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The bylaws of our community association states that committees may be established by the Board and that the Board must approve the terms of reference of each committee.  The bylaws also state that "committees are responsible for their own internal affairs, subject to direction as from time to time may be given by the Board."  The practice for many years has been that the standing committees elect their own chairs.  There has not to my recollection ever been a directive to any committee by the Board.   Basically, the main function of the committees is to make recommendations to the Board related to their mandates on various civic issues (e.g. transportation and planning and development issues).  For the past year or so, the Board has been confirming the committee chair appointments but none have been refused and the by-law has not been changed. 

The Chair of one of the Committees resigned last week.  His resignation was accepted by the Board.  A member of the Executive (membership secretary) has decreed that there can be no further meetings of the committee until the board appoints a new Chair.  This was not a directive approved by the Board.  Some members of the Committee have offered to take over as interim chair until the committee choses the next chair.  Would it be appropriate for a committee member (several of us are also members of the Board) to call a meeting of the committee and appoint an interim chair until the next Board meeting in February.   There are no rules in our by-laws about who can call a committee meeting though of course it's normally the Chair.

 

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4 minutes ago, janita said:

Would it be appropriate for a committee member (several of us are also members of the Board) to call a meeting of the committee and appoint an interim chair until the next Board meeting in February?

Yes.

The loss of a single person from a committee does not freeze the committee 100%.

If the chair of a committee is dead or resigned or otherwise removed, then the committee may still meet at the prompt of two members.

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You have rules in place which may alter that default assumption.

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