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MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEETING

GRAND DEMOCRATS

January 22, 2014

 

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by President, Marty Cohen.

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jack Hitchcock.

 

President Cohen introduced the 2014 Board Members and Committee Chairpersons.  New Board Members are:  Roger Rhodes, Vice-President and Margie Thompson, Member-at-Large.  New Committee Chairs:  Paula Parkel, Membership;  Karen Flynn, Social;  and Paula Moorad, Fundraising.

 

A motion to accept the minutes of the November 20, 2013, as published on the GrandDems Website, was made by Ethel Brown, seconded by Betty Williams and passed.

 

Ilene Flynn reported a current Treasury balance of $3,713.47.  She also reported briefly on the Annual Party held in the Patio Area at Coco’s on December 9.  Fifty Five persons attended and the raffle raised $280.00 for the club.  A good time was had by all with the only negatives being that it was cold and too dimly lit.  She suggested that the Board begin considering other venues for the 2014 Annual Party.

 

Ilene presented the year-end 2013 financial report, reporting a year-end balance of $3,564.24.  All State and CountyReports have been filed as required.  She also informed the membership that a change in the campaign contribution law now allows us to contribute up to a total of $2,000.00 for primary elections and another $2,000.00 for general elections to statewide candidates for political office.

 

The Treasurers Reports was accepted as presented.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

President Cohen reported that we still need committee chairs for Communications/Programs and Nominations Committees.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Marty announced that the Board was considering having “round Table” discussions in lieu of speakers at some of our general meetings.

 

Marty will be doing a once a month email blast of information and items of importance.  Look for this “blast” each month on our GrandDems website.

 

Margie Thompson will have a special display table at our February General Meeting.  The display will commemorate important events of that month such as Black History Month, Valentines Day, etc.  Anyone having items that would add to this display is welcome to contribute and should contact Margie for further details.

 

Marty reminded the membership that this is a crucial election year and that we must be particularly active in the areas of fund raising, participation, volunteering, signage and support for our candidates.

 

Roger Rhodes gave an impassioned message regarding the need to “hit the streets” with our message, knocking on doors, meeting with people and supporting our candidates.

 

The speaker for our February meeting will be ASU Professor, Neal Lester.

 

Sharon Forbes introduced our guest speaker for the evening, Fred DuVal.  Mr. DuVal is the Democratic candidate for Governor of Arizona.  He grew up in Tucson, graduated from TucsonHigh School and after earning his undergraduate degree out of state, he returned to Arizona to complete law school.   Throughout his career Fred has tackled big issues, and worked across political lines to create outcomes in business and education that make our state a more prosperous one.  His message to us centered on six major issues:

 

1. Inclusion---need to recruit talent from all groups—diversity.

 

2. Education---funding and commitment to all schools and every student.

 

3. Innovation---promote innovative ideas and productivity in all areas.

 

4. Location---Exploit the opportunities for trade that our border connection to Mexico provides.

 

5. Acceleration---we are behind in crucial areas such as education and business promotion and multiple areas.  Need to turn up the dial.

 

6. Collaboration---must educate and retain talent in our state and must have competitive tax rates that entice others to live and do business here.      

 

Char Melby was the winner of the 50/50 raffle.

 

Betty Williams moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m.  Graham Hayes seconded and the motion passed.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Jan Ashton-Beazie

     

             

                       

MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEETING

GRAND DEMOCRATS

NOVEMBER  20, 2013

 

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by President, Susan Wally-Ledbetter.

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jack Hitchcock.

 

President, Wally-Ledbetter expressed gratitude to the Board members and others who worked at the Garage Sale, and to Joe Williams for the numerous blasts on our website.  She also reported the following information items:

 

Laura Copple, Chairperson, Maricopa County Democratic Party, relayed an invitation to the Winter Convention of the Maricopa County Democratic Party.  For further information regarding date, time, etc., please consult the Grand Dems website.

 

Adopt-A-Street dates for 2014 will be coordinated with Make a Difference Day.  The calendar of dates is available on our website.

