Pride Bylaws

 

Bylaws

Duluth Superior Gay Lesbian Transgender Allied Queer Intersex Two Spirit
Pride, Inc.

Adopted February 7, 2006

Revised March 13, 2018

ARTICLE I – NAME
This organization is a nonprofit corporation duly organized under Minnesota Statutes,
Chapter 317A and laws amendatory hereof and supplementary thereto. The name of this
organization shall be Duluth Superior GLBTAQI2S Pride, Inc., also known as Duluth
Superior Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered Allied Queer Intersex Two Spirit Pride, Inc. The
Corporation may do business under an assumed name chosen by the organization’s
General Committee as long as such name recognizes the gay, lesbian, bisexual,
transgendered, allied, queer, and intersex community.

ARTICLE II – MISSION
The mission of this organization is to serve the Duluth-Superior Area’s gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transgender, allied, queer, two spirit and intersex community by celebrating the
GLBTAQI2S communities’ diversity and promoting understanding, education,
acceptance, respect, healthy living, and loving, self-esteem, and equality.
ARTICLE III – Purpose and Objectives

SECTION 1. PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose and objectives for which the
Corporation is organized and the nature of the business to be carried out by it are as
follows:
1. To act as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
2. To organize an annual Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Allied, Queer, Intersex, Two
Spirit Pride Festival Weekend
3. To perform charitable duties in the Duluth-Superior Area (through fundraisers, etc) for any
particular charitable organization chosen by the General Committee
4. To be an organization for the entire community
5. To establish a cohesive organization in which members can collectively communicate and
work with each other
6. To promote and support any GLBTAQI2S community events held locally or GLBTAQI2S
related events held elsewhere
7. To establish a group of people to collectively work on fundraising events and organizational
activities

SECTION 2. BENEFITS TO MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS: No part of the net earnings of
the corporation shall inure the benefit of, or be distributed to its members, trustees, officers, or
other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay
compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of
the purpose set forth in Article II hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation
shall be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the
corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or the distribution of
statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

ARTICLE IV – OFFICES

SECTION 1. PRINCIPAL OFFICES: Although the organization serves both Northeastern
Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin, this is a corporation organized under Minnesota
Statute and as such; principal offices shall be located in the State of Minnesota.
SECTION 2. OTHER OFFICES: The Corporation may also have additional offices both
within and outside the state of Minnesota, as determined by the general committee.

ARTICLE V – MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1. POLICY CREATION: The General Committee will legislate all material policy.
SECTION 2. MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL COMMITTEE: The General Committee is made up
of individuals who support the mission of the organization and desire to further the
organization’s purpose and objectives.
SECTION 3. VOTING MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL COMMITTEE: Voting right is determined
by having attended a minimum of three General Committee Meetings within the immediate past
twelve months.
SECTION 4. OBLIGATIONS: No member shall bind this corporation through joining,
representing, or affiliation with, any organization without the prior approval of the General
Committee.
SECTION 5. LIABILITY WAIVER AND INSURANCE: This organization assumes no
responsibility and the enactment of the waiver procedure shall endure.

ARTICLE VI – ANNUAL MEETING
SECTION 1. DATE OF ANNUAL MEETING: The Annual Meeting shall be held the first Tuesday
of December at a location determined by the General Committee.
SECTION 2. NOTIFICATION OF THE ANNUAL MEETING: Meeting notices shall be
conspicuously published at least ten days prior to the Annual Meeting by the Secretary and shall
be distributed in a manner as determined by the General Committee.
SECITON 3. PARTICIPANT QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING:
The Annual Meeting shall be open to both members and to allies of the GLBTAQI2S Duluth
Superior Community. To be eligible to vote, the member must have attended at least three
General Committee meetings in the immediate prior 12 months (ARTICLE V, Section 2).

