Bylaws

Preamble for The Charter of The Committee for First Principles

The Committee for First Principles believes that government cannot and must not act on its own or without the consent of the governed. Government must be  limited to enumerated powers and charged with certain specific responsibilities. The Constitution was written as a document for all time and provides guidance and a framework of basic government. It defines and guarantees fundamental rights and liberties. As citizens we are required to understand and uphold these words as a principle doctrine of our existence as a nation. We believe that we are responsible for assuring compliance and adherence by all elected members of government with our Constitution and commit ourselves to the preservation of the first principles that are reflected in the Constitution.

ARTICLE I – NAME

The name of this organization shall be “The Committee for First Principles.”

ARTICLE II – OFFICERS AND DUTIES

 I.         The Committee for First Principles of Winston-Salem, North Carolina shall appoint each member to rotate through the offices herein stated for a period of one year after which they shall move to the next office in the hierarchy. Each officer shall serve at the pleasure of the membership and shall discharge the duties described below:

A.       Chair-person shall:

  1. Preside at all meetings of The Committee for First Principles.
  2. Make policy recommendations to The Committee for First Principles.
  3. Act as the administrative officer of The Committee for First Principles in charge of the staff and office, including employment of any staff with the membership.
  4. Approve all expenditures made on behalf of The Committee for First Principles.
  5. Provide audits of the finances, if necessary.
  6. Appoint, with the consent of The Committee for First Principles, Legal Counsel who shall advise and act for The Committee for First Principles in connection with all legal matters, and who shall serve at the pleasure of the Chair.
  7. Confer with the Co-Chair in connection with the duties of the Chair and Co-Chair, and perform such other duties as The Committee for First Principles may direct.

B.    Co-Chair-person shall:

  1. Act in the absence of the Chair of the with respect to the duties assigned to the Chair.
  2. Coordinate the activities of the auxiliaries with the organization.
  3. Confer with the Chair in connection with the duties of the Chair and Co-Chair, and perform such other duties as The Committee for First Principles may direct.

C.    Treasurer shall:

  1. Carry out the duties of the Treasurer and provide oversight for the Finance Action Team. The signing of all statements of organization and periodic statements of contributions and expenditures.
  2. Provide oversight in the maintenance of adequate records of the financial transactions of The Committee for First Principles and assure compliance with all federal and state laws.
  3. Present current financial reports to meetings of WSFC TEA PARTY PATRIOTS.
  4. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the organization.

D.    Secretary shall:

  1. Supervise the taking of all minutes at meetings of The Committee for First Principles.
  2. Take minutes at all executive sessions of The Committee for First Principles.
  3. Present to The Committee for First Principles minutes of previous meetings of the organization for review and approval by the membership.
  4. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the organization.

E.       Member at Large shall:

  1. Act in support of the other positions in the staff to assist with the performance of their offices.
  2. Coordinate the actions of any volunteers serving with the Committee for First Principles in its pursuit of its purpose.

II.         The Chair, with the consent of the membership, shall designate individuals on staff to assist the officers of the organization in the following capacities where the needs presents itself:

A.       An Assistant Treasurer, whose duties shall be to:

  1. Assist the Treasurer as may be required; particularly in the preparation of all statements of organization and periodic statements of contributions and expenditures.
  2. Receive and deposit all WSFC TEA PARTY PATRIOTS funds; and, upon the written direction of the Chair, disburse funds.
  3. Maintain adequate and required records of all financial transactions of The Committee for First Principles.
  4. Prepare and complete current reports of financial transactions, including listings of disbursements made and unpaid bills, prior to each meeting of The Committee for First Principles.
  5. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Chair.

B.       An Assistant Secretary of The Committee for First Principles, whose duties shall be to:

  1. Assist the Secretary as may be required, particularly in the taking and preparation of minutes.
  2. Maintain and preserve the records and minutes of The Committee for First Principles.
  3. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Chair.

III.      The Assistant Treasurer and other persons handling The Committee for First Principles funds shall post a surety bond if required. The amount of any surety bond shall be established and the premium therefore shall be paid by The Committee for First Principles.

