ARTICLE I: NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Oʻahu Young Democrats (hereinafter referred to as the O.Y.D.).
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE
The Chapter shall strive to:
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: Eligibility
Any resident of Oʻahu between the ages of fourteen (14) and thirty-five (35) who professes and demonstrates allegiance to the principles of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi, shall be eligible for membership, provided that the individual shall not be registered as a member of another political party.
Section 2: Voting Rights
Each eligible member shall have one (1) vote.
Section 3: Non-Discrimination
The O.Y.D. shall not discriminate in any manner on account of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, and sexual orientation.
Section 4: Liability
Members of the O.Y.D. shall not be liable for the debts or actions of the organization, nor shall the O.Y.D. be liable for any unauthorized acts of any of its officers unless so ratified by the Executive Committee.
Section 5: Affiliations
The O.Y.D. shall be affiliated with the Young Democrats of Hawaiʻi and the Young Democrats of America. Neither the Young Democrats of Hawaiʻi nor the Young Democrats of America shall be liable for the debts or actions of the O.Y.D.
Article IV: CHAPTER MEETINGS
Section 1: Type of Meetings
1A. General Membership Meetings
2A. Executive Committee Meetings
Section 2: Order of Business
The Order of Business for all meetings shall be:
Section 3: Rules of Order
All meetings shall be governed by these Bylaws. When O.Y.D.’s Bylaws are silent, the Bylaws of the Young Democrats of Hawaiʻi and the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern all meetings, respectively.
Section 4: Electronic Participation
The Executive Committee is empowered to establish rules and procedures for the participation in General Membership and Executive Committee meetings by telephonic or electronic means. Participation in meetings by such means shall be construed as attendance for the purpose of quorum and voting for as long as such simultaneous communication is active and enabled.
ARTICLE V: OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Section 1: Officers
1A. The elected officers of the O.Y.D. shall be a President, Vice President (male), Vice President (female), Secretary, and Treasurer.
1B. The duties of the President shall include, but not limited to:
1C. The duties of the Vice President (male) shall include, but not limited to:
1D. The duties of the Vice President (female) shall include, but not limited to:
1E. The duties of the Secretary shall include, but not limited to:
1F. The duties of the Treasurer shall include, but not limited to:
Section 2. Directors
The Chair shall have the authority to appoint up to five directors to help carry out the mission of the O.Y.D., subject to approval by majority vote of the elected members of the Executive Committee. Each Director shall have one (1) vote on the Committee and may be removed at any time by majority vote of the elected members of the Executive Committee. The following Director position(s) are hereby established:
Section 3: Election and Term of Office
3B. Term of Office
The term of office for all positions on the Executive Committee, elected and non-elected, is two (2) years and shall begin at the meeting designated for the election.
Section 4: Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall consist of:
4B. Duties and Authorities
The duties and authorities of the Executive Committee shall include, but not limited to:
The President shall appoint acting officers to fill vacancies occurring for any reason whatsoever, provided that the Executive Committee approve each appointment by majority vote. Such officers shall serve until such time as new officers are elected at the Oʻahu County Convention in even-numbered years.
Officers may be removed for misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance of assigned duties, subject to a majority vote by the Executive Committee.
Any officer may resign effective upon giving written or email notice to the President of the O.Y.D., unless the notice specifies a later time when the resignation shall take effect. The acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.
4F. Voting Rights
Each Executive Committee member is entitled to one (1) vote per person. If an individual holds more than one official position on the Executive Committee, that individual shall have one (1) vote.
The Executive Committee shall approve every disbursement and reimbursement.
ARTICLE VI: AMENDMENTS
Any member of the chapter shall the power to amend, alter, or repeal any or all sections of these Bylaws and to adopt new Bylaws upon approval by two-thirds (2/3) of the members present at a meeting called for that express purpose.
ARTICLE VII: DISSOLUTION
O.Y.D. may be dissolved at any time by majority vote of the O.Y.D. Executive Committee. In the event of such dissolution:
ARTICLE VIII: CONSTRUCTION AND TERMS
If there is any conflict between the provisions of these Bylaws and Bylaws of the Young Democrats of Hawaiʻi, the Bylaws of the Young Democrats of Hawaiʻi shall govern. Should any of the provisions or portions of these Bylaws be held unenforceable or invalid for any reason, the remaining provisions and portions of these Bylaws shall be unaffected by such holding.
Article IX. MISCELLANEOUS
Section 1: Policy Statements
O.Y.D. may adopt formal policy statements (i.e. stances on issues). Such statements may serve as the basis for Letters to the Editors, issue campaigns, and legislative testimony. These statements shall be approved via a majority vote at a General Membership meeting.
Section 2: Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised
The Rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the O.Y.D. in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Bylaws and any special rules of order the O.Y.D. may adopt.
These bylaws were adopted at the O.Y.D. organizational meeting on Tuesday, July 1, 2014; amended and approved by the general membership on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.