GPUS Steering Committee Minutes – 26 August 2018
SUMMARY FOR DISTRIBUTION TO STATES AND LOCAL CHAPTERS:
1. New Business: CCC vacancy, discussion of Green Uprising
2. Standing Business: Treasurer’s Report (Treasurer’s Reports to the GNC available at https://gpus.org/treasurers-reports/), Fundraising Report, Fundraising Consultant update, Liaison assignments decisions
3. Voting Queue – https://secure.gpus.org/cgi-bin/vote/login
In the queue: 2018 Platform Amendments – Regenerative Agriculture, Regenerative Agriculture and Climate Change, Progressive Global Wealth Tax, Ethical treatment of Animals in Sports
Received for the queue: 2018 Platform Amendments – Education, HIV-AIDS
Online SC Proposals approved since last call and sent to the NC: Endorse march and rally by Chicago Committee Against War and Racism on 25 August 2018 – sponsored by GPAX
4. Old Business: Strategic Planning meeting, ETC Report, Freshdesk
5. Executive Session: None
The minutes are available at:
The call recording is available at 712-451-0309, 926334#, reference 29 and https://gpus.org/steering-committee-recordings/
Jody Grage, Secretary
GPUS Steering Committee Agenda -26 August 2018
I. CALL SETUP & BACKGROUND – 15 min
a) Facilitator: Sid Smith
b) Roll call – Violet Zitola, Anita Rios, Margaret Flowers, Hillary Kane, Gloria, Jody Grage, Joy Davis, Tony Ndege, Andrea Merida
Observers – David Gerry MA, Starlene Rankin OR/staff, Tamar Yager VA
c) Agenda revision suggestions: New Business – Discussion of NationBuilder access for fundraising consultants – accepted
II. NEW BUSINESS – 25 min
a) CCC vacancy: Vacancies are filled by appointment of the SC after approval by their state; decision item:
The Coordinated Campaign Committee has a remaining vacancy. Barbara Barry, state CCC liaison from Connecticut who has been working actively with the CCC, is interested and has permission from CT to be considered. Discussion about process for electing CCC members with SC to filling vacancies, time constraints for CCC work, and next election coming in November. – Consensus to appoint Barbara Barry to the CCC.
b) Green Uprising discussion
Discussion of relationship with Green Uprising and comparison with Green Shadow Cabinet, legal and other constraints on GPUS or SC involvement , opportunity to leverage Jill’s status and contact, need to improve transparency and clarity of communications, need to consider perceptions and possible confusion in media and exploitation by Dems
GU will be helping candidates raise money rather than funding them and have relationship with campaigns not GPUS, will be promoting candidates and providing links to campaigns. Could possible also financially support GPUS,
Consensus on proposal from Margaret with Violet seconding that SC subcommittee develop online for SC approval a letter to GU. Margaret, Anita, Gloria, and Violet volunteered. Suggestions for questions include clarity about PACs and PAC money, use of GPUS social media accounts, promotion within GPUS and GPUS committees, legal considerations.
III. STANDING BUSINESS – 30 min
a) Treasurer’s report – Hillary Kane – 10 min.
Treasurer’s Reports to the GNC available at https://gpus.org/treasurers-reports/
TR reports: May out in early July, June soon, July Paypal haven’t yet been entered
All accounts – $118,982.47, Savings/Reserves $96,278.05, Checking #1 $22,290.24, Checking #2 $414.18; holding steady financially; FEC for July in on 20 August deadline
b) Fundraising report – Gloria – 5 min.
Last Month Income – July – $38,126.75 (includes ANM)
This Month Income to Date – through August 26: $11,487.72; Sustainers in August to date: $7,176.57
Eblasts: Chase: 8/13 & 8/21: $1093 total (41 donations/4 Sustainers); Aug Greenline 8/14: $100 (4 donations); CCC Telethon 8/16: $201 (6 donations); GreenCents RoundUp: 14 new sign ups
Telethon: Since the Telethon eblast went out: (including Live show) – 8.16 to 8.26: $1378.00 – 34 Donations; During Telethon Live: $1082 – 26 Donations
CCC Whole year 2018: Jan 1 to Aug 26: $1958 – 41 Donations
Eblast Topics: CaringCents RoundUp, Sustainers, September GreenLine, 2nd CCC Telethon (maybe), Rapid Response
OnBoarding new Signups continuing
Will work on graphic presentation of fundraising
c) Fundraising consultant update – Hillary: political messaging may need some copy writing and needs to be less anti-Trump and more positive about the Green Party
Discussion of NationBuilder data access by fundraising consultants – Hillary: need data such as tracking user activity for analysis, Violet is very familiar with NB and stated that data access is really all or nothing, Andrea suggested having legal counsel review agreements with consultants if not already done; NB could provide needed info for a price, need for data may decrease over time, Hillary will handle forwarding just data needed and keep us updated
c) Liaison assignment decisions – 15 min
Accreditation (AC); Apportionment Tabulation (ATC); Finance (FinCom); Merchandise (MerchCom)
No consensus that agreement on AC liaison made – Gloria, Andrea, and Violet have yet to have a conference call, need to determine next steps and work to come to consensus on next call, consensus to do so and make decision on next call that will perhaps include observers
Consensus: Anita as MerchCom liaison and FinCon liaison – will step down from Merch if becomes necessary
IV. VOTING QUEUE – Jody – 5 min.
In the queue:
2018 Platform Amendments – Regenerative Agriculture, Regenerative Agriculture and Climate Change, Progressive Global Wealth Tax, Ethical treatment of Animals in Sports
Received for the queue:
2018 Platform Amendments – Education – Floor Manager Gloria, HIV-AIDS – Floor Manager Andrea; Discussion 3 – 30 September, Voting 1 – 7 October
Online SC Proposals approved since last call and sent to the NC:
Endorse march and rally by Chicago Committee Against War and Racism on 25 August 2018 – sponsored
V. OLD BUSINESS – 40 min.
a) ANM summary – no update
b) Strategic Planning meeting – Gloria and Margaret to prepare structure for 3 hour conference call with SC members having materials to study before call, poll will determine when in October, agenda will be formatted while poll is being take.
c) ETC Report – Committee will have call soon to get started. Ballot keys did not get sent to the voting page and will be reconstructed on a spreadsheet and tabulated manually. Sanda Everette is willing to serve as chair if needed.
d) Freshdesk – Andrea – Margaret, Hillary, Gloria, and Andrea responded for group training and Anita will do so, does everyone need training? – discussion of a coalition of willing plus browbeating
e) For future agenda: Tech – voting page/ETC and misc. maintenance
End recording of call – 9 pm Eastern
VI. EXECUTIVE SESSION – none
TOTAL TIME: 2 hours
Jody Grage, Secretary