Houston 8020 - UNITY IS POWER

ASIAN AMERICAN POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

SECTION THREE - PURPOSES 

3.1  HOUSTON 80-20 ASIAN AMERICAN POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE IS ORGANIZED TO PROMOTE THE INTERESTS OF THE ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS (APA), IN THE SPIRIT OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS.
SECTION TWO - OFFICES

​ 2.1           THE INITIAL OFFICE OF HOUSTON 80-20 ASIAN AMERICAN POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE SHALL BE AT 4122 WOODHAVEN, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77025, AND THE NAME OF ITS INITIAL AGENT AT SUCH OFFICE IS ROGENE GEE CALVERT. 
SECTION ONE - NAME OF ORGANIZATION 

1.1  THE NAME OF THE ORGANIZATION SHALL BE HOUSTON 80-20 ASIAN AMERICAN POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE, WHICH MAY, HEREINAFTER, BE REFERRED TO AS THE PAC.
1.2  THE PAC IS A NON-PARTISAN POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE REGISTERED WITH THE TEXAS ETHICS COMMISSION AS A GENERAL-PURPOSE POLITICAL COMMITTEE.
BYLAWS
APPROVED ON JUNE 24, 2004
ADDITION OF 6.12, 6.13 AND 6.14 IN SECTION SIX
​APPROVED ON JUNE 28, 2005

HOUSTON 80-20 ASIAN AMERICAN POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

SECTION SIX - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

6.1 THE PAC SHALL BE MANAGED BY A BOARD OF DIRECTORS, HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS THE BOARD.  THE BOARD SHALL BE COMPRISED OF AT LEAST FIFTEEN (15) BUT NOT MORE THAN THIRTY NINE (39) DIRECTORS.
6.2  THE BOARD SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS, GOALS, FUNDING, ACTIVITIES, AND OTHER ASPECT OF THE PAC, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING: 
1.                    APPROVING ORGANIZATIONAL BYLAWS, POLICIES AND OBJECTIVES
2.                    APPROVING OPERATING PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES
3.                    ELECTING DIRECTORS
4.                    ELECTING OFFICERS OF THE BOARD
5.                    DEVELOPING ANNUAL GOALS AND MAKING ALL OPERATIONAL DECISIONS
6.                    APPROVING PARTICIPATION IN ELECTIONS
7.                    APPROVING ENDORSEMENT OF CANDIDATES OR REFERENDA
8.                    APPROVING CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES FOR ENDORSED CANDIDATES OR REFERENDA
9.                    APPROVING FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES
10.                 APPROVING EXPENDITURES
11.                 APPROVING ALL PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS INCLUDING PRESS RELEASES AND PUBLIC STATEMENTS
6.3  DIRECTORS SHALL BE ELECTED BY THE BOARD FROM THE MEMBERS OF THE PAC AND THE TERM OF APPOINTMENT SHALL BE TWO YEARS, EXCEPT THE FIRST ELECTED BOARD, AND THE TERM LIMIT FOR ANY DIRECTORS SHALL BE THREE FULL TERMS.
6.4  THE INITIAL BOARD SHALL DETERMINE THE STAGGERED TERMS FOR THE DIRECTORS OF THE FIRST ELECTED BOARD.
6.5  NOMINATIONS OF CANDIDATES FOR THE DIRECTORS SHALL BE SPONSORED BY AT LEAST TWO DIRECTORS AND APPROVED BY THE BOARD.
6.6   MEMBERS OF THE PAC WHO HAVE ATTENDED AT LEAST 10 REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS PRIOR TO THE FIRST ELECTION OF THE BOARD, ACCORDING TO THE DOCUMENTS ON FILE WITH THE SECRETARY OF THE PAC, SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR THE DIRECTORS OF THE FIRST ELECTED BOARD.
6.7  THE BOARD SHALL MEET MONTHLY WITH A NOTICE OF AT LEAST 7 DAYS TO CONDUCT ITS REGULAR BUSINESS.
6.8   ANY MEETING OF THE BOARD THAT ARE PLANNED TO CONDUCT ELECTIONS FOR OFFICERS OF THE BOARD SHALL BE ANNOUNCED TO THE DIRECTORS WITH A NOTICE OF AT LEAST 15 DAYS.
6.9  ANY MEETING OF THE BOARD THAT ARE PLANNED TO CONDUCT ELECTIONS FOR DIRECTORS SHALL BE ANNOUNCED TO MEMBERS OF THE PAC WITH A NOTICE OF AT LEAST 15 DAYS TO ALLOW MEMBERS OF THE PAC TO NOMINATE CANDIDATES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF .6.10 UNLESS SPECIFIED OTHERWISE, ALL DECISIONS BY THE BOARD SHALL BE BY A SIMPLE MAJORITY OF THE VOTES CAST BY DIRECTORS PRESENT AND BALLOTS FROM DIRECTORS RECEIVED IN WRITING, INCLUDING E-MAILS AND FAXES.
6.11   A QUORUM SHALL BE REQUIRED TO HOLD A MEETING OF THE BOARD.  A QUORUM IS DEFINED AS THE PRESENCE OF A MAJORITY OF THE DIRECTORS.  A PROXY SHALL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE FOR A QUORUM.
6.12  ANY DIRECTOR WHO FAILS TO ATTEND AT LEAST FIFTY PERCENT OF ALL BOARD MEETINGS BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1 AND JULY 31 OF THE FOLLOWING YEAR SHALL BE EVALUATED BY THE NOMINATION COMMITTEE FOR A RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD.
6.13 CONTINUATION OF THE MEMBERSHIP ON THE BOARD MAY BE TERMINATED WITH OR WITHOUT CAUSE BY A TWO-THIRD MAJORITY VOTE OF THE BOARD.
6.14 THE BOARD MAY CHOOSE TO HOLD A SPECIAL ELECTION FOR A NEW DIRECTOR TO SERVE OUT THE REMAINING TERM OF A VACATED SEAT ON THE BOARD.
SECTION FIVE - MEMBERSHIP 

