December 3, 2014

by JKL

  • A – Debilyn Molineaux, President, Volunteers & Members
  • P – Jeanene Louden, Treasurer and Managing Director
  • P – Vince Lamb, Secretary
  • P – Tim Danahey, Public and Member Relations
  • A – Billy Sears, Local Chapters
  • P – Egberto Willies, Newsroom


The meeting was called to order at 9:05 PM EDT.

Jeanene presided in Debilyn’s absence and ran the Maestro Board.

Members checked in.


Vince reported that minutes for October 29, 2014, and November 5, 2014 have been approved by four Directors and have been posted.  The minutes for November 12, 2014, and November 19, 2014, have been shared with Board members and need to be reviewed and approved.

Bylaws Review

Review of the Bylaws is  underway. Debilyn sent a proposed first draft of revised bylaws to Vince and Jeanene.


Jeanene reported that something has happened to access to our PayPal account. Consequently, the monthly financial report will be delayed until this issue has been solved.


Egberto reported that the Newsroom is working well and just had a very productive call.  The Facebook page currently has 517,936 likes, 5,317 more than last week, and a weekly reach of more than 10 million users.

Public and Member Relations

Tim thanked Egberto for putting out the latest issue of the newsletter.  The next issue will include Tim’s information and will go out on the 15th.  The format and recurring features the newsletter has currently are working for now, but he’s looking for improvements and additions.  Tim suggested that “Actions one can take” would be a better title than “A Calendar of Opportunity.”  One of the other other features planned would be a board member column.

Jeanene described her motivation and vision for the Calendar of Opportunity.  The idea was to give Coffee Party members and supporters a list of events and actions in which they could participate. It is organic: anyone and everyone should add events as they discover them.

Egberto talked about his article critiquing Lawrence Lessig’s PAC and comparing it to Move to Amend and Common Dreams. A discussion ensued about rules of engagement with other groups, including which groups to cooperate with. Tim also described his show with Richard Wolff, which earned a record number of listeners, and discussed future engagements with him including interviews on Coffee Party’s BlogTalkRadio channel.

Community Actions and Engagement

A calendar has proposed for January – June.  There will be one champion per month.  The next call will be Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

Internet Infrastructure

Debilyn is creating a document with all website content.  She needs assistance. There is a meeting with Nationbuilder scheduled for Monday 12/15 at 11 a.m. PT regarding membership.

Board Development

The Board Development  Work Group will be forming the Elections Task Force and a meeting will be scheduled ASAP. The first order of business will be to review the 2015 election schedule that was released in conjunction with the 2014 election schedule in early May.

Strategy and Implementation

Calls still need to be scheduled for Channels, Public and Member Relations, Fundraising, Campaigns/Free the Elected, Outreach, IIWG, and SAI.  Calls for Strategy and Implementation are scheduled for Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET. Debilyn is still writing up the job description for the Advisory Board, low on the priority scale right now.


Egbert gave a report from the Move to Amend meeting that he had just attended.


Jeanene reminded the Board that the goal is for 1000 more voting members this fiscal year.  She also gave the Board a heads up about a forthcoming proposal to automate the volunteer system, simplifying volunteer interviews and BOD follow up.

Holiday schedule

The regular meeting scheduled for Christmas Eve, has been cancelled. The meeting originally scheduled for New Year’s Eve has been rescheduled for Tuesday 12/30 at the normal time.


Members checked out.

The meeting adjourned at 9:52 PM EST.

The next meeting is scheduled for 9 PM EDT/6 PM PDT on December 10, 2014.

Respectfully Submitted,

Vince Lamb, Secretary of the Board of Directors

Approved December 17, 2014: 4 yes, 0 no, 2 abstain (Debilyn and Billy were not present at the meeting).