on Trial Board, and a provision for the assembly to 'disqualify' a member from deliberating?? Thanks, JJ
  20. The bylaws for our board state that "Board officers shall be President, Vice President and Financial Secretary." The Financial Secretary position has been vacant since our last monthly meeting because the board member in that office resigned from the board at the end of the last meeting. The next election is six months away. As I understand it, the words "shall be" in the bylaws do not leave any wiggle room; we must fill that vacancy. The bylaws do not say how soon we must fill the vacancy - indeed the bylaws say nothing whatever about mid-term vacancies.The bylaws do say, however, that RONR shall be the parliamentary authority. Does RONR have anything to say about how long we may go without filling the vacancy?
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    Removing an officer

    Specific question, IF bylaws spell out REMOVAL OF ACTIVE CHAPTER OFFICERS. Certain parties want to impeach the newly elected president, however he has not even been installed.initiated nor done anything against the bylaws. Does Roberts Rules explain that active officers are only installed officers, it seems rather common sense, and also, does Roberts Rules explain what grounds are necessary for impeachment charges
  22. As Corporate Secretary (and an Officer) of my Association I am wondering what my authority is when it comes to internal operational issues is in the absence of the President. I understand that I primarily have the role to report to the Board but there is a situation that happened recently that I am concerned with. Without having a hierarchy (decision making power) spelled out out on paper the management team is at a loss when it comes to making decisions in the absence of the President. There has been a serious safety issue in the office and when the President is not here it is unclear who has the power to make decisions that affect the employees and Association. This issue is something that has to be dealt with immediately and cannot wait until the President is back in the office. There is a CFO and management team in-house. It doesn't seem that the CFO wants to use his authority and I feel a certain sense of responsibility, do I have any authority here? Can you help with some clarification? Thank you!
  23. If a election meeting was cancelled due to not enough officer to make a quorum. Is it right to let the general membership know that the meeting was rescheduled so if anyone wanted to add their name to the ballot or dispute a nominee?
  24. I've been mailed a ballot which includes candidate bios of those running for two officer positions; President and Vice President. The person currently holding the President position was appointed to the office after the acting President resigned; that seat is now up for election. Although this person has served on the board for four years, he has held the President position just shy of two years. Yet, his bio states, "I have been President of the HOA for the past 4 years and wish to continue on the board." His bio is misleading and inaccurate. I've contacted the management company who sent out the voting/ballot packet to ask if they were going to be sending out a correction. They replied telling me his bio is correct. I have minutes from the special meeting that was called on February 24, 2010 which appointed this person to President. So I have proof that his bio is incorrect. I'm concerned about the vote, would this be considered unethical or fall under misconduct of an officer and perhaps cause a vote to be rescinded? Thanks in advance for taking the time to read and respond.
  25. Hi all. An officer of our organization resigned today. He stated in his letter that it was effective 5 days in the future. The president is concerned that he future dated it, and will continue to have access to organizational resources in the interim. Does a resignation have to be immediate, or can it be future dated? Thanks.
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