By-Laws

I. Name


The name of this organization shall be the Humboldt Progressive Democrats (hereinafter called the “Club”, “HPD”, or similar name).

 

II. Purpose


The Club shall focus its efforts within the County of Humboldt to work toward restoration of citizen ownership of our democracy by mobilizing grassroots participation in the political process; to support candidates and issues through a combination of education, community organizing, and direct action at the local, state, and national levels; to hold elected officials accountable to the electorate; and to promote progressive policies; to advance the goals of the Democratic Party (hereinafter called the Party), through coordination with other Democratic groups, and other activities to benefit the Party.

Progressive policies include, but are not limited to, universal health care; human and civil rights for all under the law; protection of our environment; fair trade; worker rights to organize and collectively bargain; abolition of the death penalty; and promoting fairness, peace, justice and sustainability within our community, our state, our country, and the world.

 

III.    Affiliation


A.  The Club is officially chartered with the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee (hereinafter called the “HCDCC”) and was duly chartered by the HCDCC on July 12, 2017.

B.  As a chartered and affiliated club of the HCDCC, the Club shall comply with bylaws of the HCDCC and the California Democratic Party, as they apply to fully chartered local affiliates.

 

IV. Membership Requirements


A.   Members:

  1. Membership in the Club shall be open to any person who supports the purpose of the Club and, if eligible to vote, is a registered Democrat.
  2. A “voting member” (a.k.a. “member in good standing”) is an individual, at least fifteen (15) years of age, whose Club membership dues are current (subsequent to dues being established by the Club) and who has attended at least one prior general membership meeting out of the past twelve (subsequent to the granting of a Charter by the HCDCC).
  3. Supports the purpose of the Club as stated in Article II, above.

B.   This organization does not require or use any test of membership or oath of loyalty which has the effect of requiring prospective or current members to acquiesce in, condone or support discrimination on the grounds of race, color, creed, national origin, physical ability, sex, age, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation or economic status.

C.   A member is removed from the Club roster for non-payment of dues by the date required in these Bylaws.

 

V. Dues


A.   Dues shall be recommended by the Executive Board and reviewed at the first meeting of each calendar year and presented to the General Membership for approval.

B.   Dues are due on January 1 and payable by January 31 of each calendar year.

C.   Annual dues for new active Club members may be prorated on a monthly basis.

D.   Membership is effective 30 days after receipt of dues.

E.   Payment of dues shall not be obligatory to anyone for whom it constitutes an economic hardship, and after due consideration with approval of the Executive Board.

 

VI. Meetings


A.   Regular Meetings

  1. The Club shall hold regular meetings, at least bi-monthly, on such day as the membership may determine from time to time.
  2. Regular meetings shall not be canceled more than 3 times within any calendar year and in no event shall more than 2 regular meetings be canceled in succession.

B.   Special Meetings

  1. Special meetings may be called by the chair at any time, on notice as specified below.
  2. In the absence of the chair, any two officers may call a special meeting, on notice as specified below.

C.   Notice of Meeting

  1. Notice of regular or special meetings shall be given at least two weeks in advance to all active members, in any manner as follows:
    • Notice in writing by US mail, or
    • Notice in writing by e-mail, or
    • Telephone message
  2. Notice of the meeting shall be deemed sufficient by any manner specified above if such notice includes the date, time and place of the meeting and is calculated to be received at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

 

VII.   Rules for Meetings


A.  The Club shall use the newly revised Roberts Rules of Order to govern parliamentary procedure at all official meetings of the organization, except as specifically noted in these bylaws.

B.  A quorum for any official meeting of the Club shall be 25 percent of the total organizational membership, or ten members, whichever is smaller, as of 24 hours before the meeting, as reported by the secretary.

C.  Unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws, the Club may adopt events and conduct regular business with a vote of 50 percent plus one of the members present at any meeting.

D.  The Club may pass resolutions not related to endorsements with a vote of 2/3 of those present and voting at any meeting.

