Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
Minutes of August Meeting
The Washington County Democrats met at the new headquarters office on Tuesday, August 10th, 2010, with 20 individuals present. The Chair, Louise Frakes, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm with the group reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing America the Beautiful.
Minutes of the last meeting held on August 6, 2010 were available in written form for the group. Those minutes covered the re-convention of the previous Washington County Convention. Minutes were also posted on the blog and sent to all of those with e-mail addresses. Motion was made and seconded that the minutes be approved and the minutes were approved as written.
Treasurer Kay Ciha presented the current Treasurer’s Report for July, and written copies were provided to the group, member dues received and bills for headquarters rent, internet & phone service, fair booth rent, and miscellaneous supplies were approved leaving a balance of $1,852.88, as of August 10, 2010, the report was approved and will be filed for audit.
The Chair reported on the Fair and Mrs. Culvers visit.
The chair called for candidate reports.
Larry Marek, Iowa House member 89, talked briefly about his candidacy plans in the upcoming election.
Lauren Brainerd the IDP representative talked about walk packets and call packets for the vote by mail campaign and indicated that she would be from 5-8 p.m. on August 17, 2010.
Richard Gilmore, supervisor candidate, talked briefly about his campaign plans and requested volunteer help.
Jared Hershberger talked about the recent campaign efforts of Dave Loebsack, and requested information on upcoming events and club meetings in the area.
The chair called for committee reports.
Tom Antosiak for the Veterans caucus spoke on the magazine drive and indicated that he would be leaving the area.
Steve Maxon reported on the 2nd District elections.
No other committee reports at that time.
Sign-up is needed for volunteer workers at the headquarters during the designated hours.
Sign-up providing meeting treats, for upcoming meetings in September, October and November.
The chair brought up discussion about the plans for the upcoming Fund Raising Dinner on October 17, 2010.
The chair brought up the issue of new group t-shirts, possibly with the donkey on the shirt. The chair and also Kay would look into the cost, design, etc.
Discussion about dispersing funds to help local candidates was raised and it was decided after discussion, that we would wait until we had a better grasp of the funds available after fund raising efforts etc.
The chair opened a discussion about how to help local candidates.
It was decided that a party on December would be planned at the November meeting.
It was noted that Ferd Marie had hosted his annual wiener roast in September. He indicated that this year the event would be held on Sunday, September 19th at 5:30p.m. Ferd will furnish hot dogs & buns and everyone else should bring a dish of something to share. Then come and enjoy the fellowship of fellow Democrats.
Finding no further new business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:07 p.m.
Members were invited to stay and continue their discussions of the evening’s business after the meeting is adjourned.
Next meeting will be held Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the headquarters office.
Peter G. Morrison, Secretary