January 28, 2015

by JKL


  • A – Debilyn Molineaux (President, IIWG, Volunteers, SAI, Channels)
  • P – Jeanene Louden (Treasurer, Legal/Accounting)
  • P – Vince Lamb (Secretary and Board Development)
  • P – Egberto Willies (Newsroom)
  • P – Billy Sears, (Community Actions and Engagement)
  • P – Tim Danahey (Public and Member Relations)


The meeting was called to order at: 6:04 PM PST/9:04 PM EST. Jeanene presided, ran the Maestro board and led members in check-ins.

Secretary’s Report

Vince reported that the minutes for January 21, 2015 have been shared and are awaiting review and approval.  The minutes for January 14, 2015 have been approved. The minutes for December 30, 2014 and January 7, 2015 have been approved and posted.

Elections Committee Proposal 

MOTION: Jeanene moved and Egberto seconded that we accept the March 31st date for last day to be a member in order to vote in this year’s elections. Motion passed unanimously (Debilyn Molineaux absent).

The rest of the proposal from the Elections Committee will be examined by the Board next week after the Elections Committee meets.  The Elections Committee needs time to incorporate all the comments made in their document. With this approval we cn now start publicizing the March 31 deadline for membership and notification to members about the new requirement that applicants be participants in a work group (have Coffee Party volunteer experience).

President’s Report

January recap

Jeanene: The Citizens United fifth anniversary (#CU5) event was a success, with hundreds of people present despite the snow.  Coffee Party was able to connect with leaders in many like minded organizations. Jeanene praised the Coffee Party’s contribution to the event including video and still photography from volunteer journalism students at American University.

Jeanene and Billy: Book Club was a success, including the radio show, which went very well.  Billy still needs to work on the metrics, including the numbers of books sold and the money raised.

Jeanene:  $5 for 5 Birthday fundraising was a success.


The Facebook page surpassed 550,000 likes during the past week. (Earlier today, the page had 555,555 likes.)  Jeanene and Debilyn posted a selfie from DC toasting the Newsroom for passing the milestone. Many happy newsroomers responded in kind!


The Coffee Party has added 10+ new volunteers this week.  We currently have have five active and regularly meeting work groups.

Project Updates


Billy reported on the February Book Club selection, “Reclaiming Civility in the Public Square.” Tim proposed sending notices to up to 1000 book stores about the Coffee Party Book Club every month.

Tim and Jeanene reported on the February membership drive, “I ❤ America.” A brainstorming session ensued about how to promote and implement the membership drive.  The logistics of passing out swag, especially bumper stickers, T-shirts, and videos (DVDs) for various membership levels was also a topic of conversation along with the timing of the promotion of the membership drive in the February Newsletters.

On the topic of the Newsletter, Tim wanted to know what kind of support he could provide including looking for volunteers.


Egberto reported progress on the project he and Bobby are planning to use the basic Living Room Conversations format with video to open conversations with members.

Jeneane talked about Coffee Shop Chats.  She is inspired to have an Ultimate PI Day on 3/14/15: Coffee and pie (tea and cocoa welcome) – and, if we eat pie at 9:26, we have 3.1415926!  More from the fundraising work group on this later!

Executive Session

The board entered and exited executive session having made no motions.


The next meeting is scheduled for February 4, 2015 at 6:00 PM PST/9:00 PM EST. Jeanene led the directors in check outs. The meeting was adjourned at 10:08 PM EST/7:08 PM PST.

Respectfully submitted,

Vince Lamb

Coffee Party USA Board Secretary

Approved February 5, 2015