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General Meeting

Grand Democrats

March 27, 2013

President Susan Wally-Ledbetter called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

Barry Bridges led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Susan Wally-Ledbetter pointed out that as part of a focus on service to the community, members of the Grand Democrats have been bringing food donations to the general meetings, which in turn are brought to the Valley View Food Bank.  Its founder, Jesse Ramirez, was in attendance and gave a brief overview.

After being part of the Westside Food Bank for 22 years, Jesse started a food shelf in Youngtown in March of 2007 with a space of 500 square feet.  The food bank now occupies a 6,500 square foot space in Sun City.  Valley View Food Bank is an independent, community-based organization serving 500 people a day with food boxes.  Volunteers are always needed and welcomed.

Debra Boehlke, a familiar democratic figure in our state, asked for our help in signing petitions: one in support of Fred DuVal, who is running for governor, the other for Felecia Rotellini, running for Attorney General.  Debra extended an invitation to a brunch on April 20 sponsored by the West Valley Citizens for Education.  The brunch will be held in Debra’s home and a guest speaker will focus on the topic of education.

Ilene Flynn reported that she and a few members of our club have been volunteering at the Valley View Food Bank on Wednesdays from 9-11 a.m. and asked that others please join them.

Ilene asked for support in signing a petition on ending gun violence, which will be presented to Senators McCain and Flake on April 5.

Frank Reed, Program Chair, introduced the guest speaker, Dr. Linda Lederman, Professor of Human Communication in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University and immediate and past Dean of Social Sciences and Director of the Institute for Social Science Research.  Dr. Lederman is also a long-time friend of members, Marty and Jane Cohen.

Dr. Lederman spoke on the topic of Politics & Power of Words by reviewing the story of Scott Prouty, the person responsible for taping Mitt Romney’s “47%” remarks.  She pointed out how Scott’s courage to release the tape anonymously put the focus on Mitt’s “words” which impacted the 2012 campaign.  A question/answer period followed.

After a short break, the business portion of the meeting resumed.

A motion to accept the minutes of the February 27, 2013 meeting was made by Sharon Forbes and seconded by Ken Monfeldt.  Motion carried.

In the Treasurer’s absence, Susan Wally-Ledbetter reported that our current treasury balance is $4,242.43.  The report will be filed as submitted.

Susan reminded attendees to pay their dues of $20 for the 2013 year.  John Landry, Membership Chair, reported that we have 142 paid members to date.

Judith Bridges, representative of the Fundraising Committee, reported that 41 tickets have been sold for the Italian Dinner to be held on Sunday, April 7; a fun evening of delicious food, drink, and silent auction.  Selma Stoorman added that “Valley Harmony,” whose music is a combo of big band hits with a country twist has been booked for the event.  Susan Wally-Ledbetter pointed out that one can donate towards the event, even if unable to attend.


A ticket was drawn for the 50/50 raffle and the holder of the winning ticket was Charles Grayson, who took home an extra $28.


Susan reminded attendees that the Garage Sale will be held Saturday, April 6 and to bring “slightly used items” between 5:30-6:00 a.m. to be sold that day.   All proceeds go to the Grand Dems.

President Wally-Ledbetter announced that the newsletter, “Blue Notes,” would no longer be published.  Items of interest will be posted on our website.

Susan Wally-Ledbetter and Marty Cohen will be manning our booth at the Newcomer’s Breakfast on Monday, April 8.

Ken Monfeldt moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m.  Frank Reed seconded and motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ilene Flynn

(Acting Recording Secretary in Jan Ashton-Beazie’s absence)




FEBRUARY 27, 2013


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

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Larry Goldberg.

Motion to accept the minutes of the January 23, 2013 meeting was made by Sharon Forbes.  Seconded by Jack Hitchcock and motion carried.

The President welcomed everyone and thanked the many volunteers who so generously give their time for the causes and needs of the Grand Dems.



