scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Disposition of Property
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM
Thu Nov 25 1999 - 08:22:48 CST
Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 1999 6:37 PM
> With respect to the question of rentention or sale of a Scout Reservation
> owned by a council, the Standard Local Council Articles and By-Laws (1991
> printing) states at Article IV, Section 4: "One-third of the members of
> Executive Board shall constitute a quorum for all purposes. Unless
> required by law...all questions...presented to a meeting of the executive
> board at which a quorum is present shall be decided by a majority of those
> actually voting...."
> Caveat one: A council is permitted to adopt other articles and by laws,
> other than the "Standard" set.
> Caveat two: If a council is in a jurisdiction that requires other rules,
> other than those in the Standard set, those other rules of course apply.
Caveat three: As I understand it, the presence or lack of presence of a
quorum is only relevant if someone raises the issue at the time. Thus, even
if the 29 members was NOT a quorum, unless some member of the body present
at the meeting raised the question with the chair, any business conducted
during the meeting is binding, even if there was not a quorum present.
(That's why a knowledge of Robert's Rules and those of your body can be your
> So what does this mean? It means that if you want to play lawyer, you
> to get your facts and the applicable rules straight. And we do not have
> either on this list.
Bruce E. Cobern