Announcements from the floor:

 

Frank Copple announced a Fun and Food event to be held at the Valley View Food Bank, 10615 West Peoria Ave., Sun City, on November 23rd from 5–9 p.m.  He has tickets available.

 

He also informed the group of a Get Covered America event to find, inform, and direct individuals to a Navigator for information regarding insurance via the Affordable Care Act.  He will coordinate with Sharon Levinson to get the information on the website.

 

Sharon Forbes announced the LD22 meeting will be held on Thursday, the 21 of November at the usual location.  See the website for further information.

 

Roger Rhodes informed the group that Safeway Grocery Store on Grand Ave., just outside of SCG, is holding a cork drive sponsored by a local country western radio station in support of the Million Can Crusade to help fight hunger.  Save all wine corks and take them to a Safeway or call for details at 623-975-4022.

 

He also suggested that we as Democrats need to try to get success stories regarding the ACA and other accomplishments published in the AZ Republic and other local publications to counter-balance all the misinformation, etc. by the Republicans.

 

Jane Cohen announced that a movie, The Other Son, will be shown at Temple Beth Shalom, 12203 N 101st Ave., Sun City, on December 8 at 2:00 p.m.  A donation of $5.00 will be requested of those attending.

 

 

A motion to accept the minutes of the October 23, 2013 meeting was made by Sharon Forbes.  Karen Flynn seconded and the motion carried.

 

The Treasurer’s report was accepted as presented.  The current balance is $2,832.35.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

Jim Holway, Democratic candidate for The Arizona Corporations Commission, is requesting volunteers to help gather signatures needed to get him on the 2014 ballot.  Please see Susan or Marty if you can assist.

 

The annual Grand Dems Holiday Party is scheduled for December 9.  This is the usual Blue Monday held at Coco’s.  Carol Wiklund has a sign-up sheet available at this meeting.  There is a maximum of 80 seats available for this event.  Information is also available on the website.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Susan Wally-Ledbetter announced that she is considering a run for the State Legislature to represent LD22.  The news was warmly received by the group.  She is thus removing herself from the Slate of Officers to be presented for the 2014 Board.  Marty Cohen will replace her on the slate as candidate for President.

 

Nominations from the floor were accepted for the Office of Vice President to replace Marty Cohen.  Roger Rhodes placed himself in nomination for this office and nominations were closed.

 

The following slate of officers was then put forward for a vote by Nominations Chairperson, Ethel Brown:

 

President:  Marty Cohen

Vice President:  Roger Rhodes

Secretary:  Jan Ashton-Beazie

Treasurer:  Ilene Flynn

Members-at-large:  Diane Miller, Jack Hitchcock, Margie Thompson

 

Karen Flynn made a motion to accept the slate as presented.  Paula Morad seconded the motion and the motion was approved.

 

Sharon Forbes introduced our guest speaker for the evening, Felecia Rotellini.  Ms. Rotellini is running for the office of Arizona Attorney General in the 2014 election.  She was narrowly defeated for this office in the last election.  She grew up in Sheridan, Wyoming, graduated Magna Cum Laude from MountainCollege in BillingsMontana, and with honors from Notre DameLawSchool in 1986, before moving to Phoenix to begin her legal career.  Protecting and serving the citizens of Arizona is Felecia’s life work and passion.  She spoke to the group on her vision of the role of Arizona Attorney General.  She emphasized the lessons she learned from her parents to work hard, be honest and to give back to your community, and the value of doing the right thing for the right reasons.  She also fielded questions from the audience and requested our help in her Run for Attorney General.  She was presented with a check from the Grand Democrats for $412.00 to complete the remainder of the maximum allowable contribution of $912.00 for the year.

 

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

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Jan Ashton-Beazie

     

             

                       

MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEETING

GRAND DEMOCRATS

OCTOBER 23, 2013

 

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by President, Susan Wally-Ledbetter.

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the President.

 

President, Wally-Ledbetter expressed gratitude to the Board members who worked at our booth at the Oktoberfest festival.  She also relayed the story of her special moment with an extraordinary 4-year-old who asked “What do you stand for?”

 

A motion to accept the minutes of the September 25, 2013 meeting was made by Sharon Forbes.  Ethel Brown seconded and the motion carried.

