LPB Float in Melbourne Parade!
Richard Hall, member of the Libertarian Party of Brevard (LPB)
Membership Committee, had placed an advertisement in a local newspaper for our party in
mid-June. A few days later, the coordinator for the Melbourne Independence Day
Parade called him and asked that our party participate in their parade on July 3. We
were delighted to oblige, but under such short notice, we had to act quickly. We had
less than two weeks to gather volunteers and materials and build a float!
Fortunately, a HUGE garage sale the previous month had netted the LPB enough hard cash to
finance the deal without breaking the LPB bank balance. Attendees at the annual LPB
business meeting on June 27 provided the source for volunteers to prepare parade items the
The LPB constructed a large and very solid plywood box billboard sign
and had a professional artist paint it. One member generously offered his pickup
truck as the LPB float, so the new billboard had a home in the parade. The LPB
printed hundreds of double-sided flyers advocating VOTE LIBERTARIAN and VOTE YES ON
PROPOSITION 11 FOR BALLOT ACCESS, and included local party contact information on those
Two members rented costumes to dress as Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam,
while numerous others helped to distribute the flyers as well as buckets of candy.
All in all, the LPB participation in the parade proved successful at
placing the Libertarian message -- lower taxes, smaller government -- in front of hundreds
of people, and promoted knowledge of the need for easier ballot access. Now that the
LPB has a permanent billboard for display, we will assertively seek participation in
future local parades.
Many thanks to all who participated in the parade: John and Ann
Cornett, Walt and Jennifer Rouch, Tony and Su-Le Kantz, Lee McLamb and family, David Hobbs
and family, Jerry Driscoll, Luke and Leslie Setzer, and all others who lent a hand.
Executive Committee Activities
During the month of June, the Executive Committee (ExComm) met on June
1 and June 15, having decided on June 1 to begin meeting on both the first and third
Mondays of each month. Issues discussed during those meetings included: Nominations
for the 1998-1999 ExComm officers, development of the July mailout, telephone tree for
contacting members about the upcoming business meeting, membership outreach, ExComm
elections management, Proposition 11 education, and requirements for membership in the
LPB. Preparations were made for a smooth annual business meeting to be conducted on
June 27. The newly elected ExComm officers for 1998-1999 are:
Chair: Lee McLamb
Vice Chair: David Hobbs
Secretary: Luke Setzer
Treasurer: John Cornett
Published Letters to the Editor
Several letters by local Libertarians were published in June in the
Florida Today. Ross Nordeen printed a letter blasting the current, self-defeating
proposal to increase radically the taxes on tobacco on June 9. Mark Gibb published a
scathing critique of politicians' current treatment of children as the "new political
commodity" on June 26. Tracy King, with the help of Chuck Avey, soundly
devastated the entire government-schooling concept on June 29, earning his letter status
as "Letter of the Day". In the June 15-21 edition of the national
newspaper The Washington Times, Richard Hall published a letter warning readers not to get
excited about the so-called federal "budget surplus".
Work is underway to get local Libertarians to send their names and
photographs to the Florida Today for publication in their regular "Your
Views" article. The Florida Today keeps this information on file and
contacts those folks at random to solicit their opinions on local issues. Their
responses are then published along with their names and pictures.
Calendar of Events
3rd Friday 6:30 PM
Melbourne Independence Day Parade
Folks who volunteer at our June 27 social--and anyone else who has the urge--should report
to Melbourne Auditorium no later than 6:30 PM to support the 7:00 PM parade.
John and Ann Cornett 255-2105
6th and 20th Monday 7:00 PM
Monthly ExComm Meeting
This month's ExComm meeting will transfer responsibilities and materials between previous
and current elected officers. As usual, it will be held at Bagel World, 1301
South Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach.
Lee McLamb 631-3362
25th Saturday 5:00 PM
Bring a covered dish and the beverage of your choice to our monthly social. Wayne
Harley has generously volunteered to host this month's event at his home at 1315
Richmond Drive, Melbourne. Take advantage of this opportunity to make friends
and enjoy good times with other Libertarians in the area.
Wayne Harley 254-7002
Directions to Wayne's home from I-95:
1. Take I-95 to Eau Gallie Boulevard
2. Exit east onto Eau Gallie Boulevard
3. Pass Eau Gallie High School
4. Turn right onto Mosswood
5. Mosswood becomes Richmond Drive
6. Find the third house on the left