An international association found that many of its chapters had not elected Vice-Presidents and, thus, were not in compliance with association "rules."

It turns out, the bylaws provided to chapters specified that the VP was in charge of program development, and nobody wanted that responsibility. So they had no VPs.

One chapter representative suggested giving responsibility to somebody else in the chapter and not requiring it of the VP. The bylaws, it was felt, could be changed - or just ignored. It was a common sense solution to an organizational problem.

But some chapters felt the "rules" had to be followed. So they continued to operatate with no Vice-Presidents.