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Governing board member voting contrary to membership wishes


Guest Mva-George

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What, if anything, can be done to a memeber of your organization that was voted into office to represent the group and follow the wishes of that group, who than takes it upon himself to vote differently or contrary to the groups wishes because of his own "personal agenda" a beliefs? Is voting this member out of office at election time the only recourse or do the members have another recourse? Really furious here!

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Unless he is in violation of substantial rules of your association, you probably have no grounds ("cause") for removal.

However check for the "or until..." clause in the bylaw defining his term in office -- see RONR p. 574 for what that is all about. He might be removable by a majority vote.

If that doesn't work all you can do is chill out until your association's equivalent of November 6, 2012.

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What do the By-laws state about removing a Board member? If they are silent, then read Chapter XX of RONR. Or look at how terms are defined in the By-laws.

For example, if the term is for x years, then you have to wait. If it says for x years 'or until a sucessor is elected', then the membership could simply elect another member.

I would argue that if members wish do go on a course of action and the Board disagrees, the Board could be removed for not following the will of the membership.

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What do the By-laws state about removing a Board member? If they are silent, then read Chapter XX of RONR. Or look at how terms are defined in the By-laws.

For example, if the term is for x years, then you have to wait. If it says for x years 'or until a sucessor is elected', then the membership could simply elect another member.

I would argue that if members wish do go on a course of action and the Board disagrees, the Board could be removed for not following the will of the membership.

The original post said nothing about a Board.

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"Governing Board" is in the title!

OK, never mind me...

However, in reading the first post, it still sounds like the member is representing the organization elsewhere (as part of a 'governing board'?) rather than being a board member within the organization. It probably doesn't make much difference to the original poster's question about removal (just that procedures in the bylaws "about removing a Board member" may or may not be relevant).

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