LPM Online

January 2, 2007

  1. Upcoming Events

    January 04, 2007 - 6:00 PM
    The Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan will be voting for new officers among other discussion topics at a general membership meeting at 6:00 pm on Thursday January 4. Meetings take about an hour. Everyone is welcome.
    Location: Benton Harbor IHOP (International House of Pancakes) on Pipestane Rd 100 west of the I-94 exchange.
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: 269 637-4525 Email: wbradley@i2k.com

    January 04, 2007 - 6:30 PM
    The party holds regular monthy meetings at 6:30 pm. on the first Thursday of every month.
    Location: City Tavern Restaurant in Dearborn at 14316 Michigan Ave., between Greenfield and Schaefer.
    Contact: Loel Gnadt Phone: 888-free-now Email: cynical_bob@juno.com

    January 06, 2007 - 10:00 AM
    Memorial Service for Bette (Erwin) Sprague. This veteran Libertarian candidate (1976 & 1982 US Senate, 1980 US House) and activist (visit www.mi.lp.org/history/25thann.htm) died in December. The memorial Service will be in the chapel. for directions, link to: http://www.infospace.com/info/redirs_all.htm?pgtarg=mapdir&mdop=mapres&QA=31300+Southfield+Road&QC=Beverly+Hills&QS=MI&QZ=48025&w=360&h=270&s=1
    Location: chapel Acacia Park Cemetery Association 31300 Southfield Road Beverly Hills, MI 48025
    Contact: Acacia Park Cemetery Association Phone: 248-646-4228

    January 06, 2007 - 11:00 AM
    Memorial service for Lloyd Sherman, a long-time Libertarian activist, who passed away from lymphoma on Christmas Day. Sherman was a Libertarian who served on the Hazel Parks' Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Commission, General Building Authority, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and Fence Board of Review. (for more information visit: http://www.dailytribune.com/stories/122706/loc_20061227005.shtml)
    Location: First Congregational Church of Royal Oak, 1314 Northwood, at Crooks Road, between 12 & 13 Mile
    Contact: Leonard Schwartz Phone: 248-546-3569 Email: Leonard@LeonardSchwartz.us

    January 16, 2007 - 7:00 PM
    The LP of West Michigan will be holding its monthly executive business meeting open to all members. We will be discussing the state and local convention plans.
    Location: Perkins restaurant on 28th street in Cascade. It is located just west of the I-96 exit (43).
    Contact: Eric Larson Phone: 616-949-2844 Email: chair@lpwm.org

    January 24, 2007 - 7:30 PM
    Libertarian Party of Oakland County annual convention - election of officers for 2007. Optional dinner starts at 6:30. Meeting starts at 7:30. If you want to be an officer, but cannot attend convention, contact Adam.
    Location: Sila's Restaurant, 4033 Twelve Mile, 2 blocks east of Greenfield, in Berkley
    Contact: Adam Goodman Phone: 248-765-3213 Email: goodman582@hotmail.com

    February 11, 2007 - 1:00 PM
    LEC meeting.
    Location: To be announced. Tentatively at the Headquarters in Lansing. 2722 E. Michigan Ave. ste 22 Lansing.
    Contact: Scotty Boman Phone: 313-247-2052 Email: scottyeducation@yahoo.com

    March 04, 2007 - 00:00 AM
    State LPM 2007 Leadership Conference
    Location: LPM HQ (tentative)
    Contact: James Hudler Phone: 888-Free-Now Email: aguli@provide.net

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. Lloyd Sherman - Rest in Peace — by Leonard Schwartz

    Lloyd Sherman, a long-time Libertarian activist, passed away on Christmas Day after a long struggle with cancer. He had been a frequent candidate and an officer of the Libertarian Party of Oakland County and the state party.

    Memorial Service

    When: Saturday, January 6, at 11 am.

    Where: First Congregational Church of Royal Oak
    1314 Northwood, at Crooks Road, between 12 & 13 Mile

    At Lloyd's request, there also will be a potluck party celebrating Lloyd's life. Bring food to share. BYOB.

