The Stonewall Democrats of Colorado are the LGBTQ Democratic organization in Colorado. We advocate for legislation that guarantees equality and fairness for the LGBTQ community in the state and across the nation, representing the political ideas, concerns, and priorities of the LGBTQ community of Colorado.
The organization achieves these goals by supporting well-qualified candidates for local, state, and national office, and by promoting and lobbying for our civil rights, legislative agenda, healthcare, education, and for funding for our institutions and organizations.
Meetings are the 4th Thursday of every month at 6:00 PM. Unless otherwise specified, for holidays, special events, or meetings.
Rita Simas, Chair
Jeremy VanHooser, 1st Vice Chair
Jared Bynum, 2nd Vice Chair
Scott Irvin, 2nd Vice Chair
Morgan Watters, Secretary
Dalton Zuber, Treasurer
Stonewall Democrats of Colorado
Edited: June 20, 2018
Article I. Name
Section 1.01 The name of the organization will be Stonewall Democrats of Colorado, hereafter referred to as the initiative.
Section 1.02 Stonewall Democrats of Colorado is an initiative of the Colorado Democratic Party and will organize under the national Stonewall Democrats organization.
Article II. Mission
Section 2.01 The mission of the Stonewall Democrats of Colorado is to advance equal rights protections for all people, especially those who identify as Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer.
Section 2.02 The Stonewall Democrats of Colorado is an initiative of the Colorado Democratic Party representing the issues and identities of the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and Gender Non-conforming (LGBTQ) Democrats.
Section 2.03 The initiative will work to define and implement the values of the Democratic Party at local, state, and national levels to reflect the needs and desires of the LGBTQ community, to promote the election of LGBTQ persons to an office within the Party and public office in local, state, and national government.
Section 2.04 To this end, the initiative will work with other LGBTQ organizations and political groups across the state and nation to achieve these goals.
Article III. Membership
Section 3.01 Requirements for membership
(a) Any person registered to vote as a Democrats in the State of Colorado is eligible to become a member of the initiative.
Section 3.02 Non-discrimination
(a) No person shall be denied membership for any reason as long as the person meets the requirements of membership. Stonewall Democrats of Colorado will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, social or economic status, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation or any other factor unrelated to membership and the mission of the initiative.
Section 3.03 Membership Dues
(a) The membership dues are set annually by the chair with consent of the board. Dues are payable when a person joins the initiative and at the beginning of each year.
(b) The current executive board member is exempt from any monetary dues while holding office.
Section 3.04 Termination of Membership
(a) Membership is automatically terminated upon changing party affiliation, ending voter registration, and registering in another state.
(b) Membership can be terminated by a unanimous vote of the executive board. The member must be given notice ten (10) days prior to any meeting; notice must provide the reason(s) for termination of membership. The member is allowed to provide evidence and testimony in their defense, prior to a vote on membership.
(c) Reinstatement of terminated membership is by a majority vote of the executive board; the member will be required to pay the membership dues following the reinstatement.
Article IV. Executive Board
Section 4.01 Executive Board Members
(a) The elected officers of the executive board shall be the chair, 1st vice chair, two (2) 2nd vice chairs, secretary, and treasurer.
(b) Elected officers shall take office at 12:00 AM following their election and shall hold office for two (2) years or until their successors are elected.
Section 4.02 Eligibility
(a) All elected and appointed positions are open to current members.
(b) Elected officials and candidates for public office are eligible to serve in all roles on the executive board.
Section 4.03 Election of the Executive Board
(a) The election of officers is held every two (2) years in conjunction with the Colorado Democratic Party (CDP) reorganization meeting or the March scheduled meeting of the initiative in odd-numbered years.
(b) Nominations or self-nominations can be done from the floor or with prior notice to the election committee.
(c) Notice of the election must be given to the membership within two (2) days following the CDP reorganization meeting and at least fifteen (15) days prior to the election meeting.
(d) The election meeting will be presided over by the chair. The election committee will be responsible for conducting the election.
(i) The election will be overseen by CDP.
(ii) If any member is running for a position, they will recuse themselves from presiding over the nominations of that position and counting of votes.
(iii) Candidates will be listed alphabetically by office on printed ballots.
Section 4.04 Duties of Office
(i) The chair shall develop the initiative’s vision; develop and implement annually a strategic operating plan, serve as the spokesperson, set the agenda for and preside over all meetings of the executive board and of the membership, establish committees as may be deemed necessary, appoint directors of the committees, serve as the official representative of the initiative in public forums, appoint or represent the initiative on all committees of CDP, make decisions for the initiative on policy when specifically empowered to do so by the executive board, advise the membership of pertinent matters affecting the welfare of the democratic party and the initiative, authorize the disbursement of funds of the initiative within limits set by the executive board, act as treasurer in the absence or inability of the treasurer, and perform the functions customarily attributed to this office.
(b) 1st Vice Chair
(i) The 1st vice chair shall perform the duties of the chair’s in their absence until such time as they return, or a new chair is elected or appointed. The 1st vice chair will oversee the outreach committee. They shall perform other duties as assigned by the chair.
