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Do all items voted on have to be recorded in the minutes?


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Do all items motioned, seconded and voted upon at a Board meeting have to be included in the meeting minutes? At a recent Board meeting (April) an item was M/S/C (unanimously) to add a particular topic on the following month's (May) meeting agenda. When the minutes for the April meeting were provided for the Board to amend or approve, it was noticed that the above item was not included in the minutes even though it was motioned, seconded and carried (unanimously). When asked why, the Secretary said adding an item to the agenda does not require a vote, so they decided to remove the item from the minutes. Can the Secretary do this on their own? Also, is the Secretary correct that a vote is not needed to include an item on the upcoming meeting agenda? There is nothing in our organization's by-laws covering minutes taken at meetings. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.

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Do all items motioned, seconded and voted upon at a Board meeting have to be included in the meeting minutes? At a recent Board meeting (April) an item was M/S/C (unanimously) to add a particular topic on the following month's (May) meeting agenda. When the minutes for the April meeting were provided for the Board to amend or approve, it was noticed that the above item was not included in the minutes even though it was motioned, seconded and carried (unanimously). When asked why, the Secretary said adding an item to the agenda does not require a vote, so they decided to remove the item from the minutes. Can the Secretary do this on their own? Also, is the Secretary correct that a vote is not needed to include an item on the upcoming meeting agenda? There is nothing in our organization's by-laws covering minutes taken at meetings. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.

No, it was not proper for the Secretary to make this decision, and no, the Secretary was not correct.

On the other hand, not all items voted on must be included in the minutes. All main motions which were not withdrawn are recorded. Other motions may or may not need to be recorded, depending on the specifics. It seems that this was a main motion.

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And just to close a possible loophole:  Amendments, whether adopted or defeated (an amendment is a "motion" after all) do not go in the minutes  --  all that ends up in the minutes is the final text of the motion, as possibly amended, with the note that it was adopted / defeated (or other possibilities).

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