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The chairman of a club with which I am involved wants belatedly to postpone its annual meeting because he cannot attend. There is no vice-chairman but surely the president or another nominee could chair the meeting without the expense of arranging another? Can the meeting proceed?

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The chairman of a club with which I am involved wants belatedly to postpone its annual meeting because he cannot attend. There is no vice-chairman but surely the president or another nominee could chair the meeting without the expense of arranging another? Can the meeting proceed?

It can and it should. The secretary (or any member if the secretary is also absent) calls the meeting to order and conducts a brief election for a chair pro tem (a temporary presiding officer).

But you have both a chairman and a president? Typically the president of an organization would be the presiding officer (hence the name), while the chairman might be the chair of the board (or a committee).

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The chairman of a club with which I am involved wants belatedly to postpone its annual meeting because he cannot attend. There is no vice-chairman but surely the president or another nominee could chair the meeting without the expense of arranging another? Can the meeting proceed?

Not only can the meeting proceed; it would be improper to attempt to postpone a regularly scheduled meeting. RONR provides no mechanism to do so. If the chairman announces such a 'postponement', other members can and should gather at the originally chosen time and place, call the meeting to order, elect a chair pro tem, and go ahead and conduct the business of the meeting.

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Not only can the meeting proceed; it would be improper to attempt to postpone a regularly scheduled meeting. RONR provides no mechanism to do so. If the chairman announces such a 'postponement', other members can and should gather at the originally chosen time and place, call the meeting to order, elect a chair pro tem, and go ahead and conduct the business of the meeting.

The members present, by majority vote, could set an adjourned meeting if enough of them wanted to wait until the regular chairman could be there.....impractical as it might be to do so.

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