Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club

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Bylaws

Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club

BYLAWS

ARTICLE 1 - NAME

The name of the organization shall be Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club.

ARTICLE 2 - PURPOSE

The purposes of the organization shall be to:

  1. Encourage the participation of Bay Area residents in the political arena: in political races and local political issues.
  2. Encourage participation in state and national issues of concern to  Bay Area residents, especially issues of concern to the Jewish  Community.

Article 3 - Membership, Dues, Voting

  1. Any person (1) who is registered as a Democrat, or if not lawfully  eligible to vote, identifies as such, , and (2) who pays dues in an  amount to be determined by this Club's Executive Board, may be a member,  but only persons meeting the requirements of Sections D may vote on  matters pending before the Club.
  2. Membership dues shall be payable at any time, but will run from  September 1 to August 31.  Membership shall be renewable within one  month of expiration of dues.
  3. Dues shall be set each year in an amount to be determined by the  Executive Board.  The Executive Board shall also have discretion to set  establish different levels of dues.
  4. Voting privileges for new membership become effective 30 days after  payment of membership dues.  Members who renew may vote on any matter  before the Club once that year's dues are paid.

Article 4 - Officers

  1. The Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club shall have the following Officers and Board of Directors, collectively referred to herein as the  Executive Board: President, Vice-President for Political Affairs,  Vice-President for Program Development, Vice President for  Membership/Funding, Secretary, Treasurer and a Board of Directors.
  2. The President shall provide direction to Club activities and chair club meetings.
  3. The Vice-President for Political Affairs/ Action shall chair the Political Action Committee, and oversee the process of candidate and  issue endorsement.
  4. The Vice-President for Program Development shall plan the agenda of the general membership meetings and identify topics and issues in which  the club may wish to get involved.  S/he will chair the Program  Development Committee.
  5. The Vice-President for Membership/Funding shall chair the  Membership/Funding Committee.  S/he shall offer direction to the  membership and funding process.
  6. The Secretary shall be responsible for Club minutes, correspondence,  and any external communications, including the Club’s web presence.   The Secretary shall chair the Public Relations Committee.
  7. The Treasurer shall be responsible for maintaining Club finances and  for causing the Club to satisfy any applicable reporting requirements.
  8. The Board of Directors shall consist of 15 members in addition to  the Officers, as well all past Presidents of the Club who are in good  standing according to membership requirements set forth in Article 3.   Each Board Member's duties and responsibilities will include:

(1)  Attending membership meetings, Board meetings, and special events;

(2)  Promoting membership;

(3)  Helping with special events with organization and sale of tickets;

(4) Appearing and representing our Club at other Club's or candidate's events, and

(5)  Providing guidance to the Club in all areas.

Each member of the Board of Directors may  be assigned to a Committee at the discretion of the President.  Each  Board member will be expected to be an active member by attending  committee meetings and performing committee assignments.  Lack of  participation as deemed by the Committee Chair shall be used as a  consideration for removal from the Board of Directors.

  1. The Executive Board will consist of all Officers and Board of  Directors of the Club.  A quorum of the Executive Board shall be a  majority of its members.

(1)  The Executive Board shall have  the power to hold closed meetings.  Such meetings may be called by any  member of the Executive Board.  Notice of this closed meeting shall be  given to the Executive Board, if feasible;

(2)  The Executive Board shall have the power to schedule business meetings to be attended by dues-paying members only, and

(3)  Any person wishing to address the Executive Board shall advise the Club President in advance of the meeting.

Article 5 – Election of Officers and BOARD OF DIRECTORS; Term of Office

  1. The President shall appoint a nominating chair each year.  The  nominating chair will develop a slate of officers and Board of Directors  for consideration by the Executive Board.    Upon approval by the  Executive Board by a simple majority vote, the slate will be sent to the  general membership for a vote at the Club’s annual meeting, which will  occur in May or June of each year.
  2. To qualify to run for election for any elected office of this Club,  including officers or Board of Directors, the person must have been a  member of this Club for 90 days.  To qualify to run for election for the  Office of the President, the person must have served a minimum of one  term as an Officer or member of the Board of Directors of this Club.
  3. Nomination for elected offices, including Officers and Board of  Directors, may be made by the nominating chair or by any Club member.   Nominations by Club members shall be made at the time the nominating  chair’s report is made to the Executive Board for consideration.
  4. Each officer and member of the Board of Directors shall be elected  by a majority of the members voting in the annual meeting.  In the event  that one person does not receive a majority on the first ballot,  subsequent ballots shall be taken until a majority is reached.
  5. Newly elected officers shall take office immediately upon election.   Each officer shall serve for a one-year term.  In the event that an  office becomes vacant, the Executive Board shall elect a successor by  majority vote, within 45 days after the vacancy occurs.
  6. Failure to attend more than two consecutive Board meetings may  constitute grounds for removal of a member of the Board of Directors by  two-thirds majority vote of the Executive Board members voting.
  7. Except as otherwise provided, should any member move for the  dismissal of an officer or Board member of the Club, and a second made,  that motion shall be recorded into the minutes of the meeting and shall  be voted on at the next monthly meeting as long as the matter has been  published to the membership at least five days prior to the voting  meeting.   Dismissal of any officer shall require 60% of the vote of the  members voting.

Article 6 - Committees

  1. The Club shall establish the following standing committees:

  • Political Action Committee

(a)  The chair of the Political Action committee shall be the Club Vice-President of Political Action.

(b)  It shall be the duty of the  Political Action Committee to monitor the local, state, and national  political climates; to identify issues on which the Club should take  action, to investigate and conduct impartial hearings on issues  confronting the Club, to identify  and conduct the endorsement process  for Executive Board consideration for local non-artisan, Democratic  primary and general elections, including candidates, ballot measures and  other issues.

