07 July, 2007

Pastor Honus Johnson, Moderator


Daleside Baptist Church
July 1, 2007, 7:00 pm
Regular Business Meeting Minutes
Willis Owensby, Clerk

The congregation of approximately 22 men, women, and children 12 and older met in the sanctuary. Pastor Honus Johnson opened the meeting with prayer. We sang the 1st, 2nd, and 4th verses of Sweet Hour of Prayer, led by Brother Lane Steve, Song Leader. Motion presented by Brother Randall Miller, Fellowship Chairman.
  • “I move to postpone all business scheduled for tonight to a special called meeting on Wednesday, July 12, 2007 so we can begin setting up decorations for VBS.”
Pastor Honus Johnson called for the vote. Brother Dale Williams, Head Deacon, raised a point of order that the motion was not seconded, neither was it discussed. Pastor Honus Johnson asked for a second. Brother Randall Miller’s motion was seconded by Brother Dale Williams, Head Deacon.

Pastor Honus Johnson recognized Brother Jasper Gephard, Treasurer. Brother Gephard stood up to give the financial report and began by stating that the General Fund contained $4,198.38 as of June 30, 2007. Brother Randall Miller, Fellowship Chairman, raised a point of order that his motion had not been voted on. Pastor Honus Johnson asked that everyone who was in favor say “Amen.” After many “Amens,” Brother Lane Steve, Song Leader, questioned why the vote was taken on the Treasurer’s report before it was fully presented. Since it was unclear what had just been voted on, Brother Dale Williams, Head Deacon, suggested that we return to a discussion of Brother Randall Miller’s original motion.

Pastor Johnson recognized Sister Evelynn Gephard, Children’s Choir Director. Sister Evelynn raised the point that July 11, 2007 will be a Wednesday and July 12, 2007 will be a Thursday, but the motion states “Wednesday, July 12.” Pastor Johnson advised Brother Randall Miller to withdraw his original motion. Brother Randall Miller attempted to withdraw his motion, but Brother Dale Williams raised a point of order that the motion could not be withdrawn because he had already seconded the motion. Since it could not be withdrawn unless he also withdrew his second, Brother Dale Williams suggested that amendments be offered to the original motion.

Sister Evelynn Gephard motioned to amend Brother Randall Miller’s original motion by changing “Wednesday, July 12” to “Wednesday, July 11.” Pastor Honus Johnson called for the vote. Brother Dale Williams, raised a point of order that the amendment to the motion had not been seconded, neither was it discussed. Pastor Johnson asked for a second. Sister Evelynn’s motion to amend was seconded by Brother Dale Williams.

Pastor Johnson recognized Brother Jasper Gephard, Treasurer. Brother Gephard stood up to report that Tithes and Offerings for June were $3,117.91 while expenses were $2,993.47. Brother Randall Miller raised a point of order that his motion still needed a vote. Pastor Johnson called for the vote. Brother Dale Williams raised a point of order that Sister Evelynn’s amendment needed to be discussed and voted on before Brother Randall’s original motion could be voted on.

Pastor Johnson recognized Sister Dorris Lee Williams. Sister Dorris Lee suggested that we settle on a date to have the next business meeting and get on with setting up for VBS. Pastor Johnson recognized Sister Sarah Owensby. Sister Sarah agreed with Sister Dorris Lee that we hurry up and settle on a date for the business meeting. Brother Dale Williams explained to everyone that we were already in the process of deciding on the date. Brother Randall Miller, Jr. said that we should just have the meeting on Wednesday the 11th and get on with the VBS decorations.

Brother Lane Steve, Song Leader, said that Wednesday, July 11th would not be a good time because it would interfere with the organizational meeting for the Christmas Cantata. He said that Thursday, July 12th would fit the schedule much better. Sister Evelynn Gephard withdrew her motion to amend, and Brother Dale Williams withdrew his second on the motion to amend. Pastor Honus Johnson called for the vote. Brother Dale Williams raised a point of order and stated that the original motion, as currently written, still contained the impossible date of Wednesday, July 12th.

