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MISSION STATEMENT


The Flagler County Tea Party  (FCTP) is a grassroots, non-partisan group of individuals.  Our mission is to attract, educate, organize, and mobilize fellow citizens to support public policy consistent with our United States Constitution Our core values are: Constitutionally Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, Strong National Defense, and Free Markets. Our objectives relating to our Nation’s founding documents are to regard the United States Constitution to be the supreme law of the land.  The FCTP believes a constitutionally limited government, designed to protect the blessings of liberty, must be fiscally responsible to prevent subjecting its citizenry to high levels of taxation. The FCTP stands up for a strong National Defense, secure National borders, and pro-American foreign policy.   The FCTP supports a return to the free market principles on which our nation was founded.   Our objectives relating to Public Servants is to elect public servants committed to uphold the United States Constitution  and who champion our objective to enact Term Limits for Congress.     


Our goal is to promote constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, and to educate the citizens of Flagler County towards those ends.  

Chairperson......................................Mimi Kowalsky
Co-Chairperson...............................Michael McElroy
Secretary..............................................Nikki White
Jill Sommer ..............................................Treasure
Mimi Kowalsky..............................................Events
Larry White..................................Tea Party Alliance
Bob Hamby .......... ..............................City, County
Joe Kubasky.......................................State, Federal
Michael McElroy................................Communication
Dennis McDonald ........................Board of Education
Jim Greene.......................Membership and Web Site
Events...............................................Mimi Kowalsky

By Laws of the
Flagler County TEA PARTY


ARTICLE I    - NAME.
The name of the Oganization shall be The Flagler County Tea Party
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
The purpose of the Organization shall be to promote CORE VALUES: constitutional limited government, fiscal responsibility, strong national defense and free markets. OBJECTIVES: elect public servants committed to uphold the United States Constitution and champion our objective to enact term limits for Congress. MISSION STATEMENT: attract, educate, organize and mobilize all citizens toward those end.

ARTICLE III – MEMBERS
Section  1.  Membership eligibility:  Membership shall be open to all citizens who are interested in promoting the purpose of the Organization.
Section  2.  Dues: There are no membership dues at this time.  It shall be up to the Executive Board by majority vote, to decide if there should be dues in the future and the amount of those dues.

ARTICLE IV – MEETINGS
Section  1.  Monthly Meetings: The time and place will be determined by the Executive Board
Section  2.  Quorum:  Five (5) Executive Board members  present at any properly announced meeting shall constitute a quorum.  All motions, except By-Law Amendments, shall be decided by a simple majority of those present. By-Laws Amendments need a Two- Thirds (2/3) of the Executive Board members for a vote.   
Section  3.  Budget:  The budget shall be approved by the Executive Board.  Non budgeted items shall require a majority vote of the Executive Board.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Section  4.  Fiscal Year:  The fiscal year of the Organization will be from January 1 to December 31 of each year.

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ARTICLE V – THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

           Section 1. The Executive Board shall consist of 4 officers (Chairperson,Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer) and 7 additional Board members. These officers shall perform the duties prescribed by these By-Laws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Executive Board.

Section  2.  Board’s Duties and Powers.  The Executive Board shall provide guidance and direction to the Organization, have general supervision of the affairs of the Organization between its business meetings, fix the place, hour and time of meetings, make recommendations to the Organization and perform such other duties as are specified in these By-Laws.  The Executive Board shall be subject to the orders of the Organization and none of its acts shall conflict with actions taken by the Organization.
The Executive Board shall appoint a member to fill a vacant position to complete the term of an elected office or Committee Chairperson.
A quorum of the Executive Board has the authority to spend an amount not to exceed $250.00.
Members of the Executive Board shall serve as overseers (Chairpersons of) the Committees.
Section  3.  Board Meetings.  The Executive Board shall meet twelve times per year.  The Chairperson or any three (3) members of the Executive Board may call a meeting with at least a two (2) week notice to the members.  A quorum of the Executive Board is (5) members.  These meetings may be in person or via any electronic method deemed suitable by the Board.
If a Board member is absent 4 times during the fiscal year his or her position on the Board is terminated and  will be filled according to Article V Section 2 Paragraph 2 of the By-Laws.


                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                       ARTICLE VI – DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS
Section  1.  The duties of the Chairperson are to represent the membership in all matters and regards, conduct monthly meetings and Executive Board meetings.  The Chairperson shall preside at all Executive Board meetings, report on the activities of the Executive Board at the General Meeting, enforce all rules as adopted by the Executive Board, and call special meetings when necessary.  The Chairperson shall appoint Committee chairs with the approval of the Executive Board. The Chairperson has no voting rights except when a tie vote occurs.  The Chairperson, along with the Treasurer is a signator on the bank accounts.

Section  2.  The duties of the Vice- Chairperson assumes the duties of the Chairperson in his or her absence and is subject to all restrictions imposed upon the Chairperson.

Section  3.  The duties of the Secretary are to maintain theBy-Laws (including amendments), prepare and secure a permanent file for all Minutes of the Executive Board Meetings, and correspondence and to make these available to members when requested.  The Secretary shall maintain a Membership List.  The Secretary shall handle all correspondence under the direction of the Chairperson and the Executive Board.

