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THE KING GEORGE TEA PARTY BY-LAWS
King George, Virginia
As adopted in open session held this XX day of XXXX in the year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Fourteen and as amended thereafter.
We, the Patriots of the King George Tea Party, being compelled by events and in attention to our duty as free citizens, for the purpose of ordering our combined efforts in these noble struggles to ensure respect for the life, property and liberty of all men; and seeking only just government restrained by a sincere faithfulness to the original Constitution and principles of the Declaration of Independence, and with an eternal reliance on our Creator, the sole author of all rights of men, do now set forth these principles that all mankind shall know for what we stand:
Article 1: Name, Purposes & Principles
Section 1. Name
1. The name of this organization shall be the "The King George Tea Party" (Hereinafter abbreviated as "KGTP").
Section 2. Purpose
1. The KGTP exists to actively promote its values and principles by any and all legal means through the dissemination, education, and advocacy of those values and principles, to influence the election of political candidates at local, state, and national levels that most clearly demonstrate adherence to those values and principles, and to support all likeminded individuals and groups seeking to organize for and work on behalf of the cause of liberty.
Section 3. Mission
1. The Mission of the King George Tea Party is to:
a. advance and strengthen the founding principle that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are God-given rights guaranteed to every individual;
b. preserve and promote the ideals and principles of our nation's founders as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights;
c. empower all citizens with a voice and influence in demanding conservative, limited, and Constitutional governance;
d. encourage and facilitate citizen participation in the local, state, and national political system;
e. participate peacefully, respectfully, and lawfully in the political process;
f. effectively impact our community through civil discourse and education;
g. influence our local, state, and federal governments through grassroots activism; and
h. hold our elected officials accountable to the ideals set before them by the Founding Fathers.
Section 4. Values, Principles, and Activities
1. The Values, Principles, and Activities to which the KGTP does adhere are:
a. Limited government. Government is the negation of liberty; therefore the federal government should be strictly limited to exercise only those powers authorized to it by the U.S. Constitution and all others being retained in the people. Therefore we advocate for the conduct of an audit of all federal government agencies in order restore a Constitutionally limited government and to reduce federal regulation.
b. Constitutional fidelity. The U.S. Constitution is at the heart of what we stand for and we demand that our government maintain fidelity to its own governing document without exception at all levels of government. Therefore we advocate for the identification of constitutionality for every existing and proposed law and require each to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the law specifies. Any law that is not constitutionally authorized is to be declared void.
c. Decentralized government. All issues that divide us do not require settlement at the federal level and then forced on every American community. Therefore we advocate for returning political power to the states and the people via the humane alternative of local self-government, as called for in the U.S. Constitution.
d. Rule of law. Our Founding Fathers established a republic of laws with no elected official above the law. Corruption, if found, must be eliminated in order to ensure legitimacy for those laws and the republic built upon them. Therefore we require that federal laws be upheld and advocate for the impeachment of any government official that neglects this duty.
e. Fiscal responsibility. Reducing the overall size, scope and reach of federal government will help to eliminate inefficiencies that result in adding to our country’s debt and leads to deficit federal spending. Therefore we advocate for a sustainable government through eliminating deficit spending, limiting overall spending, and implementing budget reform to include a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
f. Debt freedom. The burden of debt is as destructive to freedom as subjugation by conquest. Massive increases in the national debt have created, and continue to create, a huge burden for the next generation of Americans thus imperiling the country’s economic health and prosperity. Therefore we advocate for eliminating the U.S. national debt by implementing fiscally conservative policies at all levels of government.
g. Minimal taxes. Excessively high taxes are a burden for those exercising their personal liberty to work hard and prosper as afforded by the U.S. Constitution. A fiscally responsible government protects the freedom of its citizens to enjoy the fruits of their own labor without interference from that government to exceed its necessary size, scope and reach into the lives of its citizens. Therefore we advocate for the federal, state, and local governments to reduce income and capital gains tax rates, replace the current tax code with a simple, comprehensible, fair, flat tax, and repeal the death tax.
