HAL-PC Board of Directors Minutes
January 17, 2009
Approved minutes of the January 17, 2009 special Board of Directors Meeting.
HOUSTON AREA LEAGUE OF PC USERS
The meeting was called to Order at 2:00 PM, Robert Gunn presiding.
The president stated that he had heard a resignation by director Susan Ostlund during the course of the previous meeting and that he had accepted this resignation. Larry Dillard provided a legal opinion from HAL-PC's Legal committee dated 29 July 2000 in support of the president's ability to accept any such resignation on his own authority. Mark Crain argued in opposition and provided support from Robert's Rules and other external authorities.
The Chair ruled in support of accepting the resignation and Susan Ostland moved to appeal the decision of the chair. The motion was seconded and the question was put to the assembly to disregard any resignation that Susan Ostland may have made.
The chair questioned whether the business of acceptance of a resignation was proper at this time as it was not a part of the original call for the special meeting. It was decided that since this was a matter that was essential to the functioning of the assembly that it was a question of privilege and so also was the filling of the vacancy created by the acceptance of the resignation.
Rick Archibald moved to accept the written resignation received on 8 Jan 2009 from Remigio "Mickey" Revilla. The motion was seconded and the question put to the assembly.
An election was held to fill the vacated seat.
A conflict of interest statement was collected from William Budell and he was seated as a member of the board.
II. NEW BUSINESS
Annette Story read her motion (below) to the assembly;
WHEREAS, The HAL-PC Bylaws ("The Bylaws") Article III. B.* provides
WHEREAS, The Bylaws Article III. F.* ("Article III. F.") provides that
WHEREAS, Article III. F. provides that an Officer's term of service
WHEREAS, Article 1396-2.21** provides that an officer may be removed
WHEREAS, The Bylaws Article III. C.* provides that majority of the
WHEREAS, The Bylaws Article IV. A.* provides that The Board shall
RESOLVED, That Robert Gunn is hereby removed as President immediately.
The chair stated that this was in conflict with section 3F of the HAL-PC Bylaws. Stephen Cravey moved to table the motion. A second was heard and the question put.
Annette Story read her second motion (below) to the assembly;
WHEREAS, The HAL-PC Bylaws ("The Bylaws") Article III. B.* provides that in the event of removal of an Officer, his or her successor shall be elected by the Board to serve until the next annual election of Officers;
WHEREAS, The Bylaws Article III. F.* provides that an Officer's successor shall be elected by a majority vote of the number of Directors fixed by these Bylaws;
WHEREAS, The Bylaws Article IV. A.* provides that The Board shall consist of twenty-three (23) Directors;
RESOLVED, That the Board of Directors shall conduct an immediate election to elect a successor to the President.
http://www.hal-pc.org/bylaws.html (last visited Dec. 9, 2008).
Annette Story then nominated Mary Ann Mitscherling for the office of president.
Chris Read called for a round of applause in appreciation of Roberts Gunn's long service as president of HAL-PC and the same was heard.
Robert Gunn yielded the floor to Mary Ann Mitscherling and she provided a brief statement.
Mary Ann Mitscherling made a motion to reconvene in informal session immediately following this meeting.
Robert Carlile moved to take from the table the previous motion. A second was heard.
Stephen Cravey moved to adjourn, a second was heard.
The meeting ended at 2:36 PM