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Our Society bylaws state that a board member must step away from the board for two years after completing 8 years in office. The current Society president has to step away after the AGM in June. However, it appears that she wishes to become an ex officio member of the board.

Is it in order for the current board to make a motion now at its regular board meeting, to make the current president an ex officio member of the board, effective after the AGM when she will become past president? Or does this require a change to the bylaws?

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Guest margaret, are you using the term "ex officio" in its strict, standard meaning, or does your organization mean something else by it (which I suspect)? That is, do the bylaws really say that the board may elect a former officer onto the board?

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Guest margaret, are you using the term "ex officio" in its strict, standard meaning, or does your organization mean something else by it (which I suspect)? That is, do the bylaws really say that the board may elect a former officer onto the board?

I'll answer for Guest margaret. No, the bylaws do not say that the board may elect a former officer onto the board. Does this help? :)

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Thank you for your responses. Perhaps if I explain the situation it may help.

The Society bylaws state that "directors are elected to a two year term, provided that no member shall serve as a director more than four consecutive terms following which the member shall be ineligible for re-electiion or appointment as a director for two years."

The current president of the board has completed four consecutive terms and according to the bylaws she has to step away from the board for two years. However, she wants to remain on the board and is searching for some way to do this.

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The current president of the board has completed four consecutive terms and according to the bylaws she has to step away from the board for two years. However, she wants to remain on the board and is searching for some way to do this.

Short of amending the bylaws, perhaps the next best option is for the Board to invite her to the meetings. She has no right to attend, but could be an invited guest, assuming a majority of the Board wants her there. The Board could even Suspend The Rules to allow her to speak in debate on pending motions, for her input, but would not be allowed to vote. It could be a long two years that way, but it's something.

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