h. Free markets. The free market is the most just and humane economic system, the greatest engine of prosperity the world has ever known, and that opportunity and prosperity come through economic and trade freedom. America’s free enterprise system allows businesses to thrive as they compete in the open marketplace and strive toward ever better services and products. Therefore we advocate for allowing free markets to prosper unfettered by government interference.
i. Economic freedom. The American people, given their guaranteed freedoms, will thrive in a democratic republic, capitalist environment which allows individuals to strive toward ever greater achievements, innovations, and the efficient production of needed and valued goods and services. Therefore we advocate for public policies that encourage a high growth economy and those policies should have no unnecessary barriers to entrepreneurship and opportunity.
j. Sound economy. Central banking distorts economic decision-making and misleads entrepreneurs into making unsound investments. Devaluation of the American dollar, via such mechanisms as "quantitative easing", only creates inflation which robs every citizen of their savings. Therefore we advocate for a full and complete audit of the Federal Reserve and a tightening of the money supply.
k. Sovereignty. America should never be subservient to any supranational organization, it is in the nation's best interest to retain a strong national defense, and sovereignty is gained with the integrity of our borders. The federal government should never encroach upon those issues rightfully controlled by the states. The individual has a God-given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Therefore we advocate for American independence from supranational organizations in which the people possess no elected representatives. We advocate for a strong national defense and secure borders. We advocate for the re-establishment of sovereignty to the individual states in accordance with the 10th Amendment. We advocate for the full recognition of all individual rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
l. Individual liberty. America was created to protect the God-given rights of the individual. Freedom is the exercise of those rights including, but not limited to, economic liberty, civil liberties, religious freedom, privacy rights, the right to property, and all the personal freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights. Therefore we advocate that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among them are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
m. Individual responsibility. All citizens have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness but there is no guarantee of equal results. Freedom requires responsibility and we hold our fellow citizens and ourselves to a high standard of character and conduct. Therefore we advocate for the proper role of government in protecting equal rights and opportunities for all individuals but reject efforts of the government to mandate equal outcomes.
Article 2: Membership
Section 1: Membership
1. Membership in the KGTP is open to the general public.
2. Membership in the KGTP is granted to all individuals who sign a KGTP membership list offered at each meeting.
3. Membership in the KGTP will continue for all individuals who wish to promote and advance the values and principles of the KGTP, as stated in Article 1, Section 4 (Values, Principles, and Activities)
4. Membership in the KGTP will continue for all individuals who have expressed an interest in participating in KGTP activities, as stated in Article 1, Section 2 (Purpose), Article 1, Section 3 (Mission), and Article 1, Section 4 (Values, Principles, and Activities).
Section 2: Dues
1. The KGTP does not require dues as part of membership. All members are encouraged to recognize and accept the responsibility for KGTP expenses and endeavor to contribute a voluntary donation to the KGTP to offset those expenses.
Section 3: Membership Approval
1. Membership in the KGTP is automatically approved upon request and signified by signing the KGTP membership list.
2. Membership in the KGTP may be terminated at any time by request of the individual to any KGTP Officer.
3. Membership in the KGTP will be denied or revoked only in those cases where a member’s character, as expressed by their word or deed and determined by the KGTP Officers, is deemed unacceptable to the KGTP membership.
4. A member is a member in good standing unless that member’s membership has been denied, terminated or revoked.
Section 4: Membership Revocation
1. Any member advocating or participating in any activity that negatively reflects on the image or activities of the KGTP as defined or determined by the sole discretion of the KGTP Officers may be requested to terminate their KGTP membership.
a. Members who either volunteer to terminate their KGTP membership or choose to not contest a Request for Membership Revocation will be immediately removed from KGTP membership.
