Local Affiliation Checklist

Rules for Recognition of a GPFL Alliliate

Establish Regular Meetings

Good meeting places are community libraries or community recreation centers where nonprofit groups can meet for free.

Meet Membership Requirement

The Local shall consist of at least five (5) eligible active members who signed and dated GPFL membership enrollment forms from their active members.  It’s important to include copies in the application as they are required.

Active Member Form
Active Member Form 2up (for printing 2 forms per page)

To send a digital list of the names and voter i.d.’s of the members for verification of voter status, you can use this Members List template.

Create Bylaws

Write up a set of bylaws that define your organization’s name, mission, membership, authority, accountability, meeting frequency and affiliations.

Outline your organizational structure – what offices will be included in your structure? (Co-Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, etc…)

Describe their duties and responsibilities.  How will decisions be made for the group?

Be sure to include the Ten Key Values and the process for amending the bylaws.  It should be understood that this document will be a work in progress which reflects the values of your group.  See both sample bylaws below as examples.

Sample Bylaws1 (PBGP)
Sample Bylaws2 (PGP)
A Consensus Handbook
On Conflict and Consensus

Select Leaders

Appoint or elect the leadership positions. Provide a document of positions and persons
assuming those positions. Positions may include, but are not limited to: chair/co-chairs,
treasurer, secretary, etc.

Establish a bank account

Under the circumstances, consider a local Credit Union for financial services for the affiliate.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Credit_union

Composed written petition for Local Affiliate Recognition (no County Green Party)

This will be the cover of the packet to petition directly to the State Coordinating Council for recognition. See the sample petition below for an example.

Sample Petition

Petition for Green Party Local Affiliation (no County Green Party)

Make SURE you have read through the relevant State bylaws “snippet” below on what we need.  Make sure the bylaws for the local are in order and the written petition is ready.  Collect everything you need and make sure it is all correct before you we submit your petition packet to the State Coordinating Council for recognition. Send it in as a packet of docs.

ARTICLE IV: Green Party of Florida Member Organizations

B. Green Party Locals

2. A Local may be officially recognized by petitioning the County Green Party for the county wherein the Local is located. In the event that no County Green Party has been formally constituted for that county, then the Local may petition directly to the State Coordinating Council for recognition.
4. Recognition of a Local shall not be unreasonably withheld and shall be granted when a Local meets the following qualifications:

a. The Local shall consist of at least five (5) active members who are enrolled as members of the Local.
b. The Local shall have regular meetings.
c. The Local shall be formally organized by having approved and constituted bylaws which conform to the Ten Key Values, consensus seeking decision-making and principles of decentralization.
d. The Local shall clearly affirm its commitment to abide by and respect all local, state and federal laws and regulations regarding political parties, organizations and elections.
e. All members of Locals shall be considered members of the appropriate County Green Party and the Green Party of Florida, as long as they meet the minimum membership requirements of the County and State Green Parties.
f. The Locals shall be afforded fair and proportional representation on the Coordinating Council of the County Party.