After an outstanding State Convention thanks to the Convention Committee and numerous others, I am pleased to report at the end of June 2021, our Membership has increased to 373 Members. This is a new peak. It's a 25% increase since the start of 2021 and a 99% increase since we began actively tracking via CiviCRM data in December 2019.
Everyone speaking, posting, engaging, recruiting, lobbying or communicating on behalf of our Party is responsible for this success. So I thank you for your efforts.
This has obviously enhanced our budget. Which enables us to host events like the State Convention, and we can distribute more Membership Cards. The Executive Committee approved them early in 2021. The Cards were a new initiative and we have distributed 320 Annual Membership Cards and 97 Lifetime Member Cards since the start of this project in March!
I hope the Members appreciates their card as I'm very pleased with the card's quality ; my sincere thanks to Jay Gillotte and his company, Extend Your Reach, in Lansing, Michigan, for refining the graphics and printing the Annual Membership Card blanks, and Sandia Card Solutions in Pompano Beach, FL for the Lifetime Membership Cards. Please contact us at the email below if you haven't received your Card yet !
I have high expectations that the LPMI will continue to grow as our National Membership stands at 717 which is a 29% increase from January 2020. Membership Committee's intent is to engage these folks and encourage them to join the LPM, as they're missing half the action. Paradoxically, the number of national Libertarian Party members in the State has declined recently, so I encourage State Party Members to join the National Party, if they haven't already. This is especially important as this determines our State Delegate allocation for the National Convention next year. Please join the National Party at:
Thanks to the National Libertarian Party's adoption of the CiviCRM application, we now have access to contact information for 15,000+ individuals and the Michigan email mailing list through CiviCRM email application can reach 5400+ contacts via targeted communication. Through CiviCRM these contacts can be informed of events, volunteer opportunities, etc. specific to their geographic area or interest, and of course, recruit Candidates.
The Membership Committee has numerous responsibilities to support our Members and Leadership including:
As the number of members grows, these efforts are more time consuming and require more people to assist in these duties. With that in mind, LPMI Membership Committee is encouraging Members to join the Committee and become active and adept CiviCRM Users to assist in the above tasks. If you wish to join the Membership Committee, please send an email to:
We are also encourage our Affiliate Leaders to become active CiviCRM Users to communicate with and develop their local Membership. LP National has requested and needs active Users at the Affiliate level. Affiliate Leaders can request CiviCRM User access via the following link:
CiviCRM has numerous capabilities and data to grow the Libertarian Party of Michigan and engage our Members. This includes:
CiviCRM is the foundational tool to grow the Party and I appreciate the Leaders and Members willingness to learn and use this system ! SO STEP UP AND HELP US GROW THIS PARTY !!
In closing I would like to thank my fellow Membership Committee members Larry Johnson, Norm Peterson, Greg Stempfle, Lisa Lane Gioia, and Jerry Bloom, for their efforts on behalf of this Committee.
LET'S LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUED GROWTH OF OUR MEMBERSHIP TO NEXT YEAR'S CONVENTION !!
Timothy Yow, Chair
A big part of our future as a party is going to depend on our successes in recruitment. Lets face it, we need more people in the trenches with us if we hope to regain the liberties we lost over the past year and a half (and beyond).
I ask each one of you, the Michigan Libertarian party members, to become more of an "evangelist" for liberty than ever before.
Be keenly aware of your associations on the socials. Watch for that Instagram connection who posts a selfie with a cap about 1776 or taxation or George Orwell or anything that tells you they are recognizing the problems with our political scene and take that person to lunch. Or it might be one you follow on Twitter who keeps bantering with people about gun rights. It might just be that Facebook friend who keeps liking your posts about how taxation is theft. If you can't arrange a lunch, find some way to open up dialog with these people, listen, mention the hat, get to know what has them questioning and then invite them to learn more. No hard sell, no heavy pressure, just a conversation among friends that may or may not lead to them signing up before the conversation is over.
Think back to individuals who were once coming to meetings, or volunteering for the party and who you haven't seen or heard from in a while. Reach out to them and find out if they dropped off because of family concerns or because of a bad experience with someone at their local affiliate. If it is the latter, let them know that the state party has taken a turn towards becoming a kinder, more civil organization and the newly elected board is making this goal a priority. The shift towards unity and productivity is well underway and they need to know that they are welcome back.
These are just a few ideas but you are creative people. I know you could come up with a dozen other ways to find those libertarians who just don't know they are libertarian. I know its almost a worn out cliche' but if each one could reach one (or 5), this party will look completely different by our next major election. Lets do this together. Lets grow together.
By Timothy Yow, Chair
I wanted to take a moment to speak to the delegates, share a couple quick thoughts about the convention this weekend, and give a few shout-outs.
Let me start by saying "thank you" to all the delegates who voted to make Timothy Yow your next state party chair. It means a lot to know that so many are putting their confidence in me to lead this party for the next 2 years. I also want to thank those who voted "none of the above". Furthermore I thank you because it reminds me that I have opportunity to be a better person and a better leader. I would hope that any who did vote NOTA would feel the liberty to come to me with their concerns and doubts so we can move forward together in unity. I hope I can restore your faith in me as I serve this party and its members in this current role.
The convention was absolutely amazing. Thank you to Andrew and the convention committee for pulling out all the stops to create a hugely successful event that other states should and will model their future conventions after. You all deserve the accolades that I and many members have bestowed upon you.
Also, thank you to the outgoing chair, Greg Stempfle, for conducting yet another practically flawless business meeting on Saturday. I fear I will never quite run a meeting like you have run so many since you were elected. All I can do is promise to try.
Editor's note: Check back for additional photographs and links to videos. We uploaded this Zoom business session video to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LibertarianPartyofMI/videos/535354150843228