5.1 A MEMBER OF THE HOUSTON 80-20 ASIAN AMERICAN POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE IS A PERSON WHO SUPPORTS THE PAC, AGREES TO BE A MEMBER OF THE PAC, AND PARTICIPATES IN THE ACTIVITIES OF THE PAC, INCLUDING FUNDRAISERS, CANDIDATES’ FORUMS, ETC.
SECTION FOUR - OBJECTIVES

 4.1 THE OBJECTIVES OF HOUSTON 80-20 ASIAN AMERICAN POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE SHALL BE: TO MOBILIZE THE APA IN THE GREATER HOUSTON AREA TO PARTICIPATE IN THE POLITICAL PROCESSTO INFORM AND EDUCATE THE APA BY PROVIDING FORUMS TO DISCUSS ISSUES CONCERNING THE APA COMMUNITYTO ENDORSE POLITICAL CANDIDATES WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED STRONG SUPPORT OF THE APA COMMUNITY BY THEIR DEEDS AND POLICIESTO MOBILIZE APA RESOURCES TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN OF ENDORSED CANDIDATES FINANCIALLY,TO DELIVER APA VOTES AS A BLOCTO ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT QUALIFIED APA CANDIDATES TO PARTICIPATE IN ELECTIONS FOR GOVERNMENT POSITIONS AND SEEK APPOINTED POSITIONSTO FACILITATE COMMUNICATIONS AMONG THE APA COMMUNITY AND POLICYMAKERS IN VARIOUS LEVELS OF GOVERNMENTTO INFLUENCE DECISIONS MADE BY ELECTED OFFICIALS AND POLICYMAKERS REGARDING THE INTERESTS OF THE APA COMMUNITY
SECTION SEVEN - OFFICERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

