The Libertarian State Leadership Alliance (formerly LP State Chairs) will be holding its annual conference from February 27 to March 1, 2009, in Charleston, SC – and you don’t have to be a state chair to attend. The conference is open to anyone who has an interest in the future and direction of the Libertarian Party.
In addition to the LSLA Conference, the Libertarian National Committee and the LP’s Bylaws Committee will be meeting over the weekend, as well. Both meetings are open to conference attendees.
The conference will be held at the Francis Marion Hotel, which is billed as “Charleston’s Grand Hotel.” Attendees can expect to enjoy one of the South’s finest hotels at a very reasonable price. Named for Revolutionary War Hero General Francis Marion (the “Swamp Fox”), the hotel has a long history of providing gracious service and elegant accommodations.
Located in Historic Charleston, the Francis Marion Hotel offers spectacular views of Charleston’s church steeples, antebellum mansions and the famous harbor. Historic Marion Square, magnificent gardens, museums, antique shops, boutiques, restaurants and nightlife are all within an easy walk from the hotel. Or better yet, take one of the horse drawn carriages for which Charleston is famous.
We’ve managed to negotiate lower rates for your hotel stay for those who make reservations before January 27, so please be sure to follow the provided link (and enter the group code “LIBERTARIAN”) to receive a savings of between $30 and $100 per night. Additionally, all hotel rooms come with free Internet access. Simply follow this link to make your reservations today.
The Low Country Libertarians will be providing ground transportation to and from Charleston International Airport and local rail stations. We’ll be announcing additional details about your free ground transportation as these details become available.
The complete conference agenda hasn’t yet been finalized, but as speakers and panelists change their statuses from tentative to confirmed, we will be announcing the complete schedule. In addition to the LNC Meeting, LSLA Business Meeting and Bylaws Committee Meeting, expect panels and discussions on topics ranging from Race and Politics to Parliamentary Procedure to a Critique of the 2008 Presidential Race to Campus Organizing to updates from the national office. We’ll be adding additions to the agenda over the next couple of weeks.
Be sure to attend Saturday’s Dinner Panel, entitled “The Future and Direction of the Libertarian Party.” Tentative panelists include LP co-founder David Nolan, 2008 vice presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root, and a representative from both the LP Reform and the LP Radical Caucus.
Additionally, the LSLA Conference is an ideal opportunity for state Libertarian Party leaders to network. New leaders can learn about what works, and doesn’t work, from people in other states. It’s also a great opportunity to socialize with old friends and make new ones.
The venue provides excellent opportunities for both fun and socializing. Whether you prefer an elegant local cigar bar or Sunday morning socializing at the hotel’s Bloody Mary and Mimosa breakfast, there is a lot to enjoy in the immediate area. Additionally, golf, fishing, dinner cruises, boat tours, and other activities can be easily arranged. Or simply take a walk down the street to enjoy the many wonderful shops and eating establishments downtown Charleston has to offer.
There are two registration packages for conference attendees. The Silver Package covers registration and event costs. It includes a Classic Continental Breakfast on Saturday as well as snacks and drinks throughout the day. Attendees will receive a binder filled with conference information and other information helpful to people holding leadership positions within the LP. The Silver Package costs $75 and can be ordered online here.
The Gold Package contains everything the Silver Package does, and it also entitles the attendee to participate in Saturday evening activities. We plan to open the bar around 6:30 for a pre-dinner reception. Expect an elegant multi-course dinner filled with local culinary delights. To round out the evening, panelists will debate their views about the future and direction of the Libertarian Party – and audience members will be able to directly ask panelists the questions they would most like answered. The Gold Package costs $150. To reserve your Gold Package today, simply click here.
We’ll be announcing additional details as they become available. Additionally, we have a website designed specifically for this conference at http://www.StateChairsConference.org, and we will be updating it frequently.
I sincerely hope to see you in Charleston.
Chair, Libertarian State Leadership Alliance
P.S. If your organization is interested in co-sponsoring the LSLA Conference (prices start as low as $65), please contact me at stephen [AT] gordonemail.com.