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  1. Our 55+ community HOA board is without a secretary. Board officers for this year were elected in January but we had no candidate for secretary. How long can we go without electing a Secretary?
  2. Based upon an extraordinary circumstance such as this pandemic, may a President/Chairman extend the terms of of office of the current leadership for one additional year when the bylaws otherwise require they be elected annually? If so, under what doctrine could she base this decision?
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    Hello. I'm currently president of an organization and decided not to run another term. We just held elections for our executive board. One of our members who said she would run another term for secretary, ran unopposed and won. There were other general board members interested in the position but they were not in good standing per our bylaws and couldn't run against someone who was (ie: the elected secretary). After the election, she disclosed to the NEW executive board members only that she has decided to take a leave of absence. Does this mean we should hold another election or is it
  4. Hi everyone, Our by-laws state that the nomination for Officers will be conducted at an October meeting, the election then conducted and the results read at the December meeting. Due to some financial ambiguity, it doesn't seem like we have the monies to fund both an election and conduct the day-to-day activities of the organization, and it seems like there might have been some issue with the finances that are still being sorted out. A general member made a motion to postpone the election to a later meeting (picked a definite date), in order to get the finances of the organization in orde
  5. Scenario: A municipal Council of 7 members elected at large by the public for a four year term are required by state law to hold an "organizational" meeting every October to elect the Chair and Vice-Chair for the year. The state law and the Bylaws are both silent on the procedures to be followed for nominations and the election itself. If three of the seven members are nominated for Chair and vote taken results in a 3-2-2 split, several more elections are taken and the result remains 3-2-2 - no candidate has a majority. Even if a Special Rule of Order (RONR 11th p. 441) is adopted to drop the
  6. During the most recent meeting of our organization's "Steering Committee" (a de-facto board), the last item on the agenda was an "executive session". However, when that time came, everyone except for the officers was dismissed. (It should be noted that our Steering Committee has close to 30 members, and only five of them are officers. Most---but not all---of the rest are members of the organization. It's complicated.) Was this a misunderstanding on the officers' part, or on mine? The bylaws (both of the state-level organization and of the local organization) don't mention executive sessio
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    electronic voting

    My golf association is revising our bylaws and the subject of electronic voting came up. The discussion centered around utilizing some kind of technology platform designed for this process only in the annual election of officers. Currently, our nominations committee comes up with a slate (1 candidate per position), then we can take nominations from the floor at our September meeting. Then we have the election at the October meeting. We currently allow absentee voting for the election of officers only. The idea around electronic voting is that we could announce the slate and take nomi
  8. I'm working on a bylaws revision. One of the items regards the terms of officers. What has traditionally happened is that at the annual convention, the elections for officers are held. The new officers do not take office immediately, but instead take office at the adjournment of that annual convention. Technically, this means that there is a "lame duck" period, but it's usually just for an hour or two. It also means the presiding officer does not change midway through the convention. I am trying to incorporate that custom into the bylaws. What I've tentatively written is this: C
  9. I recently joined a new volunteer fire department. I have been a member less than a year. I used to be in abother department for 13 years. We have some well detailed but somewhat cumbersome rules. However it appears as our by laws were violated about 6 months ago but nobody raised a point of order at the time. I am wondering if it is too late to do so. We have two types of officers, executive and operational. The executive side runs the organization and the operational side commands at emergencies. There are various requirements for operational officers that increase with rank. It is the
  10. RONR states the assembly is responsible for approving and correcting the minutes. Does the assembly include the VP if the mistake was made in minutes of a board meeting? The only time the board gets the minutes from any meeting is that we hear the reading of the minutes from the last meeting at the next meeting. We have no opportunity to see them or correct them prior to that. If the mistake is an omission of an important motion that was made yet not seconded or voted on... that should be in the minutes right?
  11. Can a person be nominated for a position that they do not hold all the qualifications for, as long as they will meet said qualifications prior to taking office, should they win he election.
  12. I am a municipal clerk working for a large special-purpose agency governed by a small board of elected officials. Our bylaws call for an office of secretary from among our statutorily elected board and they assign to the secretary the usual duties to prepare and maintain records of the board's proceedings, including the minutes, along with other typical secretarial responsibilities. It is a matter of longstanding practice that the secretary signs the minutes of the board upon their approval, which is consistent with RONR sections 47 and 48. However, with the exception of occasionally serving a
  13. Can an individual hold more than one office on a board. For example president and secretary?
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    Condo owner

