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Henry M. Robert (1837–1923).  Robert’s Rules of Order Revised.  1915.

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four directors receiving the most votes shall serve for three years, the four receiving the next largest numbers shall serve for two years, and the next four for one year, and that where there is a tie the classification shall be by lot;” or, “I move the adoption, etc. … and that Article III, shall not go into effect until after the close of this annual meeting.” Or, if the motion to adopt has been made, it may be amended so as to accomplish the desired object.
  Constitutions. An incorporated society frequently has no constitution, the charter taking its place, and many others prefer to combine under one head the rules that are more commonly placed under the separate heads of constitution and by-laws. There is no objection to this unless the by-laws are elaborate, when it is better to separate the most important rules and place them in the constitution. The constitution should contain only the following:
Name and object of the society.
Qualification of members.
Officers and their election.
Meetings of the society (including only what is essential, leaving details to the by-laws).
How to amend the constitution.
  These can be arranged in five articles, or, the first one may be divided into two, in which case there would be six articles. Usually some of the articles should be divided into sections. Nothing should be placed in the constitution that may be suspended, except in the case of requiring elections of officers to be by ballot, in which case the requirement may be qualified so as to allow the ballot


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