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3 hours ago, Guest Tim said:

We set the agenda at the start of the meeting. We also have "for the good of the order" listed just before adjournment.

Can new items (items not mentioned at the beginning of the meeting) be discussed at "for the good of the order" ? Is this a Presidential decision?

Don't you have a section entitled New Business?

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3 hours ago, Guest Tim said:

We set the agenda at the start of the meeting. We also have "for the good of the order" listed just before adjournment.

Can new items (items not mentioned at the beginning of the meeting) be discussed at "for the good of the order" ?

What exactly falls under the heading known as “For the Good of the Order” will vary from society to society, but it is generally a time for members to “offer informal observations regarding the work of the organization, the public reputation of the society or its membership, or the like.” (RONR, 11th ed., pg. 362) It is generally not the time to introduce new items of business. (In some societies, however, motions relating to discipline are made at this time.)

New items of business are generally considered under the aptly named heading “New Business.” If there is no place for New Business on the agenda, then in my opinion members may introduce items of New Business after all other items of business on the agenda are completed, unless the assembly has adopted a rule to the contrary.

3 hours ago, Guest Tim said:

Is this a Presidential decision?

Well, the President does rule on all questions of order (subject to appeal), and that may include whether a motion is in order during a particular heading. The President may not, however, decide whether to permit items of new business based on his personal preference.

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