By-Laws

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF THE GREATER LAUREL BELTSVILLE DEMOCRATIC CLUB

ARTICLE I

SECTION 1. NAME

This organization shall be known by the name and title of the Greater Laurel Beltsville Democratic Club.

SECTION 2. PURPOSE

The objectives of the Club shall be to support and aid the election of duly and regularly nominated Democratic candidates for public office and to diffuse among the electorate Democratic principles of government as enunciated in the National and State platforms of the Democratic Party.

ARTICLE II

SECTION 1. MEMBERSHIP

Any individual who subscribes to the theory of government as advocated and supported by the Democratic Party, shall be eligible for membership.

a. Any person receiving a majority vote of the membership present at which his or her name is offered by the Executive Committee may become an Honorary Life Member of this organization.

SECTION 2. MEETINGS

This organization shall meet quarterly at a time and place within the area to be determined by the President.

a. The Executive Board shall normally meet quarterly not less than two weeks prior to the organization's quarterly meetings.

b. Additional general meetings may be called by the President.

c. A special meeting may be called at the pleasure of the President or upon petition to the President by seven members in good standing.  Sufficient notice shall be given to the members by telephone when occurring within one week's time and by mail when proper time is allotted.

d. All meetings of the Club shall be conducted according to parliamentary practice set forth in "Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised."

SECTION 3. QUORUM

Ten percent of the total membership of the Club, but no less than 20 members, shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting of the Club. The quorum for the Executive Committee meetings shall be no fewer than four members.

SECTION 4. VOTING

All decision of the Club shall be made by majority vote of the members present at the meeting at which the vote is taken and a quorum is present.

SECTION 5. DUES

The dues for membership shall be set annually at the July regular meeting by a majority vote of attending members. Rights and privileges of membership shall not be extended to a member until his or her dues are paid in full.

ARTICLE III

SECTION 1. OFFICERS

The officers of the organization shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. No personal shall hold two office at the same time and all offices shall be elected by ballot by the members in attendance and the duties of the officers shall be the same as those generally performed by officers of equal rank in other organizations. 

Officers must be members in good standing and registered Democrats residing in the Great Laurel-Beltsville area.

SECTION 2. DUTIES

a. President. The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Club and shall chair the Executive Committee and shall, in general, supervise and direct all the business and affairs of the Club on behalf of the members. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Club and advise the officers and the members on matters of general policy and perform such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Executive Committee. The President shall provide leadership to the Executive Committee in carrying out its collective responsibility to develop and deliver the objectives of the Club. He or she shall perform all other duties required of the President by the laws of the State of Maryland and such other duties as may be prescribed by the by-laws or as may from time to time be assigned to the President by the Executive Committee. The President shall appoint all standing and special committees of the Club.

b. Vice-President The Vice-President shall act and perform the duties of the President in the absence or inability of the President to carry out his or her duties, and shall perform such other duties as the President or the Executive Committee may deem appropriate.

c. Secretary. The Secretary shall: (1) keep the books and minutes of all meetings and official proceedings of the Club, but in the absence of the Secretary, the President shall designate some person to record the proceedings in place of the Secretary; (2) be the custodian of the official Club documents; and (3) perform such other duties as assigned by the President or the Executive Committee.

d. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be the chief financial officer of the Club and shall be responsible for developing and directing the operations, policies, procedures, plans and programs governing all financial matters of the Club, and for receiving and depositing Club funds in the name of the Club in such bank or banks, trust companies or other depositories as may from time to time be selected by the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall keep all accounts and financial records of the Club, shall prepare a periodic report of the financial status of the Club and shall perform such other duties as may from time to time be assigned by the President or the Executive Committee.

SECTION 3. ELECTIONS

All officers shall be elected from the membership at the third quarterly meeting of the year, which shall be held in July, and shall serve for one year or until their successors are duly elected and qualified.

SECTION 4. ELECTION PROCEDURES

a. President shall appoint a nominating committee not later than six weeks or fewer than three weeks prior to the July annual meeting. The nominating committee shall submit the proposed slate of nominees to the Executive Committee to be disseminated to the membership no later than two weeks prior to the July meeting.

b. Nominations from the floor shall be accepted at the July election meeting.

SECTION 5. VACANCY

Any vacancy among the officers of the Club shall be filled by the Executive Committee.

SECTION 6. REMOVAL

Any officer may be removed for cause, at any time, by the vote of two-thirds of the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE IV

SECTION 1. COMMITTEES

The President shall appoint special committees as deemed appropriate and an Executive Committee.

SECTION 2. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee shall consist of all officers plus three members appointed by the President, one of whom shall be the immediate past President.

It shall be the duty of this committee to assist and advise in the management of the organization and it may pass on questions of policy so the propositions may go before the membership for decision with the aid of the study, thought and recommendations of this committee. The Executive Committee may make rules for the conduct of its meetings and notice thereof. In addition to minutes of its meetings, the Executive Committee shall maintain complete records of its actions.

SECTION 3. SPECIAL COMMITTEES

The President may appoint members to special committees in furtherance of the purposes and business of the Club. Each such committee shall include as one of its members an Executive Committee member who shall act as a liaison to the Committee. Each special committee shall exercise only the authority delegated to it in writing by the President.

ARTICLE V

ENDORSEMENTS

The Club shall not make endorsements nor lend its support to candidates for office in non-partisan and primary elections.

AMENDMENT OF BY-LAWS

These By-Laws may be amended in whole or in part by two-thirds majority vote of all the voting members present at a meeting of the Club held not less than two weeks after the proposition has been submitted to the Executive Committee in writing. All members of the Club shall be sent written notice of the proposed change and the date on which the meeting to vote on the change will be held at least ten days in advance of the meeting.