Section 4 The duties of the Treasurer are to maintain the Organization’s financial records by recording all collections and disbursements, paying all budget approved expenses authorized by the Executive Board, and make financial reports to each meeting of the Executive Board and status reports at the monthly meetings.  By February 15th, the Treasurer shall submit a final fiscal year report to the Executive Board which shall be made available upon request.  The Treasurer shall be responsible for submitting the required information to the Internal Revenue Service (if required) and to other taxing agencies as becomes necessary.  Each member of the Executive Board shall have access to the financial and banking records at any time.  The Treasurer is responsible for preparing an annual budget to be presented to the Executive Board for their review at the February meeting.  The annual budget shall be approved annually by the Executive Board. The Treasurer along with the Chairperson is a signator on the bank accounts.


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Section 5.  The duties of the Committee Chairpersons are to provide leadership and direction through their membership on the Executive Board. Generally, Chairpersons shall be nominated from the ranks of the Standing Committees and active members of the Organization.

ARTICLE VII - ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Section 1. Procedures
Elections of Executive Board Members shall take place each odd number year.
Elections of the 7 additional Board members shall take place in even number years.
A Nominating Committee of three (3) members shall be appointed by the Board in September and presented to the membership at that month’s General Meeting.
The Nominating Committee shall submit a slate of candidates for each office to the Board at least 10 days before the October general meeting. Additional nominations of active members can be made from the floor at the October General Meeting.

Section 2. Elections
A final slate of candidates shall be made into a ballot and provided to the membership on or before October 31st by mail or email with a return date of on or before the 2nd Tuesday of November..
Return addresses will determine the authenticity of the voters
A quorum of the Board will meet to count the votes prior to the November General Meeting when the results will be announced.

Section  3.  Term limits:  No member shall be eligible to serve in the same office for more than two consecutive elected terms .except that at a regular meeting 2/3 of the members present may vote to allow a member to seek another term. Each term shall consist of two years.

ARTICLE VIII – COMMITTEES  

All Committees shall provide information to the Executive Board.  
All Committees should provide proposed announcement/information materials to the Communication Committee for distribution to members,press and other media sources WHEN APPLICABLE.
                                                                                                             
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The Committees shall be standing, elected and special as listed below.
Section  1.  The Standing Committees shall be as follows:
Membership Committee:  This committee will process new membership applications and will maintain a list of members.  They will actively recruit new members
Communications  Committee:...................  This committee will be responsible for newspaper and radio announcements, letters to the
editors,communications with elected representatives and others of influence in regard to the goals of the Organization,
the Website and the Facebook page.
Events Committee:  This Committee shall organize all events for the Organization including determining place, time, format of event, staffing and clean-up.
Monitoring Committee for State and Federal Governments:  This Committee will follow the voting by members of the Senate and House for both the State of Florida and the Federal governments, and when possible, the discussions surrounding the voting and reporting this information to the members at the General Meetings.
Monitoring Committee for Municipal and County Governments:  This Committee will follow the voting by members of the County and City officials, and when possible, the discussions surrounding the voting and reporting this information to the members at the General Meetings.
Regional TEA PARTY Committee:  This Committee will meet regularly with representatives of other Tea Parties in the Northeast Florida Region to share information and ideas and to stage coordinated writing, email and phone campaigns geared toward elected officials to promote tea party values and to generally expand the influence of the TEA PARTY movement. Monitoring Committee for Education; This Committee will follow the local School Board activities as well as any state and/or local issues that are important to our understanding the educational needs of our community. They will be responsible to provide this information to the members via web site or at General Meetings.

                                                                                                                                                                                     
2:  The Elected Committees shall be as follows:

The Audit Committee:  The Audit Committee shall have the Vice Chairperson and one (1) member to examine the Treasurer’s books and records after the past Treasurer has completed the final financial report to the Executive Board and before the newly elected Treasurer receives the records.  The audit shall be conducted every year .
                                                
The Nominating Committee: The Committee shall consist of three members elected by the  Executive Board every year at the September General Meeting.  If one or more of the elected committee members is unable to perform their duties, the Executive Board shall appoint a member to serve on this Committee. The Nominating Committee shall prepare a slate of officers for recommendation to the membership at the October Monthly Meeting and send, by mail or e-mail, to each Board member by the next Board meeting date.

Section 3:  Special committees:
The Special Committees are any other Committees the Chairperson  and the Executive Board shall deem necessary.  Special Committees shall consist of three (3) or more members.  At the Committees completion of the task for which the Special Committee was appointed, the Committee Chairperson  shall place all final material and reports with the Secretary.

ARTICLE IX  - COMPENSATION OF MEMBERS AND OFFICERS.
The members and officers of the Organization are volunteers and receive
no wages, compensation or benefits.

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ARTICLE X – PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Organization in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these By-Laws and any special rules of order the Organization may adopt.

ARTICLE XI- DISSOLUTION OF ORGANIZATION
In case of dissolution of the Organization all assets remaining will be donated to another charitable organization.
                           
ARTICLE XII – BYLAWS AMENDMENT
These By-Laws may be amended at the Organizations meeting by a two-thirds vote of the members present, provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing to the Executive Board at least twenty (20) days in advance.


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