ARTICLE VII – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
SECTION 1. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: The Executive Committee shall consist of seven
officers and at least two At-Large Executive Committee Members. Elected Officers shall consist
of two Co-Chairs, Secretary, Public Relations Coordinator, Treasurer, and Assistant Treasurer.
SECTION 2. ELECTION OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Election of the Executive
Committee shall take place at the annual meeting (ARTICLE VI). At this meeting, the
membership shall elect a new Executive Committee by secret or open ballot.
SECTION 3. TERM OF SERVICE: Executive Committee members shall serve a term of one
year. Members of the Executive Committee may be reelected.
SECTION 4. RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES: The Executive Committee shall be responsible
of the day-to-day business of Duluth Superior GLBTAQI2S Pride, Inc. and its activities, and will
administer accordingly.
SECTION 5. REMOVAL FROM OFFICE: Officers and At-Large Members of the Executive
Committee may be removed from office by the affirmative vote of two thirds of the voting
members present at a meeting of the General Committee.
SECTION 6. OFFICER JOB DESCRIPTIONS:
A. Co-Chairpersons
1. Shall serve as Chief Executive Officers of Duluth Superior GLBTAQI2S Pride, Inc.
2. One or both shall preside at all general meetings and facilitate said meetings in an orderly
fashion.
3. Shall enforce the rules and policies set forth by the General Committee and in the Corporate
Bylaws.
4. Shall ensure fair discussion and consideration at meetings.
5. Shall serve the community to ensure the organization’s good reputation.
6. Shall appoint (with the advice of the General Committee) chairperson of subcommittees as
necessary.
7. Shall assist committee chairs to ensure that they have all of the resources to carry out their
duties.
8. Shall perform all duties incident to the office and other such duties as may be prescribed from
time to time.
B. Secretary
1. Shall keep minutes of all general meetings.
2. Shall provide sufficient copies of the minutes of the previous general meeting at or prior to
each proceeding general meeting.
3. Shall keep and maintain attendance records of all general pride committee meetings.
4. Shall be the custodian of corporate records and the corporate seal.
5. Shall serve the community to ensure the organization’s good reputation.
6. Shall perform all duties incident to the office and other such duties as may be prescribed from
time to time.
C. Public Relations Coordinator
1. Shall represent the public face of the organization through email correspondence, social
media interaction, print publication, and other mass media.
2. Shall maintain and update the media communications from the organization to the outside
population
3. Shall serve the community to ensure the organization’s good reputation.
4. Shall perform all duties incident to the office and other such duties as prescribed from time to
time.
D. Treasurer
1. Shall have charge, custody of, and be responsible for all funds of the corporation.
2. Shall receive and give receipts for the funds due and payable to the corporation.
3. Shall deposit all such funds in the name of the corporation.
4. Shall oversee budget.
5. Report and give copies of all monetary transactions to the Executive Committee.
6. Shall report financial status to the General Committee on a quarterly basis.
7. Shall serve the community to ensure the organization’s good reputation.
8. Shall perform all duties incident to the office and other such duties as may be prescribed from
time to time.
E. Assistant Treasurer
1. Assist the treasurer
2. Aid in budget detailing
3. Verify all accounting and transactions with bank accounts
4. Shall serve the community to ensure the organization’s good reputation
5. Shall perform all duties incident to the office and other such duties as may be prescribed from
time to time.
SECTION 7. VACANCIES
A. Any vacancy of an elected officer shall be filled by a general election (Officers as outlined in
ARTICLE VII, Section 6)
B. An election to fill the vacancy will be held at the first membership meeting following the
notification of the vacancy to the General Committee
C. Vacancies of At-Large Members will be filled at the discretion of the General Committee

ARTICLE VIII – MEETINGS
SECTION 1. REGULAR MEETINGS: Regular meetings shall be held at such times and places
as the determined by the General Committee. The General Committee must meet at least once
per calendar quarter. Executive Committee Officers retain the right to call and hold Executive
Committee meetings as deemed necessary.
SECTION 2. ORGANIZATION: At least one co-chairperson shall preside over regular meetings
of the Executive Committee and the General Committee. In the event both co-chairpersons are
absent, they may designate a member of the Executive Committee to preside at the meeting.
SECTION 3. RULES FOR DISCUSSION: The General Committee shall be responsible to
formulate rules of discussion and debate for its meetings.

ARTICLE IX – DISSOLUTION
In the event that the dissolution of Duluth Superior GLBTAQI2S Pride, Inc. becomes necessary,
any remaining assets shall be donated to one or more GLBTAQI2S tax-exempt organizations as
determined by the general committee.

ARTICLE X – MAILING LIST
The sale, gift, or availability of the membership mailing list to any party is prohibited. It shall be
used solely for the exclusive benefit of Duluth Superior GLBTAQI2S Pride, Inc.

ARTICLE XI – ORGANIZATION FUNDS
SECTION 1. LENDING: The lending of organizational funds to any member, director, or officer
is prohibited.
SECTION 2. PURPOSE OF FUNDRAISING PROCEEDS: Any funds generated by fundraising
efforts must be applied to the purpose for which the promotional materials name.
SECTION 3. BORROWING: An affirmative vote of two thirds of the voting members present at a
meeting of the General Committee is required to borrow funds.

ARTICLE XII – AMENDING BYLAWS
These bylaws may be amended by the affirmative vote of two thirds of the voting members
present at a meeting of the General Committee, provided that the proposed amendment has
been read at the preceding General Committee meeting.