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An active member of our organization in an over-55 community purchased a six disc compact player to be used at the pool. this was not approved nor discussed with the BOD [9 members]. When questioned he said the President made an "executive decision". There is nothing in the by-laws regarding executive decision. This purchase was not provided for in the 2010 budget. nor approved by neither the BOD or general membership [199 members]. Please explain Executive Decision. Thank you

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RONR doesn't address Executive Decisions (so if the bylaws don't provide for it the President may be blowing smoke). However, what is the problem with buying a CD player? Was it bought with organization funds? If so, why did the Treasurer (or whoever controls the money) agree to pay for it?

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Guest Robert B Fish

Unless some provisions in the bylaws give the president the power to authorize the purchase, then he/she does not have that power, although the BOD could decide to approve the purchase after the fact. If the organization decides to not purchase the player, the member or the president would then be liable for the money.

-Bob

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An active member of our organization ... purchased a [CD player] to be used at the pool.

This was not approved nor discussed with the BOD.

When questioned he said the President made an "executive decision".

There is nothing in the by-laws regarding executive decision.

This purchase was not provided for in the 2010 budget nor approved by neither the BOD or general membership.

Please explain Executive Decision.

There is really nothing to explain:

• Your "active member" exceeded his authority.

• Your president exceeded his authority.

• Nothing in Robert's Rules of Order grants "executive decision-making" to any president, nor to any 'active member' (whatever that is).

So, you'll have to punish your president and your "active member" for spending organization funds without authority.

Suspend them.

Expel the president from office.

Or both.

Your choice.

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  • 8 years later...
11 minutes ago, Guest Lady kay said:

Thank you for this clarity.  What if the bylaws doesn't denote rules for suspension of its officers? 

What if committee/body does an act that wasn't bought to the body for discussion/vote and its not conducive to the order/organization? 

You would use the rules in Chapter XX of RONR.

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