Greetings! You are invited to attend the Libertarian Party of Allen County's annual convention. We deal with bylaws, platform, election of officers, election of delegates to the state convention, while catching up on the state of the LP and socializing with each other and hearing a great comedy guest speaker.
2017 Libertarian Party of Allen County Convention
Friday, April 21, 2017, 6 to 9pm
6pm dinner & entertainment,
7pm convention Liberty Diner, private room, 2929 Goshen Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Cost: Pay for your own meal.
To vote or be elected, *join LPIN for $25, prior. NOTE: We have since received information that you can vote and be nominated if you are a member of the National Libertarian Party - www.LP.org
Plus: An Irreverent Spiel from Guest Speaker Greg Lenz of “WE ARE LIBERTARIANS” http://wearelibertarians.com
-ONLY LPIN members may be elected county officers or vote at this convention. To join the LPIN, pay $25 by clicking Join/Donate at www.LPIN.org.
- LPAC Delegates going to the LPIN convention May 6 must be LPIN members before April 16.
-All motions to amend the bylaws must be written and submitted to the Chairperson, prior to the Call to Order at 7pm. (LPAC Bylaws, Article VI, Section 5).
- If you live in a county with no Libertarian county party you are “unaffiliated”. The LPIN allows you to join another county’s Libertarian Party. If you received this in the mail, but you are not in Allen County, you are probably in an **unaffiliated county, and that is why we are inviting you.
- Roberts’ Rules of Order are used by the Libertarian Party to conduct their meetings.
6 to 7pm - Check in with LPAC Secretary for attendance and to credential you for voting. Join LPAC - free.
- Order food and socialize.
- Look over Agenda information
Candidates for State LP Chair speak, Tim Maquire and Jesse Riddle
6:30pm -Greg Lenz presents:
“The Future of the Libertarian Party: Fulfilling Our Promise to the New Onlookers We Gained from the Election.”
Greg Lenz, along with Chris Spangle and others co-host “We Are Libertarians” with a blend of humor, intelligence and an irreverence that modern politics deserves. See their podcasts at http://wearelibertarians.com/.
* To join the LPIN, pay $25 by clicking Join/Donate at www.LPIN.org.
Libertarian Party of Allen County
PO Box 10966/ Ft Wayne, IN 46866-0966
260 750-9013-Jeannette Jaquish, Vice Chair email@example.com
AGENDA for the 4/21/2017 Libertarian Party of Allen County Convention
7:00pm - Call to Order by LPAC Chair
Credentials Report by Secretary - *To vote or be nominated you must be an LPIN member. Credential and seat LPIN members of Allen County or UnAffiliated Counties invited by LPAC. Number of voting members in attendance; Number of votes for majority; Number of votes for 2/3. Adopt Rules for this Convention, debate, amend, approve by majority vote of members.
Adopt Agenda, debate, amend, approve by majority vote of members.
Financial Report, by LPAC Treasurer, amend, approve by majority vote of members.
State of the LPAC, by LPAC Chair, including - The state of the LPAC records. - LPAC officer positions open. - Upcoming opportunities for Libertarians to run for office.
Bylaws Debate, (submit motions to Chair before Call to Order) Amendments approved by 2/3 vote
Chair’s Report on Number of Delegates to be elected to attend the State Convention, May 6, 2017 .
**(LPIN rules: Each affiliated County Organization shall be allocated one (1) Delegate for every ten (10) Members of the LPIN, or fraction thereof, who inhabit said county, plus one (1) Delegate for every thousand (1,000) votes cast, or fraction thereof, in said county for the Libertarian Party candidate in the last Secretary of State race.) Delegates must be members of LPIN for 20 days prior to state convention.
The Role and Duties of Delegates, by Vice Chair LPAC Platform Debate, approval by majority vote
Nomination and Election of Delegates to the State Convention - Vote
Nomination of Libertarian Candidates for Political Office within Allen County
-NOTE: Our ballot guru says no regular Indiana elections in 2017. But you could start early for 2018.
