Gold Party’s point structure
(a) 3 points for basic membership. This requires that a person fill out and sign a membership form and pay annual dues of at least 1 cent.
(b) extra points for attendance at Gold Party meetings
1 point for attending at least two meetings in a year
2 points for attending at least eight meetings in a year
(c) extra points for paying a larger amount of annual dues
1 point for annual dues of $10.00 or more
2 points for annual dues of $50.00 or more
3 points for annual dues of $200.00 or more
4 points for annual dues of $500.00 or more
5 points for annual dues of $1,000.00 or more
6 points for annual dues of $5,000.00 or more
(d) extra points for renewing Gold Party membership when one was a member in the previous year:
1 point if one was a member in this and the preceding year only
2 points if one was a member this year and continuously for three or more preceding years
(e) 2 extra points for signing up another person to become a member of Gold Party. To qualify, one must be acknowledged as his/her sponsor by the other person and forward that person's completed application and dues to Gold Party headquarters.
(f) extra points for legacy:
1 point if someone whom the member sponsored has 10 or more points
2 points if someone whom the member sponsored has 15 or more points
3 points if someone whom the member sponsored has 25 or more points
(g) extra points for service in the U.S. Armed Forces:
1 point if a veteran
2 points if a wounded veteran
(a) 5 points for being chairman of a local group
(b) 3 points for being vice chairman of a local group
(c) 3 points for being membership secretary and treasurer of a local group
(d) 3 points bonus for being the member of a local group with the largest number of points
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The points are calculated individually at least once a month. For example, a first-year member of Gold Party who attended eight or more meetings in the year, paid annual dues of $10.00, and signed up two other members would have ten points: 3 (a) + 2 (b) +1 (c) + 4 (e) = 10.
Some points are permanent. Others change each year. One must, of course, be a member to have any points in a year.
(b) With respect to attendance, the count starts at the beginning of each calendar year. The previous year's points are erased.
(c) With respect to dues payment, the single point is received if a member pays $10.00 in the current year. If the member pays $100, he or she receives two extra points in the current year. A certain benefit of paying higher dues carries forward to the next year: If a smaller amount of dues is paid in the following year, the dues bonus is calculated as follows: (current year’s dues + last year’s dues divided by 2.) For example, someone who paid $10 (1 point) in the current year and $500 (4 points) in the previous year would have 3 points as a dues bonus in the current year. ($510/2 = $255).
(d) The point for membership renewals depends on whether or not one was a member in the preceding year. If so, he or she receives the point. There is no extra point for the first year's membership or where a member renews after not being a member in the previous year. However, the member could revert to renewal status in the year after that.
(e) The greatest opportunity for gaining extra points lies in “"sponsoring”" new members. The general requirement is to persuade someone to fill out and sign the membership application and send the signed form plus membership dues to the local group's membership chairman. The recruiter would have the two extra points for signing that person for at least a year. The new person recruited decides whom to designate as sponsor. He or she does not have to designate anyone.
The rule is that in the first year of membership a person must continue to assign the extra two points to the person designated as sponsor at the time of initial signing. In the following year, each member can reassign one of the points upon any other Gold Party member, not necessarily the original sponsor, reducing the initial sponsor’ s share to a point. The initial sponsor‘s share can never fall below a point. Each year thereafter, each member can assign extra point any way he or she chooses. This is done once a year. If no decision is made, the extra point remains with the person designated in the previous year. If someone discontinues membership, the extra points awarded to another member for sponsoring that person disappear.
(f) Of course, legacy points can be taken only once. For example, if a member has 18 points in a year, his or her sponsor gets 2 extra points, not 2 + 1.
(g) The extra points for veterans are permanent.
Gold Party headquarters will tabulate the points for each member and, on its website, list the members in descending order of points. The purpose is to create an incentive to grow the party and recognize those individuals who have done the most to achieve that end.
As Gold Party grows, it will move into a second phase related to political organization. Members will organize themselves into local chapters, elect chapter leaders on the basis of weighted voting, discuss issues, etc. The voting will follow the point system. For instance, a member with three points would have three votes in all party decisions; a member with five points would have five votes; a member with nine points would have nine votes, etc.
Tentatively, a local Gold Party group would have up to fifty members. When it exceeds fifty members, it would split into two groups, each having their own set of officers. Using the weighted-voting method, the members could decide which of the two groups to join. Eventually, a network of local groups would be created, culminating in a national organization.
At a certain point, Gold Party with its expanding base of membership will move into a third phase when it gets serious about electoral politics and tries to take over the government. Although there is no way to enforce voting for Gold Party-endorsed candidates for public office, it is understood that the Gold Party program will not be put into effect unless the elected government officials actively support it. Having worked so hard to build Gold Party's membership and political strength, members would have an incentive to pressure or persuade elected officials to go with its program.
Gold Party does not demand exclusive party affiliation - i.e., a person who joins can continue to be a Democrat, Republican, or member of any other political party.
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