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21 minutes ago, Guest Lau said:

If a board member is disruptive, may the chair adjourn the meeting?

The assembly could vote to adjourn, but the chair cannot just arbitrarily declare the meeting adjourned.

There are other disciplinary measures that can be imposed on a disruptive member, including having the assembly order him removed from the meeting.  See Chapter XX of RONR for details on disciplinary procedures.  It's 26 pages of rather detailed procedures.  Offenses occurring in a meeting is covered primarily on pages 644-648.

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2 hours ago, Guest Lau said:

If a board member is disruptive, may the chair adjourn the meeting?

No, but even if he could, it seems to me that this would be giving disruptive members what they want.

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10 hours ago, Guest Lau said:

If a board member is disruptive, may the chair adjourn the meeting?

I suppose the answer may depend upon just exactly how disruptive the member is.  🙂

"In the event of fire, riot, or other extreme emergency, if the chair believes taking time for a vote on adjourning would be dangerous to those present, he should declare the meeting adjourned—to a suitable time and place for an adjourned meeting (if he is able), or to meet at the call of the chair."  (RONR, 11th ed., p. 86) 

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I agree with Mr. Brown that the first line of defense against a persistently disruptive member would be a disciplinary action—ejection from the meeting, if necessary. The board might also want to report the matter to the general membership assembly for further investigation and possible action.

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