Charter and Bylaws
SECTION 1.1 Deﬁnition. The name of this organization shall be the Young Democrats of Cobb County (hereinafter referred to in this charter as the YDCC), afﬁliated with the Young Democrats of Georgia (YDG).
Through its afﬁliation with YDG, YDCC shall also be afﬁliated with the Young Democrats of America (YDA).
YDCC seeks a cooperative relationship with the Cobb County Democratic Committee (CCDC), Cobb Democratic Women (CDW), the Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG), and other Democratic Party organizations and shall be guided by the actions of the Democratic Party assembled in state or national convention.
SECTION 2.1 Purpose. The purpose of the YDCC is to stimulate in the youth of Cobb County an active interest in governmental affairs; to increase the efﬁciency of popular government; to foster and perpetuate the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party; to recruit the most promising material for leadership; to encourage statesmanship; to aid the Democratic Party; to provide through its administration the highest degree of justice and social welfare; and to serve as a voice for young people within the Democratic
SECTION 3.1. Eligibility. Any person at least fourteen (14) years of age but less than forty (40) years of age who professes and demonstrates allegiance to the principles of the Democratic Party, and resident of domiciliary within Cobb County, shall be eligible for active membership.
SECTION 3.2. Active Members. An Active Member shall be an eligible member who has paid dues of at least $25 per year, unless the chapter has given a ﬁnancial need waiver to said member.
SECTION 3.3 Honorary Members. An Honorary Member is someone who has rendered service of outstanding character in the advancement of the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party and the YDCC, but is not of age to be deemed an Active Member of Young Democrats of Cobb County.
SECTION 3.4. Non-Discrimination Clause. In accordance with YDG charter and bylaws, YDCC shall not discriminate in membership or any proceeding, charter, bylaws or vote on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or identity, disability or past political activity.
SECTION 3.5. Afﬁrmative Action Directive. YDCC shall make a good faith effort to recruit members of, and publicize events to, all segments of the population.
SECTION 3.6. Liability. The members of the YDCC shall not be liable for the debts or actions of the YDCC, except to the extent of any unpaid portion of their respective dues, nor shall the YDCC be liable for the unauthorized acts of any of its members unless so ratiﬁed by the YDCC Executive Committee. Where gross misspending or unauthorized spending occurs, said ofﬁcer or ofﬁcers involved shall be personally liable for any and all debts incurred.
SECTION 4.1 Elected ofﬁcers. The elected ofﬁcers of the YDCC shall be the President, Executive Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian.
SECTION 4.2 Terms. The term of ofﬁcer shall be for one (1) year or until a successor is named. Elected ofﬁcers shall assume their duties upon the close of the election meeting.
SECTION 4.3 Nominations. Each person seeking elected ofﬁce must declare for the position(s) as per the Bylaws.
SECTION 4.4 Qualiﬁcations. Each person seeking elected ofﬁce must be qualiﬁed for the position(s) as per the Bylaws.
SECTION 4.5 Turnover of YDCC Property. Officers shall turn over all YDCC property to their successors as per the Bylaws.
SECTION 4.6 Vacancy. In the event of a vacancy in the ofﬁce of President, the Executive Vice President shall assume the role of President. In the event of a vacancy in an elected ofﬁce (except President), the YDCC Executive Committee shall elect by majority vote a person to ﬁll the unexpired term at the ﬁrst possible meeting following notiﬁcation to the Executive Committee of the existence of the vacancy.
SECTION 4.7 Removal from Ofﬁce.
Section 4.7.1 Notice. The YDCC Executive Committee may, after giving written notice of intent to remove to the offending ofﬁcer and to the Executive Committee, remove an elected ofﬁcer for cause.
Section 4.7.2 Cause. Cause shall include but not be limited to, excessive absences or failure to fulﬁll duties of one’s ofﬁce. What constitutes “just cause” shall be at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
Section 4.7.3 Procedure. At the Executive Committee meeting mentioned in the notice of intent to remove, the Executive Committee shall meet to determine whether or not to remove the ofﬁcer. A three-quarters (3/4) vote of the Executive Committee is required to move an ofﬁcer from his/her position. Any ofﬁcer subject to removal from ofﬁce shall have the opportunity to present all witnesses, documents, and arguments in support of their position.
Section 4.7.4 Attendance. All elected ofﬁcers of the YDCC shall attend all executive committee meetings of the YDCC.
If the President is unable to attend a regular membership meeting, he or she shall so notify the Executive Vice President prior to that meeting. Such notiﬁcation shall include the President’s ofﬁcer report.
If an elected ofﬁcer other than the President is unable to attend a regular membership meeting, they shall so notify the President and Secretary in writing prior to that meeting. Such written notiﬁcation shall include such ofﬁcer’s report.
Any elected ofﬁcer who is absent from a regular membership meeting without notiﬁcation as described above may submit a written explanation for the absence to the President and Secretary, as appropriate, within one week of the meeting. The President, or Secretary, as appropriate, may at their discretion, elect to excuse the ofﬁcer’s absence on the basis of such a written explanation. In all other cases, an absence without notiﬁcation as described above shall be considered unexcused.
