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RMcDaniel

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The bylaws of an organization state that membership within the organization is considered terminated if a member's dues are not paid by 2/25. The bylaws allow the board to give "an additional 25 days to members(s) who missed the deadline in meritorious case(s)". One member who is involved in the organization forgot to renew. The board decided to grant the additional 25 days to all members to avoid the appearance of favoritism. Without this additional 25 days, the member could rejoin, just at a different level within the organization.

 

Historically, previous boards have granted this exception to one member as the renewal period spans 4 months with several reminders sent in mail and email.

 

Does the board have the ability to re-define "meritorious case" to apply to all members who missed the deadline regardless? Or based on the wording on a case-by-case basis and based on the merit of the reason.

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Does the board have the ability to re-define "meritorious case" to apply to all members who missed the deadline regardless? Or based on the wording on a case-by-case basis and based on the merit of the reason.

 

It's up to your organization to interpret its own bylaws. See RONR, 11th ed., pgs. 588-591 for some Principles of Interpretation.

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