No one can tell you your rights or obligations under by-laws that he or she cannot read. These cases are highly fact specific. Generally speaking, by-laws should be binding and controlling. There may even be provisions for removal of the president. But no one can say without seeing the documents.
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Is the Club Incorporated as a corporation (probably non-profit) ? If it is you need to look at the Michigan Non-profit corporation act.. and the bylaws are legally actionable.. in Court
If it is not incorporated.. the club may be treated as a partnership. and all the members have votes so the president cannot really act unilaterally..
The president really needs to explain the reasons if the volunteer will not agree to abide by the Presidents decision..
This said.. This type of situation a potential lawsuit I(which is your remedy to enforce whatever is legally binding) has the potential to tear the club apart... so it is in the best interests of everyone to resolve the situation as quickly and quitely as possible.. so NEGOGIATE if possible..
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People often misunderstand that the way to handle an errant officer of a nonprofit is the same as in a for profit-- the BOARD must fire or discipline the officer.
So contact a board member with this concern, rally a majority on the board, call a meeting to discuss the matter and if the officer won't account for this action, he must be fired.
If a board of a nonprofit fires an officer and the officer refuses to cooperate, then the board must take immediate legal action in court to secure organizational assets. If the board waffles, the officer may get away with it.
This is all true of an incorporated nonprofit, but the use of the term bylaws suggests that this is a corporation or at least some sort of entity with a governing board of some kind.
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