[Lnc-business] Jul Membership Report

Joshua Katz planning4liberty at gmail.com
Fri Aug 11 08:19:12 CDT 2017


I would like to add a suggestion here in a different direction.  Do we
care?  This term, we have not adopted goals, but we did last term - and
increasing or maintaining memberships wasn't on the list.  I'm not being
sarcastic here, I'm being serious - maybe memberships is not a metric we
find all that illuminating.  Sure, we need funds, and paid memberships are
one way of obtaining funds, but only one way.  They're a way that
non-profits, seemingly across the board, have found to be declining in
importance and value.  Maybe that's part (I think most things that happen
are over-determined and we should look for patterns, not 1-1 relationships)
of what this declining number is telling us.

I agree we should not simply expect a drop in support following the
Presidential year.  A drop in paid memberships?  Maybe.  People have many
reasons to become members, and if those are temporary reasons (attending
convention, considering running for LNC) they might not renew when those
reasons no longer apply.

It's become a trope that "millennials don't join things."  If that's true,
then we should start now to plan what our organization can look like in 10
years with a different model.  Personally, I think that regardless of what
millennials do, we should be making those plans, because a membership model
is a temporary solution, not one that will always be best once we've
attained a certain size and level of success.

I don't know that membership is a useful thing to watch while driving, so
to speak.  I'm much more interested in races won, registered voters in
places where that can happen, contested nominations, and similar markers.
Those too are long-range indicators, though, and I suspect that the sorts
of solutions we are likely to come up with regarding membership, will drive
those as well.

Joshua A. Katz


On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 8:06 AM, Patrick McKnight <
patrick.joseph.mcknight at gmail.com> wrote:

