Social Media




SEPTEMBER 25, 2013


The meeting was called to order at 6:32 p.m. by President, Susan Wally-Ledbetter.


The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Randy Camacho.


President, Wally-Ledbetter introduced Jim Holway, our guest speaker for the meeting.


Mr. Holway is a candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2014.  He has 30 years of experience in dealing with water, energy and land use related issues.  In 2010, he was elected to the CAP (Central Arizona Project) Board.  He has a PhD degree in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, and a BA in Political Science from CornellUniversity.


Following Mr. Holway’s presentation, Randy Camacho spoke to us briefly about his recent book, From the Roots Up, which is a collection of his thoughts on life, faith, and politics.   Mr. Camacho is a former candidate for political office and is currently a teacher at WestViewHigh School.  His book was available for sale following our meeting.


A motion to accept the minutes of the June 26, 2013 meeting was made by John Landry.  Adrian Zolkover seconded and the motion carried.


The Treasurer’s report was accepted as presented.  The current balance is $4,585.34.


The President presented letters of gratitude received from The Circle of Friends and from Felicia Rotellini, and Laura Copple,  Chairperson of the MCDP,  for our recent contributions.




Upcoming events:


Volunteers are requested for the Oktoberfest, Oct. 12 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Democratic incumbent and potential candidates have been invited to attend.


Sunday, Oct. 20 there will be a walk/run for Breast Cancer.  See the MCDP website for details on this event.


The semi-annual Garage Sale will be held on Sat. Nov. 9.  Members are reminded to continue to collect items for the sale.  Volunteers are still needed and further details will be forthcoming on drop-off, processing, acceptable items, etc.  Please also check the Grand Dems website for information.


A slate of candidates for the 2014 Grand Dems Board will be presented at the October 23, General Meeting.  Candidate Declaration Forms are available at tonight’s meeting.  Interested candidates for the Board or for the various committees may also contact the President or Ethel Brown, Nominations Committee chairperson.




There was no new business for discussion.


The winner of the 50/50 raffle donated the winnings back to the club.


Doisey Landry moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 p.m.  Seconded by Ethel Brown and motion carried.


Respectfully Submitted,

Jan Ashton-Beazie





MCDP Convention

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Jack Hitchcock and I attended the first MCDP convention of 2013.  The morning meeting focused on training for new PC’s and was very helpful.  Review of the duties of a PC along with a step-by-step procedure for accessing VAN was the highlight of the early session. 


Beginning at 10:30 am, the General Meeting was called to order by Chair, Laura Copple.  The minutes of the prior meeting in December 2012 and Treasurer report were accepted. 


State Senator Anna Tovar reviewed the issues from the past session and the success of the Medicaid Expansion, which was a top priority.  Next was the passage of a budget with funding for K-12.  She spoke about the appointment of a replacement of Senator Jack Jackson who has been selected to represent Native American issues in Washington, D.C.


Her issues for the next session include: 

  • Gun violence reform
  • HB2305 – how to block its’ passage by obtaining signed petitions and noting August 3, 2013, as a county-wide Day of Action


Next speaker was Rep. Andrew Sherwood, LD 26, who gave an uplifting account of the benefit of the Equal Marriage Act.


Jon Ryder, the new Executive Director was introduced by Laura Copple.  He emphasized the goal of securing 60,000 new Democrats by the October 2014 election.  He also reiterated the need to defeat HB2305. 


Jon then introduced the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, Felicia Rotellini.  For those who have not yet heard Ms. Rotellini, she is scheduled to be our speaker at the November 20, 2013 Grand Dems meeting.  She emphasized the need to turn Arizona blue by starting at the local level.  With that in mind, she presented Laura Copple with a check for $100 to MCDP. 


Numerous Districts joined in with their donations.  In presenting our donation, it was noted that through the efforts of our Fundraising Committee, headed by Catherine Andrews, that the GrandDems were pleased to contribute $1000 to MCDP. 


Meeting adjourned and lunch was served.


