Agenda for November 19th, 2019 Business Meeting and Annual Officer Elections

 DRAFT AGENDA – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Join the Libertarian Party of Orange County, FL for our regular business meeting on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019.

Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of political affiliation (or lack of). Our focus is the advancement of liberty within our local communities through activism, events, and Libertarian political candidates. Can’t make it and want to support the party? Follow our Livestream during the event and please consider contributing to our success by making a Donation.

The meeting will start with a meet and greet at 7:00 PM. The official call to order for conducting party business is at 7:30 PM. If you can’t make it then, feel free to join us for some social time after!

Location:    Village Inn Restaurant     3130 Daniels Rd, Winter Garden, FL 34787       Side room on the left

7:00 – Meet and Greet

7:30 – Call to Order

Determination of Quorum – 75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members

Declaration of Proxy

Approval and Adoption of Agenda

Review and Approval of Minutes – Minutes for October 15th, 2019 Business Meeting

7:50 – Officer Reports

Chair Report – Derek Ryan

Vice-Chair Report – Pedro Geliga

Secretary Report – Mari Peele

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele

8:00 – Committee Reports

Bylaws Report

Finance Report

Communications Report

Membership Report

Candidates Report

Platform Report

8:20 – Old Business

None

8:30 – New Business 

  • Officer Elections – (See Appendix A and Appendix B for eligibility requirements.)
    • Nominations
      • Chair
      • Vice Chair
      • Secretary
      • Treasurer
    • Opportunity of Nominee Speeches
    • Elections
      • Chair
      • Vice Chair
      • Secretary
      • Treasurer
  • Committee Appointments by Chair (See Appendix C and Appendix D for additional information on committee composition.
  • Motion 2020-01: Motion to Authorize an Annual Budget
    • Mover: Greg Peele
    • Text: I move to authorize an annual budget of the following expenditures:
      • Up to $100 for the Communications Committee to maintain IT services including renewing the email and domain name services.
      • Up to $110 for the Finance Committee to renew the USPS PO Box and purchase mail supplies.
      • Up to $250 for the Membership Committee to plan and conduct outreach events.
      • Up to $120 for the Communications Committee to print flyers, brochures, and other materials as needed.
      • Up to $150 for the Communications Committee to sponsor social media advertising.

8:45 On-boarding for newly elected officers

9:00 – Adjourn for Social Hour at Chili’s

11:00 – Venues Close

APPENDIX A – MEMBER ELIGIBILITY

Constitution

Article II: Membership and Dues

Section I

A regular member in the LPOC is defined as a person who signs the membership pledge “I hereby certify that I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals” and supports Libertarian principles. Registered membership in the Libertarian Party of Florida is sufficient to qualify as signing this pledge. Regular members maintain their membership status for life unless explicitly revoked.

Section II

An active member is defined as any person who is a regular member and has attended attends 6 of the previous 12 or 4 of the previous 6 regular business meetings. An active member who does not maintain the required attendance shall automatically become a regular member. If any member provides good and sufficient reason for an absence from a business meeting, the absence may be excused by a two-thirds vote. Absences from special called meetings and absences incurred by public officials due to conducting official duties shall be automatically excused. Excused absences shall be treated as if the member were in attendance at the business meeting for the purposes of determining active membership status and for requirements of state law, but not for any other purpose, including but not limited to determining quorum, threshold for passing motions, etc.

Section III

A voting member is defined as any person who is an active member, is not a member of another political party, and resides, is employed, or attends school at a documented physical address in Orange County. A voting member who joins another political party or fails to maintain an Orange County qualifying address shall automatically become an active member.

APPENDIX B – ELECTIONS

Constitution

Article III: Officers and Executive Committee

Section I

The officers of the LPOC consist of a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. These persons will be members of the Executive Committee.

Section II

Committee chairs, whether elected or appointed, will be members of the Executive Committee.

Section III

Officers shall be elected for a term of one year by a majority vote of voting members present at the November meeting of each year.

