BYLAWS OF THE ALLEGANY COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB
ARTICLE I ─ NAME
The name of this club shall be ALLEGANY COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB (ACRWC), hereinafter referred to as “Club”. This Club is affiliated with the MARYLAND FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN (MFRW) and with the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW).
ARTICLE II ─ OBJECTIVES
The Objectives of this Club shall be to:
A. Increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government;
B. Disseminate information to all members;
C. Inform the public through political education and activity;
D. Foster loyalty to the Republican Party at all levels of government;
E. Promote the principles of the Republican Party;
F. Work for Republican candidates in all elections;
G. Support the objectives and policies of the Republican National Committee; and
H. Perform any lawful activity not inconsistent with the foregoing.
ARTICLE III ─ POLICIES
Section 1. ENDORSEMENT POLICY
The Club as a whole and its President and Campaign Activities Chair shall not publicly endorse any candidate for public office in contested Republican primaries, runoff elections, and special elections, and/or non-partisan elections when more than one Republican is in the race. Individual members of this organization may work for the candidate of their choice in contested Republican primaries, but not in the name of the Club or Federation. An officer of the organization who is a candidate or whose spouse or family member is a candidate shall be exempt from this rule, however, they may not do so in the name of the organization or by utilizing the logo or stationery of the NFRW, the state federation, or the local club.
Section 2. SPLIT TICKET.
Neither the Club nor an individual member shall advocate a split ticket, support an opposition party candidate, or act against the NFRW or State Federation policies and bylaws.
Section 3. OTHER ORGANIZATIONS.
The Club shall not affiliate with any political organization which is not officially recognized as working in concert with the MFRW, NFRW and the Republican National Committee (RNC). For the purposes of transacting Club business, a quorum will consist of 25% of the eligible voting members of the Club.
ARTICLE IV ─ MEMBERSHIP
The Club shall consist of ten or more women, who meet at least five times annually and who belong to the Maryland Federation of Republican Women (MFRW) and National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW). An individual member in good standing is one whose dues are current and who supports Article II – Objectives of the Club, in these bylaws. Membership shall be extended to registered Republicans.
Section 1. PRIMARY MEMBERSHIP
A. Any Republican woman who believes in the philosophy of the Republican Party and supports the objectives and policies of this organization shall be eligible for membership.
B. A member in good standing shall be a member who has paid the required dues for the current calendar year. The dues amount for primary members will be stated in the Club's standing rules and amended as required.
Section 2. ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP
A. Any woman who is a primary member of another Federated Women’s club who supports the objectives and policies of this club shall be eligible to become an associate member upon payment of required annual dues. The dues amount for associate members shall be stated in the Club's standing rules and amended as required.
B. Associate members cannot hold office, vote, or be counted in determining the number of delegates to NFRW or the MFRW meetings or conventions.
C. Republican men may be associate members but cannot make motions, hold office, have a voice, vote, or be counted in determining the number of primary members.
D. Associate dues remain with the club. Associate members are not reported to the State Federation or NFRW.
ARTICLE V ─ DUES
Section 1. FISCAL YEAR. The fiscal year shall be from January 1 through December 31.
Section 2. MEMBERSHIP DUES. Membership dues shall be payable no later than December 31 and shall be delinquent March 1. Dues collected in November and December may be applied to the following year's membership.
Section 3. SERVICE CHARGES. Club shall pay MFRW dues and NFRW per capita dues, and the annual service charges on behalf of its members, with the first payment of the year to be made no later than December 31 of each year.
Annual dues of regular members shall be $30.00. The dues for Associate Members will be $10.00. Annual dues are paid to the Treasurer. Any member who does not have up to date dues by March 1st of the current membership year shall not be entitled to vote at any meeting of the Club and shall be dropped from the membership list.
ARTICLE VI ─ ELECTED OFFICERS AND DUTIES
Section 1. ELECTED OFFICERS. The elected officers of this club shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Section 2. ELIGIBILITY. Each elected officer shall be a primary member in good standing of the club.
Section 3. VACANCY. A vacancy in the office of President shall be filled by the First Vice President. All other vacancies in elected office shall be filled by election by the Executive Committee at the first meeting following the creation of the vacancy.
Section 4. REMOVAL FROM OFFICE OR MEMBERSHIP. Members of the Executive Committee or members of the club may be removed by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the membership for any of the following reasons after investigation by the Executive Committee:
A. Non-payment of dues;
B. Advocating for an opposition party candidate;
C. Supporting an opposition party ticket; or
D. Failure to uphold the policies and objectives of this club as stated in the bylaws.
Section 5. ELECTION. The Officers of Allegany County Republican Women shall be President, Vice President, Recording/Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer and Committee Chairpersons as needed. All officers will be elected annually at the November meeting for the next calendar year. The vote will be conducted by written ballot if more than one candidate is running for the same office. A simple majority is required for election. The Chairperson of the Nominating Committee shall conduct officer nominations at the September meeting presenting a slate of officers Nominations will be accepted from the floor at the October meeting.
