The treasurer announced that we have $127 in the treasury and that dues-reminder
mailings had just gone out to all members.
Eric Sheffield announced that we had received an invitation from
VACO (Va. Association of Counties) to attend a meeting. The meeting
had been on February 15; Peter offered to send a letter stating
regrets but interest in next year.
The next item on the agenda was the question of endorsing Tex Wood's
independent run for the Senate. He has been endorsed by his local
and offers support of the ten key values. The discussion suggested
that we need to have the Green name attached to something going
on, but we need to know details of his message and affirmation that
he would support the Green platform. The new by-laws ask for a letter
if a candidate seeks endorsement. We agreed to include an article
on petitioning and announcing Tex's need for signature gatherers
in the next newsletter.
Most of the meeting centered around producing a final draft of the
by-laws, a state requirement we must meet in beginning the draft
Nader movement. By the end of the day, we had produced a document
that Tom could forward to the state. We added an amendment clause,
recognizing that when we get ballot status we will need to change
We also nominated Annie Goeke to fill the vice-presidential slot
on the Nader ticket. Annie is a member of the Pennsylvania Greens.
We agreed that the platform needs to be revised for the upcoming
presidential campaign. We agreed to ask the locals for revision
ideas; meanwhile, the platform committee will begin its work.
The State Central Committee list has been completed. Because of
her association with the Draft Nader Committee, Linda Martin resigned
from the SCC. Peter Robinson filled that slot, and we affirmed the
slate by acclamation.
Eric Peterson volunteered to replace Tom Cadorette as the Green
Tom said he would mail master copies of the Nader petition and the
accompanying instruction as soon as he completes them. The Libertarian
Party has asked us to join them in petition efforts. The general
response centered around concerns about diluting our efforts. Tom
said this should be an individual rather than party decision, but
we agreed to discuss it again.
Tentative plans were proposed for having the summer meeting at Common
Ground, hosted by the Rockbridge Greens, on a weekend in the second
half of June.
The next meeting will be Saturday, March 30 , in Northern Virginia.