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What happens to business made at an annual meeting whose date was contrary to the bylaws?

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My association changed the annual meeting date, contrary to the bylaws. Are any decisions made thereafter null and void?

Please cite Robert's Rules of Order

Thanks

Dear Leo,

It is not rocket science to see that if the "powers that be" changed the meeting date of the annual meeting in the bylaws without amending the bylaws , then it was not a valid meeting. So to change the meeting date without amending the bylaws is definitely a "no-no" and then a non meeting. Bylaws cannot be changed unless amended. First go to your bylaws to see if they allow the Board to change the date of the meeting "due to extenuating circumstances." Your bylaws may provide for an "opt out." If they do, you may not have a case about changing the date of the meeting. See Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, page 111 #1. This states that any motion that conflicts with the bylaws is not in order. So if the bylaws do not allow for a meeting change, then this is your support from Robert's Rules. Now about the business transacted, that may be difficult to determine. I would say I need to know more.

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Question submitted by Leo Zapata on March 24, 2014