Minutes: Post Committee Meeting 11.12.2019
Agenda Muscogee County Democratic Committee
Post Committee Meeting Draft Minutes
November 12, 2019
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Laura Walker at 6:15 PM.
Attendance and Roll Call: Executive Board members present: Laura Walker, Chairperson; Pam Parker, Recording Secretary; and Tammy Bailey, Corresponding Secretary. Darien Torbert, 1st Vice Chair; Saundra Ellison, 2nd Vice Chair; and Marjorie Jackson, Treasurer were all absent.
Post committee members present: Val Almonord (10), Tammy Bailey (2), Juanita Booker (4), Deborah Davis (2), Edna Foster (6), Mary Garcia (7), Mattie Hall (3), Sandra Hunley (10), Ralph Jones (6), Ilene Kent (10), Deborah Lowery (5), Tom McDaniel (10), Pam Parker (2), Rick Parker (10), Laura Walker (1), Charrise Woolridge (1) and Harry Underwood (6).
Visitors Present: Yvette Maxwell, Andrea Atkins, Alicia Davenport and Cynthia Peak.
Verification of a Quorum: 17 of 45 Post Committee members were in attendance at the beginning of the meeting. 18 Post Committee members would have to be in attendance for there to be a quorum. As no quorum was present, Juanita Booker made the motion to adjourn the meeting and Mary Garcia provided the second. The motion was not acted upon, but instead, the business portion of the meeting was suspended pending arrival of additional Post members.
The Post Committee proceeded with an informal informational meeting.
Guest Speaker, Democratic US Senate Candidate, Marckeith DeJesus, was introduced by Laura Walker. Mr. DeJesus discussed his reasons for running for US Senate, provided personal background and discussed the direction of his campaign. At the conclusion of his presentation he took questions from the group.
Informal Meeting notes:
Mrs. Walker reported that she heard from the DPG about how tickets for the Atlanta Democratic Candidate Debate will be distributed. The DPG is a conducting a lottery for tickets. Individuals are encouraged to submit their e-mail address through social media to enter the drawing.
Deborah Davis provided the committee with the following information:
- Opening of her new business, My Man Cave, a men’s consignment shop.
- A free skills workshop with Better Angels at Edgewood Presbyterian Church on December 14 from 2 – 4:30 PM.
- Heirs Properties Workshop on December 2 from 5:30 – 7 PM at the Citizens Service Center; the workshop will assist individuals with their rights with respect to properties abandoned due to death of a family member. The areas that will be discussed are in East Wynnton; Lawyers Lane, Briarwood, Lindsay Creek, East Carver, and others.
Laura Walker informed the committee that we are looking for a MCDC office in the coming year. She is hoping to have a location identified after the May primaries. She would like to investigate leasing the office space that we used during the Stacey Abrams’ campaign, the Midtown Road location. Benefits of locating the office at that location are that it is centralized (Midtown), affordability, and proximity to canvassing opportunities. Visitor, Andrea Atkins, suggested locating the office at Cross County Plaza.
Harry Underwood informed the committee that Southerners on New Ground (SONG) is holding its statewide Organizing School here in Columbus from November 14-17, to teach volunteers how to organize communities or cash bail abolition and “melting I.C.E.” The event will be held at The Place, 1828 Midtown Drive.
At 7:00 PM, Saundra Ellison, 2nd Vice Chair (9) arrived at the Post Committee meeting. Due to the arrival of Mrs. Ellison, a quorum was declared and the Post Committee opened the business portion of the meeting.
Reading/Approval of Minutes: Laura Walker gave a few copies of the minutes from the 9.10.2019 meeting to those in attendance who had not read them as provided via e-mail. After the Post Committee reviewed the minutes, Mrs. Walker called for a motion to approve the minutes. Mrs. Booker, made a motion to accept the minutes as written. Edna Foster provided a second. The motion was approved.
Correspondence: Tammy Bailey, Corresponding Secretary, reported that there was no correspondence to report other than replies by Democratic candidates for the US Senate race in 2020 who plan to attend the True Blue Breakfast. She has received the replies from the following candidates; Sarah Riggs Amico, Ted Terry, Teresa Tomlinson, Akhenaten Hotep Amun, and Harold Shouse have responded that they plan to attend. Jon Ossoff, Marckeith DeJesus, Tamara Johnson-Shealey, and Elaine Whigham Williams have not responded to any of her attempts to contact them. However, Ms. Bailey followed up with Mr. DeJesus before he left the meeting and he plans to attend.
Treasurer’s Report: The committee reviewed the Financial Report submitted by Treasurer, Marjorie Jackson. Bank balance as of 10/8/2019 was $5,021.52. Ending balance as of 11/12/2019 was $5, 021.52. There were no expenditures or contributions to the account since 9/30/2019. Laura Walker asked the committee if there were any discussion and/or corrections needed to the report.
Ms. Booker stated the she really liked the detail in the Treasurer’s report and thanked Marjorie Jackson for her attention to detail.
As there were no corrections, Mary Garcia made a motion to accept the Treasurers report as presented. Harry Underwood provided the second. The motion was approved.