1.  Margie Thompson reported on her attendance at the inauguration of President Obama.  She thanked the group for their support of her participation in this event as well as at the Democratic Party Convention.

2.  Steve Brittle reported on the status of the Incinerator that was being planned for the City of Surprise.  He said the project was not moving forward at this time and urged members to speak out in objection to this project being located in Surprise.  Steve has been an activist against these projects in other areas of the State and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

MOTION:  Motion was made by Larry Goldberg to form an Ad Hoc committee of three people to work with Steve on this issue.  Second by Nancy Williams and carried.

3.  All Veterans in attendance were asked to put their names in a hat to win tickets for two to the Wounded Warrior Dinner.  Audrey Dinnell was the winner of the tickets.


The Treasurers report was accepted as presented.  The current balance is $3,987.31.



FUNDRAISING:  Judith Bridges reported that an Italian Dinner will be held on April7, 2013 at the home of Judy Niegoff from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Tickets to this event are currently available through the fundraising committed and are $25.00 per person.  50/50 raffle tickets will also be available at the event which will also include a silent auction and entertainment.


MEMBERSHIP:  John Landry reported that 2013 membership dues are now due.  Dues are $20.00 for the year.



President Wally-Ledbetter reported that all Blue Breakfast’s and Dinner’s will be held at Coco’s for the remainder of the year.



Larry Goldberg was commended for his recent letter of opinion published in the Surprise Today.  The president continued to urge members to submit letters to the local news sources.

The Sun City Grand Spring Garage Sale will be held on April 6.  The Grand Dems will have a table there but will not conduct the usual full-scale garage sale.   Members may, however, bring a limited number of their own items if they wish, and must be there by 6:00 a.m. to drop them off.  All proceeds will go to benefit the club.  The Grand Dems tables will be located in spaces 52 and 53.

The President announced an invitation to attend a “Circle of Friends” event presented by the Maricopa County Democratic Party and hosted this year by artist Beth Swartz at her home in Paradise Valley on March 17 from 4–6 p.m.  Sharon Forbes and a guest will attend this event.

Carol Wiklund requested opinion pieces of 100 words or less for the next issue of The Blue Notes.  The topic is drones or no drones, why or why not. The deadline for submission is March 10.

Doisey and John Landry will take the food items donated at this meeting to the

Valley View Food Bank.

The 50/50 raffle was won by Doisey Landry.

Frank Reed introduced our speaker for the evening, Anne Mardick.  Ms. Mardick substituted for the scheduled speaker, Richard Miller who was ill.  Her power point presentation highlighted issues of Women’s Rights and the continuing war on these hard won rights by the current Republican Party.

Nancy Williams moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m.  Second by Ilene Flynn and carried.


Respectfully Submitted,

Jan Ashton-Beazie












GrandDems General Meeting Minutes

January 24, 2013

Meeting was called to order at 6:20pm by President/Chair Susan Wally-Ledbetter.  In absence of Secretary, Jan Ashton-Beazie, Susan Wally-Ledbetter took the minutes.

Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ken Monefeldt.

Chair welcomed everyone and thanked the 2012 Board for all their work and for making the transition for the new Board easier.

Doisey Landry introduced our guest speaker, Mayor Sharon Wolcott.  Mayor Wolcott spoke on the past challenges and how she has proceeded in correcting many procedures to ensure financial stability for our City.

Break at 7:00-7:10pm

Meeting reconvened with Motion to accept the November 28, 2012 Minutes by Nancy Williams, seconded by Ethel Brown.  Unanimous voice vote approved.

The Treasurer’s Report was read by Doisey Landry.

Fundraising Committee Member Judith Bridges reported for Catherine Andrews stating that the Committee will be requesting funds etc. for the upcoming Italian Dinner scheduled for April.  Details will follow once the Board has approved their proposal.   50/50 drawing winner was Marty Cohen.

Motion by Larry Levinson that proceeds from the 50/50 by any winner shall be used by the winner in whatever form they choose.  Motioned seconded by Ethel Brown.  Unanimous voice vote approved

Committee Chair John Landry announced 3 new members signed up tonight and reminded those members who have not yet paid their 2013 due of $20 to stop by the Membership Desk after the meeting.

