Minutes of the Regular Meeting of June 12, 2018

Call To Order

The meeting was called to order by Third Vice Chairperson Michele Faulk at 6:39 at 701 Old East Pinner Street. Chairperson Leslie Rinaldi arrived at 6:41. 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 Catherine Anson Passed
Accept Treasurer s Report Kevin Fowler Passed
Print 500 Door Hanger Cards Kevin Fowler Passed
Accept Membership of Brenda Pitts Kevin Fowler Passed
Adjourn Gloria Mizelle Passed

Routine Reports

Minutes

Minutes of May’s meeting were passed out, and prior the meeting were emailed to members.

Treasurer’s Report

The treasurer’s report was presented by Catherine Anson and copies were handed out. Details of the report are filed separately.

Business & Discussions

Membership

Verjena Jones-Gaynor presented the Membership Committee report and announced that the committee had the membership of Belinda Pitts to consider. Kevin Fowler moved to accept Ms. Pitts’s membership and the motion passed

Door Hangers

Leslie Rinaldi discussed the door hangers, which are information cards designed to hang on door knobs. Canvassers leave the hangers on unanswered doors. The new hangers will have two dates – the last date to register and the date of the election. Ms. Rinaldi asked for a motion to have 500 new cards printed up this year, at a cost of $210 and the motion passed.

Outreach Committee Report

Leslie Rinaldi presnted the Outreach Committee Report. Ms. Rinaldi discussed the structure of the Outreach Committee, which is comprised of the Phone Bank Committee , the Canvassing Committee, and the Issues Committee. The Outreach Committee is chaired by Dorothy Waddell. Ms. Rinaldi said that Ms. Waddell’s involvement in the committee will be curtailed temporarily due to personal reasons, and asked that other members step up to fill the gap.

Heroes Luncheon

Michele Faulk presented the Heroes Luncheon Report. The event was very successful, although there were some issues concerning the meal and with the hotel following instructions that were agreed upon.

Members and guests had some ideas for improvement, such as playing music when honorees enter.

Ms. Faulk also announced that event photographer Benford Hunter is selling CD’s with a slideshow of photos for $10. Catherine Anson told the committee that SDC is not involved in the sales of the CD’s.

National Night Out

Michele Faulk announced that National Night Out will occur August 7th from 8 to 10. She explained that the event takes place individually in neighborhoods throughout Suffolk. She said the Suffolk Democratic Committee often participates by helping to register voters. She said that she is looking for people to participate and for information from people who are in communities that will be participating.

Pancake Breakfast

Michele Faulk announced that the Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for September 22nd. She requested members each take 10 tickets to sell, and said she is looking for volunteers. Ms. Faulk said the event will be at North Suffolk Applebee’s.

Ms. Faulk also said that there will be an Event Committee Meeting on July 12 or 19th.

Coordinated Campaign

Ivana Hall and Daniel Pinelli from coordinated campaign addressed the committee. Ms. Hall is the regional field director and Mr. Pinelli is the field organizer for Suffolk. Mr Pinelli said he will be setting up canvassing and phone banking every week. He said one of the goals of the campaign is to register 10,000 new voters. He gave the committee his contact information which is

828-707-4307. 
Dan.pinelli@virginiavictory.org

Blue Diamond Awards

Clint Jenkins said that the 3rd District will holding an awards ceremony called the Blue Diamond Awards Dinner at August 31st, 7:00 PM at Edmunds Center in Portsmouth. They are looking for nominees to be honored at the dinner.

Mr. Jenkins also said that tickets are available for $50 and can be purchased through ActBlue

Trolls on Democratic Leaders’s Facebook Pages

Leslie Rinaldi said Dorothy Waddell had spoke of a large number of trolls on Don McEachin’s Facebook page. She asked that members participate in the on-line conversations of our leaders. 77th District Delegate Cliff Hayes added that not only do our leaders need support on Social Media, but also in letters to the editor.

