Florida State Conference of Branches and Youth Units

P.O. Box 101060 ● Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33310 ● www.flnaacp.com


For Immediate Release

July 27, 2015


(FT. LAUDERDALE, FL) –The Florida State Conference (FSC) NAACP is inviting Floridians to join us on two separate trips on America's Journey for Justice Marches in South Carolina and Washington, DC.

The FL NAACP will join NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks as well as other NAACP State Conferences and Coalition Partners in South Carolina on August 22-23, 2015, and in Washington, DC on September 15-16, 2015 on the 860-mile March from Selma, AL to Washington, DC that features nationwide demonstrations, teach-ins, and #JusticeSummer campaign.

We are inviting NAACP members, community leaders, and all Floridians to Get-on-the-Bus to help mobilize our nation and demand a national policy agenda that protects the rights of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education.

The Florida State Conference NAACP will cover travel and housing (at NAACP locations). All attendees will be responsible for meals and snacks.

Do not miss this opportunity to not only become a part of history but also to voice your concerns as an American.

Buses will leave from every region of Florida with several stops in route to South Carolina in August and Washington, DC in September.

For more information or to sign-up, please email us at fscnaacp@gmail.com or call (352) 875-8430.

Please visit our website at flnaacp.com  and click Contact Us to enter your information and someone will contact you within 24 hours to reserve your seat.

Text JusticeSummer to 62227 for update on America' Journey for Justice.


Yvette Gibbs-Mitchell


Gwen Hubbard

Assistant Secretary


PO BOX 101060 


Email: fscnaacp@gmail.com

Website: www.flnaacp.com

Come join us at 7:00 pm at the Harvey G. Martin Democratic Center, 3432 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill to view the video kickoff for the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign. Come see and hear the man who says the thing that you have always thought, but were sure you would never hear coming out of a candidate's mouth. Bernie is a "what you see is what you get" candidate – there are no smoke or mirrors.

Ask yourself this question – which candidate, from either party, would you like to have a conversation with in your living room? Bernie is the overwhelming choice. Come hear him speak on Wednesday July 29th at 7:00 pm.

Hernando County Democratic Club – Minutes for July 1st, 2015
As part of the Informed Electorate program Anthony Adams from the Hernando County Public Library was introduced and spoke on the topic: "Libraries - A Waste of Taxpayer's Money." The library offers so much to the community that most people are unaware of the extensive resources available to them. Much more than books!!! www.HernandoCountyLibrary.us
The Credentials Committee reported that a quorum was present and the meeting was called into order starting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence. Officers present were Walt Huston - President, Steve Zeledon - Vice President, Al Ambs - Treasurer, and Dolores Peers, Secretary. In attendance were: 14 voting members, 5 associate members, 4 affiliated members, 3 friends of the club, and 3 guests. Dave Koller, Democratic candidate for Congress was among the attendees.
Harvey Martin moved, seconded by Steve Zeledon that the June minutes be accepted as published. Motion was unanimously approved.
Dan Livey moved, seconded by Becky Fones that the June Treasurer’s report be accepted as published. Motion was unanimously approved.
The President reported that almost all the membership cards have been mailed. He also passed out 4-fold information brochures to be distributed to the community. DeeVon Quirolo is the group leader for Save Our Schools, and a leader is needed for the Medical Marijuana work group. He also stated that we can be found on Facebook, and have our very own group. Lastly, he requested volunteers, again.
On July 4th, the Democratic Headquarters will be renamed the Harvey G. Martin Democratic Center, honoring our friend and long-time party and club member.
Our e-newsletter the “Monthly Mouthpiece” should be ready for initial distribution by the end of July. Jerry Cowling will be a regular contributor.
Pay-The-Rent program – Small donation are welcome with payment booklets available for monthly contributions.
Jennifer Sullivan spoke of the importance and need for a change in the way we vote in our local districts to "Single Member Districts." Petitions are available and need to be signed to get this important issue on the ballot.
Our next meeting is scheduled for August 5, 2015, and the featured speaker will be Sheriff Al Nienhuis.
Metting adjourned at 8:45pm.

Hernando County Democratic Club - Minutes for June 3rd, 2015

The Credentials Committee reported that a quorum was present and the meeting was called to order at 7:04 p.m. starting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence. Officers present were Walt Huston - President, Steve Zeledon - Vice President, and Al Ambs - Treasurer.