    What is the proper procedure in an election of officers; such as how the incumbent individuals and new prospective officers are listed on the ballot? The Notice to all owners regarding the election of officers? In a recent election in my community there appears to be a misunderstanding of the process. Example: notice states you are entitled to one vote as a unit owner but further states there are three seats open for vote.
  15. I work at a small rural library, run by a Library board, & funded by the city. I am on the "Friends of the Library board" (a separate entity from the "Library Board"). Essentially the Friends group raises funds for & supports some activities of the library. As part of my job description as assistant librarian, I am required to be the Treasurer of the Friends board. Is this not a conflict? Is this even legal? I believe officers are to be elected by the Friends board members, not foisted upon them by the hiring practices of the city & the Library board...? Not to mention, I
  16. When the club's slate of officers for the upcoming year (as compiled by the nominating committee) is past the deadline for distribution to the membership, does that deem the slate null and void? Our club Bylaws do not specify what the penalty is for a slate not being out to the membership by the deadline.
  17. I am involved with a small (~50 member) 501(c)(6) organization Our Bylaws provide for succession of officers should the President become unable to serve, as well as for the order of officers eligible to represent us at our organization's national conventions. Other than that which is specifically dealt with in our Bylaws, is there an official "ranking of officers" that would apply to a minor issue, such as who would introduce a new President who has moved into the position (according to our bylaws) in the case of a President's resignation?
  18. The default in RONR is that there are no qualifications for officers (RONR, 11th ed, p. 447, l. 16ff). But many organizations' bylaws do have some qualifications, such as you have to be a member, or you have to have been a member for X amount of time. (A) In such cases, can a person who does not meet those qualifications be elected to be a pro tem officer for the meeting? (B) If the answer is NO, then does that prevent an assembly from allowing a professional parliamentarian preside, if the person does not meet the qualification? (C) If the answer it NO to (A), if bylaws requi
  19. I understand that RONR allows one person to be nominated more than once. My question is whether one person can be elected to more than one position on a Board? Or does her being in one office prevent her serving in another office? Our bylaws are silent as to this, but they refer to RONR to fill any gaps ... ? Thank you for your help.
  20. If a new chairman is elected on a small board, but the presiding chairman will still be a member of the board, when does the transition happen? Our election will most likely be during a regular meeting with further agenda items - some of which may be handled differently by the new officers.
  21. At today's meeting of an airport authority, the chair announced he was stepping down as of the next day. The authority's by-laws only define that elections of officers should take place at the annual meeting. The by-laws don't define whether the vote should be taken by roll-call or simple voice vote. Further, the by-laws don't make any reference to an "interim chair" position. Does RRNR address how resigned seats should be filled? Since there is no "interim chair" position defined in the by-laws, wouldn't the newly elected person be "the" chair until another election is held (either at th
  22. 1. Our organization has a two-step election procedure. In the first step the 7 members of the Board are elected. In the second step the four officers (President, VP, Treasurer, Secretary) are elected from among the 7 Board members. All of these 4 have signing authority. The ByLaws require secret ballot for the second step. Our ByLaw does not state that affairs are to be conducted according to RO. At the March 2015 AGM the Board was elected according to the ByLaws. Then, the Treasurer was elected by secret ballot from 2 candidates. The remaining 3 positions only had one candidate each. These we
  23. Recently I discovered that, under our system, I had a disqualification and had to step down as president of our assembly. We are facing turbulent times, with much work to be done regarding contracts and much money in the balance (literally in the neighborhood of fifteen million dollars in the next year). After I stepped down, however, a grievance was filed (confidentiality is assured in our process), by someone or some ones, against our past nominating committee asking that ALL the officers be disqualified from serving further based on my disability under the grounds that all the officers we
  24. Guest

    Officers and Agendas

    We are starting a new school year and our student government failed (due to conflicts between certain students and advisors) to hold an election for new officers. Starting this school year, since the term expired over the summer, what should we do for running a meeting? The past-year's President and Secretary are still at the college, but should they still be in their positions? Fact is: a few of us are exasperated but still trying to keep our government going because this is how our clubs get funding and activities happen on campus. In order to hold elections we have to have an electi
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    Can an officer who currently hold a position run for another officer's position without resigning their current position because their term is not up yet?
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