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Can a past president resign?

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Our past-president resigned, but now claims that the resignation was "a joke" because, by definition, a past-president can't resign; by definition, he's still the past-president.

Is he right? Can a past-president resign?

Dear Josh,
I have heard of that before. We here at Robert McConnell Productions firmly believe that "past-president" should not be in the bylaws at all. When someone is done serving he is done. He should return to the membership for other work. Past-presidents usually cause problems. So I recommend that you get rid of this office. You will not find it in any parliamentary authority. So get rid of the joker by getting rid of the office. If this office has duties then assign them to someone else. The best thing an organization can do is train people to serve in offices, then there is no need for a "past-president". Look forward not behind.


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Question submitted by Jason on Sep 15, 2016