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Good Morning,

I have a question i am hoping someone can help me with ASAP!!

We have a board (its for a youth league) and the preseident has resigned, the vice president does NOT want to take his place , and we were told that he would also have to resign as well? the next is line for a president is the secretary and she will NOT take the president postition- so next would be our treas. BUT our previous TREAS. resigned last month and we have a brand new TREAS. ( we have only had this treas.for less than a month) my question is this: can our treas. that has only been on our board for a month take the president postition or does it skip her and go to the next person in line?

if anyone can answer this, please do....were in a HUGE mess!!!

thanks!!!

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"In case of the resignation or death of the president, the vice-president (if there is only one) or the first vice-president (if there are more than one) automatically becomes president for the unexpired term, unless the bylaws expressly provide otherwise for filling a vacancy in the office of president." RONR (11th ed.), p. 458.

As you can see, once the resignation of the President was accepted the (then) VP became President instantly. If he doesn't like it he can resign, clearly.

There is no automatic ascension to the office of President for a Secretary or Treasurer under the rules in RONR.

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thank you- now what IF the VP resigns as well- and the sec will not take the presidents place? who is next in line? the TREAS? but she has only been on our board for 2 and half weeks- is there anything stating how long you have to be on the baord to be president?? help!!!!!

Firstly, the Secretary does not become President if the former VP resigns as President. You need to be clear that you have no VP at the moment based on your facts. Your former VP became President once the former President resigned. Give notice to fill the vacancy(ies) to the body that will elect the replacement(s). There is no other form of automatic ascension in RONR as was stated in post #2.

See RONR (11th ed.), pp. 467-468 as well.

Edited by George Mervosh
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You should apply your vacancy-filling procedures for the vacant VP position or, if the new president has already resigned, for the presidency. In case you missed it again, the secretary and treasurer are NOT in line for automatic succession, unless you have some specific rules in your bylaws. If so, follow them.

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so we CAN have a vote for president since of VP resigned as well? we were told that if our VP resigns as well that it would automatically down down to the sec. then to the TRES- and so on...

is there a TIME of which a member has to be on the board to be president?

If your president and VP have both resigned, replaced them both. Ask whoever told you that it would automatically come down to the secretary or treasurer to show you the rule. (Spoiler alert--it is not in RONR. But it may be in your bylaws.)

There are no time qualifications unless they are in your bylaws.

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You will have to check your bylaws to fill the vacancy on your board. As noted, by default the VP becomes the President upon the acceptance of the President's resignation - unless your bylaws specifically refer to another way of replacing the President.

There is no default way of replacing the VP, so you'll have to check your bylaws for that information. It's possible that your bylaws have that VP, then Secretary, then Treasurer bit in them.

I will note that if the VP doesn't wish to resign from being President, the VP should resign from being VP before the President's resignation is accepted (if not already accepted). I will also note that there ought to be a FAQ for "the VP doesn't want to take over the job of P", as this does come up quite a bit.

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Sure there is. The assembly that elected the position in the first place fills the vacancy, unless the Bylaws provide otherwise.

Good point - meant that there's no default way to replace VP with the treasurer then secretary, not that there's no default way to replace board members.

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Since, unless YOUR bylaws specify otherwise, the VP becomes the President automatically when the President resigns, dies, etc., it might be a good idea to elect a Vice-President who will be able to fulfill that duty. Alternately, if you don't want to do that, you might consider having your bylaws state that the VP does not automatically become the President. Of course, those are your decisions since you best know the nature of your organization and its members.

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