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  1. Does RONR 12th Ed indicate how a standing committee can be dissolved? Background: the standing committee I'm referring to is not specifically stated in our bylaws (only the EC and Audit committee); there is no real use of the committee any longer, so our ED & board president are wanting to dissolve it. Thanks in advance for your help! Koleen
  2. In our organization, the bylaws don't mention committees at all. We simply meet yearly to elect the Executive Board. Can the Executive Board establish standing committees and boards—with standing authority to act on certain matters without specific instructions—that report to it? It is my understanding that such standing committees and boards would need to be in the Executive Board's special rules of order, per page 578.
  3. An organized group that began in 1999 with a set of approved Bylaws (that were completely revised in 2004 and amended several times since) has several committees that are names as Standing Committees. Our group is all volunteer. Our members have families and jobs and their time available to spend doing things for our club constantly changes. Since 2007 we have began each calendar year with fresh sign up sheets asking those members that are interested and available to serve to please sign up for a Committee - any Committee. Until tonight (1-29-14) no one has questioned this procedure/policy
  4. Newly appointed chairman of a standing committee is attempting to silence a minority (voting) member by unilaterally reducing the committee membership by one and then telling the member that services were no longer needed. Existing committee size and composition has been approved at previous committee meetings. What authority does the committee chairman have other than calling meetings, presiding over meetings and ruling on points or order? Also, is there anything in RONR regarding punishment of a member for opposing the majority?
  5. Corporation by laws give responsibility to manage a subordinate subcommittee to a standing committee. A motion to authorize the subordinate to execute one of its duties was introduced. A motion to lay on the table was approved (probably illegal because its purpose was to suppress the question). As a complicating factor, the subordinate has been performing this duty without approval from the standing committee. The motion to authorize was an attempt to enforce existing by laws. Two questions: 1) Does previous usage trump the by laws? 2) Can the lack of a vote be intrepreted as a lack
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