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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









Grand Dems General Meeting

September 19, 2012


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

President Wiklund read some inspirational words of President Lyndon Johnson and Nancy Neuman, Editor, 1837 – AFT 1860.

Guests and new members were asked to stand and be recognized.

Motion: Larry Levinson moved and Pete Booz seconded a motion to accept the minutes of the June 27, 2012 Board Meeting.  Motion carried.

Motion: Joe Weintraub moved that the By Laws Amendment Change be approved.  Second by Pete Booz.  Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report:  Ilene Flynn presented the Financials for the June 28 – September 19, 2012 period as printed on the handout sheet.  Ilene reported that six Campaign Financial Reports are required to be filed to the Arizona Secretary of State’s office  during an election year.  The first three reports were submitted on time.  The fourth is due September 27th and will be submitted the end of this week.

Because the Board decided to contribute to “local candidates”, a statement of organization is required to be filed with Maricopa County.  This has been done and a copy of the Campaign Financial Report will be submitted to Maricopa County and the state.

At its September meeting, the Board decided on the distribution of funds for this year’s candidates.  These contributions conform to the parameters set for contributions for federal, statewide and non-statewide legislative and local elections.

In order to avoid filing with the FEC, Federal candidate contributions may not exceed $1000 totally.  Therefore, we are contributing the following:

$100      President Obama

$700     Dr. Richard Carmona for US. Senate

$100      Gene Scharer for US Congress  CD8

$100      Krysten Sinema for US.Congress  CD9

Contributions for statewide offices are limited to $872 per candidate.  Since there are no races for Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State and the three Democrats running for the Corporation Commission are clean election candidates, no contributions have been made for this category.

Non-statewide legislative contributions are limited to $424 per candidate.  Since there are no Democratic candidates in our Legislative District 22, we agreed to help other districts.  Michael Tarrats (LD 21 Senate), Sheri Van Horsen (LD 21 House)  and Carol Lokare  (LD 21 House) are clean election candidates.  They cannot accept contributions.  The treasurer is checking on the status of J. Thrasher (LD 20 House).  Board members also voted electronically after the Board meeting to support Terri Woodmansee, a write-in candidate for LD 13 State Senate with a $424 contribution.

Non-statewide local contributions are limited to $430 per candidate.  This contribution has been made to Heather Macre for Central Water Conservation District.  Terry Goddard who is also running for this office has chosen not to accept any campaign funds. The $430 contribution was given to Paul Penzone, candidate for Sheriff of Maricopa County and Manny Cruz, candidate for Mayor of Glendale.

There is no limit for contributions to national, state and local party committees from a political organization committee.  The Board has approved a $1000 contribution to the Maricopa County Democratic Party.

The Board agreed to budget $6500 for political donations.  To date we have contributed $3290. The Board will discuss how to disperse the remaining funds at its next meeting.

The Financial Report was accepted as filed.

President Wiklund announced that the Social Committee requests cookie makers for the October and November meetings.

A presentation was made by Margie Thompson who served as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina.  Margie thanked all those who had helped make her trip possible.  She stated that it was an amazing experience.  She felt the DNC was a highly organized machine and the Arizona Delegation was very well organized also.

Margie also announced that the Grand Dems Election Committee will be meeting at her house on Friday  September 21st at 11:00 a.m.  She also stated that homes are needed for hosting Debate Party Nights on October 3rd, October 16th and October 22nd.

The President reminded members that there are new T- shirts and buttons at the merchandise table along with additional items for purchase.  Larry Goldberg announced the availability of  the League of Women Voter’s Guide.

Sharon Levinson introduced the speaker for the evening, Fred Du Val, who spoke on Proposition 204, which permanently increases the state sales tax by one percent per dollar for the purpose of funding educational programs.  Mr. Du Val gave an impassioned and impressive plea for support of this proposition, stating that this may be the most important proposal in our generation.

After a brief recess, the Business meeting resumed with the following announcements:

Refreshments for the evening were made by Carol Wiklund and Ilene Flynn for a Presidential Cookie Bake-Off.  Carol made Michelle Obama’s Mama Kaye’s White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies and Ilene made Ann Romney’s M&M Cookies.  Those that tasted both of the cookies voted and Michelle Obama’s cookies won 14 – 9!

