Hernando County Democratic Club – Minutes of the 2/01/2014 Meeting
Quorum established – 14 of 27 (52%) 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 & Jimmy seconded for approval. They were accepted unanimously.
The Treasurer’s report was presented for review. Jimmy moved that the report be accepted and Walt seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
Al reported that the Club now has 27 voting members and 51 associate members. There are also 4 inactive members for whom we have no contact information. They will be removed from the membership list. Al stated that voting members, in addition to voting, may also initiate discussion topics. Associate members may discuss open topics, but may not initiate discussion. The general audience is free to listen. If they want to join the discussion they must declare associate membership.
Meeting are now scheduled for the 1st Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm. The next two will be held on April 2nd and May 7th.
At the April meeting the Club will hold elections to fill the following openings: Vice President, Secretary, and Board Member. If you are willing to participate in the Democratic revival of the County, come and stand for election. We need your participation.
Stanley made a presentation on fundraising activities/event for the coming year. He still plans an art auction to benefit the party. He also proposed a monthly series of symposiums at which various groups can air their views on topics important to them.
Guest speaker DeeVon Quirolo, representative for the Sunshine State Clean Energy Coalition, told the group how Duke Energy at the Crystal River power plant is poisoning the air with a variety of heavy metals. The EPA can’t do anything until the state sets standards, which it refuses to do in violation of the law. Petitions are being gathered in an effort to spur the state to action. It probably won’t happen under the current administration.
Under new business, Joe Lemieux reported on his trip to Tallahassee to participate in a Moral Monday event. He will work to establish a local Moral Monday presence.
David Philipsen wants to have a Rally-In-The-Park to support disability awareness. He and Anna Calleri presented examples of the problems the disabled have dealing with the state. Al suggested they were dealing with symptoms and that the real problem was the unsympathetic Republican administration. Walt suggested that David pursue establishing a Disability Caucus. He would need 10 members each paying $10 to get it going. Members do not need to be disabled.
Steve Zeledon talked about Alex Sink’s phone bank program and how we could help get her elected. He passed out information packets to individuals wishing to participate.
Walt Huston talked about the four phone lines Dave Koller had installed at our office, and briefly described Dave’s phone banking plans. He asked for volunteers to contact him.
Rosemarie reported that Amendment 1 on the upcoming ballot in November will be Water and Land Conservation which dedicates funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands.
Rose talked about the candidate schedule for the upcoming Swamp Fest. Together the candidates are hoping to get a large number of petitions signed during the three day festival. Apparently the Supervisor of Elections office is rejecting 15% to 20% of submitted petitions – mostly because the signatures don’t match. This may necessitate a re-registration drive for all registered Democrats.