Elected officers shall hold office for a term of one year or until their successors are elected. Newly elected officers will assume their duties on January 1st, regardless of when the election takes place. Elected officers are expected to attend all regular scheduled meeting and all Club activities.
A vacancy in an elective office (other than that of the President) shall be filled by the Executive Committee at its next meeting following the occurrence of the vacancy. The Vice President fills the vacancy for the Office of the President.
Section 6. DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS.
A. The President shall:
1. Call and preside over all meetings of the Club and the Executive Committee;
2. Represent the organization at all times or designate someone as representative/proxy in her absence or inability to do so;
3. Make Committee appointments as necessary to conduct the business of the club, except the Nominating Committee, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee;
4. Prepare a program of action in consultation with the Chairmen of the Standing Committees for presentation and approval by the Executive Committee;
5. Submit an annual budget for approval by the membership;
6. Be an ex-officio member of all committees except the Financial Review and Nominating Committees;
7. Co-sign checks as one of two authorized signatures, namely President and Treasurer;
8. Represent the Club in all Republican Party activities;
9. Appoint the Financial Review Committee in November, with the exception of a change of treasurer at which time a complete review will be done;
10. Accept resignation by written letter or e-mail of any member wanting to resign from a position, chairmanship, or the Club; and
11. Call meetings of the Executive Committee; or upon the request of three members of the Executive Committee and/or five members of the Board of Directors.
B. The Vice President shall:
1. Perform the duties of the President in her absence;
2. Fill the unexpired term in the event of a vacancy in the office of President;
3. Perform such other duties as are assigned by the President, the Executive Committee or the Club; and
4. Act as Program Chair.
C. The Secretary shall:
1. Keep the minutes of all meetings of the Club and Executive Committee;
2. Keep a current inventory of Club property;
3. Prepare Club correspondence in coordination with President;
4. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President, the Executive Committee or the Club; and
5. Maintain all Club records and historical items.
D. The Treasurer shall:
1. Serve as custodian of all Club funds and deposit them in a bank(s) approved by the Executive Committee;
2. Co-sign checks as one of two authorized signatures, namely President and Treasurer;
3. Disburse funds as directed by the Executive Committee or the membership;
4. Bring written financial report(s) to regular Club and Executive Committee meetings;
5. Submit dues, annual service fees, and reports to MFRW as required;
6. Submit the financial records to the Financial Review committee for an annual review to be completed by the first meeting of the fiscal year;
7. Perform other duties as assigned by the President, the Executive Committee or the Club; and
8. Comply with all state elections and reporting requirements.
Section 7. RECORDS. All officers and all committee chairmen shall deliver all records, files, and properties of the Club to their successors upon retiring from office, unless otherwise directed by the President or the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE VII ─ APPOINTED OFFICERS
Section 1. APPOINTED OFFICERS. The President shall appoint, with the approval of the Executive Committee, a Corresponding Secretary and Parliamentarian.
Section 2. DUTIES OF APPOINTED OFFICERS.
A. The Corresponding Secretary shall:
1. Conduct the correspondence of the Club under the supervision of the President;
2.Preserve in a permanent file all letters and papers of value to the Club; and
3. Perform other duties as assigned by the President, the Executive Committee or the Club.
B. The Parliamentarian shall:
1. Serve as counsel and give advice on parliamentary procedure;
2. Be familiar with the bylaws and standing rules of the Club; and
3. Be entitled to the membership privilege of a ballot vote if a Club member.
ARTICLE VIII ─ MEETINGS
Section 1. REGULAR MEETINGS. A minimum of five (5) regular meetings shall be held during the Club year. These meetings shall be held as decided by the Executive Committee. A quorum at Club meetings shall be 25% of primary members. At least fourteen (14) days’ notice shall be given to all members for regular meetings.
Section 2. SPECIAL MEETINGS.
Special meetings may be called by the President upon the request of five members of the Executive Committee or by 20% members of the Club. The purpose of the meetings shall be stated in the call, with no other business to be transacted at the meeting. At least a five-day notice shall be given to all members for any special meeting. The purpose of the meetings shall be stated in the call, with no other business to be transacted at the meeting. At least a five-day notice shall be given to all members for any special meeting.
Section 3. ANNUAL MEETING.
The November meeting will be designated as the Annual Meeting.
Section 4. VOTING.
A vote of the Club or Executive Committee may be conducted by mail, telephone, fax, email, or other approved electronic means between meetings, provided there is participation by a majority of the members of the body. The vote shall be ratified and entered into the minutes at the body’s next regular meeting. Section 5. NOTICE. Notice for all meetings may be mailed or sent electronically.
Section 6. CANCELLATION.
Meeting cancellation, if necessary, will be made via phone, email and electronically using social media platforms.
ARTICLE IX ─ EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Section 1. COMPOSITION.
The Executive Committee of this club shall consist of:
A. The elected officers;
B. The Immediate Past President;
C. The Corresponding Secretary;
D. The Standing Committee Chairs;
E. The Parliamentarian; and
F. The Special Committee Chairmen, each without vote.
Section 2. DUTIES.
The Executive Committee shall transact necessary business between meetings of the Club, approve committee appointments made by the President, and perform other duties as assigned by the Club.
