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Green Party of St. Louis/Gateway Green Alliance
Approved November 12, 1990
Amended February 4, 2004
Amended April 14, 2004
The Green Party of St. Louis/Gateway Green Alliance
(GGA) strives toward transforming society in ways which both empower
people in our community and foster the growth of new relationships
between the community and the natural world. We can facilitate this
process with the following ten key values:
Respect for Diversity
Personal and Social Responsibility
As Greens, we understand that there is a close relationship
between the environmental crisis and social problems, between the
destruction of our world and political and economic systems. The major
threat to life on this planet is its domination by multinational corporations
and political and economic structures whose functioning requires them
to place profit and short-term gain before ecological and human needs.
Healing our world and improving human relations with the rest of nature
for future generations means that we must actively explain the need
for replacing the system of uncontrolled and destructive growth with
one which respects the beauty and diversity of life.
The GGA is affiliated with the Missouri Green Party
and Greens/Green Party USA.
These bylaws are designed to help the Green Party
of St. Louis/Gateway Green Alliance (GGA) accomplish its goals, empower
its participants, and become a model for social change. These bylaws
aim to promote the sharing of responsibility and develop the capabilities
of those who participate in GGA meetings and public actions. The General
Meeting (GM) makes all fundamental decisions and committees have only
those powers which are delegated to them. Any disagreements concerning
interpretation of these by-laws should be resolved according to the
principles in the first sentence in this introduction.
2.1 Membership requirements. Any person who is in
agreement with the 10 key values covered in the Statement of Purpose,
strives to support and uphold the work of the GGA, and is not a member
of another Green local, may pay dues and thereby become an active
member of the GGA
2.2 Powers of members. Active members of the GGA have
the power to determine all policy, call and endorse public actions,
select and remove officers, and change the by-laws of the organization.
This power is exercised at the monthly General Meetings (GM), which
may delegate responsibility to committees.
2.3 Spokespersons. It is the responsibility of any
spokesperson to represent GGA decisions made at GMs. Those who may
make announcements for the GGA and speak publicly on its behalf include:
a. Members chosen at a GM for specific tasks,
b. Either Co-Coordinator,
c. An active member designated by both Co-Coordinators
2.4 Removal of members. An active member may be removed
a. Another active member presents written cause
at a GM, and
b. Active members vote for removal at that meeting,
c. At the next GM, active members vote to uphold
the removal following an oral presentation of cause and defense,
neither to exceed 15 minutes.
3: Coordinating Committee
3.1 Members. The Coordinating Committee (CC) shall
consist of the following five Officers: two co-Coordinators, a Secretary,
a Treasurer, and an Outreach Coordinator.
3.2.1 Between GMs, the CC shall make decisions and
endorsements on behalf of the GGA which are consistent with its
principles and membership decisions. The CC shall present all such
decisions and endorsements to the next GM for review.
3.2.2 At least 7 days prior to each GM, the CC shall
mail, e-mail, or otherwise publicly post on a website or listserv
maintained by the GGA, the time and location of the upcoming GM
to all active members. This notification should include notes from
the previous GM, the proposed facilitator and agenda for the upcoming
GM, and the dates and locations for all upcoming committee meetings.
3.2.3 The CC will be responsible for approving expenses
up to $100 per purchase. The CC cannot approve expenses totaling
in excess of $300 per month without first consulting the membership
at a GM.
3.2.4 Paid Employees. Paid employees of the GGA
shall not serve as officers on the CC.
4.1 Creation. A GM may vote to create committees.
The GM must approve the powers, scope and membership of any such committee.
4.2 Responsibilities. Committees will select a facilitator
for each committee meeting and an annual Coordinator who will be responsible
for ensuring that the committee report is delivered at the GM.
4.3 Projects, programs and expenses. Each committee
must describe all proposed projects and programs at the GM. Committee
expenses up to $100 per year may be approved by the CC.
4.4 Dissolution. Committees may be dissolved at any
time by the vote of a GM. A committee may be temporarily suspended
by the CC. Any such temporary suspension must be either revoked or
made permanent by the membership at the next GM.
5.1 Attendance and announcement. All GMs shall be
open to all active members. Therefore, all meeting locations, dates,
and times shall be publicized at least one week before they occur.
5.2 Publication. Publication of meetings may be done
by mail, electronic mail, and/or by posting the information on a listserv
or website maintained by the GGA for that purpose. The CC shall make
all reasonable efforts to ensure that the maximum possible number
of members is given timely notice.