  • Program Development Committee

(a)  The chair of the Program Development Committee shall be the Club Vice-President for Program Development.

(b)  It shall be the duty of the program  Development Committee to plan the agenda of the general membership  meeting, including special speakers and topics of interest to Club  members; and to identify and discuss issues and make recommendations to  the Executive Board.

  • Membership/Funding Committee

(a)  The chair of the  Membership/Funding Committee shall be the Club Vice President for  Membership/ Funding.  The Club Treasurer shall serve on this committee.

(b)  It shall be the duty of the  Membership/Funding committee to keep membership records and to notify  club members of upcoming dues; to plan and coordinate social and  fundraising activities designed to recruit new members and to give the  Club a financial base.

ARTICLE 7 - ENDORSEMENTS

  1. A motion for endorsement of a candidate, ballot proposal, or other  issue, may be made at a general membership meeting or at an Executive  Board meeting.  The motion will be referred to the Political Action  Committee for its recommendation.  Notice of a vote on each endorsement  shall be published to the Endorsement Committee at least five days prior  to the voting meeting.
  2. The Political Action Committee will consist of the entire Executive  Board.  The Political Action Committee will interview and consider  candidates, ballot proposals, and other issues through oral interview  and/or written materials, and along with the general membership, vote  for club endorsements   A vote of at least 60% of those voting on any  specific endorsement is required to receive a recommendation for  endorsement, except in races where a ranked choice vote can occur.
  3. In races featuring a ranked-choice voting option, the club may  provide for a ranked-choice endorsement.  Voters will be asked to vote  for up to three candidates in ranked choice elections. The candidate  receiving the highest percentage amount over 60% will be our 1st choice.  If another candidate receives over 50% of the vote, they will then be  our 2nd choice. If a final candidate receives over 50% and less than the  2nd choice, they will be our 3rd choice. In races where multiple  candidates receive over 50%, and no candidate receives over 60% of the  vote, the top three candidates will be our slate of endorsed candidates  in no particular order...   
  4. A caucus process can be called for by the Wallenberg Officers group.  The caucus process shall be as follows; the voting body for the caucus  shall be sequestered at set time, the number of voters needed to reach  60% of the club will be announced after counting the room total, and  will be the amount of voters needed to acquire an endorsement. Anybody  in the room then can nominate a candidate to support. During the  nomination process, anybody can speak to the reasons to support their  candidate. At the end of the nomination process, the room will be  divided into areas of support. Each area will be filled by people  supporting the endorsement of their candidate. There can be a portion of  the room separated into an undecided pool. Discussion is allowed during  the entire process, however it is recommended that each group select  one member to do the majority of speaking on behalf of the group. Once  the groups have formed, groups with the least amount of people, except  the undecided pool, will be dissolved and asked to join other groups.  This process will ensure that the viability of any particular candidacy  in receiving an endorsement will be key to the club consideration of  that candidate. This process will continue until one candidate has 60%  of the room.  After a candidate is able to reach 60% support they will  be considered the first choice endorsed candidate. The club can then  motion to open the vote for a second place endorsement with a simple  majority of the club. Thus the process would begin, without the  candidate who achieved the 1st place support of the club, until a new  candidate receives 60% support. This same process can be used for up to 3  candidates.
  5. Only candidates who are registered Democrats will be considered for interview and endorsement.
  6. After a club endorsement, the club must promote the slate of  endorsements through, at minimum, our email list, social media accounts  and website.
  7. Ballot options shall only consist of candidates in candidate races.  In races for measures or propositions, ballots shall include a yes  option and a no option.
  8. The name of the Club may not be used by any member to support or  oppose candidates and/or ballot measures without prior approval of the  Executive Board.
  9. Early Endorsements: The Club may choose to endorse a candidate,  proposition or initiative in an expedited manner, and prior to the  deliberations of the Political Action Committee set forth above. In any  such instance an early endorsement requires the following:

  • The Executive Board must vote to entertain a motion on an early endorsement by a 2/3 majority.
  • The Executive Board must vote to recommend an early endorsement to the Club’s general membership by a 2/3 majority.
  • The Club’s general membership must vote to adopt the recommendation of the Executive Board by a 2/3 majority.

Article 8 - Meetings

  1. Meetings of the membership shall be held from time to time at the  discretion of the Executive Board.  Any motions or business may be in  order, except as otherwise specified in these By-Laws.
  2. Special meetings of the Club may be called by the President, or by a  majority vote of the Executive Board, or upon the written demand of ten  percent of the membership roll.
  3. Advance written notice shall be given to the membership for all  meetings of the Club, as well as all Executive Committee meetings, when  feasible.
  4. There shall be no proxy voting.
  5. The following motion for a vote of the membership shall be in order  only if the matter has been announced at the previous meeting and  published to the membership at least five days prior to the voting  meeting:  Annual election of Club Offices.
  6. The following motions for a vote of the membership shall be in order  only if the matter has been published to the membership in advance of  the voting meeting:

  • Motions amending the By-Laws;
  • Motions of candidate or proposition endorsement;
  • Motions to rescind endorsement, and
  • Motions for officers or Board member dismissal by vote of the general membership.

ARTICLE 9 - AMENDMENTS

  1. These By-Laws may be amended by the following procedure:

  • Any member may move an amendment at any regular membership meeting.
  • If a motion to amend is seconded, the membership shall be notified as provided in Article 8, section F(1).
  • At the meeting to consider adoption, the proposed amendment must  receive a two-thirds affirmative vote of members voting, to be  incorporated into these By-Laws.

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