LPPA Chair Tom Stevens To Resign

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LPPA_BB/message/1518MOTION: To Accept Resignation Of State Chair
Posted By: rebelcrusader [Dr. Tom Stevens]
Thu Apr 4, 2013 4:16 pm  |

For personal reasons involving the health of one of my close family members, I, Dr. Tom Stevens, hereby resign my position of State Chair of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania effective upon the appointment by the Board of Directors of a successor State Chair to serve for the reminder of my term of office.

Matthew Kelly has made the following motion, seconded by Jay Burkos.

MOTION: to accept the resignation of Dr. Tom Stevens as State Chair of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania appointing Lawrence James Fryman as Interim State Chair to serve for the remainder of his term in office. This vote will remain open for 15 days for Board Members to cast a vote of Yes, No or Abstain.  However, the vote will be considered closed and a new State Chair elected upon 13 Yes Votes being cast, which constitutes a majority of the Board Members currently serving.

WHEN YOU VOTE, PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF AND IF YOU ARE VOTING AS A COUNTY STATE REPRESENTATIVE, PLEASE IDENTIFY WHAT COUNTY YOU ARE VOTING ON BEHALF OF. THE FOUR INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE BANNED FROM THIS LIST – ED REAGAN, DAVID MOSER, STEVE SCHEETZ & KEN KRAWCHUK HAVE BEEN UNBANNED SO THEY CAN JOIN THIS GROUP.

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We currently have 25 voting Board Members.

They are:

State Chair – Dr. Tom Stevens
Eastern Vice-Chair – Betsy Summers
Western Vice-Chair – Jim Fryman
Treasurer – Patti Fryman

Immediate Past Chair – Lou Jasikoff

Election Committee Chair – John Karr
Fundraising Committee Chair – Glenn Robinson (Resignation Pending)
Legal Action Committee Chair – Greg Teufel
Legislative Action Committee Chair – Jay Burkos
Media Relations Committee Chair – Roy Minet
Membership Committee Chair – Matthew Kelly

Qualified 12 LPPA Member County & Regional Committees:

Allegheny
Blair
Bucks
Lehigh Valley
Montgomery
Philadelphia
York

2012 Qualified County Committees NOT GIVEN 30-DAY Notice:

Chester
Clarion
Cumberland
Dauphin
Delaware
Luzerne
Northampton

42 thoughts on “LPPA Chair Tom Stevens To Resign

  1. James Babb

    My response to known LPPa Board Members:

    Now that Tom has resigned, Jim Fryman is acting chair at the next meeting.

    Filling the chair vacancy can wait for the 4/13 meeting. The board may wish to just leave it unfilled until the convention, and leave Jim as acting chair until then.

    If the board wishes to conduct any business before the meeting, this is how you do it in accordance with our bylaws.

    Section 2 – Transaction of Business
    The Board of Directors may, without meeting together, transact business by mail or telephone, by voting on questions submitted to them by or with the approval of the Chair. Fifteen days shall be allowed for the return of votes thereon by mail to the Secretary

    If at the expiration of said fifteen days a quorum of the Board of Directors has not returned a vote, the measure being voted upon shall be deemed to have failed; in all other cases a majority of the votes returned shall carry the measure except where a higher vote is required by the Bylaws or Constitution.

    The Secretary must preserve all such votes until the next meeting of the Board of Directors, at which meeting the Board of Directors shall order disposition of such votes. In the case of a nomination for a special election not conducted at a Board of Directors meeting, the time frame for the return of votes may be limited to as little as three days at the discretion of the chair. All board members must be provided notice of the vote at least three days in advance of the voting deadline. If at the expiration of the voting deadline a majority of board members have not approved the nomination, the nomination shall be deemed to have failed.

    Matthew Kelly’s motion below is out of order because it was not submitted “by or with the approval of the Chair” as per our bylaws.

    Please reply with your confirmation of the meeting request that was sent earlier.

    Jim Babb
    Alternate, Montgomery County

  2. Steve Scheetz

    Yet another topic to discuss at the emergency board meeting on the 13th at the Harrisburg Hilton! (Thank you Barry Dively!!)