IV.      In the absence of the Secretary, the Chair may appoint a secretary pro tempore.

ARTICLE III – ACTION TEAMS

The following shall be Action Teams of The Committee for First Principles appointed by the Chair, with the consent of the membership:

1.       Planning and Development Action Team, Shall be charged with planning and development of the working agenda associated with The Committee for First Principles organization. The Planning and Development Action Team will plan for the future direction and growth including the planning and implementation of such activities through administration and communication and as is approved by the membership. The Planning and Development Action Team also shall be charged with reviewing and receiving reports from each Action Committee on a monthly basis.

2.       Public Relations, Marketing & Media Action Team: Shall be charged a responsibility to maintain contact with media outlets to keep The Committee for First Principles name in the news and assure that the efforts of all activities are in the public awareness. This team shall also be charged with public outreach, publicity efforts to include printed media, and the technology media such as the website or electronic communications. Further, the Action Team shall develop and execute all communications and public relations efforts to support the mission of The Committee for First Principles and its various events, educational and group outreach and membership development.

3.       Research Action Team: Shall be charged with recruiting and vetting candidates running for public office. To monitor policy and legislation moving through the NC Legislature and the United States Congress. To monitor policy regarding the Winston-Salem City Council, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, and the Forsyth County School Board. To disseminate any and all relevant information to the individual Action Teams charged with acting on the issues of the day.

4.       Group Liaison Action Team: Shall communicate with other like minded organizations on a local, state, and national level, and coordinate activities where possible to help project strength and unity in our movement. To facilitate unity of purpose and building strong coalitions to provide strength of purpose and order in our workings with fellow Tea Party organizations.

5.       Events Action Team: Shall be charged with acting on all approved projects that require coordination to produce. Once approved by the Executive Board they shall notify the action team and coordinate such materials and reservations as may be necessary for the event. All expenses must be turned in to the Finance Action Team with receipts as well as all proceeds which have been received.

 ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP AND TERM OF OFFICE

A.    The voting members of The Committee for First Principles of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, hereafter referred to as the Board of Directors, shall be composed of no less than five (5) members as approved by the Chair and will be replaced to fill vacancies, as set forth in Article VI of these Bylaws.

B.    The term of a board member, officer, Action Team head, or member shall begin immediately the day following their appointment and shall continue for one year or until his or her successor assumes responsibilities for the office, or unless removed from membership by the Action Team for inattention to duty, incompetency, or failure to support the Mission, Goals & Objectives of The Committee for First Principles.

ARTICLE V – MEETINGS

A.       Meetings of The Committee for First Principles shall be convened by prior agreement by any member of the board and with no less than 7 days prior notification. Notification must be written and transmitted as an e-mail or fax. Emergency meeting can be called should the need arise with at least three (3) members and communication by phone. A copy of the call must be transmitted as soon as possible by email. Offices that must be represented are:

  • The Chair or Co-Chair
  • The Secretary or at Large Member in lieu.
  • Treasurer or at Large Member in lieu.

B.       Prior to each meeting, a written agenda shall be emailed to each member of The Committee for First Principles. Any member may request items to be included on the proposed agenda prior to its mailing.

  1. A quorum for the conduct of business shall consist of no less than three fifths (3/5) of the member quorum.
  2. Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern at all meetings of The Committee for First Principles except as altered by these Bylaws.
  3. There shall be no proxy votes at meetings of The Committee for First Principles, except to elect a Chair or Co-Chair or to fill vacancies of Action Teams.
  4. All meetings of The Committee for First Principles shall be open to the public, except Executive Sessions called by majority vote of the voting members present. Executive Sessions may be (a) full Executive Sessions at which only voting members together with the Chair and/or State Co-Chair, or such person as may be designated to act as Chair may be present; or (b) Partial Executive Sessions at which the Finance Chair, Legal Counsel and other persons specified by The Committee for First Principles may be present.
  5. Meetings of The Committee for First Principles may be conducted by teleconference, or individual members may participate in meetings by using teleconferencing. However, the election of WSFC TEA PARTY PATRIOTS officers, the election of members of the Action Team or other business where voting is conducted by use of secret ballots must be held in a physical meeting.

ARTICLE VI – AMENDMENTS TO CHARTER

The Charter may be amended only by a three fifths (3/5) majority vote of the total The Committee for First Principles at any regularly called meeting. Written notice of the proposed amendment shall be forwarded to the membership ten (10) days before the meeting for consideration and vote.