The By-Laws Committee is compromised of the following individuals:

Carolyn Boyce, Rita Haggardt,
Jeanne Buell,

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 President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, one past President, and seven (7) State Regional Directors. These officers and directors serve on 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 an ad-hoc 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 coordinate all IDWC meetings and elections.

5.4   Members of the Executive Committee shall serve two-year terms. Elections for the President and Secretary shall be in even-numbered years. Elections for even-numbered Regional Directors shall be in even-numbered years. The Vice President and Treasurer shall be elected in odd-numbered years. Elections for odd-numbered Regional Directors shall be in odd-numbered years.

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

5.6 The President 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 the call of the President with approval of the Executive Committee and with reasonable notice to members. No action shall be taken at special meetings unless the 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 an 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.

Submitted and approved March 2015