February 11, 2015

by JKL


  • P – Debilyn Molineaux (President, IIWG, Volunteers, SAI, Channels)
  • P – Jeanene Louden (Treasurer, Legal/Accounting, Acting Fundraising)
  • 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: 6:02 PM PST/9:02 PM EST. Debilyn presided and Jeanene ran the Maestro Board. Members checked in.

President’s Report

Debilyn reported on the Boulder Conference, which was the Transpartisan Movement Design Meeting.  She just returned home a couple of hours before the meeting. Coffee Party was the only grassroots organization present. The others present were political insiders, major players, business people and dialogue experts.

Secretary’s Report

Vince reported that the minutes for January 28, 2015 have been approved, but still need one more director to review and either approve, not approve, or abstain.  The minutes for February 4, 2015 have been posted and needed review and approval from all directors at the start of the meeting. They were approved by the end of the meeting.

Jeanene discussed the possibility of having work sessions instead of formal meetings, as the bylaws only require one meeting per month. Work sessions don’t require either an agenda or formal minutes. If a motion is required, then either it will be discussed at the next meeting or a meeting will be convened. The members agreed to hold formal business meetings monthly from here on out with work sessions each week.

Treasurer’s Report
The Treasurer’s Report was tabled until the next meeting.

New Project Presentations for Approval

There was a discussion about whether the Board needs to know about Work Group projects.  The answer is yes. The board needs to be kept informed about project proposals and projects need to be approved by the Board before they are undertaken.

The projects currently being worked on include a CPUSA App, Merchandising, and a plan for Member and Public Relations.Debilyn will put them in google docs and post the links to the Board Facebook Group.

Executive Session

The board entered executive session. The board exited executive session not having made any motions.

Project Updates

Billy reported on the Coffee Party Book Club selection for February:  “Reclaiming Civility in the Public Square.” There is a radio show scheduled on February 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET.  Guests are authors Cassandra Dahnke and Tomas Sporath. Tim and Debilyn reported on the progress of the Membership drive “I ❤ (w coffee cup) America.”

Jeanene and Debilyn discussed the projects scheduled for March which include Online conversations, Coffee Shop Chats, Pi Day, and the next Book Club selection.  Debilyn will be at IndependentVoting.org on 3.14.15 in New York City.

The projects scheduled for April include the launching of the Bill Club (Legislative Review) and relaunching Movie Night in addition to another installment of the Book Club.

A discussion ensued about the response to Tim’s internet radio shows in contrast to the average response to our BlogTalkRadio shows. A work session dedicated to Coffee Party media was suggested.

Tim brought up a request from email about starting a Canadian Coffee Party.  Vince mentioned that such an organization already exists. Tim offered to contact them to see about mutual cooperation. Another email Tim mentioned prompted a conversation about what issues to organize around and how to organize and mobilize locally. Tim praised Billy for his efforts in local organization and outreach.

Schedule Next Meeting and Adjourn

The next formal business meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST. The meeting adjourned at 10:02 PM EST/7:02 PM PT. The members checked out.

Respectfully submitted, Vince Lamb, Coffee Party USA Board Secretary

Approved April 1, 2015