Figure this would be a good exercise to do and take our collective minds to a different place other than Covid19, recruiting, etc., etc. And, it does not have to go several pages.
I am looking for a short answer and a reference to support. Hopefully some of our legal minds will chime in....
This involves two Knights of Columbus meetings.
A motion was made, seconded and passed (adopted) to place a moratorium on our charitable donations. Reason being, many donations were recommended however, we have limited funds and hardly any funds coming in because many of our fund raising activities are not now allowed. We also wanted to have our officers come up with a donations plan on how to best accomplish making donations with limited available funds.
We really need to make two important donations.
The question is: Can the previously adopted motion from the April meeting be amended to keep the moratorium in place while allowing for these two donations to be made or does the April meeting adopted motion have to be rescinded first?
From my research I have found that the motion can be amended but because no advance notice was given it must receive a 2/3 majority vote to pass.
Would appreciate all thoughts and references to support.
You are correct about that a supermajority is required to rescind, amend or anul a prior adopted motion unless there was notice of the proposed change in the notice of the meeting. This rule exists because of the possibility of slight changes in attendance from meeting to meeting wreaking havoc with the organization.
The bylaws of most organizations allow for the call of a special meeting by a percentage of the membership. Can you arrange for that?
Yes, we can call a special meeting if needed and based upon what i am going to say may need one.
The May meeting took place this past Tuesday night online through google go to meeting.
I made the motion to amend the previously adopted motion of a moratorium on donations to now read: A moratorium on new donations while allowing these 2 donations (1 was to support a seminarian while the other was for gift cards for the needy in the parishes we serve). Also mentioned was that we needed a 2/3 majority because there was no advance notice of this motion. It was seconded, debated and put on the online ballot to be voted on. Members were given until tonight to vote.
Sometime after the meeting, the Grand Knight spoke with a state officer who told him that the previously adopted motion of "no new donations had to be repealed first, I guess before being amended. So, the amended motion I proposed was pulled from the online voting with a statement that "it was placed there in error and was being pulled from being voted on".
I still maintain that my amended motion was appropriate. Here's a link to support that:
I can identify with your issue. However, if the motion has not yet been passed by a vote of the members, can it not be amended (if the person who first proposed it is amenable to the amendment) and then voted upon?
My own K of C Council (6033) lost our two major fund raisers in March and April. We have also had to curtail future donations until such time as we again have funds to donate. However, we tend to approve funds a year ahead so we do have funds for the balance of our 2020 fiscal year but are now looking at ways to fund 2021.
We have a very old council - 365. What it boils down to... i think I am correct in being able to amend a previously adopted motion while the state officer says it must be repealed (proper term is rescind) before those donations can be made.