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I would like to know if the president has the ability to make a financial expenditure without a vote/approval of the board if it it is not outlined in the policy and procedures of the organization? 

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Guest DKern said:

I would like to know if the president has the ability to make a financial expenditure without a vote/approval of the board if it it is not outlined in the policy and procedures of the organization? 

No rule in RONR would grant him any authority to do so.

Edited by George Mervosh

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On 9/5/2019 at 11:59 AM, George Mervosh said:

No rule in RONR would grant him any authority to do so.

Just so I am clear, is there a rule that states the president must have approval of the board for any financial expediture? amount

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5 minutes ago, Guest Dkern said:

Just so I am clear, is there a rule that states the president must have approval of the board for any financial expediture? amount

No, but that's not a proper argument for him to make.

A rule which does exist in RONR states"

"Administrative Duties of the President of a Society. All of the duties of the presiding officer described above relate to the function of presiding over the assembly at its meetings. In addition, in many organized societies, the president has duties as an administrative or executive officer; but these are outside the scope of parliamentary law, and the president has such authority only insofar as the bylaws provide it. "  RONR (11th ed.), p. 456

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The bylaws in this case do not address the spending authority of the president, only the board, and it states that approval is needed by the general assembly for amounts $1500.00 or more. In this case, the president bought dinner for a small group of conference attendees, who are members of the association as well as other board members that were present. The treasurer is saying the since this was not approved by the board prior, that the money should be paid back.  Thoughts?

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Just now, Guest Dkern said:

The bylaws in this case do not address the spending authority of the president, only the board, and it states that approval is needed by the general assembly for amounts $1500.00 or more. In this case, the president bought dinner for a small group of conference attendees, who are members of the association as well as other board members that were present. The treasurer is saying the since this was not approved by the board prior, that the money should be paid back.  Thoughts?

Since the bylaws grant the President no authority to spend on his own, and RONR specifically notes that the President has no administrative authority of any kind except as authorized by the bylaws, it seems clear that the President acted outside of his authority.

Whether the board wishes to require the President to pay back the unauthorized funds is at the board’s discretion. Alternately, the board could Ratify the President’s expenditure.

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