Respectfully submitted,

Susan M. Wally-Ledbetter, President


General Meeting Minutes

Grand Dems

Wed., June 26, 2013


Meeting was called to order by President, Susan Wally-Ledbetter at 6:30 pm. 


Pledge of Allegiance was led by Barry Bridges


President welcomed everyone and thanked her 2013 Board for all their help and guidance.


President then introduced attorney Don Peters who spoke on the education funding lawsuit, the difference between private and public schools and how groups like GrandDems can help the cause by being informed and writing to their legislators. 


After break, President Susan continued with agenda items

Approval of 5/22/13 General Meeting minutes; motion by Jack Hitchcock, 2nd by Sharon Forbes, unanimous voice vote of yea.


President Susan then read a letter sent to Obama For America and Democratic National Committee informing them that since neither of the checks sent to them in September and October 2012, that the Grand Dems have cancelled the checks and will use the $1100 for local 2014 Democratic candidates. 


President Susan also read a letter to the Fundraising Committee stating that the $85 discrepancy from the April Italian Night has been forgiven, but that closer monitoring will take place for all future events.


Treasurer Ilene Flynn read the treasurer’s report stating a balance of $6608.55 as of June 26, 2013.  The report was accepted as read.


Sharon Forbes suggested that we might want to look at donations to candidates sooner rather than later.  Motion to donate $500 to Felicia Rotellini, candidate for Attorney General, be was made by Mariana Hartman; seconded by Barbara Nelson and voice vote of yea was unanimous. 


President Susan made a plea for volunteers for the Membership Drive which she will be coordinate for GrandDems with LD22’s Frank Copple and NW Valley Dem’s Mark Johnson. 


Under new business, Frank Copple suggested we show support of Texas representative Wendy Davis for her heroic filibuster stand on women’s rights.  Sharon Forbes and Susan Wally-Ledbetter will be drafting a letter. 


The Summer Schedule, as seen on the website, was reviewed noting that no July or August General Meetings nor Board Meetings would occur.  See website for full schedule at


President then read an appeal from David Duval for volunteers for Fred Duval’s 2014 Gubernatorial race.


President Susan then introduced the founder of Kids’ Grand Hand Program, Dave Farrand who thanked the group for their participation and support.


50/50 drawing was done by Dave Farrand and the winner was Barry Bridges. 


Motion to adjourn by Jack Hitchcock, 2nd by Sharon Forbes, unanimous yea vote.  Meeting adjourned at 7:40pm.


Respectfully submitted



Susan M. Wally-Ledbetter

Acting Secretary








May 22, 2013


The meeting was called to order at 6:37 p.m. by President, Susan Wally-Ledbetter.


The Pledge of Allegiance was led by President, Wally-Ledbetter.


Motion to accept the minutes of the April 24, 2013 meeting was made by Sharon Forbes.  Seconded by Ilene Flynn and motion carried.


The President welcomed everyone and thanked many volunteers for their services. Special thanks went to our Webmaster, Joe Williams, John and Sally Neurenberg for coordinating Adopt-A-Street, Ethel Brown for her work on the Nominations Committee and to Ilene Flynn for stepping in as Treasurer upon the medically induced resignation of Doisey Landry.


The Treasurers report was accepted as presented.  The current balance is $6,454.51.



The President introduced Mary Melling and Alicia Vitacco, counselors from Willow Canyon High School, who are working with Liz and Dave Ferrand of the Kids’ Grand Hand program to provide assistance to needy students in the Dysart Unified School District.  They stressed that these are students who “fall between the cracks” and sited many examples of the type of assistance they are able to provide because of this program.  It was further stressed that every cent that is donated goes directly to the students in need.

Our group has pledged to assist this program by providing a “Bucket-of-Change”, whereby members who wish to may donate their loose change.  The accumulated change will be turned over to Dave Ferrand for distribution to the needy students of the Dysart District.

The President announced the establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee on volunteers.  Its purpose is to promote more participation and involvement by our members.  Please email Susan with any ideas that you wish the committee to consider.



