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.

Committee Reports:

  • 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.

New Business:

  • 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.

Announcements:

  • 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.

Minutes: Post Committee Meeting 10 Sept 19

Muscogee County Democratic Committee

Meeting Minutes: September 10, 2019

Call to Order, Reading/approval of minutes: President, Laura Walker thanked everyone for coming and confirmed that we do have a quorum for voting. She then asked if everyone had read the minutes from the previous meeting. A copy of the minutes was given to anyone who needed one. There were no questions. Toyia made a motion to approve the minutes and Mary Garcia made the second. The minutes were approved

Verification of Quorum – Guidance that only PC Members can vote: Laura explained the differences in attendance requirements for general members and post committee members. Post committee members were elected in January and they need to let Laura know if they can’t make it to a meeting. General members come to meetings, voice opinions, volunteer and are very important, but it is post committee members who can vote.

President’s Notes:

  • Young Democrats meeting, debate watch parties, Labor Day breakfast
  • Post Committee resignations / absences
  • One year ago today – why we’re working so hard

Laura then gave a recap of the MCDC events that took place over the summer. There was a Young Democrats meeting that was well attended. Shawn Gatewood then commented about a group he is in at CSU called Students for Political Awareness (SPA). He said they had some things they are trying to get planned such as having political science professors and other professionals serve on panels to discuss various relevant topics. Laura said that she would be speaking to Columbus HIgh Democrats soon and that we would be supportive of the CHS group and of SPA. For now, we will just be a supportive group for them. She told Shawn we’d be happy to come speak to SPA. We had a couple of debate watch parties which were successful. Laura suggested making these a regular thing for debates. We had a great turnout at the MCDC Labor Day breakfast. There were lots of people and some of them were new. It shows that gatherings don’t have to be complicated and that social events are important.

Regarding Post Committee resignations and absences: Laura called anyone who hadn’t shown up at three of our last three meetings. She reached 3 people. She had a bad email for Edna Foster. Rusty Oliver resigned and Bennie Newroth resigned. Laura still hasn’t been able to get the other 3 people. If we need to, we will have a special election at the end of the year to replace them. Miss Juanita Booker commented that Bennie’s father recently passed away.

Laura then explained that she was wearing an Abrams shirt because one year ago, she was busy working long days on the campaign. She said it was so rewarding and wanted to know if anyone wanted to share any stories or anything about helping with campaigns. Several like Harry Underwood, Marjorie Jackson, and Edna Foster commented that they had helped and loved it. Laura pointed out the giant sticky notes she had on the walls that were labeled by month. She said she wanted everyone to know how important they are to MCDC success and the success of campaigns.

Treasurer’s Report: On file with Secretary: Marjorie then spoke and apologized about not having the financial report because she had sent it to Pam Parker for her to put on the screen and didn’t realize Pam wasn’t going to be there. Marjorie said our current balance was $5820.25 and that she would email the report out to everyone.

Committee Reports Standing:

  • Bylaws Revision – Rick Parker: No one from By Laws was present but Laura said they had a successful meeting and are looking at bylaws of other counties and are working on ours.
  • Financial Strategic Planning – Marjorie Jackson: Marjorie Jackson said the Financial Committee met on August 15 and that members seemed to want an audit. She told them she would discuss it with Laura. She said they agreed to increase the budget by 10%. She said she went through the records dating back to 2016, and it looks like everything is in order. Juanita Booker said she thought when the new Board took over, there would be an audit. Laura then said she thought it was important to define audit and that a true audit can cost over $5000. Sometimes when people say audit, what they really mean is a review. We cannot afford an audit but can do a review. Laura then said that some people may have thought we should have more money because they were unaware of the expenses. Aslean Florence asked if there was some reason for concern. Marjorie said no. Ruthie Carpenter asked if the review was done by just Marjorie or done by the whole committee. Marjorie said she was alone and Ruthie said it should have been done with the whole committee. Susan Stephenson said that more than likely the concern was because with the former Board, reporting was not good. Often, there would be no treasurer’s report or no minutes and there was no explanation. Marjorie repeated that she went back to 2016, and all is in order. Susan commented about the money we were supposed to give to local candidates and said she knew of one who only got $500 and it was very late in the game and that is another reason folks are concerned. She said that financial reporting was almost nonexistent.

