At the upcoming Republican Liberty Caucus National Convention on February 12, delegates from across the country will elect a new National Committee to lead the organization forward in the coming years.
The National Committee consists of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, At-Large Board members, Alternate Board members, and four Regional Directors for the Midwest, Northeast, Southern, and Western Regions.
Regional Directors are elected from among their members by the officers of Chartered states in each of the Regions within thirty days of the Regular Convention.
These are voluntary positions and running for one of them is an excellent way to become more active in the liberty movement. The responsibilities of the positions are as follows:
• Chair: Primary spokesman of the Caucus; must execute the resolutions of the Board; must preside at meetings of the Board and official sessions of any Convention; must ensure the administration of all provisions of the RLC Bylaws. The bylaws require having served on the National Board for 6 months and having been a registered member of the Caucus for 2 years in order to be qualified to run for this position.
• Vice-Chair: Assumes the duties and obligations of Chairman in his/her absence; assists the Chairman in his/her duties and oversees state chartering and the Convention Committees. You must have served on the board for 6 months and have been a registered member for 2 years to run for this position.
• Secretary: Records and distributes the minutes of all Board meetings and Conventions, certifies Delegates, conducts such ballots as the Board may direct, and acts as Parliamentarian (unless otherwise designated) for all official business of the Caucus. Also directs the Public Relations Committee. You must have been a dues-paid RLC member for 1 year to run.
• Treasurer: The custodian of all Caucus funds; must propose annual and quarterly budgets, safeguard the financial resources of the Caucus and make such periodic reports of finances as the Board may require. The Treasurer directs the Fundraising Committee. You must have been a dues-paid RLC member for 1 year to run.
• At-Large Board members: Responsible for attending RLC meetings (conference calls) regularly, boosting RLC membership, and promoting the RLC. You must have been a dues-paid RLC member for 1 year to run.
• Regional Directors: There is one director in each of the four Regions established by the Bylaws. Each regional director should attend RLC meetings (conference calls) regularly, be in contact with state affiliates in their region, try to develop more state chapters in their region, and recruit new RLC members. You must have been a dues-paid RLC member for 1 year to run.
If you are interested in running for any of these positions, please let us know. Additionally, the Convention Business page will have information on who is running for what position, the proposed Bylaw changes, and other relevant information for Convention delegates.
The Board ensures the effective implementation of the Bylaws, adopts an annual or quarterly budget, provides for effective communications among members, Chartered State organizations and the general public, and makes arrangements for Regular and Special Conventions of the Caucus. Regular meetings of the Board must occur at least quarterly. (Typically the Board has met once per month via teleconference and is in regular e-mail communication.)
Other Opportunities to Get Involved
The RLC has the following committees: Finance Committee, Membership Committee, Outreach and Press Committee, Publications Committee, and Technology Committee. If you are interested in serving on any of these Committees, please let us know.
• RLC Statement of Principles
• RLC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
• Convention FAQ and Convention Homepage
• Volunteer with the RLC!
What’s In It For Me?
We are a grassroots, volunteer operation. The only thing in it for you is experience and the ability to reach new people with the message of individual liberty and limited government. We consider the RLC a very professional organization with patriotic, principled members who are making a real difference for liberty in their communities.
The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect official positions of the RLC.