CCDL Inc Meeting minutes December 8, 2009

19:05 Meeting called to order with the Pledge of Allegiance

Attendees: (Removed from the minutes for online publishing)


19:03 Introductions –New members and existing members.

19:07 Scott Welcome to everyone, thanks for the support

19:09 Executive Reports – President

Distributed cards and placards to multiple gun shops and clubs

Change of officers work done with the bank

Attended YCGG gun show and supported 2A march

Web update

Change of registered agent

Change of officers

Executive Meeting at Hoffman’s on Dec 1.

Webmaster position to technical coordinator posting for 30 days

Procedure for coordinators

Reports from Kevin (2A etc)

Radio Interview coming up

Attended Trap shooting with the legislators at Wolcott Land Owners (LOPA)

Filmed a segment “What you should know” with Hartford Public Access channel (Judy)

Will be on later

Registered trademark with secretary of state

19:13 Secretary Report for Justin by Lenny

Pistol permit issues for various towns/cities collecting forms

Thank Tim Smith and John Kumiega

Resolution to address inadequacies in bylaws

Ready for January Meeting


Permit issues discussion and local issuing authority to determine suitability.


19:21 Committee reports

Membership – Nick

281 members now

Gun stores without cards let him know


Events coordinator – Kevin

YCGG turnout volunteers good

2A march – big interest

Folks without computers are not interested in learning about web-based content

Call in number?

TV show thanks to Judy Aron

Events 1st annual CCDL dinner in February

Mid spring – free food snack at a rest area?

Firearms safety rules – policy when meeting

Needs help in very near future due to impending birth of a son (congrats)

CCDL “Is that Legal?” tri-fold brochure, well received.

Packet of info for non-computer people (as mentioned above)


Virginia asked if there were plans for busses for April 19th DC march

Tax/Tea party march April 15th in DC

CT 2A march in Hartford 10th April

Google phone voice mailbox free

Fund raisers – benefit 2A national march?

Hats for sale $15.00 each


19:30 Volunteers – Steve L, Chris, Cheryl, to get with Kevin.

Petition for State Legislators to support 2A


19:31 Legislative Advocacy Coordinator – Steve


Dec 5th Saturday – Trap shoot at Wolcott Land Owners Protection Association

Hans Justus – President of WLOPA


  1. Experience shooting sports in a safe environment
  2. Meet club officers and members
  3. Meet CCDL and learn the organizations mission
  4. Pave the way for more community awareness

It was a snowy day

Representatives Rosa Rebimbas and

Dave Labriola attended, as did Jake McGuigan from the National Shooting Sports Foundation

With our own Steve, Scott, Lenny and Justin

Check out for more information

Will invite Corky Mazurik – pro-gun Democrat

Hopefully WLOPA will hold more of these type events in the year

Breast Cancer benefit shoot

Marshall Robinson, noted State Police ballistics expert and WLOPA Vice President, testifies for DPS etc.

Was welcomed as a new member and we should find a position that could use his expertise.

Question: How many legislators are on our side? Against? On the fence?

Majority on the fence.

Mary Fritz from Cheshire was proudly gun control – after hearing testimony said at a hearing “we are going down the wrong road” a good outcome.

Do more awareness things in the 4 corners of the state.

Smaller events

Contact local people to go shoot


19:44 Webmaster report – Virginia

Pay pal donations $197.55 deposited to the bank account

Menu changes in proper places

Newsletters under “About” menu

Tee shirts – In limbo, part of Jay’s basement for shipping area?

Q – How many members donated?? Not tracking that information


19:48 Lenny passed around the hat for donations.

19:50 Open forum-

Thanks to Aron family for TV show exposure

Sweatshirts? Prices to come as well as for embroidered polo shirts

Collection of Statutes in state to combine in one place – Legislative area posting local ordinances.

Lenny said we have lots of work to do and need involvement.

Gaye – Legislators, need to educate them to become an expert authority and able to get information quickly, suggest to them to contact CCDL for help.