Progress in the General Assembly

77th District Delegate Cliff Hayes addressed the committee and spoke about recent events in the General Assembly. Delegate Hayes said the felony threshold was raised to $500. The threshold had been at $200 since 1980. He also discussed new limits have been imposed on the length of times students can be suspended. He used those two examples of legislation in addition to Medicaid expansion that have been achieved thanks to the efforts of Democratics in the General Assembly and to the letters and comments made by constituents.

adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:17pm

Great Meeting Last Night

Progress in the General Assembly

We covered a lot of topics and we’d like to thank Delegate Cliff Hayes for joining us and keeping us updated on what’s happening in the General Assembly. We all know about the passage of Medicaid expansion but did you know we had a few other victories thanks to your letters, phonecalls, comments, votes and to the efforts of our Democratic legislators?

For example, Virginia has increased its felony larceny threshold from $200 to $500. This will be the first increase since 1980! This will give more people a chance to reform themselves without the obstacles that come with a felony conviction.

Virginia Victory!

We’d also like to thank our regional and local Virginia Victory organizers Ivana Hall and Daniel Pinelli for kicking off the campaign efforts in Suffolk. Daniel is our field organizer and can be reached at

828-707-4307
daniel.pinelli@virginiavictory.org

We’re going to be phone-banking Tuesdays in Downtown Suffolk and Thursdays in Northern Suffolk.

Our first day of door-knocking will be this Saturday at 10:00, 1:00, and 4:00 meeting at Panera in Northern Suffolk. Contact Daniel for more information!

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of May 8, 2018

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Call to order

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Leslie Rinaldi, on April 10, 2018, at 6:37 PM at LW’s Center at 701 Old East Pinner Street. The following officers were present or not present as noted:

Leslie Rinaldi Chairperson Present
Verjena Jones-Gaynor First Vice-Chair (Membership) Present
Dorothy Waddell Second Vice-Chair (Outreach) Present
Michele Faulk Third Vice-Chair (Events) Not Present
D.J. McGuire Fourth Vice-Chair (Precincts) Not Present
Catherine Anson Treasurer Present
Helen Flynn Sergeant at Arms Not Present
Benjamin Goldberg Recording Secretary Present

Recurring Business & Reports

Minutes

Copies of the minutes of April 10th were handed out. Jack Crowley moved to accept the minutes. The motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report

Catherine Anson presented the treasurer’s report, as well as a financial report from the Heroes Luncheon. Ms. Anson said that the committee sold 123 tickets. Ms. Anson also requested members join the finance committee to help fundraise. Kevin Fowler motioned to accept the treasurer’s report. The motion passed.

Continued Business

Heroes Luncheon

Dorothy Waddell presented the Heroes Luncheon report. She said there were 99 people in attendance. Members donated 12 tickets to cover the cost of the honorees and special guests.

Ms. Waddell said there were some discrepancies concerning the services that the hotel should have provided, and that Michele Faulk would discuss those issues with the hotel. She also passed out feedback forms.

Ms. Waddell also said that the committee was considering changing the date of the Heroes Luncheon to the last Saturday in April. There were some discussions about various dates and conflicts with other events that generally come up at the end of Spring, but the membership agreed that the Heroes Luncheon committee should look into changing the date.

Leslie Rinaldi said that people in attendance were impressed with the professionalism of the event.

Shake Rattle, and Roll

Dorothy Waddell told the committee that Shake Rattle and Roll would occur on the weekend following the meeting. She said that candy donations were needed and she also asked for volunteers.

Pancake Breakfast

Dorothy Waddell also told the committee that the Pancake Breakfast will be taking place September 22nd, and that tickets were now available. She also said she had a flyer to hand out and asked committee members to sell tickets for the event. Tickets are to be sold for $10 each.

Ms. Waddell pointed out that the Pancake Breakfast is the committee’s main fundraising event. Other events such as the Heroes Luncheon are not primarily fundraising events. She suggested that people who cannot attend be encouraged to make a donation or purchase tickets that can be donated to others who cannot afford to attend.

Voter Registration

Dorothy Waddell said that volunteers held voter registration events at Suffolk high schools as well as Turlington Woods school and Prudent Center. Volunteers accepted 66 completed registration forms and handed out 20.

