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In addition to ridding his board of unwanted members and making interim appts of officers while delaying accepting nominations and elections, our President refuses to recognize members at meetings, tells them to shut up and sit down, will not allow them to speak, will not put legitimate motions to a vote, interrupts members, does not care about the rights of the minority, is arrogant and abusive toward members, imposes his will on the group, has had members revoked by misrepresentation of facts, tries to push through amendments to by-laws without following proper notification, publishing minutes of an illegal meeting and publicly terming members disrespectful for objecting, and has seriously divided our association for the first time in the 12 years I've been a member.

Elections for new officers are coming up in December, but what can we do meanwhile to prevent him from taking any serious actions. Immediate concern is his censure of certain members who have protested at every meeting, and somehow preventing us from nominating for next year's board as he wants his interim appointees to continue his board.

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Elections for new officers are coming up in December, but what can we do meanwhile to prevent him from taking any serious actions. Immediate concern is his censure of certain members who have protested at every meeting, and somehow preventing us from nominating for next year's board as he wants his interim appointees to continue his board.

Dictators like you describe will take as much as the members will let them get away with. Remove him if possible, or use the time until the election to prepare to defeat him.

Read your bylaws, know exactly how much authority the president has, and make sure the majority supports you in challenging every extra-ordinary thing he does. Don't allow him to bully responsible officers into quitting, and make sure there are candidates to run against his nominees.

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Dictators like you describe will take as much as the members will let them get away with. Remove him if possible, or use the time until the election to prepare to defeat him.

Read your bylaws, know exactly how much authority the president has, and make sure the majority supports you in challenging every extra-ordinary thing he does. Don't allow him to bully responsible officers into quitting, and make sure there are candidates to run against his nominees.

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"Make sure the majority supports you..." Easier said than done - wouldn't you need a 2/3 majority?

Unfortunately, even the most despotic dictator can have at least 1/3 of the assembly supporting him - especially if he can manipulate the membership without regard for rules or procedure - as it sounds like this "gentleman" does. Also (as implied) responsible officers often do quit rather than trying to deal with this type of non-sense.

If a president - or any other officer - blatantly violates the bylaws or the proper parliamentary procedures, is there any way (without a 2/3 majority) to maybe introduce some crocodiles?

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"Make sure the majority supports you..." Easier said than done - wouldn't you need a 2/3 majority?

Unfortunately, even the most despotic dictator can have at least 1/3 of the assembly supporting him - especially if he can manipulate the membership without regard for rules or procedure - as it sounds like this "gentleman" does. Also (as implied) responsible officers often do quit rather than trying to deal with this type of non-sense.

If a president - or any other officer - blatantly violates the bylaws or the proper parliamentary procedures, is there any way (without a 2/3 majority) to maybe introduce some crocodiles?

Dave,

That's cutting right to the meet of the matter. You need some crocodiles.

I'm in the same situation you are in. Our chairman is on a power

trip of epic proportions. There has to be a way to introduce some crocodiles, anyone?

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"Make sure the majority supports you..." Easier said than done - wouldn't you need a 2/3 majority?

Unfortunately, even the most despotic dictator can have at least 1/3 of the assembly supporting him - especially if he can manipulate the membership without regard for rules or procedure - as it sounds like this "gentleman" does. Also (as implied) responsible officers often do quit rather than trying to deal with this type of non-sense.

If a president - or any other officer - blatantly violates the bylaws or the proper parliamentary procedures, is there any way (without a 2/3 majority) to maybe introduce some crocodiles?

Dave,

That's cutting right to the meet of the matter. You need some crocodiles.

I'm in the same situation you are in. Our chairman is on a power

trip of epic proportions. There has to be a way to introduce some crocodiles, anyone?

Removing the chair from office does not necessarily require a 2/3 vote. If the election may be rescinded (see FAQ #20), a majority vote is sufficient if previous notice is provided. (RONR, 10th ed., pg. 295, lines 26-29) If the trial procedure in Ch. XX of RONR is used, a majority vote is also sufficient. If the Bylaws contain a customized disciplinary procedure, the voting requirement included in that procedure must be followed.

And the "have a majority on your side" comment was referring to overturning the ruling of the chair when he does crazy things, which requires only a majority vote. (RONR, 10th ed., pg. 250, lines 9-13)

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