7.1 THE OFFICERS OF THE BOARD INCLUDE THE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, SECRETARY, CAMPAIGN TREASURER, ASSISTANT CAMPAIGN TREASURER, AND CHAIRPERSONS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES.
7.2 OFFICERS SHALL BE ELECTED BY THE BOARD FOR A TERM OF ONE YEAR.
7.3 THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD SHALL BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE PAC WHO SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGEMENT OF ALL BUSINESS OF THE PAC, INCLUDING SIGNING AND EXECUTING ALL CONTRACTS FOR THE PAC.
7.4  THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD SHALL BE THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE PAC WHO SHALL ASSIST THE PRESIDENT IN ALL DAILY BUSINESS OF THE PAC AND STAND IN FOR THE PRESIDENT WHEN HE OR SHE IS ABSENT.
7.5  THE PRESIDENT SHALL CHAIR ALL MEETINGS OF THE BOARD AND THE PAC.
7.6  THE SECRETARY SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR TAKING MINUTES FOR ALL MEETINGS AND KEEPING RECORDS OF THE PAC.
7.7  THE CAMPAIGN TREASURER SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE AND ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING:  
1.   VERIFYING, ACCEPTING OR REJECTING ANY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED, FILING OF THE CAMPAIGN TREASURER FORM AND OTHER REPORTS AND FORMS AS REQUIRED BY THE TEXAS ETHICS COMMISSION AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
2.   PAYING ALL BUSINESS EXPENDITURES AND MAINTAINING BALANCE SHEETS AND FINANCIAL BOOKS FOR THE PAC 
7.8  THE ASSISTANT CAMPAIGN TREASURER SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE AND ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL FUNCTIONS OF THE CAMPAIGN TREASURER WHEN THE CAMPAIGN TREASURER IS ABSENT.
SECTION FOURTEEN - AD HOC COMMITTEES 

14.1 AD HOC COMMITTEES, INCLUDING ENDORSEMENT COMMITTEES, MAY BE CREATED BY THE BOARD AS REQUIRED FOR SPECIFIC ELECTIONS OR SPECIAL PROJECTS.
14.2  THE BOARD SHALL APPOINT CHAIRPERSONS AND VICE CHAIRPERSONS FOR AD HOC COMMITTEES.
14.3   ANY ENDORSEMENT COMMITTEES CREATED BY THE BOARD FOR PARTICIPATION IN ELECTIONS SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL PHASES OF ENDORSEMENT ACTIVITIES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ENDORSEMENT GUIDELINES SET FORTH BY THE BOARD.
14.4  ANY AD HOC COMMITTEES CREATED BY THE BOARD FOR SPECIAL PROJECTS SHALL DEVELOP PLANS, CARRY OUT REQUIRED ACTIVITIES, AND DELIVER RESULTS AS DIRECTED BY THE BOARD.
14.5  AN AD HOC COMMITTEE SHALL BE TERMINATED BY THE BOARD WHEN ITS DESIGNATED FUNCTION IS NO LONGER REQUIRED. 

SECTION FIFTEEN - SALARIES 

15.1 ALL DIRECTORS, OFFICERS OF THE BOARD, MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY COUNCIL, MEMBERS OF THE PAC, OR ANY PERSONS SUPPORTING THE PAC ACTIVITIES SHALL NOT BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE ANY SALARY OR COMPENSATION FOR THEIR TIME AND EFFORT SPENT WITH ANY ACTIVITIES OF THE PAC. 

SECTION SIXTEEN - DISSOLUTION 

16.1  ANY MOTION TO DISSOLVE THE PAC SHALL BE SPONSORED BY AT LEAST FIVE DIRECTORS.  SUCH A MOTION SHALL BE DISCUSSED AT A MEETING OF THE BOARD WITH A NOTICE OF AT LEAST 15 DAYS, AND THE MOTION SHALL BE APPROVED BY AT LEAST A TWO-THIRDS SUPER-MAJORITY VOTE OF THE DIRECTORS PRESENT.
16.2 UPON DISSOLUTION OF THE PAC, THE BOARD SHALL MAKE PROVISIONS TO PAY OFF ALL LIABILITIES OF THE PAC AND TO DISPOSE OF ANY REMAINING ASSETS TO ORGANIZATIONS CHOSEN BY THE BOARD IN ACCORDANCE WITH ALL APPLICABLE LAWS. 

