By-laws


BYLAWS OF

COLORADO SPRINGS FRESH PERSPECTIVE

ARTICLE I –NAME, PURPOSE AND MISSION STATEMENT

1.1 NameThe name of the organization shall be Colorado Springs Fresh Perspective (“CSFP”).

1.2 Purpose. It is the goal of CSFP to foster civic engagement in the City of Colorado Springs among voters under the age of 45 and minority populations. This includes increasing voter turnout, promoting young and minority representation on civic boards and commissions, and recruiting and supporting young and minority candidates for local office.

1.3 Mission Statement. To effect change in the power structure of the City of Colorado Springs through innovative new ideas and transparency.

ARTICLE II – DEFINITIONS

2.1 Definition of Bylaws. These Bylaws constitute the code of rules adopted by CSFP for the regulation and management of its affairs.

2.2 QuorumA majority of the members of the Board of Directors (“Board”) shall constitute a quorum for business transactions to take place and motions to pass.

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP

3.1 Membership. CSFP will not function as a membership organization. All decisions and actions of CSFP shall be made at the sole discretion of the Board.

ARTICLE IV – COMMITTEES

 4.1 Committees. The Board may create and dissolve committees as needed.

ARTICLE V – BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 5.1 Structure. The Board will include the President, Vice-President, and Secretary/Treasurer, as well as a number of other members. The Board shall consist of no fewer than five (5) and no more than nine (9) Board members. The Board shall be a working Board and receive no compensation.

5.2 Board of Directors Membership and Eligibility. New potential members to the Board shall be presented to the current Board for election and shall be seated upon receipt of the affirmative vote of a quorum of the Board.

5.3 Election of Officers. The election of the President, Vice-President, and Secretary/Treasurer shall be elected upon receipt of the affirmative vote of a quorum of the Board.

5.4 TermsBoard members shall hold their office for a term of two (2) years and are eligible for reelection.

5.5 MeetingsRegular meetings of the Board shall be held at least once each month, unless otherwise determined by the Board.

5.6 VotingVoting will be done by all Board members. Voting on Board positions and Bylaw changes will be made on the affirmative of two-thirds of the quorum. Voting on issues will be made on the affirmation of a majority of the quorum.

5.7 Voting by Proxy: Board members may make a written proxy directing another Board member to vote a particular way on a particular issue.  If this is done, the Board member is deemed to be present for purposes of quorum, and the vote is taken according to the direction of the written proxy.  However, the proxy is only good for the specific issues identified in the proxy, and the authority is only to vote as directed by the proxy.  No other proxy voting is allowed.

5.8 VacanciesWhen a vacancy of a Board member or officer position exists, the vacancy shall be filled by election at the next meeting of the Board, the outcome of which must be approved by a quorum of the Board. These vacancies will be filled only to the end of that particular term.

ARTICLE VI –BOARD OF DIRECTORS DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

6.1 PresidentThe duties of the President include, but are not limited to:

  1. Attend and run all Board meetings.
  2. Help write agenda for the Board meetings.
  3. Help with event planning as needed (i.e. sponsors and donations, speakers, locations).
  4. Attend all CSFP events. If unavailable, coordinate with the other officers and directors to ensure proper representation at the missed event.
  5. Speak at all CSFP events.
  6. Speak at other public events when asked (i.e. press conferences, radio, television, etc.).
  7. Attend events outside of CSFP to represent CSFP.
  8. Be an advocate for CSFP and candidates CSFP supports in the community

6.2 Vice-President. The duties of the Vice-President include, but are not limited to:

  1. Attend all Board meetings and assist the President with them.
  2. Conduct Board meetings in the absence of the President.
  3. Help write agenda for the Board meetings.
  4. Assist President with duties of running CSFP.

6.3 Secretary/Treasurer. The Secretary/Treasurer shall attend all Board meetings, record all the votes of the Board and the minutes of all its transactions, and maintain and execute all records and communications of the Board. The Secretary/Treasurer shall assist in the preparation of the budget, help develop fundraising plans, and make financial information available to Board members.

ARTICLE VII –AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

 These bylaws may be amended when necessary by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board. Proposed amendments must be submitted to the President to be sent out with regular Board announcements one (1) week prior to any vote on the change.

ARTICLE VIII –DISSOLUTION

The Organization may be dissolved upon an affirmative vote of at least three-fourths of the Board members at any regular Board meeting provided notice of the proposed motion is provided to the Board members at least two (2) weeks prior to the vote. In the event that the Organization is dissolved, all Organization debts will first be paid, and then, if there are any Organization assets remaining, they shall be donated to a charity or non-profit organization as the Board shall direct.

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