20:00 Steve – This has been tried before but died out. Needs to be revived.

20:04 break

20:26 Scott – Old business

Tee-shirts online sales

Teams of people to visit gun shops

2A march

Proposed legislation from DPS

Legislative shooting event

Town permit issues, collect all non-standard procedures/forms

Tables for Friends of the NRA banquet


20:29 Proposed new business

NRA Banquet $50/head Nutmeg is the biggest in the country

Lenny – Purchase table(s) for CCDL

Pledge type deal, counts of people, sheet sent around

Usually held on Friday at the end of March or early April

Held in Southington at Aquaturf

Cheryl and Chris will oversee getting info and such on that.


20:36 Fishing and hunting expo at Hartford February 26th-28th

Table? $150 for non-profit

Jeff – print out bills to show hunters the laws are going after them now

Staffing for show – not Kevin

Volunteers – consensus we should get a table

20:45 Scott – show of hands to go to show


20:46 Ken Baylor – Public Relations Coordinator stepped down

Job description

Send press releases to media

Send press releases to firearms organizations

Field CCDL Questions from media

Contact Scott or Lenny about interest in this position


20:51 Kevin – talking about first annual dinner

Elks Lodge in Rocky Hill 95 people capacity $300

Middletown $500 food extra, must use their caterer

New Britain 270 people $500

American Legion in Thomaston? $300 or so?


20:58 Legislators – Need Gun people to become legislators

Connecticut Patriot Alliance, invite to speak to them

John Election matching funds from state

Scott read political section of CCDL bylaws

21:03 meeting closed

CCDL Inc Meeting minutes      November 10, 2009


19:02 Meeting called to order with the Pledge of Allegiance



(Removed from the minutes for online publishing)


19:03 Introductions – New member Chris from Wethersfield, Existing members.

19:04 Elections for officer positions, speeches (officiated by Justin O’Neal)

Scott    President          Voting              Elected

Lenny   Vice President  Voting              Elected

Jay       Treasurer          Voting              Elected

Justin    Secretary          Voting              Elected


19:11  Reading of the presidents report (Scott)

Cards distributed to several gun shops

Spoke at network for change meeting Rocky Hill

Ye Connecticut Gun Guild show for National 2nd amendment march information

Updated webmaster with info

Declaratory ruling sent to DPS regarding fees on applications and extra info


Secretary report

Treasurers report $783, in>$1,000, spent less than that, Balance $1090

Comments?  None.

No Registered Agent report

19:13 Webmasters report (Virginia)

Articles, Emails, $236.09 - fees transferred to Checking acct via Paypal – donations

212 members on web site

47 new members

No spam or email delivery (issues) so far

New menus for suggestions and discussion

Picnic video posted to CCDLINC’s youtube page.


19:15 Twitter update – emails get twittered.

Email accounts for officers and committee chairs to be created etc.

19:16 Marketing – Lenny attended meetings, deployed cards, created exec member cards paid for by individual not organization

19:18 Open forum – Agenda

Discussed Tee Shirts online availability

Gun shop card/placard placement and reports must go to Lenny This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming proposed DPS legislation

Legislators come to talk to CCDL organization

Question regarding permit applications (and extra content)

Cheryl – Presence at Friends of the NRA dinners in 2010

Donate tee shirt to the raffles

Table at the dinners for Nutmeg and Danbury

Adam – talk to dinner arranger regarding CCDL banner, rotate banner to state functions

Steve said Friends of NRA is not the NRA and contributions are tax deductible

19:26 Judy discussed 1oz silver rounds with CCDL imprints

Car magnets discussion, large cash outlay hard to recoup

Brochures to be printed up and given out regarding gun laws and CCDL

19:28 Heli – Focus on things to bring us exposure, radio, interviews, tv, etc.

19:29 Break


19:41 New business

Tee shirts

Online sales – shipping (3rd party Tee-shirt printer could do it for a price)

Café Press – quality issues (full bleed screen printing, not as nice)

Polo Shirts CCDL logo embroidery?

