QUESTION: Is the board obliged to accommodate all schedules or can it proceed without a board member who can't get away from work?
ANSWER: When it comes to meeting dates and times, directors should be sensitive to the needs of fellow directors and accommodate schedules whenever reasonable. However, boards cannot be held hostage to the schedule of a single director--meeting dates and times may accommodate the needs of the majority. If a director has difficulty attending because of his work schedule, vacations or family obligations, he can always attend by phone.
Since directors have a duty to attend meetings, a board member who is too busy to regularly attend should consider resigning so another volunteer can fill the seat.
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