ARTICLE I NAME
Section 1: The name of this organization is the Greene County Democratic Central Committee, hereinafter referred to as the Committee.
Section 2: The principal office of this organization shall be located in Greene County, Missouri.
ARTICLE II PURPOSE
Section 1: The purpose of this organization shall be to promote the welfare of the Democratic Party in Greene County.
ARTICLE III AFFILIATION
Section 1: This organization shall be and hereby is affiliated with the Missouri State Democratic Committee and the National Democratic Committee and is subject to the Constitution of those organizations, which shall supersede these Bylaws when in conflict therewith.
ARTICLE IV MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: The membership of this organization shall consist of one committeeman and one committeewoman from each ward or township contained within Greene County.
Section 2: A quorum at any meeting of this organization shall consist of a majority of the Committee members, or their proxies.
A. Any member of the Committee may give his or her signed proxy to any other
member the Committee to be turned in to the secretary at the beginning of the
B. Proxies are used for quorum count only.
Section 3: Each committeeman and committeewoman shall be elected by the people of their ward or township for a two-year term. The election of Committee members shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in August of every even-numbered year.
Section 4: No person shall be elected or shall serve as a member of the Committee who is not, for one year next before his election, both a registered voter of and a resident of the county and the committee district (ward or township) from which he is elected. Whenever a member of the Committee dies, becomes disabled, resigns or ceases to be a registered voter of or a resident of the county or the Committee district from which he is elected, a vacancy shall exist on the Committee. A majority of the Committee shall elect another person to fill the vacancy who, for one year next before his election, shall have been both a registered voter of and a resident of the county and the committee district. The person selected to fill the vacancy shall serve the remainder of the vacated term.
Section 5: If any member of the Central Committee remains convicted of a criminal offense, other than a misdemeanor, and after his or her rights to appeal are exhausted, a vacancy in that office shall exist.
Section 6: Vacancies
A. The Central Committee shall be notified of vacancies on the Committee during regularly scheduled meetings. The vacancy, or vacancies, shall be filled by a majority vote of the Central Committee at the next meeting following the announcement of said vacancy or vacancies.
B. If there are two or more persons nominated to fill a vacancy, a secret ballot shall
be used to elect the person to fill the vacancy.
Section 7: Duties of Members
A. As a Committee:
(1) To act as the governing body of the Democratic Party of Greene County, MO.
(2) To assist the Democratic candidates in the general election.
(3) To raise funds for the Greene County Democratic Party.
(4) To nominate candidates for special elections to fill vacancies, as provided by
(5) To recommend candidates for state and local appointive positions not covered
by the civil service or merit system.
(6) To fill vacancies on the Committee in accordance with Sections 4, 5 and 6 of
(7) To provide assistance to Democratic officeholders, candidates, and voters in
Greene County, Missouri.
B. As individual Committeemen and Committeewomen:
(1) To jointly appoint a precinct captain in each voting precinct.
(2) To supervise the general election campaign within each ward or township.
(3) To attend regular schedule meetings of the Committee.
(4) If appointed to serve on any of the standing or ad hoc committees of the
(5) To represent members of the Democratic Party within his or her ward or
(6) To build a strong party organization within their area.
(7) To represent the views of the state party and the local party to the citizens of
(8) All newcomers to the area should be greeted by the committeeman or
committeewoman and offer any assistance necessary to the newcomers for
their enlightenment as to the voting process in Greene County.
ARTICLE V OFFICERS AND DUTIES
Section 1: Pursuant to the following Election Law the Central Committee will meet to reorganize on the third Tuesday of August in even numbered years.
RSMO 115.615. In years when a primary election is held pursuant to subsection 2 of section 115.121, each county committee shall meet at the county seat on the third Tuesday of August. In each city not situated in a county, the city committee shall meet on the same day at such place within the city as the chair of the current city committee may designate. In all counties of the first, second and third classification the county courthouse shall be made available for such meetings and any other county political party meeting at no charge to the party committees. At the meeting, each committee shall organize by electing one of its members as chair and one of its members as vice chair, a man and a woman, and a secretary and a treasurer, a man and a woman, who may or may not be members of the committee. The county chair and vice chair so elected shall by virtue thereof become members of the party congressional, senatorial and judicial committees of the district of which their county is a part.
(L. 1977 H.B. 101§ 14.030,A.L. 1997 H.B. 41, A.L. 1999 H.B. 676)
Section 2: The officers of this organization shall be elected in compliance with Missouri statutes. Voting shall be by secret ballot, and a majority of the Committee members shall elect the officers.
Section 3: The officers of the Committee shall consist of a Chair and a Vice-Chair who shall be a duly elected member of the Committee, one of whom shall be a woman; and a Secretary and a Treasurer, one of whom shall be a woman, but may or may not be members of the Committee. If either the Secretary or the Treasurer is not a member of the Committee, then he or she shall have non-voting ex-officio status.
Section 4: Duties of the Officers
Chair-The Chair of the Committee shall preside at all meetings of the Committee and with such limitations as hereinafter may be prescribed, act for the Committee when it is not in session and have the general directions and control of the campaigns and affairs of the Party in the county subject to the directions of the Committee. The Chair shall distribute election credentials to the duly elected committeemen and committeewomen.
