By-Laws

U. S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER
EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION
(DOI GLOBE)

BYLAWS

Mission Statement

The mission of the U. S. Department of the Interior Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Employee Organization is to create a work environment free of discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression .

I.  Name of the Organization

The U. S. Department of the Interior Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Employee Organization is hereafter referred to as “DOI GLOBE.”

II. Purpose

The purpose of DOI GLOBE is to:

A. Promote understanding of issues regarding sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (to include gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered persons) in the DOI by providing information, views, and services that will contribute to improved agency operations, personnel management, and employee effectiveness.
B. Support the policy of nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
C. Provide outreach to employees in the Department on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
D. Provide a means to work with Departmental and bureau management to advocate personnel and other policies and practices that encourage diversity, improve the workplace environment, and eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
E. Work for the creation of a diverse work force that assures respect and civil rights for all employees of all sexual orientations and all gender identities and expressions.
F. Provide a forum for Interior employees to meet and address issues of concern related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

III. Membership and Nondiscrimination Policy

Membership and all privileges and responsibilities of membership shall be available to all current and retired DOI employees. DOI GLOBE does not discriminate in terms of membership or treatment on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability.

IV. Meetings

A. Regular meetings will be held monthly and will be open to all current or retired DOI employees and their guests.
B. Meetings will generally be held at the DOI main Interior building (MIB) in Washington, DC.

V. Government

The laws of this organization shall consist of these bylaws, and all activities not specifically provided for herein shall be conducted on the basis of consensus as determined by the presiding officer. The officers will function as an executive board chaired by the president.

VI. Officers and Election Process

A. Officers ought to attend monthly and ad hoc meetings as necessary.
B. Each year at the January general meeting, DOI GLOBE will elect five officers from among the members. These officers will include a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Liaison to Federal GLOBE.
1. The officers will be elected by email ballot with a simple majority vote of members participating in the election.
2. Terms of office will be for one year.
C. Each year at the November general meeting, DOI GLOBE will form an Elections Committee for the purpose of ensuring democratic principles for the nomination and election of officers, and overseeing the election process.
1. All DOI GLOBE members are eligible to run for office and may nominate themselves or other members willing to serve.
2. The Elections Committee will:
a. Solicit and/or receive from DOI GLOBE members nominations for officers;
b. Certify candidate qualifications and prepare and present election ballots at the time of the December general meeting;
c. Receive additional nominations from the floor at the December general meeting;
d. Within one week after the December meeting all members shall receive email ballots.
e. All email ballots shall be returned no later than one week prior to the January general meeting.
f. The Elections Committee shall meet prior to the January meeting for the purpose of counting the ballots and certifying the count.
g. The ballots shall be brought to the January general meeting and be made available to members present for review.

VII. Duties

A. The President, with the help of the other officers when appropriate, will:
1. Develop the agenda and preside at all general meetings.
2. Serve as the official representative and spokesperson for the DOI GLOBE.
3. Sign and execute all GLOBE agreements and obligations.
B. The Vice President will execute the functions of the President in the absence or upon the resignation of the President.
C. The Secretary will:
1. Keep minutes of all general meetings.
2. Make available to all members and prospective members copies of the bylaws and other necessary documents.
D. The Treasurer will:
1. Receive all funds payable to DOI GLOBE and issue receipts for such funds.
2. Satisfy financial obligations duly authorized by majority vote of members present at general meetings.
3. Keep clear and accurate records of all DOI GLOBE receipts and disbursements.
4. From time to time present financial reports on the financial status of DOI GLOBE at general meetings, and present a detailed report on the financial status of DOI GLOBE at the end of each fiscal year.
5. Ensure payment from DOI GLOBE funds of Federal GLOBE dues for the Liaison to the Federal GLOBE.
E. The Liaison to Federal GLOBE will:
1. Represent DOI GLOBE at all Federal GLOBE meetings.
2. Write the DOI column for the Federal GLOBE newsletter.
3. Report current Federal GLOBE activities at DOI GLOBE meetings.

VIII. Financial Contributions

The Executive Board may from time to time conduct fund-raising activities.

IX. Filling Vacant Positions

A. When an officer other than the President resigns his or her position on the DOI GLOBE Executive Board or separates from DOI employment, he or she shall notify the President in writing prior to leaving DOI GLOBE.
B. When the President resigns his or her position on the DOI GLOBE Executive Board or separates from DOI employment, he or she shall notify the Vice President in writing prior to leaving DOI GLOBE.
C. In the event the President is the resigning or separating Officer, the Vice President shall assume the position of President and a new Vice President shall be nominated and elected for the remainder of the term by a simple majority vote at the next general meeting.
D. In the event the Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, or Federal GLOBE Liaison is the resigning or separating Officer, a new Officer shall be nominated and elected for the remainder of the term by a simple majority vote at the next general meeting.

X. Voting

A. A quorum, which shall consist of at least three members, one of whom shall be the President or Vice President, shall be present to initiate or transact normal business presented at any meeting, and all votes on normal business issues shall be carried by the consensus of the members present, as determined by the presiding officer.
B. All issues which will change these bylaws, either by addition or deletion, shall be presented to the members via email as amendments to the bylaws.
C. The Executive Board, when considering proposed Chapter charters, shall ratify them with a simple majority vote.

XI. Committees

A. The officers shall from time to time conduct Executive Board meetings.
B. The DOI GLOBE Executive Board will confirm the establishment of committees and appoint Chairpersons, who will report the status of committee efforts at DOI GLOBE general meetings.

XII. Chapters

A. DOI GLOBE members may form local chapters of DOI GLOBE in field locations.
B. All DOI GLOBE members working in the geographic area of a DOI GLOBE chapter shall be eligible for Chapter membership under the same terms and conditions as members of the DOI GLOBE.
C. Each Chapter shall have the power to select its own name and develop its own charter. However, Chapter charters shall be consistent with Departmental policy and with the vision, goals, and objectives of DOI GLOBE.
D. DOI GLOBE Chapters shall elect officers, be organized, and operate in accordance with the democratic principles reflected in these bylaws.
E. All Chapters’ charters and subsequent amendments shall be submitted to the DOI GLOBE Executive Board for ratification.

XIII. Amendments

A. Proposed amendments to these bylaws may be presented to the membership at any general meeting and subsequently will be voted upon by email ballot, which must be received by the membership at least two weeks prior to the next general meeting and returned to the President or his/her designee at least two working days prior to this meeting.
B. Amendments must be passed by at least two-thirds of the members voting.

The undersigned GLOBE Officers witness this revision of the bylaws of DOI GLOBE as approved on July 5, 2007.

/s/  Michael A. Kelley
Michael A. Kelley
President
/s/  Maria K. Wiseman
Maria K. Wiseman
Vice President
/s/  Joseph A. Briskey
Joseph A. Briskey
Secretary
/s/  John Haugh
John Haugh
Treasurer
Vacant
Liaison to Federal GLOBE
Vacant

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