LPM Online

January 30, 2001


  1. Upcoming Events
  2. LPOC Elects 2001 Officers
  3. Miller Runs for School Board

  1. Upcoming Events

    February 4, 2001 - 10:00 AM
    LPM 2001 Winter Leadership Conference

    10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Hosted by the Ottawa County Libertarian Party.

    For more information, contact Ben Steele III at 517-288-5616 or bsteele1@tir.com or Jason Miller at 616-669-2851 or jcmiller@triton.net

    Location: The Comfort Inn, 622 Allegan Street, Plainwell
    Contact: Ben Steele III Phone: (517) 288-5616

    February 6, 2001 - 6:30 PM
    Monthly Meeting - LP of Wayne County Dinner 6:30pm. Program starts at 7:45pm.
    Location: La Trattoria Restaurant - Dearborn MI
    Contact: Joann Karpinski Phone: (313) 925-6917 E-mail: Momjoann@aol.com

    February 6, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    Kalamazoo Libertarian Party General Meeting
    Location: TGI Friday's Restaurant, 5650 W. Main Street, Oshtemo, MI.
    Contact: Tim Miley Phone: (616) 668-3951 E-mail: thmiley@yahoo.com

    February 6, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    LP of Oakland County Executive Committee Meeting All dues paying members are welcome. Business begins at 7:00PM.
    Location: LPM HQ, 619 East Nine Mile in Hazel Park, just east of I-75
    Contact: Greg Dirasian Phone: (248) 515-3675 E-mail: gdirasian@lpocmi.org

    February 8, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    Libertarian Party of Berrien County will hold its monthly meeting. Please contact us in case of a change of meeting location. Please tune in to designated broadcast stations in case of cancellation or postponement due to inclimate weather conditions
    Location: Pizza Hut, Red Arrow Hwy at Lake St., Bridgman MI
    Contact: Glenn Whitt Phone: (616) 473-2764 E-mail: trombonist1@juno.com

    February 11, 2001 - 1:00 PM
    LPM Executive Committee meeting
    Location: LPM Headquarters, 619 E. 9 Mile Rd., Hazel Park. Directions: Take I-75 to Nine Mile Road. Go east on Nine Mile for approximately five blocks. The HQ building will be on the left. See www.mi.lp.org/hq/ for a map.
    Contact: Stacy Van Oast Phone: (810) 784-8783 E-mail: stacyvo@eesc.com

    February 12, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    Clare-Gladwin Libertarian Party meeting. We are collecting 2001 membership renewals, continuing our 2 year plan implementation, reviewing the January revisions to the by-laws for accuracy.
    Location: Mid Michigan Community College
    Contact: Ghazey Aleck Phone: (517) 386-2699 E-mail: ghazey@alecklawfirm.com

    February 12, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    The LP of Livingston County invites you to attend our monthly meeting. Dinner is at 7 p.m. with the meeting following. This month's agenda is election of officers.
    Location: Mexican Jones Restaurante, 675 W. Grand River, Brighton, MI.
    Contact: Matt Dickinson Phone: (810) 231-1254

    February 14, 2001 - 6:30 PM
    Libertarians of Macomb County monthly meeting. Drinks and dinner at 6:30 PM, business begins at 7:00 PM.
    Location: Miles World Resturant, 17689 Masonic, Fraser, MI 48026, 810-415-4500.
    Contact: Diane Barnes Phone: (810) 774-1625 E-mail: dbarnes98@aol.com

    February 21, 2001
    Monthly meeting of the St. Clair County affiliiate.
    Location: Figaro's is located at 1503 11th Street, Port Huron, MI 48060. TX: (810) 987-3588. Join us for dinner at 6:00 PM. Business begins at 7:00 PM.
    Contact: Richard Friend Phone: (810) 982-7178 E-mail: rfriend@advnet.net

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. LPOC Elects 2001 Officers

    At our January 24 general membership meeting the Oakland County affiliate elected our Executive Committee for 2001. Serving this year are:
    Chair - Chris Pellerito
    Vice Chair - Nathan Allen
    Secretary - Keith Wesselmann
    Treasurer - Dianne Szabla
    At-Large Members - Scott Maczuga, Sara Sjoberg, Fred Martin
    At-Large Alternates - Steven Schulte, Andy LeCureaux

    Thanks and congratulations to our outgoing Executive Committe - Gary Bora, Greg Dirasian, Pam Collins, Dianne Szabla, Chris Pellerito, Steven Schulte, and Lloyd Sherman - for their hard work and a year of outstanding growth and progress!

    We remind all members to check out the LPOC web site at www.lpocmi.org for the latest news and schedule updates for the Oakland County affiliate.

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  3. Miller Runs for School Board

    HUDSONVILLE -- Ottawa County Libertarian Party Chair Jason C. Miller announced this week his intention to seek -- and win -- a spot on the Hudsonville Public Schools Board of Education.

    Miller was a student at Hudsonville High School until his recent graduation (he now attends Grand Valley State University). He intends to make his student perspective an important part of the campaign.

    "Because I served as student representative to the School Board, I have an insider's understanding of the issues without the corruption inherent to the entrenched interests." Miller said at Tuesday's OCLP meeting. "I know how the school system works. I've seen what's wrong with it. And I know how to fix it."

    Miller also served on the district's curriculum council. His technological knowledge and employment at a leading local Internet Service Provider is expected to factor into his campaign.

    "Hudsonville needs to catch up with the information age. Better use of technology can save money, increase parent / student / voter awareness, and prepare our students for the jobs of tommorow. If we're going to offer an education, we should offer a good education. And technology needs to be a part of that."

    Hudsonville School Board elections are historicaly un-opposed and have voter turnout at less than 1% -- something Miller wishes to change. He is planning a grass-roots campaign that will include volunteers and hard work on his part: he is pledging to knock on every door in the district.

    "This year voters will have a choice. Hudsonville voters have supported school choice and lower taxes. As a Libertarian those are two issues I control the table on. But I believe in simple, common sense ideas to improve the quality of our public schools. And I believe voters will accept these ideas."

    Hudsonville will vote June 11 for two seats on their local school board. For more information about Miller's campaign please visit http://www.hudsonville.com/electmiller/

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