- Bylaws Revision – Rick Parker reported that a draft of revised MCDC By-Laws was given to members of his committee, Chairperson, Laura Walker, and the chair of the Affirmative Action committee. There will be another meeting of the committee after everyone has time to review the draft to formalize the By-Laws and after that occurs he will present them to the Post for an official vote. Laura Walker thanked Rick Parker for completing this process.
- Financial Strategic Planning – Laura reminded the Post that Marjorie, chairperson of the committee, is absent. Marjorie was asked at the last meeting to have additional Post Committee members help her conduct a review of the financial records from 2015 forward. She is working on this review.
- Fundraising – The fundraising committee has been meeting to plan the fundraiser for January 25, 2019 entitled the True Blue Breakfast, a 2020 Democratic Senate Candidate forum. The committee is discussing holding a True Blue Gala for the fall of 2020 as well. The breakfast will be a less formal and less expensive event. Laura Walker introduced the members of the committee, Pam Parker, Tammy Bailey, Debra Lowery and Eva Smith. Tammy has invited all of the candidates for either Senate seat, Perdue’s and Isakson’s. We will sell tickets to the breakfast and as well as t-shirts on Event Brite. Tickets for the breakfast will be $40, the T-shirts will sell for $20.
A suggestion was made to get the tickets up on Event Brite before Christmas so that people can purchase tickets for gift. Laura Walker also revealed the winning design for the t-shirt. The committee also plans to raise money by selling slides to businesses that will be displayed during the meet and greet using the AV screens at the Cunningham Center. We will only sell 200 tickets, but that number will be reduced by 2 tickets we will provide to each candidate.
Another fundraising opportunity was discussed, Giving Tuesday. Laura Walker asked Harry Underwood if he could launch our Act Blue page to coincide with that. He stated that he would.
- Communications – Laura Walker reported that the committee had no report. She did state that a volunteer is needed to take over our Instagram and Twitter accounts.
- Affirmative Action –No report.
- Events & Education /Membership & Outreach – No one from either committee was present. Laura Walker reported that the individual committees, Events/Education and Membership/Outreach, were asked to merge.
Laura indicated that she asked the new committee to focus on the every-other-month General Committee meetings. She specifically asked them to focus on Debate Watch Party for the debates scheduled for next Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The committee has arranged for the MCDC to meet at the Disabled American Veterans hall at 1000 Victory Drive, 7:30 PM. Members are encouraged to bring snacks. Debate starts at 8:00.
The committee also planned a December holiday event that will feature a Community Service project and an opportunity for a social gathering. Our community service project for the December meeting will be a toy drive for the organization “Reach 4 Your Dreamz” that Toyia Tucker (9) recommended. Skippers Seafood, 3505 Buena Vista Rd, Columbus, GA 31906, and Café LaRue, 2523 Airport Thruway, Columbus, GA 31904, will be places where the membership can drop off toys. The December social meeting will be held on Friday December 6th at Circa, 900 Front Ave, Columbus, GA 31901. Membership is encouraged to bring toys to that event as well. After all the toys are gathered, Toyia Tucker will try to get us some airtime on a radio spot on 98.3 The Beat when we drop off the toys.
Walter Nesbitt, Chairperson of this group, arrived in time to speak about the Debate watch party as well as the Circa event.
- Campaign & Candidate Support: David Smith (2) has been working on finding a candidate to oppose Vance Smith, HD133. He is in meetings with someone and will report to the committee as soon as he has any information to report.
- Cancelled Voter List – Volunteers are needed to help with contacting the voters affected. Georgia’s Secretary of State’s (SoS) office released the list of inactive voters for the entire state. The SoS’s list was narrowed down to 15,000 “cancelled voters” by Muscogee County Election Supervisor Nancy Boren. Laura Walker and Harry Underwood narrowed the list to Democrats and those who voted in 2018. The final list had 306 people were on it. Rick Parker suggested that the list should be taken to the Probate Court so that deceased voters could be eliminated.
- Special Election in January for 1st Vice Chair and Post Committee positions: Laura Walker reported that Darien Torbert, 1st Vice Chair, resigned to move back to Washington state. The Post needs to hold a Special Election in January for Darien’s position as well as various vacant Post Committee meetings. Laura Walker asked Tom McDaniel (10) to assist with the elections and he agreed to help.
- Laura Walker indicated that February’s General Membership meeting will focus on voter education efforts including creating a canvass card for door knobs, asking the Board of Elections to provide voting machine training and requesting that Nancy Boren bring one of the new machines.
- MCDC office search (previously discussed during earlier in the meeting).
- DPG will present training on the Qualifying process for county committees: There would be a training for this from the DPG.
- Harry Underwood – Harry provided the committee with a brief report from the State DPG meeting he and others attended in Cumming on October 19. He reported that at least 131 elected members from across the state were in attendance. Please see Harry for any additional information about the event.
- Walter Nesbitt (who arrived after a quorum had been declared) – Walter informed the Post that an African American caucus has been formed in Muscogee County. He encouraged interested Post members to contact him for additional information.
- Juanita Booker – Mrs. Booker attended the DPG State Dinner where Calvin Smyre was honored. She reported that the meeting went well.
- Harry Underwood – A Young Democrats group has been organized. Post members should contact him if interested.
Adjournment: Deborah Davis made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Walter Nesbitt provided the second. The vote was unanimous and the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 PM.