The Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas is aggressively pursuing the chartering of local chapters because we’re a big state and we need activists on the ground promoting liberty, finding and supporting candidates and getting involved in local party activities all over the state.
Any group can charter a local RLC chapter in an area where one does not already exist. Chapter organization can encompass any geographical region at the approval of the state board. Conditions are not the same in all parts of the state and in some places County chapters make sense. In others chapters may be organized by Congressional District. In others an urban or metro area chapter may make sense.
The way to start a chapter is to get together a group of at least 5 people who want to join the RLC and become active in their area. The goal is to have much larger chapters, but 5 people is the minimum necessary to start a provisional chapter and be chartered officially. Once a chapter has 10 members and is holding regular meetings it will be upgraded to full chapter status and will be given a seat on the state RLC board and provided with initial starting funds based on the number of members signed up during the provisional period at a rate of $10 per member. Provisional chapters have six months to qualify for full chapter status.
The process for starting a chapter is simple.
1. Get five or more registered RLC members together. If they aren’t members yet, you can register them on our website.
2. Read over and understand the Statement of Principles and Regional Chapter Bylaws.
3. Fill out the chapter charter form completely.
4. Elect provisional officers consisting of at least a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and a Secretary/Treasurer, though you may have more officers.
5. Submit all these materials to the state board for approval.
It is recommended that all new members read the Statement of Principles before joining. Many chapters require members to read and agree to the Liberty Compact as stated below:
“I pledge that I will work to: restore liberty, not restrict it; shrink government, not expand it; reduce taxes, not raise them; abolish programs, not create them; promote the freedom and independence of citizens, not the interference of government in their lives; and observe the limited, enumerated powers of our Constitution, not ignore them.”
If you have questions or are ready to submit your paperwork, please email firstname.lastname@example.org