Guest Shannon Posted September 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM Report Share Posted September 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM Our organization created a Special Committee 'with powers' to oversee planning and implementing an event taking place in April 2013. There were originally four co-chairs, one of which took on the roll of treasurer as well, and opened a bank account for that committee. The president had the membership vote them is as a slate of candidates. The membership did so.One of the co-chairs has had many informal complains (members talking to the president and other EB members after meetings and on the phone) about the way this member has treated other members, but no formal disciplinary action has been taken. The EB had talked to this member and tried to resolve hurt feelings and 'mis-communications'. The issues persisted.An informal meeting was called by the Special Committee and these issues were discussed. The issues persisted.One of the Co-Chairs resigned. The general membership voted to accept the resignation. The Special Committee moved to retract the number of their committee co-chairs from four to three, because they were elected as a slate of four. The motion passed. The issues persisted.The EB is of the belief that the Special Committee may be unable to fulfill their duties due to the lack of participation shown by the membership - seemingly due to the abrasive personality of a single co-chair. Several members have told the EB that they want to help, but won't because they cannot work with this person.We have asked for a peaceable resignation. The co-chair refused.The EB then voted at a scheduled EB to remove the co-chair from that position. We notified the member in writing of our actions. The reply that we have no right to remove them from their position and a demand to have all the issues presented at a general membership meeting where the member will be able to defend themselve. Also, we were reminded that they had been voted in as a slate - implying that we would have to remove the other members as well.Even if removed from the co-chair position, they are still a member of the club and would be allowed to speak at the next meeting, which is in two weeks.Advice, please.1 - Is the EB within their rights to remove a disruptive member, even if they were elected to a special committee? (Page references would be greatly appreciated.)2 - Is it within the co-chairs rights to demand a trial before being removed?3 - Do we have to remove the entire slate of candidates if we remove one?Any other advice would be appreciated... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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