Section IV

Officers must be a voting member of LPOC, a registered member of the Libertarian Party of Florida, and reside in Orange County.

Section V

The Chair shall preside over meetings.

Section VI

The Vice-Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair in conjunction with, or in the absence of, the Chair.

Section VII

The Secretary shall keep LPOC records including, but not limited to:

  1. Minutes of meetings
  2. Records of membership; and
  3. Official correspondence

The Secretary shall ensure members are informed of meetings and events. The Secretary shall perform the duties of the Chair in the absence of the Chair and the Vice-Chair.

Section VIII

The Treasurer shall be the Chief Financial Officer and shall receive, hold, disburse, and account for all funds under the direction of the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall perform the duties of the Chair in the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair, and the Secretary.

APPENDIX C – COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Constitution

Article III: Officers and Executive Committee

Section II

Committee chairs, whether elected or appointed, will be members of the Executive Committee.

APPENDIX D – COMMITTEE COMPOSITION

Bylaws

Article II: Standing Committees

Section I

There will be the following standing committees: Finance, Communications, Membership, Bylaws, and Platform.

Section II

Committee chairs shall be appointed by the Chair and confirmed by majority vote.

Section III

The Vice-Chair shall be a member of the Membership Committee and the Platform Committee. The Treasurer shall be a member of the Finance Committee. The Secretary shall be a member of the Communications Committee. The Chair shall be a member of the Bylaws Committee.

Section IV

Special committees may be created by majority vote for a specific purpose. Special committees shall conduct business in accordance that purpose and dissolve with a final report at the next annual business meeting or an earlier date as specified in the authorizing motion. Unless otherwise specified in the authorizing motion or in these Bylaws, special committees shall have the same duties, requirements, and privileges as standing committees.

Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. 

Business Meeting Minutes 

October 15th, 2019 

Opening 

The regular meeting of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. was called to order at 7:30pm October 15th, 2019 at The Village Inn by Chair – Derek Ryan. 

Present 

Executive Committee: Chair – Derek Ryan, Mari Peele – Secretary, Greg Peele – Treasurer, Platform Chair – Wayne Jackman

Voting Members: Ralph Groves

Regular Members: None

Guest Speaker –Erin Palette – Operation: Blazing Sword

Determination of Quorum (75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members) 

Quorum of voting members was established. 

Approval and Adoption of Agenda 

Greg Peele made a motion to adopt the agenda. The motion was seconded by Wayne Jackman and passed unanimously.  

Approval of the Minutes 

Wayne Jackman made a motion to accept the minutes from the September 17th, 2019 business meeting. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and passed unanimously. 

LPF State Coordination Report –Derek Ryan  

Chair Report –Derek Ryan  

Vice-Chair Report – No Report

Secretary Report – Mari Peele 

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele 

By-Laws ReportNo Report 

Communications ReportGreg Peele  

Finance ReportNo Report  

Membership ReportNo Report 

Candidates Report – No Report

Platform Report – No Report 

Old Business 

  • None  

New Business 

  • Motion 19-018: Motion to authorize up to $200 for a branded table cloth and tabling supplies.
    • Mover: Greg Peele 
    • Second: Mari Peele
    • Disposition: passed unanimously  
    • Text: I move to authorize up to $200 for a branded table cloth and tabling supplies.
  • Motion 19-019: Motion to authorize up to $50 to purchase lapel pins to distribute to certain level donors.
    • Mover: Greg Peele 
    • Second: Ralph Groves
    • Disposition: passed unanimously  
    • Text: I move to authorize an expenditure of up to $50 to purchase lapel pins to distribute to certain level donors
  • Open Discussion 

Adjournment 

Wayne Jackman made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and passed unanimously.  

Meeting was adjourned at 09:57pm by Chair – Derek Ryan. The next business meeting will be at 7:00pm on November 19th, 2019, at The Village Inn Restaurant. 

