Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 6:36 by Leslie Rinaldi. The committee had a quorum. The following officers were present or absent as indicated
|Verjena Jones||First Vice Chair||Present|
|Dorothy Waddell||Second Vice Chair|
|Michele Faulk||Third Vice Chair|
|D.J. McGuire||Fourth Vice Chair|
|Benjamin Goldberg||Recording Secretary|
|Helen Flynn||Sargent at Arms|
Review of Reports
The minutes of August and September were reviewed and accepted. The acceptance of the August minutes had been postponed due to lack of quorum.
The treasurer’s report was reviewed and filed
Michele Faulk gave a summary of the pancake breakfast. She said the breakfast was a success and congratulated Delois Pope and Orga Boone for their hard work in putting it together. The event was attended by Congressmen Bobby Scott and Don McEachin, Delegate Cliff Hayes and several local elected officials and candidates. We had 20 volunteers.
Michele Faulk also presented a report on Peanut Fest. The festival was less well attended this year than last year, but it was still successful for the Suffolk Democratic Committee. Two visitors filled out membership applications.
Taste of Suffolk
Michele Faulk said the committee had a fabulous success at Taste of Suffolk. She said we registered fifteen voters and had eight volunteers sign up as campaign volunteers. Ms. Faulk also said there were several visitors and passersby who were happy to see Democrats represented at the event. She said that Bobby Scott also visited.
Orga Boone discussed the then upcoming Pancake Breakfast fundraiser. She said she had made a volunteer assignment list based on what volunteers had done last year and asked for more volunteers to sign up. She asked volunteers to arrive at 7:15. The Pancake Breakfast fundraiser was to take place on September 22nd. Catherine Anson said that 91 tickets had been paid for out of 199 that were given to committee members to sell.
Positions to be filled: Outreach Chair and Sargent at Arms
Michele Faulk said that Dorothy Waddell has to step down from the position of Outreach Committee chairperson, and that Helen Flynn had to step down as Sargent at Arms. The committee is looking for replacements.
Ms. Faulk said that there was to be an Outreach Committee meeting on September 17th.
Michele Faulk said that there is phone banking on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the campaign office on Washington street and also on Thursdays in Northern Suffolk. She said there is also door to door canvassing. Those wishing to volunteer should contact the campaign organizer, Daniel Pinelli.
Bylaws Changes and Endorsement of Candidates
Michele Faulk said that local candidates will be invited to participate in the next meeting and that the committee will hold votes to endorse those candidates. The endorsement of local candidates is not authorized in the committee’s bylaws and a change in bylaws is pending.
Herb Jones for District 3
Herb Jones of New Kent has announced his candidacy to represent Virginia’s 3rd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. Mr. Jones served in the U.S. Army for 30 years and is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. He said the biggest reason he decided to run is Medicaid expansion.
He clarified that the election for 3rd District Delegate is in 2019, and that for now we should be concentrating on winning the 2018 elections.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:38.