Queens Libertarians Bylaws
As amended at the LPQC Special Convention held on December 10, 2016
Name & Territory
Section 1. Name: The name of this organization shall be “Queens Libertarians.”
Section 2. Territory: Queens Libertarians will primarily hold events and meetings in Queens County but may also operate and recruit members from outside Queens County.
Section 1: Purposes: The purposes of Queens Libertarians shall be as follows:
- To spread the message of liberty to all who will listen;
- To influence the cultural norms of society to create a more receptive atmosphere for libertarian ideas;
- To educate the public regarding the benefits of personal freedom and libertarianism; and
- To promote smaller government, lower taxes and more individual freedom.
Section 1. Membership: Queens Libertarians shall have the following two classes of membership:
- Regular Membership – Open to those residing in or outside Queens County who pay $20.00 annual dues. (Those who pay $20.00 and whose memberships are approved from January 1st through April 30th shall be considered paid voting members of Queens Libertarians through the remainder of that calendar year; those who pay $10.00 and whose memberships are approved from May 1st through August 31st shall be considered paid voting members of Queens Libertarians through the remainder of that calendar year; and those who pay $20.00 and whose memberships are approved from September 1st through December 31st shall be considered paid voting members of Queens Libertarians through the remainder of the next calendar year). Regular Members shall be full voting members of Queens Libertarians.
- Life Membership – Open to those Regular Members residing in or outside Queens County who pay $400.00 to Queens Libertarians and whose Life Memberships are approved by a 2/3 vote of the Executive Committee. Life Members shall be full voting members of Queens Libertarians.
Section 2. Membership Applications & Renewal Applications: All prospective members and members seeking the renewal of their memberships must fill out a Membership Application and/or a Renewal Application that shall be submitted to the Membership Committee. Approval of all applications for membership or for the renewal of membership shall occur in accordance with the procedures set forth by the Executive Committee, said authority that may be delegated to the Membership Committee. A Membership Application or Renewal Application may be denied on any grounds determined to be “in the best interests of Queens Libertarians”.
Section 3. Failure To Maintain Good Standing: Any member who is disruptive at meetings, insults members or guests of Queens Libertarians, spams our Yahoo Groups, or takes any action deemed not to be “in the best interests of Queens Libertarians” may be designated by the Executive Committee as having lost their “good standing” in the organization for a period of time to be determined by the Executive Committee. Loss of “good standing” shall cause the loss of that member’s right to attend or vote at meetings and conventions of Queens Libertarians, in addition to other sanctions that may be imposed.
Section 1. Officers: Queens Libertarians shall have the following officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Director and State Representative to Empire State Libertarians.
Section 2. Authority: The Executive Committee shall govern Queens Libertarians and shall make all decisions regarding Queens Libertarians when the Annual Convention is not in session.
Section 3. Quorum: Quorum for meetings of the Executive Committee shall be a majority of the number of individuals actually serving on the Executive Committee, who are in good standing, at the time the meeting is called to order.
Section 4. Meetings: Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be held at least quarterly during the calendar year and may be held by teleconference if circumstances necessitate it.
Section 5. Parliamentary Procedure: The rules contained in the latest edition of Robert Rules of Order may be referred to for guidance but the parliamentary procedure to be followed at meetings shall be established informally by custom or formally through adoption by the Executive Committee.
Section 6. Term Of Office: The term of office of all officers shall run from January 1st to December 31st of each calendar year.
Section 7. Election of Officers: The Election of Officers shall be conducted by e-mail vote to all members of Queens Libertarians in good standing sometime during the month of December. Members shall be given at least five (5) days to return their e-mail ballot.
Section 8. Vacancies: In the case of a vacancy in any officer position, the Executive Committee, by majority vote, shall select a member in good standing to fill the position for the remainder of the term of office. If an officer position remains unfilled after the Election of Officers is conducted by e-mail vote to all members in good standing, the Executive Committee may select a member in good standing to fill the position for the remainder of the term of office.
Section 8. Endorsements: The Executive Committee has the power to endorse all candidates of any party seeking the endorsement of Queens Libertarians.
Section 1. Standing Committees: The three standing committees of Queens Libertarians shall be the following:
- Membership Committee
- Social Committee
- Campaign Committee
The Membership and Social Committees shall be chaired by the Membership Director. The Campaign Committee shall be chaired by a person selected for that position by the Executive Committee.
Section 2. Appointments: The Membership, Social and Campaign Committee Chairs may appoint members of Queens Libertarians in good standing to serve on their committees and may dismiss said individuals without cause.
Section 1. Annual Convention: Queens Libertarians shall hold an Annual Convention between January 1st and June 30th of each calendar year on a date and at such time as shall be determined by the Executive Committee.
Section 2. Notice: The Executive Committee must give the membership at least seven (7) days advance notice of the date and time of each Annual Convention. The notice must be by written communication sent directly to each member or by posting to a previously designated Yahoo Group or website.
Section 3. Qualification To Vote: To be eligible to vote at the Annual Convention, Regular Members must have had their membership applications or renewal applications approved at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the Annual Convention. Life Members shall always be permitted to vote at Annual Conventions.
Section 4. Quorum: Quorum at the Annual Convention shall be 10% of the Regular and Life Members eligible to vote at any Annual Convention.
Section 1. Adoption: Amendments to these bylaws may be adopted if ratified by a 2/3 vote of members in attendance at an Annual Convention or by a majority vote of members in attendance at an Annual Convention or Special Convention, if said proposed bylaw amendments were previously endorsed by the Executive Committee.