LAMBDA INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS OF BROOKLYN
As amended through January 2005
Article I. NAME
The name of the club shall be LAMBDA INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS OF BROOKLYN.
Article II. PURPOSES
This club is established in the belief that it is mainly through political action that the needs and aspirations of the lesbian,gay, bisexual and transgender community will ultimately be realized; and that the Democratic party of this County,State and Nation is potentially the best vehicle for the conduct of such political action.
We dedicate ourselves first and foremost to strive toward the establishment and maintenance of the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of Brooklyn, New York and the United States of America. We pledge ourselves to work for the repeal of laws regulating sexual conduct and practices between consenting adults. We will seek passage of laws ensuring equal treatment under the law of all persons regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We will seek to promote a better understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity in the broader community and thereby develop mutual respect, understanding and friendship, with the ultimate aim of achieving the liberation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
While we emphasize our concern with the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, we also pledge ourselves to participate in the effort to achieve equality for women and to work for the eradication of poverty, racism and militarism in our society. In addition, in our role as citizens in the broader community, we shall concern ourselves with those issues and matters which affect the lives of all citizens who live in our Borough, City, State and Country.
To achieve these goals we will render assistance, including endorsement, to candidates for Party and Public office who are dedicated to furthering our principles, priorities and policies. We will join in cooperative efforts with like-minded organizations in our county, city, and state to work toward our common goals.
Article III. MEMBERSHIP
Section 3.01 Eligibility
Membership shall be open to any individual without regard to race, color, sex, creed, national origin, age, sexual orientation or gender identity who subscribes to and desires to further the purposes of the club as set forth in Article II, and who pays the dues provided for in section 3.03 of this Article.
Section 3.02 Class and Privileges
(a) Full Membership shall be open to all eligible persons who reside in Kings County. Full members shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of membership.
(b) Associate Membership shall be open to those individuals who do not reside in Kings County. They shall enjoy the rights of membership, except that they shall not be eligible to vote on endorsements of candidates for public or party office, or for officers of the club. Furthermore, they shall be ineligible to be elected as officers.
Section 3.03 Dues
Dues shall be annual and shall be paid at any time within each calendar year. Dues shall be set by a vote of the general membership. Individuals and organizations are limited to paying membership dues for no more than two persons. Sequential money orders will not be accepted. Furthermore, any individual donation over $30 will automatically include or renew a membership for a period of one year.
Section 3.04 Good Standing
Any person eligible for membership becomes a member in good standing upon submitting their membership application and the prescribed dues to an officer of the club.
Article IV. MEETINGS
Section 4.01 Meetings
There shall be at least four (4) meetings of the general club membership per year. Members shall be notified in writing or via electronic mail at least ten (10) days in advance of a general membership meeting. Special meetings shall be called at the request of the Executive Board or upon the written petition of at least 10% of the members in good standing. There shall be at least five (5) days notice for a special meeting. A “meeting” shall include any general membership meeting, fundraising event, community function or any official club gathering to which members are invited.
Section 4.02 Quorum
Twenty members eligible to vote or 15% of the general membership eligible to vote, whichever is less, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Section 4.03 Voting
Every member shall be entitled to one vote, which must be cast in person and not by proxy; except that in the event of an endorsement vote for an office representing a district in Kings County smaller than the entire Borough of Brooklyn, those members eligible to vote who reside in the district in question shall have two votes, whereas all other eligible members shall have one. Except as otherwise provided in this constitution, all questions shall be decided by a majority of those present and voting. An abstention shall not be counted as a vote, but may be cast and shall be recorded. Any person who has not been a member in good standing during the previous forty-five (45) days shall not be entitled to vote, except that persons who were members during the previous twelve (12) months may vote immediately upon payment of their dues.
Section 4.04 Parliamentary Procedure
Where not otherwise specified, meetings shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, where applicable.
Any procedures for the conduct of an endorsement meeting vote must be rendered in written form and provided to the membership at the beginning of the meeting. Furthermore, such procedures must be read aloud at the commencement of the endorsement meeting. This procedure may be waived by motion and majority vote. Such notice may provide for amendment of the endorsement procedures by a majority vote of all members present at the commencement of the endorsement meeting.
Article V. OFFICERS
Section 5.01 Titles
The officers of the club shall be: President (or two co-presidents, as the membership shall decide), Vice President, Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Treasurer. In addition, there shall be no more than sixteen (16) members-at-large of the Executive Board. All members of the Executive Board shall be full officers as defined in Article III (B) (1).
From time to time, the Executive Board may designate past Presidents as Ex Officio Members of the Board, who may serve with vote for three years after their departure from the Presidency, and who may serve indefinitely without vote after such three-year period has expired.
Section 5.02 Election
Nominations for officers and members-at-large shall be made at the last membership meeting of the calendar year and shall be voted on at the January membership meeting. Those elected shall hold office from January to January of each year. All voting shall be by secret, written ballot. Any officer, Ex Officio members, or member-at-large who has been absent from all Executive Board and membership meetings for three consecutive meetings shall be subject to removal by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board.
