I - GENERAL
These bylaws shall become effective upon their adoption and shall be used to govern the Curry County Republican Central Committee until amended or repealed.
- Name: The name of this organization shall be the Curry County Republican Central Committee (here after referred to as the Central Committee).
- Purpose: The purpose of the Central Committee:
- To elect Republicans who promote the platform of the Oregon Republican party and the Central Committee, to public office.
- To insure growth of the Republican Party, through voter registration and volunteer force, to make the Central Committee the number one national party in Curry County.
- To lead, contribute and participate in the establishment of a Republican Party organization that is an effective vehicle for setting public policy through its platform.
- To plan, organize, administer and finance the Central Committee's operations to accomplish the above stated purpose.
ARTICLE II- MEMBERSHIP
- The Central Committee shall consist of all duly elected or appointed Republican Precinct Committee persons. In order to provide an equitable manner in which to select members of the Central Committee, the Central Committee intends to participate in elections for Precinct Committeepersons as provided in ORS 24R.015 to 248.029, as amended.
- All duly nominated Republican candidates for county, State or Federal office residing within the county, the chairperson of the Young Republicans and Republican Women's Club, and the immediate past Central Committee Chairman shall be ex-officio members of the Central Committee with the right to enter into discussion, but with no voting privilege.
- Vacancies in the office of Precinct Committeeperson (PCP) shall be filled by appointment of the Central Committee. Candidates shall demonstrate the intent to serve by a signed, formal application or a statement of willingness to serve.
- The Central Committee elected officers and members shall recruit, train and provide ongoing support of the PCP’s.
ARTICLE III – TERM OF OFFICE
- The term of office for all officers and alternate Delegates of the Central Committee shall be from the biennial reorganization meeting until the next regular biennial reorganization meeting. PCP’s shall serve from the date of the certification by the County Clerk of their election during the May Primary in even years until the certification of the next election. Appointed PCPs shall serve from date of their acceptance until the next election.
ARTICLE IV - MEETINGS
- The regular biennial organizational meeting shall be held no earlier than date of the General Election and no later than the 25th of November of even numbered years, as prescribed by Slate Control Committee Bylaws; (Article XV Section D). The purpose of this meeting is the election of Central Committee officers and to establish Bylaws for the biennium.
- Notice of such meeting must be mailed, no later than ten (10) days prior to the date of the meeting by the Secretary, to all certified Republican Precinct Committeepersons elected during the primary election of that year or appointed pursuant county rule. The Secretary shall include a copy of the proposed By-law amendment. Notice will be sent by first class mail, unless a member has indicated an email address or fax number where notice will be accepted, in which case notice will be sent via email or fax.
- A copy of the notice must also be sent to the ORP State Central Committee no later than ten (10) days prior to the date of the meeting.
- A person appointed to fill a vacancy in the office of precinct Committeeperson may not vote on the election of Central Committee officers at the organizational meeting of the newly elected Committee, but may vote to fill any vacancy in a Committee office after the organizational meeting.
- Within five (5) business days of the county organizational meeting, the newly elected chairman of the Central Committee shall cause notice to be provided, in writing, of the names of each county officer and the names of each delegate and alternate delegate to the State Central Committee. A copy of all county Bylaws and rules shall also be sent to the State Central Committee.
- Within five (5) business days of election, the newly elected Chairman shall cause a notice to be provided to the county clerk's office designating the newly elected county Chairman as the official authorized to communicate with and receive notice from the County Clerk on behalf of the Party’s affiliate within the county.
- Within five (5) business days of the election, or within 5 business days of the final C&E due date, whichever is later, the newly elected Chairman shall cause all appropriate forms to be filed with the Secretary of Sta1e's office which will provide adequate notice to that office of the change in party leadership and which will officially transfer responsibility for contribution and expense reporting to the new officers.
- The Chairman shall call Central Committee meetings at such times as appears advisable to further objectives of the Repu8blican Party in Curry County.