The four guests present were introduced to the group. Other Associate members in attendance were: Edith Lohlein, Alfred Jablonski, Bob Hoffman, DeeVon Quirolo,Rosemarie Grubba, Jimmy Lodato, Joe Raibeck, Jean Cagione and Ray Feddick. Both Deevon Quirolo and Joe Raibeck paid dues and upgraded to voting Premier Member status.

President Walt Huston announced a change in the normal meeting format. Effective this meeting the speaker will now be introduced immediately after the opening ceremony. Recognition of guests and new members will occur at  the beginning of the Club's business meeting. With that being said the speaker for the evening (Al Ambs) was introduced with topic: TAXES - "The Good - The Bad - and The Ugly... followed by a short Q&A session. Next Month's speaker will be Anthony Adams from the Hernando County Public Library with the topic “Libraries – A Waste of Taxpayer’s Money”.

Walt pointed to the new (as promised in May's meeting) information board located at the "sign-in area" by the front door, reminding everyone that the Club's complete monthly financial transactions are posted there prior to each meeting, for review by membership if so desired. The minutes of the Club's last monthly meeting are also posted there (as well as on the Club's website: www.democraticclub.org) for review. Both are posted ONLY after review and approval by the Club Board of Directors prior to the General Meeting.

The Treasurer's report and the previous meeting minutes were both accepted into record as posted by unanimous approval on motions by Dan Livey/2nd Harvey Martin and David Philipsen/2nd Steve Zeledon, respectively.

It was announced that the Board of Director's appointed Dolores Peers to the position of Secretary, who will start her duties as such upon return from her recent trip which kept her from attending tonight's meeting.

Walt showed everyone the new DemocratsCARE shirts... stating that he had paid for the initial 25 shirts purchased to be able to arrange for special pricing on individual 1 shirt purchasing at any future date. The shirts are available at: BIG FROG (located behind Panera Bread on SR50 (Cortez Blvd) M-F 9-6 & Sat.11-4 352-610-9932 with pricing information is available at the Democratic Center Office. There are T-Shirts, Golf Shirts, and you can take your own shirts and hats to be embroider at a special price as well. There are shirts available still at the HQ without having to order...

While there were no Work Group/Committee reports, Walt reminded members that in order to actually "accomplish" things we as Democrats will need to do more than just "meet" once a month, stating that each member should consider joining or taking charge of a work group so we can make progress in defeating the current republican blanket of control covering Hernando County, adding that on the wall next to the sign-up board are descriptions of each groups parameters.

Under Club Reports, both Dan Livey from Wellington and Harvey Martin from "D"-Club said that they do little during July and August because of vacations and snow-bird resident status for much of their communities. Walt asked both to remind their members about the DemCLUB meetings and to encourage them to attend over the summer. Jimmy Lodato reported that the HCDEC was working on gathering additional support for their Pay-the-Rent program (which Walt added the DemCLUB is working to assist them with) and the 1/2-cent school board incentive "Bring it Back" with a special election on September 8th. Ray Fones (HCDEC State Committeeman) spoke on the upcoming convention...the need for delegates to attend...and his efforts to acquire some funding to assist with the costs of attending. More information will be available at the 6/17/15 HCDEC meeting, as well as to each club individually as Ray will come to speak to them.

Under New Business Walt asked for a motion, as instructed at the Board of Director's meeting,  to allow a special "household" Membership Fee for "Premier" (Voting) members of$30. This will allow all family members living at one address to belong to the DemCLUB for a total dues amount of $30 rather than $20 each person. Ray Fones/Steve Zeledon 2nd -carried without debate. Walt also reminded the members that all dues paid after October 1st carry a membership date THROUGH 2016.

It was announced that the new 4-fold brochures had arrived. (and the membership postcards are expected to arrive within days) Both need some volunteer action. The 4-folds actually need to get folded... and the postcards need to get sorted, labeled, and stamped...all which will start on Saturday during Coffee-Talk. Dan Livey committed for Saturday to come help.

The few changes that were done to the FaceBook page Hernando Dem Club were discussed but a more serious look at what is needed and how to complete such is in the works for mid to late June.

Al Ambs stated that while he will maintain the calendar for the HernandoCountyDemocrats.com website he expects each organization to feed him information without him having to seek them out each month. Walt said that as the "Monthly-Mouthpiece" progresses he will have some sort of an automatic notice going out to all organizations via email reminding them it is time to turn in their info...which should help. Al also said that Terry Ogden will act as our media-processor sending the meeting notices, speaker activities and general press release info out to the media sources. (Al will write releases regarding DemCLUB functions and/or events leaving policy to be handled through the HCDEC).