Any elected ofﬁcer of YDCC who accumulates two consecutive unexcused absences shall be considered to have resigned as of the date of the second absence without necessity for any ﬂirther action on the part of either the dismissed ofﬁcer or members of the Executive Committee.
SECTION 4.8 Duties.
Section 4.8.1 President. The duties of the President shall be as follows:
Section 4.8.2 Executive Vice President (EVP). The duties of the EVP shall
Section 4.8.3 Secretary. The duties of the Secretary shall be as follows:
Section 4.8.4 Treasurer. The duties of the Treasurer shall be as follows:
Section 4.8.5 Parliamentarian. The Parliamentarian shall assist the Executive Committee, its committees and its members in their compliance with this charter under which the YDCC operates and will assist in drafting legislative proposals. The Parliamentarian shall also assist the Executive Committee and its committees with respect to matters of parliamentary procedure.
SECTION 5.1 Appointed Ofﬁcers. The President, with the approval of the executive committee, shall have the power to appoint members of the YDCC to non-voting positions or ad-hoc committees at his/her discretion.
SECTION 5.2 Appointed Ofﬁcers may be as follows:
Section 5.3 Duties: The Appointed Ofﬁcers shall oversee their respective committees as deﬁned in Article VIII.
SECTION 6.1 Ex-Ofﬁcio Ofﬁcers. The Ex—Ofﬁcio Ofﬁcers of the YDCC shall be the immediate Past YDCC President and YDCC members elected or appointed to state or regional positions in the YDG.
SECTION 6.2 Duties: Ex—Ofﬁcio Ofﬁcers shall provide advice and any other appropriate assistance to the other ofﬁcers of YDCC.
Section 7.1.1. Voting. Only active members in good standing may vote in any meeting of the YDCC. Active membership shall be established at the meeting one month prior to an election, or earlier, for a member to be allowed to vote.
Section 7.1.2. Proxy voting. No proxy or mail votes are acceptable.
Section 7.1.3. Ofﬁce eligibility. Only active members in good standing may hold ofﬁce in the YDCC.
SECTION 7.2 Honorary Members
Section 7.2.1 Rights and duties. Honorary Members may attend meetings, but pay no dues, may not make or second motions, may not participate in debate unless an active member yields time to him/her, and may not vote.
SECTION 7.2.2. Elections. The election for ofﬁcers shall be held no earlier than March 1 but not later than April 1. Elections for President, Executive Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian shall be held in that order. A majority of the members shall be present for an election to occur. In the event that no candidate receives a majority, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall enter a run-off election to be contested immediately.
SECTION 7.2.3. Swearing In. Newly elected ofﬁcers shall be sworn in no earlier than YDG convention in April and no later than the following general meeting in May.
SECTION 8.1 Standing Committees. The Standing Committees can
SECTION 8.2 Outreach and Service Committee — This committee shall oversee outreach and service the Cobb county community as a whole. The goal of this committee is to help foster strategic relationships with people and organizations that share the goals and ideals of YDCC. It shall be led by the Outreach and Service Chair and report its efforts to the President.
SECTION 8.3 Membership Committee — This committee shall oversee all membership and recruitment activities. The goal of this committee is to encourage a robust and diverse membership. It shall be led by the Membership Chair and report its efforts to the EVP.
SECTION 8.4 Publicity Committee — This committee shall oversee all efforts to publicize all YDCC events and efforts. The goal of this committee is to ensure that YDCC activities are widely publicized. It shall be led by the Publicity Chair and report its efforts to the Secretary.
SECTION 8.5 Political Affairs Committee — This committee shall oversee all political activities, including campaigning efforts and lobbying efforts. It shall be led by the Political Affairs Chair and shall report its efforts to the President.
SECTION 8.6 — Fundraising Committee — This committee shall oversee all fundraising activities for the chapter. The goal of this committee is to plan and execute all YDCC fundraising activities, to include at least one major fundraising event per year. It shall be led by the Fundraising Chair and report its efforts to the Treasurer.
SECTION 8.7 — Social Committee — This committee shall oversee all social activities. The goal of this committee is to plan all social events for the chapter. It shall be led by the Social Chair and reports its efforts to the EVP.
SECTION 9.1 Fiscal year. The YDCC ﬁscal year runs January 1 to December 31.
SECTION 9.2 Financial Authority. Budgetary commitments shall be submitted to the executive committee and approved by the President and Treasurer.
SECTION 10.1 Parliamentary Authority. Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern YDCC in all cases in which such rules are applicable and in which such rules are consistent with this Charter and any special rules of order the YDCC may adopt.
SECTION 11.1 Chapter Dissolution. In the event that YDCC dissolves, after all liabilities and obligations are satisﬁed, all ﬁmds in the chapter’s treasury shall be transferred to the YDG treasury.