2014: Year End Meeting

The following are the minutes of the final Executive Committee Meeting of the LPWV held on December 20, 2014, from 11:00am to 12:15pm, via our online conference system. 

LPWV Minutes

Meeting Date: December 20, 2014

Meeting Time: 11:00am - 12:15pm

Meeting Location: Online

In Attendance (6): Michael S. Wilson, Karl Swisher, David Moran, John Buckley, Bill Talkington, and Brent West.

There was no old business to discuss. The meeting began with general discussion and a briefing on the agenda. 


Karl Swisher, LPWV Treasurer, presented the current balance and projected expenses of the LPWV General Fund:

$909.79 Available


  • $365.69 in Checking
  • $544.10 in PayPal
  • -$789.32 Net Income for 2014 (to date)


Location and Date for 2015 Annual Meeting:

Discussions began on the city, date and venue for the 2015 annual meeting of the LPWV.

Michael Wilson made the proposal that the event be held in Parkersburg, West Virginia due to the vast growth of identified Libertarians in the WV portions of the Mid-Ohio Valley.  John Buckley raised concerns about the potential exclusion of the membership and supporters in the easternmost areas of the state, but concurred that Parkersburg was a logical choice due to the growth in the area and the proximity to Charleston and Huntington (the other two areas showing the most growth and activity in the 2014 campaign season). There was no further discussion on this issue and the final conclusion from the attendees was to support Parkersburg as the hosting city for the 2015 annual meeting. This matter will be called to a vote at the January, 2015 regular meeting of the LPWV. 

Michael Wilson proposed that the annual meeting be held in April. After a short discussion, it was determined that this time would not be conducive for attendance of college enrolled Libertarians and potential supporter due to the examination schedules throughout the state. John Buckley made recommendation of a mid September, and David Moran suggested a mid June meeting. This item was tabled for further discussion at the January, 2015 meeting. 

The discussion of venue was tabled until the vote is made on the hosting city. Michael Wilson presented the Blennerhasset Hotel as the tentative venue should Parkersburg be confirmed as the hosting city. 


Membership Requirements:

Preliminary discussion commenced pertaining to the proposed termination of LPWV Membership Dues. Michael Wilson proposed that in order to stimulate growth of the state affiliate, the current requirement of membership dues be terminated or suspended until a pre-determined time. Discussions on this matter presented strong issues both supporting and dismissing potential benefits of this item. This matter will be considered new business for the January, 2015 meeting, where a full discussion will be made that could potentially result in a motion to be called for vote at the second regular meeting of the LPWV in 2015. 


Abbreviation of Libertarian at the S.O.S.:

John Buckley initiated discussion on the Secretary of State's (SOS) abbreviation of the Libertarian Party on the ballot and official literature presented to the voters by the SOS. Currently the SOS abbreviates Libertarian as LIB. It is the contention of the attendees to this meeting that the abbreviation creates an ambiguity and potentially could be misinterpreted as 'liberal' instead of 'Libertarian' which could lead to an undue burden on the LPWV. 

MOTION: John Buckley made a motion to allow for Michael Wilson, or a designated representative of the LPWV, to contact the Office of the Secretary of State to enquire as to the process of having the abbreviation modified to LBT (or an appropriate abbreviation as to be determined by the LPWV Executive Committee). David Moran seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The findings of this inquiry will be presented to the attendees of the January, 2015 meeting. 


Technologies and Web-Presence Integration:

Due to time, this new business was tabled until the January, 2015 meeting. 


Scheduling of January, 2015 Meeting:

Discussions were made pertaining to the location, date and time of the January, 2015 Regular Meeting of the LPWV. 

The first meeting of 2015 will be held at the Eat'n Park in Morgantown, WV on January 24, 2015 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.