5.3 Frequency and length. GMs and shall be held monthly.
5.4 Special meetings. Special GMs may be called by
a majority of officers or 20% of active members. The CC will be responsible
for notifying members in advance of special GMs.
5.5 Quorum. All GMs must have a quorum present to
make decisions. A quorum in a GM is 20% of all members, or ten (10)
members present, whichever is less. A CC quorum is a majority of the
general officers. A quorum for other committees is three active members.
5.6.1 All active members may vote at GMs.
5.6.2 Any active member may call for a vote during
the discussion of a proposal. The facilitator will determine if
a majority wish to vote. Votes may have one or two steps (with no
debate between them):
a. First, the facilitator will ask for consensus;
and, if there are no objections, the vote is over;
b. If there is no consensus, then the vote shall
be determined by a simple majority of those members voting.
5.6.3 For purposes of determining a majority, abstentions
will not count as votes, but will be recorded in the minutes.
5.7 Order of issues at GMs.
a. The facilitator suggested by the CC will open
the meeting and ask for approval of the notes of the previous meeting
and the facilitator and agenda proposed by the CC. If there is not
consensus on suggested changes, they will be made by majority vote.
b. Committee reports should include the dates of
all meetings since the last GM, the number of active members who
in attendance, ongoing and proposed activities, the date, time and
location of the next meeting, and the phone number of the coordinator/contact
person for the committee. A written copy of the committee report
will be given to the Secretary. The CC report will be limited to
5 minutes and all other committee reports to 2 minutes.
c. Announcements of upcoming events by active members
will precede those by guests and all announcements will be limited
to two minutes per person.
d. Unfinished business.
e. New and/or unfinished business.
5.8 Regular meeting schedule. Except when change is
necessary due to conflict with established holidays or other reason
deemed appropriate by the CC,
a. The organization shall sponsor an educational
assembly on the first Wednesday of every month, which shall be open
to the public.
b. The GM will be held on the second Wednesday of
c. Unless otherwise specified in writing by the
CC, all such meetings shall start at 7:00 p.m. and be held at such
location announced by the CC pursuant to section 3.2.2.
6.1 Elections and terms of office. General officers
include two co-Coordinators, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and an Outreach
Coordinator. Terms of office are one year. Officers are selected by
majority vote. Regardless of when an officer is elected to a position,
elections for every General Office shall be held the first GM of each
6.2 Vacancies. If a general officer misses three consecutive
GMs, the other general officers should declare that position vacant
at the next GM so members can elect a person to fill the remainder
of the term during the following GM. The former officer may be re-elected
by the GM.
6.3 Removal. The GM may vote to remove any officer
for any reason.
6.4 Replacement. When a general office is vacated,
or a general officer removed, an election to fill the office will
be held during the following GM.
6.5 Interim Officers. In the event where a general
officer vacates, resigns, or is removed from office, the GM may elect
an interim officer to fill the office until a regular election can
be held at the next GM.
6.6 Duties of general officers.
6.6.1. The co-Coordinators shall:
a. Ensure that there is a location for every GM.
b. Speak and/or select designees to speak on behalf
of the GGA;
c. Ensure the development and maintenance of contacts
with groups which share Green values and are working on projects
similar to those of the GGA.
d. Supervise the activities of all committees,
and/or any persons employed by the GGA.
6.6.2 The Secretary shall:
a. Record minutes of GMs which include all decisions
made. The minutes will also contain committee reports submitted
pursuant to section 5.7(b),
b. Ensure that notice of GMs is given pursuant
to section 3.2.2,
c. Keep membership forms and solicit memberships
at all GMs and,
d. Coordinate correspondence with other Green
6.6.3 The Treasurer shall:
a. Ensure that a current list of all active (dues-paid)
members is brought to every GM,
b. Receive all membership dues, donations, and
c. Maintain an account of all funds,
d. Ensure that a report of receipts, expenditures
& balance is delivered at each GM,
e. Mail reminders of annual dues to all members,
f. Prepare a financial report an the end of each
fiscal quarter to be submitted to the CC and published to the
membership pursuant to section 3.2.2,
g. Deliver an annual financial report at the December
meeting and publish said report to the membership pursuant to
section 3.2.2, and
h. Propose a dues structure during the January
6.6.4 The Outreach Coordinator will,
a. Actively recruit new members,
b. Ensure the production and mailing of a newsletter
to members at least quarterly;
c. Establish and maintain contacts with other
groups and organization in the community,
d. Seek out suitable candidates for the Gateway
Green Alliance/Green Party of St. Louis to run in local elections.
e. Strive to establish and maintain ethnic and
gender diversity among the membership.
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Posted 22 April 2004