Minutes of Board Meetings

2017 February 4.

2017 January 14.

2016 December 3: Annual Board Retreat.

2016 November 13.

2016 October 30. This was a short meeting in which we met two prospective board members, reviewed our commitments, and discussed efforts to get more publicity.

2016 July 30. Topics include:

  1. Treasurer’s report
  2. Report on anti-corruption organizing
  3. Planning for September 10 general meeting
  4. Board recruiting efforts
  5. Planning for October & November general meetings

2016 June 25. Topics include:

  1. Treasurer’s report
  2. Report on anti-corruption organizing
  3. Planning for Sept., Oct., Nov. general meetings
  4. Our next email message
  5. Approval of Teresa’s leave of absence from the board

2016 May 14. Topics include:

  1. Treasurer’s report
  2. Report on recent activities — Democracy Awakening, May meeting
  3. Planning for June general meeting
  4. Planning for Sept. & Oct. general meetings
  5. Planning for November meeting

2016 March 13. Topics include:

  1. Approval of previous meeting’s minutes
  2. Treasurer’s report
  3. Discussion about having members
  4. Update on Democracy Awakening & our April meeting
  5. Planning for May & June general meetings
  6. Discussion: Should we table at upcoming party conventions?
  7. Planning ahead for September & October
  8. Question about scheduling board meetings
  9. Discussing our continuing outreach efforts

2016 February 13. Topics include:

  1. Treasurer’s report
  2. Approval of updated group goals and strategies
  3. Approval of last month’s minutes; new process for approval of minutes
  4. Democracy Awakening: a new coalition we’ve joined
  5. Discussion of Gov. Abbott’s “Texas Plan” compared with other plans for amending the Constitution
  6. Resolution on single-party general meetings
  7. Brainstorming for our monthly meetings; decisions on April and May meetings

2016 January 9. Topics include:

  1. Treasurer: moving our bank account
  2. Bylaws changes concerning board terms
  3. Revision of our group goals and strategies
  4. New blog posts

2015 December 5: Annual Board Retreat. Topics include:

  1. Review the year’s accomplishments, collaborations, our perceived weaknesses and progress on improving
  2. Austin Fair Campaign Contract
  3. Our continuing goals and areas of focus
  4. Planning for 2016
  5. Board membership actions
  6. New collaborations

2015 November 10. Topics include:

  1. Treasurer’s report
  2. New board member application
  3. Planning our December board retreat

2015 October 3. Topics include:

  1. Treasurer’s report
  2. Meeting topic for November
  3. Austin Fair Campaign Contract update
  4. Board recruiting update

2015 August 30. Topics include:

  1. Treasurer’s report
  2. Prospects for working with other groups: LWV study group, Audit Austin
  3. Meeting planning: September electoral college discussion, October and November meeting ideas, Dec. retreat, Feb. ideas
  4. Coalitions update
  5. Board recruiting update

2015 July 9. Topics include:

  1. Treasurer’s report
  2. Planning for upcoming meetings: September, October
  3. Discussion about corporate personhood

2015 May 9. Topics include:

  1. Treasurer’s report
  2. Planning for upcoming meetings: June, September, October
  3. Coalitions: TACC update
  4. New courthouse commission
  5. Recruiting new board members

2015 April 4. Topics include:

  1. Treasurer’s report
  2. “Pay 2 Play” new screening scheduled
  3. Discussion of white paper about Electoral College reform
  4. Considering partnership with TexPIRG
  5. Discussion of bills at the Texas legislature
  6. Planning for upcoming meetings

2015 January 18. Topics include:

  1. Treasurer’s report
  2. “Pay 2 Play” event update
  3. Officer elections
  4. Board membership discussion
  5. Planning for upcoming meetings
  6. Coalition updates
  7. White paper updates

2014 November 22: Annual Board Retreat. Topics include:

  1. Brainstorming
  2. “Pay 2 Play” movie viewing and discussion
  3. Review of our accomplishments in 2014 and our perceived strengths & weaknesses
  4. The issues we plan to focus on
  5. Goals for 2015
  6. Board membership actions

