Proposed By-Laws


I think the group needs a structure.  I gave these By-Laws out at the meeting tonight and we discussed them. These are revised 2-2-11 after the meeting to reflect the discussion and changes suggested already. Please look at them.  Make some notes, if you see room for improvement.  We will discuss them again at the 2-17 meeting.  And then vote on the final copy in March sometime.

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Proposed     Caldwell TEA Party    By Laws

Article I

The name of the organization shall be Caldwell TEA Party.   Referred to in abbreviated form as Caldtea.

Article II

Mission statement – We support rational, common-sense concepts of:

  • States’ rights
  • Free Markets
  • A Constitutionally limited gov’t
  • Less government spending – LIST!! End NEA, DPI, EPA…
  • Less gov’t involvement in our individual lives
  • Individual responsibility
  • Term limits
  • Strong national security
  • Secure borders
  • Real energy independence
  • Conservative values **
  • Responsible government spending
  • No government bailouts
  • American Exceptionalism
  • Smaller government
  • Transparency, accountability, and integrity in government

We are not a political party or a third party.  We are a civic group of concerned about out-of-control government.  We share common goals with many grassroots organizations, as well as many political parties, and will work together to advance the cause of restoring a Constitutionally limited government deriving its authority from Natural Law.

Hold elected officials accountable with their Voter Guide responses and campaign promises.

** Define Conservative values here:_____________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

Article III

Members’ rights and responsibilities –

  1. Voting in community Primary and General elections.
  2. Must attend 3 – 10 regular meetings for this year’s 2011 election to remain in good standing with a vote Caldwell TEA Party officer election.  (To be revised for 2012 election to a significant percentage of meetings.)
  3. Paid membership – $5 per year.
  4. Legal residency within the United States is required.

Article IV

Regular Meetings –

  1. To be held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 7pm at the Caldwell County Public Library, 120 Hospital Ave., Lenoir, NC 28645.
  2. Open to all members, guests, and interested parties.

Article V

Special Meetings –

  1. Called by President or Vice President as needed, especially during election seasons.
  2. Typically held at 7pm at the Caldwell County Public Library, 120 Hospital Ave., Lenoir, NC 28645.
  3. Meetings remain open to all members, guests, and interested parties.

Article VI

Special Executive Meetings –

  1. Called as needed.
  2. Time and location TBA.
  3. May, or may not, be open to all at the discretion of the President.
  4. It is at the President’s discretion to make the attendees list for such Special Executive Meetings.

Article VII

Definition of Offices and Duties –

  1. President / Chairman / Grand Poobah ß(What do we want to call this office?)
  2. Vice President / Vice President
  3. Secretary  – will record the happenings of the meetings and make available to members.  Both hardcopy minutes and vague version of minutes to be posted online.
  4. Treasurer – Keeps track of CaldTEA money for members, meetings, the bank, the SBOE (if necessary), and the IRS.  Treasurer will need the SBOE online training within 30 days.
  5. 5. ? At-Large members – #? _____
  6. Committee leaders

Article VIII

Election of Officers –

  1. Held on 1st Tuesday evening in April with members in good standing notified my email fifteen-days in advance.  Annual elections with nominations announced in mid March 18th announcement, and will allow nominations from the floor at the April election meeting.
  2. Secret ballot voting only.
  3. No proxy votes allowed.  // Or should we allow these by registered mail, etc…?
  4. 4. Held on 1st Tuesday evening in April with members in good standing notified my email fifteen-days in advance.
  5. All offices are 1-year terms.

Article IX

Revision of By-Laws –

  1. Can be revised at Regular Meetings only.
  2. Revisions to the By-Laws take effect immediately.
  3. Can be revised by various methods:
    1. Secret ballot vote of members in good standing
    2. a voice vote of members in good standing
    3. Quorum   ½ of membership? ¼ of membership?
    4. All members in good standing, according to Article II, and in attendance.
    5. No proxy votes allowed.  // Or should we allow these by registered mail, etc…?

Article X

Establish our own rules of order.  //  Use Robert’s Rules of Order.

Possible committees:            ========================================================

  1. By-Laws maintenance
  2. Fundraising (Gun club, etc…)
  3. Hospitality  (greeting members, refreshments)
  4. Candidate search and platform (Voter Guide)
  5. Legislative committee (watch county, state, and national legislation and alert members)
  6. Public events planning (fair and festival booths)
  7. Club events planning  (Gun club)
  8. Membership
  9. Communication

About Christine

I believe in the CONSERVATIVE principles and values of the Republican Party as they are written, and not how they are currently practiced by today's RINO's. Smaller government, lower taxes, more personal responsibility, states' rights, free market capitalism, and less government intrusion in our lives!
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4 Responses to Proposed By-Laws

  1. Carole Mace says:

    Article II: Conservative Values

    Suggestion: My personal definition of conservative value would include supporting the U.S. Constitution as written. Caldtea is a civic organization without regard to party affiliation therefore it’s members may conflict in interpreting the articles and amendments. This possibility is a positive scenario as it will produce interesting conversation. For example: Are all conservatives 2nd Amendments advocates?

  2. Carole Mace says:

    Comments to the By-Laws for consideration:

    Article IX

    Revision of By-Laws –

    1. Can be revised at Regular Meetings only.- Agree

    2. Revisions to the By-Laws take effect immediately. – Agree

    3. Can be revised by various methods:

    1. Secret ballot vote of members in good standing – Agree 100%
    2. a voice vote of members in good standing – Disagree
    3. Quorum ½ of membership? ¼ of membership? 60%
    4. All members in good standing, according to Article II, and in attendance. – Disagree – see comment below

    5. No proxy votes allowed. // Or should we allow these by registered mail, etc…?

    I believe proxy votes should be allowed and accepted via email to the President or other officer of the group; there are times where a member “in good standing” may have life situations preventing their attendance at one or more consecutive meetings.

    Look forward to participating with CALDTEA in the near future but will be one of those members with a life situation (surgery) that will necessitate my absence most likely until the April meeting. It was great seeing some of my friends last night and look forward to getting to know others.

    • Christine says:

      thanks, Carol!

      …3. Can be revised by various methods:

      …1. Secret ballot vote of members in good standing – Agree 100%
      …2. a voice vote of members in good standing – Disagree
      …3. Quorum ½ of membership? ¼ of membership? 60%
      …4. All members in good standing, according to Article II, and in attendance. – Disagree – see comment below
      …5. No proxy votes allowed. // Or should we allow these by registered mail, etc…?

      THESE ARE ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION. I WILL CHOSE ONE METHOD OF REVISION. I HOPE WE ALL CHOSE SECRET BALLOT.

      PROXY VOTES SENT TO THE PRESIDENT CAN GET LOST, THEREFORE…. THERE WOULD NEED TO BE A WAY TO PREVENT A PRESIDENT FROM BURYING OR LOSING PROXY VOTES. I’M NOT SURE IF YOU CAN MAKE THIS ONE WORK AND AVOID ALL ACCUSATIONS OF REAL, OR PERCEIVED, MANIPULATION ON THE PART OF A PRESIDENT. BUT IF EVERY ONE AGREES TO USE PROXY VOTING, WE WILL DO IT.

  3. Carole Mace says:

    Re: …5. No proxy votes allowed. // Or should we allow these by registered mail, etc…?

    Another option would be members in good standing with valid reasons for absence at a meeting: Vote publicly on line to posted changes and final copy ….the only exception to the secret ballot.

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