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Over the past 7 years, the governing body has made several rulings regarding membership dues, voting, etc., but those rulings were never added to the actual bylaw document. Must those prior rulings be written to be utilized? If an unwritten prior ruling is invoked during a business meeting, and someone objects because it is not in the document, are they correct?

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Over the past 7 years, the governing body has made several rulings regarding membership dues, voting, etc., but those rulings were never added to the actual bylaw document. Must those prior rulings be written to be utilized? If an unwritten prior ruling is invoked during a business meeting, and someone objects because it is not in the document, are they correct?

The answer depends on if the bylaws were actually amended. If all of the requirements for amending the bylaws were followed then the bylaws were in fact amended even if they didn't get included in the actual document (the document is just where all of the amendments are located in one place the real bylaws are located in the minutes of the meetings where the amendments were adopted). If the bylaws weren't actually amended then whether these "rulings" are valid depends on if they conflict with the bylaws. For example, if the bylaws grant the Governing body the authority to set Membership dues then any such decisions made by the Governing body regarding dues would be valid. On the other hand if the bylaws say that the General Membership sets the dues or the bylaws already specify what the dues are then any attempt of the Governing body to change them would be null and void.

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Over the past 7 years, the governing body has made several rulings regarding membership dues, voting, etc., but those rulings were never added to the actual bylaw document. Must those prior rulings be written to be utilized? If an unwritten prior ruling is invoked during a business meeting, and someone objects because it is not in the document, are they correct?

Properly adopted amendments are in force. Why not have the group form a committee to pour through the past minutes and present an updated document for delivery to the members?

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Over the past 7 years, the governing body has made several rulings regarding membership dues, voting, etc., but those rulings were never added to the actual bylaw document. Must those prior rulings be written to be utilized? If an unwritten prior ruling is invoked during a business meeting, and someone objects because it is not in the document, are they correct?

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