Minutes of the Regular Meeting of September 11, 2018

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Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:35 by Michele Faulk. The committee did not have a quorum. The following officers were present or absent as indicated

Name Position Presence
Leslie Rinaldi Chairperson Absent
Verjena Jones First Vice Chair Present
Dorothy Waddell Second Vice Chair Absent
Michele Faulk Third Vice Chair Present
DJ McQuire Fourth Vice Chair Absent
Catherine Anson Treasurer/Correspondence Secretary Present
Benjamin Goldberg Recording Secretary Present
Helen Flynn Sargent at Arms Absent

Review of Reports

Minutes

The minutes of August were reviewed. Acceptance of minutes is pending review of a quorum.

Treasurer’s Report

The treasurer’s report was reviewed and filed

Business

Peanut Fest

Michele Faulk reminded the committee that Peanut Fest was to be from Thursday, October 4th through Sunday, October 7th, and expressed the importance of having volunteers. She said that handling of the admission passes will be done in a similar fashion as in previous years, and that volunteers will receive more information

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.

Pancake Breakfast

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.

Campaigning

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.

Guest Speakers

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.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 7:38.

Southside Immigration Forum

Please note the first of three meetings has been canceled due to storm concerns. The remaining two are still on the schedule
Coming to America
Who should we welcome?
What should we do?

Participate in a series of three moderated discussions about Immigration Policy.

Southside Hampton Roads citizens along with nine other localities have been invited by the National Issues Forums Institute to participate in a special forum on Immigration Issues. United Citizens Power will host the forum.

Fifteen to 20 Participants will meet for three sessions.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 Thursday, October 25, 2018

From 6:00 to 8:00 pm (deliberations begin at 6:30)

Each session in is devoted to one topic. The three topics are:

Civil Rights Economic Issues International and Foreign Policy

Participates will represent a broad spectrum of viewpoints.

 

It is important for participants to attend all three sessions!

Please arrive at 6:00 pm to enjoy refreshments.

Deliberations start promptly at 6:30.

The Forum is non-partisan and a deliberative process. It is not a debate.

For information, contact Michele Joyce 757.620.3931

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of August 14, 2018

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

Name Position Attendance
Leslie Rinaldi Chairperson Present
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
Catherine Anson Treasurer Present
Helen Flynn Sergeant at Arms Not Present
Benjamin Goldberg Recording Secretary Present

Routine Reports

Minutes of July, 2018

The minutes were reviewed and accepted

Treasurer’s Report

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.

Fundraising

Catherine Anson said the finance committee would meet on August 16 to discuss fundraising. Fundraising plans include an online campaign involving social media.

Virginia Organizing

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.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 7:58 PM

United Citizens Power Meeting: Exciting News!

United Citizen Power (UCP) is partnering with the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) to host a Community Discussion Forum on the topic of Immigration.

https://www.kettering.org/catalog/product/nif-overview

One of the main goals of this NIF project is to enable people to talk across divides and to allow all of us to consider a range of views as we deliberate on tough issues. In these divided times, this mission is more important than it has ever been.

To that end, we will be hold a series of moderated discussions, inviting folks from all perspectives and across the political spectrum. The discussions will be held between Sept 7, 2018 and November 30, 2018, and beyond.

Be a part of this awesome opportunity —

Join us this Tuesday, August 28 @ 6:30 pm at the Fire Station #5 in Suffolk

Reception For the 3rd Congressional District

You are cordially invited to
Join Our Democratic Leaders at a
Reception For the 3rd Congressional District

Hosted by
The Honorable Pat King, MD

Sunday, August 26, 2018
4:00pm – 6:00pm

1225 Masters Row
Chesapeake, Virginia 23320

Tickets: $25

Sponsorships Available:
$500 (10 tickets) ▪ $250 (5 tickets) ▪ $100 (2 tickets)

Refreshments Provided by 3rd CD Democratic Committee Members

RSVP 757-636-6662 | PatKingMD@aol.com

Wrap up from our August 2018 Meeting

Virginia Organizing Grassroots Gathering

Tony Jones of Virginia Organizing joined us and told us about the Virginia Organizing Grassroots Gathering in Wakefield.

The Grassroots Gathering will host workshops on a variety of topics including immigration, the school-to-prison pipeline, and climate change. The Grassroots Gathering will take place on the 28th, 29th, and 30th, and a schedule of workshops is posted at the Virginia Organizing website

Franklin School Supply Giveaway

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

Chairperson Leslie Rinaldi asked that we call our Senators and tell them to oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme court. Our Senators are Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Call them, thank them, and let them know that you’re behind them in their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh.

Call the Capitol Switchboard now: (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your U.S. Senators, or call your Senators directly

  • Sen. Mark Warner
    (202) 224-2023
    Local Office in Norfolk: 757-441-3079
  • Sen. Tim Kaine
    (202) 224-4024
    Local Office in Virginia Beach: 757-518-1674

NNO Wrap Up

Michele Faulk, who coordinated the SDC’s participation in National Night Out, said the SDC, working with other organizations, covered 11 sites, which was far above the 5 sites that were anticipated during the previous meeting. Together, we registered 9 voters and provided voter information to several interested visitors.

— More info to come

Please keep an eye on our site for updates about voter registration drives, canvassing, and other ways to get our nation back on track!

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of July 10, 2018

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Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Leslie Rinaldi at 6:37 PM. The following officers were present:

Name Position Presence
Leslie Rinaldi Chairperson Present
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
Catherine Anson Treasurer Present
Helen Flynn Sergeant at Arms Not Present
Benjamin Goldberg Recording Secretary Present

Motions

Accept Minutes Kevin Fowler Passed – pending corrections
Accept Treasurer s Report Kevin Fowler Passed

Routine Reports

Minutes

Minutes of June’s meeting were passed out. Kevin Fowler noticed the start time for National Night Out was incorrect and Benjamin Goldberg noticed that Daniel Pinelli’s email address was incorrect. National Night Out was to begin at 5:00 PM and Daniel Pinelli’s email address is daniel.pinelli@virginiavictory.org. Mr. Goldberg said he would make corrections. The minutes were accepted with the assurance that corrections would be made.

Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer’s report was passed out and accepted

Business & Discussions

National Night Out

Michele Faulk announced that volunteers will have 5 locations and possibly 6 locations covered for National Night Out. She asked that any members who know of events in their communities let her know, and to ask the organizer of their community’s event if they can have a table for voter registration, or if they can walk around and do voter registration. She noted that we cannot hand out partisan literature during voter registration, although rules may be different for different events throughout the city.

Pancake Breakfast

Michele Faulk noted that Delois Pope and Orga Boone will be organizing the pancake breakfast. Delois Pope passed around a signup sheet for National Night Out volunteers. Ms. Pope and Ms. Faulk emphasized that although the pancake breakfast is hosted by Applebees, committee members will be performing tasks such as assisting in the kitchen, cleaning up, serving, and seating guests. Ms. Faulk also noted that the committee has had a good relationship with Abblebees on Main Street, but we have not worked with the Applebees on College Drive, which is where the event will be this year.

Leslie Rinaldi asked all members to be responsible for selling 10 tickets. She said the event should be considered a voter empowerment and awareness event.

Art Singleton asked if Lionell Spruill, who had been a large supporter of the event in the past, was invited. Ms. Faulk said state and local officials have received a calendar of events, and that she will also be sending them updates about the pancake breakfast.

Outreach Report / Campaign Office / Campaigning

Leslie Rinaldi announced that a coordinated campaign office has opened in Suffolk at 318 West Washington Street. The coordinated campaign is to reelect Senator Tim Kaine and our congressmen Donald McEachin and Bobby Scott. Our field representative is Daniel Pinelli. Mr. Pinelli will be doing phone banking on Tuesdays from the office as well as from Panera Bread in North Suffolk on Thursdays. Mr. Pinelli will also be canvassing on Saturdays and Sundays. He is also looking for personnel to staff the office. Ms. Rinaldi mentioned Mr. Pinelli’s contact information, which is 828-707-4307, and daniel.pinelli@virginiavictory.org.

Fundraising

Catherine Anson announced plans to hold a fundraising contest via Facebook. The prize would be a dinner or a comparable prize, and the goal would be to get the most number of referrals. Ms. Anson said we cannot rely on the pancake breakfast to be our only fundraiser. She also discussed other ideas such as selling items during Peanut Fest. The committee also discussed other forms of fundraising such as auctions. It was noted that selling items at Peanut Fest, especially food items, involves getting appropriate licensing and permission. It was also noted that holding raffles is not in compliance with FEC rules.

D.J. McGuire said he would join the finance committee.

Precinct Organization Committee Report

D.J. McGuire said he was unable to hold a previously scheduled precinct committee meeting and, the meeting has been rescheduled for the Thursday following the Suffolk Democratic Committefe meeting. Mr. McGuire said he wants to ensure every precinct is staffed, including watchers inside and greeters outside. He also would like to have drivers if needed. Mr. McGuire said that for the previous election, many volunteers worked for thirteen hours at the polls, and he doesn’t want that to happen again.

Tech Committee Report

Benjamin Goldberg noted that there is some trouble with the robocall system. He noted that Votebuilder will not call cell phones because calling cell phones is in violations of FEC rules. The system that the committee is using will call cell phones, but it is important to be sure that people being called are OK with receiving those calls.

Don McEachin’s Office

Mary Burroughs-Gray, District Representative for Donald McEachin, spoke about working at the office in Suffolk. She emphasized that there are rules in place to ensure that work done on behalf of Congressman McEachin as a representative is separate from any campaigning and that no campaign business should be done by office personnel during business hours.
She said the campaign office is at 131 North Saratoga Street.

Voter Registration

Benjamin Goldberg said that the Suffolk Library will be holding a voter registration drive July 16-20, and the library has asked the Suffolk Democratic Committee to participate.

Nicole Randolf said that there will be voter registration training at East End Baptist Church on Thursday, July 12.

Media Misinformation

Leslie Rinaldi presented training on media disinformation. She discussed the Media Bias chart from the website, All Generalizations are False. She also discussed false information being passed on social media, and tricks used to pass false information such as cloning profiles.

The committee also discussed the importance of contacting legislators and being active on issues. D.J. McGuire also mentioned the Virginia Legislative Information System at lis.virginia.gov and the Richmond Sunlight. Jack Crowley mentioned VPAP.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15

Tim Kaine, Don McEachin, and Bobby Scott in Suffolk to Celebrate Office Opening

Tim Kaine, Don McEachin, and Bobby Scott are coming to Suffolk to celebrate the opening of the Suffolk Field Office on Saturday, August 18th, at 11:45 AM.

The Field Office is located at 318 W. Washington Street, Suffolk VA 23434.

This is an occasion to celebrate the fantastic job you all have done so far knocking doors and making phone calls, and to inspire us to work even harder to keep Suffolk blue in 2018.

You’ll also get to meet our Southeast Virginia field team, who will be working seven days a week from now until November 6th to get out the vote for the Senator and our Democratic Congressional candidates in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Districts.

Please spread the word among your friends and families, your co-workers, and anyone else you think may be interested in coming to this event. RSVP at this link.

In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up for our Weekend Canvass this coming Saturday, Aug. 11th or Sunday, Aug. 12th!

To volunteer , contact Daniel Pinelli 828-707-4307 daniel.pinelli@virginiavictory.org