Minutes submitted by: Mari Peele

Libertarian Party of Orange County presents:

Come join us for our October 2019 Business Meeting featuring Erin Palette from Operation: Blazing Sword.

“Operation Blazing Sword is a grass-roots organization dedicated to helping LGBTQ people become responsible firearm owners.”

We will be meeting on October 15th, 2019 at the Village Inn Restaurant at 3130 Daniels Road, Winter Garden, Fl 34787.

All are welcome to the social and to hear our Featured Speaker as well to attend the Business Meeting which will follow.

Agenda for October 15th, 2019 Business Meeting

 DRAFT AGENDA – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Join the Libertarian Party of Orange County, FL for our regular business meeting on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019.

NOTICE: This meeting is at our new regular business meeting venue in Winter Garden.

Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of political affiliation (or lack of). Our focus is the advancement of liberty within our local communities through activism, events, and Libertarian political candidates. Can’t make it and want to support the party? Follow our Livestream during the event and please consider contributing to our success by making a Donation.

The meeting will start with a meet and greet at 7:00 PM. The official call to order for conducting party business is at 7:30 PM. If you can’t make it then, feel free to join us for some social time after!

Location:    Village Inn Restaurant     3130 Daniels Rd, Winter Garden, FL 34787       Side room on the left

7:00 – Meet and Greet

7:30 – Call to Order

Determination of Quorum – 75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members

Declaration of Proxy

Approval and Adoption of Agenda

Review and Approval of Minutes – Minutes for September 17th, 2019 Business Meeting

7:35 – Guest Speaker – Erin Palette from Operation: Blazing Sword

“Operation Blazing Sword is a grass-roots organization dedicated to helping LGBTQ people become responsible firearm owners. If you think you may need a firearm for armed self-defense but don’t feel comfortable going to a shooting range or a gun store by yourself, seek out any of our LGBTQ-friendly volunteer instructors. They will teach you the basics of firearm safety, operation and ownership for no cost and without judgement for your color, gender, sexual orientation, biology, or manner of dress.”

Please visit their website at – Operation: Blazing Sword

7:50 – Officer Reports

Chair Report – Derek Ryan

Vice-Chair Report – Pedro Geliga

Secretary Report – Mari Peele

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele

8:00 – Committee Reports

Bylaws Report

Finance Report

Communications Report

Membership Report

Candidates Report

Platform Report

8:20 – Old Business

None

8:30 – New Business 

None

8:45 – Adjourn for Social Hour at Chili’s

11:00 – Venues Close

Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. 

Business Meeting Minutes 

September 17th, 2019 

Opening 

The regular meeting of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. was called to order at 7:30pm on September 17th, 2019 at The Village Inn by Chair – Derek Ryan. 

Present 

Executive Committee: Chair – Derek Ryan, Vice-Chair – Pedro Geliga, Mari Peele – Secretary, Greg Peele – Treasurer 

Voting Members: none 

Regular Members: Ralph Groves 

Guest Speaker –Britney Stinson – Transitional Space 

Determination of Quorum (75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members) 

Quorum of voting members was established. 

Approval and Adoption of Agenda 

Greg Peele made a motion to adopt the agenda. The motion was seconded by Pedro Geliga and passed unanimously.  

Approval of the Minutes 

Greg Peele made a motion to accept the minutes from the July 16th, 2019 business meeting. The motion was seconded by Pedro Geliga and passed unanimously. 

LPF State Coordination Report –Derek Ryan  

Chair Report –Derek Ryan  

Vice-Chair Report – Pedro Geliga 

Secretary Report – Mari Peele 

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele 

By-Laws ReportNo Report 

Communications ReportGreg Peele  

Finance ReportNo Report  

Membership ReportNo Report 

Candidates Report – Greg Peele 

Platform Report – No Report 

Old Business 

  • None  

New Business 

  • None 
  • Open Discussion 

Adjournment 

Greg Peele made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Pedro Geliga and passed unanimously.  

