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Electing new officers

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we have two officers who resigned and new replacements have been selected by the commander and approved by the executive committee . They need to be approved by general membership at our next meeting. Can that be the first item on the agenda after the meeting is called to order?

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So the commander can put the election on the agenda as the first order of business.?...it would be important to fill the two vacancies before the rest of the meeting proceeds. That's how I understand #14

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5 minutes ago, Dottie said:

So the commander can put the election on the agenda as the first order of business.?...it would be important to fill the two vacancies before the rest of the meeting proceeds. That's how I understand #14

Well, sort of.  He can put it as the first order of business on the PROPOSED agenda.  As the answer to FAQ # 14 cited by Mr. Huynh states, the proposed agenda doesn't become THE agenda until  the assembly adopts it.  The assembly is in charge of the agenda, not the president or chair (or commander) unless your own rules say otherwise.

I know it is common for presiding officers to prepare an agenda and for for the assembly to just blindly accept and follow it.  If that's the way your organization wants to keep doing it, and in essence approving the agenda without objection, go ahead.  But, you need to know that technically, the assembly, not the chair, is in control of  the agenda.

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If the society is bound by the standard order of business or otherwise has an order of business they've previously adopted, adopting an agenda with this item as the first item of business is fine, but a 2/3 vote is required.  RONR (11th ed.), p.  372, ll. 18-22

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Thank you! It's pretty much blind acceptance. I am not aware this group even knows they can influence the agenda as no one ever sees it before the meeting nor at the meeting to my knowledge . 

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