Royal Anderson said she was new and parliamentarian trained. She asked if we also had a financial secretary. Laura said that it was Aslean. They didn’t used to have one, but now we do. Royal said the treasurer and financial secretary should be the checks and balances.

Pat Hugley said that the new committee was trying to get things in order and we should let the committee publish reports 2016 forward on revenue and expenses. Then, we can move forward. She made the motion that the committee, not just one person, make and publish a ledger of the money in and out forward from 2015. Ruth Carpenter gave the second. The motion passed. Marjorie said that the committee would have this for the next meeting.

  • Fundraising – Laura Walker: Laura gave a report about the fundraising committee. She said they had a resignation from Chris Parker and that she hasn’t been able to get Mattie Hall. She spoke to Doug McLeod, who’d also volunteered. The executive committee met, and we’d like to hold an event, but not a big gala. We decided to focus on a breakfast. She said we are thinking of late January with Isakson’s seat up. We could invite candidates. We would not have a lot of decorations. Something we could make good money on. We need money for an office, supplies, a way to show our banner. We will do a gala next September. Susan said she would like to suggest that we recommend that people make monthly donations to MCDC. Laura said we are still trying to figure all that out. Judy Brouillette reminded that we are not allowed to charge for membership. Juanita said we really need t-shirts. Harry said we need to put a paid ad on Facebook because it was very successful with Haskins’ campaign. Laura said it is about $20-$50 a push. Harry said we have 580 people on our mailing list. Laura suggested trying free posting first and then using Facebook ads if necessary.
  • Membership & Outreach – Toyia Tucker: Toyia who is with Membership and Outreach said she met with Harry and Laura and they wanted to create 3 efforts to increase membership. One is to provide training for new members. The second is the get folks involved in volunteering at festivals such as the Latino festivals and third is the have membership drives at places like the Tuskegee Morehouse game. We could set up a table there.

Laura pointed out that one problem we have is that people sign up but don’t respond and that it is very important to respond. She said that Shawn was going to be over membership but is very involved with some important groups at CSU so she asked Toyia Tucker to head it up. Tammy Bailey suggested that perhaps emails need to be shorter and not quite so frequent. Toyia said it is also very important to make sure your contact information is up to date. Harry said he sent a link of other subcommittees so we can know what others do.

  • Communications – Laura Walker: Laura said Harry is doing a great job sending out DPG information. We have a social media team. Alyse Gurak and Laura are posting on Instagram. Harry and Laura are on Twitter. We are getting a lot of action on Facebook. Pat H. asked if we could get a phone list so we could call folks and ask for donations. Tom said we do have the True Blue Gala list.
  • Affirmative Action – Dominick Perkins: Dominick is in Atlanta, no report
  • Events & Education – Walter Nesbitt: Walter was absent, no report
  • Campaign & Candidate Support – David Smith: Laura said that David Smith with Campaign Support has promoted local races he’d like us to focus on. They had a meeting at an I-Hop. Adrienne White sends us a list of folks who have reached out. Teddy Reese is running for State Senate and Pat H’s seat is up too.

Special/Ad Hoc: Young Democrats – CHS, CSU: see above

New Business:

  • DPG State Dinner: DPG dinner is Oct 22. We get a discount if we can fill a table of 10. Instead of $200 per person, it would be $150. Contact Laura if you’d like to attend.
  • 2nd Congressional District DPG Delegate Training – Americus, Saturday, 9/28, 10 am – 1 pm: Laura asked who would like to be a delegate at the convention. There is a 2nd district training Sept 28 in Americus for anyone interested in learning about the process or trying to be a delegate. Information will be emailed out.
  • MCDC Calendar Planning: Laura pointed out that we had distinct sections of the coming year where we’d be working on different things, moving towards Election Day 2020. Before the holidays, we’d be working on fine tuning subcommittee and Post Committee roles. We’d have a fundraiser in January and then we’d be working on voter education before the primaries. After the primaries, we’d be locating an office and working on canvassing and phone banking for the Democratic candidates. Laura noted that everyone’s contribution is sorely needed as this is the election of our lifetimes.
  • Comments from Membership: Mary Garcia pointed out that there is a voter education session this Saturday at Northside Rec. Laura said she wants the MCDC to be more of a driving force with getting volunteers since we can’t register voters as the MCDC. Ruthie asked if we could get t-shirts for a fundraiser. Tammy said we need to commit to getting a t-shirt by a certain date. Pat said we could just keep the donkey and change the lettering. Aslean made a motion to have a shirt design by November 1. Pat gave the second. Motion passed. Judy Brouillette asked why we don’t move our storage room closer to the library. Laura said she would price it, but that the location was actually very close. Pat suggested we get the cost of doing a mailer so we can send out our information. We could get sponsors. Harry said we are working on a candidate affidavit form. Tom McDaniel said that Sept 21 is Open House for Teresa Tomlinson and they volunteers to work that day. He has sign up sheets on the table with shifts being 9–12 and 12–3.
  • Adjournment: Susan made the motion to adjourn and Sara gave the second. Meeting was adjourned at 7:43.