(c) 2nd Vice Chairs
(i) The 2nd vice chairs shall divide the duties between each other. These duties shall include organizing political activities, developing policy documents and distribution of the materials, organize and lead efforts in endorsing candidates or campaigns. Additional to the policy and campaign duties the 2nd vice chairs are responsible for membership growth, and educational components of regular meetings. The 2nd vice chairs oversee the policy/campaigns/endorsement committee and the membership committee. In the absence of the chair and 1st vice chair lead the initiative.
(i) The secretary shall record and distribute minutes of board meetings and accurately maintain all official documents relating to the initiative, including committee reports unless delegated to another person by agreement. The secretary will oversee elections committee.
(i) The treasurer shall maintain the financial records, receive and approve disbursement of fund, prepare an annual budget of anticipated revenues and expenses, report the financial status of the initiative to the executive board on a regular basis, maintain membership records, prepare and submit donations report on a timely basis to CDP, and provide all information necessary for periodic audits as may be directed by the executive board. The treasurer will oversee all fundraising efforts and lead the finance and fundraising committee and report to the executive board.
Section 4.05 Removal from Office
(a) An elected officer may be removed from office as follows: upon recommendation of a two- thirds majority of the executive board on a roll call vote, or, upon submission of a petition signed by at least twenty-five (25) percent of the membership or 10 current members, whichever is greater, and the submission of such recommendation or petition for a vote by the membership at a regularly membership meeting.
(b) Removal of an officer shall require a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting at such meeting.
Section 4.06 Vacancy
(a) In the event, there is a vacancy on the executive board the chair can appoint to fill the vacancy.
(b) Vacancies must be filled within fourteen (14) days of the vacancy.
(c) If the chair is vacant, the member of the executive board with the most seniority on the board will assume the position of chair until the next election.
(i) If no member of the board has seniority on the executive board, a vote of the remaining board will elect the chair.
(ii) In the event that a chair cannot be selected by the executive board, the Chair of CDP will appoint a someone to serve as the acting chair for forty-five (45) days to hold a special vacancy election to elect a new executive board.
(d) Special vacancy elections are open to any person that meets the requirements of membership. Special vacancy elections can only be called by an acting chair appointed by the chair of CDP for the purpose of electing a new executive board or to reinstate the initiative that has gone dormant.
Article V. Meetings
Section 5.01 Quorum
(a) A quorum for meeting to hold a vote requires two-thirds of the current executive board and any additional members present.
(b) No proxy voting shall be permitted.
(c) Special vacancy election quorum includes the acting chair and at least four (4) addition people that meet the requirement of membership.
Section 5.02 Regular Membership Meeting
(a) Regular membership meetings must be held at least six (6) times throughout the calendar year. These meetings are open to non-members, only current members are eligible to vote.
Section 5.03 Executive Board Meeting
(a) Executive board meetings can be called by the chair or two (2) board members. These meeting must have two-thirds of the executive board present to vote. Minutes from the meeting must be sent to the all executive board following the conclusion of the meeting.
Section 5.04 Special Meeting
(a) Special meetings may be called by the chair in order advance the initiative or address issues identified by the chair. Special meetings cannot be used to hold elections expect for special vacancy elections.
Section 5.05 Committee Meeting
(a) Committees set by the chair shall call meetings as need. The responsible executive board member shall attend the committee meetings and serve as the official representative of the executive board and will report on the activities of the committee.
Article VI. Local Affiliated Organizations
Section 6.01 Stonewall Democrats of Colorado shall, at the discretion of the executive board, recognize local organizations as affiliated, whether they are organized by region, county, city, or other reasonable community of interest. Not more than one organization shall be recognized to represent the same region, county, city, or other reasonable community of interest.
Section 6.02 Local organizations can form under the process set forth by Stonewall Democrats of Colorado, Colorado Democratic Party, or county democratic parties.
(a) Local Organizations organized under the Stonewall Democrats of Colorado shall maintain all finances with the Colorado Democratic Party, both Local and State initiatives will manage records. Colorado Democratic Party will submit financial reports on behalf of the organization.
(b) Local Organizations organized under a local Democratic Party shall maintain all finances with the local Democratic Party, the local organization will manage records. The local Democratic Party will submit financial reports on behalf of the organization.
Article VII. Rules and Governance
Section 7.01 This constitution shall serve as the supreme governing document for the initiative, followed by the Colorado Democratic Party Rules.
Section 7.02 Roberts Rules of Order shall be the parliamentary authority for the initiative on all questions not covered by this constitution or other documents stated in the Section 7.01
Article VIII. Amendments
Section 8.01 A two-thirds vote can make amendments to this constitution at a regular membership meeting. Ten (10) days notice of the vote to amend must be given with the proposed amending language. A quorum must be present at the time of the vote.
Section 8.02 Proposed changes must be presented to the chair at any meeting of the initiative by a current member.
(a) Minor changes
(i) The executive board can make spelling, grammar, or punctuation changes without a vote or notice.
(ii) Changes required by the Colorado Democratic Party will be made, and notice of the change will be sent to the membership.
Adopted on June 20, 2018, by a unanimous vote of the membership.