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On 9/14/2022 at 2:40 PM, Baofeng Ma said:
Bylaws of a society:
1. The quorum for a membership meeting is 4. 
2. The approval of a new member needs a 2/3 vote in a membership meeting. 
 
The society has only 3 members now.  It looks that  this society can do nothing, or is dead.  Is there any way to do?

If all members of the society are present at a regular or properly called meeting, the quorum requirement can be suspended and you can approve your new member.  RONR (12th ed.), 25:10

Then your society may want to consider amending the quorum requirement in the bylaws.

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You are awesome.

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On 9/14/2022 at 3:10 PM, George Mervosh said:

If all members of the society are present at a regular or properly called meeting, the quorum requirement can be suspended and you can approve your new member.  RONR (12th ed.), 25:10

Then your society may want to consider amending the quorum requirement in the bylaws.

 

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On 9/14/2022 at 3:10 PM, George Mervosh said:

If all members of the society are present at a regular or properly called meeting, the quorum requirement can be suspended and you can approve your new member.  RONR (12th ed.), 25:10

Then your society may want to consider amending the quorum requirement in the bylaws.

 

On 9/14/2022 at 5:05 PM, Baofeng Ma said:

You are awesome.

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Yes, we've known this to be true for quite some time.

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On 9/14/2022 at 6:47 PM, Dan Honemann said:

 

Yes, we've known this to be true for quite some time.

I read the book carefully again. The requirement of a quorum is a protection against unrepresentative action. If all members are present, these represent the society fully, and there is no need of the protection at all. RONR (12th ed.) 3:3

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On 9/16/2022 at 5:35 PM, Baofeng Ma said:

I read the book carefully again. The requirement of a quorum is a protection against unrepresentative action. If all members are present, these represent the society fully, and there is no need of the protection at all. RONR (12th ed.) 3:3

Very good. Impressive. 

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Chapter Quorum in Parliamentary Law (P356):

"Since it is impracticable to secure the attendance of all the members of a society at many of its meetings, it is necessary to allow a certain proportion of the membership to transact the business of the society." 

This sentence also states the reason why the quorum is set. In other words, if all members are present, the quorum can be waived automatically.    

 

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