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Preamble and Statement of Purpose

1.      We believe that a democracy requires constant participation by its citizens. The People's Democratic Club of Santa Cruz County was founded to foster this participation.

2.      We aim to promote the causes of liberty, justice and equality as necessary and achievable goals, welcoming the membership of individuals who are themselves dedicated to these concepts.

3.      We believe that issues determine programs which--supported by active citizens--are implemented by honest and principled elected officials.

4.      Therefore, we will focus our efforts on the development and implementation of issues-oriented programs for our membership, the officials and voters of the Democratic Party and the community at large.

5.      We believe the significant issues revolve around peace; economic equality and opportunity; racial, gender and immigration justice; protection of the environment;  elimination of corruption in government; and all similar matters that support the economic, physical, and social health of the people.

6.      From time to time, we expect to re-examine the issues of the day and, upon full discussion and analysis by our members, restructure our program as required.

 7.      We intend to identify and support dedicated and enlightened candidates who have a proven track record of supporting the values and priorities of our membership.

8.      We hold that elected officials at all levels and in every sector of government are public servants who must be responsible and responsive to the needs of the voters.

9.      In order to accomplish as an organization what we may be unable or unwilling to do as individuals, the People's Democratic Club of Santa Cruz County welcomes participation and membership of all registered Democrats who reside in this county. We strive to advance a progressive political perspective in the Democratic Party. 

10. We enlist the support of all who subscribe to these principles and practices. By encouraging active participation in the democratic process we will promote a responsive Democratic Party, a healthier community and a just nation.

11. To these ends we adopt the following Bylaws.

Bylaws

ARTICLE I Name

The name of this organization is the "People's Democratic Club of Santa Cruz County."

ARTICLE II Membership 

Section 1. Any person who is a registered Democrat, or if ineligible to register, had declared his/her intention of so registering immediately upon becoming eligible, may become a member in good standing by paying dues to the Club. Change of party registration or non-payment of dues 90 days beyond the dues date automatically terminates membership.

Section 2. Quorum. For the purpose of voting, 15 members or a majority of all members, whichever is least, shall constitute a quorum.

Section 3. Meetings. The members of the Club shall meet monthly or more frequently on no less than eight days written notice from the Executive Board or ten percent of the members, at such time and place as the Board or such members may determine.

Section 4. Delegates to the California Democratic Party State Convention shall be elected at regularly called meetings of the membership. 

ARTICLE III. Officers.

Section 1.

a)     The officers of the club are President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer.
b)     The standing committees shall be Membership, Communication, and Fundraising.

Section 2. Officers shall be elected annually at the regular meeting in June and shall take office upon their election for a term of one year or until their successors are elected or appointed. Vacancies occurring among the officers shall be filled for the remainder of the term by appointment by the Executive Board, subject to ratification by the members at the next meeting.

Section 3. There shall be such ad hoc committees as the Executive Board shall from time to time appoint with such powers and duties as the board shall designate.

Section 4. Chair persons of the Standing Committees shall be appointed by the Executive Committee.

Section 5. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.

Section 6.   A nominating committee with a minimum of three members (1 Executive Committee member and 2 from the general membership) shall be elected no later than the  April membership meeting, and shall present its report to the membership at the May meeting, at which time nominations may also be made from the floor.

ARTICLE IV. Executive Committee

Section 1. The officers of the Club, the immediate Past President, Standing Committee chairpersons, and PDC representatives to the DCC shall constitute the Executive Committee. A majority of the Executive committee members shall constitute a quorum.

Section 2. The Executive Committee shall meet monthly upon the call of the President or any four Executive Committee members. All Committee members shall be notified in advance of such meetings.

Section 3. Any Executive Board member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings of the Executive Board may be removed by a majority vote of the Executive Board.

Section 4.  The Executive Committee shall (a) Plan and propose policy and activities of the Club (b) Be authorized to expend an amount not to exceed $200.00 for any one purpose or occasion without prior approval of the membership, and (c) act for the Club when necessary to do so between the regular membership meetings, provided however, that all such activities shall be reported to the membership at the next meeting.

