TEXAS DEMOCRATIC WOMEN OF WICHITA COUNTY
ARTICLE I: NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Texas Democratic Women of the Wichita Area (TDW-WA)
Section 2. The purpose of this organization shall be:
- To propagate the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party.
- To give active support to the Democratic party and all of its Nominees.
- As a registered General Purpose Political Action Committee, we are bound by the rules of the Texas Ethics Commission and will follow all rules and necessary filings.
ARTICLE II: POLICY
Section 1: TDW-WA will not endorse one Democrat in opposition to another Democrat.
Section 2: TDW-WA may affiliate with national or state Democratic women’s organization(s) with Executive Board approval.
Section 3: TDW-WA will provide training and other support for Democratic women working in party organizations and government institutions.
Section 4: TDW-WA will promote increased representation of women in party organizations and government institutions.
Section 5: TDW-WA will promote legislative, executive, and judicial policies that enhance equitable representation of women in party organizations and government affairs.
Section 6: The President shall not personally endorse any candidate until after the Primary.
Section 7: The President (or someone designated by the President or the board) shall be the sole speaker for the organization.
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: Membership is open to all Democrats subscribing to the above purposes.
Section 2: Membership dues will be collected beginning each November. Dues paid in September, or after, will be carried over to the oncoming membership year.
Section 3: Members may be suspended for cause and in cases of exceptional gravity may, by a three-fourths vote of the membership, be expelled. Any member so expelled shall have the right to appeal to members in good standing at a meeting called by written notice to hear such appeal. Action taken at said meeting, by a majority vote thereof, shall be final.
ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS
Section 1: The elected officers of the club shall consist of a President, Vice-president, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Executive Board will be composed of these officers and the immediate Past President. Standing committee chairs may be invited to participate on the Executive Board.
Section 2: The duties of the officers shall be those customarily given to like officers in similar organizations and clubs and others deemed necessary by the Executive Board.
Section 3: Officers shall hold office until the election of their successors. In the event of officer resignation, the executive board shall fill the vacancy with a majority vote of the board.
Section 4: At the end of a term of office, all officers shall deliver all TDW-WA records to their successors within 30 days.
ARTICLE V: ELECTIONS
Section 1: The officers shall be elected biennially by a majority of the Membership attending a meeting called for such purpose in December of odd numbered years. Elected officers will be sworn into their respective office during the following January meeting.
Section 2: The Nominating Committee will present the proposed slate to the membership at the December meeting.
Section 3: If there is more than one candidate for an office, the election will be by secret ballot in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.
Section 4: Only members in good standing as of the date the slate is presented to the membership (August) are eligible to vote for officers.
ARTICLE VI: COMMITTEES
Section 1: Committees may be named by the president as the need arises.
Section 2: Such committees may include (but not necessarily be limited to) membership, finance, nominating, registration, visitors, publicity, telephone, legislative, hospitality, and newsletter.
ARTICLE VII: MEETINGS
Section 1: This organization shall have regular monthly meetings. Special meetings may be scheduled as needed.
Section 2: Members will have written or electronic notice of all meetings.
Section 3: Voting
- A quorum shall consist of 25 members
- All decisions made by the organization shall be made by the majority of those present.
- Only persons who are members in good standing shall be eligible to vote.
Section 4: The current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern this organization in all situations in which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the provisions of the constitution and bylaws.
Section 5: Persons recognized from the floor to make an unannounced presentation must be a member in good standing unless invited to do so by the Executive Board or the Presiding Officer.
ARTICLE VIII: DUES AND FINANCES
Section 1: Fiscal year shall begin January 1.
Section 2: Special solicitations may be requested as the Board deems to be necessary for the effective operation of the organization.
Section 3: Expenditures of $350 from unbudgeted funds must be authorized by the general membership.
Section 4: A financial report shall be given at each general meeting and
And a year-end report will be available at the January meeting.
Section 5: A budget approved by the Board shall be presented to the general membership for acceptance at the January Meeting.
ARTICLE IX: DISSOLUTION
In the event of a vote of two-thirds of the membership in good standing to dissolve the organization, any monies or properties shall be deeded to the Wichita County Democratic Association.
ARTICLE X: AMENDMENTS
The Constitution/Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of those members in good standing present at any regular meeting, provided notice of the proposed change(s) has been given at the previous regular meeting and the general membership has been informed.