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  1. Standing rules. I can find reference to them in RONR and can find the methods to adopt/amend them. But it's not clear who the governing body is that does the voting. Is it the Board or is it the Membership? For example, if the bylaws establish an election committee and it is desired to specify the election process it would behoove the organization to put the process in standing rules rather than in the bylaws. Does this standing rule have to be adopted by the membership or just the board? And, should it be desired to change the process, would the board alone be able to change the standing rule or would it require membership approval? Another example, the board would like to establish a reimbursement policy for members (board or general membership members) for those who incur expenses in support of organization business, say, pay $100 for attending a meeting requiring overnight stay. Again something that should be in a standing rule vice bylaws. Can the board establish the standing rule or does it require full membership approval? As I work this issue I find myself asking "Who owns the 'rule/policy'?" It seems like the body that owns it (i.e., is going to abide by it) should be able to establish/modify it. But, it seems like it if affects the organization then the membership should have a say. Standing rules/policy should be flexible, but full membership approval to adopt/modify it makes it as timely and cumbersome as bylaws changes. Thanks in advance for your feedback.
  2. I have a quick question. I know that a By-law which creates a rule of order can be suspended, just like any other rule of order, however would the organization, when creating such a By-law (or series of By-laws) could not add a statement that "Any Rules of Order found in theses By-laws cannot be suspended." I do not see a reason why this would not be allowed, especially as the By-laws would supersede anything found in RONR (in this case the rule about suspending rules of order.) I am thinking that any such statement would be acceptable, but I thought that I would ask for feedback. Thanks for any feedback.
  3. JAK


    Can a fundraising support group which falls under the bylaws of a large medical nonprofit be governed by standing rules or rules of order? Currently, we have our own "bylaws" but they fall under the nonprofit's bylaws. Should we / can we instead create a set of standing rules to govern our support group?
  4. Can a response from a paid parliamentarian to the BOD of a nonprofit corporation, (dog club) regarding rules of order be published in the member newsletter and/or FB page without obtaining permission from the parliamentarian?
  5. Guest

    Question on Decorum

    I am the advisor for a college fraternity. The Chapter President, on my recommendation, banned the use of cell phones during meetings. I had told the chapter that the Chairman had authority over decorum in meetings, and had the right to restrict the use of cell phone unless someone wished to overturn his decision. It was brought to my attention today that Robert's Rules of Order only explicitly grants the chairman the power to enforce decorum during meetings. I looked around and saw that most parliamentary bodies actually have legislation (standing rules or rules of order) that dictates what decorum will be for meetings. The fraternity currently has a dress code, but no standing rules or rules of order. Does anyone know what the standard protocol is for decorum when the organization has no written legislation on decorum? Does the chairman usually decide decorum until a policy is written? Is it decided by custom/tradition? Is it something else entirely?
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