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  1. Our organization has bylaw which states that when the President finishes his or her term of office ( 2 years paid salary ) and either does not run again or is defeated in an election, he or she becomes the immediate past president which is a two year postion ( 2 years paid salary and voting rights on board ). Our current president chose not to run for President and therefore will become the immediate past president, however he chose to run for the position of trustee ( 2 years paid salary and voting rights on board ), he was elected as trustee at the election. In our organization you can only run for one position at election time, however immediate past president is not an 'elected position' , it is held by the last president. My question is, was the President under Roberts Rules permitted to run for the Office of trustee because our bylaws state the immediate past president has duties to perform for the President and must assume that position, and if so must he then be removed from the poition of trustee and the candidate with the next highest number of votes be elected to that position? If not then since he holds two positions does he vote twice and get paid for both positions? This issue is not addressed in our bylaws or the bylaws of the organization which we are subordinate to. Any help on this matter would be appreciated as I cannot find an answer.
  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
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