If this is your first NYD State Convention, or you just want to refresh your memory, you’ve come to the right place!! Each year, Nebraska Young Democrats hold a statewide convention in accordance with our constitution. Officers are elected, resolutions are passed, and amendments to the constitution are considered. Also, you can usually expect to meet some of the finest Democratic leaders our state has to offer!!! Overall, our annual convention is a great way to get involved with our growing organization…and this page is designed to help you make the most of your convention experience.

2006 NYD Convention

What can I expect when I arrive at the Convention?

On Saturday, April 13, the 2013 NYD Convention is being held at Hastings College in Hastings Nebraska.

General registration begins at 9:30am with the Convention gaveling down at 10:00am. The process is simple. You will come to a table staffed by Nebraska Young Democrats’ volunteers. As long as you’re between the ages of 13 and 35 and are not registered in any other political party, you’re fine. You’ll receive a convention packet, name tag, and begin meeting a lot of cool people…

What is the day’s agenda?

The convention will begin at 10 am. You will hear from the President of our host chapter and selected speakers from Nebraska Democratic Politics. You will have the opportunity to set the agenda for the year to come in NYD by way of proposing resolutions. You can reshape the organization by proposing constitutional amendments. And, of course, you can get as involved as you want to by running for an NYD officer position. If you want to start your own chapter, you can even get chartered right at the convention.

What is a Resolution?

Each year, Nebraska Young Democrats consider proposed resolutions at the annual convention. A resolution is simply a statement of NYD’s position on an issue, solidifying our stance and calling on the executive committee to make our voice known on that issue. In even-numbered years, these resolution also guide Young Democrats’ goals for changing the platform of the Nebraska Democratic Party at its biennial convention. To read the most recent version of the Nebraska Democratic Party’s platform, click here. So….if you have a issue on which you feel Nebraska Young Democrats should be an advocate, propose a resolution and make it happen.

What is a Constitutional Amendment?

Nebraska Young Democrats is governed by its constitution. It lays out everything from the organization’s structure to details of officer duties and qualifications for membership. Throughout the year, all actions done by the executive committee must be done in accordance with the constitution, which can only be amended at State Convention. So each year we are constantly trying to better our organization, and sometimes that means amendments to our governing document must be made. Anyone is free to propose a constitutional amendment. If you feel NYD can be improved by a change in its constitution, please don’t hesitate to propose an amendment. All proposed amendments must submitted in writing to convention@nebraskayoungdemocrats.org 48 hours prior to the opening of convention.  In 2013, these amendments are due by 10 am on Thursday, April 11th.

What offices are up for election?

All offices are up for election at this year’s Convention except the position of Vice President. These officers are the nine voting members of NYDs Executive Committee. Below is a list of offices, including a brief overview:

President–The president is the titular head of NYD, responsible for guiding the direction of the organization. This position is fairly self explanatory, as the president oversees the entirety of NYD operations.

Vice President–Besides serving as a #2 expected to lead in the president’s absence, the vice president assists in overseeing operations and promoting all facets of NYD.  Bri McLarty currently serves in this position, with her term running until the 2010 convention.

National Committeeman –The national committeeman plays an essential role in fundraising.  He also builds relationships on behalf of the organization with local and state political leaders, as well as nationally within Young Democrats of America.

National Commiteewoman–The female counterpart to national committeeman. The national committeewoman plays an essential role in fundraising.  She also builds relationships on behalf of the organization with local and state political leaders, as well as nationally within Young Democrats of America.

Treasurer–The Chief Financial Officer of the organization, the treasurer has the responsibility of overseeing NYD’s budget, as well as keeping up to date will all legal obligations associated with the organization’s raising and expending political funds. The treasurer also takes an active role in fundraising.

Secretary–Vital for maintaining an active record of meeting minutes, keeping membership lists up to date, and managing the overall communications for the organization.

First Congressional District Chair–Responsible primarily for building, coordinating, and maintaining chapters within the First Congressional District. Also, acts as a liaison between those chapters and NYD, communicating their needs to the executive committee.

Second Congressional District Chair–Responsible primarily for building, coordinating, and maintaining chapters within the Second Congressional District. Also, acts as a liaison between those chapters and NYD, communicating their needs to the executive committee.

Third Congressional District Chair–Responsible primarily for building, coordinating, and maintaining chapters within the Third Congressional District. Also, acts as a liaison between those chapters and NYD, communicating their needs to the executive committee.

How can I run for an officer position?

To run for President, you must declare your intent to run in writing by 10 am on Thursday, April 11th to convention@nebraskayoungdemocrats.org.

For all other positions, we also encourage announcing you candidacy in writing to convention@nebraskayoungdemocrats.org, although open nominations will be accepted from the floor of the convention.  Once all nominations are taken, candidates will each get 3 minutes to speak (5 minutes for the presidential candidates), followed by five minutes of question and answer time. A vote will follow and a winner will be announced. If you have any other questions about running for an office, don’t hesitate to direct them to convention@nebraskayoungdemocrats.org and we’ll be happy to help.

Is the convention run by Robert’s Rules of Order?

Yes. The convention is run using Robert’s Rules of Order.  You will receive a basic guide to Robert’s Rules when you register at the convention. Don’t worry if you don’t know it (most people don’t). But, consider our Convention a great opportunity to learn a tool that will undoubtedly come in handy in the future.