- Central Committee or Executive Committee meetings will be conducted in person at a designated place and time, on a conference call at a designated conference call-in number and time, by teleconferance, or a combination of in person and conference call and/or teleconference with a designated place, conference call-in number and time, at the Chairman’s discretion. If any members attend by conference call or teleconference, then all votes will be conducted by roll call. Conference call or teleconference may not be used at the Biennial Organization Meeting or at any meeting where election of officers is conducted.
- A petitioned meeting shall be called by the Secretary when requested by fifty one percent (51%) of the membership.
- No business shall be transacted at any meeting until a quorum is present. Failure to give required ten (10) days notice of the meeting to all Precinct Committeepersons shall invalidate the business meeting. The date of the mailing shall determine compliance with notice requirements under these bylaws.
ARTICLE V – QUORUM
A quorum shall consist of at least three elected officers and those members present and voting at any duly called meeting.
ARTICLE VI – OFFICERS
- Numbers: There shall be seven (7) elected officers of the Central Committee; a Chairman, a Vice Chairman, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a First, Second and Third alternate.
- Qualifications: Any registered Republican living in Curry County shall be eligible to hold to hold office.
- Elections: In the elections of Officers, only those committee persons duly elected and qualified may vote.
- Term of Office: The term of office for the elected Officers of the Central Committee shall be from the time of their election until the next biennial organizational meeting.
- Recall: Any or all of the elected officers of the Central Committee may be recalled by a majority vote of the quorum present at any duly called meeting, provided that a petition signed by more than one half of the Precinct Committee persons shall have been filed with the Secretary at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting.
- Vacancies in Office: If the office of Chairman shall become vacant, the Vice-Chairman shall become the Chairman for the remainder of the term. If any other office shall become vacant or remain vacant after an election meeting, it shall be the duty of the Chairman to select a temporary officer to perform the duties of the office until a successor is duly elected.
- Declaring an Office Vacant: An Office may be declared vacant by the Chairman if a duly elected officer moves from the county or is absent for four (4) consecutive meetings.
ARTICLE VII – THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
- Membership: The Executive Committee shall consist of the seven (7) duly elected officers of the Central Committee. The Chairman of the Central Committee shall be the Chairman of the Executive Committee. The immediate past Central Committee Chairman shall be an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.
- Quorum: A quorum shall consist of at least three elected officers and those members present and voting at any duly called meeting.
- Powers and Duties of the Executive Committee: Subject to the Central Committee, the Executive Committee shall carry on the business of the Central Committee and shall possess and may exercise all of the powers of the Central Committee, except those reserved specifically to the Central Committee by statute, by these Bylaws, or by Central Committee action.
ARTICLE VIII - POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COUNTY CHAIRMAN
In addition to performing the duties outlined in other articles ofthese Bylaws and the usual duties of any organization president, the County Chairman shall:
- Subject to the control of the Central Committee and the Executive Committee, the Chairman shall have general charge of the affairs of the Republican Party, carry out the business and appoint committees, and manage the campaigns of the Central Committee during the election years.
- Call meetings prescribed by the Bylaws.
- Supervise and direct all employees of the Central Committee.
- Appoint a legal advisor who shall serve without pay, except that he may be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred.
- Make a report to the Central Committee at each meeting. This report shall include a summary of the Chairman's activities and the activity of the Executive Committee during the interval between meetings of the Central Committee.
- Represent, along with the Vice-Chairman and Delegate, the Central Committee at the State Central Committee meetings. If he/she is unable to attend a meeting of the ORP State Central Committee, elected alternate(s) from the county central committee may attend the meeting. In the absence of both, a proxy may be seated as provided in Article V, Section A of tile State Central Committee Bylaws.
ARTICLE IX - POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE VICE-CHAIRMAN
- The Vice-Chairman shall have such powers and perform such duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Chairman, the Central Committee and the Executive Committee.
- Shall, along with the Chairman and Delegate, represent the Central Committee at the State Central Committee meetings. If he/she is unable to attend a meeting of the State Central Committee, elected alternate(s) from the county central committee may attend the meeting. In the absence of both, a proxy may be seated, as provided in Article V, Section A of the Stale Central Committee Bylaws.
