ARTICLE 1 – NAME
The complete name of this organization shall be Cuban American Democrats
ARTICLE II - OBJECT AND PURPOSE
The object of this organization shall be to stimulate active interest in political and governmental affairs;
to strengthen and to further the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party; to provide reasonable and
ongoing financial support to the county Democratic Executive Committee; to promote participation
among Democrats; to support and elect the duly selected nominees of the Democratic Party in national,
state, and local campaigns; and to foster good fellowship among Democrats. At no time will members
of this organization support a candidate from another Party.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
Democrats registered to vote in Miami-Dade County interested in the objectives of this club shall be
eligible for membership. No other residency restriction may be placed upon membership or the
privileges of membership in this club. In accordance with Article VI of the Florida Democratic Party
Bylaws, with the exception of the organizational meeting of this club, those members permitted to vote
in any club election for officers or board members must have been a member of the club at least fortyfive (45) days prior to the date of such election. Officers and directors shall be required to execute the
Loyalty Oath in the form included in the Bylaws of the Florida Democratic Party.
Associate Membership is open to: (1) non-U.S. citizens living in Florida who are permanent residents
of the United States; (2) other U.S. citizens who are registered as Democrats not residents of Florida;
and (3) students under 18 years of age who are Florida residents. Associate members may speak at
Club meetings and serve on Committees but not the Nominating Committee (as defined below), but
shall not vote, and shall not be counted in determination of a quorum at any meeting of the Club.
ARTICLE IV – DUES
Section 1: Annual dues shall be determined following an annual evaluation of the Board of Directors of
the dues contributed by Club members. The Board of Directors shall make a recommendation annually
to the Club's membership as to the amount of the dues assessment. A change in Club dues shall be
enacted only upon a majority vote of those present and voting providing a quorum is present at a
regular Club meeting considering a change in the dues assessment. Dues shall be payable to the
Treasurer and be valid for one year. The Treasurer should, during the last week of each month, notify
members whose dues expire the following month that their renewal is due.
Section 2: At any time, annual Club dues may be augmented by Club sponsored fund-raisers, provided
that the funds raised are devoted to Club-sponsored programs to enhance membership, improve
communications with Club members and their sponsoring county Democratic Executive Committee
(DEC), and informing the community at large regarding Democratic Party policies and programs only.
Annually, funds derived from club dues and other income, not to exceed an aggregate of $500.00 in
any one year, may be contributed to Democratic Party candidates. Such contributions shall be reported
individually to their county DEC in a timely manner, not to exceed 45 days from the date of any such
Section 3: Annual Party Contribution: In January of each year, each Democratic Club chartered under
the rules of the Florida Democratic Party shall pay an annual contribution, based on membership as of
December 31 of the preceding year, to the Democratic Executive Committee based on the following
0-50 members ....................................... $25.00
51-100 members ................................... $50.00
101-300 members.................................. $75.00
301-500 members ................................ $100.00
501-750 members ............................... $150.00
751-1,000 members ............................. $250.00
1,000 plus members ............................. $500.00
Eighty percent (80%) of the contribution shall remain with the Democratic Executive Committee and
twenty percent (20%) of the contribution shall be remitted to the Florida Democratic Party by the
county Democratic Executive Committee no later than April 1 of each year of the Club's existence. The
failure of the county Democratic Executive Committee to remit the Annual Party Contribution for a
certified club shall be grounds for removing the Club's charter by action of the State Central Committee
Section 4: At the time of the Club's Charter Recertification in July of each odd numbered year when the
Club applies to the county Certification Committee for a Certificate of Compliance, the Club shall
submit its latest bank statement(s) to the Certification Committee. The Certification Committee shall be
empowered to augment the Club's Annual Party Contribution by an amount not to exceed twenty
percent (20%) of the balance in the Club's bank accounts and other financial instruments -- including
checking, certificates of deposit (CD), and savings accounts -- to be paid to the county Democratic
Executive Committee for the purpose of supporting the election of nominated Democratic Party
candidates following the Primary Election only.
