July 25, 2012
CALL TO ORDER AND NOTE OF ATTENDANCE
The conference call was convened by President Eric Byler at about 5PM Pacific (8PM Eastern). Other Directors present included Secretary Jeanene Louden, Jose Gutierrez, Frank Kirkwood, Chris Ritter, and Egberto Willies. Directors absent included Treasurer Eric Whinery and Craig Dunigan. Staff present included Executive Director Debilyn Molineaux. We all took 30 seconds each to check in!
MINUTES – progress is being made!
SENATE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE HEARING ON CITIZENS UNITED
Eric B gave us a quick update on the hearings and our participation in the various actions that came to a head in Washington DC that day.
- Nearly 2 million signed petitions were delivered to the hearing from within the coalition of nine organizations including MoveOn, Common Cause, Credo, People for the American Way, Public Citizen, Center for Media & Democracy, Free Speech for the People & PIRG.
- CP had about 15 people in attendance, including Annabel Park, Will Rice and Bob Trotner
- Signers via CP = 11,033 unique emails, 14,061 signers
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF OUR STAFFING CHANGES
We discussed the need to let our membership and followers know about the changes in our staffing in the best light possible. During the conversation it became clear that it is important to us that we be truthful and hopeful. Eric B will take the lead on this communication.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPOINTMENT
The Board Development Work Group has fully vetted, interviewed, and unanimously recommended Cameron Kruger to fill the vacancy of the Director for Development. After discussion, a motion was made by Chris and seconded by Egberto to invite Cameron to join the Board of Directors to complete the term vacated by resignation. Congratulations, Cameron!
The motion passed: 5 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain, and 3 Absent (Eric W, Jose, Craig).
FAREWELL TO DEBILYN
This is Debilyn Molineaux’s last meeting as our Executive Director. We all said our thank yous and goodbyes individually. She left the meeting, hopefully to a well earned Cosmo! Happy trails, my friend.
Rather than go into executive session mode with these minutes and say nothing, I am choosing to “blog” in this section about a strategy we discussed to hire an eagar and qualified individual who would function as a part-time paid/part-time volunteer, hold-down-the-fort, staff person.
Our problem is one of ethics: we must be the America we seek. We cannot in good conscience offer anyone a job without a future; we are uncomfortable underpaying this person; and we all know that generosity of spirit can be abused even without intent.
We all believe in the Coffee Party or we would not be on the Board of Directors. We all believe we are a fiscally smarter organization today, and are dedicating some of our talent away from the fight and toward home fires. The test of our authenticity will be whether we can invent a virtual home office that will not commit wage theft, and will honor the soldiers for democracy who do important work behind the scenes like balance the checkbook, send thank you notes to members and volunteers, and answer your emails and phone calls. I have a post-it on my computer that calls to me now: “Transparency means if I make a mistake you will see it – because we are friends I expect a hand up, not a beat down!”
We decided we believe in ourselves; we can trust ourselves to build the smart, 21st century, virtual workplace with a heart. We agreed to begin with our eager recruit… in addition to the amazing, almost too many to count, members and volunteers who will be served, of course! CoffeePartyON!
Last week the Board Development Work Group recommended we activate the Board Officers into an Executive Committee to deal to reduce the day-to-day matters that can clog up Board meetings. We need to appoint a Vice President from among our ranks to complete the EC.
Jeanene moved and Frank seconded a motion to appoint Egberto Vice President and activate the Executive Committee. The motion passed: 5 Yes, 0 No, 1 Abstain (Egberto), 2 Absent (Eric W and Craig).
SCHEDULE NEXT MEETING AND ADJOURN
Eric closed the meeting not long after 7PM Pacific (10PM Eastern). The next meeting will be held by conference call Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at 5PM Pacific (8PM Eastern). We all took 30 seconds to check out, then opened all mics to say Aloha to one another.
Secretary of the Board of Directors