    Sincerely,

    Steve Scheetz

  3. Golly Shaggy...

    Why can’t politicians ever be honest…

    “I am resigning after being run out on a rail and embarrassingly late in the game to have any grace about it at all and it all happened because I was a first class douche-canoe and thought I could get away with it … were it not for those meddling kids” would sound so much more sincere.

  4. Stewart Flood

    His resignation is effective upon the appointment of a new chair. Technically, he has not yet resigned.

    The saga continues…

  5. Erik Viker

    The Board can just meet, accept his resignation which puts Western Vice-chair Jim Fryman into the chair position automatically according to the bylaws, and move on to reorganizing the annual business meeting in convention. What’s he going to do? Show up and try to take over the meeting again? What a pathetic spectacle that would be. He’s finished. The house of cards has collapsed. Even the nine young men who he appointed “Executive Assistants to the Chair” (whatever THAT was all about) are abandoning him.

  6. Stewart Flood

    Nine men?

    By any chance were there seven dwarves and three elves that he also gave rings to?

  7. paulie

    You know the story where the king had twelve beautiful daughters, each more beautiful than the other? It’s kinda like that, except, well, you know….

  8. Stewart Flood

    This was a different story. Evil, corruption, wizards, goblins and orcs.

    He seems to fit the part.

  9. Sam Kress

    Don’t forget his biography:

    He has led the Beaux Arts Society, Knights of the Republic, Spartan Brotherhood and Knights of Scorpius, the International Leadership Honor Society.

  10. paulie

    David Moser on facebook:

    Admiral Ackbar—–“It’s a trap”.

    Let’s face it folks. This motion-and-vote pony show from Uncle Tom and his harem is exactly that….a trap. Not sure how or why but it surely is.

    We can meet on the 13th. We can remove him by our own volition there. We can then take whatever action is needed to fill the position until a convention can happen. Then we can set about to the business of a proper convention.

    I MUST STRESS…..WE NEED TO REPLACE HIM BEFORE THE CONVENTION. IF NOT HE WILL BE THE MOST RECENT CHAIR THROUGH 2013-2014 AND HAVE A BOARD VOTE ACCORDINGLY. WE MUST ALSO MAKE THIS A DISCIPLINARY ISSUE SO HE CANNOT — USE HIS “CHAIR FOR LIFE OF NORTHAMPTON COUNTY” CARD TO MAINTAIN A LPPa BOARD VOTE. HE MUST BE RENDERED “NOT IN GOOD STANDING” THROUGH DISCIPLINARY ACTION TO AVOID THIS SCENARIO.

    If we are serious about picking up the pieces and moving forward we cannot overlook this back door opportunity to linger. Like so much going on right now; time is of the essence and we have got to get this right. Yes; he will have minions in place for awhile and that will have to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. These mentioned issues need to be dealt with now and in the prescribed fashion or we lose our window of opportunity and will surely reap the harvest of our folly.

  11. Young Libertarian Boys Club

    Latest report feom Tommy…

    ” The current tally of votes is 5 YES, 0 NO and 0 Abstentions.

    The five YES votes are:

    Marc Connuck (Northampton County LP Representative) Dr. Tom Stevens (Philadelphia County LP Representative) Nicholas Hillman (Bucks County LP Representative) Jim Fryman (Western Vice-Chair) Patti Fryman (Treasurer)

    8 more YES votes are necessary for Jim Fryman to be elected Chair.

    Quorum has been achieved.

    I am not presenting any additional motions until this motion passes or fails. It also cannot be divided since my resignation is contingent upon the Board appointing a successor Chair. I have not offered my resignation independent of that contingency so David Jahn’s motion to divide the question is not being presented.

    In Liberty,

    Dr. Tom Stevens LPPA State Chair”

  12. James Babb

    Meanwhile, despite his claims, some of us are still banned from this mailing list. The guy can’t even quit without another round of bylaws violations, censorship and drama. Yawn… Somebody wake me up when it’s over.

