Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 6:39 by chairperson Leslie Rinaldi. The committee did not have a quorum.
The following officers were present or not present as indicated
|Verjena Jones-Gaynor||First Vice-Chair (Membership)||Present|
|Dorothy Waddell||Second Vice-Chair (Outreach)||Not Present|
|Michele Faulk||Third Vice Chair (Events)||Present|
|D.J. McGuire||Fourth Vice-Chair (Precincts)||Present|
|Helen Flynn||Sergeant at Arms||Not Present|
|Benjamin Goldberg||Recording Secretary||Present|
Minutes of July, 2018
The minutes were reviewed and accepted
Catherine Anson presented the Treasurer’s Report. Ms. Anson noted that the report indicates more spending than fundraising
Business and Discussions
Upcoming Events: Pancake Breakfast, Taste of Suffolk, Voter Registration
Michele Faulk presented the Events Committee report. Ms. Faulk said the events committee had met on the 31st. She said Taste of Suffolk was to be Saturday, September 8th, and the Pancake Breakfast on September 22nd. She said Delois Pope and Orga Boone are organizing the Pancake Breakfast, and Catherine Anson is handling ticket sales.
Ms. Faulk also said voter registration events are being planned.
National Night Out
Michele Faulk said National Night Out was very successful. Other organizations joined SDC in registering voters at various locations throughout the city. At the previous meeting, SDC had five sites planned for voter registration but with other groups, there were eleven. Organizations participating in voter registration were Deltas, Zetas, NAACP, and United Citizens Power
Campaign Office Opening Event
Catherine Anson told the committee that the Coordinated Campaign office would be holding an event to celebrate its opening on Saturday, August 18th. Tim Kaine would join us
Bylaws Committee Meeting and Candidate Endorsements
Leslie Rinaldi announced that a bylaws committee meeting would be held on August 21st to discuss, among other issues, policy concerning endorsement and support of borough candidates. This would include policy about hosting candidate literature at our tent at Peanut Fest.
Ms. Rinaldi said that a candidate has asked for the committee’s endorsement. Members of that candidate’s borough were asked to vote on endorsing that candidate but there were not enough votes to endorse.
Catherine Anson said the finance committee would meet on August 16 to discuss fundraising. Fundraising plans include an online campaign involving social media.
Tony Jones from Virginia Organizing told us about the Virginia Organizing Grassroots Gathering which will be September 28-30, 2018 at the Airfield Conference Center Wakefield, VA. The event will consist of several workshops including issues discussions and strategies for activism.
Franklin Democratic Committee
Ricky Sykes and Franklin Councilman Gregory McLemore, who are Chair and Vice Chair of the Franklin Democratic Committee, joined us last night. They mentioned that the Franklin Democratic Committee will be giving away school supplies during the Franklin County Back to School bash on August 18th.
Action Item: Resist Brett Kavanaugh
Leslie Rinaldi asked that we call our Senators and tell them to oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme court.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:58 PM