We cannot forget, nor let the voters forget, that most advances in America since the 1920s (with a few exceptions) were thanks to the Democratic Party and were OPPOSED by the Republican Party.
The Democratic Party represents progress. You can be a part of that!
The Democratic Party has been so successful in improving our lives, that sometimes people forget what we have accomplished that makes life better.
• The Democratic Party members are the people who brought you a minimum wage and the promise of prevailing local wages, 8-hour workday in a safe environment, unemployment benefits, and workers compensation when things go wrong.
• The Democratic Party programs of the Federal Home Loan Program, Water Quality Act, andRural Electrification Act brought ownership of a home with utilities within reach of most of us.
• The Democratic Party awarded veterans G. I. student benefits, home loans, and health carethey so richly deserve.
• The Democratic Party created plans, such as Head Start, Family and Medical Leave Act, the School Lunch Program and the Guaranteed Student Loan Program … all of which have helped us raise and educate our children.
• The Democratic Party authored and passed Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Securities and Exchange Act and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation help us enjoy security in our old age.
• The Democratic Party brought many of us our very right to vote in the Women’s Suffrage Amendment and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the party protects the civil rights of all minorities.
• The Democratic Party also initiated the Marshall Plan, the Peace Corps, NATO and launched the first man on the Moon.
• The Democratic Party balanced the budget as a result of the Balanced Act of 1993.
VILLAGES DEMOCRATIC CLUB BYLAWS
Revised and Approved August 2014
ARTICLE I – Name
The name of this organization shall be: VILLAGES DEMOCRATIC CLUB (the “Club”)
ARTICLE II – Object and Purpose
The object of this organization shall be:
- to stimulate active interest in political and governmental affairs;
- to strengthen and to further the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party;
- to provide reasonable and ongoing financial support to the Sumter County Democratic Executive Committee (DEC);
- to promote participation among Democrats;
- to support and elect the duly selected nominees of the Democratic Party in the national, state, local campaigns; and
- to foster good fellowship among Democrats.
In all Primary elections, no candidate will be endorsed or supported individually by this Club. At no time will a candidate from another Party be supported by members of this organization.
ARTICLE III –
Permanent and seasonal residents of the residential development commonly referred to as The Villages who support the objectives of this club, shall be eligible for membership. No other residency restriction may be placed upon membership or the privileges of membership in this club. In accordance with Article VI of the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) Bylaws, with the exception of the organizational meeting of this club, those members permitted to vote in any club election for officers or club board members must have been a member of the club at least forty five (45) days prior to the date of such election. Officers and directors shall be required to execute the Loyalty Oath in the form included in the bylaws of the FDP.
ARTICLE IV – Dues
Section 1. The Board of Directors (the” Board”) shall recommend to the Club’s membership the amount of the annual dues (January 1 thru December 31). A change in Club dues shall be enacted only upon a majority vote of those present at a regular Club meeting considering a change in the dues assessment.
Section 2. New members joining after October 1 will be considered paid through December 31 of the following year.
Section 3. At any time, annual Club dues may be supplemented by Club sponsored fund raisers, provided that the funds raised are devoted to Club sponsored programs to enhance membership, improve communications with Club members and the Sumter Democratic Executive Committee (the “Sumter DEC”), and informing the community at large regarding Democratic Party policies and programs only.
Section 4. The annual contribution to the Sumter DEC shall be based upon the present schedule established by the FDP, payable to the DEC treasurer prior to February 1, current year.
Section 5. At the time of the Club’s Charter Recertification in July of each odd numbered year when the Club applies to the county Certification Committee for a Certificate of Compliance, the Club shall submit its latest bank statement(s) to the Certification Committee. The Certification Committee shall be empowered to augment the Club’s Annual Party Contribution by an amount not to exceed twenty percent (20%) of the balance in the Club’s bank accounts and other financial instruments — including checking, certificates of deposit (CD) and savings accounts — to be paid to the Sumter DEC.
ARTICLE V – Officers
Section 1. The officers of this club shall be President, Vice presidents,
Secretary, Treasurer,and such other officers as deemed necessary by the board. Officers shall perform the duties prescribed by these bylaws and such other duties as shall be deemed appropriate by the Board.
Section 2: All terms of office shall be for one (1) or for two (2) years to be determined by the Board prior to the appointment of the Nominating Committee. Commencing in the year immediately following the adoption of these Bylaws, terms of office may be staggered so that certain officers shall serve for a one-year term and the remaining officers shall serve for a full two-year term. The officers shall be eligible for unlimited terms in the same office.
