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
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.