Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Washington County Democrats Minutes - August 9, 2016

Washington County Democrats – August 9, 2016 (7:00 pm), Art Domestique 

The Washington County Democrats met at Art Domestique on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. Vice Chairperson Richard Gilmore called the meeting to order at 6:58pmThe Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 
The minutes of the July meeting were approved as posted to the blog.  

Treasurer’s Report for August 9, 2016: Kay Ciha presented the treasurer's report with updates to membership fees, donations and the candidate fund.  New expenses include payment for parade candy ($78.18) and a reimbursement to Steve Maxon for fuel ($40.00). Motion to approve, seconded and passed. 

Report of the Vice Chair:  
Todays guests are Karen Knapik, Clinton staffer, who is staying with the Greeners until mid-November, and Jacob ____.  Karen spoke briefly about her immediate goals, which are to focus on getting absentee ballots out as well as commit to vote cards. 
On August 13th, the 2nd District Committee will meet at Art Domestique with Sandy Dockendorff as the new Chairperson.  

Old Business:  
Office/Headquarters: The Washington County office/headquarters for the democratic party candidates will be at Art Domestique. There is a goal of September 1st for opening the office. 

Mills Seed BldgTerry Phillips reported that he’s putting in a handicap ramp and it should be done by Aug 31. The committee and campaign can use it for get out the vote and other activities.  

County FairEverything went well with good conversations with supporters. 

New Business:  
Volunteers:  We need to focus on getting volunteers to start activities. Karen plans to start with Farmer’s Market days with vote commit cards, absentee ballots, etc.  The ideal time to recruit volunteers is August through mid-September.  Mid-September to the end of October is the big push.  

Laptop phonebank applicationCurrently in the works is a laptop phonebank application to help volunteers with calls.  However, the campaign will also have paper versions for those who are uncomfortable with technology. 

Committee Reports:  
Affirmative Action: No report 
Candidate Development: No report 
Community Events: No report 
Platform Committee: No report 

Next meeting will occur on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Art Domestique. 
Motion to adjourn, seconded & passed. Adjourned at 7:46 pm.  

September 13th meeting notice

The monthly Washington County Democrats meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 13th, 7:00 PM at the Art Domestique (118 S Iowa Ave, Washington).

We hope to see you there!

Monday, August 8, 2016

August 9th Meeting Notice

The monthly Washington County Democrats Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9th at 7:00 PM at Art Domestique (118 S Iowa Ave, Washington). 

We will be discussing next steps to support party candidates. Please join us! Your input is appreciated!

See you Tuesday the 9th!

Washington County Democrats Minutes - July 12, 2016

The Washington County Democrats met at Art Domestique on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Vice Chairperson Richard Gilmore called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  

The minutes of the June meeting were approved and posted to the blog.  

Robin Plattenberger-Gilmore presented the treasurer's report with updates to membership fees, donations and the candidate fund. New expenses include payment for parade candy ($100.97) and informational cards for the county fair ($286.43).  Ethics are due to the State on July 19.  

Report of the Vice Chair:  
On July 2nd, the 2nd District Central Committee held a meeting at Art Domestique to vote on new leadership. Sandy Dockendorf is new chairperson.  2nd District has formed four new committees with chairs and all central committee members are to serve on at least one committee. 

The 2nd District Central Committee plans to meet at Art Domestique in August.  

Old Business: 
Fair: The Washington County Democrats will have a booth in the Common Exhibit building, space #26 & 27. It should be the same space as last year.  The Committee called for volunteers for set-up on Sunday, July 17, staffing for the booth and tearing it down at the end of the week. Decorations will be created for the booth emphasizing the party's principles.  Candy, cowboy cards and water will be provided.  JP is getting material from the campaign. Jacob Bruns will help JP with Clinton/Judge signs as well as have absentee ballots available at the table. 

Office/headquarters: The committee continues to look at options for a headquarters in Washington for democratic candidates. There was discussion on using an existing business's extra space vs having a separate space for this purpose.  Motion to approve an office in Washington with an August 1 or September 1 start date passed with 1 nay.  Motion to approve the use of Art Domestique after Labor Day if the schedule allows and pay rent was seconded and passed. Literature/signage will be placed in the windows to indicate party presence.  

Parades:  The parade at Wellman went well.  Motion to approve payment of $40 to Steve Maxon for transporting Gloria to the parades was seconded and passed.  
New Business: 
Some lively discussion took place regarding support of Hillary Clinton by former Sanders supporters, Jill Stein's (Green Party) candidacy, and support of Patty Judge, Death with Dignity Act, and the possibility of forming a Young Democrats.  

The Death with Dignity Act is a burden on physicians and is contrary to the Hippocratic Oath.   

JP is working to create a young democrats group together to create a culture of civic engagement and mobilize impetus for change. He is also seeking to engage the Hispanic population.  

Committee Reports: 
Affirmative Action: Nothing to report. 
Candidate Development: Nothing to report. 
Community Events: Peter Morrison will take on this position.  
Platform Committee: Nothing to report.  

The next meeting will occur on Tuesday, August 9, 7:00 pm at Art Domestique.  
Motion to adjourn. Adjourned at 8:05.