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Attendence at Annual Meeting


Guest Jim

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Our national club (apprx 275 voting and nonvoting members) is holding it's annual meeting in a couple of weeks.  Normally we only have about 30 members attend.  This year for the first time in 10years we have a very contested election and are expecting a larger turnout. We would like to specifically limit attendance to members only since we are concerned that attendance will exceed the capacity of the meeting room, a number that is strictly enforced by the facility.  Our bylaws and standing rules are silent on whether or not only members can attend the annual meeting.  While to my knowledge, we have never specifically allowed non-members to attend nor have we specifically barred nonmembers,  I don't believe we have had any non-members attend the last several years. However, several board  are opposed to restricting the meeting to members only, despite the possible space constraints.

Does Robert's address whether or not non-members have a right to attend an Annual Meeting?

Thanks

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1 hour ago, Chris Harrison said:

Only members have a right to attend meetings (RONR p. 3,  p. 644 ll. 23-32).

I agree. But:

2 hours ago, Guest Jim said:

several board  are opposed to restricting the meeting to members only, despite the possible space constraints.

Those members can certainly move to allow non-members, and the body will decide. BUT to be clear, they can do so as members of the organization (I assume they are) not as board members. The board has no say over a membership meeting.

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