2014 November 1. Topics:

  1. Treasurer’s Report
  2. Pay 2 Play Screening
  3. November meeting
  4. December meeting
  5. Board membership
  6. Broadening our audience

2014 October 20. Topics:

  1. Treasurer’s Report
  2. Update on the ThinkVoting App
  3. Planning for Upcoming Meetings
  4. Pay 2 Play Screening
  5. Change to our Facebook page banner
  6. Blog postings and email messages
  7. Texas Forward
  8. White papers

2014 September 6. Topics:

  1. Treasurer’s Report
  2. Update on the ThinkVoting App
  3. Planning for October Meeting
  4. Other Upcoming Actions
  5. White Paper Progress Reports

2014 June 20. Topics:

  1. Treasurer’s Report
  2. Update on Web Design
  3. ThinkVoting App Update
  4. Review of Spring 2014 Events and White Paper
  5. Fall 2014 Plans

2014 May 24. Topics:

  1. Treasurer’s report
  2. Discussion and Adoption of collaboration guidelines
  3. Discussion of questions relating to the website — recruit “authors”
  4. June 14 meeting ideas — lege’s interim “charge” activity and Brian Boyko CTO of MayOne SuperPAC.
  5. Discussion of Dan Eckam’s Voting Systems policy paper.

2014 April 5. Topics:

  1. Endorsement policy
  2. May 3 meeting ideas — ask Craig McDonald to host concerning McCutcheon & Citizens United decisions
  3. (tabled for Sept. or Oct.) ThinkVoting app focus group
  4. Outreach opportunities — Delta Sigma Theta sorority; the Links in Action
  5. Should we support a booth at D and/or R party conventions?
  6. White papers discussion

2014 March 1. Topics:

  1. April mtg. in Lago Vista
  2. Policy papers
  3. MoveOn conference: mid-March in Dallas

2014 January 11.  Annual meeting. Topics:

Election of officers

President:  Joanne Richards
Vice President: Stewart Snider
Secretary: Dan Eckam
Treasurer: Diane Owens

Main business of the retreat

  1. Celebrate our 2013 accomplishments.
  2. What are our strengths and weaknesses?
  3. CG4Tx issue focus
  4. Goals for 2014
  5. Prioritize goals
  6. Fundraising needs

2013 December 14.  Topics:

  1. Finalized wording of questions for the LWV-AA primary election voter guide.
  2. Some suggested questions for candidate forum.
  3. Topics for future general meetings
    1. January 4: Let’s celebrate the New Year with 2014 New Year’s resolutions for CG4Tx.
    2. February 1:  Candidate forum with primary candidates running for Travis County Judge and Place 2 and 4 Commissioners.
    3. March 1: Money & Justice Forum presentation of policy paper and forum report in anticipation of the Legislative Interim Select Committee on Judicial Reform.
    4. April 6: How to talk with people who disagree with you without backing them into a corner.

2013 October 10.  Topics:

  1. Community conversation: Travis County Democrats and Republicans talking together
    1. Draft questions for the November 2 panel.
    2. Choose one question for more in-depth conversation
    3. Topics for future community conversations
  2. Topics for future general meetings
    1. Impact of the Voter ID law on the November 5, 2013 election with Dana DeBeauvoir.
    2. Money & Justice Forum with Craig McDonald
    3. What influences are pressuring Texas legislators to prevent or impose another government shutdown? with James Henson.
    4. Book discussion of John Gisham’s novel The Appeal.
  3. Old business

2013 September 7.  Topics:

  1. Progress on web site development.
  2. Progress on name change approval by SOS and IRS.
  3. Recruit additional board members.
  4. General meeting monthly schedule.
  5. Board of Directors monthly meeting schedule.
  6. Blog post assignments.