ARTICLE V – OFFICERS
Section 1: The officers of this club shall be a President, Vice President(s), Secretary, Treasurer and
such other officers as may be deemed necessary by the membership. Officers shall perform the duties
prescribed by these Bylaws.
Section 2: All terms of office shall be for two (2) years. Commencing in a year in which an amendment
to these Bylaws affecting the duration of the term of office is adopted, terms of office may be staggered
for the year following adoption only permitting certain officers to serve for a one-year term and the
remaining officers to serve for a full two-year term. Officers shall be eligible for unlimited terms in the
ARTICLE VI - DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1: The President shall preside at all meetings of the Club and Board of Directors, of which the
President is automatically Chair; shall be ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating
Committee; shall appoint all Standing and Special Committees and their respective chairs; shall
represent the Club at county, district and state functions; shall give guidance to the respective
committee chairs in their work; and shall perform all duties normally pertaining to the office of
Section 2: The Vice President(s) shall render all possible assistance to the President in matters
pertaining to the Club, and shall assume the office in the absence of the President, or the President's
inability of to serve.
Section 3: The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of all meetings of the Club and the Board of
Directors; shall maintain a current list of members with addresses, phone numbers, and precinct
numbers; and shall possess and maintain the official copy of the Club's Bylaws, with any and all
amendments to the Bylaws properly recorded. The current list of Club members shall be based a record
of dues paying members provided by the Treasurer on January 15th for the ensuing Club year, or at the
time of becoming a member, and paid again on the normal due date established by the Board of
Section 4: The Treasurer shall receive all monies collected by the Club; shall keep an accurate record
of receipts and expenditures; shall present a statement of all income and expenditures occurring since
the previous meeting of the Club, and at other times when formally requested by the Board of
Directors; and shall pay out funds only as authorized by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors
of the Club shall audit all records maintained by the Club Treasurer regularly, and, if a discrepancy is
noted, the discrepancy shall be reported to the Club's members.
ARTICLE VII - MEETINGS
Section 1. The club will hold meetings several times per year.
Section 2. The president or a majority of the board of directors may call special meetings, with one
week’s notice to the members. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the call.
Section 3. Twenty percent (20%) of the total membership shall constitute a quorum for the transaction
of the business at any regular or special meeting. A majority vote is necessary to carry motions.
Section 4. All meetings shall be in a facility accessible to the physically handicapped.
ARTICLE VIII - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1: The Board of Directors shall consist of the elected officers and a minimum of four (4)
Section 2: The annual election of Directors shall be held at the March meeting. Commencing in a year
in which an amendment to these Bylaws affecting the duration of the term of office is adopted, terms of
office may be staggered for the year following adoption only permitting certain Directors to serve for a
one-year term and the remaining Directors to serve for a full two-year term.
Section 3: The duties of the Board of Directors shall be to plan and organize each monthly meeting of
the Club and make recommendations to the Club's membership that will facilitate the transaction of
Club business during regular and special meetings. No action of the Board of Directors shall be in
conflict with any action taken by the Club's membership at regular or special meetings.
Section 4: Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be at least one week prior to the regular monthly
meeting of the Club, or at the request of the President or three (3) members of the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors shall investigate all excuses for nonattendance of Board members at regular or
special meetings and shall determine whether good and sufficient reason existed for any absence.
Members wishing to be excused from a Board meeting must submit an excuse to a Club officer.
Members with two (2) consecutive unexcused absences from regular or special Board meetings may be
removed from the Board by a majority vote at a meeting with a quorum of the Board of Directors
present and voting.
Section 5: Four (4) members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum.
Section 6: Any member may be removed from office upon a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the entire
membership of the club at any regular or special meeting after ten (10) days notice to the membership
that a motion for the purpose of removal of said member will be considered at the regular or special
meeting. The removal may be for causes including, but not limited to, the following: malfeasance,
misfeasance, neglect of duty, incompetence, permanent inability to perform official duties, and
conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude.
ARTICLE IX – ELECTIONS
Section 1. Officers shall be elected at the annual meeting held in March of every other year with the
exception of the charter year or if an officer was elected to a one-year term per the minutes recorded
during the meeting in which the election was held.