    When: Saturday, January 6, at 6 pm.

    Where: Home of Lloyd & Jeannie Sherman
    23770 Hazelwood
    Hazel Park, MI 48030-2718

    Their home is 2 blocks north of the old LPM HQ, which was at the corner of 9 Mile and Hazelwood, east of John R.

    An article about Lloyd Shermans' public service was published in the Daily Tribune on December 27th( http://www.dailytribune.com/stories/122706/loc_20061227005.shtml )
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  3. Michigan Libertarians Lose a Veteran Activist and Candidate — by Scotty Boman

    Dr. Bette Erwin-Sprague was an active voice for liberty before many of us had even heard the word "libertarian." She passed away this past December, and a Memorial Service will be held in her honor this Saturday (January 6) at 10:00 AM.

    Dr. Bette Sprague (married name). Was a candidate in 1976 & 1982 for the US Senate. She also ran for US House (District 18) in 1980 [Ref 1]. She ran for office under her maiden name: Bette Erwin.

    Most recently, she was one of the collaborators on the LPM's 25th anniversary project (visit Ref 2).

    The memorial Service will be in the chapel of Acacia Park Cemetary (Acacia Park Cemetery Association 31300 Southfield Road Beverly Hills, MI 48025
    Contact: Acacia Park Cemetery Association Phone: 248-646-4228 ). for directions, link to: [Ref 3].
    Location: chapel

    Arcacia Park is also the resting place of other people who made history: Charles Erwin Wilson (1890-1961) Born in Minerva, Stark County, Ohio, July 18, 1890. U.S. Secretary of Defense, 1953-57. Died in Norwood, East Feliciana Parish, La., September 26, 1961. [Ref 4]


    1. http://www.ourcampaigns.com/CandidateDetail.html?CandidateID=28895

    2. http://www.mi.lp.org/history/25thann.htm

    3. http://www.infospace.com/info/redirs_all.htm?pgtarg=mapdir&mdop=mapres&QA=31300+Southfield+Road&QC=Beverly+Hills&QS=MI&QZ=48025&w=360&h=270&s=1

    4. http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/MI/OA5.html#RKC00N7YS

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  4. Publicity Opportunity Overlooked — by Scotty Boman

    A couple days ago I was contacted by Dan Wilson of Parents for Children (PFC). PFC and the equal parenting movement were major interest groups supporting the Bill Hall candidacy, and other Libertarians.

    Dan was organizing a rall which started on January 01, 2007 at 11:15 AM. The rally (amidst Governor Granholms' inauguration) was over by 12 Noon. Parents for Children were on the scene by 11:15 for picture and release of a press release since every TV station in the State was their including all the newspapers.

    First of all I applaud Mr. Wilson's activism, but I kick myself in the behind (yes I really can do this) for missing out on a prime opportunity. But self-punishment isn't the real lesson here. This is a reminder that we must always be on the look out for opportunities to step in front of the cameras instead of waiting for the cameras to come to us (they don't and they won't unless we spend lots of money or do something we are embarrassed about).

    Sometimes these are unforeseen opportunities for which we can't plan. The inauguration date and location was public information for months. Let's look for more well publicized opportunities.

    For more about PFC please visit: http://www.parentsforchildren.net
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  5. Libertarians Loose Leaders On All Levels — by Scotty Boman

    On the world stage we lost Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman.
    Our nation lost two time presidential candidate and best selling author Harry Browne.
    Our Statewide two-time US Senate candidate, and LPM activist Dr. Bette Erwin (later married to be Sprague) is gone.
    On Christmas day, the man who took the phrase, "all politics is local" left as well. Lloyd Sherman served in a variety of public offices. When we spoke a couple weeks ago, Lloyd told me that we need to show up at our city Council meetings and County Commission meetings. There are almost always reporters present, and there is almost always a chance for public comment.

    I have though about what all this tragedy means. It seems that people live on to those who remember them and continue their battles. While the first instinct is to morn, we should continue to be inspired by these great individuals.
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