Paypal versus Gunpal (Paypal/Ebay is not gun friendly)

19:46 Gunshop teams – place cards/placards, card-holders – tell Lenny

Protocol to meet store owners, CCDL Teeshirt, encourage membership, staff etc.

Links to gunshops that support us we will link to as a friend of CCDL

Adam wants email of placard so he can print and laminate himself

10:52 Corporate sponsorship? Gun manufacturers suggested by Judy

19:54 Kevin coordinating 2A march in Hartford on Saturday April 10, 2010 1-3pm

empty holster carry?  No guns on capitol grounds (North)

Saturday Nov 21-22 YCGG Show.  Flyers to hand out and information

Elks lodge in Windsor

Sell CCDL Shirts

Washington 2A march on April 19th 2010.

19:58 Steve L. Offered up help with gun clubs he is familiar with in Route 8 valley area.

Public Relations coordinator to push march and CCDL

Kevins email on CCDL page for PDF of 2A flyer

Charles G offered to help on Sunday 22nd.

20:05 Rally at the Capitol – Empty Holster statement, CCDL cards available etc.

20:06 discussion on upcoming proposed DPS Legislation

Steve L.

Ed Peruta did an FOIA request for DPS proposed legislation

Intention to introduce legislation which:

Mandates concealed carry fine plus jail time for printing or exposure

Long gun registration

Bills are raised in 3 committees to know:

1 – Public Safety and Security where the state police bills go

 Office of policy management to Legislative Commissioners Office to the floor of the committees if favorable then to floor of general assembly for voting and gov signature.

2 – Judiciary – Michael Lawler and Andrew Mcdonald.

3 – Environment – hunting and fishing, noise, lead pollution

Check out

Reported legislation to NRA

Bob Crook – lead lobbyist for sports clubs, knows legislators and their leanings

In 2008 they tried to get micro-stamping on the books and this was squashed as needs to be the current batch of crazy proposed legislation.

20:15 Steve to create a flowchart for how to approach these things.

NRA Frontline? Any use to us on this issue?  RSS feeds?  Adam asked.

72 hours notice before hearings (dirty tricks regarding timing and announcements)

20:20 How do we monitor the legislation?  Lenny asked.

Bob Crook is a good resource he finds things out pretty well.

20:22 Judy – Best defense to know who is on the committee

Need to find a 2A-friendly person to alert us

Need inside information

Committee clerk good for notifications

Breakfast with legislators with paper about CCDL etc

To educate them about our cause

Don’t read the bills in front of them.

20:25 Discussion on legislators talking to us?  Us to them?

Steve will call legislators and find out, he is arranging a trap shoot.

Minutes of committee meetings may not be kept or available

CCDL introduce good legislation perhaps?  Uphill battle with anti’s

20:29 Judy – need to get more women involved in favor of 2A rights

20:31 Request discussion – Ed Peruta mentioned problems with applications via email

Towns requiring more information than DPS allows

Towns wanting a signed very broad release for personal information, letters of recommendation, etc.

Extra fees in Bridgeport (not credible)

New Haven, Shelton, Hamden, issues mentioned by Adam. Bethel, Waterbury also

20:38 Judy wants a map of the “problem” town in the state

Discussion of Friends of NRA dinners, Cheryl, Chris, Adam main activists.

20:42 Events coordinator and their duties discussed

20:44 Gun Ride for money raising (poker runs etc)

20:46 Call for donations in the box

20:45 Closed

Meeting Minutes for CCDL 4th meeting May 12, 2009

New members (welcome)

17 members attended.

The meeting was called to order at 19:06 with the Pledge of Allegiance

Introductions of new members were made and introductions of the existing members after that.