Nomination and Election of County Officers for open positions, majority Vote
Call for Issues to Work On, discussion and planning
*To join the LPIN, pay $25 by clicking Join/Donate at www.LPIN.org. *
Section 3. Membership Required. All Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the Annual Business Meeting at the State Convention shall be Members of the LPIN for not less than twenty (20) continuous days as of the starting date of the State Convention [April 16, 2017] and currently in good standing as of the starting date, subject to verification by the Credentials Committee, and must inhabit the counties for which County Organizations they serve as Delegate or Alternate Delegate. In case a Member of the LPIN inhabits more than one county, such Member shall choose one (1) county from which to serve as a Delegate or Alternate Delegate to the Annual Business Meeting, and no Member shall claim to inhabit more than one (1) county in the same ninety (90) day period
The Bylaws of the Libertarian Party of Allen County
Article I Name, Identity, and Structure
Article II Statement of Purpose, Function, and Principles
Article III Membership
Article IV Business Meetings
Article V Officers
Article VI Conventions
Article VII Adoption, Amendments, Standing Rules, Affiliation
ARTICLE I – NAME, IDENTITY, AND STRUCTURE
Sec 1. Name. Libertarian Party of Allen County (Indiana), hereinafter referred to as the
Sec 2. Structure. The LPAC is a political organization constituted by its membership
and is affiliated (see Art VII, Sec X) with the Libertarian Party of Indiana,
hereinafter referred to as the “LPIN”.
Sec 3. Bona Fide Party. The LPAC is a bona fide political party under the laws of the
State of Indiana and is authorized to receive political contributions. The LPAC
accepts political contributions in its name.
Sec 4. Device. The official device of the LPAC and all of its candidates nominated shall
be a monochrome silhouette of the Statue of Liberty, a symbol which is also
known as Lady Liberty.
Sec 5. Address. The mailing address of the LPAC shall be designated as the address of
the current Treasurer. The current mailing address of the LPAC is: ???. This
section shall be amended as necessary.
ARTICLE II – STATEMENT OF PURPOSE, FUNCTION, AND PRINCIPLES
Sec 1. Purpose. The primary purpose of the LPAC is to promote individual liberty and
to eliminate the intervention of government in moral, social, and economic affairs
by fielding and supporting Libertarian candidates for public office.
Sec 2. Function. To recruit, nominate, and elect candidates for all county, city,
township, and town offices within Allen County; to assist the LPIN in
recruitment, nomination, and election of candidates to State legislative and U.S.
Congressional offices that affect all or part of Allen County; to select LPAC
delegates and alternative delegates to the annual business meetings of the LPIN’s
annual convention, hereinafter referred to as the “State Convention”.
Sec 3. Principles.
a. That all people possess certain natural rights, to wit: the right to life, liberty,
justly acquired property, and self-governance.
b. That the only moral basis of government is the preservation and protection of
c. That no person or institution, public or private, has the right to initiate the use
of physical force or fraud against another person or institution, and that all
people are bound, without contract to abstain from infringing upon the natural
rights of other people.
d. That all people are entitled to choose their own lifestyles so long as they do
not forcibly impose their values on others.
e. That the voluntary and unrestricted exchange of goods and services is
fundamental to a peaceful and harmonious society.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
Sec 1. All Allen County residents who are current members of the LPIN are considered
members of the LPAC.
Sec 2. Anyone who is a member of the LPIN and is from an unaffiliated county can be
made a member of the LPAC by a 2/3 vote at convention or by a ¾ vote at a business
meeting. (Adopted 20 Nov 06)
ARTICLE IV – BUSINESS MEETINGS
Sec 1. Meetings. The LPAC shall hold business meetings monthly or as needed to
conduct LPAC business. The date, time, and location shall be determined by the
Chairperson. Reasonable notice shall be given to all LPAC members. The
Chairperson shall determine the meetings agenda subject to change by majority
vote at the meeting.
Sec 2. Purpose. The business meeting serves to control and manage all of the affairs and
property of the LPAC consistent wit h these bylaws. All expenditures of the
LPAC property shall be made by a motion from the floor, have been seconded
and passed by majority vote of the members present.