> Caryn Ann,
>
> Being defensive and mischaracterizing my statements is also not helpful.
>
> I only need a few minutes to present my proposal.
>
> Thanks,
> Patrick McKnight
>
> On Aug 11, 2017 9:02 AM, "Caryn Ann Harlos" <carynannharlos at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> And here is another reason- to say no plans is simply not accurate.
>> Perhaps I just see more of what is happening since I interact with staff
>> more than usual and am on the APRC (which means I see every single piece of
>> output).  The staff effort is amazing.  Lauren, Jess, and Andy are bringing
>> us to a new level of professionalism and thus attractiveness.  There has
>> been several years of branding and infrastructure building.  The press
>> secretary position will add another dimension. Nurturing relationships with
>> larger donors (we have to have funds to do anything) is from what I can see
>> better than ever.
>>
>> You get much more support by realistically assessing what we are doing
>> well, and what can be a lot better otherwise it is basically just scolding
>> people and ignoring what we have done.
>>
>> I think Larry would tell us that's not how to motivate to greatness.
>>
>> Some of the things done have been stunning.  Others not so much so.
>>
>> But a circular firing squad never does.
>>
>> Let's come to the table with more ideas.
>>
>> How long should we put on the Agenda Patrick?
>>
>> -Caryn Ann
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 6:50 AM Caryn Ann Harlos <
>> carynannharlos at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> It's not defensive- it's tired of talk and this same speech.
>>>
>>> Doing is better than talking.  I support your email idea.
>>>
>>> I was wondering what everyone did since last meeting.
>>>
>>> Yelling at the rest of the LNC isn't helpful.
>>>
>>> -Caryn Ann
>>>
>>>
>>> On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 6:46 AM Patrick McKnight <
>>> patrick.joseph.mcknight at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Jason,
>>>>
>>>> That's fantastic! Congratulations! Do you have some best practices you
>>>> can share? NJ registered voters are also exploding, but we haven't been
>>>> able to convert that into national memberships which is what's at issue.
>>>> Have you also experienced that in Nevada?
>>>>
>>>> Caryn Ann, thank you as always for your hard work. But I'm not sure why
>>>> you are getting so defensive, with all due respect this isn't about "you".
>>>> This is about the fact we are a national organizations without a national
>>>> strategy to stop losing members. Is our national strategy for LNC members
>>>> to call people in their free time? That's a nice gesture but I don't see
>>>> that as a solution. I suspect there is something wrong with our brand and
>>>> the way we are messaging our principles. But at this point I don't think
>>>> anyone really knows because we haven't asked our members for their feedback.
>>>>
>>>> I have made a suggestion that we do a survey of our members to gather
>>>> this information. Then we can use this data to construct a strategy.
>>>>
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Patrick McKnight
>>>> LNC Region 8
>>>> Chair, NJLP
>>>>
>>>> On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 8:30 AM, Caryn Ann Harlos <
>>>> carynannharlos at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> How many LNC members took me up on my challenge to call lapsed members?
>>>>>
>>>>> It's easy to say what others or "we" should do.
>>>>>
>>>>> The last time you said this Patrick I took it to heart and *I* did
>>>>> something.
>>>>>
>>>>> I call lapsed members nearly every day.
>>>>>
>>>>> It's hard to get people on the phone, but when I do (do we want the
>>>>> truth?) this is what I hear in order of frequency:
>>>>>
>>>>> 1. Economy is bad and they lost their job
>>>>> 2. They've been a member and they felt we're no longer representing
>>>>> what we claim to (i.e. the last election was a missed opportunity, the
>>>>> candidates did not represent a different enough liberty message)
>>>>> 3. Waxing and waning interest in politics concurrent with the election
>>>>> seasons
>>>>>
>>>>> That is what I hear.  The stories of number 1 are heartbreaking.  I've
>>>>> gotten my rear chewed out with stories of 2 and managed to retain some of
>>>>> them by being nice and letting them yell.
>>>>>
>>>>> My effort alone is obviously a drop in a sea. But I decided to be part
>>>>> of the solution.
>>>>>
>>>>> -Caryn Ann
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 6:21 AM Patrick McKnight <
>>>>> patrick.joseph.mcknight at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> All,
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I don't understand why our declining membership isn't our number one
>>>>>> priority as an organization. These reports come out showing we have a real
>>>>>> problem and no one seems to notice. Too often the LNC is too busy having
>>>>>> pointless philosophical debates amongst ourselves while people are voting
>>>>>> with their feet and leaving the party.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I would like us to do an email survey of our membership to determine
>>>>>> what people like and don't like about the party. I don't accept this
>>>>>> culture of failure that since our numbers went up last year they have to go
>>>>>> down this year.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I don't pretend to have all the answers to this problem. But I think
>>>>>> a good place to start is simply asking our membership. It would be free and
>>>>>> we might learn something.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Interest in liberty is exploding, if our numbers don't reflect that
>>>>>> we are doing something wrong.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>>> Patrick McKnight
>>>>>> LNC Region 8 Rep
>>>>>> Chair, New Jersey Libertarian Party
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 10:13 AM, Robert Kraus <robert.kraus at lp.org>
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Attached thank you for pointing that out!
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Live Free!​​​​
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> *Robert*
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Robert S. Kraus - Dir of Operations
>>>>>>> Operations at LP.org
>>>>>>> Libertarian National Committee
>>>>>>> Ph: 202.333.0008 x 231 <(202)%20333-0008>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Join today: https://www.lp.org/membership
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>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> *From:* Lnc-business [mailto:lnc-business-bounces at hq.lp.org] *On
>>>>>>> Behalf Of *Aaron Starr
>>>>>>> *Sent:* Thursday, August 03, 2017 4:32 PM
>>>>>>> *To:* lnc-business at hq.lp.org; lnc-business at lp.org; 'LP-State
>>>>>>> Chairs'; staff at lp.org
>>>>>>> *Subject:* Re: [Lnc-business] Jul Membership Report
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Robert,
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> For some reason the report compares July 2017 with June 2016, so the
>>>>>>> prior year data point did not get updated from last month’s report.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Can you revise this report to compare July 2017 with July 2016?
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Aaron Starr
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> (805) 583-3308 Home
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> (805) 404-8693 Mobile
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> starrcpa at gmail.com
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> *From:* Lnc-business [mailto:lnc-business-bounces at hq.lp.org] *On
>>>>>>> Behalf Of *Robert Kraus
>>>>>>> *Sent:* Thursday, August 03, 2017 9:32 AM
>>>>>>> *To:* lnc-business at lp.org; 'LP-State Chairs'; staff at lp.org
>>>>>>> *Subject:* [Lnc-business] Jul Membership Report
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Jul Membership Report is attached. Open to find out who is no longer
>>>>>>> tied for 10th!
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Live Free!​​​​
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> *Robert*
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Robert S. Kraus - Dir of Operations
>>>>>>> Operations at LP.org
>>>>>>> Libertarian National Committee, Inc.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> 1444 Duke Street
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Alexandria, VA 22314
>>>>>>> Ph: 202.333.0008 x 231 <(202)%20333-0008>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Join today: https://www.lp.org/membership
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> LP FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/libertarians
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
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>>>>> --
>>>>> *In Liberty,*
>>>>> *Caryn Ann Harlos*
>>>>> Region 1 Representative, Libertarian National Committee (Alaska,
>>>>> Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Washington) - Caryn.Ann.
>>>>> Harlos at LP.org <Caryn.Ann.Harlos at LP.org>
>>>>> Communications Director, Libertarian Party of Colorado
>>>>> <http://www.lpcolorado.org>
>>>>> Chair, LP Historical Preservation Committee
>>>>>
>>>>> A haiku to the Statement of Principles:
>>>>> *We defend your rights*
>>>>> *And oppose the use of force*
>>>>> *Taxation is theft*
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
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>>> --
>>> *In Liberty,*
>>> *Caryn Ann Harlos*
>>> Region 1 Representative, Libertarian National Committee (Alaska,
>>> Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Washington) - Caryn.Ann.
>>> Harlos at LP.org <Caryn.Ann.Harlos at LP.org>
>>> Communications Director, Libertarian Party of Colorado
>>> <http://www.lpcolorado.org>
>>> Chair, LP Historical Preservation Committee
>>>
>>> A haiku to the Statement of Principles:
>>> *We defend your rights*
>>> *And oppose the use of force*
>>> *Taxation is theft*
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> --
>> *In Liberty,*
>> *Caryn Ann Harlos*
>> Region 1 Representative, Libertarian National Committee (Alaska,
>> Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Washington) - Caryn.Ann.
>> Harlos at LP.org <Caryn.Ann.Harlos at LP.org>
>> Communications Director, Libertarian Party of Colorado
>> <http://www.lpcolorado.org>
>> Chair, LP Historical Preservation Committee
>>
>> A haiku to the Statement of Principles:
>> *We defend your rights*
>> *And oppose the use of force*
>> *Taxation is theft*
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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