- If the Chairman is temporarily unable to perform the duties of office, or if the Chairman resigns or for any other reason cannot perform the duties of his/her office, the Vice-Chairman shall perform all the duties of the Chairman. In the event the office of the Chairman is vacant, the Vice-Chairman shall serve as Chairman for the remainder of the term.
ARTICLE X - POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY
- The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping the minutes of all meetings of the Central Committee and the Executive Committee in a book provided for that purpose.
- The Secretary shall be responsible for mailing all notices of meeting of the Central Committee and the Executive Meeting when notified by the Chairman.
- An up-to-date listing of all Central Committee Officers and Precinct Committeepersons shall be maintained by the Secretary.
- The Secretary shall obtain, immediately after the Primary Election, a listing of the newly elected Precinct Committeepersons. The Secretary will provide a copy of this list to the Chairman and the State Headquarters.
ARTICLE XI - POWERS.AND DUTIES OF THE TREASURER
The Treasurer shall:
- Act as the fiscal agent of the Central Committee for the receipt and disbursement of all funds.
- Keep a complete account of all receipts and disbursements.
- Make a financial report at each Central Committee meeting.
- Prepare financial statements to be presented to the Secretary of State showing all receipts and disbursement and any other reports as required by law.
- Ensure compliance with all local, state and federal laws relating to the financial affairs of the Central Committee.
ARTICLE XII - DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS
All checks for checking accounts and withdrawal slips for savings accounts shall be signed by two of the three persons authorized to do so. The Treasurer, Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall be so authorized.
ARTICLE XIII - EXPENSE ALLOWANCES
- The Central Committee may provide an expense allowance for the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and such other representatives as authorized, in advance, by the Executive Committee, including but not limited to, specific official State and 4th Congressional District committees and functions or events.
- Detailed vouchers for expenses incurred, mileage traveled and duties performed, shall be prepared by the individual. All expense vouchers shall be submitted to the Central Committee for its inspection and approval prior to being paid by the Treasurer.
ARTICLE XIV - RESERVED POWERS AND PRIVILEGES
- The right to endorse or not to endorse candidates and the right to endorse or recommend passage or defeat of any measure or bill shall be the exclusive right of the Central Committee.
- Nothing in the Article shall be construed so as to interfere with the right of any individual acting on his own behalf to approve or disapprove any candidate or measure or to contribute to the campaign fund of any candidate or measure.
ARTICLE XV - PARLIMENTARY AUTHORITY
The rules contained in Roberts' Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Central Committee in all cases in which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws or with special rules of procedure that may be adopted by the Central Committee from time to time.
ARTICLE XVI - AMENDMENTS
A. These Bylaws shall be deemed automatically and immediately amended to conform to any statute now in force or hereinafter to be enacted with which these Bylaws shall be inconsistent.
B. At any duty convened meeting of the Central Committee, these Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the quorum present, provided that notice of the proposed amendment(s) has been mailed with the official notice of the meeting.
Amendment to Bylaws February 19, 2008
CURRY COUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE
PRIMARY ELECTION POLICY
Whereas the main purpose of the CCRCC (By-Laws, Article 1, B.) is to support Republican candidates in the General Election running against candidates of other parties, and whereas Republicans are running against other Republicans in the primary elections, their candidacy shall not be supported by the CCRCC. Accordingly, the CCRCC shall follow a policy of non-endorsement in campaigns prior to state primary elections and the Republican National Convention.
Furthermore, all Republican primary candidates who hold an elected office in the CCRCC shall not use their incumbency, or powers of that office, to gain political advantage over any other Republican candidate(s). To insure fairness, the CCRCC will invite and encourage all Republican candidates to participate in all activities and efforts to reach our main goal, as stated in our By- Laws, Article I.
Any perceived violation of this policy may be reported in writing to the CCRCC Secretary, or any member of the Committee's Executive Board, who is not running for office. See below for contact information. An ad hoc committee will be appointed to investigate the report and will provide a proposed resolution of the complaint. Final action on the complaint will be taken by the CCRCC at a general meeting.
Adopted February 19, 2008
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7942, Brookings, OR 97415