Sec 3. Quorum. A quorum at the business meeting shall be the presence of the
Chairman or Vice Chairman and 10% of registered members. In absence of such
all officers may constitute a quorum. This definition applies to all Allen County
Libertarian meetings, conventions, and business where a quorum is required.
ARTICLE V – OFFICERS
Sec 1. Four officers. The officers of the LPAC shall be a Chairperson, a Vice
Chairperson, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. These four officers are required to be
members of the LPIN.
Sec 2. Election of officers. Officers of the LPAC shall be elected at the annual
convention fo one year terms. The officer nominee who receives the most votes
in each race shall be elected. Officers shall be elected by secret ballot unless
uncontested, in which case election may be by acclimation. Officers shall take
office upon the close of the annual convention and serve thereafter until the final
adjournment of the next annual convention.
Sec 3. Roles and responsibilities of the officers.
a. Chairperson. The Chairperson shall preside over all business meetings and
conventions and shall be the official spokesperson of the LPAC. The
Chairperson may appoint such committees as are deemed necessary to
conduct LPAC business.
1.) The Chairperson shall be responsible for co-signing all checks written by
the Treasurer of any amount greater than $500. (Adopted 18 July 05)
b. Vice Chairperson. The Vice Chairperson shall serve in the absence of the
Chairperson and shall be responsible for the training and coordination of
precinct committee persons.
1.) The Vice Chairperson shall be responsible for signing all checks written
by the Treasurer up to and including $500. (Adopted 18 July 05)
c. Secretary. The Secretary shall record the minutes of all LPAC meetings and
conventions, be the custodian of said minutes, the bylaws and its amendments,
committee reports, standing rules, and correspondence designated by the
1.) The Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining a master list of all
information required under Article 5, Section VIII and dispersing this
information in a timely manner to all other officers. (Adopted 13 June 05)
d. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be the custodian of all assets, be responsible for he
filing of all campaign finance forms, and for maintaing the list of current
1.) The treasurer shall be responsible for writing all checks to pay
debts incurred by the Libertarian Party of Allen County. (Adopted 18
Sec 4. Removal of officers. Officers who are elected in convention may be removed
only by 2/3 vote in convention or ¾ vote at a business meeting for cause.
Sec 5. Vacancies. In the event of removal or resignation of any officer the Chairperson
shall give notice to all LPAC members of such vacancy. The Chairperson may
fill such vacancies pending majority approval of the LPAC membership at the
next business meeting following the notice.
Sec 6. Standing rules. For the LPAC to be in harmony with these bylaws and to
facilitate the smooth flow of business ta meetings and conventions standing rules
may be written and made available for general use. Standing rules may be
adopted by ¾ vote at a business meeting or 2/3 vote in convention. Standng rules
may be repealed by a 2/3 vote at a business meeting or simple majority at
Sec 7. Authority to Contract. No one shall have the authority to contract for goods or
services on behalf of the LPAC without the consent of the Chairperson and/or the
Treasurer. The Chairperson and the Treasurer have the authority to purchase
office related materials or services.
Sec 8. Knowledge of all operational assets. All officers shall be informed of any and all
information that may be needed to operate any accounts, offices, security codes,
computer accounts, passwords and any other information that may be deemed
necessary. (Adopted 13 June 05)
ARTICLE VI – CONVENTIONS
Sec 1. Annual convention. The LPAC shall hold an annual convention during the second
quarter of each calendar year, ideally prior to the LPIN state convention. It shall
be used to: elect officers of the LPAC; to make annual report of the LPAC
financial condition; to amend the bylaws; to elect delegates and alternate
delegates from the LPAC to the LPIN state convention; and to nominate
candidates for public offices in accordance with Article I, Section 2 of these
Sec 2. Attendance and participation. Attendance at the annual convention is open to all
LPAC members and their guests. Until we get really big the convention shall be
free of charge, but a nominal fee may be charged to defray the cost of the
convention facilities. Only LPAC members may vote to elect officers of the
LPAC; to amend these bylaws; to elect delegates and alternate delegates from the
LPAC to the LPIN State convention; and to nominate candidates for public office.
