Tuesday March 25th, 2009.
Second meeting of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League
B.P.O.E. Lodge #771, Middletown, CT
Minutes: Robert and Justin

Scott called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:17 p.m.

Introductions of first-meeting members, introductions of new members

Jay spoke next

Thoughts, introduction

Driving force for why he feels CCDL is necessary.
Liberty and seeing the great results VCDL have achieved
Things we need to fight against (Micro stamping, ammo stamping, HR45)
Freedom to defend ourselves and community
Education of others in what we believe in and exercising our God given rights
Attitudes, changing those of non-gun owners
Support legislators friendly to freedom esp the 2nd amendment and good legislation
Open carry events such as litter pickups, picnics, etc
Media coverage of open carriers doing good volunteering things.

Keith was absent to address his attendance of the House Bill 6457 hearing.

Lenny spoke next

Membership forms passed out
Talked about Domain CCDL.org/com/net all taken CCDL.us perhaps
Hosting costs and options.

Susan spoke next
Talked about what sort of organization we would be best suited to adopt
Not for profit corp, $65 incorporation fee, not tax exempt
Political or lobbying org would not be qualified for tax exempt status
We need to find out the rules regarding organizations and what is allowed
Monetary issues need thinking out reporting to the state and such.
Officers - positions, elections
Address for the organization and PO boxes aren't acceptable
Mission statement needs to be created.

Ira, Scott talked

Addressing the legislature regarding 2A matters
CTSAS (sportsmens alliance)
YCGG Ye Connecticut Gun Guild
NRA - national and not local issues
We could be an umbrella for all groups willing to participate
People need to be proactive with their representatives not always reactive and defensive.
Propose legislation on our behalf
Work on transitional positions for the organization going forward.

Justin spoke (quite eloquently might I add)
Journalism major hence a good point man for media
Spoke about how he and others revamped a dying College Republican organization
Listed mission statements
roles, positions, purpose, reporting, books, minutes etc
Boards and Governance
Membership coordinators
member rolls
Tables to get new members (such as at a gun show)
Attendance Sheets
Welcome emails we can form and send to new members
Calendar items
Responsibility events (invite the media to see that gun owners are not nuts)
Come up with a legislative advocacy person, a point person to deal with the state government
monitors legislation coming down the pike and gets the group moving on how to deal with such.
Public relations coordinator, inviting media to meetings and issuing press releases
Fielding questions from media, someone good at dealing with the press
Community service organizers, litter pickup other volunteerism
Election procedures how to elect officers etc.
Perhaps have a nomination and election towards the end of the year no later than the 2nd to last meeting

We then took a break and enjoyed some sinfully delicious brownies from Susan's kitchen

Reconvened at 8:15

Scott spoke about new business and the proposed agenda:

Motion 1: Motion to name the group "Connecticut Citizens Defense League"
Almost no discussion on Motion 1
Motioned by Lenny, Seconded by Jay
Motion passed unanimously

Motion 2: To adopt a CCDL t-shirt
Options discussed; colors, sizes, quantities, styles
Motion by Greg, Seconded by Bennet
Initial sign-up sheet created sent around by Robert, will have red & navy shirts for about $15, price to be confirmed by Jay at next meeting

Motion 3: To finalize dates and times of general meetings
Options were Tuesdays or Thursdays (for Elks), Second tuesday of the month seems to be the consensus
Motion Lenny, seconded by Bennet
Motion Passes, 2nd tuesday of the month
Decided next meeting, April 14th 7-9pm

Motion 4: To discuss purchasing a domain and server rental
Motion by Lenny, seconded by Jay to discuss options
After much discussion over how to go about naming the site we decided on, "CCDL.us"
Motioned to obtain the domain name so it doesn't get squatted by Virginia seconded by Robert
Passes unanimously

Motion 5: To create and approve a mission statement
After much discussion about group organization and layout, we decide it would be best to kick around ideas on line and bring them to the next meeting
Ira motions to table until next meeting, seconded by Lenny
Motion passes

Motion 6: Motion to discuss fundraising options
Tabled indefinitely immediately in light of Susan's findings about how to approach our not for profit status.

Motion 7: To approve or amend membership forms provided by Lenny
Motion 8: To create a transitional committee and appoint individuals to those positions
Motion 9. To discuss bylaws and organizational structure

Ira motioned to table items 6,7,8, and 9 due to time constraints until next meeting, seconded by Lenny
Passes unanimously

We then initially nominated individuals to run for interim positions for the period of April 14th through May 12th.

Lenny Nominated Scott, seconded by Robert
Scott accepts.

Greg nominated himself for Secretary, seconded by Lenny. Justin respectfully declined a nomination from Lenny.

Greg nominated Jay for Treasurer Seconded by Susan
Jay accepts

Elections for these positions will be held at the next meeting.

Ira motions to adjourn at 9 p.m., many seconds.

CCDL Inc Meeting minutes      August 11, 2009


19:08 Meeting called to order with the Pledge of Allegiance

Introductions for new members and current members


19:10 Presidents report – Ad Hoc meeting results, Picnic discussions, Welcome letter for the website.