President Wiklund reported that 6 of 7 Board members will NOT be returning next year. A Nominating Committee is needed immediately.  Doisey Landry has agreed to serve on the committee ,but three additional members are needed. The slate of candidates will be presented by the Nominating  Committee at the October 24th general meeting.  The vote will occur at the November meeting.  Please contact Carol Wiklund if you are willing to serve on the Nominating Committee.

The President announced there will be an informational meeting on October 10th at 4:30 P.M. at the Cimarron Center to orient interested persons on the duties and responsibilities of the Board members. Please contact Carol by October 1st if you plan to attend the meeting. If no one responds by October 1, the orientation will be cancelled.

Carol encouraged members to attend the West Valley Democratic Luncheon on September 29th. Winning primary candidates will be speaking at the luncheon which costs $18.  Deadline is September 21st.  For more information refer to the flyer at the back of the room.

Help is needed for OctoberFest which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m on Saturday, October 13th.  Workers are needed in all areas from 7 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Sign-up sheets are located at the back of the room.

The SCGrand Garage sale will be held on Saturday, November 3rd.  There will be no donated merchandise for sale.  There will be election materials and political merchandise.  Workers can sign up for two hour shifts on the sheets at the back of the room.   The garage sale opens at 6:00 a.m. and runs until noon.

The Blue Notes, prepared by Carol Wiklund, contains information on the Election Night Fundraiser and the Holiday Party to be held December 10th as well as other important information.

Carol mentioned that she has some “lost and found” items.

Motion: Ken Monefeldt moved that the meeting be adjourned.  Second by Sue Weintraub.  Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Jean Kiernat                                                                                                                                                               Secretary




Grand Democrats General Meeting

June 27, 2012

Board Members Present:  Carol Wiklund, Ilene Flynn, Jean Kiernat, Harriet Kahn, John Landry, Joe Weintraub.  Absent:  Larry Levinson.

Committee Members Present:  Sharon Forbes, Doisey Landry, Margie Thompson.

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

President Wiklund read some inspirational words of John F. Kennedy from 1960 that defined and described liberals.

The president welcomed everyone to the meeting and recognized the many guests present.

The president asked for, but received no additions to the agenda.

Motion: Barbara Nelson moved for approval of the minutes of the May 23, 2012 General Meeting.  Barbara Grossbard seconded the motion which carried.

Ilene Flynn, Treasurer, reported that the financial reports required by the state for July 2nd had been filed.  Ilene directed members to the backside of the agenda for the financial report from May 24, 2012 – June 27, 2012.

The president noted that the Treasurer’s Report had been filed.

Committee Reports:  Sharon Forbes, Social Committee, reminded members that the next Blue Breakfast would be held on July 5th at Archies at 8:15 A.M. and the next Blue Monday would be held at Coco’s on July 9th at 5:00 P.M.

Margie Thompson, chair of the Election Committee, asked members of her committee to stand and be recognized.  Margie reported that many volunteers are needed because of the upcoming elections for many offices. Callers are needed for the phone banks which will target Democrats who didn’t vote in the last election, veterans, Latinos and college students.  She requested the names of any persons who would be willing to host a house party.  The committee will also be working on information to be submitted to newspapers.  The chairperson also stated that any ideas and suggestions are welcome.

There were no other committee reports.

The president stated that the By-Laws Amendment vote will be taken at the September General Meeting. She also reminded members that we are now in Legislative District 22 (previously LD 4). We are in Congressional District 8.  Sun City Grand now has three precincts:  La Solana, Grand, and Granite Falls.

The president noted that, because we have no Blue Notes published this summer, the dates of upcoming events can be found at the bottom of the agenda for this meeting. Members were urged to check the website for any changes in the schedule.

After a short break Doisey Landry introduced the speaker, Paul Bender, ASU Professor of Law who has argued more than 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Bender spoke on Recent and Upcoming Supreme Court Decisions including the Affordable Healthcare Act and S.B. 1070.

Motion: Bonnie Green moved that the meeting be adjourned. Second by Sue Weintraub. Motion carried.