Forwarded from the State Chairs email list:
The LPAR had a very successful convention yesterday in Little Rock.
We elected a new Executive Committee to serve for the next two years. After much though, I made the very difficult decision to step down as Chairman and take over the role of Secretary in our party, primarily due to the time constraints of my career and the fact that the Secretary position is easily our weakest. I feel I can make that position much stronger. I want to thank everyone on this list who was always very helpful when I had questions or needed assistance. A very special thank you to Kevin Knedler who, from the moment I became Chair, offered me tremendous help and was always there, day or night, when I needed him. Thank you, Kevin!
I could not ask for a better replacement in the Chairman position. It is Jessica Paxton, my wife. She was elected unanimously. She will be a huge asset to this party and will carry the torch much further than I have been able to. The rest of the ExCom, I believe, is the strongest Executive Committee we have ever had to date. 3 of the 9 positions are held by females. Our new Vice-Chair, Kathleen Wikstrom, has been a member of the LP since 1979 and used to own Lassaiz Faire Books here in Arkansas. Our new treasurer is Dr. Michael Pakko, Chief Economist for the State of Arkansas. Watch out, guys, because Arkansas is ON THE MOVE!
Libertarian Party of Arkansas
I forgot to mention that we ALSO had 55 in attendance at our convention. Little ‘ole Arkansas had exactly as many attendees as New York! I’m quite proud of that, and it was due to the hard work of our new Chair! At least 25 of the attendees were female, of which I am also very proud. We more than doubled from our attendance last year, and this was a non-election year!
VERY proud of you guys.
BTW: We had a very successful conference in Granville, Ohio. 70 folks over the weekend, which is a record attendance.
Judge Jim Gray event on Friday night was great. Saturday, one-day conference was great.
The LP Ohio Chair and Division Directors all gave their annual reports and state of the business.
We had our “Champions of Liberty” awards presentation at the Saturday luncheon.
As a result of above, we saw an increase in monthly pledges.
National Chairman, Geoffrey Neale also attended with 2014 National Convention Chair, Nancy Neale. They also did tour of Columbus, Ohio and the Hyatt Hotel. They also visited the LPO state office.
That’s it from Ohio.