Our chairperson stated that the only time a homeowner can call a "point
of order" is at the annual meeting. My understanding is that an owner
can raise a point of order at board meetings if they know the board is
not following parliamentary rules.
: I agree with your chair. You can't interrupt the board's meeting to raise a point of order.
Point of Order
For the uninitiated, a "point of order" is a parliamentary issue. It can be raised whenever a member notices procedural rules
aren't being followed correctly. For example,
…point of order, the speaker’s time has expired.
…point of order, the speaker's language is offensive.
…point of order, the motion conflicts with our bylaws.
The issue must be raised immediately by interrupting the chair, otherwise the right is waived.
The key is the definition of "member." For board meetings, only
directors are members of the board. Accordingly, only board members have
standing to raise points of order in their meetings. A homeowner has no
standing just as a citizen has no right to interrupt House proceedings
in Congress with a point of order. They will be promptly escorted from
the chamber if they do.
can, however, participate in membership meetings and raise points of
order. With the advent of secret balloting, that right is largely moot.
Except to count ballots and announce the results, almost no business is
conducted anymore at membership meetings.
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