BOSQUE COUNTY DEMOCRAT CLUB BY-LAWS
Adopted May 8, 2014
ARTICLE I — PURPOSE
THE PURPOSE OF THIS ORGANIZATION SHALL BE:
(a) to stimulate an active interest in governmental affairs;
(b) to increase the efficiency of popular government;
(c) to perpetuate the principles and ideals of the Democratic party;
(d) to attract new members to the Democratic party;
(e) to help acquaint voters and potential voters with the issues and candidates;
(f) to promote the highest degree of governmental response to the public needs.
ARTICLE II — POLICY
This organization shall actively support by appropriate means the nominees of the Democratic party in national, state and local elections; it shall endeavor to maintain contact with voters throughout the area, and shall function continuously in order that it may contribute to the growth and influence of the Democratic party.
ARTICLE III — MEMBERSHIP
Members shall agree with the Texas Democratic Party’s statement of principles. “The Democratic party of Texas hereby adopts the following statement of principles as the foundation for party activities at all levels: We believe that the Democratic party with its great diversity, its flexibility of organization, its historic adaptability to fruitful change and its instinctive responsiveness to human needs and aspiration, can provide the leadership required in these challenging times.”
This is the definition of a member in good standing of the Bosque County Democrat Club: members who are consistent in attendance and participation.
ARTICLE IV — ELECTION OF OFFICERS
The officers of the organization shall consist of a President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer and such other as may be necessary.
(a) officers shall be elected annually in the month of January by a majority vote of the members present and shall hold office until the election of their successors. No person shall be eligible for the same office more than two years in succession.
(b) officers shall assume their duties immediately after installation at the February meeting.
(a) only those who have been active six months prior to election and have attended 50% of the meetings and are in good standing shall be eligible to hold office.
(b) the Executive committee will consist of the four elected officers. Such officers shall have the authority to disperse funds, not to exceed $100.00 without the vote of the membership.
ARTICLE V — DUTIES OF OFFICERS
The president shall preside at all meetings of the organization and of the Executive committee; shall perform such other duties as prescribed in these by-laws or assigned to them by the organization or by the executive committee; and coordinate the work of the officers and committees in order that the policy may be promoted.
(a) the president shall appoint a Chaplain to open meetings with prayer.
The vice-president shall preside in the absence of the president and shall act as his/her aide in all activities and shall act as program chair.
The secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the organization, of the Executive committee and shall perform other duties as may be delegated to him/her by the president.
The treasurer shall receive all monies of the organization, shall keep accurate records of receipts and expenditures and shall pay out of the funds only as authorized. All bills shall be paid with checks and the treasurer or assistant-treasurer shall sign all checks. The treasurer shall present a statement of accounts at every meeting and shall make a full report at the annual meeting.
ARTICLE VI — MEETINGS
Meetings shall be held on a regular basis.
Special meetings shall be called by the president at the request of any elected officer with the majority of members given at least 24 hours notification of the place, starting time and purpose of the meeting.
ARTICLE VII — ENROLLMENT
A yearly $5.00 voluntary enrollment fee is requested. No dues are required. All monetary contribution will be accepted.
ARTICLE VIII — VOTING
All decisions to be made by the general membership shall be made by the majority present except in those instances otherwise provided.
Only members in good standing shall be eligible to vote. This would be members who are consistent in attendance and participation.
ARTICLE IX — STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
The Bosque County Democrat Club president and county chair shall be Ex officio members of all committees.
There shall be an election committee of a minimum of three members who are in good standing. At their first meeting they will elect a chair. This committee shall meet as deemed necessary.
There shall be an audit committee appointed by the president and shall consist of three members. At their first meeting they will elect a chair. The committee shall audit the books at the end of the fiscal year, the fiscal year beginning January1 and ending December 31 of each year.
ARTICLE X — AMENDMENTS
Any member in good standing may propose amendments to the by-laws.
Amendments must be read at three consecutive meetings and voted on at the third reading. Thereafter, may be ratified if concurred by an affirmative vote of not less than two-thirds of the membership present.
ARTICLE XI — BY-LAWS
Members must be notified not less than ten days before any meeting where by-law amendments are to be considered.
Robert’s Rules of Order shall serve as a guide for conduction of business of the organization.