Meeting was adjourned at 10:29pm by Chair – Derek Ryan. The next business meeting will be at 7:00pm on October 15th, 2019, at The Village Inn Restaurant. 

Minutes submitted by: Mari Peele , approved 10/15/19

Libertarian Party of Orange County presents:

Come join us for our September 2019 Business Meeting featuring Britney Stinson from Transitional Space.

Learn about Transitional Space, a group that aims to bring transgender folks and allies (and potential allies) together thru fun events, social functions and support groups.

We will be meeting on September 17th, 2019 at the Village Inn Restaurant at 3130 Daniels Road, Winter Garden, Fl 34787.

All are welcome to the social and to hear our Featured Speaker as well to attend the Business Meeting which will follow.

Agenda for September 17th, 2019 Business Meeting

 DRAFT AGENDA – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Join the Libertarian Party of Orange County, FL for our regular business meeting on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019.

NOTICE: This meeting is at our new regular business meeting venue in Winter Garden.

Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of political affiliation (or lack of). Our focus is the advancement of liberty within our local communities through activism, events, and Libertarian political candidates. Can’t make it and want to support the party? Follow our Livestream during the event and please consider contributing to our succes by making a Donation.

The meeting will start with a meet and greet at 7:00 PM. The official call to order for conducting party business is at 7:30 PM. If you can’t make it then, feel free to join us for some social time after!

Location:    Village Inn Restaurant     3130 Daniels Rd, Winter Garden, FL 34787       Side room on the left

7:00 – Meet and Greet

7:30 – Call to Order

Determination of Quorum – 75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members

Declaration of Proxy

Approval and Adoption of Agenda

Review and Approval of Minutes – Minutes for August 20th, 2019 Business Meeting

7:35 – Guest Speaker – Britney Stinson from Transitional Space

Transitional Space is a group that aims to bring transgender folks and allies (and potential allies) together thru fun events, social functions and support groups.

7:50 – Officer Reports

Chair Report – Derek Ryan

Vice-Chair Report – Pedro Geliga

Secretary Report – Mari Peele

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele

8:00 – Committee Reports

Bylaws Report

Finance Report

Communications Report

Membership Report

Candidates Report

Platform Report

8:20 – Old Business

None

8:30 – New Business 

None

8:45 – Adjourn for Social Hour at Chili’s

11:00 – Venues Close

Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. 

Business Meeting Minutes 

August 20th, 2019 

Opening 

The regular meeting of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. was called to order at 7:45pm on August 20th, 2019 at The Village Inn by Chair – Derek Ryan. 

Present 

Executive Committee: Chair – Derek Ryan, Vice-Chair – Pedro Geliga, Mari Peele – Secretary, Greg Peele – Treasurer, Platform Chair – Wayne Jackman  

Voting Members: none 

Regular Members: none 

Determination of Quorum (75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members) 

Quorum of voting members was established. 

Approval and Adoption of Agenda 

Mari Peele made a motion to adopt the agenda. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and passed unanimously.  

Approval of the Minutes 

Wayne Jackman made a motion to accept the minutes from the July 16th, 2019 business meeting. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and passed unanimously. 

Guest Speaker Brian Cohen CannaCare Wellnesshttps://cannacarew.com/ 

LPF State Coordination Report –Derek Ryan  

Chair Report –Derek Ryan  

Vice-Chair Report – No Report 

Secretary Report – Mari Peele 

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele 

By-Laws ReportNo Report 

Communications ReportGreg Peele  

Finance ReportNo Report  

Membership ReportNo Report  

Candidates Report No Report 

Platform Report – No Report 

Old Business 

  • None  

New Business 

  • Motion 19-015: Motion to authorize $150 Expenditure for Email and Website 
  • Mover: Greg Peele 
  • Second: Wayne Jackman 
  • Disposition: passed unanimously   

Text: I move to authorize the Communications Committee to expend up to $150 to renw the lporangefl.org domain name for one year, obtain an annual subscription to a dedicated email provider for lporangefl.org, and a one-time purchase of a WordPress theme for the new LPOC WordPress website.  

