June 28, 2015

GPUS Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – June 28, 2015


a) Facilitator – Jody Grage
b) Roll Call – Charles Ostdiek, Budd Dickinson, Audrey Clement, Karen Young, Tamar Yager, Jeff Turner, Andrea Merida, Darryl! Moch
Absent – Jesse Townley
Observer – Starlene Rankin
c) Agenda revisions – Tamar – remove PNC proposal


a) Steering Committee meeting at the ANM. KY
Saturday breakfast/social gathering before 9-11 meeting in separate room with staff there as long as available. SC candidates are especially invited.

Agenda questions will be sent to candidates before the meeting. Members who willnot be there are encouraged to respond in writing before the meeting.

SC approved the basic plan with Karen and Tamar working together on some details.

Darryl! has offered to facilitate the SC meeting.


a) Treasurer’s Report – Jeff T.
The report sent today shows $5600 in operating account though a deposit has not been made since Tuesday. There are no bills to pay since amounts aren’t known for Global Greens and the web contractor.

b) Fundraising Report
The first revenue report covering January through May has been sent and fundraising is only at 55% of what it should be. We are at 62% of sustainer income and 65% of individuals under $100 income, with 50% for those between $100 and $500 and major donors at 18%. However, $17000 came in in June.

The second direct mail returns are continuing to come in.

Fundcom liaison Audrey noted that Fundcom has not met for at least two months.

c) Finance Items for decision: none


In the queue:

785 – PROPOSAL TO RESTORE NC VOTES EMAIL LIST (from North Carolina GP with cosponsor by NWC and Maine GP). Vote 6/29 – 7/5.

There has been a lively discussion on the forum and Budd will send a post to NC suggesting they review it before they vote.

Received for the Queue:

Steering Committee elections – discussion 7/3 – 7/17, vote 7/18 – 7/25.
Budd will be floor manager.

Election Tabulation Committee election- discussion 6/28 – 7/5, vote 7/6 – 7/12.
SC consensus to expedite both putting on queue and one week discussion period. Darryl! will be added to the ETC election. Budd will be floor manager.

Approval of ANM facilitators – discussion 6/28 – 7/5, vote 7/6 – 7/12.
SC consensus to expedite both putting on queue and one week discussion period.
Budd will be floor manager.


a) Endorsement of a Nuclear Information and Research Service (NIRS) petition on behalf of GPUS to prevent adoption of nuclear energy as a climate change mitigation option at the COP 21 conference in December, 2015.

Audrey presented this proposal which was adopted without objection by EcoAction. GPUS has endorsed NIRS petitions before. SC consensus to endorse.

Budd Dickinson