Delaware Stonewall Political Action Committee
Article I -NAME
Section 1. The name of the organization shall be Delaware Stonewall Political Action Committee.
Article II- MISSION
Section 1. The mission of Delaware Stonewall Political Action Committee shall be to help elect candidates who support equality, fairness and opportunity for all, and who support the full inclusion of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender individuals in the life of Delaware.
Section 2. To achieve this mission Delaware Stonewall Political Action Committee will work to help candidates at local, state, and national levels who reflect the needs and desires of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, by endorsements of and contributions to candidates who support our mission. We shall hold fund-raising activities to enhance our ability to assist candidates.
Section 3. Delaware Stonewall Political Action Committee shall maintain a platform enunciating priorities consistent with the goals stated in Section 2 above.
Article III- OFFICERS
Section 1. The elected officers of Delaware Stonewall Political Action Committee shall be a President, Vice President for Political Action, Secretary, and Treasurer. Elected officials shall take office immediately following their election and shall hold office for two (2) years or until their successors are elected. All elected and appointed positions are open only to individuals who declare Delaware as their primary residence.
Section 2. Duties of Officers
A. President. The President shall develop the organization’s vision; develop and implement annually a strategic operating plan; serve as the chief spokesperson; set the agenda for and preside over all meetings of the Executive Board and of the membership; establish such committees as may be deemed necessary; appoint directors of committees; serve as the official representative of the organization in public forums; make decisions for the organization of policy when specifically empowered to do so by the Executive Board; advise the membership of pertinent matters affecting the welfare of the organization; disburse funds of the organization within limits set by the Executive Board; and perform the functions customarily attributed to this office.
B. Vice President for Political Action. The Vice President for Political Action shall be responsible for coordinating the organization’s candidate evaluation: political campaign and legislative activities; coordinating activities to maintain and enhance relations between the organization and elected officials and candidates for public office; developing activities to increase lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender participation on public boards, commissions and elective office; and shall promote and implement the registration of voters, coordinate the organization’s “Get Out the Vote’ program, and shall alert members of pending legislative or administrative actions.
C. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep minutes and records of the organization; maintain the membership list, and list of supporters; shall act as Treasurer in the absence or inability of the Treasurer; and shall have the traditional role carried out by secretaries.
D. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall maintain the financial records of the organization; receive and disburse funds of the organization; prepare an annual budget of anticipated revenues and expenses; provide addenda to the budget as required or necessary; report the financial status of the organization to the Executive Board on a regular basis; make an annual report to the membership; prepare and submit all required Political Action Committee reports on a timely basis; and provide all information necessary for periodic audits as may be directed by the Executive Board.
ARTICLE IV- EXECUTIVE BOARD
Section 1. In addition to the officers enumerated in Article III, there shall be one to three additional members elected at the annual meeting to serve on the Executive Board. Every effort shall be made to assure that all constituency groups are included on the Executive Board, and that each one of the State’s subdivisions is included.
ARTICLE V- AUDIT COMMITTEE
Section 1. An Audit Committee of not less than three (3) members in good standing may be appointed prior to the time of the Board Elections by the Executive Board to review the financial records of the organization, its income and expenditures since the previous audit, and make a report of its findings at the next meeting of the Executive Board.
ARTICLE VI- ELECTIONS
Section 1. Members of the Executive Board shall be elected at a regularly scheduled organizational meeting.
Section 2. Executive Board members may be nominated from the floor immediately prior to voting for each office, as long as the person nominated has agreed to run.
Section 3. Executive Board members shall be elected individually in the following order, President, Vice President for Political Action, Secretary, Treasurer, additional Executive Board members.
ARTICLE VII- MEETINGS
Section 1. Regularly scheduled organization meetings shall be held at least once a year
Section 2. Called meetings of the Delaware Stonewall Political Action Committee shall be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board.
Section 3. Special meetings may be called by the request of at least twenty-five percent of the membership provided the purpose of the meeting is stated.
ARTICLE VIII- RULES OF PROCEDURE
SECTION 1. The current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall be the parliamentary authority for the organization on all questions not covered by these bylaws.
SECTION 2. Questions of interpretation of these bylaws may be appealed to the President, whose decision shall be final.
ARTICLE IX- FISCAL YEAR
Section 1. The organization’s fiscal year shall begin July 1
ARTICLE X- AMENDMENTS
Section 1. The bylaws of the organization may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the membership, provided that a two week notice be sent to the members explaining the amendment and containing the amended language.