As there is no Social Chair no report was given.

President reminded all of the wonderful work done by Joe Williams (Webmaster)  and John & Sally Neurenberg (Adopt a Street).

Unfinished Business – Marcia Thompson spoke of coordinating our group in providing seasonal fruit to those in need.  All agreed this was something we could be doing in the way of Service for the year.

Other ideas presented were monthly donations to Food Banks with donations being brought to the General Meetings.  In July, donations for school supplies will be collected.

Discussion of the importance of contacting our Legislators with handwritten notes versus phone calls or email.  Jack Hitchcock voiced his agreement by directing Members to the entrance table where he has a significant collection of personal correspondence from President Obama.  Doisey Landry said she would share the template she uses with others; two people requested the template.

Motion to adjourn was made by Karen Flynn, seconded by Karen Montoya.  Unanimous voice vote approved.

Meeting adjourned at 7:41pm

Respectfully submitted by

Susan Wally-Ledbetter, Acting Secretary

Grand Democrats General Meeting

November 28, 2012


President Carol Wiklund called the meeting to order at 6:30 P.M.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ken Monefeldt.  Carol thanked Ken for leading the pledge all year.

Carol reviewed the many accomplishments of the club over the past year.  She thanked the Board members and all members of the Grand Democrats for their efforts and for giving her the opportunity to serve as President.

Guests and new members were welcomed by Carol and stood to be acknowledged by all.

There were no changes to the agenda as distributed.

Motion: Ken Monefeldt moved to accept the minutes of the October 24, 3012 meeting as published.  Larry Levinson seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Ilene Flynn, Treasurer, presented the current months’ financial statement which was distributed to attendees.  Ilene then presented a financial overview of 2012 to date. This included all income and expenses. After the expenses for the Holiday Party are covered, it is expected that there will be sufficient funds left to cover room rental expenses for 2013.

Ilene concluded by stating that she had learned a lot this year.   Ilene thanked everyone for the opportunity to serve and thanked Carol for her assistance and support.

The Treasurer’s report was noted as filed.

Committee Reports:

Election Committee: Chair Margie Thompson encouraged everyone to celebrate the Democratic victories in the November election..  She urged members to continue to work to increase the Democratic party’s goals in the future.

Fundraising: Carol discussed the Election night party held at her home.  The party raised $1070 and was a great success.  Everyone cheered and applauded as Obama won individual states and were especially joyous when it was announced that Ohio went for the President because that state put the President over the needed electoral votes.

Membership: John Landry reported that a web blast had been sent out regarding membership for 2012. Dues are $20 for 2013 and John is accepting dues at the address listed on the blast.

Social:  Sharon Forbes reported that the next Blue Breakfast will be the first Thursday in December at CoCo’s  at 8:15 A.M.  This location will be for one time only.  There will be no Blue Monday in December because of the Holiday Party on December 10th.

New Business:

The Holiday Party will be held December 10th at the Cimarron Center.  There will be a raffle for a number of prizes and tickets may be purchased tonight.  The Holiday party is for all current members and donors and their spouses.  Sun City Grand residents may become members and non-residents may become donors.   Dues for the remainder of 2012 are $5  and $20 for $2013.  The party can accommodate 100 persons.  Members and donors can sign up tonight for the party if they have not already done so.

Board Elections:

Vice-President Larry Levinson presented the following slate of officers and at large Board members:

President:  Susan Wally Ledbetter

Vice-President:  Bonnie Green

Treasurer:  Doisey Landry

Secretary:  Betty Lou Field

At Large:  Marty Cohen, Jack Hitchcock and Past President Carol Wiklund.

Because the By-Laws suggest the Past-President remain on the Board for another year, the initial nominee, Jan Beazie, stepped down from her nomination and Carol Wiklund replaced her as an at-large board member.

