The LPB Executive Committee (ExComm) met at Choo Choo's B-B-Q and Lounge in Cocoa on
December 16, 1998. The meeting commenced at 6:30 PM. Members present were Lee McLamb
(Chair), Luke Setzer (Secretary), Ross Nordeen (Membership Chair), Richard Hall (Media
Chair), and John Cornett (Treasurer). Absent was David Hobbs (Vice Chair).
- Officer Reports:
- Chair: Lee McLamb reported that two volunteers--Ilene Davis and Martha
Pervin--stepped forward at the last social to help with the LPB phone tree. He noted
that we need to lay out plans for 1999, including the selection of a winnable race for
office and a candidate to run in that race. He also stated that future LPB calendars
should include not only meetings, but also notes regarding significant Libertarian
historical events and birthdays. Per an earlier ExComm meeting, he agreed that the
LPB should press ahead with quarterly platform meetings in a more formal setting.
- Vice-Chair: Absent.
- Treasurer: John Cornett provided an updated balance sheet of income and
expenditures. He also reported that our last Operation Politically Homeless (OPH)
booth netted us a $25 reward from the Advocates for Self-Government.
- Secretary: Luke Setzer reported that many more advertisers are needed to meet
the goal of 20 advertisers per month in the LPB monthly newsletter.
- Committee Reports:
- Membership: Ross Nordeen expressed relief that two additional people have
volunteered to help with the phone tree. He is looking forward to finding volunteers
to help with the newly established Electoral Victory Committee as well. With respect
to simplifying the LPB membership sign-up process, the ExComm discussed the issue at
length. It was agreed that a single fee for all members, easily divided by 12 (the
number of months in a year), would ease the joining and renewal process. Luke Setzer
moved to change the fee to $24 per year, prorated monthly for those who join in mid-year.
John Cornett seconded, and the motion carried unanimously. The Standing Rules
and Membership Forms will be updated to reflect this change.
- Electoral Victory: No report (unpopulated).
- Media: Richard Hall reported that his discussions with a potential member at
the last social brought up additional questions regarding the meaning of the Libertarian
"non-initiation of force" principle and its overall foreign policy. After
a considerable amount of discussion, the ExComm drew a clear conclusion that the
Libertarian foreign policy is 100% opposed to foreign intervention by the U.S. government.
This clarification will be fed back to the potential members for their own evaluation and
choice about whether to sign the pledge and join the party. Ross Nordeen suggested
that the LPB web site include a link to the Amazon web-based book store, which offers
small commissions whenever a referral purchases a book from them. Luke Setzer agreed
this was a good idea, and will work to get this feature added to the web site.
- Monthly LPB Meeting
- Review of December Meeting: The December meeting was held at the home of Lee
McLamb December 5 at 6:00 PM. Lee reported that the meeting went well, with some new
faces seeming open to Libertarian ideas.
- Plans for January Meeting: The next social will be held at the home of Ross
Nordeen on January 30 at 6:00 PM.
- Plans for February Meeting: After some pondering of ideas and formats, the
ExComm agreed to hold the first of four quarterly platform meetings at Choo Choo's B-B-Q
and Lounge in Cocoa on Thursday, February 19. Dinner will begin at 6:00 PM, followed
by a 90 minute presentation at 7:00 PM. Over the next few weeks, the ExComm will
develop an agenda and marketing plan.
- Projects and Activities
- OPH Booth: Luke Setzer reported that 56 new names were generated by the
Cannabis Freedom Festival (CFF) OPH booth. These were passed to the Advocates for
Self-Government for credit.
- Adopt-A-Road: The Florida road management people have apologized profusely for
their tardiness in getting the LPB signs up along our assigned road. They are
checking to determine the nature of the delay.
- New Projects: Membership drives per earlier statements.
- Annual Budget: No report.
- LPB Sign Painting: The interior of the sign was painted by Ross Nordeen.
- Space Coast Objectivism Promoters and Explorers (SCOPE): The ExComm granted
Luke Setzer permission to send a one-time e-mail announcement to the LPB mailing list to
solicit interest in a local Ayn Rand discussion group. Lee McLamb also encouraged
the addition of this new group's activities to the LPB calendar.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.