  13. James Babb

    FYI… The following is from past LPPa Chair, David Jahn:

    Just so everyone knows, Tom Stevens has censored the following motion which I submitted at 9:43 last night, April 4th.
    ———————————————
    From: djahn
    To: LPPA BB
    Sent: Fri, 05 Apr 2013 01:43:07 -0000 (UTC)
    Subject: Re: [LPPA_BB] MOTION: To Accept Resignation Of State Chair

    I would like to make a motion to divide the question as follows:

    MOTION: to accept the resignation of Dr. Tom Stevens as State Chair of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania

    MOTION: to appoint Lawrence James Fryman as Interim State Chair to serve for the remainder of his term in office.

    David Jahn
    ———————————————

    I noticed Tom let other emails go by that were voting in favor of the main motion, but for some reason my motion to divide the question hasn’t been permitted through.

    That is why I started an alternative email list wherein we can begin rebuilding the party without the disingenuous interference of a rogue chair. You can subscribe to that email list by sending an email here
    LPPA_BUS-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

    If someone cares to second my motion, that would be greatly appreciated.

    The reason for dividing the question is as follows:

    According to our Policy Manual, Article IV, 2. B.

    In the absence of the Party Chair, the Eastern Vice-Chair will preside at meetings in even years; the Western Vice-Chair will preside at meetings in odd years unless otherwise arranged.

    So, by default, Jim Fryman would become the interim chair until the board decides otherwise. The current board of directors has led us down our current path. I need some reassurance from Jim Fryman that Jim is prepared to lead us out of this mess before I would vote to appoint him to fill out the remainder of Tom Steven’s term.

    Neither Tom’s resignation, nor the current motion is contingent upon Jim Fryman being appointed chair. It is only contingent upon appointing a successor chair. Our Policy Manual takes care of the deciding an interim successor. IF we follow that, we can decide who if anyone should fill out the remainder of the term. Perhaps that could be decided an the April 13th board meeting.

    I hope someone will second my motion.

    I hope this shows why we cannot continue to do business on the LLPA_BB list.

    If he didn’t permit my motion to divide the question to go through, I have wonder what else isn’t getting through. And, what part of my motion violated the communication policy?

    David Jahn

  14. James Babb

    Tom Stevens posted the following on the LPPA_BB list

    I am not presenting any additional motions until this motion passes or fails. It also cannot be divided since my resignation is contingent upon the Board appointing a successor Chair. I have not offered my resignation independent of that contingency so David Jahn’s motion to divide the question is not being presented.

    I want to appeal the ruling of the chair

    Neither Tom’s resignation, nor the current motion is contingent upon Jim Fryman being appointed chair. It is only contingent upon appointing a successor chair. Our Policy Manual takes care of the deciding an interim successor. If we follow that, we can decide who if anyone should fill out the remainder of the term. Perhaps that could be decided an the April 13th board meeting.

    I posted my appeal on the LPPA_BB list. We’ll see if Tom let’s that through.

    Again I would urge everyone to sign up for an un-moderated list. Why cannot continue to allow Tom Stevens to moderate board communications.

    Let’s move to LPPA_BUS-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

    David Jahn

  15. Erik Viker

    And in response, I sent this:

    “If it takes voting for the motion that Tom Stevens’ friend made (apparently written by Tom) to get Tom out of the chair position and let the Board move forward, then please do not quibble about the exact language of the motion. While I can see the value on dividing the motion into two, the moment Tom ‘s resignation is accepted by any motion Jim becomes acting Chair anyway according to the Bylaws. So just do it. Vote “Yes” on Tom’s friend’s motion so this whole thing can end. An electronic vote on the ruling of the chair about the divided motion will clutter up what could have been a swift and easy thirteen votes to vacate the chairmanship, which is clearly the first step toward healing and amity.

    I’m not on the Board, but as a LPPA member I respectfully ask David Jahn to please withdraw his motion to divide and just vote “yes” instead on the current motion, because we need 13 affirmative Board votes to make this stop. Tom needs to feel like he’s leaving the chairmanship on his terms, so give him that and the LPPA can move on.

