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Can V.P. make appointments when President absent?


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The bylaws authorize the president to make committee appointments and to fill certain vacancies. 

 

The bylaws also say the vice president may perform the duties of the president if the president is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of his office.  The vice president may also perform such executive powers as the president may delegate. The bylaws say the president shall preside at meetings of the assembly but make no mention of who presides in the absence of the president.  RONR is the parliamentary authority. Two questions:  

 

1.  Must the president make those appointments in a meeting or is it an administrative (or executive) function that he can perform outside of a meeting?   Page 456 seems to say that making appointments is an administrative or executive function when specified in the bylaws, but is silent as to whether appointments must be made in a meeting.

 

2.  If the appointments must be made in a meeting, and the president is absent, may the vice president make those appointments, or is the making of those appointments an administrative (or executive) function that only the president can perform?   There has been no delegation of the right to make those appointments to the vice president by the president.

 

 

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Your association will have to (collectively) figure out what "unable to perform" means in any particular  case to decide whether the V-P's appointments hold up.  See p. 588 for how that collective decision gets made.

 

Answers to your questions

 

#1.  It may depend.  See p. 495 (d).   If the Pres appoints a non-member to a committee, that has to be OKed by the association:  p. 492.

 

But #2 is easy:  no.  See p. 495, lines 18-20.

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Must the president make those appointments in a meeting or is it an administrative (or executive) function that he can perform outside of a meeting? 

 

The point of authorizing an individual to do something is that it avoids the need to wait for the next regular meeting or call a special meeting. 

 

If a body (e.g. the board) is authorized to do something, that body must meet in order to exercise its authority.

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