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Meeting Minutes – July 12, 2016


The Staunton Democratic Committee normally meets the second Tuesday of every month at the Staunton City Council Chambers in Staunton City Hall at 7:00 p.m. To attend a meeting, enter through the police department entrance on Central Ave. and take the elevator UP one floor.

Minutes of our last SDC Meeting on July 12, 2016

Call to order by Chair Katie Cathey at 7:30 PM. Persons from both Staunton and Augusta County in attendance for the early (7 PM) joint portion. Notes reflect discussions at both segments, joint and city.

Approval of Minutes:    A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes of the Called Meeting of June 14.  Passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report: The Treasurer Ken Venable reported a balance of $188.10. A motion was made and seconded to approve the Treasurer’s report.

Kai Degner campaign: Julie Scofield passed on Kai’s happiness with his participation in the 4 July Parade.  She informed that Kai will hold ‘Leadership Luncheon’s on 23 July in Harrisonburg and 30 July in Roanoke at which he hopes to meet with folks interested in working on his campaign. He would also like to work with the various Democratic committees in the District, and Julie will be the Staunton focal point for those wishing to offer support of any kind.

Young Democrats:  Laura Kleiner reported that the group agreed their goals for the year.  The YD meet monthly at the Staunton Depot Grill.

6th District Information:  Laura Kleiner informed on the District-wide effort to order campaign signs with Clinton-Degner on them. Friday 15 July is the deadline for providing the District with a required number, and 22 July is the deadline for providing the requisite payment.

Augusta County Fair:  2-6 August.  Frank Nolen is counting on Staunton to participate in manning the Democratic booth at the Fair which will run from 3-6 August, with 2 August as the set-up day. He will email out a volunteer schedule and update it every couple of days as names are placed against time slots. Frank added that he is counting on Staunton to join Augusta County in sharing the Fair registration fee cost.

Old Business: 4th of July Celebration:  Katie thanked all those who participated in the parade and assisted in decorating the float.  Frank Nolen of Augusta County was thanked for providing his truck and wagon for the parade.

New Business:  Minutes: Acting Secretary/minute-taker Phil Minez suggested that the Committee may want to consider at the next meeting if we should post recent copies of approved Meeting Minutes on the Staunton Democratic Party webpage.  It was agreed to discuss and decide at the next monthly meeting. African-American Heritage Celebration:  17-18 September.  Ken Venable stated that he would inquire as to when a check would be required for our participation at a booth. Fundraising:  Laura Kleiner suggested that a fundraiser sooner than later would be a good idea. Various ideas were bandied about with the most commonly accepted one being a wine and cheese social at the Party HQ in Staunton at which a $10 donation would be suggested.  Those interested in working on this idea would meet at 5 PM on 21 July at the HQ to plan.  A tentative date/time for the event was offered as August 13 from 3-5/6 PM.  Further discussion on Election Signs: Discussion centered on the number of District Clinton-Degner signs needed by Staunton with 100-200 being suggested.  Ken Venable at cell (614)-886-7438 would take commitments and payment for Staunton Democrats wishing signs working under the deadlines of 15 and 22 July as stated above.

Next Meeting:  Tuesday, 9 August, 6 PM for a picnic and 7 PM for the meeting, Montgomery Hall Park

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

Phil Minez, Acting Secretary

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