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Our Board called a Special Meeting of the membership for a couple of reasons and I have a couple of questions.  

1.  Is it possible to add a Motion to the Agenda at the start of the meeting?

2.  Does the Motion have to relate to the original reasons called for the SGM?
3.   The membership has lost confidence in certain board members who have not represented us well.   Our Bylaws state that the membership could bring forward a Resolution at a SGM to remove board members but I understand that we cannot bring this forward since it wasn't stated in the Call of this SGM.  However, if we name those board members in a Notice for another SGM, that would give them an opportunity to intimidate and harass some of our membership.    Is there any other way to remove them from the Board without providing notice?

Thank you

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At a special meeting, you can act on only those items specifically listed in the call of the meeting.  Taking up a main motion to do something not listed in the call of the meeting would be out of order and would be null and void if adopted.   Subsidiary motions, such as motions to amend a motion which is properly before the assembly, refer it to a committee or postpone it are, of course, in order.

As to disciplining or removing an officer, since your bylaws appear to have a customized procedure, you will have to follow the procedure prescribed in your bylaws.  If previous notice is required, then it is required and you can't get around it because of a fear of intimidation.  Notice must be given if it is prescribed in the bylaws.

Whether an alternative method of removing board members is possible would depend on your  bylaws. 

You might find FAQ #20 helpful:  http://robertsrules.com/faq.html#20

 

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4 minutes ago, Hieu H. Huynh said:

Similar questions were asked by the same guest in this thread.

Guest Concerned Citizen, were your questions not sufficiently answered in your previous inquiry a few days ago that Mr. Huynh referred to?  

Our answers are going to be the same unless different and pertinent facts are brought to our attention.  If notice is required by the bylaws, it must be given.  Period. Action taken without the required notice is null and void.

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