The Libertarian Party’s New Cool Membership Cards

membercardSG.gifSome organizations to which I belong provide me with a cheap paper membership card which generally isn’t legible by the time it expires. For instance, I’ve almost been denied entrance to an American Legion event because the faded and tattered card was no longer readable. It was difficult for me to prove my membership and was a major nuisance. Other organizations provide cheaply laminated cards which tend to fall apart before their expiration dates.

The Libertarian Party now has a new membership card. Made of shiny 30mm PVC (a bit thicker than most of my credit cards), this handsome card is one I’m proud to carry in my wallet. To put it simply, as cards go, it’s a cool one. Here’s the scoop from the LP site:

Responding to the high demand for Libertarian Party membership cards, we’re pleased to now offer a great looking, personalized membership card to our new and renewing members.

If you are new to the LP and are considering becoming a member, please join today as a Sustaining Member while these cards are still available.

With your membership, you’ll get a New Member Pack which includes your member card along with a few other helpful items such as our signature brochure, New Vision for America, along with a few handy LP stickers.

Also with your Sustaining Membership, you’ll receive a one-year subscription to our monthly publication, LP News.

This offer is good for new Sustaining Members, as well as those who are renewing their membership.

If you are currently at least a Sustaining Member ($25 to $99), we can still rush your card to you with your renewal (along with the complimentary LP stickers).

If your membership is not due to expire for some time, we will extend your current membership by 12 months if you choose to renew early (note that this is a limited time offer and we can only do this while our new cards stay in stock).

Take the time to renew today as a Sustaining Member. To truly help the Party, upgrade your membership to become a Supporting Member, Sponsor, Patron, or Life Member. Also, as a new monthly feature, we’ll be sure to recognize your renewal in the next edition of LP News!

The new stickers are pretty cool, too. As a matter of fact, I’ve been seeing increasing amounts of the euro-style oval “LP” decal on vehicles being driven by people who I know aren’t active members of a local party affiliate.

Because I’m currently laying out the next edition of LP News, I can verify that there are indeed a lot of names to be recognized. My only question is whether I should use a smaller font or increase the size of the recognition section to more than two full pages. I’m wondering how many HoT readers will be included on the list of people we are honoring with our thanks.

New members can sign up here; renewals go here. Thanks!

UPDATE for Pledgers: New pledgers and those increasing their pledged amount will be receiving the new membership card. Because the new cards cost around a dollar a piece to assemble and mail (the card itself is 44 cents) combined with the fact that we budget pledge dollars (one of the great advantages of pledge gifts), we’re asking current pledgers who wish a card to make a small donation to cover our cost. Simply write “Membership Card” in the comments section so we’ll know to send you one. It will cost us almost $2,000 to send cards to each of our curent pledgers unless we get enough contributions to defray the cost — and we simply don’t have that kind of cash just laying around the office. Of course, if someone wishes to throw in a couple grand for this cause, he or she would earn the respect of a a lot of pledgers.

Disclaimer: Stephen Gordon is a paid employee of the Libertarian National Committee.

posted by Stephen Gordon
  • Sandra Kallander

    Of course, if you really want to help, monthly pledge is the way to go.

  • Nicholas Sarwark

    I’m a pledger, where’s my swanky membership card?

  • http://www.woodforcongress.com Tony Torres

    I’m also a pledger. Will we get the card automatically?

  • Timothy West

    looks smart. I didnt save all my old membership cards, but all the ones I have are paper until about 1998-9 then they went to plastic. I presume my piddly pledge amount (25 a month) will cover me.

  • Stephen Gordon

    I tried to address the pledge issues with an update to the posting. Hopefully this will answer questions for the most valued of LP contributors.

  • Sandra Kallander

    I took most of my plastic cards out of my wallet. They weigh too much. The LP card I have is slim and lightweight.

    Besides, what if I took the new one on an airplane and somebody used it as a weapon?

  • Sandra Kallander

    Pledging is its own reward.

