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The following proposed bylaws were  approved at our March 21, 2001 meeting.

 

Brownstown Democratic Club

 

By-Laws

 

 

Article I

Purpose

Section 1.  This organization shall be known as the Brownstown Democratic Club.

Section 2.  The purpose of this club shall be to provide the Democrats in Brownstown an organization through which they can carry on political activities according to their determination, compatible with the activities, principles and philosophy of the Democratic Party and in cooperation with the Democratic Party at all levels of the organization. The objectives of the club shall be to foster interest and participation of the Democratic electorate in Brownstown and in all levels of government and political activity.

 

Article II

Membership and Dues

Section 1.  Membership shall be open to those persons demonstrating an interest in advancing the goals and objectives of the club.

Section 2.  Membership dues shall be $10.00 for a regular membership. Student and Senior Citizen dues shall be $5.00. Club dues may be waived by the President and Treasurer jointly upon a showing of financial hardship. Dues shall be payable yearly.

Section 3.  Applicants for club membership shall be approved by a vote of the general membership.

 

Article III

Elections

Section 1.  Only duly accredited and paid members of the club shall have the right to elect officers of the club or have a vote concerning any activity of the club. Only residents of Brownstown Township can be elected an Officer in the club.

Section 2.  Officers and Board members shall be elected at annual elections to be held at the November meeting of every year.

Section 3.  Elections shall be by secret ballot and a simple majority shall elect a candidate to any office.

Section 4.  Nominations for any office shall be made at the general membership meeting at which the election is held. Nominations may also be made by a nominating committee appointed by the President.

 

Article IV

Officers

Section 1.  Officers of the club shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, and four (4) Trustees. These officers shall also comprise the Executive Board.

Section 2.  The President shall preside over regular and special meetings of the general membership and the Executive Board. The President shall appoint committee members and chairs. He or she shall serve as an ex-officio member of all committees and carry out such other duties and business that are normal to the office of President.

Section 3.  The Vice-President shall preside over meetings in the absence of the President. In the event that the President is unable to fulfill his or her duties, the Vice-President shall fulfill the duties of the President during the incapacity. The Vice-President shall assume the office of President upon the death or resignation of the President.

Section 4.  The Recording Secretary shall keep an accurate record of all minutes of all general membership and Executive Board meetings.

Section 5.  The Corresponding Secretary shall be responsible for the club correspondence.

Section 6.  The Treasurer shall keep an accurate record of the finances of the organization and carry on all monetary transactions of the club upon approval of the general membership and/or the Executive Board. The funds of the club shall be deposited in a chartered bank and shall be drawn only be checks signed by the Treasurer and either the President or Vice-President. The Treasurer shall, upon demand of the Executive Board, produce his or her books and records for examination and audit. At the end of the Treasurerís tenure in office, three trustees appointed by the Executive Board shall make an audit of the books and records. Upon a completed and approved audit, they shall sign a statement declaring same, providing copies to the outgoing and incoming Treasurer.

Section 7.  All official correspondence and mail shall be signed by the President and/or Corresponding Secretary and copies kept on file by the Corresponding Secretary.

Section 8.  Upon death or resignation of any officer other than President, the President shall appoint a replacement to fill out the term, subject to approval by the membership at the next meeting.

 

Article V

Executive Board

Section 1.  It shall be the duty of the Executive Board to execute the policies of the club and to carry out the membershipís instructions.

Section 2.  A quorum for an Executive Board meeting shall consist of a simple majority of the Board. The highest-ranking officer shall chair the meeting.

 

Article VI

Meetings

Section 1.  General membership meetings shall be held as designated by the Executive Board. The club shall meet at least four times every year.

Section 2.  A quorum for any general membership meeting shall be twelve (12) persons.

 

Article VII

Amendments and By-laws

Section 1.  Amendments to these By-Laws shall be presented in writing and introduced at a general membership meeting. Notice of a vote on the proposed amendment (along with the language proposed) shall be made to the membership for the next meeting following introduction. A two-thirds vote of the membership at that meeting is needed for passage.

Section 2.  These By-Laws shall be effective upon approval of a majority vote of the members of the club.

Section 3.  The club may adopt rules to help run the club by a two-thirds vote of the membership.

 

Article VIII

Club Conduct

Section 1.  No officers or members of this club shall discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, or sexual orientation on matters within this organization.

 

Article IX

Rules

Section 1.  Roberts Rules of Order shall prevail in matters not addressed by these By-Laws and adopted rules.

 

Article X

Chartering

Section 1.  This club shall charter with and be active within the Sixteenth District Democratic Organization. In the event the club is dissolved, all assets shall revert to the benefit of the Sixteenth District Organization. No endorsement of the club for elective office shall conflict with them.

 

 

These By-Laws agreed to and ratified on ___________________________.

 

 

Club President                             Club Secretary

 

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