Walt reminded everyone about the need for DemCLUB members to step up into Precinct Captain positions...and clarified that those off other political parties are welcome to DemCLUB meeting and that the HCDEC is restricted to registered Democrats.

Walt ended his agenda showing the locations of the 3 current petitions we are working to get signed,asking those who have not yet signed to please do so, and also stated we are looking for someone to work on following Richard Nugent's voting actions and his "Situation Reports" to offer a more clarified statement of how he represents us (or doesn't represent us).

Under member comments a 4th of July event was discussed. Jimmy offered for the HCDEC to fund the event along with the DemCLUB...DeeVon Quirolo suggested considering that the Pay-the-Rent program is struggling a bit this year...making it an HCDEC fundraiser asking participants to voluntarily donate $10 per person to the Building Fund as well as bring a covered dish, offering to utilize her well known party planning skills to assure a great event.

The next DemCLUB meeting will be 7pm Wednesday July 1st. The CLUB Board of Director's will meet at 4pm Wednesday 6-17-15. The  HCDEC will meet next on that same evening (Wednesday 6-17-15) at 7pm. after which HCDED meetings will return to the 3rd THURSDAY of each month.

Jimmy Lodato made a $40 donation to the Club

Meeting adjourned at 8:56

Respectfully submitted,

Walt Huston/Steve Zeledon -  (Acting Secretaries)

Reviewed and accepted into record by the Board of Director's on 6/17/15 with instruction to post on the Club website www.democraticclub.org for member review as desired and the information board at the meeting's entrance and sign-in area.

Hernando County Youth & Citizen Delegates Sought for State Democratic Convention
The Hernando County Democratic Party is seeking delegates to the Florida Democratic Party 2015 State Convention.  It will be held on October 30 through November lst, 2015, at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Hernando Democrats of all ages may apply to be a delegate for a total of up to 42 delegates from Hernando County. The Hernando County Democratic Executive Committee extends a special invitation to at least eight young people to represent Hernando County youth at the convention.   Sponsors are being sought to cover the costs of hotel and meals for the youth delegates.
The deadline to apply is Friday, July 6th, 2015.  The selection of the delegates will be finalized at the monthly meeting of the Hernando County Democratic Executive Committee on July 16th.
Interested candidates and sponsors are encouraged to contact Raymond Fones via email at rfones@tampabay.rr.com or phone at 813 713-2199.  Selection rules and the delegate filing form can be downloaded at http://www.floridadems.org/our-party/party-affairs.
Ray Fones

Hernando County Democrats – from left: Steve Zeledon, Jimmy Lodato, Joe Raibeck and Harvey Martin
Hernando County Democrats – from left: Steve Zeledon, Jimmy Lodato, Joe Raibeck and Harvey Martin

At the June meeting of the Hernando County Democratic Club Joe Raibeck, Club Member and retired steel worker, presented a check from S.O.A.R., an organization of retired steel workers, to the Pay-The-Rent Fund of the Democratic Party in Hernando County.

All Democrats, and like-minded individuals, are encouraged to follow S.O.A.R.'s example and contribute to the Democratic organization in Hernando County. All politics, and all elections, are local. Invest your hard-earned money where you live and vote. Click on the "Donate" button to contribute to the Pay-The-Rent Fund TODAY and help support Democratic activities in Hernando County.


The Hernando County Democratic Club will hold its monthly general membership meeting on June 3rd, at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Democratic Headquarters, 3432 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. The presentation will be "Taxes: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly". Everyone is invited to attend.

Hernando County Democratic Club – Minutes for May 6th, 2015

The Credentials Committee reported that a quorum was present and the meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m. starting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence. Newly elected officers present were Walt Huston – President, Steve Zeledon – V.P. and Al Ambs – Treasurer with Natalie Russo continuing to fill in temporarily as acting Secretary.

There were two guests, Scott Bus and Bill Gilbert.

President, Walt Huston explained the new process adopted by the Board of Directors regarding the Club’s meeting minutes and financial statements: The previous month’s minutes will now be presented to the Board of Directors at the regularly scheduled Board Meeting prior to each General Meeting. There, the minutes we be reviewed, corrected if necessary, and voted for approval to post on both the Club’s website and at the entrance to the General Meeting site where they may be reviewed by all interested members before being called to accept into record at the General Meeting.

