Minutes of the General Meeting of January 12, 2021

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:35 by Robert Barclay. Chairperson Sharon Eaton was not present. The committee had a quorum

Minutes and Treasurer’s Report

The committee approved the minutes which had been emailed to members prior to the meeting by Benjamin Goldberg

Catherine Anson presented the treasurer’s report, which was approved by for filing

Ongoing Business

Membership

Robert Barclay presented the Membership Committee report and said that two membership applicants were to be voted on. Those people were Bianca Ford and Narendra Pleas. Mr. Barclay representing the Membership Committee made a motion to accept the members. The motion passed

Outreach Committee

Leslie Rinaldi said the Outreach Committee would meet Thursday January 21st at 7:00 PM, via Zoom. Ms. Rinaldi said she hopes for as many precinct members as possible to join the meeting to discuss and strategize strengths and weaknesses per precinct. Ms. Rinaldi also said she would like to use Zulip, a communications platform which Benjamin Goldberg had been encouraging members to use

Technology Committee

Benjamin Goldberg noted that the technology committee hadn’t met recently, and said he’d be interested in turning over his chairmanship of the committee to someone who might be better at getting people together

Suffolk Electoral Board

Beverly Outlaw informed the committee that Reverend Isaac Baker was the newest member of the Suffolk Electoral Board, and was sworn in January 5th. He replaced James Banks. Ms. Outlaw, who is a long term member of Electoral Board, said she looks forward to working with Rev. Baker

New Business

National Day of

Catherine Anson said Michele Joyce sent an email regarding National Day of Service, which is to coincide with Martin Luther King Day. Ms. Joyce is looking for diaper donations. The email said one out of three families don’t have reliable access to diapers. The diapers will be giving to the Isle of Wight Christian Outreach Program. Diapers can be dropped off at Food Lion 13478 Carolton Blvd.

Ms. Anson asked if anyone else knows of other Day of Service events. Kristen Hartman said several links were available on the Biden/Harris inauguration website. Robert Barclay said the City of Suffolk often posts Day of Service information on their website

Vote to Certify the National Election

Dorothy Waddel said she had a list of U.S. Congress members who voted to overturn November’s election, and wanted to send that list to the committee. Benjamin Goldberg said he could send that list out. Beverly Outlaw said that four of those members represent Virginia and we should work toward their removal from office

Catherine Anson said we should contact our Democratic representatives. Ms. Anson said she contacted her representatives and received immediate responses.

Sharon Eaton / Clint Jenkins

Robert Barclay offered best wishes to Sharon Eaton, who was unable to chair this meeting due to illness. He also offered best wishes to Clinton Jenkins, who was going to Richmond to represent his district on several important issues.

Vaccine Information

Robert Barclay noted Virginia is vaccinating people in phases. His wife, a nurse practitioner, had received her first dose in December and was due for another the following week. Robin Holton said to look to Virginia’s Department of Health for more vaccine information. Dorothy Waddell noted that Chesapeake Public Schools would be starting vaccines the following day. Kristin Hartman said you can sign up for notifications about availability at Virginia’s Department of Health website

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 7:00pm

Note: This post was edited to correct Narendra Pleas’s name

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