Section 5.03 Vacancies
If an office or position on the Executive Board is available or becomes vacant, the Executive Board at its next meeting shall elect an officer to serve until the membership at its next regular meeting shall elect an officer to serve for the remainder of the unexpired term; provided, however, that if the vacancy shall occur after December 1st, the temporary officer appointed by the Executive Board shall serve until the next election meeting.
Section 5.04 Duties
(a) Presidents or Co-Presidents shall serve as the chief officer(s) of the club. The President(s) shall preside at all meetings of the club, shall be the chief spokesperson(s) for the club and shall submit a report to the membership at each meeting on the condition and activities of the club. The President(s) shall be the chairperson(s) of the club’s Political Action Committee.
(b) Vice President shall be the second ranking officer of the club and shall preside over the meetings of the Executive Board, and, in the absence of the President(s), membership meetings.
(c) Secretary shall be responsible for the preparation and safekeeping of all club proceedings and shall prepare and mail all notices.
(d) Secretary shall be responsible for all official club correspondence with officials and other organizations.
(e) Treasurer shall have custody of all funds, which shall be deposited in a bank designated by the Executive Board. Disbursement shall be made only pursuant to policy set by the Executive Board. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the maintenance of the books of account showing all receipts and disbursements and such other books of accounts as the Executive Board may direct, which books shall be open to the inspection of any member of the club upon reasonable notice. The Treasurer shall prepare and submit all financial reports required by law and shall render an account of the financial condition of the club twice a year.
Section 5.05 Disciplinary Action
The censure, suspension, or expulsion of any member for conduct inimical to the best interest of the Membership or contrary to the purposes of the Club, as set forth in Article II hereof, may be proposed by a petition enumerating the reasons therefore, signed by at least five members of the Executive Board or twenty five (25) members of the Club and submitted to the Secretary or President. The Secretary or President shall present the petition at the next meeting of the Executive Board. At that meeting the petition may be dismissed by a two-thirds vote of the full membership of the Executive Board. If the petition is not so dismissed, the proposal shall be tabled until a subsequent meeting of the Executive Board to be held not less than two weeks thereafter. The Secretary shall give the member in question at least ten (10) days notice by certified mail of the time and place of such meeting, the charges against him/her, and his/her right to make a statement in person, or in writing, to such meeting. A vote of at least two-thirds of the full membership of the Executive Board shall be required for disciplinary action. If the Executive Board votes to discipline a Board member, the decision may be appealed by said member or by any other member at the next meeting of the Membership, provided that such expelled Board member or other member notifies the Secretary or the President of his/her intention to make such appeal. If such an appeal is taken, the determination of the Executive Board shall be inoperative unless and until ratified by a vote of two thirds of the members present and voting at such meeting.
Article VI. ARTICLE VI: EXECUTIVE BOARD
Section 6.01 Members
All officers of the club and up to sixteen (16) members-at-large shall comprise the Executive Board.
Section 6.02 Gender and Racial Parity
It shall be the policy of the club to work toward gender and racial parity in all of the aforementioned positions.
Section 6.03 Duties
The Executive Board shall be the governing body of the club and, shall direct and supervise the policies, management and procedures of the club. The Executive Board shall be empowered to act for the club in all matters, including endorsements for school board and judgeships, but not including endorsements for all other offices. The Board shall report on all its activities at membership meetings.
Section 6.04 Meetings
The Executive Board shall meet at least nine (9) times per year at the call of the First Vice President.
Section 6.05 Organization
At the first meeting of the Board following its election, the President shall select from the membership the chairpersons of the standing committees. These appointments shall be made by and with the consent of the Executive Board.
Section 6.06 Quorum
Fifty percent of the membership of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Of these one must be the President, on one of the Co-Presidents, or the First Vice President; and one must be the Treasurer or one of the Secretaries. Every member of the Board shall be entitled to one vote on all questions; and except as otherwise provided in this constitution, all questions shall be decided by a majority of those members voting.
Article VII. COMMITTEES
Section 7.01 Committees
Committees shall be established as needed.
Section 7.02 Committee Chairpersons and Members
The chairpersons of all committees shall be appointed as indicated in Article VI (D). A committee chair may be removed by the President(s) with the consent of two-thirds of the Board. Members of committees shall be appointed by the respective committee chairperson with the approval of the First Vice President.
Article VIII. USE OF CLUB NAME
No person, whether or not a member of the club, shall use the name of the club in any way which may indicate official sanction by the club of any statement or action, or in any way which may indicate support by the club of any candidate, without prior authorization in writing by the Executive Board or by the membership of the club.
In addition, the membership lists and mailing list of the club may not be released to any other organization.
Article IX. NOTICES
All notices to the membership required by this Constitution shall be deemed given when mailed or sent via electronic mail.
Article X. AMENDMENTS
Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by the Executive Board or by written petition signed by twenty (20) members or 15% of the membership, whichever is less, and submitted to one of the Secretaries. To become effective, any amendment so proposed must be approved and adopted by two-thirds of the members present at the following membership meeting. The substance of the change to be effected by the proposed amendment or amendments must be included in the meeting notice of the aforesaid meeting and shall further state that final action will be taken upon the amendment or amendments to this Constitution. Said amendment(s) shall become effective upon the final date of approval and adoption, or any other date as shall be specified in the amendment(s).