2013 June 14. Topics:

  1. Approved minutes from previous meeting.
  2. Treasurer’s report.
  3. Timeline to launch new brand – Common Ground for Texans: Positive solutions through civil engagement.
  4. Topic and presenter/facilitator ideas for September general meeting.
  5. Website post assignments.
  6. Other business.

2013 May 18. Topics:

  1. Approved minutes from previous meeting.
  2. Treasurer’s report.
  3. Rebranding – Common Ground for Texans: Positive solutions through civil engagement.  Logo ideas presented.
  4. Reports: TUTA progress report.
  5. SB 346: Texas Disclose ACt passes on 3rd reading; vetoed by Gov. Perry.
  6. Announcement: Move To Amend Convergence in Austin October 11-13.
  7. Website post assignments.
  8. Other business.
  9. Topic and presenter/facilitator ideas for June general meeting.

2013 April 6. Topics:

  1. Approved minutes from previous meeting.
  2. Website post assignments.
  3. Texas Forward
  4. Treasurer’s report.
  5. Reports: TUTA testimony in support of SCR 2, HCR 21, HJR 94
  6. Topic and presenter/facilitator ideas for May general meeting.
  7. Rebranding of Coffee Party Austin.

2013 January 5. Topics:

  1. Approved minutes from previous meeting.
  2. Treasurer’s report.
  3. Reports: cTUTA, HuRAH
  4. 2013 BOD Annual Retreat
  5. Expanding the BOD.
  6. Other business.
  7. Topic and presenter/facilitator ideas for February general meeting.

2012 December 1. Topics:

  1. Approved minutes from previous meeting.
  2. Treasurer’s report.
  3. Reports: cTUTA, HuRAH
  4. Annual Retreat.
  5. Expanding the BOD.
  6. Other business.

2012 November 3. Topics:

  1. No October BOD meeting.
  2. Treasurer’s report.
  3. Reports: Texas United to Amend, Human Rights at Home.
  4. CP Austin supports TUTA strategy.
  5. Bill Moyers MeetUp progress report.
  6. Topic and presenter/facilitator ideas for December general meeting.
  7. 7-9 other business.

2012 September 9. Topics:

  1. Approved minutes from previous meeting.
  2. Treasurer’s report.
  3. Reports: Texans United to Amend (TUTA) and HuRAH Conference success.
  4. Travis County state Senate and House candidate forum progress report.
  5. Bill Moyers MeetUp progress report.
  6. Other business.

2012 August 18. Topics:

  1. Treasurer’s report.
  2. HuRAH conference announced.
  3. Topic and presenter/facilitator ideas for September general meeting.
  4. Topic and presenter/facilitator ideas for October general meeting.
  5. Bill Moyers MeetUp progress report.

2012 June 2. Topics:

  1. Approved minutes from previous meeting.
  2. Treasurer’s report.
  3. Maintain emergency fund.
  4. Plans for Democratic and Libertarian state conventions.
  5. Move To amend resolution progress report.
  6. Human Rights at Home (HuRAH) progress report.
  7. HuRAH approved as a CP Austin project.
  8. Bill Moyers MeetUp progress report.
  9. 9-14 other business.

2012 May 5. Topics:

  1. Treasurer’s report.
  2. State Convention Project.
  3. Board member resignations.
  4. Board recruitment.
  5. Status of Coffee Party Austin actions and campaigns.
  6. Other business.

2012 April 14. Topics:

  1. Approval of minutes of meetings of March 3 and March 17.
  2. Treasurer’s report.
  3. Report on Sunset Commission Review of Texas Ethics Commission.
  4. Conventions Update.
  5. Update on Coffee Party USA.

2012 March 17. Special Board Meeting to consider Affiliation Agreement with Coffee Party USA. Topics:

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  1. Coffee Party Provisional Affiliate Trademark License Agreement.
  2. Approval.
  3. Other business.

