Wednesday, November 12, 2008

LPKS 2009 State Convention

LPKS 2009 State Convention

Date: March 7th, 2009

Please add to your schedules and plan to be there! I am letting you know early so there will be no excuses. 8-)

Place: Emporia State University
ESU Union - Heritage Room
Emporia, Kansas
Time: 11 AM to 4 PM (if we need the entire time)

This meeting will have the elections of all officers, and this is the meeting where we have traditionally had the chance to change the state by-laws, statement of principles, and/or constitution. All proposed changes must be sent to the chair *in writing, so that we can prepare for the convention and to give all LPKS members as much notice of possible changes being discussed.

Note: ALL OFFICERS are up for election in 2009.
The eight voting officers today in the LPKS constitution today are Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Congressional District 1 Coordinator, Congressional District 2 Coordinator, Congressional District 3 Coordinator, and Congressional District 4 Coordinator. These eight are the people who vote on all spending for the LPKS. They are also the voting members of any internal issues that come up between conventions.

Please note that the procedure for electing these eight people is split into two formats. All those LPKS members in attendance from across the state will elect the “name” officers. (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer) Only those members that live in each district elect that District Coordinator to represent them.

If you have an interest in running for one of these positions – please let me know ASAP as we want to keep everyone notified of all possible candidates available.

For the party to grow at its most beneficial pace, we need competition for all officer positions, while it may be the easy way to elect officers without a competition – it is not necessarily the best way.

I have been asked by several people to run as chair again. At this time, I do not plan to run again. If I receive many solid commitments to work to grow the LPKS – I would look again at running for third term. Jason Peck (Vice-Chair) will not be running for another term.

With this in mind, we need many new people to step up, lead and help us grow. Keeping the same executive committee (repeatedly) has a tendency to trend to group complacency, and we must be vigilant that we keep growing and not become stagnant as an organization. New leadership always comes to a group with an enthusiasm missing from the old group and a sense of direction that may or may not have been there before.

If you have an interest in being an officer – please let me know ASAP, so I can compile a list of candidates to announce.

Thanks for all you do for the LPKS!

Rob Hodgkinson - Chair

It's a great time to be a Libertarian in Kansas!

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