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A request was made to the board of directors to have a special meeting, via email asking for advise and consent along with a time line for the response for a raffle.  Those who were able to respond, acknowledged the receipt of the email, except for one.  It should be noted that the person making the request was in an elected position that is responsible for all social, and community events for the organization.  When one of the other board members asked for discussion, he was met with total silence.  The person who originally asked for the special meeting sent an additional email outlining additional steps that they would like to take to get the raffle started.  At that time, a harsh and unprofessional email from the silent member was sent out.  It stated that not only was that person not allowed to speak for the board, (which was already understood) but that the board did not have to respond to every little request they received.

My question is this.  When a member of an organization makes a request for such a meeting, do the board members have the authority to or option to ignore the request outright?

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23 minutes ago, Guest lolabear said:

My question is this.  When a member of an organization makes a request for such a meeting, do the board members have the authority to or option to ignore the request outright?

Yes, except to the extent the bylaws provide otherwise. The bylaws might provide, for instance, that special meetings must be called upon request of a certain number of members.

Members are certainly free to take this behavior into account at election time.

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41 minutes ago, Guest lolabear said:

My question is this.  When a member of an organization makes a request for such a meeting, do the board members have the authority to or option to ignore the request outright?

Agreeing with the previous responses but elaborating slightly, a "request" for a special meeting (or for anything else, for that matter) may be ignored unless the bylaws provide that a special meeting must be called upon request of a certain number of members. Do your bylaws REQUIRE that a special meeting be called if requested?  If not, then the request can be ignored.

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