Section 3.New officers will be elected at the regular March meeting with transition and installation at the regular April meeting of the club. The new officers will commence duties and responsibilities beginning atthe April meeting.
Section 4. After the election in March, the outgoing officers shall conduct an‘orientation and transition of duties’ meeting with incoming officers, prior to the regular scheduled April meeting. This meeting shall orient new officers to the club’s history, bylaws, Roberts Rules of Order, consent agenda and other topics as necessary.
Section 5. The creation of additional officers should be undertaken as specified in the bylaws.
ARTICLE VI – Duties of Officers
Section 1. The president shall:
- preside at all meetings of the club and board, of which the president is automatically chairman;
- be ex officio member of all committees except the nominating committee;
- appoint all the standing and special committees and their chairmen;
- represent the club at county, district and state functions;
- give guidance to the committee chairmen in their work; and
- perform all duties pertaining to the office of the president.
- shall file all required forms with the State and Sumter DEC.
- ensure annual registration of the Resident Lifestyle Charter
Section 2. The vice presidents shall:
- render all possible assistance to the president in matters pertaining to the club; and
- assume the office in the absence of, or inability of the president to serve.
Section 3. The secretary shall:
- keep an accurate record of all meetings of the club and board;
- have a copy of the club bylaws with any amendments properly recorded and posted to website.
- provide to the members of the board, prior to the next regularly scheduled board meeting, a copy of the club minutes for their review and reference.
- maintain a current list of members, with such information as deemed necessary by the Board.
The current list of Club members shall be based on a record of dues paying members provided by the Treasurer on January 15th for the ensuing Club year, or at the time of becoming a member, and paid again on the normal due date established by the Board.
Section 4. The treasurer shall:
- collect dues and other income;
- disperse funds as authorized by the board;
- provide a copy of the treasurer’s report to individual club members as requested.
- keep records of the aforementioned, and maintain the club bank account; and sign checks, provided that (a) Bills are to be paid only after proper authorization by the Board and (b) All club checks in excess of $500 shall have two (2) signatures, by persons designated by the directors. The treasurer’s books shall be audited by the finance committee.
Section 5. Any officer absent from three (3) board or general meetings without good cause, determined by the Board, shall be deemed to have vacated the office. Board members are expected to arrive for club member meetings at least a half hour before meeting time to assist in the proper “setting-up” of the meeting room and that areas are properly located for the various meeting functions.
Section 6. The creation of additional officers may be undertaken in the bylaws at the time they are adopted or amended or at the time specified in these Bylaws for the general election of Officers, or at such other time as the Board may determine that additional officers are necessary to carry out the purposes of the Club.
ARTICLE VII – Meetings
Section 1. Regular meetings of the Club shall be held monthly, as ordered by the Club or the Board.
Section 2. Meetings may be called by the President or a majority of the Board, with, if feasible, one week’s notice to all the members. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the call.
Section 3. Twenty percent (20%) of the total membership shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any regular or special meeting. A majority vote is necessary to carry.
Section 4. All meetings shall be in a facility accessible to the physically handicapped.
Section 5. Posting of the agenda of a special meeting on the club’s website at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting shall constitute notice of the meeting.
ARTICLE VIII – Board of Directors
Section 1. The Board shall consist of the elected officers and (at least four) additional directors, recommended by the President in consultation with the officers.
Section 2. The election of the additional directors shall be held annually at the March meeting or at the next meeting of the membership following the recommendation of an additional director by the President of the Board.
Section 3. The duties of the Board shall be to plan each month’s meeting so as to be organized, to transact business of the Club in regular or special sessions, and to make recommendations to the Club. No act of the Board shall conflict with action taken by the Club.
Section 4. The Board shall meet monthly, at the request of the President or three (3) members of the Board. Board meetings are open to the general membership, however, a member must submit a written request to the president to speak at the board meeting.
Section 5. Disruptive person (s) shall be requested to leave the meeting room by club officer(s) or any member so designated by a club officer.
Section 6. Five (5) members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of official Club
Section 7. The immediate past President shall serve as advisor to the President and the Board for that year.
Section 8. Unexcused absences – Refer to Article VI, Section 5 for all members of the Board.
ARTICLE IX – Elections
Section 1. Officers shall be elected at the annual meeting held in March of each year, with the exception of the charter year, and officers shall be installed with transition of duties at the April meeting.
Section 2. The nominating committee shall be composed of three (3) members recommended by the President and approved by the Board. The committee shall present a candidate for each elective office at the monthly meeting in January.Additional nominations from the floor shall be in order at that time.