There were no nominations from the floor.

Motion: John Landry moved that the slate of officers be accepted by acclamation.  The motion was seconded by Sharon Forbes.  Motion carried.

Following a short break, Carol Wiklund called the group together.   She thanked Doisey Landry for  the stimulating speakers she provided for all the meetings this past year.  Doisey then introduced the speaker for the evening, Dr. Neal A. Lester, Professor of English at Arizona State University.  Dr. Lester presented a very sensitive and thought provoking discussion of “Are We Losing Our Humanity?”

Motion: Marty Cohen moved to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was seconded by Jan Beazie. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,


Jean Kiernat, Secretary


Grand Democrats  General Meeting

October 24, 2012

President Wiklund called the meeting to order at 6:30 P.M.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ken Monefeldt.

The President read inspirational words of Malcolm Forbes and George McGovern.

Guests and new members were welcomed by the President.  The President asked for any additions to the agenda.  Larry Goldberg offered to send his voting recommendation list to anyone who requested it.

Motion: Graham Hayes moved that the minutes of the September 19 General Meeting be approved.  Seconded by Larry Levinson.  Motion carried.

The Treasurer’s report was given by Ilene Flynn.   She  noted that the Financial Statement for September 19 – October 9 was provided as a handout.  Ilene reported that the 4th required campaign report will be filed this week. The Treasurer reported that financial support had been given to Deborah Boehlke, candidate for Justice of the Peace and to the Arizona Democratic Party and the Maricopa County Democratic Party.  Ilene listed all the candidates we have contributed to. The Treasurer’s reported was filed as reported.

The President announced that the next Adopt-A-Street will be held on Saturday, November 10th at 8 A.M.  Volunteers should meet at Mountain View & Reems Road and bring gloves.

Committee Reports:

Social:  Sharon Forbes announced the next Blue Breakfast will be Thursday, November 1st at Marley’s on Bell Road.  This is a new location. Members will meet at 8:15 A.M. and orders will be taken at 8:30.  Blue Monday will be held at Coco’s on the second Monday of the month at 5:00 P.M.

Fundraising:  The President reported for Catherine Andrews. The Election Night party will be held November 6th at the Wiklund home – 17101 Gable End Lane at 6:00 P.M.  Parking will be limited so car pooling is recommended.  There will be TV viewing in three locations.  Donation is $20 per person.

Membership:  John Landry reported that e-mail messages will be sent to all members reminding them that 2013 dues are renewable now.   Membership dues are $20 per person.

Election Committee:  Margie Thompson showed pictures from the Democratic National Convention which she attended and she urged members to be actively assisting the election process in any way.

The President noted that there have been many requests for Obama signs but none seems to be available.

New Business:  The President reported that OctoberFest was very successful. Candidates Paul Penzone and Heather MacCrae visited with fair goers. The President thanked all who volunteered.

The Garage Sale will be held Saturday, November 3rd. Democratic merchandise will be available.  Members are urged to dress in blue to show support.

The Holiday Party will be held Monday, December 10th in the Cimarron Club Room.  There will be a cash bar.  Members need to sign up at the merchandise table and note if they can help with the event.

Board Nominations:  Vice President Larry Levinson reported that since there were no volunteers for the nominating committee, the Board took on the task.  Three candidates for Board Member-At-Large were identified:  Jan Beazie, Jack Hitchcock and Marty Cohen.  After many phone calls, no member agreed to serve for any officer positions.   Therefore, nominations were opened to the floor.  The following nominees were finalized:

President:             Susan Ledbetter

Vice-President:    Bonnie Green

Secretary:             Betty Lou Field

Treasurer:             Doisey Landry

The vote will be taken at the November General Meeting.

After a short break, Doisey Landry introduced the speaker for the evening, Mary Jo Pitzl.  Mary Jo shared her insights from covering the Arizona State Legislature for six years.

Motion: Nancy Williams moved the meeting be adjourned.  Seconded by Margie Thompson. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Jean Kiernat, Secretary