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What is considered a quorum?

A quorum is the minimum number of voting members of an assembly (board and general membership are the usual two) that must be present at a meeting in order to validly conduct business. If the bylaws don't specify the quorum, it is a majority (more than half) of the membership. If you have 100 members and a Board with 7 members, the quorum for a membership meeting would be 51 and for a Board meeting it would be 4.

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Can the by-laws state that a quorum is the number of members prewent at any meeting?

Yes, but it is a bad idea.

The minimum number should be set at a what you could reasonably expect for regular attendance, except perhaps in bad weather. So, if you have 100 members and generally 30 members always show up, that might be a good quorum number. That way you won't have meetings where only 2 or 3 people show up and they now have the authority to conduct business and make any rules, or changes to them, or other decisions on behalf of the whole organization.

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