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Poll Question: Who votes on decisions, like by-laws changes, big expenditures, etc.
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John Luzaich

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bullet Posted: 4/16/09 at 5:10pm

I've seen many community theatres on this site and it seems like there are three different categories that most fit in: (#1) all volunteer, (#2) 1-4 employees - part or full time, (#3) 10-15 employees part or full time.  Most of the #2 or #3's have a general manager, executive director or managing director that kind of run the day-to-day operations.  Their board of directors vote and decide on the major issues like ticket prices, season or plays produced, basic operating policies and procedures, hiring of key personnel, fund raising activities, by-laws, etc.


We have two boards and multiple committees with good involvement.  I think that's healthy for the organization.

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bullet Posted: 7/02/09 at 1:03pm
I am a member in a theater where the board runs the business of the organization and the members govern the organization, at least that is how it is written in the by-laws.
In practice over the years there were decisions made that made the balance of power unbalanced and mixed up.
The board made a decision that members could only be nominated for one office, though the by-laws state: "Members must show a williness to serve in the offices for which they are nominated."  It would be suidcide for any organization to have the decision making for voting made by those who would be replaced if they lost.
So now the board thinks it can make any and all decisons for the organization.
Somewhere in time the members figured they must approve all things over a budget of $5000.  This rule is not written down anywhere and it goes against the by-laws.  In practice they whould have to approve all show budgets and other items in the budget.  The rule is used selectively by the board and the members.  Now the members, who have little knowledge of the operating budget, and the day to day operations are now making decision based on those criteria.
It's a mess.
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