5 December 2010
Pacific Green Party of Oregon
State Co-ordinating Committee Meeting Minutes, 5 December 2010
Telephone Conference Call 7 pm
 344-6400 access code 863 543 #
1. Introductions Suzia AufederHeide, Michael Meo, Charles Newlin, Seth Woolley, and Chris Lugo, members; Pat Driscoll, state treasurer
Chris Lugo recounts his prior activity in the Green Party, having run for US Senate in Tennessee against Harold Ford Jr. and Lamar Alexander, and for the US House of Representatives, here in Oregon in 2010, against Kurt Schrader.
2. Minutes Minutes of meeting of Friday, 19 November approved by consensus.
3. Treasurer's Report The state party has a cushion built up, and expects further positive cash flow during December. To judge from experience, revenue will in all likelihood exceed 1000 $ this month. At the Growers' Market in Eugene there is a high probability that the Party will have the opportunity to move to a smaller, lower-priced but nicer, office. Pat will advise members of the SCC when the final word on this is known. If the deal works, the move to the new office will take place in january or February of the New Year, since its present tenant must first vacate.
4. Registration Drive Speaking in terms of numbers, Seth answers a question from Chris. If a minor political party in the state of Oregon has in the last general election entered a candidate for statewide partisan office who has received one percent of the vote, then the party need only have one-tenth of one percent of the number of voters in the most recent gubernatorial election as registered voters in order to qualify for ballot access in the following election. If the statewide partisan office requirement is not met, then the party must have as registered voters one-half of one percent of all registered voters in the state. The last time Seth checked, the number 10,400 was one-half of one percent of Oregon's registered voters; our total of voters registered with our Party is something above 8,000; we need about 2,300 new registered voters to obtain ballot access.
There is some discussion of the literature needed to assist an effective registration drive. The Camp Myrtlewood state convention appointed a committee of Keith Barger, Charles Newlin, Randy Prince, and Charles Koch to update the PGP party platform. This effort is to be supplemented by a subcommittee that updates the official party trifold and a second committee to prepare literature of use specifically for the registration drive.
For the first subcommittee, the SCC appointed Chris Lugo (as SCC liaison), Randy Prince, and Blair Bobier to the task of preparing the text of an updated trifold. It requests a report on the status of the updated text at the next SCC meeting.
For the second subcommittee, the SCC appointed Charles Newlin as point person, to which Michael Meo, Seth Woolley, and Suzia AufderHeide volunteered to assist.
The third aspect of the registration drive is to be the mobilization of volunteers actually to approach voters, either to change their registration to Green or to register for the first time as Green. Tim Dehne of the Corvallis chapter has volunteered to head this up, in the first instance by involving veteran Pacific Green activists from whom we haven't heard in some time. Suzia will contact George Hutchinson with a request to provide what assistance he can to Tim in that department.
Upon Chris Lugo's expression of optimism regarding the likelihood of finding new Pacific Greens in the Portland area, the SCC by consensus named Chris as co-facilitator of the Portland Metropolitan area section of the registration drive.
5. Next Meeting The next meeting of the SCC will be at 7 pm on Sunday, 19 December 2010.
Michael Meo will facilitate.
Charles Newlin will take notes.
Respectfully submitted, Michael Meo