  • Motion 19-016: Rescind Motion 19-002 to Remove $425 Tiger Bay Club Subscription from Budget 
  • Mover: Greg Peele 
  • Second: Pedro Geliga 
  • Disposition: passed unanimously   

Text: I move to rescind Motion 19-002 previously adopted on December 16th, 2018 to cancel a previously authorized expenditure of $425 that has not been expended. 

  • Reference motion: Motion 19-002: Authorize Tiger Bay Club Membership 
  • Mover: Derek Ryan 
  • Second: Greg Peele 
  • Disposition: passed unanimously  

Text: I move to authorize expending $425 to sponsor Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida membership for the Chair. 

  • Motion 19-017: Motion to authorize up to $100 Expenditure for Camera and accessories for creating videos 
  • Mover: Mari Peele 
  • Second: Pedro Geliga 
  • Disposition: passed unanimously   

Text: I move to authorize up to $100 for a camera and accessories for creating videos.  

  • Open Discussion 

Adjournment 

Mari Peele made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Wayne Jackman and it was approved by unanimously.  

Meeting was adjourned at 9:50pm by Chair – Derek Ryan. The next business meeting will be at 7:00pm on September 17, 2019, at The Village Inn Restaurant. 

Minutes submitted by: Mari Peele 

Approved by: 

Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. 

Business Meeting Minutes 

July 16th, 2019 

Opening 

The regular meeting of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Fl. was called to order at 7:37pm on July 16th, 2019 at The Village Inn by Chair – Derek Ryan. 

Present 

Executive Committee: Chair – Derek Ryan, Mari Peele – Secretary, Greg Peele – Treasurer 

Voting Members: none 

Regular Members: none 

Determination of Quorum (75% of Executive Committee or 25% of all voting members) 

Quorum of voting members was established. 

Approval and Adoption of Agenda 

Mari Peele made a motion to adopt the agenda. The motion was seconded by Greg Peele and passed unanimously.  

Approval of the Minutes 

Greg Peele made a motion to accept the minutes from the June 18th, 2019 business meeting. The motion was seconded by Mari Peele and passed unanimously. 

Guest Speaker Michael Anaya - Clean Energy and Home Savings –https://cleanenergyandhomesavings.com/ 

LPF State Coordination Report –Derek Ryan  

Chair Report –Derek Ryan  

Vice-Chair Report – No Report 

Secretary Report – Mari Peele 

Treasurer Report – Greg Peele 

By-Laws ReportNo Report 

Communications ReportGreg Peele  

Finance ReportNo Report  

Membership ReportNo Report  

Candidates Report No Report 

Platform Report – No Report 

Old Business 

  • None 

New Business 

  • None 
  • Open Discussion 

Adjournment 

Greg Peele made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Mari Peele and it was approved by unanimously.  

Meeting was adjourned at 9:23pm by Chair – Derek Ryan. The next business meeting will be at 7:00pm on August 20, 2019, at The Village Inn Restaurant. 

Minutes submitted by: Mari Peele 

Approved by: Mari Peele

Libertarian Party Logo Challenged as Misleading to “Consumers” in Orange County

May 10, 2019

The Libertarian Party of Orange County received a cease and desist letter from the Orange County Attorney’s Office dated May 7, 2019 regarding the use of the text-less “orange” design element in the Party’s logo and branding. The summary version is that Orange County asserted that this particular design element was protected by Orange County ordinance (under threat of fine and/or imprisonment) and that the Party using it was “likely” to “mislead” Orange County “consumers” who may mistakenly believe that the Libertarian Party was affiliated with or endorsed by the Orange County government. Needless to say, the latter claim is absolutely ludicrous. The Party has never portrayed itself as having any sort of positive relationship with the Orange County government. We also note that the county attorney’s reference of holding “trademark” opens up an interesting can of worms since according our understanding of both Florida and federal law, county governments cannot actually legally hold trademarks on seals and logos, and all works produced by them are considered public domain. Does Orange County illegally hold trademarks? Or did the county attorney simply misspeak? We’d like to know the answer to that.

