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  1. We have a club election coming up and I have a question about the order of business. Our chairman plans to hold the elections at the beginning of the meeting during the refreshments. I'm concerned about the distractions and uncontrolled chaos around the secretary's table that would make it hard to control ballots and verify eligible voters. We vote by written ballot;nominations were made at the last meeting. Two questions: Is it proper or advisable to hold elections in this environment? Absent a published agenda which our chairman has steadfastly refused to produce, does RONR offer any guidance as to what point in a meeting elections should be held: during new business, unfinished business, etc.? We do have an order of business published in our Standing Rules of Order which I pasted verbatim below. Thanks. Refreshments and Roundtable Discussion (6:00 – 6:30) Educational Program/Speaker 6:30-7:15 Call to Order (President or Presiding Officer) 7:15-7:20 Invocation 7:15-7:20 Pledge of Allegiance 7:15-7:20 Recognition of New Members and Guests (President) 7:20-7:30 Reading of the minutes (Secretary) 7:30-7:35 Treasurer’s Report (Treasurer) 7:35-7:40 Committee Reports (Committee Chairs) 7:40-7:50 Break 7:50-8:00 Board of Directors Reports (President) 8:00-8:10 Other Officers Reports 8:10-8:20 Unfinished Business 8:20-8:45 New Business 8:45-9:00 Adjournment (President) 9:00
  2. Guest

    Order of Succession

    What is the order of succession according to Robert's Rules and where is it found in Robts Rules? If office of President and President-Elect is vacant, what happens to board?
  3. If playing the national anthem, the pledge of allegiance and an invocation are all part of a convention's opening ceremonies, which one of the three is always last? I am aware of the protocol "God before country" which would make the invocation first, but between the other two, how can you tell which should go last?
  4. I am a member of an organization that meets annualy to handle business and to discuss changes to our governing documents (constitution, by laws, etc). The proposed legislative changes are printed in booklet form and distributed to the members (delegates) prior to the meeting for review and discussion. These proposed amendments are submitted by a specific deadline, reviewed and published ahead of time. This year, there were two different amendments for the exact same article (article: section: paragraph) proposed and published in the booklet. Both proposed amendments were voted on by the membership and both passed the vote of the membership in attendance. The vote on both was by a show of hands and greatly favored the changes. The first amendment made small but substantial changes to the prargraph in question while the second amendment, voted on after the first had been adopted, substantially changed the wording of the original paragraph. Given that both of the proposed amendments were for the exact same piece of legislation, which one takes precendance, the first one adopted or the second?
  5. Our by-laws require that only the general membership can remove a director on our Board at a meeting of the membership that has a quorum. If consideration is to be given to removal at this meeting, the director to be removed must have written notice 5 days before the meeting. If a motion is made to remove him and it is determined he was not given notice of this intent, I believe the motion is out of order. Should that be called to the attention of the mover, before or after a second is made to the motion, or does it matter?
  6. In an organization I am in the bylaws say that we will meet at a particular time of the month. This last month the new president wants to change the time of the meeting. She did not announce in writing that we would be voting to change the time of the meeting. The bylaws says "unless ordered by the assembly" the meeting well be held at a particular time. My question is does the term "ordered by the assembly" mean? Would this be a 2/3 vote because the assembly was not told we were making a vote. or does it mean 1/3 vote which is what we use for votes outside of the votes to change the bylaws.
  7. My organization is about to have elections. How to we determine who speaks first between a challenger and an incumbent?
  8. I am chair of a local planning commission. One member of our commission is requesting that, once we close the public hearing, we allow discussion among the commission members PRIOR to a motion. Our municipal code clearly states that the current version of Roberts Rules of Order are to be followed by our governing body and all other boards and commission. Our legal counsel is also not comfortable allowing discussion prior to a motion - mostly due to the code requirements, I believe. This issue raises its head about once every six months. I have heard of other commissions and groups allowing this but the issue is whether the discussion remains germain to the subject at hand. In any given hearing we can be looking at several action items. Any thoughts?
  9. We will have before us at the next meeting both a motion to rescind and a motion to amend, on the same previous decision. The motion to amend is in the board packet, while the motion to rescind has only been circulated by email. I understand that the motion to amend can pass with a simple majority while the motion to rescind will require a 2/3 majority. But does one motion take precedence over the other?
  10. I am a new school board member seeking a solution to a problem I have encountered. If we have an item on our agenda can we discuss it BEFORE a motion is made. My board currently does not allow discussion of an item of business until after a motion has been made and seconded. This leads to problems when particularly controversial or unclear issues are presented to the board. Is there a way to allow discussion to occur before a proper motion is made?
  11. Guest

    Order of meetings

    Is it possible to cover new business before old business? We have one topic of new and our old business will take a lengthy discussion followed by a vote. Is there anyway to revise the order of meeting just for tonight?
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