Minutes of the Coffee Party USA Board of Directors meeting on July 10, 2018
Present: Charlotte Coyle, Heather Prabish, Vince Lamb, Werner Hager, and Egberto Willies.
Absent: Kevin Watford, Jeanene Louden, and Bobby Rodrigo.
Heather called the meeting to order at 8:05 P.M. E.D.T.
Members checked in.
Charlotte welcomed Werner Hager to the Board and the members present introduced themselves. Egberto will set up an email account for Werner.
Charlotte presented the proposed board assignments for 2018-2019. The assignments were approved by a vote in the Facebook page on July 31; 7 yeses; Egberto Willies abstained.
Heather reported that the Campaigns and Actions Work Group met since the last meeting. There are now 148 Voter Buddies. Four states, California, Georgia, Florida, and Oregon, have ten or more voter buddies. Fifteen states still do not have voter buddies. Heather and a volunteer are working on designing and printing business cards for the Voter Buddy campaign. She asked the other directors to refer any campaigns to them.
Vince reported that Partnerships met on June 16 and 30. The work group decided not to pursue a collaboration with the #VoteTogether campaign of Civic Nation. They worked on goals for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Vince needs our address to complete the agreement with National Voter Registration Day.
Egberto reported on Local Communities. The Facebook group has been updated, the National Organizers group has been meeting, and new members are joining. There is a meeting tomorrow. Charlotte reported that she is contacting the members of the old local organizers group to see if they are still interested. Heather asked if all of the Local Community participants need to be Coffee Party members. Charlotte and Egberto replied that they do not have to be, although the Local Leaders have to be members.
Werner reported that Public Relations will be meeting on Thursday. He is asking people in the Work Group to produce more content for the Coffee Party, including longer blog posts. He reported on the feedback to Debilyn’s blog about respect, included negative comments about the need for civility. He is figuring out how to better brand civility for the Coffee Party to highlight how civility and respect can coexist with a desire for resistance to the current political environment.. This led to a discussion about the role of civility and how to define it. The group is working out a schedule for emails to remind people to vote as their states’ primaries come up. Charlotte reminded the board that all external mass communications should to go through PR.
Charlotte asked the attendees to participate in retreat planning.
Charlotte reported that the June minutes have been approved and posted to the WordPress blog.
Charlotte asked the members to be sure to R.S.V.P. to all meetings and requested their support in following through.
Members checked out.
The meeting adjourned at 9:00 P.M. E.D.T.
The next meeting will be on August 25, 2018 during the annual board retreat.
Vince Lamb, Interim Secretary