Article IX: Elder Meetings

Section 1. Place of Meetings.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary provided in this Constitution, any meeting of the Elders of Grace Church may be held at any place within or without the State of Illinois.

Section 2. Regular Meetings.

Regular meetings of the Elders shall be held at such time as the Elders agree. Regular meetings shall be open to Grace Church members. Should there be topics of discussion that should be held confidential, the Elders, if unanimous, may ask the other Church members to leave during that portion of the meeting.

Section 3. Special Meetings.

Special meetings of the Elders may be called at any time by a quorum of the Elders (see Section 5).

Section 4. Notice of Special Meetings.

Special meetings of the Elders shall be held upon notice given personally or by telephone, or other similar means of communication.

Section 5. Quorum.

Except as otherwise provided herein, a majority of the Elders currently serving or at least two Elders, whichever is larger, shall constitute a quorum. A majority of the Elders present at any particular meeting, whether or not a quorum is present, may adjourn any meeting to another time and place.

Except as this Constitution and the Illinois Religious Corporation Act may provide, the act or decision done or made by the Elders present at a meeting duly held at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Elders, with the exception of those decisions requiring the unanimous consent of all Elders (see Article VIII, Section 8).

Section 6. Participation in Meetings by Telephone.

Members of the Elders may participate in a meeting through use of conference telephone or similar communications equipment, so long as all Elders participating in such meeting can hear one another. In the event of a decision requiring the approval of all of the Elders, as mentioned in Section 8a of Article VIII, the Elder Chairman or Vice Chairman may take the vote of any Elder that cannot attend, for whatever reason, by telephone. Any vote taken by telephone must be confirmed in writing when dealing with issues demanding the unanimous vote of all Elders.