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; tuition-free public college, 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 June 30, 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 and who has attended at least one prior general membership meeting out of the past twelve.
  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 unless a hardship waiver of dues has been submitted.

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 July 1 and payable by July 31 of each fiscal year.

C.   Annual Dues Levels:

a. Under 18                               No Dues
b. Student / Senior (65+)        $ 10.00
c. General Membership         $ 20.00
d. Aggressive Progressive     $ 50.00
e. Revolutionary                     $ 150.00

D.  Payment of dues shall not be obligatory to anyone for whom it constitutes an economic hardship.

E.   Membership is effective 30 days after receipt of dues or waiver and attendance of at least one prior general membership meeting.

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 10 days in advance to all active members, in any manner as follows:
    a. Notice in writing by US mail, or
    b. Notice in writing by e-mail, or
    c. 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 10 days prior to the meeting.

D. Endorsements: To the extent consistent with law, this Club may endorse candidates or take positions on ballot propositions subject to the following conditions:

  1. Endorsements as between two or more eligible persons or positions shall be made only following notice to representatives of all known eligible persons/positions and all Members; and
  2. No endorsement shall be made except upon the affirmative vote of sixty percent (60%) of the Members present and voting; and
  3. This Club shall not endorse or in any way support any candidate who is not a
    Democrat.

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 sixty percent (60%) 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 sixty percent (60%) of those members 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 3/4 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 sixty percent (60%) of the members present and voting.

F.  Changes to the 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 two-thirds of those present and voting.

G.  No vote on endorsement or other official Club business shall be taken by secret ballot.

VIII.  Officers


1.     ELECTION & DUTIES

A.  Club officers shall consist of chair, vice-chair, secretary, parliamentarian 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 parliamentarian shall ensure that Robert’s Rules of Order are followed accurately and consistently during all regularly noticed meetings.

F.  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. In collaboration with the officers, the treasurer shall draft an annual budget.

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

H.  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.

I.  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.

J.  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.

K.  The Chair may appoint Club members to serve in other capacities as needed.

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

M.  The Executive Board shall be composed of the club officers and chairs of standing
committees, and shall be responsible for implementing the Club’s goals, developing the meeting agendas, and maintaining financial viability.

N.  Regular Order of Business: The order of business at a regular meeting of The Club
shall be as follows:

  1. Roll call / Introductions
  2. Guest speakers
  3. Secretary’s report: Minutes of prior meeting(s)
  4. Treasurer’s report
  5. Chair’s report
  6. Committee reports
  7. Nominations and elections to fill vacancies
  8. Other pending business
  9. New business and special resolutions
  10. Adjournment

O.  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.

IX. COMMITTEES


1. STANDING COMMITTEES

A. Membership and Outreach:
Responsible for membership development and support, including recruitment and retention.

B. Fundraising and Finance:
Responsible for coordination of activities required to raise funds for the operation of the Club and support of issues and candidates endorsed by the club; responsible for preparing an annual budget and maintaining an appropriate reserve fund.

C. Media and Communications:
Research, develop, and maintain website, social media platforms, press releases, advertising, announcements, printed materials, signage, and other communications and media.

D. Political and Legislative Affairs:
Oversee programs and activities related to making candidate endorsements, supporting political campaigns, donating money, organizing volunteers within the membership for political action and conduct other political functions as delegated by the General membership. Research legislative activity on a local, state, or federal level of interest to the Club, providing periodic reports to the Club.

E. Chairs of Standing Committees shall be elected or removed in the same
manner as officers of the Club and shall serve as members of the Executive
Board.

F. The Chair of each committee shall provide oral reports as requested by the
Executive Board or Chair.

G. Special Committees: The Executive Board and the Chair shall have the
authority to appoint special committees as needed to accomplish the
objectives of the Club.

H. Responsibilities: Committees are the primary mechanism to allocate the
ongoing business and responsibilities of The Club. Such business and
responsibilities include but are not necessarily limited to budget and fund
raising, media and public relations, issues and research, coordination of
events, liaison with officials and other entities, volunteer recruitment, voter
registration, GOTV, candidate endorsement, and other campaign activities.
Members are encouraged to participate in committees that reflect their
political interests.

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. Ten (10) days’ notice must be provided of each meeting.

 

CA DEMOCRATS

 

ADOPTED:  June 14, 2017
REVISED: June 20, 2018

Certified by:
Adrienne Veronese | Secretary

 

 

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