Correcting minutes, not as easy as you might think

How to correct minutes when not everyone agrees.

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A discussion in the Volume 76 No. 1 First Quarter 2015 issue of The National Parliamentarian page 21 highlights a question asked by a member:

“If a correction is offered to the minutes of the prior meeting but the majority of the committee does not accept the correction, does this rejection of this correction become part of the minutes of the next meeting?”

The response is that when a correction to the minutes is offered and lost, no mention of this is made in the minutes. If one or more corrections are adopted, the minutes of the current meeting should state, “ The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved as corrected.” If no correction was made, the current minutes should state, “The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved (The National Parliamentarian Volume 76 No. 1 First Quarter 2015 pg. 21).”

More information can be found on components of meeting minutes at this article Components of Meeting Minutes, I’ve been elected as secretary, now what. There is also an example of minutes at this article titled Sample Meeting Minutes according to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised.

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