Minutes: Post Committee Meeting July 9 2019

Muscogee County Democratic Committee (MCDC)

Post Committee Meeting Minutes (Draft)

7/9/2019

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Darien Torbert (9), 1st Vice Chair at 6:05 P.M. as Committee Chairperson Laura Walker (1) was out of town. Members of the Executive Board in attendance were: Saundra Ellison (9), 2nd Vice Chair; Pam Parker (2), Recording Secretary; Tammy Bailey (2), Corresponding Secretary; and Deborah Davis (2), Parliamentarian. Marjorie Jackson (9), Treasurer, was absent.

Statement of Purpose: The purpose of this meeting was to conduct a bi-monthly MCDC business meeting as expeditiously as possible to allow time for Georgia Democratic Party (GPD) Chairperson and State Senator (SD39) Nikema Williams to speak to the group.

Verification of Quorum: Pam Parker, Recording Secretary, called the roll. There were 30 Post members present, 20 absent. Of the 20 absent, the following informed the chair prior to the meeting that they would not be in attendance and were excused: Vivian Bishop (3), Mary Garcia (7), Teddy Reese (9), Laura Walker, Mattie Hall (3), Ilene Kent (10), and Linda Parker (3).

A quorum was declared by Mrs. Parker and the meeting proceeded.

Reading/approval of minutes: The minutes were sent to Post Members prior to the meeting via e-mail and regular mail. Copies were provided to those who did not receive them electronically and the minutes were projected on the meeting room screen.

After being given a few minutes to review the minutes, a motion was made by David Smith (2) to approve the minutes. Walter Nesbitt (8) provided the second.

Mr. Torbert asked the group if there were any additions, corrections or questions. As none were indicated, the vote was called, and the minutes were accepted unanimously.

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

Treasurer’s Report:​ Copies of the Treasurer’s report were sent to the Post Members via e-mail and regular mail prior to the meeting. Copies were provided to those who did not receive them electronically and the report was projected on the meeting room screen. The members were given a few minutes to review the report.

The financial report provided to the committee by Treasurer Marjorie Jackson is as follows:

Beginning balance: $12,288.64

Donations: $ 1,445.00

Expenses: $ 7,586.07

Ending Book Balance: $6,147.57

Walter Nesbitt made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as presented. David Smith provided the second. Mr. Torbert asked the members if there was any discussion, questions or concerns.

Doug McLeod (8) asked about the storage building rental cost of $790.00 and if the party still has items in the unit.

Mr. Torbert reported to the committee that the total rental cost of the unit represented the time period from November 2018 to June 2019. Additionally, there are still MCDC office and other supplies in the storage unit.

Mr. Torbert called for a vote to accept the Treasurer’s report as presented and it was unanimous.

Special/Ad Hoc:

Post Committee phone banking: Mr. Torbert discussed the phone banking event held at the library on June 11th. Mr. Torbert indicated that those who participated received very positive responses from the Democrats who were contacted. The MCDC would like to have another phone banking event in the future. Mrs. Bailey asked the group if anyone came to this meeting as a result of phone bank contact.

Fair Fight Action Event: Fair Fight Action, Stacey Abrams’ voter protection group, came to the Columbus Library on Macon Road June 14. The intent of their visit was to gather information from voters about their experiences during the 2018 midterm election. No one from the Post or MCDC offered any feedback to the group.

New Business:

Goals for Subcommittees: Mrs. Walker and Mr. Torbert had a conversation at the last Executive Board meeting regarding the need to set goals for each of the subcommittees. They divided the subcommittees between them and each of them will focus on the efforts of the committees for which they have taken responsibility.

Mr. Torbert is responsible for By-Laws, Membership, Affirmative Action, and Campaign and Candidate support.

