Roger M. Raasch is the recipient of the first Doctorate of
Condology, awarded to someone who has made substantial contributions to
successful condominium living in Wisconsin. If you are on a condo board in
Wisconsin, you are invited to the presentation of this prestigious degree, which will be awarded at the beginning of the monthly meeting of the Wisconsin Condominium Association thisMonday, February 18th. The
meeting starts at 7:30 AM and takes place at Mayfair Mall in the lower-level
meeting room G 110 (enter the Mall from the covered parking lot on the east
side and take the stairs or elevator found behind glass doors, about half-way
down the corridor.)
By the way, you haven’t lived a good enough condominium life
if you haven’t tried the Wisconsin Condominium Association. For about $25 a
year, all members of your Board can attend monthly meetings (about 90 minutes
in length,) hear speakers, share experiences and ask questions. You are invited this Monday, and if you want
to join WCA, contact facilitator, Dr. Roger M. Raasch, (“Wisconsin’s First Condo
Chaplain”) at (414)571-8888 or R04041@aol.com.
Dr. Raasch has selflessly run WCA for many years, and well over 100 Wisconsin
condo communities, and their thousands of residents, have benefited.
Speaking of meetings….Act before the temperatures rise.
Some people do like to speak a lot, don’t they? At a condominium meeting, members have that
right. As a general rule, a speaker on
an issue cannot be silenced (except when the speaker is out of order) and
debate cannot be terminated until all speakers consider themselves finished.
The ability to be heard is a key attribute in a democratic assembly, one which
is especially cherished by the minority on an issue. They may lose the vote, but at least they
were heard. That is why it takes a vote
of two-thirds to end debate.
The problem is that by the time debate starts, there may be
enough motivated people who want to keep speaking that it will be difficult to
get a two-thirds vote to stop it. So, here is what we advise: Get that two-thirds vote limiting debate at
the beginning of the meeting, before temperatures rise, not later. After
reviewing the agenda, a member may move to “adopt an order limiting debate.” Here are two examples from Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised:
“I move that at 9 P.M. debate be closed and the
question on the resolution be put.”
I move “that debate be limited to one speech of
five minutes for each member….”
We counsel not to go overboard in limiting debate. It is gratifying to see members leave a
meeting in good spirits even when they lost on a controversial issue. This typically
occurs when they have had a full opportunity to make their case, a sign of respect
and democratic values.