Post Committee Meeting 9.8.2020 Minutes

MCDC Post Committee Meeting

Draft Minutes

Date: September 8, 2020

Call to Order – The meeting was called to order by Laura Walker (1), Committee Chairperson. Attendance was taken by Pam Parker (2), Recording Secretary, as Post members joined the Zoom meeting. A quorum was declared as 26 of 49 Post Members were in attendance.

The following Post Members were in attendance:

  • Post 1: Pat Green, Laura Walker (Committee Chairperson), Charrise Woolridge
  • Post 2: Tammy Bailey (Corresponding Secretary), Pam Parker (Recording Secretary), David Smith
  • Post 3: Linda Parker, Tonza Thomas (1st Vice Chair), Vivian Bishop
  • Post 4: Patricia Lassiter, Reginald Thompson
  • Post 5: Ruth Carpenter, Adam Drucker, Deborah Lowry and Bill Edwards
  • Post 6:
  • Post 7: Mary Garcia
  • Post 8: Judy Brouillette, Walter Nesbitt, Doug McLeod
  • Post 9: Adrian Chester, Saundra Ellison (2cnd Vice Chair), Marjorie Jackson (Treasurer), Teddy Reese, Toyia Tucker
  • Post 10: Ilene Kent, Tom McDaniel, Rick Parker

The following Post Members indicated to the Chair that they would not be able to attend prior to the meeting: Ella Lewis, Mattie Hall, Juanita Booker, Edna Foster, Royal Anderson, Val Almonord, Dominick Perkins.

There were 3 visitors at the meeting: Akear Mewborn, Edwin Educame, and Vickie Stafford.

Reading/approval of minutes: Minutes from the July 14 Post Committee meeting were either e-mailed or sent via USPS to Post Committee members prior to the meeting. Walter Nesbitt (8) provided the motion to approve the minutes as written. The vote was unanimous. Mrs. Walker opened the floor for discussion. The minutes were approved as written without objection. Bill Edwards (5) provided a second.

Treasurer’s Report: Mr. Nesbitt (8) moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report as written. A second was provided by Mary Garcia (7). The Treasurer’s report was approved as presented. Our total bank balance as of August 10, 2020 was $17,758.55.

President’s Notes: Mrs. Walker thanked Post Committee members who decided not to run for re-election to their Post. She asked all to take a minute to reflect on the contributions of these Post Members.

Deborah Davis (2), Nick Rulon (10), Ralph Jones (6), Korie McDougal (6), Saundra Hunley (10), Ozia Scott (6), Tammy Bailey (2), Tom McDaniel (10) and Judy Brouillette (8).

New Business:

  • Post Committee Meeting for November: Laura Walker (1), Committee Chairperson, proposed moving our November 10 meeting to November 17 for the purpose of conducting an Executive Board officer election for the 2021 – 2023 Biennium. Mrs. Walker opened the floor for general discussion. Reason why we pushed it the week after the general election? Would be our normal Post committee election but anticipates being worn out after the general. Adrian Chester made the motion to move the meeting and Walter provided a second. The vote was unanimous.
  • Two Ad Hoc committees:
    • Officer Nominating Committee: Mrs. Walker would like to form an officer nominating committee to reach out to Post members to solicit nominations for all the positions on the Executive Board that will be vacant in 2021. She will send out an email to the Post asking for volunteers. She asks that current executive board members be available to answer questions about what their jobs looked like and/or to write a description to help guide a perspective candidate interested in running for the Executive Board.
    • Ad hoc committee is to recognize Juanita Booker and Ella Lewis. These ladies are not leaving their Post positions. Mrs. Walker would like the committee to consider possible options for recognizing their many years of service to the MCDC. Be on the lookout for an email from Mrs. Walker.
  • Recruiting Vote Review Panelists, Ballot Monitoring Volunteers: Pam and Rick Parker (10) are our Voter Protection Team. The DPG has asked Mrs. Walker (1) to recruit vote review panelist and will need names by September 25. She needs to recruit 4 volunteers to cover the 2 weeks absentee ballot will be processed. She described the vote review process to the Post Committee. Ballot Monitoring Volunteers are also needed. Mrs. Walker encouraged everyone to volunteer to help with voter protection. Rick Parker (10), Legal Liaison for DPG Voter Protection, discussed the need for Poll Watchers.
  • Billboards: Mrs. Parker, reported to the committee that she was unsuccessful finding an electronic billboard company who would consider allowing the MCDC to use their billboards for political purposes. She contacted 2 different companies, Outfront Media and Kelly Outdoor for information and pricing. Teddy Reese (9) used a company during his recent political campaign and did not have any difficulty procuring billboard space. Mrs. Parker indicated that since Mr. Reese had success with Outfront Media, he should be the one to contact them for Billboard space on behalf of the MCDC. If we cannot use the electronic billboards, we will figure out advertising alternatives.
  • Three group leaders needed: Mrs. Walker also needs physical help with Yard Sign Distribution. The Biden team has contacted Mrs. Walker to let her know that they are sending the MCDC yard signs. She would like to have a team to help with sign distribution. Also needed are people to put yard signs around town. Line warmers: We will probably have lines during November 3 and need folks to volunteer