Vice-Chair-The Vice-Chair shall preside over the Committee in the absence of the Chair and act as the Chair in absence of the Chair. The name of the Vice-Chair shall be attached to all county calls and shall coordinate Democratic organizations in the county.
Secretary-The Secretary shall maintain or assist in maintaining a record of the meetings of the Committee. He or she shall attest to the signature of the Chair to all calls and any other official documents found necessary by the Committee.
Treasurer-The Treasurer shall countersign all checks with the Chair. The Committee may call on the Treasurer at various times during the calendar year for all the amounts of receipt and disbursements and such other information they may wish to view. The Treasurer may be required by the Committee to give bond in such sums as may be required by the Committee. The Treasurer shall report in detail at every regular scheduled Committee meeting the complete financial condition of the Committee. In addition, the duties of the Treasurer shall be to
disburse funds as budgeted or approved by the Committee.
Section 5: Executive Director
The Executive Director shall be responsible for maintenance of the county committee headquarters and for implementation of programs as adopted by the Central Committee and the Executive Committee.
A. The Executive Director shall serve at the direction and the pleasure of the Central Committee chair in consultation with the Executive Committee. Regular reports shall be given to the Central Committee regarding on going programs. Annual reviews of the Executive Director shall be conducted by the Committee Chair in consultation with the Executive Committee.
B. To fill the position of Executive Director, a search committee shall be appointed by the Committee Chair and approved by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall have right of approval of the nominee and the rate of compensation.
Section 6: The Chair may appoint a Corresponding Secretary who may or may not be a member of the Committee. If such a Corresponding Secretary is a nonmember of the Committee, he or she shall have non-voting status.
Section 7: The Chair may appoint a Parliamentarian who may or may not be a member of the Committee. If the Parliamentarian is a nonmember of the Committee, he or she shall have non-voting status.
Section 8: The Chair may appoint a Sergeant-at-Arms who may or may not be a member of the Committee. If the Sergeant-at-Arms is a nonmember of the Committee, he or she shall have non-voting status.
Section 9: The Chair may appoint one representative of each Democratic student organization. If the student representative is a non member of the
Committee, he or she shall have a non-voting status.
ARTICLE VI MEETINGS
Section 1: Meetings of the Committee shall be upon call of the Chair whenever he or she thinks it to be in the interest of the party or when requested to do so in writing by fifteen percent (15%) of the members.
Section 2: Committee people shall be notified of such meetings at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting.
Section 3: All meetings shall be open to any member of the Democratic Party as defined by statute in the State of Missouri and the Constitution and Bylaws of the State Democratic Committee. Visitors may speak in such meeting if recognized by the Chair. An executive session meeting of the Committee may be held if so voted by a majority of the Committee.
ARTICLE VII COMMITTEES
Section 1: The Executive Committee of this organization shall consist of all elected officers, the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of each of the legislative districts contained wholly within Greene County. Each legislative district not wholly within Greene County shall be allowed one representative to serve on the Executive Committee. The representative shall be elected from a township or ward within Greene County. The representatives shall be elected at the Party Reorganization Meeting by those Committee members from wards and townships which are within Greene County. Additionally, the Chair may appoint non-voting members to the Executive Committee as he so desires. The Chair shall act as Executive Committee Chair.
Section 2: The Executive Committee shall advise the Chair on all matters of public policy such as those dealing with fund raising, public positions, Committee personnel, statutory duties of Committee members, the budget of the Committee, and advise the Committee and the Chair on matters of importance to the Party. The Executive Committee shall deal with the finances of the Committee in the following manner:
A. Review the budget of the Committee.
B. Regularly review the income and expenses of the Committee.
C. Advise the Committee on all major expenditures.
D. Advise the Committee on all major investments of Committee funds.
E. The Executive Committee shall review the plan for Jackson Day and shall give
advice to the Chair and make recommendations to the Committee for same prior
to the event.
F. All reimbursements over $100 shall be approved in advance by the Executive
Section 3: Standing Committees: The Chair shall appoint, and supervise, a Chair and members of the following standing committees who shall serve at the pleasure of the Chair:
A. Elections Committee: The purpose of the Elections Committee is to interact with
candidates and potential candidates for office and make recommendations for
support of candidates to the Committee.
B. Jackson Day Committee: The purpose of the Jackson Day Committee is to plan
and oversee all Jackson Day events and expenditures.
Section 4: Ad hoc Committees: Any Ad hoc Committee, with its specific charge, shall be appointed by the chair and approved/disapproved by the Executive Committee. The Ad hoc committee will be disbanded when the charge has been completed or terms of office are ended.
ARTICLE VIII RULES OF ORDER
Section 1: The rules contained in “Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised,” shall govern meetings of the county Committee in all cases where they are applicable and are not inconsistent with the Constitution of the State of Missouri or with the Bylaws of this Committee.
ARTICLE IX AMENDMENTS
Section 1: These Bylaws may be amended, by a majority vote of the members present at any regular or any special meeting of the Committee, provided written notice of the proposed amendment or amendments has been sent in writing to the members of the Committee thirty (30) days prior to the date of such meeting.
Bylaws of the Greene County Democratic Central Committee Approved: April 29, 2007