    Erik Viker
    Chair, Libertarian Party of Snyder County”

  16. Erik Viker

    The entire silly mess is complicated by how Tom is the only one counting votes, in that the state Secretary, Patrick Killey, has apparently fallen off the globe.

  17. James Babb

    Not only is Tom the only one counting the votes on a motion written by Tom about Tom, but no one even knows who all the voting members are, the number required for a majority, or how many voting members are still banned from his private list!

    Censoring proposed amendments to the motion adds yet another layer of WTF. This is not how a responsible board conducts business.

    Why is it so essential to have a Fryman installed as a condition?

    Most of us have never met him or even heard a peep out of him, yet we are supposed to install him as chair, just to get rid of Tom one week sooner? It is tempting, but too suspicious.

  18. Erik Viker

    Jim Fryman is the Western Vice-chair and a reasonable if low-key guy. I have it on good authority that he is not a Tom Stevens flunkie. If Tom vacates the chairmanship through any means the bylaws give it to Jim anyway. The Board can then vote to elect somebody else and Jim won’t care, or let him hold the gavel and benevolently watch things get done.. This new flurry of motions contesting a ruling of the char and dviding the resignation acceptance motion will overshadow what could be a clean break.

  19. Erik Viker

    The LPPA state Board cannot even accept a resignation without making it more complicated than it needs to be. The fiasco continues. . .

    {{ munching popcorn }}

  20. Jill AKA Minnie Pyeatt

    Hopefully, this fiasco is public enough that Stevens can’t walz into another state and do this.

  21. Dr. Tom Stevens

    LPPA Members:

    Effective immediately, Jim Fryman has been elected State Chair of the
    Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania. I am now Immediate Past Chair.

    The following motion has obtained 13 YES votes, which constitutes a majority of
    the Board currently serving:

    MOTION: to accept the resignation of Dr. Tom Stevens as State Chair of the
    Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania appointing Lawrence James Fryman as State
    Chair to serve for the remainder of his term in office. This vote will remain
    open for 15 days for Board Members to cast a vote of Yes, No or Abstain.
    However, the vote will be considered closed and a new State Chair elected upon
    13 Yes Votes being cast, which constitutes a majority of the Board Members
    currently serving.

    The thirteen YES votes are from:

    Betsy Summers (Eastern Vice-Chair)
    Jim Fryman (Western Vice-Chair)
    Patti Fryman (Treasurer)
    Lou Jasikoff (Immediate Past Chair)
    John Karr (Election Committee Chair)
    Jay Burkos (Legislative Action Committee Chair)
    Roy Minet (Media Relations Committee Chair)
    Matthew Kelly (Membership Committee Chair)
    Tyler Kobel (Blair County LP Representative)
    Nicholas Hillman (Bucks County LP Representative)
    Alex Humanick (Lehigh Valley LP Representative)
    Marc Connuck (Northampton County LP Representative)
    Dr. Tom Stevens (Philadelphia County LP Representative)

    Quorum was achieved. Additional votes not yet cast may be posted here for
    posterity.

    I wish Jim Fryman a most enjoyable term in office.

    In Liberty,

    Dr. Tom Stevens
    Immediate Past Chair

  22. Erik Viker

    Tom’s status as Immediate Past Chair ends the moment a new state chair is elected in convention, as Jim Fyman then becomes Immediate Past Chair and controls the Board vote that comes with the title. LPPA Bylaws say “The Immediate Past Chair will be the person who most recently served as Chair of the Party.”

  23. Dr. Tom Stevens

    Re: 26

    Do what? Double the membership? Double the number of chapters?

    Successfully defend the LP petitions against a major party challenge?

    Obtain legal victories for easier ballot access?

    I am already getting offers from other states!

  24. Sam Kress

    Hopefully that will be Apr 13, and he can also be removed from membership then along with properly scheduling the convention.

  25. Sam Kress

    “Do what? Double the membership? ”

    Not according to numbers Viker posted.

    ” Double the number of chapters?”

