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If a president is not chosen at an AGM, is the vice president in charge or is the past president? Also the person acting as past president quit as president at the beging of last year and our vice president took over as acting president. so does that also mean that last years vice president is now the past president?

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If a president is not chosen at an AGM, is the vice president in charge or is the past president? Also the person acting as past president quit as president at the beginning of last year and our vice president took over as acting president. so does that also mean that last years vice president is now the past president?

Generally, yes, the vice-president. (Whyever would the past-president -- any past-president -- enter into it?)

But to answer fully, leaffan, we must ask:

1. Why was a president not chosen at the AGM?

2. What do the bylaws say -- exactly, verbatim -- about the term of office of the president?

3. Robert's Rules has nothing at all to say about any role of a past-president. Nor about an "acting president": if the president left office, then Robert's Rules says the vice-president BECAME the president, immediately. No "acting" about it. If your bylaws say something about the vice-president stepping up as "acting president," then you must follow what the bylaws say about it. And if the bylaws do not mention an "acting president," then ... there is no such thing.

If your bylaws say something, do what they say. If they say nothing, then your past president is just crocodile fodder.

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While you're checking your bylaws, see if the term of the president has some clause such as "...or until the election of his successor."

If so, and you have not yet elected a succsessor, then your president is still president, and not yet "past".

Better complete that election though, in any case. You don't have the option NOT to elect the officers that your bylaws say you must.

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While you're checking your bylaws, see if the term of the president has some clause such as "...or until the election of his successor."

If so, and you have not yet elected a succsessor, then your president is still president, and not yet "past".

Better complete that election though, in any case. You don't have the option NOT to elect the officers that your bylaws say you must.

Actually when the President resigned, the vice president became President unless you have a special clause saying otherwise. So that is the one in office if you have the clause Gary cited.

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