Brother Lane Steve, Song Leader, motioned to amend Brother Randall Miller’s original motion by changing “Wednesday, July 12” to “Thursday, July 12.” Pastor Honus Johnson called for the vote. Brother Dale Williams, raised a point of order that the amendment to the motion had not been seconded, neither was it discussed. Pastor Johnson asked for a second. Brother Lane’s motion to amend was seconded by Brother Dale Williams.

Brother Willis Owensby raised a Bylaws question. According to the current Bylaws, a special meeting cannot be called without at least 10 days notice and that notice must be given during a regular Sunday morning service. Brother Owensby explained that the earliest notice could be given would be during the Sunday morning service on July 8th. Therefore, the earliest the next meeting could be called would be July 18th. Brother Lane Steve withdrew his motion to amend. Brother Dale Williams withdrew his second on the motion to amend.

Brother Dale Williams motioned to amend Brother Randall Miller’s original motion by changing “Wednesday, July 12” to “Wednesday, July 18.” Brother Willis Owensby seconded the motion to amend. With no further discussion, the amendment passed without objection: 15 for, 0 against.

Pastor Johnson asked if someone would motion to adjourn. Brother Dale Williams raised a point of order that the original motion had not been voted on, only the amendment. After much discussion and many comments, Brother Dale Williams explained that we voted only to amend the motion, and now we needed to vote on the original motion as amended presented by Brother Randall Miller, Fellowship Chair. Brother Dale Williams explained that the motion as amended now reads:
  • "I move to postpone all business scheduled for tonight to a special called meeting on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 so we can begin setting up decorations for VBS.”
With no more discussion, Pastor Honus Johnson called for the vote. Motion passed unanimously: 7 for, 0 against. Brother Dale Williams motioned to adjourn. With no objections, Pastor Honus Johnson closed in prayer around 9:15 pm.

14 comments:

ajlin said...

I think I've been to that business meeting (at a former church).

Elder Eric said...

Brother Slawson,

I think I was with "ajlin" at that business meeting.

Actually, the one reason I know this is satire and not reality is that there was no fighting at the meeting (I'm a Baptist so I can say that and get away with it).

-EE

DT said...

And pastors wonder why people don't like business meetings! I have been too way too many business meetings like that one.

Tracy said...

...and their VBS was to start on July 1th, 2007... :0)
Thanks for all the humor. Kudos to all those church secretaries that have to keep track of the chaos!
-Tracy

Tracy said...

I mean, the 15th. No coffee, yet today!

Robina said...

Hilarious! By the way, congrats on approaching the 63,000 visitors mark -- WAH-HOOOOO!

Uncle Ricky said...

I make a motion to have the July 18th
minutes posted, very funny!

The Slawsons said...

I'll second that motion. Any discussion? Shall we have a vote?

W.A. Foote said...

Point of order

The amendment passed without objection: 15 for, 0 against.
Motion passed unanimously: 7 for, 0 against.
A motion must pass with a 51% approval.
7 of 15 motion fails.
I make a motion to table the motion to the next business meeting.
=)

Brother Slawson said...

Foote,
Good question... but only >50% of the remaining voters is needed. Notice they started with 22. By the time of the first vote, 15 remained. By the time of the second vote, only 7 remained. In both vote cases, there were 0 against... so both passed. :)

Brother Slawson said...

Foote,

"next business meeting"

Too funny!

shaun marksbury said...

Ah, the smell of the well-oiled church machine at work. No, wait, that's mold!

I've definitely sat through these meetings. :)

Good stuff as always, Boxed Crew!

Anonymous said...

They sang the 1st, 2nd and 4th verses. Sounds like my church. I've often wondered what purgatory the 3rd verses of songs are sent to.

Rhett said...

What would the Apostles have done without Robert's Rules of Order!!!!??