The minutes of April’s meeting were read
Motion To Accept (MTA) by Bennett/Alex at 19:16 unanimously passed

Treasurers report read by Scott for Jay
The treasury is up $25 after donations/tee shirts/filing fees
Scott will meet with Jay and get the next tee shirt order for distribution in June
MTA Treasurers report by Bennett/Lenny unanimously passed 19:18

Lenny addressed Web Hosting issues and options next
Go Daddy pricing
Economy plan 1 year $4.75/month
Mass mailing options were discussed express email marketing package $7.19/month (500 emails/month)
Google Groups were discussed as a mailing option
Misc discussion, email forwarding using as a destination.
MTA by Bennett/Ryan

Discussion of Dues/fees, donation buttons on the website, paypal, membership drives etc.
Membership forms
Ryan inquired as to CCDL being a non profit, we are a not for profit entity
Ryan offered his services for a modification of an existing web-site to CCDL as a
Donation or some other arrangement. Suggested looking at as an idea.
Ryan asked about a bottom of page tag to advertise his creative company skills, no issues

Accepted 19:28

Scott provide the presidents report.
Online forums, constitution sections via CT page
Requested more input on the section and encouraged active participation.

MTA Presidents report Lenny/Tony Unanimous 19:31

Ed Peruta suggested we could put the reports on a larger report and accept the whole thing rather than act upon each item separately.
Lenny wised off about the secretary’s head being down taking notes.

Susans Report as Registered Agent given by Scott

Business ID number 0970391
State ID number 00169-4650

$10 per filing for changing names on the group entity
No Tax ID yet
File separately for that with the Department of Revenue Services
Doable online
Secretary or RA handle… (all agreed that Susan should handle)
PO Box for mailing address approx $50 (monthly presumably)
Suggesting donation of “founding members” of $100/household per year
Solicit donations on the website using a button for non-attending members that would like to help out with the finances of the group.
Once the tax ID we can get a bank account for donations to go into
Quicken suggested to use for financial records to export
Apologies for missing items etc…
Passed around to view.

MTA Bennet/Virginia - unanimous 19:35

5 minute break called at 19:37

Off the record discussion driven by Ed Peruta who suggested if the could provide pistol permit training classes at prices less than average with a minimum of 10 people per class it could be a decent moneymaker for the group. Ed had to leave but made his $100 household donation to the group, record made of money donated.
He said we ought to have the pistol/revolver course link on the page as people would look for that, and with a minimum class we could either teach it or have Ed or someone else teach it and do the hands-on (live fire) exercises at a range somewhere.

Meeting called back to order at 19:52

Old Business
Accomplishments read from last months meeting

New Business
Proposed Agenda
Membership forms
Online Ad-Hoc tweaking of forms (online signup)

MTD (discuss) Bennett/Lenny - membership forms 19:59
The group viewed Lenny’s design on his computer discussed.
Discussed the lack of access to “free” printing facilities
Boxes to use to display them, on the back are tri-fold instructions to make them mailable.

MTA Lenny/Justin unan 20:04

MTD Web hosting
Ryan said he would build and manage a simple site.
No issues with small bottom ad for Ryans time/effort
NRA ad, GOA ad suggested by Lenny
Asked Ryan for a contract such that the website contents were protected and owned by CCDL Inc.
Ryan suggested putting the new site up on the hosting site it will reside on and when it is ready for public consumption change the to point at it.

Ryan offered to put up:
Online application page
Home page
News page
Certificates page?

Motion to have Ryan create the web page Bennet/Tony unan 20:08

Motion To Table MTT July 4th type event due to Susan/Ira not being here amongst other reasons Bennet/Alex

MTD bylaws Justin/ (went back to the audio no second, etc)
Discussed the Ad-hoc modifications made

Justin Read Article 1 of the group constitution
Discussion of mission statement
MTA Article 1 Alex/Tony unan

Article 2 Organization read by Scott

MTA Article 2 Lenny/Justin unan

Article 3 Finances
Justin read
All books open upon request
Financial info 2 weeks after request of treasurer
Report on treasury and balances during meetings
Exec board will prepare Preliminary budgets
Minimum bank balance (fee avoidance)
Balance below minimum no existing exec board member may run for office
Min balance set by exec
Dues set by exec board
Dues are not required of members

