Live Free 49th Annual Meeting Report

The following is a summation from the agenda and the “State of Live Free” report at the 49th Annual Meeting held at Cabela’s Conference Center in Hammond IN, on Sunday March 19th, 2017. The meeting was called to order at 1:14 PM and the following reports and activities were conducted.
• The income for the year 2016 was $10,337.58, about $1,000.00 less than in 2015. The Expenses in 2016 totaled 11,344.80. This was over $1,500.00 more than we spent in 2015. The shortfall in income was attributed to not having a Camp Independence event in 2016. The higher expenses resulted from building up the book inventory to cover multiple gun shows and expos and camp ground reservations for events to take place in 2017. Membership dues brought in $3,450.00 and book sales earned $4,206.70. Very little was brought in from events and programs and contributions was a paltry $118.00. The large inventory of books and prepaid event facilities are assets that balance against the reduction in cash on hand. In 2016 Live Free USA conducted multiple survival education courses, exhibited at six preparedness expositions and six gun shows. We had more meetings and committee meeting than any previous year and added several new chapters. While several major survival and preparedness magazines have ceased publication Live Fre USA continues to publish and distribute American Survivor. Our newsletter is proud to be the oldest continuously published preparedness publication in America.
• Beth Duensing reported that plans for Camp Independence 2017 are progressing well. She is recruiting vendors and exhibitors for the event that will be conducted at Camp ToPeNeeBee just south of Michigan City IN. on September 8th and 9th. Those who wish to register or be vendors should contact her at: Jim Jones is establishing the schedule of speakers and classes. Contact him at if you want to be a presenter.
• Tom Garza is the new Chapter Development and Support Coordinator. He discussed several plans for increasing the number of Live Free USA chapters and making chapters stronger. He indicated that there will be a full set of instructions on how to create, build and sustain a chapter in the coming months and some discounted pricing on survival equipment and training available for chapter members as well. Contact Tom at
• Larry Chisausky reported on the progress of the Survival Medics Group. They are continuing to meet and expand while planning to put on a major educational program at Camp Independence. The group may also sponsor another Survival Medics course next fall. Anyone interested in the medics group can contact Larry at
• A new Safety and Security group was initiated to provide security and access control at Live Free events and study home and personal defense issues as well. More information on this team will be available soon.
• The President, Recording Secretary and one director were up for election to three-year terms. Jim Jones was reelected as President, but stated that he only intends to hold that office for one or two years. Mark Smith was reelected as Recording Secretary. Tom Garza was elected to fill an open directorship. There were no proposed amendments or proposals to increase the number of directors this year.
• A small committee consisting of three of the founding members and a few veteran members was designated to start planning for Live Free’s 50th Anniversary celebration next year. There will be a dinner, special presentations and exhibits. We hope to have outside guests and publicity for this event. Anyone interested in helping please contact Jim Jones at
The meeting adjourned at 3:28 PM, but committee meeting and conferences continued until well after 4:00 PM

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