Mission Statement

(Based on the Preamble to the Charter of the Democratic Party of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts):

"We, the Democrats of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in common purpose with the National Democratic Charter, are united in seeking for our State, for our Nation, and for all people: individual and political freedoms and social and economic justice.

"We affirm that we can best attain these goals through a strong, cohesive party-honest, open, and accessible to all, and steadfast in the idea that our people have the ability to govern themselves. Following the national Democratic Charter, we acknowledge that a political party that wishes to lead must listen to those it would lead, a party that asks for the people's trust must prove that it trusts the people, and a party that hopes to call forth the best that the Commonwealth can achieve must embody the best of the Commonwealth's traditions."

 
BYLAWS OF THE

WAYLAND DEMOCRATIC TOWN COMMITTEE ADOPTED
MAY 17, 1994

Article I - NAME

This organization shall be known as the Wayland Democratic Town Committee herein after called the Committee.

Article II - PURPOSES

This Committee is organized and constituted under authority of and in accordance with the provisions of the General Laws of the Commonwealth, and shall have as its purposes the following: to foster and advance the ideals and aims of the Democratic Party; to work and organize for the success of the Democratic candidates of the District, County, State and Nation; to do all things necessary and incidental to the building and strengthening of the Democratic Party in Massachusetts and within the Town of Wayland.

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP

A. The Wayland Democratic Town Committee shall consist of thirty five (35) [or number designated and reported to the Massachusetts Secretary of State prior to Presidential elections] registered Democrats in Wayland who shall have been elected at the Presidential Primary for a period of 4 years together with those elected to membership by the members of said Committee, in conformance with the provisions of law.

B. The Committee, following the election of its members, shall meet and organize, choose a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Affirmative Action and Outreach Advisor, and such other officers as it may decide to elect. At such meeting the Committee may add to its elected members provided it does not exceed the total allowed by law as found on file with the Secretary of State's Office.

C. The Committee may, by vote at any meeting, authorize the appointment of associate members. Associate members shall not have the right to vote but shall have such other powers and duties as the Committee may determine.

D. Any duly elected member of the Committee who changes residence from Wayland during the said four years shall cease to be a member of the Committee at that time.

E. Vacancies shall be filled by vote of the Committee. Associate members, if any, may be the candidates first considered for filling the vacancies.

F. Members may be removed in conformity with Section II of the Charter of the Democratic Party of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Article IV - OFFICERS

A. The officers of this organization shall consist of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Affirmative Action and Outreach Advisor. These officers shall be elected at the Committee organizational meeting and shall serve for a term of two years, at the end of which new elections for officers shall be held.

B. There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the officers of the Committee and others elected,

C. In the event of death, resignation or the permanent removal from the Town of any of the above named officers, their places shall be declared vacant and be filled at the next regular meeting of the Committee. A statement of such changes in the officers of the Committee shall be sent immediately by the Secretary of the Committee to the Secretary of the Commonwealth, to the Secretary of the Democratic State Committee and to the town clerk.

Article V - CHAIRPERSON

The Chairperson shall, in addition to the duties required by law, preside at all meetings of the Committee and shall have general charge and supervision of all Committee activities. He/She shall have the power to appoint all standing committees and such other special committees as are created from time to time. He/She shall have the power to call all special meetings of the Town Committee and all regular meetings at such time or times as may seem to her/him to be advisable, subject only to the vote of the Committee in fixing the number of regular meetings to be held during the course of the year.

Article VI ? VICE CHAIRPERSON

The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Town Committee in the absence of the Chairperson. She/He shall perform all duties and have the powers of the Chairperson in the case of her/his temporary absence.

Article VII - SECRETARY

The Secretary shall keep record of all proceedings of the Committee and shall issue notice by mail to each member of the Committee at least seven days prior to the date of the meeting. The Secretary shall, within ten days after the organization of the Committee, file with the Secretary of the Commonwealth, the Secretary of the Democratic State Committee and the town clerk, a list of officers and members of the Committee, and shall immediately file with the same officials a statement of the changes in the organization or membership of the Committee thereafter.

Article VIII - TREASURER

The Treasurer shall have the custody of all funds belonging to the Committee and shall pay all orders subject to the approval of the Chairperson and shall procure and file vouchers for all such payment. No expenditures of funds of the Committee shall be made by the Treasurer outside the regular activities or expense thereof except upon the approval of a majority of the Committee at a special or regular meeting. She/He shall submit a report of the financial condition and transactions of the Committee at all regular meetings. A detailed report shall be provided at least annually. Additionally, the Treasurer will file reports with the appropriate state and local offices with regard to fund raising.

Article IX - AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND OUTREACH ADVISOR

The Affirmative Action and Outreach Advisor shall be responsible for developing strategies and activities to expand participation in the Committee of the Party"s Affirmative Action target groups.

Article X - CALLING A MEETING WITHOUT CONSENT OF CHAIRPERSON

A. In the event of a refusal of the Chairperson of the Committee to call a meeting of the Committee, a majority of the executive committee may, in writing, order the Secretary of said Committee to call a meeting of the committee.

B. Said executive committee shall have the power to act upon all matters pertaining to the Committee arising between the meetings of said Committee.

C. Seven members of the Committee can request a meeting by a petition in writing to the Secretary and the Secretary shall call such meeting within two weeks.

Article XI - QUORUM

Seven members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Article XII - Bylaws Committee

There shall be a Bylaws Committee appointed by the Chair person from the duly elected Members. The Chairperson shall designate the Chairperson of the ByLaws Committee

Article XII - Changes in the Bylaws

A. These Bylaws may be amended or repealed at any regularly called meeting of the elected members of the Committee, provided such proposed change is in writing and signed by the elected member proposing it and is in the hands of the Chairperson before the call of the next meeting, at which such proposal is to be acted upon. The proposed by law change shall be sent to all members with the announcement of the meeting.

B. Such proposed changes in the Bylaws shall be referred forthwith by the Chairperson to the Bylaws Committee which shall make a report with its recommendations at the same meeting, if possible, but no later that the following meeting. A majority of the elected members present and voting shall be necessary to overturn the report of the By Laws Committee By Law change proposals which contradict the provisions of the Massachusetts Democratic State Party Charter cannot be considered.

C. Unless and until amended or repealed by the elected members, these shall continue in effect from year to year and no formal motion shall be necessary at any meeting of the Committee in order that they continue in force.

Article XIV - ENDORSEMENTS

A vote of two-thirds of the elected members present and voting is required for endorsements.

Article XV - MEETINGS

Regular meetings of the Committee shall be held at least four times in non election years and six times in election years.