DRAFT OF MINUTES

for the Green Party of Virginia meeting of 22 May 2010




Minutes of the quarterly business meeting of the Green Party of Virginia (GPVA) on 22 May 2010 at the Five Points Community Farm Market at 2500 Church Street in Norfolk

Present were:

[In her draft, Audrey Clement recognized two locals, Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach, where only one had affiliated.]

The previously published meeting agenda was amended and agreed to by consensus as follows:

Mike Shushan agreed to serve as facilitator, Tom Yager as timekeeper, and Audrey Clement as note taker. Audrey wrote minutes from extensive notes taken by Andrew Ragland, but you have the good fortune not to have to read them.

Bylaw Change: Consolidation of Sections on GPVA Officers.

It was agreed by consensus to consolidate sections of GPVA Bylaws pertaining to the election and duties of officers summarized as follows: In section XVI.G.5, drop "quarterly". Reword Section XV to cover all officers, dropping XVI.B, XVI.C, XVI.D, XVI.E, and XVII.B, XVII.C, XVII.D, XVII.E as redundant, renumbering subsequent sections as appropriate. Change "The Officers" in XV.B and XV.C to "Each Officer." Change "the officers" to "an officer" in XV.D and XV.E for clarity and grammatical correctness. The text of the amended Bylaws is contained in a separate attachment included herein by reference.

Making changes to the wording invalidated the amendment, because (according to Bylaw XIII.A) "Proposals in final form for Amendments to these By-laws must be published to the GPVA membership 31 days prior to the next state meeting.

It was agreed to do local reports while waiting for the Treasurer to dial into the meeting.

Local and Officer Reports.

  • GPUS Representatives' Report. The Annual National Meeting (ANM), which is being held in conjunction with the U.S. Social Forum, is in Detroit June 24th-27th. Sheri is unable to go as an alternate, and Kirit probably canít go. It was agreed to ask Chris Simmons to attend in his place. If he canít go, then Andrew will be asked to attend.
  • Arkansas Petition Drive. Audrey is flying to Arkansas to assist in petition drive to get the party on the state ballot. She will rendezvous with Craig Thorsen. The Yagers have donated the airline ticket for Audrey's trip. Mark Swaney and Mark Jenkins of the Arkansas GP are leading the effort.

    Endorsement of Anti-Racism Work in Age of Obama.

    Tamar reported that Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN) has a program that does community organizing in the historically black colleges and universities and would like the Green Party to become involved. There's no money involved, as the students raise their own funds as needed. This movement is to be proposed at the National meeting of the Greens. The National Committee will probably endorse the proposal, but the more states that support it the better. [The party apparently chose not to make Virginia one of those supporting states.]

    Bylaw Change: Switch From Four Meetings Per Year To Annual Convention.

    Tom Yager proposes to have the GPVA meeting in late May, so that decisions can be made in time to meet filing deadlines with the state. At this meeting, there would be election of officers, bylaw changes, candidate approvals, and the like, and potentially workshops. Ideally, the location would be relatively central geographically. [That would defy the Green value of decentralization.] It was proposed to remove the minimum number from the current bylaws, rather than specifying one annual meeting, so that meetings can be held as needed. Tamar proposed changing quorum requirements for Interim Committee sessions to address the fact that some local representatives who have not attended meetings in five years are still entitled to vote. Tom will put together a formal proposal and take it to the Structural Reform Committee.

    Other Business.

    Adjournment. Co-clerks agreed to choose the next meeting date and location, which is not their job. The meeting then adjourned.


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