Voting versus non-voting members having demands
Posting of books online
2 business meeting notice of intent to see books
Hostile takeover discussion by outsiders
To be determined later what the requirements are
Members in good standing? Definition
Voting members? Requirements for voting?
Justin to re-write the portions as needed for viewing
Treasurer will present finance report to cover demands.. (phew)
$25 minimum to be amended later for bank account once bank fees are known.
Or amend the section with whatever the bank says the minimum is.

Passed Art 3 unan 20:24

MTT Article 4 until next general meeting – more discussion needed Bennett/Lenny
When Susan and Ira can attend. unan 20:25

Article 5 Election Procedures
Justin reads
Membership votes for members at second to the last meeting of the year (Nov)
1 year position for exec board members (2 years??)
Steve discussed his experience with bylaw amendments
Fiscal year end October meeting books balanced prior to elections.
To be presented at Oct meeting

Sec 2 Nominations for officers Oct Meeting
Exec board positions nominated by members
Exec board positions can self nominate
Language change “all elected board position” to “only elected board position”
Possible exception to waive requirements for appointment (by president to committees)
Steve talked more about committees and appointments making things easier
Sec 3
Nominated candidate must have attended at least 50% of gen meetings in calendar year
Change calendar to fiscal?
Add nominated candidate must be a voting member
Discussion of “member in good standing”

Justin discussed differences in membership classes. Online discussion to follow to decide how to define members, good standing, voting, etc.
Vote in election with 1 meeting attended struck!
Move to section 4

Section 5
Officers shall be elected by a plurality of the votes
No run-off election (top two candidates, vote again)
Whoever wins wins.
Tiebreaker – flip a coin? Shoot off? Duel?
Flip of a coin by current president (by someone someone NOT vested in the outcome)
Secret Ballot – to be added to the section write-in secret ballot.
Can’t hold more than one position at a time.

Section 6 to become sec 5
If the office of chairman is vacant then vice chairman will be appointed until the next election. v/c position is posted after that for 30 days accept nominations from the general membership.

Section 7 to become 6
Elections shall be rolling chairman/ vice chairman/ secretary, and so on.
Discussions to determine all the positions online
Take some positions and combine them to reduce headcount or paperwork changes
Registered Agent to be an exec board position

Section 6 to become 7 after membership section addition.

Discussion of legislative person to cover elections with help of committee.
Committees will help with election coverage
We are non-partisan
Choose best candidate based on 2nd amendment
NRA ratings? GOA ratings?
Reach out to candidates and feel them out for their position and decide on which one is best.
Lenny suggested the politicians will fall over themselves to get our backing.
Regional contact in touch with local politicians
Same issue for governor recommendations
Help available from membership who can help (ad hoc)

Justin will post the changes online to be discussed and worked on next meeting.
Article 8 amendments
Article 9 disciplinary procedures

Motion to close the meeting made by Bennett/Tony 21:01

Tuesday March 25th, 2009.
Second meeting of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League
B.P.O.E. Lodge #771, Middletown, CT
Minutes: Robert and Justin

Scott called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:17 p.m.

Introductions of first-meeting members, introductions of new members

Jay spoke next

Thoughts, introduction

Driving force for why he feels CCDL is necessary.
Liberty and seeing the great results VCDL have achieved
Things we need to fight against (Micro stamping, ammo stamping, HR45)
Freedom to defend ourselves and community
Education of others in what we believe in and exercising our God given rights
Attitudes, changing those of non-gun owners
Support legislators friendly to freedom esp the 2nd amendment and good legislation
Open carry events such as litter pickups, picnics, etc
Media coverage of open carriers doing good volunteering things.

Keith was absent to address his attendance of the House Bill 6457 hearing.

Lenny spoke next

Membership forms passed out
Talked about Domain all taken perhaps
Hosting costs and options.

