2017 WakeLP Convention

The WakeLP had a great year in 2016! We ran the most candidates locally since 2004, attended more campaign events, generated publicity for the LPNC and our proposals, and garnered a near all-time record number of votes for Libertarian candidates…and we remain the ONLY political party in Wake County that is significantly growing—since we got back on the ballot in 2008, the number of registered Libertarians in Wake County is up 29.5% per year compared to +0.5% for the Democrats and +0.2% for the Republicans.
Come break bread with us, hear from James Hines about the great state convention planned for August at Lake Lure, 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 min.)
2. Adoption of the Agenda (2 min.)
3. State of the Party – Brian Lewis, Chair of the WakeLP (5 min.)
4. Keynote Address - "Liberty at Lake Lure"
- Jame Hines, Chair of the 2017 LPNC Convention Committee (15 min. including Q&A))
5. Consideration of proposed changes to the Plan of Organization (brief discussion followed by up or down vote; 10 min.)
6. Election of officers for 2017-18 (20 min.)
  a) Chair
  b) Vice Chair
  c) Secretary
  d) Treasurer
7. Election of Delegates to the State Convention (5 min.)
8. Other business (1-to-10 min.)
9. Adjourn (1 min.)
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.
Please 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. And if you might consider taking on one of these roles yourself for 2017-18, check out the LPNC website for more information about the duties of WakeLP officers: 

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

Depending on the decisions the Convention attendees take with respect to proposed Plan of Organization changes, we may also be electing on at-large member of the WakeLP executive committee in addition to the four officers. For more information on the proposed changes, check out the 38-minute presentation about it on our YouTube channel and/or read the full text of the revised Plan of Organization.

Please 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 01, 2017 at 7:00pm - 9pm
Oak & Dagger
3933 Western Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27606
United States
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Brian Lewis ·
Brad Hessel Joy Elliott Patrick Bowersox Susan Hogarth Laura Castle Tyran Hill larry johnson Matthew Clements

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