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2010 Award Recipients
Karl Wetzel Award
A special award named for the late Karl Wetzel was awarded to Mr. Francis Duckworth of Dittmer, MO.
The Karl Wetzel Award is the most notable award given out by the Missouri Libertarian Party.
Karl Wetzel was a Libertarian Party activist, candidate and state treasurer who suffered a massive heart attack in 2000, leaving no heirs. His $50k life insurance proceeds were split between the National Libertarian Party and State Libertarian Party, while his $17k 401(k) with no beneficiary listed went to the state.
This award recognizes Francis Duckworth's lifetime achievement over the last two decades for the Missouri Libertarian Party as Jefferson County LP Chair, as a member of various Libertarian Party Committee's and his hard work on the campaign trail for our candidates. Especially the 1994 Libertarian US Senate campaign for Bill Johnson who received over 4.5% of the vote.
According to Maryanne Gassman who first met Francis in 1992, "There wouldn't be a Jeffco LP but for Francis. He knows the nuts and bolts of politics. He knows the poltics." She admired your courage. "Being a local businessman, he had something at stake standing apart from the crowd out as a Libertarian." She was clear that you haven't spent your time talking to the choir. Not only did he go out on a limb, he climbed the cliff for libertarianism. She remembered that Francis and his son hung a sign out on a cliff face overlooking Highway 30.
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Champions of Freedom
Dr. Cisse Spragins of Kansas City, MO
This award recognizes Cisse Spragins hard work for the Missouri Libertarian Party as State Committee Vice Chair, Jackson County Vice Chair and as a candidate for the US Senate.
The Missouri Libertarian Party especially appreciates Cisse's work as Missouri LP Vice Chair for the last year. She not only helped staff our State Fair booth but gave it a professional makeover. Our printed Show Me Freedom Newsletter is garnering compliments from libertarians across the country since Cisse took over production.
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Ms. Julie Stone of St. Louis, MO
This award recognizes Julie Stone's hard work for the Missouri Libertarian Party as State Committee Secretary, St. Louis County Vice Chair and as a candidate for Congress this year and State Representative in 2008.
Julie is always helping out with things like organizing the St. Louis Libertarian Meetup and streaming live video over the internet of the Libertarian National Committee meeting in St. Louis last year.
Julie's monthly pledge helps fund the day to day operations of the Missouri Libertarian Party.
Ms. Patty Tweedle of Branson, MO
This award recognizes Patty Tweedle's hard work for the Missouri Libertarian Party as a member of the Executive Committee, Taney County Chair and as a candidate for State Representative.
Patty has done a great job organizing and staffing outreach booths in southwest Missouri.
Patty is always looking for opportunities to spread the message of liberty by working with non libertarian groups and organizations. Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious.
The Missouri Libertarian Party especially appreciates Patty's hard work last year putting together the 2009 Missouri LP State Convention.
Allen Underdown of St. Charles, MO
This award recognizes Allen Underdown's hard work for the Missouri Libertarian Party as a member of the Executive Committee, St. Charles County Chair and on the Strategic Planning Committee.
In the last year Allen has worked hard to reach out to individuals and groups in the St. Charles area.
Allen's work helped the Missouri Libertarian Party raise awareness of the Missouri Information Analysis Center which resulted in a State Legislature Special Committee investigation.