Announcements

  • Ed Tarver Meet and Greet, September 22 via Zoom. Mr. Tarver is running for the Senate seat currently held by the appointee Kelly Loeffler. Mrs. Walker will send out information about the meeting and a link for Zoom via e-mail.
  • Mrs. Walker encouraged everyone to keep an eye on their email account. She will be sending out all the campaign volunteer opportunities.
  • Pat Green (1), asked for clarification about the early voting locations specifically with respect to the Citizen’s Service Center. Mrs. Walker indicated that the Citizen Services Center will be an early voting location both weeks as well as the Trade Center downtown for one week.
  • David Smith (2) – Mr. Smith has been hired by the DPG to lead the Legislative Victory Fund in our area. The purpose of this group is to flip the state Legislature. He is specifically concentrating on Districts 138 and 151. If you are interested in volunteering with David’s team, message David during the current Zoom meeting or send him an email.

Adjournment: The business meeting was adjourned so that the Post could conduct a Post Committee Election for Post 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. Each Post and their candidates moved into separate Zoom meetings. Post members from 1,3,5,7, and 9 served as moderators for the Post Elections and vote tabulators. Laura Walker (1), Committee Chairperson, received affidavits from all Post Members prior to the election.

Post Committee Meeting Minutes 7.14.2020

Muscogee County Democratic Committee

Post Committee Minutes: Draft

Date: July 14, 2020

Call to Order – The meeting was called to order by Laura Walker (1), Committee chair at 7:10 P.M. With only 15 Post Committee members in attendance, a quorum could not be declared therefore no official business could be conducted. Mrs. Walker began the meeting with a series of announcements.

Chair’s Notes: Mrs. Walker thanked everyone who helped Muscogee County Board of Elections and the MCDC during the June 9 election. She specifically pointed out the following activities:

  • The MCDC Texting team who reached out the voters with election information.
  • All of the DPG Voter Protection people who included: Voter Protection County Coordinator and Legal Liaison, our Poll Watchers, Absentee ballot Review Panel member, and our Line warmers. She also thanked our Post Members who ran for office and are running in November.

Attendance: According to attendance collected at 7:25 a quorum was reached. In attendance were the following Post Members:

  • Post 1: Gayle Daniels, Laura Walker, Charrise Woolridge, Pat Green
  • Post 2: Tammy Bailey, Deborah Davis, Pam Parker
  • Post 3: Mattie Hall, Linda Parker, Tonza Thomas
  • Post 4: Patricia Lassiter, Gloria Tyson
  • Post 5: Ruth Carpenter, Deborah Lowery, Bill Edwards
  • Post 6: Ralph Jones
  • Post 7: Mary Garcia
  • Post 8: Judy Brouillette
  • Post 9: Marjorie Jackson
  • Post 10: Val Almonord, Tom McDaniel, Rick Parker, Dominick Perkins, Ilene Kent, Nick Rulon

