Current Members. A directory of current Central Committee Members is available HERE.
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About Central Committee Membership and Service
There is more to being a central committee member than just showing up at meetings and sharing your opinion. Central committee members determine the mission, constitution and bylaws. They help elect the county chair, ensure effective planning, adequate resources and management. In addition, members determine, monitor and strengthen the party programs and services. They strive to enhance the public standing while ensuring legal and ethical integrity. Also they must recruit new members and review county election performance.
Members should: Know our mission, goals, policies, programs, services, strengths, and needs and act in a responsible and competent way. They can recruit and mentor members who can make significant contributions to the work and progress. They can serve in precinct leadership positions and undertake special assignments willingly.
It is desirable for members to avoid prejudiced judgments on the basis of rumor and urge those with grievance(s) to follow established policies. But a good member knows how to watch and act on trends and be ready to adjust. Bringing good will and a sense of humor to meetings can be helpful, as well as preparing for and participating in meetings and activities. If members ask timely and substantive questions consistent with personal beliefs and yet support the majority decision, our ideals will move forward.
Maintaining the confidentiality of meetings and not speaking for the party or candidates unless authorized to do so is a good practice. It is desirable to suggest agenda items to ensure consideration of significant policy related matters.
What is the procedure if you don’t agree with the chair’s actions? Or you don’t get what you want? Counsel the chair as appropriate and support him/her through difficult relationships with groups or individuals. Avoid asking for special favors from staff without prior consultation with the county chair or committee chairperson. Try to serve the Democratic Party as a whole rather than any special interest group or constituency. Avoid any preconception that you represent anything but the Party’s best interests. Avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest that might embarrass and disclose any possible conflicts in a timely fashion. Maintaining independence and objectivity and acting with fairness, ethical and personal integrity, even if not dictated by rules, regulations, or law goes a long way to aid our organization.
It is vital that members never accept (or offer) favors or gifts from (or to) anyone who does business with the Democratic Party. Reading and understanding financial statements and helping to follow financial responsibilities keeps our party strong. Giving financial support according to personal means is a part of this financial responsibility and that includes assisting fundraising committees in carrying out fundraising plans.
Prepared by Carol Porch, July 2004: Adapted from Pamphlet, Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards by Richard Ingram; and the books, Doing Good Better by Stoesz & Raber, and Lessons for Successful Board Governance by Peter Drucker.