2012 March 3. Topics:

  1. Minutes of Feb. 4 board meeting approved.
  2. Treasurer’s report.
  3. Constant Contact Seminar on “Best Practices.”
  4. 2012 Communications Game Plan and Newsletter.
  5. Craig McDonald follow-up.
  6. Tabled items from February 4th Board Meeting.
  7. Coffee Party Austin Board Retreat to-do list.
  8. 2012 meeting dates and topics.
  9. Other Business.

2012 February 4. Topics:

  1. Minutes from December 3, 2011 approved.
  2. Treasurer’s report.
  3. Communications game plan.
  4. Board Retreat To-do list.
  5. Posting of announcements: assignments of responsibilities-.
  6. Blog posting volunteers for February.
  7. 2012 meeting dates.
  8. Other business.
  9. Adjournment.

Annual Retreat 2012 January 28. Topics:

  1. Year in Review: Accomplishments
  2. Year in Review: Lessons Learned
  3. Year in Review: Strengths and Weaknesses
  4. Coffee Party Austin issue focus
  5. What can we do to increase our visibility and improve our impact in this campaign year?
  6. Collaboration, messaging and 2 to 3 realistic goals for 2012
  7. Communications
  8. Messaging strategy
  9. Budget
  10. Other ideas

2012 January 7. Topics:

  1. Minutes from December 3, 2011 approved.
  2. Treasurer’s report.
  3. Resolution for Austin City Council regarding Citizens United v. FEC .
  4. Draft agenda for planned Board Retreat of January 28th to be posted on Google Docs.
  5. Social media activities.
  6. Upcoming events.
  7. Possible 2012 Speakers.

2011 December 3. Topics:

  1. Treasurer’s report
  2. Meeting times and places for 2012
  3. Promotion of January 20th “Move To Amend” event
  4. Social media activities
  5. Events in which we could participate
  6. Possible 2012 Speakers
  7. Board retreat

2011 November 16. Topics:

  1. Treasurer’s report
  2. Debriefing of Nov 4-5 events
  3. Liaison with other groups
  4. Social media activities on Facebook and Twitter
  5. Upcoming events that we could participate in
  6. Recent events
  7. 2012 meeting dates and times at Carver Library
  8. Dec 10 general-meeting topic

2011 October 1. Topics:

  1. Should Coffee Party Austin join TEXASForward™ coalition?
  2. Result of poll – When should we schedule 2012 meetings?
  3. Facebook wording reminding people of Coffee Party mission.
  4. Update on visit by Annabel Park.
  5. Report on Community Conversations project.
  6. Report on Austin Enough is Enough event (October 29th).
  7. Participation in OccupyAustin event.
  8. Update on David Cobb at Move to Amend forum (October 9th).
  9. Update on Constitutional Convention Conference.
  10. Establish policy for co-sponsoring events.

2011 August 11. Topics:

  1. Meeting dates for Membership Meetings
  2. Report on Free Speech for People (John Bonifaz)
  3. Annabel Park on Immigration Reform
  4. Report on Local Voices (Money in Politics Community Conversations)

2011 August 6. Topics:

  1. Permanent Board Election of Officers
  2. Establish Committees
  3. Meeting Dates for Membership Meetings
  4. Report on Save Our Schools State Wide Conference
  5. Report on Free Speech for People
  6. Report on Local Voices (Money in Politics Community Conversations)
  7. Immigration Reform
  8. Coffee Party USA and Texas Chamber of Citizens
  9. Voter ID Bills Affect Women

2011 April 2. Topics:

  1. Where should CP-Austin records like this be stored?
  2. Should board meetings occur on a regular schedule?
  3. How should CP-Austin handle CPM-USA’s calls to action?
  4. Can we have different email addresses for topics and events we’re promoting?
  5. Can we standardize format and schedule for email blasts?
  6. How should permanent board members be selected?
  7. Should board decisions be reached by consensus or voting?
  8. Should CP-Austin have annual meetings, and if so, when?
  9. What’s CP-Austin’s rule for signing checks?
  10. In view of CP-Austin’s current financial situation, should some members be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the organization’s behalf?
  11. How should we manage relationships with other organizations?