1998-12-16 ExComm Minutes
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by Luke Setzer

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).

  1. Officer Reports:
    1. 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.
    2. Vice-Chair: Absent.
    3. 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.
    4. Secretary: Luke Setzer reported that many more advertisers are needed to meet the goal of 20 advertisers per month in the LPB monthly newsletter.
  2. Committee Reports:
    1. 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.
    2. Electoral Victory: No report (unpopulated).
    3. 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.
  3. Monthly LPB Meeting
    1. 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.
    2. Plans for January Meeting: The next social will be held at the home of Ross Nordeen on January 30 at 6:00 PM.
    3. 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.
  4. Projects and Activities
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. New Projects: Membership drives per earlier statements.
    4. Annual Budget: No report.
    5. LPB Sign Painting: The interior of the sign was painted by Ross Nordeen.
    6. 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.


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