VBDC Bylaw and Organizational Changes
At the September 11, 2017 business meeting, the VBDC Steering Committee proposed several Bylaw and organizational changes to voting members. The objectives of the Bylaw and organizational changes were to: 1. expand our membership and volunteer base; and 2. reorganize the VBDC structure to streamline the chair’s role, strengthen legislative district and precinct support and operations, improve member and volunteer onboarding and engagement, and enhance member programming.
The following changes to the VBDC Bylaws were voted upon and approved by members:
1. Increase membership and affiliate categories as follows:
a. Members are those who support the Democratic Party and are registered voters in Virginia Beach. Members are elected to the VBDC and have voting privileges. There are no changes in the Bylaws for Members.
b. Associate Members are those who support the Democratic Party and are registered voters in another city, county or state but have an interest in Virginia Beach politics, e.g. business owners, employees, college students, military family members, etc. Associate Members do not have voting privileges and are approved by the Membership Chair.
c. Supporters are those who support the Democratic Party, such as permanent residents (green card holders) or others ineligible to vote. Supporters also may include independent voters who want to remain independent but are supporting specific Democratic causes or candidates. Supporters do not have voting privileges and are approved by the Membership Chair.
d. Volunteers are those who staff campaigns, precincts, polling locations or special projects, typically during elections. (Including Volunteers in our Bylaws is intended to recognize their importance to VBDC and in election operations.)
2. Refine the organizational structure to improve performance for members:
a. A vice chair for precinct operations and legislative district chairs will be added to oversee legislative district and precinct operations. The existing vice chair will oversee VBDC organizational operations. These refinements should enable the chair to strengthen communication and coordination with DPVA and address VBDC priorities more efficiently.
b. VBDC will add two new committees: Programming; and New Member and Volunteer Orientation and Training.
Please share these more inclusive membership changes with family, friends and co-workers and invite them to join VBDC. Virginia is for voters!