Section 3. MEETINGS.
The Executive Committee shall meet as decided by the President or the Committee. Special meetings may be called by the President or upon the request of a majority of the Committee. At least a fourteen (14) day notice shall be given for meetings. Notice may be mailed or sent electronically.
In the event a properly called board meeting has to be canceled due to circumstances beyond the control of the (club name), then it shall be acceptable to hold said board meeting by an approved electronic means with seven days' notice being given to all the members of the board of directors. This section does not apply to a meeting required by these bylaws that has not already been called.
Section 4. QUORUM.
A majority of the members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum.
ARTICLE X ─ COMMITTEES
Section 1. STANDING COMMITTEES
A. The standing committee chairmen of this club shall be appointed by the President, and approved by the Executive Committee, to include: Legislative, Bylaws, Campaign Activities, Fundraising, and Membership.
B. Officers may be appointed to chair standing committees, and no other standing committee chairmen may be named without an amendment of these bylaws.
C. Standing committee chairmen shall be appointed for the same term as the President and shall be voting members of the Executive Committee.
D. Duties of Standing Committees
I. Shall implement legislative concerns important to the Club; and
II. Shall inform the Club and Executive Committee of any legislation affecting the interests of NFRW and MFRW.
I. Conduct a biennial review of the Club bylaws;
II. Request and receive proposed amendments to the bylaws, submit them to the Executive Committee for action, or initiate changes requested by the Club;
III. General membership shall have final vote of amendments; and
IV. Furnish MFRW Bylaws Committee with a complete set of Club bylaws for review and approval. Any subsequent revision of bylaws shall be sent to the MFRW Bylaws Committee for approval.
3. Campaign Activities
I. Shall coordinate all activities of the Club’s campaign program and be responsible for the collection and reporting of campaign hours.
I. Shall prepare and implement a plan for raising funds in order to meet the Club’s budget; and
II. Shall notify the treasurer of all fundraising committee meetings and may attend.
I. Shall coordinate all membership renewal and new member efforts
II. Shall compile and maintain complete membership lists
III. Shall ensure that all membership information is shared with the Treasurer and others as deemed necessary and is submitted to the state and national federations according to deadlines
Section 2. SPECIAL COMMITTEES
A. The President may appoint chairman of special committees, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee, at any time as it may become necessary. Special Committee Chairmen do not have a vote on the Executive Committee.
1. Special Committees should include: Public Relations/Communications, Caring for America, and Literacy. Other Special Committees may be appointed as needed.
B. Financial Review Committee. A committee of three primary members shall be appointed by the president in November of each year whose duty it shall be to review the treasurer’s accounts at the close of the fiscal year and shall report to the Executive Committee and to the membership at the first meeting of the following fiscal year.
Section 3. COMMITTEE MEMBERS. All committee members must be primary members in good standing in the Club.
Section 4. EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating and Financial Review Committees. The President shall have final authority over all printed materials.
ARTICLE XI ─ NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
Section 1. NOMINATIONS.
A. A Nominating Committee of 3 primary members, and one alternate, shall be elected by the Club at the August meeting but no later than September of each year. The Committee shall elect its own chairman. The Parliamentarian will instruct the Committee as to proper procedure and will be available for further counsel if required;
B. The Nominating Committee shall report a slate of one candidate for each office at the general meeting in October of each year, at least 30 days prior to the election meeting. All nominees shall be primary members in good standing in the club and shall give written consent to serve, if elected. Nominations from the floor shall be in order following the report of the Nominating Committee and just before the election; and
C. Nominating Committee members shall not succeed themselves.
Section 2. ELECTION OF OFFICERS.
A. Elections shall be by ballot at the regular meeting in November. However, if there is but one nominee for any office, the election for that office may be by voice vote;
B. No officer may simultaneously run for more than one office; and
C. Officers may run for a second consecutive term.
ARTICLE XII ─ STATE FEDERATION CONVENTION DELEGATES
Section 1. ANNUAL MEETING. At the MFRW biennial convention, the club shall elect representation to the convention in the method set forth in the MFRW bylaws.
Section 2. Election of delegates and alternates shall take place at a general meeting before convention to conform to MFRW certification requirements.
ARTICLE XIII ─ PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern the club in all instances where they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws, NFRW and MFRW bylaws and any special rules of order.
ARTICLE XIV ─ AMENDMENTS
These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote at any regular (general) meeting of the club, provided that notice of the proposed amendment(s) shall have been sent to each member thirty days prior to the date of the general meeting.
ARTICLE XV ─ DISSOLUTION
This club may be dissolved by a two-thirds vote at any regular or special meeting of the club, provided that notice of the dissolution has been submitted in writing at least thirty (30) days prior and has been sent to all members of the club. In the event of dissolution, the Executive Committee shall, after payment of all liabilities of the club, distribute any remaining assets to the MFRW. No funds shall be distributed to any member or officer of the club. The right to use the name of a dissolved club shall revert to the MFRW.
These bylaws approved and adopted by ALLEGANY COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN on this date _____________________.
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