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SUN CITY GRAND DEMOCRATS

GENERAL MEETING

April 27, 2011

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Joe Weintraub, Carol Wiklund, Brenda Parker, Larry Goldberg, John Landry, Harriet Kahn, and Jonita Bigelow.

 

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS IN ATTENDANCE: Sharon Forbes, Social; Sharon Levinson, Programs; Joe Williams, Webmaster and Jan Beazie, Communications.

 

The President called the meeting to order at 6:30pm. We opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

SECRETARY’S REPORT: The minutes were approved as submitted.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: There was a motion to file the treasurer’s report as submitted, motion seconded and was carried.

 

The President stated that there were still tickets available for the Mexican Fiesta to be held on May 1st. This was a fundraiser and social evening. He further announced that we need volunteers to help at the garage sale. It was set for two hour shifts for a total of 10 volunteers.

 

President Weintraub stated that we would be taking part in the Surprise Memorial Day parade and we need lots of volunteers to march in it. We are not having a float this year but would like our presence known.

 

Sharon Levinson announced that we were meeting on May 14th at 8:00am to clean Mountain View from Goldwater Ridge to Reems Road. She stated that sign-up sheets were available. This is our Adopt-A-Street project.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FUNDRAISING: Jonita stated that the committee was working on a fundraiser for the fall. If we decide to take part in the Grand garage sale we will need lots of help. There has been no firm decision made to date.

 

She further stated that President Obama had asked that we Americans give back to our community and that we had a small group of members who were helping at the Thompson Ranch School. She further stated that this school had received an A+ rating in a recent competition and she thanked Sharon Beard, Ruth Shannon, Margie Thompson and Larry Levinson for their efforts. She further stated that Sharon Levinson was working with a trade school which helps young people pursue careers in cooking.

SOCIAL COMMITTEE: Sharon Forbes thanked Doisey Landry, Judith Bridges and Lois Jentsch for bringing the treats for the meeting tonight. She further stated that the attendees at the movie “Inside Job” felt the movie was thought provoking. She will be scheduling additional movies in the future and need to have members step forward to offer to host them. Joe stated that the only thing the host is responsible for is making some popcorn. These evenings are limited to between 12 and 14 people.

 

Sharon announced that the next Blue Breakfast was May 4th at Archie’s and the Blue Monday was May 9th at Dillon’s.

 

COMMUNICATIONS: No report.

 

WEBMASTER: Joe Williams stated that he had made some “housekeeping” changes to the web site.

 

President Weintraub stated that Sharon Levinson wants to step down as Program Chairperson and we need someone to step forward to take on this responsibility. The club only works when our members volunteer to help and this is a position that is important to the club.

 

Larry Goldberg stated that since he has taken on the Treasurer’s job he has to ask someone to volunteer to head the work we do with the veteran’s. We have been collecting money to buy gift cards for the homeless vets to use once they have found a place to live. We have donated approximately $5,000 over the past few years.

 

The President introduced our guest speaker for the evening, Alessandra Soler Meetze who spoke on the 14th Amendment. There was a Q & A afterwards.

 

Our speaker for the May meeting will be Prof. Paul Bender who teaches U.S. and Arizona Constitutional Law at ASU’s College of Law where he was Dean from 1984 to 1989.

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:05pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Brenda Parker

Secretary

 

 

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SUN CITY GRAND DEMOCRATS

GENERAL MEETING

March 23, 2011

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Joe Weintraub, Carol Wiklund, and Brenda Parker

 

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS IN ATTENDANCE: Sharon Forbes, Social; Sharon Levinson, Programs; Joe Williams, Webmaster and Jan Beazie, Communications.

 

The President called the meeting to order at 6:30pm. We opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

SECRETARY’S REPORT: The minutes were approved as submitted.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: There was a motion to file the treasurer’s report as submitted, motion seconded and was carried.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

SOCIAL COMMITTEE: Sharon reported that the Blue Mondays and Blue Breakfasts have been very successful and will continue. She stated that the committee is considering a movie night at Joe Weintraub’s with popcorn. If you are interested please register with Sharon as there is a limit 12 members.

 

FUNDRAISER: Jonita Bigelow reported that due to a conflict the Fiesta Mexicana has been moved to Sunday, May 1st at 5:30. Tickets are available and are $25.00 per person and can be purchased by contacting Catherine Andrews at 623-546-6038 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also make a check payable to the SCG Democrats and mail it to Cathy at 15006 W. Cooperstown Way, Surprise, AZ 85374.

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS: No report.

 

GARAGE SALE: We have two tables at the garage sale and need volunteers in two hour shifts to help out that day.

 

Joe then introduced our guest speaker for the evening, former member of the Foreign Service, John Hall. He is an instructor with the Grand Lifelong Learning Academy. He spoke about the current trouble in the Middle East and our involvement in Libya. He then opened the program for question and answer session.

 

Joe announced that our speaker next month is Alessandra Soler Meetze who will speak on the 14th Amendment.

 

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:15pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Brenda Parker

Secretary

 

 

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