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We have an athletic association which defers to Robert's Rules for things not listed in our by-laws. We have a few single year officer positions (President, Vice, Treasurer, Secretary), and 10 non-officer board members. Can the chairman or vice chairman of the board be an already elected officer or must they a non-officer board member?

Dear John,
Bylaws should specifically state if the President can be chairman of the board. In some cases the elected officers are not board members and vice versus. So you must go back to your bylaws and see what they state. If it does not state that the elected officers are also board members then they are not. If it states that the President is also chairman of the board, then he can be that. If it does not state that he is chairman of the board then the board will have to elect its own chairman. Here is a basic principle to help you. Bylaws state what you can do. If they are silent on something you want to do, then you can't do it.

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Question submitted by John on July 7, 2016