Central Committee Meeting
February 21st, 2013
Union Middle School
615 E 8000 S, Sandy, UT 84070
Parking is limited so please plan ahead in case you need to park further away.
6PM Registration Opens
Time to register and mingle with fellow Republicans.
7PM Call to Order
- Proposed AGENDA 2-21-13 CCM
- CC Minutes 11-15-12
- Proposed Bylaw Amendment – Article XI - PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS & QUESTIONS
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NOTE FROM JULIE DOLE, CHAIR
At this Central Committee members will have a chance to vote on preserving our Bylaws. Below is a response to prior critics to this proposal.
I appreciate everyone’s willingness to have dialogue surrounding this issue. There appears to be several misconceptions, starting with what Bylaws actually are and are designed to do. Bylaws are the governing guidelines of any organization. They are by nature designed to be consistent and not changed at every meeting. Our Bylaws are much like the Constitution is in our United States Government and should only be changed after thorough consideration, review and discussion by all members. I find it ironic that several people in previous discussions are objecting to having an ample review and discussion period by all members. Bylaws do not need to be nor should be changed immediately in an emergent situation. Emergent situations are easily handled by Robert’s Rules and then any necessary changes to the Bylaws can occur with careful consideration and ample review and comment period. Again, this is how the majority of most large organizations are run.
The primary purpose of our organization is to get quality Republicans elected through proper planning, organization, and events. It is not to revise the Bylaws at every meeting. Precinct Chairs and other members of the Central Committee are encouraged to submit amendments to the Bylaws at anytime. Again, this proposal is not designed to limit anyone’s participation, but designed to give a review and comment period with all proposed changes and comments being posted on our website thus increasing participation by not only precinct chairs, but all members. Bylaws need to be consistent and transparent so that the general membership has a clear understanding of the purpose of the party and the governing documents and can participate on equal footing. Several are accusing the authors of this Bylaw change of illegally bypassing the Bylaw Committee. It is common practice by many members to propose Bylaw changes at Central Committee Meetings without going through the Bylaw committee. This change is designed to have proposals be reviewed by the Bylaw Committee, as well as by all members. This proposal does not give the Bylaw Committee power to stop amendments from coming to the Central Committee, but asks them to be the ones to organize them for presentation to the committee and review them to ensure continuity with existing Bylaws. This proposal has been before the Bylaw Committee for three months and they have chosen not to act. They have not shared any reports with the Officers or Executive Committee, nor did they request time on the agenda to give a report to the Central Committee.
Again, this Bylaw change will also provide that all members be notified in a timely manner of all Bylaw changes giving them an appropriate amount of time to comment and give feedback.