Mrs. Walker is responsible for Finance, Fundraising, Events, Communications, and.

A brief outline of the goals for each subcommittee is as follows:

By-Laws and Affirmative Action: These two committees are to work together with the goal of focusing their efforts on improving diversity through policies and procedures.

Finance: A budget for the MCDC should be written to address fundraising so that monies raised is in direct proportion to the money expended.

Fundraising: The committee should engage in passive fundraising efforts (i.e. merchandize, ACTBlue, membership contributions, etc.) as well as big membership supported events (The dBlue Gala, for example) but the focus of all these efforts should be to support a specific budgetary need. Once any fundraising event is selected by the committee and approved by the Post, the committee should have the freedom to proceed with planning without involving the entire Post. Fundraising events will be one or two per year. Mr. Torbert solicited the Post for a chair for the committee and additional Post member participation.

Events: The focus of this committee is to plan the educational events that are held every other month during the general MDCD meeting. These events should not be fundraising in nature.

Membership and Outreach: The goal for this committee is to create and develop three sustainable efforts for increasing membership. One goal is to focus membership efforts targeted toward specific demographic groups (for example, college students).

Communication: A goal for this committee is to create a standard format and/or form for informing the MCDC and the community at large of MCDC supported and/or sponsored events.

Campaign and Candidate support: The goal for this committee is to have a cohesive idea about who is running and what their platform is all about so that we can support them. David Smith stated that the committee is preparing a questionnaire for potential candidates to complete to address this issue. Walter Nesbitt volunteered to help the committee as he does a similar function with the American Federation of Government Employees (AGFE) labor union.

Opportunity for subcommittee reports:

The following subcommittees were given an opportunity to present reports.

By-Laws: No report

Affirmative Action: No report

Finance: No report

Fundraising: No report

Events: Walter Nesbitt informed the committee that his group has a meeting scheduled for July 13 at TGIF 8 – 11 AM. He invited any interested Post members to attend.

Membership and Outreach: No report

Communication: No report

Campaign and Candidate Support: David Smith informed the committee that he is scheduling a meeting for the very near future.

Mr. Torbert encouraged the committee chairpersons to schedule a meeting at least once every two months.

Supplies for United Way: Mrs. Bailey thanked everyone for bringing school supplies for the United Way program “Stuff the Bus.” She is coordinating this effort on behalf of the MCDC. If anyone would like to contribute school supplies but forgot to bring them to the meeting, please contact her and she will pick them up from you.

Lights For Liberty: The protest effort “Lights for Liberty” will be this Friday, July 12 on Broadway. The MCDC is hosting this in conjunction with Indivisible Columbus and Pas Amigos. Mr. McLeod presented an additional opportunity to protest the detention center sponsored by St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The church is traveling to Stewart County on August 15 by bus. If members would like to attend, please contact Mr. McLeod for additional details. The deadline for registering is August 5.

Announcements:

Juanita Booker (4) presented information about a reception and dinner sponsored by the Columbus Community Center (CCC) to honor Teresa Tomlinson to be held on September 17, 2019 at 6:30. Please contact Mrs. Booker for information about tickets. Her number is (706)689-5067.

Harry Underwood (6): Informed the committee about the upcoming events and activities of our local Colgay Pride group.

Colgay Pride LGBT Support Groups: 6pm every Thursday (starting July 11) at the Lobby of the Corporate Center, 233 12th St

Colgay Pride “Come as Y’all Are” LGBT Social Meetups: 7pm every Wednesday (starting July 17) at Bare Roots Farmacy, 105 12th St

Adjournment: Mr. Torbert solicited the group for a motion to adjourn as the business meeting was concluded at 6:40 PM. Susan Stevenson (2) made the motion that we adjourn. Mr. McLeod provided the second. The vote was unanimous and the business meeting was adjourned.

Prior to giving the floor to our guest speaker Nikema Williams, Mrs. Ellison recognized our elected officials in attendance. They were as follows: Muscogee County Sherriff, Donna Tompkins; State Chairman of the Georgia Board of Education and Muscogee County School Board Chair (District 1), Pat Green; State Representative for 135, Calvin Smyre; Muscogee County School Board member (District 4), Naomi Buckner; and Columbus City Council member (District 10 At-Large), John House.

Signatures:

Darien Torbert, 1st Vice Chair

Pamela N. Parker

Recording Secretary