The following Post Committee Members were excused: Ella Lewis, Juanita Booker, Aslean Florence, Reggie Thompson, Adam Drucker, Edna Foster, and Adrian Chester

There were 9 MCDC members and visitors at the meeting: Sharese Beasley, Sharon Kuechenmeister, Akear Mewborn, Brandon Wilkins, Mark Akpaninyie, Mary Anne Plaskon, Myra Josefberg and Stephen Galloway. Also, in attendance was our Guest Speaker, Hillary Holley

Reading/approval of minutes – Pam Parker (2), Recording Secretary, did not take minutes at the last Post Committee meeting, May 12, 2020 because there was no quorum present. Minutes from the March Post Committee meeting were e-mailed to the Post Committee members and were approved electronically via e-mail.

Treasurer’s Report: Marjorie Jackson (9), Treasurer, provided a copy of the Treasure’s report to Mrs. Walker who informed the Post that she would send it via e-mail for all to review. She will call for an electronic vote once everyone has had time to review the report. The report was sent out on July 14, 2020. 18 Post Members voted electronically to approve the Treasurer’s report, no votes in opposition were received. One correction was made to the report; an expenditure was reported on the wrong line. Additional information was provided with respect to t-shirt sales at the True Blue Breakfast.

New Business:

  • Bylaws Update: Rick Parker (10), By-Laws Chairperson, reported that enough Post Members voted to approve the draft By-Laws as of June 24, 2020. The work of the committee has concluded.
  • COVID response: Mrs. Walker indicated that the MCDC will continue to monitor the rising infection rates and has decided that the Post will not meet in person for the time being. The Chattahoochee Valley Library has opened their meeting rooms but she does not feel it to be safe enough to meet in person.
  • Post Seat Holder elections for even numbered posts: Mrs. Walker explained that the Executive Board decided to postpone the elections for the time being. The DPG is allowing county committees to determine how they want to conduct the elections for Post Members and a new slate of officers. The Executive Board had many questions about the vetting process for candidate for Post seats, how Posts could caucus together and how a vote would be taken. The qualifications from the DPG By-Laws to certify to run cannot be adhered to in the virtual meetings we are holding during the COVID pandemic. Mrs. Walker asked the following questions to the DPG:

Can we wait until after the November election and do one big election? Can we forgo the elector signatures for the affidavits and do the elections electronically?

She has not received any response from DPG leadership because they are overwhelmed right now with hiring for the national election.

  • Upcoming Campaign Info:
    • Charisse Woolridge (1), Organizer for the West Georgia area, has many things planned to help us get mobilized for the general in November including virtual events, phone banking and trainings. She will hold a Meet and Greet with local organizers on Wednesday, July 15 @6:30 via Zoom.
    • Patricia Lassiter (4), DPG’s Legislative Victory Fund Director, informed the Post that the DPG is working on getting people to the polls. There is a huge campaign aimed at flipping the state house with 16 GOP seats believed to be vulnerable being targeted. She has the list of candidates that we can support. The DPG will host a meet and greet for Bob Trammel on Thursday, July 16. Patricia told everyone that there is an opportunity to do something single day on the DPG website. She encouraged everyone to get involved, we need to win back the state now more than ever.
    • Mrs. Walker encouraged everyone to volunteer for our local candidates running. Carl Sprayberry, Georgia House District 134, and Val Almonord, running for House of Representative in Ga03. Dr. Almonord (10) reached out to the post members in attendance at the meeting and encouraged them to volunteer.

Guest Speaker: Hillary Holley, Fair Fight Action

Hillary Holley Organizing Director for Fair Fight and Fair Fight Action Stacey Abrams’ voter protection non-profit gave a brief talk about the organization’s work to protect voting rights across the county as well as here in Georgia.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 P.M by Mrs. Walker.

