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If Roberts Rules are in our By-Laws as what governs our monthly board meetings, and people at the meeting thinks 'kind of' using Robert's Rules is 'good enough' and many violations are taking place in the realm of debate and decorum, does that mean that at every meeting where people refuse to do more to follow them, are we violating the By-Laws at every meeting?

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Probably not.  If decisions are being made, by majority votes (or more if appropriate), and nobody is raising a fuss (i.e., points of order) over the rule violations, you are at least getting things done.

 

It is only if you (collectively) are violating any of the rules listed on p. 251 that longer term problems could result.  But these will be on a case-by-case basis.

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 . . .  does that mean that at every meeting where people refuse to do more to follow them, are we violating the By-Laws at every meeting?

 

Yes, but there are violations and then there are violations. Just as their are misdemeanors and felonies.

 

For example, disturbing a meeting violates the rules of decorum. But, as Mr. Stackpole suggested, unless a point of order is raised at the time of the infraction, it becomes water under the bridge (or over the dam?).

 

Some violations, however, are so egregious that they constitute what RONR calls a "continuing breach" (of the rules). You'll find these listed on the page cited by Mr. Stackpole.

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