SECTION SEVENTEEN - AMENDMENTS 

17.1  THIS BYLAWS WAS APPROVED BY THE INITIAL BOARD ON JUNE 24, 2004.
17.2  ANY MOTION TO AMEND ANY PROVISIONS OF THE BYLAWS MUST BE SPONSORED BY AT LEAST FIVE DIRECTORS AND APPROVED BY THE BOARD WITH A SIMPLE MAJORITY VOTE OF DIRECTORS PRESENT.
SECTION ELEVEN - OUTREACH COMMITTEE 

11.1 THE OUTREACH COMMITTEE SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES: 
1.  RECRUITING MEMBERS AND MAINTAINING A MEMBERSHIP DATABASE
2.  RECRUITING ETHNIC REPRESENTATIVES, RECOMMENDING COMMUNITY COORDINATORS, AND SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY COORDINATORS TO PROMOTE THE PAC ISSUES TO THEIR RESPECTIVE COMMUNITIES.
3.  RECRUITING QUALIFIED APA CANDIDATES TO ENTER ELECTIONS
4.  DEVELOPING VOTER REGISTRATION STRATEGY WHICH SHOULD REACH-OUT TO AS MANY APA ETHNIC GROUPS AS POSSIBLE
5.   CONDUCTING VOTER REGISTRATION AND MAINTAINING VOTER DATABASE 

SECTION TWELVE - COMMUNICATION COMMITTEE 

12.1         THE COMMUNICATION COMMITTEE SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES: 
1. CONDUCTING PUBLIC RELATIONS ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING HOLDING PRESS CONFERENCES, ISSUING PRESS RELEASES OR PUBLIC STATEMENTS, ETC.
2.  COMMUNICATING WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
3.  MAINTAINING A WEB SITE AND E-MAIL LISTS
4.  DISTRIBUTING INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS BY E-MAILS  

SECTION THIRTEEN - PROGRAM COMMITTEE 

13.1 THE PROGRAM COMMITTEE SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES: 
1.  EVALUATING ELECTIONS BOTH IN GOVERNMENT POSITIONS AND PUBLIC REFERENDA
2.  DEVELOPING PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS AND PUBLICATIONS TO ADVERTISE THE PAC ISSUES AND POLITICAL ISSUES IMPORTANT TO THE APA COMMUNITY
3.  PUBLISHING ENDORSEMENT AND VOTER EDUCATION MATERIALS
4.  CONDUCTING SPEAKER FORUMS AND VOTER EDUCATION MEETINGS
5.  FOLLOWING-UP WITH SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES ON THEIR CAMPAIGN PLEDGES AND OTHER APA ISSUES
6.  ASSISTING AD HOC COMMITTEES, AS REQUESTED, IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MATERIALS IN SUPPORT OF CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES FOR ENDORSED CANDIDATES OR PUBLIC REFERENDA
SECTION EIGHT - ADVISORY COUNCIL 

8.1 THE BOARD MAY APPOINT AN ADVISORY COUNCIL OF NO MORE THAN 12 MEMBERS.
8.2 THE ADVISORY COUNCIL SHALL BE COMPRISED OF INDIVIDUALS WITH EITHER NATIONAL OR LOCAL CREDENTIALS WHO NEED NOT BE MEMBERS OF THE PAC.
8.3 MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY COUNCIL SHALL BE APPROVED BY THE BOARD.
8.4 THE ADVISORY COUNCIL SHALL ADVISE AND ASSIST THE BOARD AS NEEDED.
8.5 THE PRESIDENT OF THE PAC SHALL CHAIR THE ADVISORY COUNCIL. 

SECTION NINE - STANDING COMMITTEES 

9.1. THE BOARD SHALL ESTABLISH THE FOLLOWING STANDING COMMITTEES: POLICY COMMITTEEOUTREACH COMMITTEECOMMUNICATION COMMITTEEPROGRAM COMMITTEE 
9.2  THE STANDING COMMITTEES SHALL MEET AS REQUIRED TO ACHIEVE ESTABLISHED GOALS, HOWEVER, E-MAILS OR OTHER ELECTRONIC MEANS MAY BE USED TO CONDUCT MEETINGS IN A PROPER MANNER TO ENHANCE EFFICIENCY OF THE ORGANIZATION.  ANY MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES SHALL BE SCHEDULED WITH A NOTICE OF AT LEAST 7 DAYS. 

SECTION TEN - POLICY COMMITTEE 

10.1  THE POLICY COMMITTEE SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES: 
1. DEVELOPING ORGANIZATION STRUCTURES AND MAINTAINING BYLAWS
2. DEVELOPING GUIDELINES SUCH AS THOSE FOR ENDORSEMENT OF CANDIDATES IN ELECTIONS AND INTERACTION WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
3. NOMINATING CANDIDATES FOR STANDING COMMITTEE OR AD HOC COMMITTEE POSITIONS 

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