August 19, 2008 :: EC minutes

Accepted minutes from the 7PM 8-19-08 EC meeting in Hartford, CT for the Green Party of CT

Location: Lena’s First and Last Pizzeria, 2053 Park Street (near Prospect Street), Hartford, CT 06106-2025

Attending officers: Co-chairpersons: Steve Fournier and Michael DeRosa; Barbara Barry, Secretary of CTGP.

Absent: Co-chairperson: Phoebe Godfrey and Treasurer: Christopher Reilly. Observer: Ruth Fournier.

1. Any business/concerns from last SCC meeting of 7-29-08:

petition signatures handed in for each candidate; petition information about each candidate from the Secretary of State; New London chapter; 9-14-08 CT Green Expo at SCSU; Healthcare4every1 speaker: Ken Esposito; Doug Schwartz wants to speak about qualifications for the person who will have oversight of the CT probate courts.

2. Any proposed short and long term goals for the CTGP by the executive committee officers? Fundraising/CTGP literature for candidates.

3. Develop the agenda for the 8-26-08 SCC meeting. Template is below.

Proposed agenda for the 7PM 8-26-08 SCC CTGP meeting at Portland Senior Center

Facilitator: To Be Determined

A. Preliminaries:

1. (1 minute): Introductions of voting/non-voting attendees; chapters; if quorum was met; timekeeper; ground rules.

2. (2-4 minutes): Approval of tonight’s proposed agenda, any deletions or additions.

3. (2-4 minutes): Review and approval of minutes of 7-29-08 SCC meeting.

4. (2 minutes): Review and acceptance of the 8-19-08 EC meeting.

5. (2-4 minutes): Treasurer’s report from Christopher Reilly.

B. Any proposals/referendums by chapters, committee:

1. (10-15 minutes): PROPOSAL from Fairfield County chapter.

CONTACT: David Bedell, 12 Ardsley Rd, Stamford, CT 06906, 203-581-3193, dbedellgreen(at)hotmail.com

SUBJECT: Definition of party membership.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: At its February 2008 meeting, the Fairfield chapter adopted a somewhat stricter definition of membership than that in the state bylaws. New Haven has also adopted a stricter definition. The purpose of this proposal is to make party membership contingent on a simple written declaration, just like membership in the major parties, instead of the current definition, which includes vague criteria such as what constitutes a volunteer activity or what is a "coalition partner." This proposal also addresses the contingency of losing minor party status, which happened in some towns during 2004-2006. Further comments can be read at HYPERLINK http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldCountyGreens/message/839

PROPOSAL: In the CT Green Party bylaws (HYPERLINK

http://www.ctgreens.org/bylaws.shtml ), the section under "Individual Membership" shall be revised to read:

If the Green Party has minor party status in a town, then: A person enrolled on their town voter list as a Green Party member is a member of the Green Party for all purposes.

If the Green Party does not have minor party status in a town, then a person may become a member of the Green Party under the following conditions:

1. The person must be an unaffiliated voter and must not have been registered with any other party affiliation during the past ninety (90) days.

2. The person shall fill out and sign a CT Voter Registration Form declaring enrollment in the Green Party and submit this to an officer of the local or state Green Party.

3. Upon submission of such declaration, the person's membership in the Green Party will be effective after ten business days.

A person not yet old enough to vote under state law may become a member of the Green Party under the following conditions:

1. The person will turn 18 and be eligible to vote before the next General Election Day.

2. The person has applied to vote by filling out and signing a Voter Registration Form with declaration of enrollment in the Green Party and submitted this to their town hall or to an officer of the local or state Green Party.

3. If the form is submitted to a local or state Green Party officer, membership in the Green Party will be effective after ten business days.

Party members shall receive announcements of State Party general meetings, and shall be entitled to vote when attending State Party general meetings.

When an active Member of a Chapter, the member shall be entitled to vote at all general meetings of the Chapter. No member, however, shall be entitled to vote in more than one Chapter. Chapters may institute their own requirements for membership different from those for State Party membership.

C. Reports:

1. (10-15 minutes): Speaker: Ken Esposito from Healthcare4every1 campaign. This includes 5-10 minutes for question/answers.

2. (10-15 minutes): Speaker: Doug Schwartz to talk about the upcoming appointment of a probate chief to oversee the probate system in CT. This includes 5-10 minutes for question/answers.

3. (10-15 minutes): Number of petitions handed into the CT Secretary of State, Ballot Access for GPUS Presidential Candidate: Cynthia McKinney.

4. (10-15 minutes): GPUS reports from: Cliff Thornton, Co-chairperson of GPUS, CTGP representatives: Tim McKee and Charlie Pillsbury and National Committee Members: Steve Fournier, Richard Duffee and S. Michael DeRosa.

5. (5-10 minutes): Steven Fournier, endorsed 1st Congressional District CTGP candidate: number of petition signatures handed in, campaign status.

6. (5-10 minutes): G. Scott Deshefy, endorsed 2nd Congressional District CTGP candidate: number of petition signatures handed in; campaign status.

7. (5-10 minutes): Ralph Ferrucci, candidate for the 3rd Congressional District line. Status of campaign; date/time of nominating convention.

8. (5-10 minutes): Richard Duffee, 4th Congressional District CTGP candidate; number of petition signatures handed in; campaign status.

9. (5-10 minutes): Harold Burbank, l Green Party of CT candidate for 5th Congressional District; number of petition signatures handed in; information about the nominating convention; campaign status.

10. (10-20 minutes): Status of other CTGP candidates for public office: number of signatures handed in for each candidate; has a nominating convention occurred: campaign status.

11. (5-15minutes): CTGP literature.

12. (5-10 minutes): Fundraising for CTGP.

13. (1 minute): ACLU lawsuit update.

14. (2 minutes): CT Green Times newspaper and website.

15. (2-5 minutes, each): Other Chapter reports.

16. Place for next SCC meeting at 7pm 9-30-08. Date, place and time of next EC meeting in 9-08: to be determined.

17. Any additions

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