New Business

Membership for Cleopatra Johnson, Robert Kearney, Demetria Tucker, and Becky Raveson

Benjamin Goldberg suggested that three prospective members who paid dues since reorganization should be voted in Members to be voted in were: Cleopatra Johnson, Robert Kearney, and Demetria Tucker. Kevin Fowler moved to approve the three. The motion passed.

Mr. Goldberg also included a fourth member, Becky Raveson, but Ms. Waddell pointed out that Ms. Raveson had been voted in at the previous meeting, and other members confirmed that she was. Mr. Goldberg said he would correct his records accordingly.

3rd District Blue Diamond Awards Banquet

Beverly Outlaw announced the upcoming Blue Diamond Awards Banquet, which is a celebration of outstanding members of Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District. Ms. Outlaw noted that Suffolk used to be entirely in the 4th Congressional district but is currently split between the 3rd and the 4th. She said that they are looking to identify members to be honored.

Canvassing and Phone Banking Evens

Dorothy Waddell announced that the Outreach Committee would hold their first phone bank on May 15th at 5 PM at Panera on Main Street and that the Outreach Committee is working to set up phone banking in North Suffolk as well.

Ms. Waddell also announced the first canvassing event of the season would be Sunday, May 19th at 10 AM. Canvassers were to meet at Kroger parking lot in North Suffolk. This canvassing event would include voter registration. Committee members noted that there are a lot of new residents in the area.

Information about Medicaide Expansion

Leslie Rinaldi told the committee that a vote on Medicaid expansion would be held soon. She noted that up to 11 adults in Virginia die due to lack of health care, and 700,000 Virginians are still in need of health care coverage. She noted that 32 states have expanded Medicaid and have benefited from doing so. Ms. Rinaldi encouraged members to make phone calls to their representatives to express their support for expansion.

Ms. Rinaldi showed two videos about Medicaid expansion.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 7:41

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of April 10, 2018

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Call to order

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Leslie Rinaldi, on April 10, 2018, at 6:41 PM at LW’s Center at 701 Old East Pinner Street. The following officers were present or not present as noted:

Leslie Rinaldi Chairperson Present
Vergena Jones-Gaynor First Vice-Chair (Membership) Not Present
Dorothy Waddell Second Vice-Chair (Outreach) Not Present
Michele Faulk Third Vice-Chair (Events) Present
D.J. McGuire Fourth Vice-Chair (Precincts) Not Present
Benjamin Goldberg Recording Secretary Present
Helen Flynn Sergeant at Arms Present

Recurring Business & Reports

Minutes

Copies of the minutes of March 14th were handed out. Kevin Fowler moved to accept the minutes. The motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report

Copies of the treasurer’s report were handed out. Catherine Anson noted format changes to the treasurer’s report and explained that the new report is more concise. Ms. Anson asked for any comments about the new format. Kevin Fowler moved to accept the treasurer’s report. The motion passed

Membership

No new members were considered due to the absence of the membership chairperson.

Events Committee Report

Michele Faulk announced that the Events Committee was to meet on April 17th at 5:30 at Panera on Main Street. Ms. Faulk discussed upcoming events Heroes Luncheon, Shake Rattle and Roll, National Night Out, and the Pancake Breakfast.

Outreach Committee Report

Michele Faulk presented the Outreach Committee report on behalf of Dorothy Waddell. The Outreach Committee met on March 22nd. Dorothy Waddell contacted the campaign director for the Kaine Campaign. The campaign has not hired field organizers yet but they plan to have FO’s in all of the surrounding cities. The campaign is now emphasizing voter registration, and the Outreach Committee is planning voter registration events. The Issues Committee (part of Outreach) met on April 8th.

Regular phone banks will be scheduled to recruit volunteers at the next Outreach Committee meeting.

The next Outreach Committee meeting will be April 19th at Panera at 5:00.

Issues Committee Training

The Issues Committee presented training on Medicaid expansion.

The Honorable Cliff Hayes, Delegate for district 77.

Delegate Cliff Hayes addressed the committee. He noted the commitment and organization of the Suffolk Democratic Committee.