We’ve attached a full copy of the original letter and our formal response here:

The irony of it all is that the Orange County Libertarian Executive Committee had already decided, even prior to the receipt of this letter, to redesign all of our branding this month to meet our own marketing objectives. We are not attached to the logo that the cease and desist covered. One month later this whole kerfuffle would have been irrelevant. Had the letter simply been a polite request to discontinue use, informing the county of our plans would have been our response. However, the original letter contained some illustrations of the disturbing and abusive way in which the Orange County government sees its relationship with its residents. We felt compelled to respond accordingly.

Until our actual branding redesign is completed, we did in fact temporarily change all branding and logos to replace the original “orange” design element with a pixelated and censored version with a large “no” symbol on top of it. This logo is intended to satirize the actual relationship between our Party and the Orange County government. We note that satire is a particularly strongly protected category under freedom of speech and copyright jurisprudence. Changing the logo complies with the referenced ordinance (Orange County Code of Ordinances Chapter 2 Article I Section 2-3) and associated Florida Statute (F.S. 165.043) that authorized the ordinance to be passed, which does not distinguish between intent to defraud and does not care whether anyone was actually harmed or misled. Like so many laws, there is no concern for whether an actual victim exists or whether any actual harm was done.

The ordinance lists a specific set of graphics – present in the ordinance itself – that are considered protected by law, and violations are punishable as a second degree misdemeanor. It is unclear how exactly the punishment would apply to an organization such as the Party rather than an individual – i.e. whether the Party itself would be fined, or whether the Chair would be held personally liable. Under normal circumstances, case law in Florida such as Microdecisions, Inc. vs. Skinner established that county governments are not allowed to copyright images. Furthermore, government seals from state to municipal level are explicitly forbidden from being trademarked by federal law under 15 USC 1052(b). None of the logos referenced appear to be registered as a state or federal trademark, although we are still in the process of researching that to be sure. Given the extreme complexity of the Orange County Code of Ordinances, we were unaware of this particular ordinance and referenced statute that enabled the county to enforce unique use of that particular graphic regardless of its derivation or trademark status. It is an interesting open question as to whether this particular Florida statute and Orange County ordinance are actually constitutional under federal and state constitutional law.

The piece in the original letter that particularly stands out to us is euphemistically calling Orange County residents as “consumers.” Just the idea that the local government considers its residents as “consumers” of itself is disturbing. Consumers exist in a voluntary relationship in the marketplace where choices can be made and individuals can choose whether or not to use a particular service. A consumer relationship is NOT one based on force and coercion, much less threats of locking people in a cage. If I’m a voluntary “consumer” of Orange County, then I would be able to decide to opt out of Orange County services and in exchange not pay my property tax, sales tax county surcharge, or local gas tax surcharge. I would also be able to choose to do business in Orange County without the business tax license or zoning approval unless I wished to be provided relevant Orange County services. Obviously none of this is true and Orange County’s extremely involved relationship with its residents is best described as “abusive.”

At the end of the day, the whole issue is minor from our perspective. We doubt the Orange County Attorney’s Office proactively found this issue on their own. No doubt someone – likely from another political party – saw our logo and complained about it to use the law as a weapon against a political adversary. We take all such attacks in stride as a sign that the Libertarian movement is strengthening in Orange County. Litigating this would be an absolute waste of taxpayer funds, as was the original effort invested by the Orange County Attorney’s Office in pursuing this complaint to begin with. Pursuing this complaint may well have exposed the original ordinance as unconstitutional, if we had not chosen to comply in a satirical way for our own reasons, and we may yet find out that the Orange County government itself is illegally asserting trademarks.

We hope the Orange County Attorney’s Office finds a more productive use of its time moving forward.