Sec 3. Notice of convention. The Chairperson shall notify all LPAC members of the
date, time, location and agenda of the annual convention at least 45 days prior to
such convention by any method reasonably certain to reach the membership.
Sec 4. Order of business. After the call to order the first order of business is to credential
and seat the members of the LPAC. The minutes of the last convention shall be
read and approved. The Chairperson may submit or adopt rules and/or agenda on
his or her own initiative, subject to the approval by simple majority of the
membership present. The Treasurer shall give the LPAC’s annual financial
Sec 5. Motions in writing. All motions to amend these bylaws shall be made in writing
and submitted to the Chairperson prior to the call to order. The Chairperson shall
present them to the membership for approval by simple majority.
Sec 6. Credentials. The Chairperson shall appoint a member to verify membership in the
LPAC. Only verified members present shal be allowed to vote on any business
introduced in convention. No voting by proxy shall be allowed.
Sec 7. Nomination of candidates. The annual convention shall nominate candidates for
county, city, township, and town offices within Allen County. Individual
members may declare their candidacy for office. Approval of nominations made
by either method shall be by simple majority. Nominations or declarations of US
Congressional, State Legislative, or Judicial offices affecting all or part of Allen
County shall be made and approved by simple majority.
Sec 8. Election of delegates to the LPIN convention. The annual convention (or a
business meeting prior to the State convention) shall be used to elect delegates
and alternate delegates to the State convention. Any delegate positions not filled
prior to the State convention may be fileld by appointments made by the highest
ranking LPAC officer planning to attend the State convention, with the consent of
Sec 9. Candidate endorsement. The LPAC shall not endorse any candidate who opposes
a candidate that is nominated by the LPIN or the LPAC. The LPAC membership
should carefully consider in convention or at the business meeting the
endorsement of any non-member declaring their candidacy as a Libertarian.
ARTICLE VII – ADOPTION, AMENDMENTS, STANDING RULES, AFFILIATION
Sec 1. Adoption. These bylaws shall be adopted when approved by a majority of
LPAC members present at the annual convention at which the bylaws were
presented for adoption. These bylaws shall take effect immediately upon the
close of the convention.
Sec 2. Amendments. These bylaws may be amended by 2/3 vote of the LPAC members
attending the annual convention. All amendments shall take effect immediately
upon the close of the convention.
Sec 3. Standing Rules. Standing rules may be introduced as a motion by any LPAC
member and adopted, rescinded, or amended at any annual convention or business
meeting. See Article V, Section 6.
Sec 4. Affiliation with LPIN. The LPAC hereby ratifies these bylaws and authorizes the
undersigned officers to petition the LPIN for official affiliation in accordance
with existing LPIN requirements.
Approved this 13th day of December, 2004, by majority vote of the LPAC members
present at the annual convention.
Article 3, Section 2 was added to allow people who are members of the Libertarian Party
that regularly attend LPAC meetings yet are unable to become members due to where
they live to have a voice within the Libertarian Party. If they are from an affiliated
county they may have a voice there. If they are from an unaffiliated county and this
allows them a say with us until their county becomes affiliated.
i apologize for the lack of formatting in the next section. Website is sluggish.
[PROPOSED AMENDMENT from some obscure file J. Jaquish found on her computer:] Proposed changes to the LPAC Bylaws
Article I 1. Correct our mailing address to: Libertarian Party of Allen County PO Box 10966 Ft Wayne, IN 46866-0966 Article III 2. All members of LPUS and LPIN are considered members of LPAC unless they declare otherwise. 3. Residents of adjacent Indiana counties may join LPAC if their home county does not have an LP. No more than one person from any county other than Allen may be a member of LPAC. Article V 4. If the chair resigns, dies, moves out of state, is charged with a felony, is impeached, or goes more than 60 days without any contact with other officers, then the Vice Chair shall serve as interim chair. 5. Officers shall be elected in years that follow US Presidential elections and will be encouraged to serve 4 year terms. (I recognize that this is not always possible, but I think it should be a priority. I would rather have a mediocre four year chair than a fabulous one year chair.)
