Libertarian Party of Delaware (LPD) 2nd Quarterly Meeting
Attendance: Sean, Brad, Dayl, Mary Pat, Nadine, John (by phone), Will, Jesse, Jimmy, Vern (all ten people accounted for)
1. Called to order at 12:52 EDT, due to accommodating some folks who need to leave early.
2. Will 1st, Jimmy 2nd to approve agenda. Passed 8-2-0.
3. $4087.00 total in LPD funds.
4. NCC Report:
- Nadine got a copy of the New Castle County (NCC) voter registration on 6/10/19, which she shared with Dayl, who shared it with Sean.
- Nadine and Dayl discussed the New Castle County Libertarian Party (NCCLP) outreach events from March to June.
- NCCLP formed the Data and Tech. Committee to help make an NCCLP website and save previous agendas, minutes, etc. for future generations. Also, NCCLP is looking into Monday.com to help NCCLP delegate activities. Nadine suggested having the state and the Kent County Libertarian Party (KCLP) and Sussex County Libertarian Party (SCLP) join in. Sean then suggested that NCCLP try it and let the LPD Board know how it is going. Will suggested looking into apps that would do the same thing for free. Will also suggested opening the Monday.com free trail to the whole state so we can figure out how we want to go forward.
- Blue Rocks group game - $27 per person, need a minimum of 25 people, $8 per person for deposit. LPD count for going: nine people. Will asked if LPD chair Sean Goward if he had "balls" under his kilt because he would have to stand up to his wife to miss his daughter's birthday if he were to go to the Blue Rocks game on Aug. 24th. A good laugh was had by all.
- NCCLP also looking at using MailChimp to e-mail folks. Will again suggested sharing this with LPD, KCLP, and SCLP.
5. KC Report: Paying for the beer. Voted against doing the Wyoming Peach Festival due to lack of help/support and that it is an off year for elections. Attendance is still low and not as organized as NCC (KCLP Chair Will McVay's words).
6. SC Report: Rob Smouse did the Memorial Day wreath placement for the SCLP. Adopt-a-Highway was done on June 8th, done by Rob Smouse and Matt Martel. Quiet otherwise due to being an off year for elections.
7. Social Media and Marketing (SMM) Committee Report: John has been posting a lot of memes for NCCLP on Facebook and other places. Will brought up the length of John's tenure as chair of the SMM Committee. The committee is made up of one elected chair (in this case, John Machurek), the LPD Secretary (Dayl Thomas), and the three county chairs (Nadine Frost, Will McVay, and Jimmy Brittingham). Will 1st, Vern 2nd to add the two items of “Outreach” and “Process and Procedures Guide (PPG)“ to the agenda. It passed 9-1-0.
8. Old Business
a. Voter Registration down by 42 people (1767 to 1725). Will suggested that the numbers have gone down due to natural ebb and flow of life.
b. Beer Settlement: We all lost folks, so this will be hashed out later.
c. 2019 State Convention Recap: Welcome to new members (Vern, Jimmy, and Dayl) and a welcome back to returning members. Dayl brought up secretarial duties, with both Dayl and Will mentioning who controls the LPD website. Sean suggested this wait until New Business. We moved on to discussing how we quickly communicate through the LPD Facebook Messenger feed. Responsibilities came up again, with talk of developing a policies and procedures guide (PPG). Vern asked about the AoA and what the national LP can do and can't do with what we want to do. LPD is pretty free to do what we want with immunity. Getting back to the PPG, it's most important that things are written down for the LPD treasurer due to the fact that a mistake as treasurer could get the LPD in a lot of trouble with the state.
d. Development of Legislative Committee: We are behind on current legislation, except for the current HB110. We need to keep Libertarians state wide updated on what is going on in Dover, especially with the PPG.
9. New Business
a. Fundraising - Access to PayPal: PayPal button on the LPD website works well (Dayl tested), but we need to check the LPD Facebook page PayPal button. Brad and Nadine gave guidance through their experience. Will to follow up on checking the LPD Facebook page PayPal button.
b. Candidate Support Committee: We want to develop this. There was discussion on it at the LPD state convention with input from NCCLP Vice Chair Bill Hinds. Bill suggested and the LPD endorses making a pamphlet to help future candidates (especially with dealing with CFRS), make videos, and candidate training workshops. The LPD wants this pamphlet in place before the 2020 election cycle. Will volunteered for that committee. Nadine made a point of information on who could join this new committee, and it was agreed that anyone involved with the LPD or any of the county parties could join the committee. We will also need to decide if we want to make it a permeant committee. The LPD will ask Bill Hinds of NCCLP and Wendy Jones of SCLP to see if they are interested in joining the committee. Will mentioned that Wendy's expertise would be best later on in the election process. The committee may also look at how candidates debate, etc. This is now an unofficial committee that will be made official once the LPD sets up the PPG. Maybe put something on monday.com to let candidates know when things are due.
c. Municipal Elections: Mainly for KCLP and SCLP, as the NCCLP doesn't have any elections coming up. The elections are as follows: Bowers (file by 6/28/19, Kent), Henlopen Acres (file by 7/12/19, Sussex), Bethany Beach (file by 7/24/19, Sussex), Rehoboth (file by 7/26/19, Sussex), Dewey Beach (file by 8/22/19, Sussex), and Dagsboro (file by 11/15/19, Sussex). LPD will look into setting up a program to streamline updating voter registration with the NCCLP data and tech committee, and members from KCLP and SCLP chipping in too. Sean mentioned that we also need to protect member data and encode it in the forthcoming PPG. Vern brought up that he knows a fellow in Dagsboro who is tired of the Republicans, which he is a member, and will try to get him to switch to the LPD and run for us. Will mentioned that in every municipality except Wilmington, it doesn't matter what party you belong to, but what people are willing to do. If they want to support liberty, we can work with them.
d. 2020 General Election Recruitment: Sean passed out election maps to the county chairs for elections in 2020. 1st priority is reaching out to all municipality seats, with 2nd priority being uncontested state rep and state senate seats. Both Vern and Nadine shared stories about how people made it difficult for them to vote as libertarians at the polling stations.
f. Outreach: Nadine suggested having more of a coordinated effort between the three county parties to share info so we can help each other. We also need to get more Libertarians active to help share the workload. We as a state board need to make more of an effort to get these people out (those who are unregistered and those who are registered Libertarian). Sean asked that he and Will be incorporated into the NCCLP monday.com test.
g. Process and Procedures Guide (PPG): Sean explained who did what, and stated that we need to codify it all in a PPG. The PPG would be like a continuity book. Future adjustments would be welcomed as necessary. Vern, who is a former corporate lawyer and has expertise, volunteered to work on the PPG along with the executive committee (i.e. the LPD's main board members). Input from other members welcome.
h. Sean gave a recap of the meeting. Will 1st, Dayl 2nd to adjourn. Meeting adjourn at 14:28 EDT.