Minutes: Post Committee Meeting 1.14.2020 with changes

Muscogee County Democratic Committee

Meeting Agenda

Date: January 14, 2020

Call to Order: The assemblage was called to order for the purpose of conduct of elections by Chairperson, Laura Walker at 6:30 P.M. The election was intended to fill vacant seats in Post positions for Districts 2, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 as well as the 1st Vice Chair. Of the vacant Post seats only 5, 7, 9/10 had candidates and these candidates were running unopposed. Accordingly, a motion was made and seconded to allow these candidates to be elected by acclamation. The motion was approved unanimously by the Post. The Chair then moved to conduct the election for 1st Vice Chair. The two candidates running for 1st Chair, Tonza Thomas and Karen Huntspon, were given an opportunity to address the Post. Paper ballots were distributed, collected and the counting team adjourned to tally the votes.

Verification of Quorum: According to the sign in sheet there were 35 people in attendance. 33 Post members and 2 Non-Post members.

Post members were in attendance: Val Almonard (10), Tammy Bailey (2), Vivian Bishop (3), Juanita Booker (4), Judy Brouillette (8), Adrian Chester (9), Deborah Davis (2), Edna Foster (6), Mary Garcia (7), Par Green (1), Mattie Hall (3), Sandra Hunley (10), Karen Huntspon (9), Marjorie Jackson (9), Ilene Kent (10), John Land (7), Patricia Lassiter (4), Ella Lewis (1), Tom McDaniel (10), Pam Parker (2), Rick Parker (10), Dominick Perkins (10), Teddy Reese (9), David Smith (2), Tonza Thomas (3), Reginald Thompson (4), Toyia Tucker (9), Gloria Tyson (4), Laura Walker (1), Charrise Woolridge (1), Bill Edwards (5), Royal Anderson (7), and Nicholas Rulon (10).

Non-Post members in attendance: Sharon Kuecheameister, Sharonda Hubbard, and Freddie Williams.

Post Members who were excused: Gayle Daniels (1), Linda Parker (3), Aslean Florence (4), Ruth Carpenter (5), Adam Drucker (5), Deborah Lowry (5), Ralph Jones (6), Harry Underwood (6), Doug McLeod (8), and Walter Nesbitt (8).

Post Members absent: Saundra Ellison (9), Shawn Gatewood (3), Korie McDougal (6), Murphy Pound (7) and Ozia Scott (6).

Reading/approval of minutes: The Minutes were sent to the Post prior to the meeting via e-mail and US mail. The Chair made printed copies of the minutes available if needed by any Post member. The Chair solicited the Post for any corrections additions to the minutes, there were none. Teddy Reese (9) made a motion to approve the minutes as written. Pat Green (1) provided the second. The Chair called for a vote and the Minutes were unanimously approved.

Correspondence: Tammy Bailey, Corresponding Secretary, reported that there was no correspondence to report.

Treasurer’s Report: The Treasurer’s report was provided to the Post prior to the meeting via e-mail and U.S. mail. The Chair made printed copies of the minutes available if needed by any Post member. The committee reviewed the Financial Report submitted by Treasurer, Marjorie Jackson. Current bank balance as of 1/6/2020 was $4, 312.62. The Chair asked for any discussion. Judy Brouillette (8) asked about the rental on the storage unit. Marjorie Jackson reported that it is $100 a month. Judy would like to find another unit that is easier to access than our current building. The Chair asked Judy if she would be willing follow up with the storage rental company for another building. Judy agreed. A motion was made by Teddy Reese (9) to accept the report as presented. Juanita Booker (4) provided the second. The Chair called for a vote and the report was unanimously approved.

Committee Reports

Standing:

