This is regarding the article on the most recent Recreation Centers of Sun City board meeting (“RCSC board stalls on meeting rules motions,” Sun City Independent, Oct 6, 2021).
First and foremost, director Darla Akins’ comment that there are different versions of Robert’s Rules of Order and asked “Which one would you like us to use?” is totally incorrect. Truth be known, there is one version, and one version only of Robert’s Rules. The latest was published in 2020 as the 12th edition and it supersedes all previous editions, which the book even tells you at the very beginning!
Second, although the board finally used the correct motion to “postpone,” rather than “table,” the motion cannot be postponed until January 2022. The motion to “postpone” requires that it be taken up by the end of next session/meeting as a general order or special order, at which time it may be postponed again. The motion to “table” is typically not mentioned, listed or required to be taken up by the end of next session, but if not “taken from the table” by the end of that session the motion automatically dies.
I think the board is tying their best to comply with Robert’s Rules, they just haven’t gotten it yet!
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