Section 3.A Club member is permitted to vote on any motion placed before the Club membership after paying the annual dues subject to the restrictions of Article III.
Section 4. If a vacancy occurs in the office of President, the Board members shall elect one of the vice presidents to serve as President.
If no vice president is able or willing to assume the office of president, the board shall designate a Director to serve until an election can be held.
Other vacancies occurring shall be filled by the club at the next regular meeting with membership
Section 5. Voting for officers and directors may be by secret ballot if requested. Proxies and absentee voting are prohibited.
Section 6. Any member may be removed from office, upon a 2/3 vote of the entire membership at any regular or special meeting after ten 10 days notice to the members that a motion for the purpose of removal of said member will be considered at the regular or special meeting. The removal may be for causes including, but not limited to the following; malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty, incompetence, permanent inability to perform official duties, and/or conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude.
ARTICLE X – Standing Committees
Section 1. The Board is responsible for establishing the Standing Committees of the club. The president shall appoint the membership of the Standing Committees promptly after taking office.
Section 2. The Board is empowered to establish those Standing Committees necessary to:
a) Propose and adopt an annual budget;
b) Provide accurate audit records of the Club’s financial activities administered by the Treasurer;
c) Maintain and amend the Bylaws as may be required from time to time;
d) Support Democratic candidates for public office;
e) Establish and maintain eligibility criteria for Club membership;
f) Communicate the purpose and policies of the Club to the general public;
g) Discover and develop means of raising funds to sustain Club programs and coordinate its fund raising activities;
h) Develop programs for general meetings; and
i) Carry out such other activities as deemed necessary by the Board.
ARTICLE XI – Anti–Discrimination Provision
The club hereby adopts and shall enforce the following anti–discrimination provisions:
Section 1. No Democratic Loyalty Oath should be used which has the effect of requiring of the Democratic Party to condone or support discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, age, national origin, or physical disability.
Section 2. The time and place for all public meetings of the Democratic Party club should be publicized fully and in such a manner as to assure timely notice to all interested persons, and should be open to all members of the Democratic Party regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin, or physical ability.
Section 3. In order to fully and adequately inform prospective and current members of a full description of the legal, practical and pertinent procedures for selection of all Democratic club representatives and officers, the club should publicize fully, and in such a manner, as to assure notice to all interested Democrats in time to have adequate opportunity to participate.
ARTICLE XII – Amendments
The Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote at a regular meeting of the board. Bylaws and any changes or amendments thereto shall be filed with the FDP within thirty (30) days following adoption. All amendments are subject to approval by at least two thirds (2/3) of the certification committee (Sumter County DEC chairman, state committee man and/or woman) and the FDP committee on clubs, organizations, and caucuses together with copies of the minutes of the meeting at which these amendments were adopted.
ARTICLE XIII – Parliamentary Authority
The most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the club in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and the rules of the county DEC, FDP and the National Democratic Party.
ARTICLE XIV – Accountability
Section 1. Charter Recertification: In July of each odd numbered year the club shall apply to the certification committee of the county DEC for a Certificate of Compliance. Failure to do so shall result in the forfeiture of all rights and privileges of the use of the word Democrat, Democratic, or derivative thereof.
Section 2. Dissolution: In the event this club wishes to dissolve, a resolution stating the date of dissolution and reasons for same shall be adopted by a majority vote of the club after being submitted in writing at the previous meeting. When the club disbands for any reason, the club’s assets and funds, after all debts are satisfied, shall become the property of the county DEC.
Section 3. Grievances: Disputes and grievances may be resolved with county chairman, state committee man and /or woman of the DEC in the county of charter. Should one (1) person hold two (2) of these offices, the vice chairman of the county DEC shall also be involved in said resolution. Such resolution may be appealed to the county DEC whose decision shall be final unless appealed to the Judicial Council not later than forty five (45) days from the date of said.
ARTICLE XV – Execution of Instruments.
The Board, except as otherwise provided in these bylaws, may authorize any officer of the Club to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Club. Unless so authorized, no officer or Member shall have any power or authority to bind the Club by any contract or engagement or to pledge its credit or to render it liable monetarily for any purpose or in any amount.
ARTICLE XVI – Dissolution.
The Club may be dissolved only with authorization by the Board at a special meeting called for that purpose, and with approval by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Members present provided that a quorum is present.
Upon dissolution, all remaining assets, after payment in full of all its debts, obligations, and necessary final expenses, or after the making of adequate provision therefore, shall be distributed to the Sumter