2. Any member may present a Request for Membership Revocation regarding another KGTP member in writing to any of the KGTP Officers who shall then present the request to the KGTP President.
a. "In Writing" shall mean any written document or notice, either paper or electronic, made available to the affected parties by mail, email, web-site posting or other means acceptable to the membership.
b. If the Request for Membership Revocation is in reference to the KGTP President, the Request is to be presented to the Vice President.
3. The President must hold a meeting of the KGTP Officers within 28 days of the receipt of a Request for Membership Revocation to determine if the recommendation should advance for consideration by the KGTP membership.
a. The member presenting any such request must present the reasons before the KGTP Officers.
b. The member facing termination has the right to be present and to speak on his/her own behalf.
c. After hearing all evidence the KGTP Officers shall vote in closed session whereby a simple majority being required to advance the Request for Membership Revocation to the KGTP membership.
d. If the Request for Membership Revocation is in reference to the KGTP President, the meeting is to be chaired by the Vice President.
4. A recommendation by the KGTP Officers for the Request of Membership Revocation to advance must be presented to the KGTP membership at the next scheduled meeting.
a. Only members in good standing shall be present during these proceedings.
b. The member facing membership revocation will have the right to speak on his own behalf before the KGTP membership; however, the accuser(s) and accused shall leave the room prior to deliberations and voting.
c. KGTP members in good standing will consider the Request for Membership Revocation and vote, a simple majority of those voting being required for KGTP membership termination.
5. A member whose membership in the KGTP has been terminated or revoked shall relinquish their membership card and any future association with the KGTP.
Section 5: Membership Cards
1. Upon approval for membership, each member will be issued a Membership Card, the design and format of which shall be approved by the KGTP Officers.
2. The Membership Card will be used to:
a. Validate a KGTP member's position and standing.
b. Certify all votes cast by a KGTP member as defined in Section 6.
c. Provide access to selected events.
3. Replacement of a lost or damaged Membership Card:
a. Any member in good standing may request a replacement Membership Card.
b. The KGTP Officers will provide to members in good standing replacement Membership Cards within 60 days of receipt of the replacement request.
c. Any member requesting a replacement Membership Card is not permitted to cast a vote until the Membership Card has been replaced or status as a member in good standing has been verified by the KGTP Secretary.
Section 6: Elections & Voting
1. Voting privileges are limited to KGTP members in good standing.
2. If requested to do so by the KGTP Officers, each member must present a valid Membership Card at the time any vote is cast.
a. In case of a lost Membership Card, membership in the KGTP can be confirmed by a check of the membership roll against an individual's legal photo identification.
3. Each member of the KGTP must be present in order to vote and may cast only one vote.
4. The members present at any properly announced meeting shall constitute a quorum. Unless specified elsewhere in the By-Laws, all issues to be voted upon shall be decided by a simple majority of those members present at the meeting in which the vote takes place. There will be no absentee or proxy ballots.
5. Officer Elections:
a. The January meeting agenda will include education on the leadership positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer that will be subject to elections. The February meeting agenda will include nominations of said positions; and the March meeting agenda will include speeches, elections and run-offs, if necessary for said positions.
b. Nominations must be submitted to the KGTP Officers no later than close of the February meeting one month prior to the election.
c. The slate of candidates will be provided to the membership no later than 28 days prior to the election. However if there are not nominees for all elected positions, the KGTP Officers may present candidates for such vacancies at the March meeting to be voted on at said meeting.
d. Votes shall be cast by secret ballot. Ballots are to be distributed to those members with a valid Membership Card or verified as members in good standing as defined in Section 3.
e. The President shall select the Election Committee from membership volunteers who are not Officers or Officer Candidates; the Election Committee shall count votes.
i. All Ballots shall be tallied and recorded by the Election Committee, overseen by the KGTP Officers or their designee.
ii. The Election Committee will report in writing the final voting results to the KGTP Officers before the end of the March meeting.
