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California Liberty Alliance – Classes of Membership for State Chapter (Headquarters)

dlpdfbtnThe State Chapter (Headquarters) of California Liberty Alliance, a California based 501-C-4, shall maintain the following classes of membership:

Class I Members – California Members. California Members shall consist of all Class-1 Members in good standing from within all active Local Chapters in California.

Class II Members – Board of Officers. The Board of Officers for the State Chapter shall consist of an odd number of individuals, initially appointed by the unanimous consent of the Executive Directors, and thereafter elected in staggered terms by the Membership Advisory Board.

Class III Members – Membership Advisory Board. The Membership Advisory Board shall include up to seven members serving as Advocacy Representatives, and shall also include one additional member from each Local Chapter in good standing, serving as Membership Representatives.

Class IV Members – Incorporators / Executive Directors. The incorporators of California Liberty Alliance consist of two individuals (William Follett and Jason Browne), who shall serve on the Board of Officers for the State Chapter, in the capacity of Executive Directors;

The rights, privileges, preferences, restrictions and conditions attaching to each class of membership shall be as follows:

Class I Members – California Members in good standing have the privilege of nominating, campaigning for and electing the Advocacy Representatives who serve on the Membership Advisory Board, through their participation in any active Subcommittee(s) of their Local Chapter. California Members in good standing may participate in fundraising activities co-sponsored by the State Chapter and their Local Chapter, including the “California Liberty Alliance – Community Rapid Response Program”. California Members may receive discounts or scholarships to attend educational seminars produced or sponsored by California Liberty Alliance. California Members may receive discounts or scholarships to attend accredited, third-party continuing education courses that are approved by California Liberty Alliance.

Class II Members – Board of Officers shall initially be appointed by the unanimous consent of the Executive Directors, for a period of 2-3 years, after which time they shall be subject to run in staggered elections. All Officers, excepting the Executive Directors, shall thereafter be nominated and elected by the Membership Advisory Board for 2-year terms. The Board of Officers shall always consist of an odd number of individuals (including the Executive Directors).

Board of Officers is charged with overseeing all funds allocated to the State Chapter, in accordance with the Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation of State Chapter.

Board of Officers is entrusted to fulfill the Purposes of California Liberty Alliance, in accordance with these Bylaws, with C.L.A. Articles of Incorporation, and with Chapter Agreements.

Board of Officers is empowered to align C.L.A. with affiliated organizations, throughout the State of California.

Board of Officers are tasked with nominating any candidates for the position of State Intermediary (oversees State P.A.C. Bank Account and serves at the discretion of the Officers of C.L.A. Political Action Committee).

Class III Members – All Membership Advisory Board members shall serve for terms of 1 year. Membership Advisory Board members are divided into two groups: Advocacy Representatives shall initially be appointed by the unanimous consent of the Executive Directors, for a period of 1 year. Thereafter, all Advocacy Representatives shall be nominated from within, and elected by, the Class IV members in statewide elections; according to their respective category of membership / Subcommittee (only members within each category /Subcommittee may nominate, run or vote for the Advisory Board position representing that category / Subcommittee). The number of Advocacy Representatives shall be limited to the number of membership categories / Subcommittees authorized by the Board of Officers (currently no more than 7). A Membership Representative shall be annually elected by the Board of Officers of each Local Chapter in good standing, and shall be selected from amongst the Membership of that Chapter. Membership Representatives shall serve for terms of 1 year. There shall be no limit to the number of Membership Representatives, other than by the number of Local Chapters operating in good standing within the State.

Membership Advisory Board is responsible for providing direct input from the combined Membership and Officers of all Local Chapters, to the Board of Officers at regular and special meetings. Each Advisor is independently responsible for providing input that accurately reflects the interests of his or her category of constituency (Advocacy Representatives are responsible for representing the interests of their respective Subcommittees, while Membership Representatives are responsible for representing the interests of their respective Chapters).

Recommendations approved by the Membership Advisory Board shall be included within the Agenda of every regular meeting of the Board of Officers.

Membership Advisory Board is responsible for assisting the Board of Officers with State Chapter fundraising and marketing efforts, and with the co-development of events, products and services that the State Chapter produces.

Membership Advisory Board is tasked with requesting funds from C.L.A. Political Action Committee, for uses in State political campaigns.

Class IV Members – Incorporators shall serve in perpetuity on the Board of Officers of the State Chapter, in the capacity of Executive Directors. They may not be removed from office except by resignation or by death or incapacitation.

The voting rights of each class of membership shall be as follows:

Class I Members – California Members shall not have voting rights at any regular or special meeting of the Board of Officers, nor at any meeting of the Membership Advisory Board. California Members shall have one vote each, during the annual statewide election of the Membership Advisory Board, and may cast their votes for the Advocacy Representative position within their category(s) of membership / Subcommittee(s).

Class II Members – Officers of the Board shall have one vote each at every regular or special meeting of the Board of Officers, in any election or matter presented to the Officers for a vote. Excepting in cases of suspension or removal from office, all votes shall be determined by a majority vote of the total Board of Officers. In cases of suspension or removal from office, all votes must be unanimous (excluding the vote(s) of the subject(s) of suspension or removal).

Board of Officers votes to nominate any candidates for the position of State Intermediary (oversees State P.A.C. Bank Account and serves at the discretion of the Officers of C.L.A. Political Action Committee).

Class III Members – The Membership Advisory Board shall not have voting rights at any regular or special meeting of the Board of Officers. However, they are responsible for holding their own regular meetings and keeping their own minutes, and they maintain the rights to set their own agenda.

Membership Advisory Board votes on whether or not to include any matters as Agenda Items at any regular meeting of the Board of Officers.

Membership Advisory Board is responsible for nominating and electing members to the Board of Officers (excluding the Executive Director positions), after the initial 2-3 year terms of all Officers appointed by Executive Directors have lapsed.

Membership Advisory Board votes to request funds from C.L.A. Political Action Committee for use in State campaigns.

Class IV Members – Executive Directors shall have one vote each at every regular or special meeting of the Board of Officers, in any election or matter presented to the Officers for a vote. Either Executive Officer may assert a veto in any proceedings of the Board of Officers, provided that the cause(s) for the veto shall be stipulated in the record (minutes).

Elections – Regular elections shall be conducted by the Local Chapters and coordinated through the State Chapter, every year during the month of                                   .