May 2021 Business Meeting Minutes – Approved

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  1. Call to Order
    The regular meeting of the Libertarian Party of Brevard County, Fl. was called to order at 6:44 PM on May 19th , 2021 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill by Chair – Brian Fleming
  2. Present:
    Executive Committee: Brian Fleming –Chair, Mari Peele -Vice-Chair, Greg Peele – Treasurer, Rick Heffelfinger –Secretary, Nathan Slusher -Director-At-Large
    Voting Members: Kevin Ratzel, Robert Klimkowski
    Visitor:, Matthew Hammond, Jacob Quaider
  3. Determination of Quorum (75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members)
    Quorum was met
  4. Approval and Adoption of Agenda
    A motion to adopt the agenda was made. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
  5. Guest Speaker
    None. Guest speakers will not be coordinated until a meeting location more conducive is found.
  6. Approval of the Minutes
    A motion to approve the minutes from the April 21, 2021 business meetings was made. The motion was seconded and passed without objection.
  7. Officer Reports
    Vice Chair:
    Reported on meetings attended (County and City of Cocoa). Updated a flyer for the Orlando gun show. Upcoming goals: activate Stripe on the website, set-up fund raiser, parse latest voter data for outreach to different districts, and run email contacts through email verification service.
    Received $95 in donations since last meeting
    Three reoccurring contributors totaling $100/month
    Balance $1,590.14
    Liability $72 to secretary for PO Box
    2nd quarterly report will be due on July 10th.
    PNC bank incorrectly reported that checks where free. Checks will cost $22.75. A motion will be made to authorize up to $30 for the purchase of checks.

Attempt was made to setup account on Facebook for political advertising. A problem with ID validation requires that a notarized form be provided. This is being worked.
Stripe setup has been verified. The website will be updated to use it as well as Paypal.
Attended city of Cocoa meeting
Provided hardcopy of “subscribed members” and “LPBC Membership” spreadsheet to all EC members. Reported current enrollment from webpage in Monkey mail is currently 17 and current voting membership is 7. Encourage all in attendance to use the webpage and enter info so we can communicate to them in the future.
Reported on successful beach cleanup with 10 people in attendance. Attended 2 Titusville and County meetings this past month and wrote up recaps and published them on Facebook. A lot of Facebook activity the past month. Ccurrently 898 following after starting with 620 in January. Will continue to work meeting attendance and writing recaps for Facebook.
During the pre meeting it was decided that 2 things will be cornerstones to the Brevard platform; Government Transparency and the Indian River Lagoon.
Government Transparency
• Hold government accountable
• Attentive and responsive to public comments
• Provide understanding of how to interact with local government and sharing with the party.
• Ensure information is accessible and easy to understand
Indian River Lagoon (IRL)
• Empower volunteerism to help provide solutions and resources
• Provide educational material to community and businesses
• Ensure resources collected from enforment (eg fines) are correctly directed to lagoon efforts not the general fund.
Chair is currently seeking in roads into the IRL buracrasy. Will be working to make the IRL activity more community based and influenced vice government controlled.

Other desirable platform positions identified were also Home rule and fiscal responsibility.
Possible meeting time and place change being considered. Moving the meeting to Mondays would free up some overlap with other affiliates meetings in region 9.
Provided gun show support. May be working with Orange county to provide presence at events such as gun shows
LPBC Goals: Get our name and voice known, get candidates elected (Raising money and helping candidates with campaigns), and growing the party. Growing the party is #1. We are in this for the long game.
Working with region 9 for affiliate training during the convention. Will be working with the convention committee next year as well. Will be pushing to get the convention in Osceola and the following year Brevard.
Campaign training will be occurring in Atlanta over memorial day weekend and also at the convention.
The Director at large expressed enthusiasium for the party platform items and believes it will provide proper branding to encourage electing Libertarians across the county. He has a goal to run 5 candidates next year. Currently, Kevin and Rob are both looking at potential runs next year.

  1. Unfinished Business:
    Motion 2021_04 to Amend the LPBC Constitution. Motion failed in a vote 5 to 1.
  2. New Business:
    Standing Rule Discussion:
    Our first Standing Rule will be presented as a motion next month. The rule will state that all motions must be submitted to the secretary in writing before the meeting.
  3. Notice & Announcement
    Business meeting June 14 same location –Carrabbas
    Next social TBD
  4. Adjournment
    Meeting was adjourned at 7:52 PM by Chair – Brian Fleming.
    Minutes submitted by: Rick Heffelfinger

These minutes were approved by the LPBC Executive Committee during the Business Meeting
held on 6/14/2021.

Richard K Heffelfinger
Secretary, LPBC