iii. The Election Committee shall maintain all ballots and tallies until the next membership meeting.
iv. Positions will be voted on one at a time, allowing non-winning candidates in any prior race to be included in subsequent votes if so desired by candidate.
v. The order of voting for positions will be as follows: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
vi. Candidate speeches will be made as each position comes up for a vote.
f. A Candidate will be deemed to have won when receiving the simple majority of the votes cast.
g. In the case of a tie, a run-off will be conducted immediately following the preceding vote between the Candidates receiving the most votes, the processing being as defined in Section 4, Subsections d. & e.
h. The KGTP Officers must notify the KGTP membership of the outcome of all elections verbally before the close of the March meeting and in writing within 30 days.
i. No member shall serve as President of the KGTP for more than two consecutive one-year terms.
6. Other Votes:
a. Votes will be cast in open session by a show of Membership Cards or check of status as a member in good standing as stated in Section 3.
b. Votes shall be tallied and recorded by the Secretary or his/her designee.
c. A proposal shall be deemed to have been accepted when receiving a simple majority of the votes cast.
Article 3: Leadership
Section 1: Officers
1. The KGTP leadership shall consist of the following Officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
2. The Officers shall be elected from the membership as stated in Article 2, Section 6, Subsection 4.
3. The Officers responsibilities shall be:
i. Primary Media Representative
ii. Primary Event Representative
iii. Primary Event Coordinator
iv. Chair of meetings or designate a temporary Chair
v. Primary liaison to other Tea Party political groups
vi. Co-sign with the Treasurer for all expenditures
vii. Set the agenda of all meetings
viii. Guide all activities of the KGTP Officers
ix. Responsible for web-site content
x. Responsible for execution of all communications
xi. Responsible for the execution of all Operations
xii. Shall serve as a member of the KGTP Officers
b. Vice President:
i. Secondary Media Representative
ii. Secondary Event Representative
iii. Secondary Event Coordinator
iv. Secondary Chair of meetings
v. Secondary Liaison to other Tea Party and political groups
vi. Manage membership and recruitment processes
vii. Assist the Secretary in maintaining current Membership Roll
viii. Execution of all new member membership efforts
ix. Develop, deliver or designate education & training
x. Coordinate training events
xi. Shall serve as a member of the KGTP Officers
i. Taking and maintaining Minutes of all meetings and KGTP Officers meetings
ii. Maintaining a paper copy of the current and complete annual Calendar, By-Laws and all requisite documents
iii. Manage all elections and votes as stated in Article 2
iv. Maintain a current membership roll and have it available at each meeting
v. Shall serve as a member of the KGTP Officers
i. Handling all incoming funds, membership dues and expenditures
ii. Manage all financial accounts
iii. Co-sign with the President for all expenditures
iv. Provide financial reports to the KGTP Officers as requested and as otherwise prescribed by law.
v. Manage the KGTP member resources, obtain items for the KGTP membership such as Membership Cards, books, pamphlets, flags and other educational material
vi. Shall serve as a member of the KGTP Officers
1. Each officer shall serve for a term of one (1) year commencing at the conclusion of the election held during the March meeting.
2. In the event a KGTP Officer is unable to complete his term or shall resign, a temporary officer or member shall be selected by the remaining officers from the membership to serve the remainder of the term.
3. All decisions by the KGTP Officers shall be by a simple majority.
4. When voting, a quorum of the KGTP Officers shall consist of no fewer than 3 members. At such times as the quorum consists of 3 members, an initiative shall be deemed to have passed only if the voting outcome is unanimous.
5. Minutes of the KGTP Officer meetings shall be made available to the membership by any means reasonable as determined by the KGTP Officers.
6. The KGTP Officers shall maintain a copy of the current and complete By-Laws and all requisite organizational documents including complete minutes of general membership and officer meetings.
