2016 WakeLP Convention

Here’s your chance to meet Libertarian Party of North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Lon Cecil! He will be our special guest, and talk about his vision for North Carolina, his campaign, and answer your questions. 

Check out the ONLY political party in Wake County that is actually growing—the numbers of registered Democrats, Republicans, and even unaffiliateds all decreased in 2015, but the number of registered Libertarians was up. Learn about what we are planning…meet our candidates…help us set our course for 2016. In addition to reports on our progress in 2015, outline of what’s in store for 2016, and elections of officers for the coming year, there will be a presentation by a special guest [TBA].

Come break bread with us, and help select leaders who will work to increase freedom, peace, and prosperity in North Carolina over the next year.


1. Call to order
2. Adoption of the Agenda
3. State of the Party—Brian Lewis, chair
4. Keynote Address: "Liberty in North Carolina"—Lon Cecil, 2016 Libertarian candidate for Governor
5. WakeLP Candidate Stump Speeches (2 mins each)
6. Election of officers for 2016-17
    a) Chair
    b) Vice Chair
    c) Secretary
    d) Treasurer
7. Election of Delegates to the 2016 LPNC Convention
8. Other business
9. Adjourn

The meeting will be called to order at 7:30pm, but please come earlier to stake out a seat, order some food and drink, and socialize. Anyone is welcome to attend. Any member of the LPNC with a domicile in Wake County is eligible to run for office and/or to vote in our officer elections. You are a member of the LPNC if you are registered to vote in North Carolina as a Libertarian and/or if you have paid—or want to pay right now—your annual $25 dues.

The officers we will be electing include:

Chair. The WakeLP Chair is responsible for presiding over all operations of the LP party county affiliate. This includes (unless delegated) conducting business meetings (generally once a month; this is the formal forum for policy and strategy discussions), arranging for topical speakers/presenters at social meetings (held weekly but generally there is a special speaker/presenter once a month), organizing and running the annual convention, and relations with the LPNC. The Chair should also ensure that other key tasks such as social media channel management and PR, event management (e.g., the State Fair, gun shows), SBOE filings, candidate and volunteer recruiting and nurturing, special projects, etcetera are appropriately assigned and effectively performed.

Vicechair. The Vicechair is a versatile role that involves supporting the other activities of the other officers. A large part is to offer support and help the Chair get new projects started and helping keep current projects running smoothly. The Vicechair is generally expected to be available to serve as Chair the following year.

Secretary. The Secretary is responsible for scheduling and recording minutes at WakeLP business meetings (typically monthly meetings of the four officers) and the archiving of officer reports, minutes, and official correspondence to the WakeLP. The Secretary is also responsible for managing the e-mail distribution account and publishing information to WakeLP social media accounts (currently Facebook, Twitter, Meetup, and Pinterest) and website. The Secretary should also help to define the communications strategy (content and channel), help to define and deliver effective messaging to advance the communications strategy, and act as the “voice of the constituent” in developing new programs and initiatives.

Treasurer. The WakeLP Treasurer is responsible for maintaining all financial accounts in good order, recording transactions, and filing disclosure reports and other paperwork as pertinent with the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Financial accounts include the WakeLP checking account and any donation accounts such as PayPal, Piryx/Rally, etcetera. The Treasurer also manages all transactions between the LPNC and WakeLP. The Treasurer must be certified as having been trained by the SBOE within three months of appointment (and retrained every four years).

These four officers—and potentially any designates they might name—may divide up the following functions any way they find appropriate depending on their individual skills and preferences, so long as everything is covered. They should:
  • Ensure that records are well kept and effectively transitioned to the next set of officers at the end of their term
  • Define strategic goals for the term and develop ways to quantify, track and report progress those goals
  • Thought leadership and positioning
  • Enhancing Outreach to Current Libertarians
  • Define outreach programs that engage the broader Wake County community
  • Growing Membership
  • Develop relationships with outside organizations that complement WakeLP

Please consider taking on one of these roles for 2016-17 and help Wakeup Liberty! And even if you can’t serve yourself, plan to attend to help us make the best selections not only for our own future, but also for those who will come after us.

March 03, 2016 at 7pm - 9pm
The Gourmet Factory
3933 Western Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27606
United States
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