ARTICLE V. Duties of Officers. 

Section 1. The President shall preside over all meetings, be responsible for the overall functioning of club activities and perform such other functions as are provided for by these Bylaws.

Section 2. The Vice-President shall serve in the absence of the President and shall perform such duties as the President may require.

Section 3. The Recording Secretary shall record proceedings of the membership and board meetings and maintain reports and other documents of the club in permanent format, and communicate this information to the membership.

Section 4. The Corresponding Secretary shall initiate all correspondence of the Club under the direction of the Executive Board or Membership.

Section 5. The Treasurer shall receive and disburse the funds of the Club, keeping a written record in permanent form of all such receipts and disbursements. The Treasurer shall present to the membership a monthly statement of the receipts and expenditures. Expenditures shall be made as directed by the membership or the Executive Board.

Section 6. A PDC member shall be designated by the Board to review the financial records for the fiscal year by July 31 of each year and report her/his findings to the Executive Committee at their next meeting. The financial report will then be presented to the membership at the next general meeting.

ARTICLE VI. Amendment of Bylaws.

Amendments to the Bylaws may be offered by any member at a regular meeting or may be initiated by the Executive Committee, provided that written notice of intention to take such action, with original text showing deletions and proposed additions shall be sent to the members at least ten days before the regular meeting at which the proposed action will be discussed.

 ARTICLE VII.  Dues

 The annual dues for each member shall be: students and low-income $10 to $20; regular membership $20-$50 sliding scale. Dues shall be paid annually covering a period of July 1 through June 30.

ARTICLE VIII.  Voting

Section 1. All votes, except for endorsement votes for candidates or ballot measures as described in Sections 7 and 8 below, shall be by a simple majority (more than 50%) of the votes cast given the presence of a quorum as defined in Article II, Section 2.

Section 2. Proxy votes are not permitted in the Club or in any of its committees.

Section 3. Voting on endorsements shall be by secret ballot, unless there is unanimity for approval by acclamation.  Members must be present to vote.

Section 4. There shall be no second ballots in endorsement elections. Votes shall be counted and vote counts (including any endorsements) shall be announced at the meeting. Any member shall have access to the ballots in any election.

Section 5.  Written notice of intention to take an endorsement vote must have been mailed or e-mailed to members at least eight days and not more than thirty days before an endorsement meeting.

Section 6.  For an endorsement vote for a candidate or ballot measure, a quorum of 20 members must be present and at least 20 votes must be cast.

Section 7.  Candidate Endorsement

a.   For a Candidate to be endorsed, she or he must receive 60% or more  of the votes cast in that race.

b. In endorsement contests where multiple seats are to be filled (e.g., city councils), members may vote for no more than the number of vacancies to be filled. No more than one vote per candidate per voter is permitted.

c. For each electoral office being considered for endorsement, members shall be given the option of voting "No Endorsement." "No Endorsement" votes shall be counted when calculating whether or not an endorsement is given. Blank ballots and un-surrendered ballots shall not be counted when calculating endorsements.

d. At least 60 days of club membership immediately preceding the vote is required to be eligible to vote in candidate endorsements.

Section 8.  Ballot measure endorsements

a. for  a ballot measure to be considered for endorsement or opposition, it must first receive 60% or more of a voice vote to take a position on the measure.

b. For each ballot measure being considered for endorsement, members who vote will   vote "endorse" or "oppose".  Blank ballots and un-surrendered ballots shall not be counted when calculating endorsement or opposition.

c. For a ballot measure to be endorsed or opposed, it must receive 60% or more of the votes cast on that ballot measure or initiative.

d. Current paid membership is required to be eligible to vote in ballot measure endorsements.

Section 9. Procedure for counting endorsement votes on printed ballots: one member shall read the vote on each ballot; two members shall record that vote on a tally sheet; one or more members shall witness the reading of votes and the marking of the tally sheet.  Anyone who is interested may observe the counting process.

(Updated as of December 14, 2006)

(Updated as of January 16, 2014)

( Updated as of June 19, 2014)

(Approved October 15, 2015)

Approved March 16, 2017 by the general membership meeting

 

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