September 25, 2016

GPUS Steering Committee Agenda
Sunday, September 25, 2016 – 8:00 p.m. ET

Call-in # 712-451-0011; code 926334

a) Facilitator: Charles Ostdiek
b) 712-451-0019, access code 926334, ref #11
c) Present: Brian Bittner, Chris Blankenhorn, Darlene Elias, Sanda Everette, Jan Martell, Andrea Merida, Tamar Yager, Bahram Zandi. Absent: Darryl! Moch. Observing: Starlene Rankin, Jeff Turner.
d) Agenda revisions: Discussion about meeting schedules around holidays was added to the end of the agenda.


a) Liaison assignments check-in – Jan read out liaison assignments from last meeting notes. No changes.

b) Capacity building update – Tamar. Personnel Working Group has not yet found an agreeable meeting time, will work on finding a time when most if not all can call in. Discussion about prospective hires – members expressed need for full-time Political Director. Jan will post to the listserv results of previous discussions and decisions.

c) Elections database proposal sponsorship and findings for decision (see addenda below) – Sanda. After a brief discussion, proposal was passed by consensus. Tamar will be Floor Manager, asked Jan to post to the voting page.


a) Treasurer’s Report – Brian. $122K in the bank. Completed signatory changeover at Signal CU, still working with Jeff and others to finalize details of transferring Treasurer responsibilities – thanks to those who have helped with tasks in the interim. Working with Nationbuilder and Payflow to find a permanent solution to fraudulent donations. Jeff said he sent a cash report, and it reflects $112K in the bank. Tamar will get ANM figures to Brian, waiting for Stein campaign $16K share of catering costs and some other outstanding items before final report can be made.

b) Fundraising Report – Tamar. Letter went out to 9K list, all old donors 2012 and later. Sent an e-blast report, showing donation and sustainer surge even before Bernie dropped out. First Friday in July brought in 82 sustainers, Sept. 37. Want to get donor lists from all state parties on Nationbuilder, but increasing our database size may not be affordable, as NB charges go up. Jeff asked for earmarks through August to reconcile and get accurate figures to Brian. Starlene reported that her extra hours allow her to work more with state parties, training session with MA went well, would like to do more. She will have a proposal on hiring a phone-banking service prepared by next meeting.

c) Personnel WG Report – Already covered in II. b. this meeting.


In the queue: none

Received for the queue: SC budget amendment proposal approved at this meeting will enter the queue immediately.


a) Dispute Resolution report – Darryl! Postponed, as he was absent.

b) Timing of meetings around holidays – Tamar. To avoid having meetings falling on holidays in November and December, suggest changing meetings in those months to the first and third Sundays, rather than second and fourth. Members were agreeable, so the new meeting dates will be Nov. 6th and 20th, and Nov. 4th and 18th.

Jeff added a note that we are now halfway through the budget period, due by Nov. 1, and haven’t addressed it. Need to be prepared for the next meeting.


TOTAL TIME: 78 minutes

Jan Martell