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS from the March 2017 LPAC meeting to be presented to the LPAC Convention: Article III - MEMBERSHIP Add Sec. 3 “An optional fee of $20 or less will be asked of people to become members of the LPAC.” ----------------- Article V - OFFICERS Amend Sec. 2: Election of officers. Officers of the LPAC shall be elected at the annual convention fo one year terms. [change to:] “for two year terms.” ----------------- Article VI - CONVENTIONS Amend Sec. 2 by inserting after “Attendance and participation.” [insert: “All LP and LPIN members are automatically LPAC members and may vote without delay at the LPAC convention. However, a person who is only an LPAC member must be a member for 30 days before the LPAC convention to vote at it.”] ----------------- Article VI - CONVENTIONS Amend Sec. 3: . . . The Chairperson shall notify all LPAC members of the date, time, location and agenda of the annual convention at least 45 days [change to: 30 days] prior to such convention by any method reasonably certain to reach the membership. ----------------- Article VI - CONVENTIONS Add Sec. 10: In the event of a tie vote the Chairman’s vote will count twice unless the vote involves the sitting Chairman. a) If the vote involves the sitting Chairman, then the highest ranking officer not affected by the vote shall have their vote counted twice. ----------------- Article IV - BUSINESS MEETINGS Add Sec. 4: In the event of a tie vote the Chairman’s vote will count twice unless the vote involves the sitting Chairman. a) If the vote involves the sitting Chairman, then the highest ranking officer not affected by the vote shall have their vote counted twice. NOTE: The above (2) changes should be considered to allow the LPAC a method of breaking the votes. These are done in two (2) separate sections as they would need to apply to both business meetings and conventions. ------------------- Article III - MEMBERSHIP Add Sec. 3: Any person may join the Libertarian Party of Allen county if that person meets the following requirements: #1) A legal citizen of the United States of America OR present in the United States under a valid visa and, #2) Maintains a residence inside of Allen County. Article III - MEMBERSHIP Add Sec. 3a: Members must be age 18 by the next National General Election to vote in LPAC business meetings or LPAC conventions. Age 10 and older may vote in committee meetings. ----------------- Article III - MEMBERSHIP Add Sec. 3b: No proxy voting. ----------------- Article III - MEMBERSHIP Add Sec. 4: Expulsion of members. Any member of the LPAC may be expelled and banned from attending business meetings. To expel a member will require a unanimous vote of all officers. All officers must explain in writing to the membership the basis of their decision. a) Should an officer be the object of expulsion then the remaining officers must be unanimous AND a majority vote required at the next (or current) business meeting. b) The person being expelled will have the right to appeal to the membership of the LPAC at the next (or current) business meeting. Banning will not apply to this one time meeting. The membership may override the decision with a simple majority vote. c) The banned person may be submitted by an officer for re-instatement by majority vote of the officers. NOTE: The above change should be considered to give some degree of damage control in public relations. While the Chairman is the only spokesman of the LPAC this allows us to disassociate ourselves with a person who may bring unfavorable media attention to us. Consider that currently we have absolutely no method of getting rid of a troublemaker. This gives some degree of control to our organization. ----------------- Article IV - BUSINESS MEETING Add: Sec. 5 - Business meetings may be deemed private for Libertarian Party members only and thus may exclude non-members. Sec. 6 - While most business meetings are open to the public, it may be necessary to ban a non-member from attending a certain meeting. This may be done by a simple majority vote of officers. The officers may be overridden by a a majority of the membership. The officers must state the cause for banning an individual. NOTE: The above change should be considered due to our potential need to keep certain issues confidential. Currently, due to tradition and a lack of codification all of our business meetings have been open to anyone who wished to attend. This simply codifies our rules and allows us under our bylaws to keep out non-members as needed. Please note that most meetings should be open to the public.
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