    Bogus ones in many cases.

    “I am already getting offers from other states!”

    Most disturbing.

  26. Erik Viker

    My March 28 request for a membership numbers update was deleted by Tom from the now-defunct LPPA group on Facebook and I was banned from that group. It would be excellent to see that the LPPA membership had doubled between April 2012 and today, but the most recently available totals suggest otherwise. I will contact the Membership Committee chair to see if there is an updated total.

  27. DAvid Jahn

    @ 33 Unfortunately, the membership chair appears to be a Stevens loyalists with no sense of loyalty to the party or its governing documents. He needs to be properly oriented on the duties of the membership committee. I don’t see that happening until we get a responsible board of directors elected.

  28. Ed Reagan

    Tom @ 27

    “Jay Burkos (Legislative Action Committee Chair)”

    You are counting a vote of a person who resigned his position as Legislative Action Committee Chair yesterday.

    How does Robert’s Rules deal with the voting on an open motion, when the person who seconded the motion, resigned his postion while the motion was open for a vote?

    Is this vote even valid?

    This will all be settled on April 13th.

    I also respectfully as Jim Fryman to resign as LPPA Chair, and assume the role of the Immediate Past Chair ASAP so that Tom Stevens is comletely off the LPPA Board.

  29. Ed Reagan

    Tom @ 30

    “Do what? Double the membership? Double the number of chapters?”

    Don’t forget double the personalities? (Wait he may have more than two.)

    Double the banning?

    Double the “Tom”foolery?

    “Successfully defend the LP petitions against a major party challenge?”

    Successfully dropping the ball on collecting any fees from the Republican Party?

    Ironically it is the same major party that you are a “registered” and “active” voter with the NY State Board of Election?

    Now what was that you were saying about GOP and Republican infiltrators in the LPPA?

    “Obtain legal victories for easier ballot access?”

    Please provide a link to support this claim.

    “I am already getting offers from other states!”

    Which will it be: Pyongyang (?????), Rason (?????) or Chagang (???) ?

  30. Ed Reagan

    Sam @32

    ” Double the number of chapters?”
    Bogus ones in many cases.

    Just like Tom did with the Boston Tea Party.

    “I appealed the “one affiliate, one vote” procedure to the membership (as provided for in those bylaws I keep harping on) … and all hell broke loose. Interim Vice Chair Tom Stevens deleted the member polling while it was in progress. As the party’s site administrator, I yanked his privileges with respect to controlling site content. This provoked an outburst on his part about “mere members” defying his authoritah, etc.

    It was at that point that I began to suspect something wasn’t right — that there was more than just non-bylaws-compliance going on. The driving force behind the “one affiliate, one vote” idea was Dr. Stevens, who was also a candidate for the party’s VP nomination, and who had spearheaded the party’s affiliate drive. Interim Chair Davidson didn’t have a problem with “one affiliate, one vote” per se (he felt that it would encourage members to start active affiliates), but when this chain of events began to get heated, both he and I started looking for an explanation of why Dr. Stevens might be so hell-bent on it.

    The short explanation is that the “affiliates” turned out to be, as far as we could tell, empty shells with no members, each presided over by “a friend of Dr. Stevens.” In the case of at least two affiliates, the people listed as affiliate chairs/presidents didn’t even live in the applicable states, but rather in New York, where they held positions in other organizations, also headed by Dr. Stevens.

    The “controversy” ended with Dr. Stevens and his compadres resigning from the national committee and dissolving their apparently imaginary “state affiliates.” Playing “unitary executive” again, I simply noted that the poll versus “one affiliate, one vote” had been running unanimously against when it was shut down, and held that it was obvious the members preferred “one member, one vote” … so that was how it should be. The chair agreed. End of “controversy.””

    http://lastfreevoice.wordpress.com/2008/06/24/a-brief-history-of-the-boston-tea-party-part-2/

    Now lets examine who voted in favor of the motion.

    – Betsy Summers (Eastern Vice-Chair) – Current board member that did nothing to control Tom’s actions a Chair for over 11 months.

