Hernando County Democratic Club – Minutes of the 4/02/2014 Meeting
Quorum established – 14 of 30 (47%) of Voting Members in attendance. There were also 8 Associate Members present.
President Al Ambs called the meeting to order, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance & Moment of Silence.
The minutes of the prior meeting were available for review on-line. Walt moved & Mark seconded for approval. They were accepted unanimously.
The Treasurer’s report was presented for review. Steve moved that the report be accepted and Harvey seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
Al reported that the Club now has 30 voting members and 52 associate members. During the meeting three members – Jerry Lonergan, Natalie Russo and Anna Calleri changed their membership status from Associate to Voting.
Al announced the details about the upcoming Hernando County Fair. The Party’s booth needs to be staffed. Fair activities are being coordinated by Jimmy Lodato (352) 799-0121.
The election procedures were discussed. Al read a brief description of the three positions up for election: Vice President, Secretary, and Board Member. He also stated the nominating and election processes. Loyalty oaths would be required of all election winners.
Al also talked about what he considered his successes since taking over as Club President – organization, structure, communications, and planning. He considers himself a moderate Democrat, and attempted to guide the Club to the middle of the political spectrum. He now realizes that the middle is not exciting and does not enthuse the members nor potential members. The Club needs to be more Progressive/Liberal to get back to the roots of the Democratic Party. To do so requires new leadership. After the newly elected officers are up to speed, Al will be resigning in order to facilitate this transition.
Proceeding to the election – Joe Lemieux and Stanley Beresford were nominated as Vice President candidates. Stanley withdrew and Joe was elected by acclimation. Natalie Russo ran unopposed for Secretary and was elected by acclimation. Jerry Lonergan and Jimmy Lodato were nominated to fill the vacant seat on the Board. Jimmy withdrew because of the demands of his County Commission campaign. Jerry was elected by acclimation.
As of the end of March the office chair fund had raised $575.
Guest speaker Stanley Beresford, Board Member of the Hernando County Democratic Club, presented his vision for the Democratic Party in Hernando County. He said that the Party lacks vision, and without vision there can be no growth. That vision must come from the leadership of the Party and must reflect the will of the people. He also faulted Democrats for their complacency – not supporting Democratic activities, not voting, and not supporting Democratic candidates. He closed with the following: How, what and where are we willing to do something. A lively discussion followed with almost everyone present participating.