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At our board meeting a motion was passed 4 to 2. The Chairman and one other board member opposed the outcome so have called an annual meeting to have the meeting outvote the board members and get the board members voted off the board. What is parliamentary procedure for this? Can the board get someone else to chair the annual meeting?

Dear Kathryn,
Whoa! Put a reign on these ponies. They are wild and on a runaway course! We need some cowboys to jump on their backs, grab the reigns and bring them to a stop. Kathryn, you'r the cowgirl to do it.

First two board members cannot call an "annual meeting". Your annual meeting should be stated in the bylaws. If your bylaws have a provision for special meetings, that meeting can be called according to the bylaws. Those two members may not be able to do it.

Second, the members can reverse actions of the board unless the bylaws specifically give a power to the board and then the members cannot do that.

Third, members cannot remove board members by a vote unless the bylaws specifically state the the members can remove board members and it is only for not performing their duty.

Finally I suggest that you get our book "Webster's New World Robert's Rules of Order Simplified and Applied" to help you navigate through this mess. You can find the answers in that book.

Cheerio!

Little Ben


Question submitted by Kathryn on March 20, 2015