Libertarian Party of Northampton County
October 1, 2011
1. On September 21, 2011, an Organizational Meeting was held to form the Libertarian Party of Northampton County (LPNC). Dylan Duraes, Patrick R. Killy & Dr. Tom Stevens were in attendance. The Libertarian Party of Northampton County was established and Dylan Duraes, Patrick R. Killy and Dr. Tom Stevens became members of the Libertarian Party of Northampton County and were designated as its Founding Members.
2. At the Organizational Meeting of the Libertarian Party of Northampton County held on September 21, 2011, the following bylaws were adopted:
Name & Purposes
Section 1. Name: The name of this organization shall be “Libertarian Party of Northampton County” and may also be referred to as “LPNC”. The LPNC is a chartered affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania.
Section 2. Purposes: The LPNC shall be responsible for the nomination and campaign of Libertarian Party candidates for county or local office, shall educate the citizens of Northampton County regarding libertarian philosophy, and shall liaison and co-sponsor freedom-oriented events with other pro-liberty organizations active within Northampton County.
Membership & General Membership Meetings
Section 1. Membership: The Executive Committee shall determine who shall be members of the Libertarian Party of Northampton County. No dues may be collected from current or prospective members of the LPNC but all LPNC members must maintain a membership in the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania. If an LPNC member’s dues in the LPPA lapse for a period of more than sixty (60) days, that member shall no longer be considered a member of the LPNC. The Executive Committee shall have the power to terminate the membership of any LPNC member.
Section 2. Founding Members: The Founding Members of the Libertarian Party of Northampton County identified at the Organizational Meeting held on September 21, 2011 are the following individuals: Dylan Duraes, Patrick R. Killy & Dr. Tom Stevens.
Section 3. General Membership Meetings: Regular Meetings of the membership of the Libertarian Party of Northampton County must be held at least once every four (4) months in person, on-line or by teleconference. Said meetings shall be called by the County Chair.
Executive Committee & Candidate Nominations
Section 1. Officers: The LPNC Executive Committee shall consist of the following officers: County Chair, First Vice-Chair, Second Vice-Chair, Secretary & Treasurer. Each person serving on the LPNC Executive Committee shall be entitled to one vote.
Section 2. Board of Directors Representative: The County Chair shall also serve as the Board of Directors Representative (also known as State Representative). If the County Chair is unable to make a State Board of Directors Meeting, the County Chair may designate another Executive Committee officer or LPNC member to attend and vote at the meeting.
Section 3. Authority: The LPNC Executive Committee shall govern the LPNC and shall make all decisions regarding its operation.
Section 4. Quorum: Quorum for meetings of the LPNC Executive Committee (held in person, on-line or by teleconference) shall be a majority of the number of individuals actually serving on the LPNC Executive Committee.
Section 5. Meetings: Meetings of the LPNC Executive Committee shall be called by the County Chair. All officers who miss two (2) consecutive meetings of the LPNC Executive Committee without having been in touch with the County Chair shall be deemed to have resigned their position as an officer.
Section 6. Vacancies: If a vacancy in an officership occurs between annual meetings of the membership, the remaining members of the Executive Committee shall, by majority vote, fill that vacancy with an LPNC member who shall serve until the election of a new officer takes place at the Annual Meeting.
Section 7. Candidate Nominations: The nomination of candidates for public office shall be made by a majority vote of the individuals actually serving on the LPNC Executive Committee.
Standing Committees & Leadership Positions
Section 1. Standing Committees: The three standing committees of the LPNC shall be the Campaign Committee, Youth Outreach Committee and Liberty Liaison Committee. The County Chair shall appoint the Chairs to each of these committees, who in turn may then appoint members of the LPNC to serve on their committees and may dismiss said individuals without cause.
Section 2. Leadership Positions: The County Chair may create Leadership Positions as deemed necessary and appoint LPNC members to serve in those capacities.
Parliamentary Authority & Reports
Section 1. Parliamentary Procedure: The rules contained in the latest edition of Robert Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall be the parliamentary authority referred to by the County Chair with respect to issues not covered by these bylaws.
Section 2. Reports: The Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Northampton County must file quarterly reports with the LPPA Secretary in each calendar year documenting any meetings or activity of the LPNC, which must include annually the identity and contact information of LPNC officers.
Section 1. Annual Meeting: An Annual Meeting of the Membership of the Libertarian Party of Northampton County shall be called by the County Chair sometime between January 1st and March 31st of each calendar year. Said meetings may take place in person, on-line or by teleconference. Three (3) LPNC members must be in attendance at the Annual Meeting for quorum to be achieved.
Section 2. Election of Officers: The election of the County Chair, First Vice-Chair, Second Vice-Chair, Secretary & Treasurer shall take place at the Annual Meeting.
Section 1. Adoption: Amendments to these bylaws may be made by a ¾ vote of those actually serving on Executive Committee.
3. At the Organizational Meeting of the Libertarian Party of Northampton County held on September 21, 2011, the following officers were elected to serve until the next LPNC Annual Meeting:
County Chair: Dr. Tom Stevens
First Vice-Chair: Patrick R. Killy
Treasurer: Dylan Duraes
4. At an Executive Committee Meeting of the Libertarian Party of Northampton County held on September 21, 2011, Aaron Rosengarten & Shane Wolfe were added as LPNC members. Shane Wolfe was appointed as Second Vice-Chair and Aaron Rosengarten was appointed as Secretary. Both will serve until the election of new officers takes place at the next Annual Meeting.
5. At the Executive Committee Meeting of the Libertarian Party of Northampton County held on September 21, 2011, Shane Wolfe was appointed to serve as Campaign Committee Chair, Patrick R. Killy was appointed to serve as Youth Outreach Committee Chair and Dylan Duraes was appointed to serve as Liberty Liaison Chair.
6. After of the confirmation of the LPPA memberships of Patrick R. Killy and Dylan Duraes, the Board of Directors of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania voted unanimously to recognize the Libertarian Party of Northampton County as a County Committee pursuant to the provisions of Article III, Section 1 of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania Bylaws.
7. The Libertarian Party of Northampton County formally participated in Revolution Day (September 22nd) by encouraging students at Northampton Community College to register to vote and to support pro-liberty candidates.
8. The Libertarian Party of Northampton County has established a Facebook Group so members can communicate with one another. It is located at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/117384695024331/
9. The Libertarian Party of Northampton County formally went on record against the proposed LPUS bylaw amendment that would require all delegates to LPUS National Conventions after 2012 to be enrolled members of the “Libertarian Party” (in states which permit such enrollment). Specifically, the Libertarian Party of Northampton County encourages all LPPA delegates attending the Libertarian Party’s National Convention in 2012 to oppose the proposed bylaw amendment that reads as follows: No individual enrolled as a registered voter affiliated with another political party, if he or she has the option of affiliating with the Libertarian Party, shall be eligible to serve as a Party employee, National Committee member, committee member, or delegate, or hold any other position of trust or responsibility within the Party.
Dr. Tom Stevens
Libertarian Party of Northampton County