  • Bylaws Revision: Rick Parker (10) By-Laws Committee Chairperson stated that he had nothing new to report. A set of draft By-Laws went out to the committee members as well as to Dominick Perkins (10), Chairman of the Affirmative Action Committee to review and make recommendations. Dominick and Rick will get together and make sure that Affirmative Action is covered.
  • Financial Strategic Planning: Marjorie Jackson (9), Financial Strategic Planning Chairperson reported that the committee has not met yet. She has sent them paperwork to review. The committee has a meeting planned for February.
  • Fundraising – January True Blue Breakfast: Prior to the start of the business meeting. Laura discussed current status of ticket sales, whether the event needed to be cancelled due to lack of response, solicited assistance from the Post and encouraged everyone to buy tickets. Informally, the following suggestions were made have the event even if there are not 200 in attendance and some additional Post members volunteered to help with the event. During the business meeting, Laura reminded everyone that the MCDC must sell at least 90 tickets in order to break even on the event. Tammy Bailey (2), encouraged everyone to buy t-shirts if they cannot attend the breakfast. Laura originally planned for the True Blue Breakfast to feature candidates from both Senate seats that are up for election in 2020 but that proved to be too difficult to coordinate. She informed the Post that she may ask the Fundraising Committee to plan an informal event for those individuals later in the calendar year. Laura said that she still plans to have the True-Blue Gala in the Fall.
  • Communications – Laura reported that a social media person is needed for the MCDC Twitter and Instagram platforms.
  • Affirmative Action: Dominick Perkins, Chairperson, did not have a report. Laura suggested that he reach out to Events and Education to see if an Affirmative Action event could be added to their schedule of events for General Membership meetings.
  • Events & Education / Membership & Outreach: Toyia Tucker (9) Chairperson thanked the assembly for the toys that were donated at Christmas for “Reach 4 Your Dreams.” Tonight there will be a debate watch party at Lemongrass. Toyia solicited the Post volunteers for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day events to be held in downtown Columbus on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Finally, she announced that the General Membership meeting on February 11, 2020 will be held at the Citizens Service Center on Macon Road. Nancy Boren, Muscogee County Election Supervisor, will hold a demonstration of the new voting machines at that time.
  • Campaign & Candidate Support: The DPG is running a “Contest Every Race” program targeting people who might be interested in running for office. Contact Laura if you are interested and were not contacted. The group received 2,000 replies to a text blast that they sent out. Laura will host a couple of events for the people that responded to receive training; one in the evening and one in the afternoon on a Saturday.

New Business:

  • Chair would like to form new ad-hoc subcommittee: Voter Outreach 2020 Laura announced that she will be appointing new subcommittee chairs where appropriate for this calendar year. She encouraged Post members who would like to serve as committee chairs to contact her. She informed the Post that she would like to form an ad hoc subcommittee entitled Voter Outreach. Pat Green (1) made a motion that a Voter Outreach committee be formed, and Toyia Tucker (9) seconded. The floor was opened for discussion and since there was no discussion, Laura called for the vote which was unanimous.
  • Candidate visits: Ted Terry, Richard Winfield in March Laura announced that Senatorial candidate Mayor Ted Terry (who was unable to attend our True Blue Breakfast) will be coming to our March Post Committee meeting. Also in March, Richard Dein Winfield, Senate candidate for the second GOP held Senate seat will come to that meeting to speak to the Post as well.

Announcements

Laura informed the group she received an email from Senate candidate Maya Dillard Smith with a request speak to the MCDC. Laura invited her to come to the True Blue Breakfast. Ms. Smith was the chair of the Georgia ACLU (4 years ago) and she stepped down because she felt pressure to resign due to her support of the controversial “bathroom bill.” The floor was opened for comments about asking her for a position statement about her support of transgendered people. Several Post members did not want to put Ms. Smith on the spot at what is hoped to be a fun informal event for the Post and the Candidates. It was decided to ask all the candidates the same questions.

Laura asked the Post to suggest any questions they would like to ask the candidates. Two suggestions were; discuss a position they have been wrong about or if they have had an evolution on a past position, and employment rights. Newly elected Post member, Royal Anderson (7), suggested that Laura make an online survey for the Post to submit questions so people can respond anonymously. Laura will make a mail chimp survey and will post the results from the poll to the Post.

Adjournment

Announcements:

  • The results of the election for 1st Vice Chair were shared with the Post. The Chair reported that Tonza Thomas was the winner and would fulfill the 1st Vice Chair vacancy on the Executive Board until the end of the current board term, December 2020.
  • Rick Parker (10) made the motion to adjourn the meeting and Tonza Thomas, 1st Vice Chair, provided the second. The Post voted unanimously to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 P.M.