E.  A process to consider the endorsement of candidates must be approved prior to any suggestion of endorsements. If the discussion of an endorsement process is noticed in the meeting agenda, such process must be approved by at least 2/3 of those present and voting at any meeting.  If the discussion of an endorsement process is brought up from the floor as New Business, such process must be approved by at least three-fourths of those present and voting at any meeting.  Under no circumstances may the Club consider the endorsement of a candidate for public office who is not registered with the Democratic Party.  The minimum threshold for endorsement in a race with multiple Democratic candidates is two-thirds of the members present and voting.

F.  Changes to the constitution and bylaws not specifically referenced elsewhere must be noticed to the membership at least one meeting before the vote in question, and must be approved by a vote of 2/3 of those present and voting.

 

VIII.  Officers


1.     ELECTION & DUTIES

A.  Club officers shall consist of chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer.  They shall be elected in January to serve one-year terms of office.

B.  If the chair vacates office, the vice-chair shall ascend to the position of chair, until an election is held to fill the chair’s remaining term of office.

C.  In the temporary absence of the chair, the vice-chair shall serve as chair.  If the position of vice-chair is vacant, the secretary or treasurer shall serve as vice-chair.

D.  The secretary shall be responsible to ensure that all members are notified of Club meetings, maintain an updated club roster, and shall maintain all written records of the Club.

E.  The treasurer shall maintain all financial records of the club, be responsible for bank accounts, ensure FPPC/FEC financial reports are submitted on time, and will provide a monthly financial report at club meetings.

F.  The chair shall officiate at all meetings of the Club.

G.  The chair may appoint members temporarily to fill un-expired terms of office, subject to election by the membership at the next Club meeting 30 days after the office is vacated.

H.  The Club shall be represented at meetings of the HCDCC and any other Committee meetings at which it may be entitled to membership.  A person may serve as representative to more than one outside body if the club membership approves.

I.  The Club is encouraged to appoint a publicity officer, who shall have the responsibility to develop and to implement a plan to increase the visibility of the Club among Democrats within Humboldt County.

J.  The chair may appoint Club members to serve in other capacities as needed.

K.  The Club may elect such other officers as may be deemed necessary from time to time to conduct Club business.

L.  The Executive Board shall be composed of the club officers and chairs of standing committees, and shall be responsible for implementing the Club’s goal and maintaining financial viability.

M.  An elected officer can be removed from office by resolution of a two-thirds vote of the Regular members at a General Meeting for such causes as missing three unexcused consecutive meetings or non-performance of duties, providing the membership and the officer have been notified ten days in advance of the meeting of the proposed action against the officer.

2.     Selection of Representatives to California Democratic Party (CDP) Pre-Endorsing Conferences

A.  Club representatives shall be allocated as follows: one representative, resident in the Assembly District and duly registered as a member of the Democratic Party of California, for each full (not a fraction thereof) 20 members in good standing registered to vote in the Assembly District who were listed on the roster submitted to HCDCC and to the appropriate Regional Director of the CDP no later than July 15 of the year immediately prior to the endorsing process.

B.  For purposes of this Section:

  1. Only members in good standing, who are registered Democrats, as of the July 1 deadline shall be included on the roster;
  2. “Member in Good Standing” shall mean a member pursuant to Article IV., A., above.
  3. The status of such members shall be certified by the Club’s President, Secretary, or Treasurer; and,
  4. The Club’s representatives to any particular pre-endorsing conference be from the roster described above and that the overall list of representatives to all conferences be equally apportioned between men and women, to the extent possible.

C.  Said representatives shall be selected by majority vote of the membership.

 

Amendments


These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote at a general membership meeting after the proposed amendment has been presented to the membership at a preceding meeting.  Two week’s notice must be provided of each meeting.

 

CA DEMOCRATS

 

ADOPTED:  June 14, 2017

Certified by:
Adrienne Veronese | Secretary

 

 

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