Proposed Bylaws Amendments

As discussed at our previously monthly meeting, it has been proposed to amend the Libertarian Party of Chicago's bylaws. The purposes of these amendments are:

1. Allow the Executive Committee to delegate tasks and actions. This will allow our Executive Committee to issue statements (i.e. press releases) and make other timely decisions without waiting for the next monthly meeting.

2. Require that new members agree to a statement of the Non-Agression Principle.

3. Clarify that Party meetings may take place via phone or audio/video chat. As always, notice will be given in advance of all Party meetings.

4. Formalize the position of Webmaster.

See the link below for a version showing what has been updated:

Bylaws Amendments

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The Libertarian Party of Chicago

Bylaws

 

Bylaw 1: Name

The name of this organization shall be “The Libertarian Party of Chicago" hereafter referred to as the Party.

 

Bylaw 2: Purpose

The purpose of this organization shall be to promote the ideals specified in the National Libertarian Party Statement of Principles by any means consistent with those principles.

Bylaw 3: Membership

Any person who supports the principles of libertarianism shall be eligible for membership.

A member shall be any person whose dues are current and who has affirmed that he or she is not a member of any other chapter of the Libertarian Party of Illinois.

A member, upon joining the Party, must agree to the following: "I certify that I oppose the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals."

 

Bylaw 4: Meeting Rules

A regular meeting shall be held at least once a month.

Robert's Rules of Order shall govern meetings.

Only members may vote.

Proxy voting is allowed in all cases except removal of an officer. A signed letter shall be presented to the Secretary as evidence of a vote transfer.

A quorum shall be three officers and one general member.

The Chair must make a reasonable, good faith effort to notify the membership of meeting times and places via email, phone or social media.

The Party may meet by any means that allows simultaneous aural communication among all participants.

 

Bylaw 5: Officers

All officers must be members.

A member may hold only one office.

Elections shall be held for all offices at the Annual Meeting.

Terms of office shall not exceed one year.

If no one is elected to an office, that office shall remain vacant. The Chair may appoint someone to fulfill the duties of a vacant office and special elections to fill a vacant office may be held at any time.

An officer may be removed at any time by a three-fourths vote of the members present or by the vote of four members of the Executive Committee.

 

Bylaw 6: Executive Committee

The officers of the organization shall be Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Fundraising Chair, Membership Chair. These five officers comprise the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee shall establish dues, and review and approve the budget at the Annual Meeting, have the power to form committees on an ad hoc basis to delegate tasks and actions, establish rules for how committees operate, and must approve any disbursement greater than $100.00.

 

Bylaw 7: Duties

The Chair shall determine the dates and locations of all meetings. He or she must notify the members of such dates and locations. The Chair shall mediate all meetings or appoint a member of the Executive Committee to do so in his or her absence.

The SOC Representative shall attend all state meetings. If the SOC Representative is unable to attend, he or she must appoint another member of the Executive Committee to attend in his or her place.

The Treasurer shall prepare monthly and annual financial statements, balance all accounts, file any forms required by any applicable election boards and taxing bodies, account for all receipts and donations, account for all disbursements, and propose a budget two months prior to the Annual Meeting. The fiscal year shall coincide with the calendar year.

The Secretary shall take minutes at all meetings, handle all official correspondence, submit monthly information to the state newsletter informing them of club activities, check the LPC phone line for messages and respond accordingly, declare a quorum, send personal meeting invitations to all inquiries as forwarded by national, and provide a copy of the bylaws to any member who requests one.

The Membership Chair shall manage the Webmaster, maintain all membership information, head all recruitment efforts, provide exact membership numbers upon request for voting purposes, and lead any other effort related to membership recruitment and retention as defined by the Executive Committee. The Fundraising Chair shall manage all activities or correspondence related to the raising of funds and lead any other effort related to the raising of funds as defined by the Executive Committee.

The Webmaster shall update and manage www.lpchicago.org, and maintain online presence on other social media.

 

Bylaw 8: Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting will be held every year in January. Elections for all offices shall be held at the Annual Meeting.

 

Bylaw 9: Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Party in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the Party may adopt.

 

Bylaw 10: Amendments

These bylaws may be amended at any regular monthly meeting. In order for an amendment to be adopted, the approval of two-thirds of the membership is needed.

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