WICR Constitution

adopted: april 8, 2017

 

Constitution of the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans

ARTICLE I – Name

This federation shall be named the “Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans” (hereafter referred to as “WICRs”).

ARTICLE II – Purposes

The mission of WICRs is to support College Republican chapters at Wisconsin universities, colleges, and other institutions of higher learning. WICRs serves as a trainer, a resource, and a mobilizer for College Republicans in Wisconsin to achieve their goals on campus and in local, statewide, and federal elections.

ARTICLE III – Membership

Section 1: Chapter Membership

Subsection A. Each chapter must be associated with a university, college, or other institution of higher learning within the state of Wisconsin. Only one club will be recognized from each institution.

Subsection B. An organization shall be officially recognized as a WICRs chapter when the WICRs Executive Board is presented with and approves: a constitution, a university contact, and a list of five (5) charter members who are full- or part-time students at the same institution with their email addresses and phone numbers

Subsection C. The executive board and chapter chairs shall comprise the Federation Committee.

Section 2: CRNC National Credentialing

All chapter chairs shall be prepared to submit membership credentialing information every odd numbered year to the College Republican National Committee (CRNC) in order to be allocated the proper delegate amount to the CRNC Convention. This duty shall be organized and carried out by the WICR Secretary.

ARTICLE IV – Executive Board, Elections, Duties, and Removal

Section 1: Executive Board

Subsection A. The elected members of the Executive Board of the WICRs shall be the Chairman, the Vice Chairman, the Treasurer, and the Secretary.

Subsection B. The election of officers shall be held at the annual WICR state convention and follow the process outlined in this Constitution.

Subsection C. The Chairman may appoint up to ten other members of the executive board serving in whatever capacity the Chairman deems fitting. They serve at the discretion of the Chairman.

Subsection D. The terms of these offices shall begin at the close of the Convention or after their appointment and last through the close of the following year’s Convention.

Subsection F. An Executive Board member must be a member of a recognized WICRs chapter during his/her tenure in office and be a full- or part-time student at a Wisconsin institution of higher learning.

Section 2: Elections

Subsection A. All contested elections held by this organization shall be conducted by paper ballot. If none of the candidates seeking election to an Office receives an absolute majority on the first ballot, a second ballot shall be held, the choice being between the two candidates receiving the most votes on the first ballot. The victor shall be chosen by a majority vote.

Subsection B. Each chapter shall be entitled to five votes (5), plus one (1) vote for every twenty-five (25) members thereafter not to exceed ten (10) votes total per chapters. Chapters will apportion their votes equally among their delegates present, to then be cast at the individual delegate's discretion. All active chapters shall submit their full membership lists at the Convention.

Subsection C. In the event of an uncontested election, a voice vote may be used as per the discretion of the sitting Chairman.

Subsection D. Any candidate for an Elected Officer Board position must be present at the State Convention unless approved by a majority of the Federation Committee or if proving their candidacy void due to their absence would be deemed illegal by an employer (such as Jury Duty or military obligations). If the absence is approved, the candidate may submit a written statement to be read.

Section 3: Duties

Subsection A. Chairman

The Chairman shall call and preside over all meetings and conventions. The Chairman shall supervise them day to day operation of the organization, execute the will of the Executive Board and Federation Committee, and act as a direct representative of the Federation Committee and reflect its stance in the College Republican National Committee and other Republican organizations.

Subsection B. Vice Chairman

The Vice Chairman shall carry out specific duties assigned by the Chairman.

Subsection C. Treasurer

The Treasurer shall be charged with the management of funds of the WICRs, and all financial reports and records that may be required by the Ethics Commission or other government agencies. The Treasurer must fulfill quarterly financial reporting and convention reporting duties enumerated in Article VII.

Subsection D. Secretary

The Secretary shall record and distribute minutes of all meetings. The Secretary shall also collect the credentialing information as deemed necessary by the College Republican National Committee. Necessary information shall be communicated to Executive Board and Federation Committee members.

Section 4: Office Vacancies, Replacements, and Removal

Subsection A. If the office of Chairman becomes vacant due to death, resignation, or removal under Subsection C, the Vice Chairman shall become the Chairman.

Subsection B. For the three remaining elected positions, a vacancy shall be filled by an appointment of the Chairman, subject to confirmation by a two-thirds vote of the other members of the Executive Board.

Subsection C. An Elected Officer Board member may be removed by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the Federation Committee given a seven (7) day notice of the motion to the committee. Misconduct or failure to complete duties are grounds for removal.

Subsection D. A recognized chapter may have its charter revoked by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the Federation Committee given a seven (7) day notice of the motion to the committee. Gross misconduct or failure to act with the values and principles of the WICRs are grounds for revocation.

ARTICLE V – State Convention

Section 1: WICR shall convene to conduct business at least once each year.

Section 2: WICR will hold an annual State Convention, where they shall hear reports from the Officers of the WICRs, elect Officers for the coming year, and conduct such other business as deemed necessary. Announcement must be no later than 30 days prior to the Convention’s commencement.

ARTICLE VI – Amendments

Section 1: Amendments must be time-stamped as delivered to the secretary at least thirty (30) days prior to the State Convention, and shall be sent out to the Federation Committee at least fifteen (15) days prior to convention.

ARTICLE VII – Finances

Section 1: The Treasurer shall present an update on the financial accounts of the WICRs every quarter to the Chairman and every year to the Convention.

Section 2: The Chairman and the Treasurer are guaranteed bank account access. Other board members may be given access at Chairman’s discretion.
Section 3: The fiscal year shall be from May 1st to April 30th of the following year.

ARTICLE VIII –  Endorsements

Section 1: No candidate for public office, whether local, state, or national, shall be endorsed until after the party primary; however, this shall not prevent any member from participating in any campaign on an individual basis.

Section 2: The Chairman shall be allowed to endorse College Republican National Committee candidates based on their discretion.

ARTICLE IV –  Ratification

Upon the approval by at least two-thirds (2/3) of the Federation Committee on April 8th, 2017 at State Convention, this constitution shall become the effective governing document of WICRs superseding all prior documents.