Hernando County Democratic Club - Minutes for August 5th, 2015
The Credentials Committee reported that a quorum was present. After the Pledge of Allegiance was made and a moment of silence… Sheriff Al Nienhuis commenced with a presentation under our Informed Electorate program. Officers present were Walt Huston - President, Steve Zeledon - Vice President, and Al Ambs – Treasurer, with Delores Peers - Secretary absent and excused. There were 16 members present, 11 Voting - 3 Associate and 2 Affiliate.
President Walt Huston announced an agreement with United for Care, stating that the DemCLUB would receive .55 cents for each signed Medical Marijuana petition we turned in. Last election season we (Hernando County Democrats) had given them approximately 2,000 petitions and Walt said that he felt that this was going to be a great way to fundraise for the Club and be involved in a worthwhile project at the same time. The petition drive will start officially on Sept. 12th at the Rural King Farmer’s Market. Volunteers are, of course, needed. Additional date will be scheduled throughout the next several months.
(Al Ambs) was introduced to remind everyone that the Informed Electorate speaker for the September 2nd meeting would be Cecilia Patella, HERNANDO COUNTY DIRECTOROF EMERGENCY SERVICES and on Oct. 7th, Shirley Anderson – HERNANDO COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS.
Walt reminded everyone again about the new information board located at the "sign-in area" by the front door, stating 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 Natalie Russo /2nd Harvey Martin and Steve Zeledon / 2nd David Philipsen, respectively.
While there were no Work Group/Committee reports, Walt again reminded members that in order to actually "accomplish" things we as Democrats will need to do more than just "meet" once a month, asking everyone to consider joining or taking charge of a work group so we can effect change within the county.
Natalie Russo explained “Consign It! “ The Club’s new fundraiser…asking for donations of lovingly used items to be brought into HQ for her to take to the consignment shop. The Club receives a 40%take on sold items. Unsold items will be taken to People Helping People for distribution to those in need by that wonderful organization. Natalie also said she was waiting approval from the HCDEC for an Oct. 2nd golf tournament. More information to follow.
Steve Zeledon noted that the HCDEC had authorized him to initiate Vote-By-Mail robocalls, stating that Harvey Martin had donated $100 to the HCDEC to start that calling a.s.a.p. These calls will allow the voter to PRESS#1 and be directly connected to the Supervisor of Elections office to sign up for mail-in ballots.
Under Club Reports, both Dan Livey from Wellington and Harvey Martin from "D"-Club said that they are nearly inactive during July and August because of vacations and snow-bird resident status for much of their communities. Walt reminded everyone about the Democratic Women’s Club annual MEN WHO COOK scheduled for this Saturday at 11am (Anderson Snow Park).
It was announced that we will be working on new printed materials for distribution to encourage Union Members and Veterans to get involved as Democrats…as well as “Help FIX Hernando” information sheets to work in conjunction with an upcoming “Street Grid” signage plan for early 2016 which is aimed at bettering the image of our party and electing more Democrats in 2016.
Walt said that he hoped everyone liked the first edition of "Monthly-Mouthpiece" hoping we have continued success with future editions….He then reminded all about the (4) current petitions we are working to get signed, asking those who have not yet signed to please do so. The monthly ”Clipboard Questionnaire” was sent around… with results at our next meeting.
The next DemCLUB meeting will be 7pm Wednesday September 2nd. The CLUB Board of Director's will meet at 4pm Wednesday 7-19-15.
Brandon Gebbia made a $30 donation to the Club
Meeting adjourned at 9:09p.m.
Natalie Russo - (Acting Secretary)