James River State Park
October 2, 2016
Minutes of GPVA Business Meeting
Present were: Kirit Mookerjee (Arlington), Charlie Jordan (Blue Ridge), Kimberly Lowe, Wendy Hagelin-Smith and Sid Smith (Central Virginia Greens), Sean Imanian (Fredericksburg.), Aaron Brittain, Travis Holmes and Daniel Swift (Hampton Roads), Tim Cotton, Will King and Elizabeth Melson (Piedmont), Audrey Clement and Tom and Tamar Yager (At-Large).
Quorum consisting of at least half or four (4) of the seven (7) locals participating in the two most recent business meetings--Arlington, Blue Ridge, Central Virginia Greens, Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads and At Large on May 28, 2016 and Arlington, Blue Ridge, Central Virginia Greens, Fredericksburg, NoVA and At Large on January 31, 2016--having been achieved, the meeting was called to order.
Sid facilitated and served as vibes watcher, Audrey took notes and Kimberly served as time keeper. .
The addition of the following items to the original
agenda under New Business were approved by consensus:
The final agenda was approved as amended without
objection as follows:
Approve minutes of last meeting.
The minutes of the May 28, 2016 business meeting were
approved without objection.
Sid reported that there is renewed interest in the Green Party throughout the state. The general party meeting in May garnered two radio interviews, and GPVA successfully petitioned to get GPUS presidential candidate Jill Stein on the ballot in Virginia in 2016.
Kirit reported that the GPVA general account has a balance of $303.80, exclusive of a PayPal donation from Casey White of $420.00 to pay for a table at the Arlington County Fair in August, 2016. The GPVA Federal PAC has a balance of $111.91.
Press Secretary's report.
Progress has begun on moving us to a Drupal-based website, which will allow us to share the content management, and support a calendar, integrated database, blogging, fancier graphics, and members-only areas. I have installed Webmin/VirtualMin software on our backup server, and am now in the process of installing Drupal. Once that is done, the "hard part" will be over, and the rest will be a straightforward (though tedious) transfer of existing content to the new site. Once this backup server is ready and tested, I can swap it in for the existing server, and then update that server similarly.
GPUS representatives' report.
Sid, Tamar and Audrey reported on the Presidential
Nominating Convention (PNC) in Houston in August, 2016.
Local reports : CVG.
Sid reported that CVG had endorsed Kimberly as an independent candidate for CD5 and that the local last met on September 24. CVG is planning to circulate local bylaws for adoption.
Local reports : Arlington.
Kirit reported that the local was leading an effort to stop the demolition of WWII vintage garden apartments located in the Westover neighborhood by petitioning for local historic designation.
Local reports : Fredericksburg.
The FGP has doubled its active membership since the Spring meeting, and is currently distributing flyers and bumper stickers for the Jill Stein campaign, as well as phonebanking identified interested parties. We're hoping to get yard signs distributed around town, as soon as they come in. Sean reported that the local will sponsor a debate by representatives of the Stein and Johnson campaigns at the University of Mary Washington.
Local reports : Piedmont.
Tim reported that the local has 28 members and an email list of 100. The local endorsed Kimberly Lowe for CD 5. Will King plans to run for Delegate in District 18 in 2017.
Local reports : Blue Ridge.
Charlie reported that Michael Bentley and Frank Manning had petitioned to get Stein on the ballot.
Local reports : At Large.
Tom reported that Greens are planning to form a North Shenandoah Valley local stretching from Harrisonburg to Winchester and that Sharon Bos of Stephen's City recently had an LTE published in USA Today.
Bylaw amendment: Co-chairs.
The following GPVA Bylaw amendment was adopted on a vote
Local reports : Meetings.
The following GPVA Bylaw amendment was adopted by
Co-chair (female) election; term to begin January.
The nominees being Tamar and Audrey, Tamar was elected on a first round vote of 6-4.
Review of ballot access drive.
Covered under Co-Chairs' report.
Review of plans for new website.
Petitioning expense allocation and reimbursement.
Sid advised that if members desire reimbursement of
petitioning expenses, please email a detailed account and scanned
receipts to Sid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review of Press Secretary duties and plans, particularly in re fall campaign.
Review of any local and state candidates for November's election; endorsement of Audrey Clement and Kimberly Lowe.
Audrey Clement was endorsed as an independent candidate
for a seat on Arlington County Board by consensus WITH ONE STAND ASIDE
FROM THE ARLINGTON LOCAL.
Approval of Rob Campellone for national Eco-Action Committee.
College campus organizing and Stein visit; Longwood debate on Oct 4.
Plans for general campaigning.
Review of listserv moderator duties and requirements.
Proposal that GPUS call for revocation of Wells Fargo Bank charter.
No future meeting date or location was set.
-- Audrey Clement, Note taker