ARTICLE I Name
The name of this organization shall be the Coalition of Arlingtonians for Responsible Development (CARD).
ARTICLE II Objective
CARD was formed in June 2015 as a coalition of citizens focused on the responsible development of Arlington County, Virginia, to increase the quality of life for residents while promoting social and economic mobility. Responsible development includes, but is not limited to, the thoughtful placement of geographically distributed affordable housing, achieving educational excellence for all, shrinking the student achievement gap, and creating infrastructure that protects natural resources while maximizing the efficiency of transit throughout all of the county.
ARTICLE III Members
Section 1. The membership of CARD shall consist of individuals who reside, work, own a business or property in Arlington, Virginia.
Section 2. Membership in CARD is voluntary and activated through membership in CARD’s email listserv.
Section 3. To vote in an election, a person must be a confirmed CARD member prior to the date an election is announced.
ARTICLE IV Steering Committee
Section 1. The Steering Committee of CARD shall consist of a Chair, Vice-Chair, Chairs of Designated Committees, and representatives of the at-large membership. The Steering Committee shall not have more than twelve members and no less than six members at any time.
Section 2. Formation of the Steering Committee. The members of the Steering Committee assumed their positions initially upon the formation of CARD. No later than June 1, 2016 and commencing annually thereafter, elections for the members of the Steering Committee shall be held.
Section 3. Chair and Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee. The Chair shall coordinate the Steering Committee, schedule and lead Steering and general meetings, serve as a spokesperson of CARD to the community and provide leadership and guidance to the Steering Committee. The Vice-Chair shall assist the Chair with duties as needed, keep and distribute notes from Steering meetings and act as the Chair if the Chair is absent or unable to attend meetings.
Section 4. Committee Chairs. The Committee Chairs (or co-Chairs) shall organize committees as designated by the Steering Committee and report activities back to the Steering Committee for action as appropriate.
Section 5. Elections. The officers and members of the Steering shall be elected through the use of a secret ballot. There is no voting quorum. If no candidate for office has received a majority of ballots cast after the second ballot, balloting shall continue between the two candidates having the highest number of votes on the preceding ballot. Should there be only one nominee for an office, election for that office may be by voice vote.
Section 6. Term of Office. Members of the Steering Committee are elected to serve for a one year term, or until their successors are elected, and the term of office shall begin at the close of the meeting at which they are elected.
Section 7. Steering Meetings. Regular Steering Committee meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise designated by the Chair. Missing more than three regular Steering Committee meetings in a row or more than four regular Steering Committee meetings within one calendar year shall constitute a requirement for the Steering Committee member to resign by a majority vote, with a quorum of 2/3 of the existing steering. In extenuating circumstances, the Steering Committee has the right to waive this requirement.
Section 8. A vacancy on the Steering Committee or within designated officer positions (Chair, Vice-Chair, Chairs of designated committees) shall be filled by a candidate appointed by the Steering Committee. A selection will be made by a majority of Steering Committee members present, with a quorum consisting of at least 2/3 of the Steering Committee membership. If no candidate for office has received a majority of ballots cast after the second ballot, balloting shall continue between the two candidates having the highest number of votes on the preceding ballot. Should there be only one nominee for an office, election for that office may be by voice vote.
Section 9. The Steering Committee shall have general supervision over the affairs of CARD between its regular meetings, fix the hour and place of meetings, make recommendations to the CARD, and shall perform such other duties as are specified in these bylaws.
Section 10. It shall be the duty of the Steering Committee to meet with the chairpersons of standing committees so that committee work may be coordinated, reports made, and help offered when needed.
Section 11. The Steering Committee shall have the final authority over all policy and action-item recommendations made to CARD. Recommendations will be determined by a simple majority vote of Steering Committee members, or a majority of Steering Committee members present with a quorum consisting of at least 2/3 of the Steering Committee membership.
ARTICLE V Committees
Section 1. Formation. The Steering Committee, by a majority of members present with a quorum consisting of at least 2/3 of the Steering Committee membership, may designate or disband standing committees and committee chairpersons.
Section 2. Purpose. The standing committees shall meet regularly and provide recommendations to the Steering Committee regarding policy and advocacy action items.
Section 3. Delegation. The Steering Committee may delegate certain functions to the standing committees to act without the consent of the Steering Committee.
ARTICLE VI Meetings
Section 1. The regular meetings of CARD shall be held on a quarterly basis, as designated by the Chair.
Section 2. A regular meeting in June shall be known as the annual meeting and shall be for the purpose of electing officers and members of the Steering Committee, receiving reports of officers and committees, and for any other business that may arise.
ARTICLE VII Amendment of Bylaws
These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of CARD by a two-thirds vote, or by the Steering Committee by a unanimous vote, provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing at the previous regular meeting.
Adopted: March 2016