Section 2. Meetings
1. The Officers shall lead and conduct membership meetings monthly on the first Thursday of every month, unless otherwise agreed upon, at a place designated by the KGTP Officers.
2. The KGTP Officers will meet monthly in the manner and place of their choosing.
3. Business items a member wishes to have considered for inclusion in either the KGTP Officers or membership meeting Agenda must be submitted to the KGTP Officers in writing not less than 48 hours in advance of the next scheduled KGTP Officers meeting.
a. The KGTP Officers shall notify the membership of submission dates for such business items at least 28 days prior to each meeting.
b. Business items submitted will be reviewed by the KGTP Officers and if necessary voted upon.
i. Items that are accepted shall be added to the Agenda for the next appropriate meeting, which shall not exceed 90 days from the date of the KGTP Officer's decision.
ii. Business items not accepted shall not be reconsidered for 90 days from the date of the KGTP Officer's decision.
c. The KGTP Officers must notify the member submitting the original business item of its decision in writing within 28 days of a decision.
d. The membership present at any meeting may, by a simple majority vote, have a new item of business added to the Agenda for that meeting.
4. Parliamentary Procedure:
a. The rules contained in the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order may be referred to for guidance however the parliamentary procedure to be followed at meetings shall be established informally by custom or formally through adoption by the KGTP Officers.
b. The KGTP Officers may, at their discretion, appoint a Parliamentarian chosen from among volunteer members.
Article 4: Standing & Special Committees
Section 1. Standing Committees:
1. At present there are no permanent standing committees.
2. Permanent committees may be formed as required provided these By-Laws are amended to indicate such.
3. Temporary subcommittees may be formed or dissolved as required.
Section 2. Special Committees:
1. The KGTP Officers may form and dissolve temporary Special Committees as needed.
Section 3. Appointments:
1. Members of Special Committees and subcommittees are appointed for specific projects and do not serve a specific term, but volunteer at will.
Article 5: Amendments
Section 1. Submission
1. Any member may present a By-Law Amendment
Request in writing to any member of the KGTP Officers who shall then present
the request to the President.
2. All By-Law Amendment Requests by members must be
submitted no later than the close of the December meeting.
3. The text of any By-Law Amendment Request
submitted shall be provided to the membership in writing no later than 28 days
prior to the annual KGTP Elections as stated in Article 2, Section 6.
4. The KGTP Officers may, when agreed to by vote of
a simple majority, forward any By-Law Amendment Request to the membership in
writing (as defined in Article 2, Section 4, 2. a.) for a vote at the next meeting
scheduled at least 28 days after the posted notice.
Section 2. Adoption
1. Votes on a By-Law Amendment Request shall be cast by secret ballot at a monthly meeting. Ballots are to be distributed to those members with a valid Membership Card or verified as members in good standing as defined in Section 3.
2. A By-Law Amendment Request will be deemed Adopted when receiving 3/4 super majority of the votes cast.
3. The Elections Committee must notify the membership of the outcome of the vote verbally before the close of the meeting.
4. The KGTP Officers must notify the membership of the outcome of the vote in writing within 28 days.
Article 6: Dissolution:
1. The KGTP may be dissolved at any time by recommendation of the KGTP Officers and approved in writing when receiving 3/4 super majority of the votes cast. In the event of the dissolution of the KGTP, whether voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law, none of the assets of the KGTP shall be distributed to any member, but after payment of all lawful debts of the KGTP, its property and assets shall be given to American Legion Post #89.
Article 7: Private Inurement:
1. The assets of the KGTP shall be at all times dedicated to actively promoting its values and principles, by any and all legal means, through the dissemination, education and advocacy of those principles, and by support for all likeminded individuals and groups seeking to organize for and work on behalf of the cause of Liberty and none of the net earnings shall inure in whole or in part to the benefit of any private individual, association or corporation. The KGTP does not contemplate pecuniary gain or profit to the members thereof.
By-Laws Revision History:
Completed Draft: 4 July 2014