    – Jim Fryman (Western Vice-Chair) – Current board member that did nothing to control Tom’s actions a Chair for over 11 months. Tom’s hand picked replacement.

    – Patti Fryman (Treasurer) – Current board member that did nothing to control Tom’s actions a Chair for over 11 months.

    – Lou Jasikoff (Immediate Past Chair) – Current board member that did nothing to control Tom’s actions a Chair for over 11 months.

    – John Karr (Election Committee Chair) – Current board member that did nothing to control Tom’s actions a Chair for over 11 months.

    – Jay Burkos (Legislative Action Committee Chair) – Recent Tom appointee to the this Board position and one of Tom’s “Executve Assistants” , resigned all positions in the LPPA as of April 7, 2013 and on the agenda of items to be covered at the April 13 board meeting in Harrisburg, PA.

    – Roy Minet (Media Relations Committee Chair) – Current board member that IS responsible to organizing the bulk of the ballot access defense…kudos. Introduced resolutions to keep people from being banned from LPPA communication channels (which were still violated by Tom), but most importantly did nothing to control Tom’s actions a Chair for over 11 months. Tom’s hand picked and widely promoted candidate for LPPA Chair.

    – Matthew Kelly (Membership Committee Chair) – Recent Tom appointee to the this Board position and one of Tom’s “Executive Assistants”.

    – Tyler Kobel (Blair County LP Representative) – Chairman of the Convention Committee and representative of a county LP organized by Tom in the past year.

    – Nicholas Hillman (Bucks County LP Representative) – Recently resigned Chair of the Buks County LP, a county LP organized by Tom in the past year.

    – Alex Humanick (Lehigh Valley LP Representative) – representative of a county LP organized by Tom in the past year and one of Tom’s “Executive Assistants”.

    – Marc Connuck (Northampton County LP Representative) – Officer of the Bucks County LP, acting as a representative of Northampton County LP organized by Tom in the past year. Resident of Bucks County, one of Tom’s “Executive Assistants” and Tom’s hand picked candidae for Secretary of the LPPA.

    – Dr. Tom Stevens (Philadelphia County LP Representative) – County reorganized by Tom in the past month or so, via an unannounced meeeting where only a few selected members of the LPPA who live in Philadelphia were invited to attend.

    I have been trying to point out that Tom was building these new County Committess so that h had enough board votes to control the LPPA. Looking at the evidence above, it appears that he controls enough board votes to control the LPPA from the Immediate Past Chair role, or even as a non-member of the LPPA.

    I respectfully ask the LPPA Board and the Judical comittee to invesitgate this whole mess.

  31. Erik Viker

    In his email of 4.412, Jay Burkos first cast his vote to accept Tom’s resignation and then resigned his position, so his vote counts. It is finished.

    Jim Fryman will do no harm as state chair in the few weeks remaining until a business meeting in convention. He is a kindly and most unassuming gentleman.

    Regarding standing committees including Membership Committee) , the Bylaws say “The duties, composition, and reporting requirements
    shall be determined from time to time by the Board of Directors. ” The Board can entertain a motion to replace Tom’s friend Matthew Kelly as that committee chair with somebody more likely to respond to member inquiries, if that is the will of the Board.

  32. Ed Reagan

    Erik @38

    The Board must also entertain a motion to replace Marc Connuck as the Manager of the Membership Database, also a Tom loyalist.

  33. Erik Viker

    Ed @39, yes the Board can make that choice as well. In the LPPA policy manual that position is called “Keeper of Member Data.”

  34. Erik Viker

    As of tonight, Tom Stevens has resigned from chairing the LP of Philadelphia, which means he will not have a state Board seat and therefore no Board vote once Jim Fryman becomes Immediate Past Chair at officer elections in convention (which will almost certainly be postponed until June). Tom has said via email that he is not likely to attend any future Board meetings between now and then.

    We will now see if the LPPA factions are able to cooperate on anything other than sending Tom on his way.

  35. Sam Kress

    Is he still Northampton chair? Or is that county illegally organized with too few active members?

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