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David A Foulkes

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State association Bylaws read "At the Annual Convention the President shall appoint an auditing committee, which shall consist of three and no more than five members."

At the convention, the president only appointed two members, with the apparent intent of appointing (at least) a third member at a subsequent State Board meeting.

Is there anything in RONR which prohibits this? That is, must the committee be appointed in full at the convention, and if not done, then he has no authority to appoint additional members after the convention adjourns?

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State association Bylaws read "At the Annual Convention the President shall appoint an auditing committee, which shall consist of three and no more than five members."

At the convention, the president only appointed two members, with the apparent intent of appointing (at least) a third member at a subsequent State Board meeting.

Is there anything in RONR which prohibits this? That is, must the committee be appointed in full at the convention, and if not done, then he has no authority to appoint additional members after the convention adjourns?

Strictly speaking -- right! -- The Book says that the president (the chair) must do his appointing within a meeting, not between meetings or after a meeting, before the committee can act.

(excerpt page 479)

But the chair must announce the names of

the committee members to the assembly, naming the

chairman of the committee first, as in (c.) above; and

until such announcement is made the committee can-

not act.

... and ...

If the assembly orders the appointment of a

special committee and it is desired to let the chair select

the committee members after adjournment, this delay

must be authorized by the assembly; the names of the

committee members must then be announced at the

next meeting and recorded in the minutes.

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Strictly speaking -- right! -- The Book says that the president (the chair) must do his appointing within a meeting, not between meetings or after a meeting, before the committee can act.

I think that primarily applies to cases in which the chair has been authorized to appoint a committee because of a motion. I'm not sure it applies to cases in which the Bylaws authorize the President to appoint a committee.

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