About IDWC

The IDWC is a forum for Idaho Democratic Women to focus on issues of concern, to increase involvement of women in the Democratic Party, to contribute to and to work for Democratic candidates, and to encourage and prepare more women to run for and be elected to public offices at all levels of government.

We are a proud member of the National Federation of Democratic Women.

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Bylaws

IDAHO DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S CAUCUS (IDWC)

Article I-Name

Section 1. Name

1.1 The name of the organization is the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus (IDWC).

Article II – Mission and Purpose of the IDWC

Section 2. Mission and Purpose of IDWC

2.1 To promote the interests of the IDWC in Idaho

2.2 To encourage women to run for and be elected to public office

2.3 To assist and support Idaho Democratic State, County and Legislative District organizations

2.4 To support the development of women’s caucuses in all Idaho Counties

2.5 To assist the state and local Party organizations and legislative caucuses in the selection and election of viable candidates

2.6 To engage in other activities to carry out the mission of the IDWC

Article III – Membership

Section 3. Members

3.1 The IDWC is open and inclusive of any Idaho voter supporting the IDWC Mission and Purpose statement.

3.2 The regular membership annual dues shall be $20.00. Annual dues for seniors and students shall be $10.00.

3.3 Membership dues may be amended at the annual meeting by a majority vote of members present.

Article IV – State Officers and Executive Committee

Section 4. Officers

4.1 The officers of the IDWC are: State Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, one past president and seven (7) State Regional Directors. These officers and directors serve as the Executive Committee.

4.2 The Seven Regional Directors serve the following State Counties and must reside in the region they represent.

Region 1. Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, and Shoshone.
Region 2. Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis and Nez Perce
Region 3. Adams, Canyon, Gem. Owyhee, Payette and Washington
Region 4. Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley
Region 5. Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls
Region 6. Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Butte, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power
Region 7. Bonneville, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison and Teton

4.3. The IDWC supports Women’s Caucuses in all 44 State Counties where feasible. County Women’s Caucuses shall work side by side with State County Chairs and organizations to achieve the goal of recruiting, training and electing women candidates.

4.4 Member counties of a Region shall nominate a representative to serve on the IDWC State Executive Committee as adhoc member.

Article V – Duties of the Executive Committee

Section 5. Duties of the Executive Committee

5.1   The Executive Committee shall provide the leadership to accomplish the mission and purpose of the IDWC

5.2   The Executive Committee shall meet a minimum of two (2) times a year

5.3  The Executive Committee shall co ordinate all IDWC meetings and elections

5.4   Members of the Executive Committee shall serve two year terms.  Elections for the Chair, and Vice  Chair shall be in even numbered years.  The Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected in odd number of years.

5.5 The Executive Committee shall have the authority to appoint replacements for any resigning officer to fill the unexpired term of the offer she is replacing.

5.6 The Chair shall appoint committees as needed.

Article IV – Meetings

Section 6. Membership Meetings

6.1 The IDWC shall meet at least once a year

6.2 Special meetings of the Caucus may be held upon call of the Chair with approval of the Executive Committee and with reasonable notice to members.  No action shall be taken at special meetings unless proposed action was included in the notice of the meeting.

6.3 Twenty (20) percent of the current membership of the Caucus shall constitute a quorum.  The quorum shall be established at the beginning of the meeting and, once established, shall be assumed until adjournment.  

6.4 At regular meetings all motions including the election of officers, shall be carried by simple majority vote, with the exception of amendments to the By-Laws

6.6 All members shall be entitled to one vote

6.7 A member may vote by proxy.  Proxy votes must be received by the Secretary prior to the meeting in which the proxy is to be utilized,  Proxies may be either general or limited and instructed or uninstructed.

All proxies shall be in writing and transferable if so specified.  No member at any time may hold or exercise more than one (1) proxy.  Submission of a proxy vote by facsimile of email shall be permitted.

Rules and Guidelines

Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus in all cases in which such rules are not in conflict with the laws of the State of Idaho, these by-laws and any special rules of order.

Article VII Amendments

These by-laws may be adopted or amended by a two thirds majority vote by those members attending the State Meeting if previous notice of upcoming amendments is given or by a majority vote of the entire membership.

Awards

The Dottie Stimpson Award: The Dottie Stimpson award, honors a woman who has demonstrated perseverance, persistence, patience, passion, commitment and leadership such as Dottie Stimpson has over the years as she founded the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus.

Dottie’s work on behalf of the Democratic Party and the Women’s Caucus has been significant, and in this way we honor her loyalty, energy, and support.

During the Dottie Stimpson award selection process Current IDWC Members will only be selected.

Submitted and approved March 2015