The Treasurer’s report was accepted as presented.  The current balance is $4,036.05.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

President read a response from Web manager Joe Williams, addressing a problem that AOL users were having with the Grand Dems website.   He recommended to those users who were not getting the “blasts” from our website that they assure that they have our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. address in their AOL address book.  If the problems persist he will further pursue the issue.

 

The President also read excerpts of a letter from Mary Melling, WillowValleyHigh School, expressing sincere gratitude from students and parents at the school who were beneficiaries of our donations through our coordination with the Kids’ Grand Hand program.  The program is run by Sun City Grand residents Dave and Liz Farrand.

  

NEW BUSINESS:

The annual Fall Garage Sale is Saturday, November 9.  A new process is in place (in accordance with AZ regulations) to account for all donations.  The form which must be completed for this process is on our website under FORMS.  PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORMAND SUBMIT IT TO SUSAN WALLY-LEDBETTER BY NOVEMBER 1.

 

The annual Grand Dems Holiday Party is scheduled for December 9.  This is the usual Blue Monday held at Coco’s.  The President suggested that we hold the Holiday Party at Coco’s on that date and that we donate the $1000.00 budgeted for the party to the Kid’s Grand Hand.

 

MOTION:  Riva Litt made a motion that we hold our annual Holiday Party at Coco’s on December 9.  The motion was seconded by Karen Flynn and carried.

 

MOTION:  Doisey Landry moved that we contribute the $1000.00 budgeted for the party to the Kid’s Grand Hand.  Karen Flynn seconded and the motion carried.

 

President Wally-Ledbetter informed the group that chairpersons were needed for the following committees for the 2014 year and asked for volunteers from the floor.

 

Program; Membership; Fundraising; Social.

 

Following a short break, the President announced the following volunteers:

 

Program Committee Chair:  Doisey Landry will assist

 

Membership Committee Chair:  Lynn Parkel

 

Fundraising Committee Chair:  Paula Moorad

 

Social Committee Chair:  Karen Flynn

 

Ethel Brown has presented the slate of candidates for the 2014 Board.  The following slate of candidates will be put before the group for a vote at the November meeting.

 

President:  Susan Wally-Ledbetter

 

Vice-President:  Marty Cohen

 

Secretary:  Jan Ashton-Beazie

Treasurer:  Ilene Flynn

 

Members-at-large:  Diane Miller, Jack Hitchcock and Margie Thompson

 

Nominations from the floor will also be accepted at that time.

 

Announcements from the Floor:

 

The Documentary/Movie “Inequality for all” is being shown in our area at the Arrowhead Mall Theatre.  The final showing is on Saturday, Oct. 26.  The movie is highly recommended.

 

Roma Thomas is circulating a petition to put the passage and regulation of marihuana on the 2014 State ballot.

 

Frank Coppel is soliciting volunteers to do canvassing and working tables with information regarding the Affordable Care Act.

 

The League of Women Voters is also doing an information session on the Affordable Care Act at the UnitarianChurch on Saturday the 26th.

 

Steve Brittle announced that Sandra Kennedy is again running for the Arizona Corporations Commission.  He was requesting signatures and donations on her behalf.

 

Jack Hitchcock requested volunteers for clean-up at our usual Adopt-A-Street location on Mountain View on Saturday the 26th at 9:00 a.m.

 

President Wally-Ledbetter introduced our speaker for the evening, Jon Ryder, Executive Director of the Maricopa County Democratic Party.  Mr. Ryder’s political and public policy experience includes being elected to the Arizona Democratic Party State Committee, working on the election team for Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton in 2011, founding member of the Arizona Human Rights Fund and successfully working with Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe Mayors and City Councils to pass antidiscrimination ordinances.  Jon spoke to the group about the accomplishments of the Democratic Party at the Federal, State, and Local levels, and shared plans for the 2014 State and Local elections.  He also fielded questions from the audience.

 

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

 

Ilene Flynn moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 p.m.  Seconded by Diane Miller and motion carried.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Jan Ashton-Beazie

     

             

                       

MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEETING

GRAND DEMOCRATS

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.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

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.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

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