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
Sarah W. Hartford CCSU
Steve W. Hartford CCSU
Bennet New Britain
Alex New Britain
Greg Rhode Island
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.