Susan spoke next
Talked about what sort of organization we would be best suited to adopt
Not for profit corp, $65 incorporation fee, not tax exempt
Political or lobbying org would not be qualified for tax exempt status
We need to find out the rules regarding organizations and what is allowed
Monetary issues need thinking out reporting to the state and such.
Officers - positions, elections
Address for the organization and PO boxes aren't acceptable
Mission statement needs to be created.

Ira, Scott talked

Addressing the legislature regarding 2A matters
CTSAS (sportsmens alliance)
YCGG Ye Connecticut Gun Guild
NRA - national and not local issues
We could be an umbrella for all groups willing to participate
People need to be proactive with their representatives not always reactive and defensive.
Propose legislation on our behalf
Work on transitional positions for the organization going forward.

Justin spoke (quite eloquently might I add)
Journalism major hence a good point man for media
Spoke about how he and others revamped a dying College Republican organization
Listed mission statements
roles, positions, purpose, reporting, books, minutes etc
Boards and Governance
Membership coordinators
member rolls
Tables to get new members (such as at a gun show)
Attendance Sheets
Welcome emails we can form and send to new members
Calendar items
Responsibility events (invite the media to see that gun owners are not nuts)
Come up with a legislative advocacy person, a point person to deal with the state government
monitors legislation coming down the pike and gets the group moving on how to deal with such.
Public relations coordinator, inviting media to meetings and issuing press releases
Fielding questions from media, someone good at dealing with the press
Community service organizers, litter pickup other volunteerism
Election procedures how to elect officers etc.
Perhaps have a nomination and election towards the end of the year no later than the 2nd to last meeting

We then took a break and enjoyed some sinfully delicious brownies from Susan's kitchen

Reconvened at 8:15

Scott spoke about new business and the proposed agenda:

Motion 1: Motion to name the group "Connecticut Citizens Defense League"
Almost no discussion on Motion 1
Motioned by Lenny, Seconded by Jay
Motion passed unanimously

Motion 2: To adopt a CCDL t-shirt
Options discussed; colors, sizes, quantities, styles
Motion by Greg, Seconded by Bennet
Initial sign-up sheet created sent around by Robert, will have red & navy shirts for about $15, price to be confirmed by Jay at next meeting

Motion 3: To finalize dates and times of general meetings
Options were Tuesdays or Thursdays (for Elks), Second tuesday of the month seems to be the consensus
Motion Lenny, seconded by Bennet
Motion Passes, 2nd tuesday of the month
Decided next meeting, April 14th 7-9pm

Motion 4: To discuss purchasing a domain and server rental
Motion by Lenny, seconded by Jay to discuss options
After much discussion over how to go about naming the site we decided on, ""
Motioned to obtain the domain name so it doesn't get squatted by Virginia seconded by Robert
Passes unanimously

Motion 5: To create and approve a mission statement
After much discussion about group organization and layout, we decide it would be best to kick around ideas on line and bring them to the next meeting
Ira motions to table until next meeting, seconded by Lenny
Motion passes

Motion 6: Motion to discuss fundraising options
Tabled indefinitely immediately in light of Susan's findings about how to approach our not for profit status.

Motion 7: To approve or amend membership forms provided by Lenny
Motion 8: To create a transitional committee and appoint individuals to those positions
Motion 9. To discuss bylaws and organizational structure

Ira motioned to table items 6,7,8, and 9 due to time constraints until next meeting, seconded by Lenny
Passes unanimously

We then initially nominated individuals to run for interim positions for the period of April 14th through May 12th.

Lenny Nominated Scott, seconded by Robert
Scott accepts.

Greg nominated himself for Secretary, seconded by Lenny. Justin respectfully declined a nomination from Lenny.

Greg nominated Jay for Treasurer Seconded by Susan
Jay accepts

Elections for these positions will be held at the next meeting.

Ira motions to adjourn at 9 p.m., many seconds.