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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
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
Tables to get new members (such as at a gun show)
Welcome emails we can form and send to new members
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
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 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
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
Greg nominated himself for Secretary, seconded by Lenny. Justin respectfully declined a nomination from Lenny.
Greg nominated Jay for Treasurer Seconded by Susan
Elections for these positions will be held at the next meeting.
Ira motions to adjourn at 9 p.m., many seconds.
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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
Spent $826 with 35 transactions
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.
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
20:22 Back to order
20:23 Old Business
Article 5 revisions
$50 trademark fee
Dues vs contributions
Table sponsored trash pickup adopt a highway.
20:26 New Business
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
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