Similarly, it was explained that the Treasurer’s reports will follow that same process EXCLUDING the posting to the website. After Board approval, the complete financial transaction record will be posted at the entrance to the meeting site, prior to the General meeting for all interested members to view all transaction details if desired. The Treasurer will then only report opening and closing balances of the bank account at the meeting.

The minutes of the April 1st meeting, and the current financial statement, were both accepted into record by unanimous approval.

Other announcements by the president included a brief overview of the 60-day plan to implement membership cards, a 4fold brochure, the forming of action work groups, as well as fundraising robocalls and an email gathering plan to establish a better communication base. The new (now open but still under construction) website HernandoCountyDemocrats.com was announced. Walt presented a display of how it is being envisioned as a “directional” tool for all Hernando County Democratic politics, and how it might help end the confusion in finding the right place to support local democrat’s efforts.

Natalie Russo reported that the Outreach Group had encountered a delay in the Brookridge Outreach Effort, citing a snag concerning the clubhouse usage at Brookridge. It was also noted that the overall theme is under consideration of a change pending further contact with Bob Alford regarding a liquor donation.

Steve Zeledon reported the Robo-call testing was having positive results, and anticipated a full surge ahead by mid June. Steve explained the techniques used and the need for volunteer involvement, stating this is a project that you can do from your home at your time set.

It was announced that Harvey Martin was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Club, effective immediately …that the name (at least temporarily) for the monthly news blast & event calendar would be the “Monthly Mouthpiece” for which we are looking for a volunteer to collect data and write a column… the OPEN and COFFEE TALK signage should be completed by the June 3rd meeting, while the HCDEC, as of yet, has not approved the new window signage…Walt promised action on new shirts before 6/3/15.

Additional Comments from members centered around Rosemarie Grubba’s concerns on the differences in the CLUB and the HCDEC, and the average Democrats confusion of why there are two groups and which does what (citing herself as an example: where she didn’t realize she was a Precinct Captain)… all agreed the Club’s goal of using the new website for clearer directions to each organization and it’s member restrictions and explanations might help to relieve some confusion. Walt added that as a member of the HCDEC Membership Committee he would get with Becky Fones (the other membership committee member) to review, who is and is not a precinct captain… and help end the confusion. One of the Club’s goals is to promote club members to join the HCDEC as active precinct captains. Confusion will only hinder that process.

The next BOARD MEETING was announced for Wednesday May 27th at 4pm.

The next GENERAL MEETING will be Wednesday June 3rd at 7pm.

Wayne Lee made a $33 donation to the Club.

Meeting adjourned at 8:37 p.m.

Respectively submitted.

Natalie Russo – Acting Secretary

Reviewed and accepted into record by the Board of Directors on  5/27/15 with instruction to post on the club website www.democraticclub.org for member review as desired.

Hernando County Democratic Club – Minutes for April 1st, 2015

The meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence.

Nominations were opened for Vice President. Walt Huston nominated Steve Zeledon  which was seconded by Al Ambs.

Delores Peers tendered her resignation as President and nominations were opened for that position. Steve Zeledon nominated Walt Huston for President and Dan Livey seconded. With no other nominations brought to the floor the Harvey Martin moved for the Secretary cast a single ballot for both nominees. Dan Livey seconded. Passed all in favor.

A nomination was made for Delores Peers as a Board member by Walt Huston seconded by Steve Zeledon. Harvey Martin moved for the Secretary to cast a single ballot, Al Ambs seconded. Passed all in favor.

Natalie Russo tended her resignation as Secretary stating that she would be acting Secretary until the position was filled.

Under Old Business the Anti-Fox News business card options were discussed and a decision was made to purchase if found to be less than $15.

The OUTREACH COMMITTEE was formed. Natalie Russo volunteered to be Chairperson to the committee of: David Philipsen, Dolores Peers, & Steve Zeledon. The first project will be outreach to the Brookridge Community.

There was discussion brought forward by David Philipsen about attendance to the April 14th BOCC meeting and the possibility of making a proclamation for Earth Day stating one could be pulled off the internet as a reference.

David Philpsen moved to adjourn seconded by Dan Livey.

Respectively submitted.

Natalie Russo – Acting Secretary

Reviewed and accepted into record by the Board of Directors on 4/29/15 with instruction to post on the club website www.democraticclub.org for member review as desired.