Section 2. The president, as chairman, shall appoint a Nominating Committee at the regular meeting in
December. This committee shall be composed of five (5) members who shall be appointed by the
president. This committee shall present a candidate for each elective office at the annual meeting in
January. Additional nominations from the floor shall be in order at that time.
Section 3. With the exception of the organizational meeting, there shall be a forty-five (45) day
membership requirement prior to a member being permitted to vote or participate in any club election
of officers or board members.
Section 4. If a vacancy occurs in the office of president, the vice president shall become president.
When they occur, vacancies shall be filled by the club at a regular meeting.
Section 5. Voting for officers and directors must be by secret ballot. Proxies and absentee voting are
ARTICLE X - STANDING COMMITTEES
Section 1: The Board of Directors is responsible for establishing the Standing Committees of the Club.
The President shall appoint the membership of the Standing Committees promptly after each annual
Section 2: The Board of Directors of the Club is empowered to establish those Standing
Committees necessary to: a. Propose and adopt an annual budget; b. Provide accurate audit records of
the Club’s financial activities administered by the Treasurer; c. Maintain and amend the bylaws as may
be required for time to time; d. Support Democratic candidates for public office; e. Establish and
maintain eligibility criteria for Club membership; f. Communication of the purpose and policies of the
Club to the general public; and g. Discover and develop means of raising funds to sustain Club
programs and coordinate its fund raising activities.
ARTICLE XI – ANTI-DISCRIMINATION PROVISION
The club hereby adopts and shall enforce the following anti-discrimination provisions:
1. No Democratic Loyalty Oath should be used which has the effect of requiring members of the
Democratic Party to condone or support discrimination on the grounds of race, color, creed, sex, age,
religion, economic, status, ethnic identity, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender
identity and expression.
2. The time and place for all public meetings of Democratic Party clubs should be publicized fully in
such a manner as to assure timely notice to all interested persons, and should be open to all members of
the Democratic Party regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, religion, economic, status, ethnic
identity, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression.
3. In order to fully and adequately inform prospective and current members of a full description of the
legal, practical and pertinent procedures for selection of all Democratic club representatives and
officers, the club should publicize fully, and in such a manner, as to assure notice to all interested
Democrats in time to have adequate opportunity to participate.
ARTICLE XII- AMENDMENTS
The bylaws may be amended by a majority vote at a regular meeting pursuant to notification in writing
one week prior to the meeting. Bylaws and any changes or amendments are subject to approval by at
least two-thirds (2/3) of the Certification Committee (DEC chairman, state committeeman, and state
committeewoman) and the Florida Democratic Party Committee on Clubs, Organizations, and
Caucuses together with copies of the minutes of the meeting at which these amendments were adopted.
ARTICLE XIII – PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the club in all cases to
which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and the rules of the
county Democratic Executive Committee, Florida Democratic Party and National Democratic Party.
ARTICLE XIV – ACCOUNTABILITY
Section 1. Charter Recertification: In July of each odd numbered year the club shall apply to the
Certification Committee of the county Democratic Executive Committee for a Certificate of
Compliance. Failure to do so shall result in the forfeiture of all rights and privileges of the use of the
word Democrat, Democratic, or derivative thereof. The Certification Committee shall be empowered to
implement the provisions of Article IV (Dues), Section 4, at its discretion during the recertification
Section 2. Dissolution: In the event this club wishes to dissolve, a resolution stating the date of
dissolution and the reasons for the dissolution shall be adopted by a majority vote of the club after
being submitted in writing at the previous meeting. When the club disbands for any reason, the club’s
assets and funds, after all debts are satisfied, shall become the property of the county Democratic
Section 3. Grievances: Clubs disputes and grievances may be resolved with the county chairman, state
committeeman and state committeewoman of the county Democratic Executive Committee in the
county of charter. Should one (1) person hold two (2) of these offices, the vice chairman of the county
Democratic Executive Committee shall also be involved in said resolution. Such resolution may be
appealed to the county Democratic Committee whose decision shall be final unless appealed to the
Judicial Council not later than forty-five (45) days from the date of said decision.