Delegate Hayes explained how Medicaid expansion passed in the House of Delegates and is in the Governor’s budget, but has not yet passed in the Virginia Senate. He noted that some Senators are close to flipping.

Continued Business

Heroes Luncheon

Michele Faulk announced that our guest speaker would be the Honorable Justin Fairfax. Delegate Cliff Hayes will introduce Lt. Governor Fairfax. She urged members to get their tickets sold.

Voter Registration Efforts

Leslie Rinaldi announced that the committee will participate in voter registration events at local high schools. Ms. Rinaldi said that LaSandra Tucker is coordinating dates.

New Business

Shake Rattle and Roll

Michele Faulk announced that the next upcoming event is Shake Rattle and Roll on May 12. She handed out a list for volunteers.

National Night Out

Michele Faulk requested that volunteers begin to contact her about participating in National Night Out.

Pancake Breakfast

Michele Faulk announced that we are anticipating the Pancake Breakfast to be held on September 22, or possibly September 29th. It has not yet been booked because of issues with our tax ID number, which Ms. Faulk is working to get clarified. Ms. Faulk said that the event will take place at Applebee’s in Northern Suffolk because the Applebee’s in downtown Suffolk, where the event has been held, is no longer available.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 7:59 pm

United Citizen Power – Southside – February Team Meeting


United Citizen Power is ready to build off of the energy from their 2018 Strategy Session!!

YOUR voice is needed at their February meeting so they can build power in our community to make government work for ALL of us!

All are welcome, whether you attended the last meeting or not!!

United Citizen Power – Southside Chapter
February Team Meeting

Monday, February 26, 2018
6:30pm

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Station #5  
3901 Bridge Rd,
Suffolk, VA 23435

RSVP: Michele – 757.620.3931

Primary day and Meeting June 13

Our next meeting will be June 13th, which is also Primary Day when we will choose our Democratic candidates for Governor, LT Governor, and, for some voters in Suffolk, House of Delegates District 64.

Please look at our Candidate Information Page for information about our candidates and links to their websites.

Vote in the Democratic Primary this Tuesday, then join us for our monthly meeting at 701 East Old Pinner Street.

See you Tuesday!

SDC Outreach Committee / Indivisible Meeting

The Outreach Committee will be holding a meeting at 1591 Cherry Grove Road North on Saturday, 18 March 2017, 2PM to 4PM, and we’re asking members to bring in a millennial!

This will also be an Indivisible meeting.

Directions:

  • Please note:
    • There are two Cherry Grove Roads in Suffolk. Our meeting will be at Cherry Grove Road North near Smithfield, just inside the Suffolk City line.
    • We found that on at least some navigation devices:
      • If you enter 1591 Cherry Grove Road North Suffolk, it will take you to mailboxes and the sign for Holly Tree Lane.
      • If you enter 1563 Farmington Drive Suffolk, it will take you to the house.
  • From the North (Smithfield/Benn’s Church, Benn’s Grant area): Turn left on RR604/Riddick Road past the Old Dominion Hay Company to a “T” intersection with RR600 Cherry Grove Rd. N. Left turn for 1.6 miles to Holly Tree Lane Sign and our house.
  • From the South (Suffolk/Chuckatuck): Turn right on RR600, Cherry Grove Rd. N. for 3.0 miles to the Holly Tree Lane Sign and the house.
  • After the turn on Holly Tree Lane, the house is the third house on the right, about .4 miles of a mile down the lane. It is a white house with red doors.

Great Meeting Tonight!

The committee would like to thank our Democratic candidates who joined us this evening: Jerry Cantrell, Rebecca Colaw, and John Wandling, running for the House of Delegates seat for District 64, Cliff Hayes, who is the delegate for the 77th District, Janel Hofler on behalf of Delegate Matthew James, and John Mahon on behalf of candidate for LT Governor Susan Platt.

We’d also like to thank our members and guests for their participation in tonight’s conversation. Stay involved! Please support our Democratic candidates. Visit their websites, follow them on social media, and consider canvassing for or contributing to their campaigns.

Also, keep the pressure on your representatives! Call, write, or show up. And remember, tomorrow (Mar 15), to send your postcard to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as part for the Ides of Trump effort.