  • Sandra Kallander

    Groceries
    Gas bill
    Phone bill
    Electric bill
    Freedom bill

  • http://www.woodforcongress.com Bill Wood

    I just renewed online. Lets make this a huge recruitment and renewal day for the Libertarian Party. While your joining, please consider joining your State Party also. Tell them Bill sent you ;-) !

    Bill Wood
    Libertarian Party Candidate
    House of Representatives
    Virginia’s 10th District
    http://www.woodforcongress.com

  • Pete Carpenter

    How many Life Members are there ?
    ie. can you list all of us, or just the new ones ?

    Will existing Lifers get cards, or should I send
    in something to prime the pump / remind you :-) ?
    (yeah I know, silly question…)

  • Timothy West

    What state party? :D

  • http://www.woodforcongress.com Bill Wood

    LOL! I didn’t forget you Tim. There should be a way that we can make you a Virginia member. A rule we had in the Virginia Defense Force, if your State didn’t have a State Defense Force and you lived within fifty miles of a Virginia National Guard Armory you could join the VaDF. A rule like that would be very helpful for you guys that live near States that have active LP organizations.

    Bill

  • Timothy West

    I’d like to ask the LNC for something along those lines at the DC LNC meeting, along with offically clearing out the dead state parties so someone else can start rebuilding them if they so desire.

  • http://www.lpalabama.org/blog/14 paulie cannoli

    will existing Life members get cards

    I don’t think we will unless we send more money. These cards are a fundraiser for the party. So it would be counter-productive for them to send them to us just because we gave them money in the past.

  • http://www.woodforcongress.com Bill Wood

    Tim, starting over would probably be the best.

    Washington Post said the photo you worked on will work, so Good Job! my friend.

    Bill

  • http://www.lpalabama.org/blog/14 paulie cannoli

    It would be nice if national provided some phone contact info for state parties. For example, Nebraska only lists email contact info on both their state and national pages, and they don’t seem to like answering their email.

  • http://www.reformthelp.org Carl

    Paulie: I hope you are right.

    In the past the LP sent out membership cards BEFORE people renewed! The cards were sent in the REQUEST to renew.

    + saves money on thank you notes with card
    - makes card meaningless

  • http://www.lp.org Shane Cory

    Carl and Paulie, we’ll send cards to life members per their request. Although I would like to send them to everyone, it’s a big chunk of change that could be used to promote our Party. I also polled a few Life Members and everyone I spoke with already had a card and didn’t feel that it was necessary to go through the expense. If we do it in the future, we’ll tie it to a fundraiser.

  • Derrick

    Timothy, in what state do you live? Just curious, as I am near Va. myself.

  • Stuart Richards

    Tim West is in West Virginia, last I heard.

    It would be nice if national provided some phone contact info for state parties. For example, Nebraska only lists email contact info on both their state and national pages, and they don’t seem to like answering their email.

    You know, seriously! It would be nice if Nebraska’s LP could answer emails or do the actual work of a political party in this state.

  • http://www.miamivice.com ViceLover

    These cards are like totally faboo — be better if they came in differnt flaming colors but hey, I’ll take it as they cum if you know what I mean. My contributions in the mail and I look forward to getting my new card!

  • Artus Register

    I never got one when dues were mandatory, I wonder if I’ll get one now for contributing.

  • Timothy West

    I’m in Charles Town, WV, less than 70 miles from D.C. – about as far east in West Virginia as you can get except for Harpers Ferry, where John Brown tried to free the slaves.

  • http://mdailey77.blogspot.com/ Matthew Dailey

    First they stop issuing membership cards, now they’re issuing them again? I’m confused.

    Disclaimer: Matthew Dailey is a former employee of the Libertarian National Committee and former member of the Libertarian Party.

  • R. E. Lee

    Has anyone ever had occasion to show, or been asked for, his “LP membership card?” I haven’t in 25 years. What benefits will the card get me?

  • Derrick

    Timothy,

    I am very close to you, in Hagerstown MD. I used to live in Shepherdstown, which is part of Jefferson County. And I have several clients in Charles Town whom I visit from time to time.

    Give me a shout at miller.derrick@gmail.com or on AIM (phutureb) sometime.

