Bylaws of the Progressive Democrats of Buncombe CountyThese bylaws were passed at the meeting on September 13, 2006. Minutes of the meeting will be posted later.
ARTICLE I. NAME AND AFFILIATION
This organization shall be known as the “Progressive Democrats of Buncombe County” (hereinafter referred to as Chapter). This organization is a county chapter of the Progressive Democrats of North Carolina and the Progressive Democrats of America.
ARTICLE II. OBJECTIVES
The objectives of this Chapter are to promote progressive positions on matters of public interest and to promote transparency and accountability within the Democratic Party; to coordinate efforts with like-minded organizations in the county, particularly Progressive Democrats of America and Progressive Democrats of North Carolina; to promote the organization of all Buncombe County precincts and strengthen the party’s grass roots; to further the campaigns of progressive Democratic candidates for public office; to encourage volunteerism in the furtherance of our electoral process; to promote the Democratic Party, its nominees for elective office, and its elected officials; and to promote voter registration and voter participation in all elections.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
Membership is voluntary and shall be confirmed by each member annually.
ARTICLE IV. MEMBERSHIP FEES
Each member shall pay an annual membership fee of $5. This does not include membership in the Progressive Democrats of North Carolina or Progressive Democrats of America.
ARTICLE V. ELECTION of OFFICERS and THEIR DUTIES
The following officers shall be elected annually:
A. Co-chairs. The Chapter shall have two co-chairs, one male, one female. The co-chairs will:
1. Coordinate date, time, and location of Chapter meetings.
2. Facilitate and moderate Chapter meetings.
3. Coordinate activities with the state Progressive Democratic Caucus.
4. Represent the Chapter in Buncombe County Democratic Party activities and with other organizations such as Progressive Democrats of North Carolina and Progressive Democrats of America.
5. Coordinate activities of the Chapter and its officers.
B. Secretary. The Secretary will:
1. Notify members of meetings.
2. Prepare and distribute meeting minutes.
3. Coordinate member recruitment and maintain membership records.
4. Maintain all non-financial Chapter records.
5. Maintain Chapter website (if available), blog, database, listserv and all other communications tools (in consultation with the co-chairs).
C. Treasurer. The Treasurer will:
1. Oversee the Chapter treasury
2. Maintain accounting of all Chapter financial transactions.
3. Coordinate Chapter fundraising efforts.
4. Comply with the Board of Elections financial filing requirements as necessary
D. Other Offices:
The co-chairs may define other offices as they see necessary, and nominate members to those offices. Offices and nominees must both be confirmed by the membership at the next Chapter meeting. The terms of these officers will last until the end of the co-chairs’ terms.
E. Role of Officers:
It is the philosophy of this Chapter that officers serve aims and goals set, as far as possible, by the Chapter as a whole. All issues of policy and planning should be placed before the Chapter at the earliest possible time so that the members may give the officers guidance and input.
ARTICLE VI. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
There shall be an executive committee composed of the officers that shall meet upon the call of the co-chairs to plan Chapter activities. All meetings shall be open to the entire membership.
ARTICLE VII. VACANCIES
A vacancy in any office may be filled at the meeting following that at which the vacancy is first announced.
ARTICLE VIII. MEETINGS
A meeting shall be held on a quarterly basis on the second Wednesday evening of the month unless cancelled by a majority vote of those members voting thereon at a previous meeting. Additional meetings may be scheduled by a majority vote of those members voting thereon at any meeting of the Chapter.
ARTICLE IX. AUTHORITY
The affairs of this Chapter shall be governed by a majority vote of its members present and voting at any regularly scheduled meetings in accordance with these bylaws.
ARTICLE X. ORDER OF BUSINESS AND PROCEDURES
A. Meetings will be conducted pursuant to Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised (any edition). At any meeting, Robert’s Rules may be suspended, and other rules imposed, by a majority vote of members in attendance.
B. Order of Business:
1. Call to Order
2. Action on minutes of previous meeting
3. Report of officers
4. Report of committees
5. Unfinished business
6. New business
ARTICLE XI. AMENDMENTS
These by-laws may be amended by a majority vote of those voting at a duly scheduled meeting of the Chapter provided that: all members are notified of the proposed changes via the blog “Progressive Democrats of Buncombe County” or email, and notice of the scheduled meeting is given to all members at least seven days prior to the meeting at which the vote is to be taken.