April 1, 2015

by JKL

Call to Order and Note of Attendance

  • P – Debilyn Molineaux (President, IIWG, Volunteers, SAI, Channels)
  • P – Jeanene Louden (Treasurer, Legal/Accounting, Acting Fundraising)
  • P – Vince Lamb (Secretary and Board Development)
  • P – Bobby Rodrigo (Internet Infrastructure)
  • 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. Debilyn presided and Jeanene ran the Maestro Board. Members checked in.

Secretary’s Report

Vince reported that the minutes for February 11, 2015 and March 4, 2015 meetings have been approved.

Vince also reported on the meeting of the Board Development Work Group. The eligibility deadline for membership has passed. There are two weeks remaining to recruit current member volunteers to run for the Board. There are two potential candidates known, and many to recruit. The next meeting will involve reviewing the candidate vetting documents.

Treasurer’s Report

Jeanene reported on the results of the membership drive. The Coffee Party had the highest number of memberships paid during a month (191) since the organization switched from Blue State Digital to Nationbuilder. Jeanene projects that the organization will be solvent by the end of April.

Meeting dates and times

Debilyn asked if the monthly business meetings should be moved to the second or third week of the month so that up-to-date financials can be provided in a timely manner (today is the first of the month and there is no way the financials can be ready in one day).  In addition, meetings will have to be held on another day of the week because Vince will not be available Wednesdays during May through August. The day and time of the next meeting will be determined on the Board Facebook group.

End State Goals

Debilyn shared the document from the Strategy and Planning Work Group on the Coffee Party’s End State Goals.  A lively discussion ensued about the document.  The line “Justice: Support and endorse equity in the treatment of people” was added to the document under Local Empowerment.

Tim moved that the meeting be extended 30 minutes.  Debilyn seconded. The the motion passed unanimously.

Debilyn moved that the End State Goals be approved as amended by the addition of one line about justice. Egberto seconded. The motion passed unanimously (7-0).

Chapter Development

Bobby reported on his progress cleaning up documents to be shared. He also discussed the status of state and local pages on Facebook, including which ones are under Coffee Party control. Tim suggested that the Coffee Party work on enforcing the trademark for the Coffee Party logo, especially on Facebook. A discussion about the purpose of controlling our trademark and working on local groups ensued.

Online Merchandising

Tim shared a proposed agreement with Eryn Taylor to contract out our online merchandising and invited the board to examine it. A discussion ensued about the document.

Jeanene moved the Board accept the merchandising agreement with Eryn Taylor. Egberto seconded. The motion passed unanimously (7-0).

Executive Session 

The board entered executive session.  The board exited executive session.

Schedule Next Meeting and Adjourn

The next formal business meeting will be scheduled for the second or third week of May.The meeting adjourned at 10:29 PM EST/7:29 PM PT.The members checked out.

Respectfully submitted, Vince Lamb, Coffee Party USA Board Secretary

Approved: May 12, 2015