Ruthanna Battilana representing LD22 spoke to the group on a variety of issues from this, our Legislative District.  She indicated that there is still need for PC’S.  She stated that the District has a 2/1 ratio of Republican to Democratic voter registration and stressed that a major drive would be made to increase the Democratic voter registration numbers.  She also thanked the group for the $500.00 that the Board of the Grand Democrats voted to contribute to LD22 to help defray expenses.  The next LD 22 meeting will be on June 20, 2013.  Check the Website for location.


Sharon Forbes gave a brief report on the Heritage Dinner which she recently attended on behalf of the group.


The scheduled speaker for the meeting was Michelle Steinberg, Director of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood in Arizona.  However, due to a scheduling mix-up she was not in attendance for the meeting.

In lieu of a speaker, time was spent discussing issues of interest to those in attendance.


Larry Goldberg moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:31 p.m.  Seconded by Ilene Flynn.  Motion carried.


Respectfully Submitted,

Jan Ashton-Beazie






April 24, 2013

The meeting was called to order at 6:31 p.m. by President, Susan Wally-Ledbetter.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jack Hitchcock.

Motion to accept the minutes of the March 27, 2013 meeting was made by John Landry.  Seconded by Larry Goldberg and motion carried.

The President welcomed everyone and thanked the many volunteers for their services. Special thanks went to the Fundraising Committee for their excellent work in planning and executing the April 7 Italian Dinner and fundraiser, and to Judy Niegoff for hosting the event. 

The Treasurers report was accepted as presented.  The current balance is $5,367.72 checking, $1,233.75 savings, and $20.00 petty cash for a total of $6,621.47. 


            FUNDRAISING:  President, Wally-Ledbetter reported net proceeds of $220.10 from the April 6 garage sale.  Sharon Beard reported a net of $2,034 from the April 7, Italian Dinner.  This included $1,625 in ticket sales and $600 from the silent auction.

            MEMBERSHIP:  John Landry reported membership is currently 133 paid members and 9 donors.  An email has been sent to all non-renewing former members encouraging them to renew their membership for 2013.


            An email blast containing a list of the most needed items for our monthly collection of food items for the Valley View Food Bank was sent to all members and is also on the club website.

            President Wally-Ledbetter indicated that volunteers are needed to conduct the raffles at our monthly Blue Breakfast, and Blue Monday dinner.  She also reported a need for a Program Chairperson for the remainder of the year.


            President, Wally-Ledbetter informed the group on a new Drive-a-Dem program that is being instituted to provide transportation to and from our meetings for those members who may need a ride.  Anyone wishing to either be a driver or who needs a ride may sign up on the club website or call the telephone number provided for this service.

            A decision was made at the last Board meeting to cooperate with Dave Ferrand, who already has in place a program called Kids’ Grand Hand, in collecting school supply items for our local schools.  More specific information on this program will be forthcoming.

            Tom This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. has a terrific website that provides anyone who is interested with a wide variety of topics and links.  A recent article of interest concerns the use of drones to protect the movement of nuclear waste from the Palo Verde Nuclear facility. 

            Ilene Flynn reminded members of our weekly volunteer day, Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Valley View Food Bank.  She urged members to get involved.

            Frank Copple reported that LD 22 meets on Thursdays and our members are encouraged and invited to attend these meetings.  He also reported that OFA has a new State Director and that on May 3rd a gun violence prevention rally will be held from 1-3 p.m. outside the Mesa office of Senator Flake.  All are welcome.

            Carol Wiklund reported that APS appears to be planning to get rid of its net metering solar panel program.  This issue bears watching as it moves through the Corporate Commission.

            President, Wally-Ledbetter introduced our speaker for the evening, Laura Copple, Chairman of the Maricopa County Democratic Party.  She spoke to us on non-election year activities for the Democratic Party.  She indicated that Districts 18, 20 and 21 are all districts that could produce winners for Democrats in the State House.  She will stress team-building and organizing during her tenure as County Chairperson.  Phone calls and knocking on doors are the two most effective methods of getting out the vote according to research conducted on this issue.

            Jack Hitchcock moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 p.m.  Seconded by Charles Grayson.  Motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jan Ashton-Beazie