19:11 MTA Virginia/Lenny – unanimous

19:13 Secretary report – read

19:24 MTA Lenny/Heli – accepted with 1 abstention

19:25 Treasurers report Jay

            $174 in donations

            3 X $15 Tee-shirts sold

            Incoming $1296

            Spent   $826 with 35 transactions

            Balance $470

            Bank cards arrived – one to president one to secretary

            Checks arrived, generic, no guns on them.

Tee-shirts are for sale and more are on order (version 2)

19:27 MTA Justin/Virginia – unanimous

19:28 Registered Agent report – Susan

AdHoc discussions Logo, Trademark ($50)

Scott agreed to eat the $50 trademark re-filing fee if the logo minus the ‘inc’ is rejected.

19:30 AdHoc web-hosting – Virginia

Issues moving from GoDaddy to Rick’s servers, may have to be moved by hand and then once the site is ported over get the DNS link changed to point at Rick’s server.

Looking for letters, forms, other content and pages with nothing will be under construction.  Wording needs buttoning up on the pages, etc.

Lenny described how CCDL.US domain was purchased/registered and put on a temporary site.  He also talked about signs and the stand he made and donated to the cause.

19:33 Bylaws discussion – Justin

Article V – positions, organizational governance

Article III financial section 4 changed regarding dues

Subsection D dues set by executive board each year based on the needs of the org, voluntary dues accepted, annual membership dues posted to the website as approved by the board, no dues for the first year of existence.

If the organization does well with good voluntary help then we may not need to have to “charge” dues. Contributions are welcome especially in the form of talents.

Article VI Election procedures- no change, vacancies covered, 7-C Executive board resignations must be in writing.

Article VII  - Elections and campaigns.

Section 1 executive appointee to local and state campaigns can’t be executive chair of the committee

Section 2 Campaign Report of volunteering opportunities to the general membership

Section 3 Work with exec board for official CCDL endorsements of candidates (vague)

Section 4 Qualifications for endorsements are by position on 2Amendment and Art 4 Section 15 of Conn. Constitution, political parties are not endorsed, Subsec C we also reserve the right to withhold any endorsement at all if none of the candidates are worthy of such an endorsement.


19:39 MTDiscuss Ira/Nick

Discussion of Article 6-5 grammatical issues, gender, etc.

19:42 Accepted unanimously


Article IIX Disciplinary procedures.

Section 1 – An executive committee member shall be removed for any of the following infractions, Violation of the CCDL charter, Dishonesty, Negligence, Impeding the progress of the CCDL, Collusion, becoming a prohibited person with regard to firearms, Section 2 impeachment proceedings subject to a vote with ½ of the exec committee or a 2/3 vote of the general members.

Section 3 the impeached has the right to present a defense to the charges at the next meeting.

Section 4 removal from the exec committee requires a majority consensus from the committee members or a 2/3 consensus of the general members at the meeting

Section 5  – officers impeached will never be allowed to hold an officer position in the CCDL again.


MTA Susan/Nick


Article IIX – discussion regarding eligibility back and forth between US, USA, The United States as to what would cause one to be ineligible to be on the board.  “Throughout the entire US” was the agreed upon wording.


19:51 voted accepted unanimously


Andrew talked about article 5 8-18c negligence or incompetent


His versus His or Her, versus Their remove gender neutral and use the generally accepted “his” to be gender insignificant with a disclaimer in front


MTA ??/??   For 11 Opposed 4


Amendments:  Constitution may be amended by a 2/3 of the board majority

Changes would be posted for 30 days review period

Listed in article IX

Adopt the constitution and abide by it

19:58 MTA Nick/Lenny accepted unanimous


19:59 Jay – activities picnic

September 4th 2 days before Labor day

Need equipment, need everything

Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford

Need to check availability and reserve (Lenny)

Get the info/date out to FB

Good area for kids, playground


20:03 Break

20:22 Back to order

20:23 Old Business

Membership forms

Article 5 revisions


$50 trademark fee

Dues vs contributions


Table sponsored trash pickup adopt a highway.


20:26 New Business

New constitution

Required to post for 30 days for review

Motion to Post bylaws Susan (withdrawn)

Email to membership, ccdl.us and facebook

20:28 Ira suggested the post for 30 days then a vote straight up/down at the next meeting, binding vote and a straight majority.

Concerns about posting the bylaws, VCDL doesn’t post their bylaws either for the safety of the organization.

20:29 MTA Ira/Justin – unanimous


Scott – Volunteers for picnic on the 5th  September - sheet sent around.

Call for donations

Picnic, low key

No press

BJ’s card (Robert has one)

Suspended discussion on Picnic.



20:45 Future plans

Pictures taken by Jay

20:55 Youtube channel suggested by Heli, content, safety tips, legal tips

20:58 MT create Heli/Ira  Youtube channel accepted unanimous


Introduced Christian who was invited to the original Hops dinner but was unavailable

Introduced Charles, his skills regarding politics, non profits, experience, CT Chapter of Alarm and Muster keeps track of anti firearms laws on the state and federal level and mobilizes 2A supporters to call their reps, useful to get people activated.


Adhoc meeting discussions, late nights, long drives, bologna sandwiches

Proposed days not Wednesday, Tuesday 19th or 20th, Thursday

Monday 17th in Norwich at Ira/Susans palace 7pm can handle 8 attendees.


21:10 MT Close Susan/Nick

Call for donations, Lenny’s hat.

21:12 Meeting closed