    Derrick

  • Timothy West

    I was, when I went down to the LPWV meeting to nominate candidates for office in 2000. I showed Richard Kerr (the chair then) my card when asked.

  • Timothy West

    Derrick, you got it.

  • http://www.lpalabama.org/blog/14 paulie cannoli

    Disclaimer: Matthew Dailey is a former employee of the Libertarian National Committee and former member of the Libertarian Party.

    When did this happen and why? I don’t usually get a physical copy of LP news since I’m usually on the road, but I happen to be visiting my “permanent” address and just got an LP news – which still lists you as an employee. Was someone else hired to take over? If so, who?

  • http://www.lpalabama.org/blog/14 paulie cannoli

    Has anyone ever had occasion to show, or been asked for, his “LP membership card?”

    Yes.

  • Wendy Terry

    I HATE the colors!

  • George Whitfield

    I just increased my monthly pledge to get the new cool card.

  • Marc Montoni

    FYI…

    I have been a member since about 1980.

    Membership cards in the early eighties were spotty. You might have gotten one, or not. I keep every one in a business card notebook.

    Here’s what they’ve been made of in the past:

    PAPER: 1981, 981, 1983, 1984, 1985

    PLASTIC: 1987, 1988. 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992

    PLASTI-COTE PAPER: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 199, 2000, 2001.

    PLASTIC: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005.

    I believe some of the years I have plastic cards (after 2001), it may be because I’m a life member. As I recall, there were also plastic cards available throughout the nineties for people who donated at the Benefactor Life level or above.

    Has anyone ever had occasion to show, or been asked for, his “LP membership card?”

    Yes too.

    In the past the LP sent out membership cards BEFORE people renewed! The cards were sent in the REQUEST to renew.

    Fact check. Once a year the national LP (usually in January) sent out its “Annual Report” to every last name …

  • Marc Montoni

    … on the database (about a quarter-million names). Many of those folks were just inquiries. So what? The LP was engaging in a well-known marketing principle that the DemReps use to great effect. Not only do I have all my LP cards, I also have a shload of D/R membership cards (national/state/and even a couple local).

    Sending out relatively cheap membership cards is an effective trick and always has been. The Annual Report fundraisers were generally big-return mailings (over 100k IIRC).

    I do not believe any of the renewal packages carried membership cards, but they could have — and if they did, it would have been a perfectly acceptable marketing method.

    – makes card meaningless

    Professional marketing consultants will tell you that this is largely claptrap.

    Membership cards by themselves generate mostly feelings of being a stakeholder in an organization. Which is why they can be an effective marketing tool.

  • Marc Montoni

    It would be nice if national provided some phone contact info for state parties. For example, Nebraska only lists email contact info on both their state and national pages, and they don’t seem to like answering their email.

    It would also be nice if the names, addresses, phones, and emails of LNC members were listed in LPNews, the house news organ, as well as the website:

    http://www.lp.org/organization/lncdirectory2.shtml

    Those who accept positions of responsibility within the Party and their contact info should be available to constituents who may or may not have email or phones.

    Anyone who needs this info right now can pull it from Page 6 of Virginia Liberty:

    http://lpva.com/Archives/VaLiberty/2006/200609VaLiberty.pdf

  • http://www.enigmacurry.com Ryan

    I’ll support the LP like always, but I have to say that I still don’t like the new logo.. that darkened face of liberty is waayy to creepy and ominous for my liking.

  • http://www.DownsizeDC.org Alexander S. Peak

    I wish they hadn’t glued it in the manner they did to the paper. The back-side of my card isn’t so shiny because of it.

    My card, ironically, is right next to my Social Security card in my wallet.

    “I HATE the colors!”

    I’ve been of the opinion for some time that our official colour shouldn’t be blue, but rather yellow. But I hope, if they do, that it’s not this school-bus yellow I’m seeing.

    Libertarian Party: Opposing the Cult of the Omnipotent State since 1971. :)

    Yours,

    Alex Peak
    Membership Chair, College Libertarians of Towson
    wwwnew.towson.edu