Feb 2019 – General Meeting Minutes
Karen Dill, NPDC president, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. The pledge of allegiance was given.
Tony Mowry, who was the Democratic Party candidate for Representative in Florida House District 74, expressed his appreciation to everyone that had supported his campaign, mentioned that the Sarasota County Bar Association is advocating the establishment of a south county courthouse. Tony also reported that the Sarasota County Democratic Party is establishing a veterans caucus that will hold its inaugural meeting at 7:00 p.m., on March 18, at the DEC headquarters on the Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Tony circulated a sign-up sheet for caucus members and mentioned that the caucus will have a mission with three priorities: Recruit candidates; demonstrate that Democrats are concerned about veterans issues, in terms of striving to serve the people rather than the war industry; and to direct the Democratic Party toward such issues. Tony also emphasized the importance of Vote by Mail efforts and reminded that the statewide vote for Democratic candidates is greatly assisted by effective campaigns in areas that are dominated by the Republican Party by limiting the losses.
Discussion of Business
Karen reminded that Club dues of $20/person and $35/family should be paid by the membership meeting on March 21. Dues are payable by mail at the Club P.O. box, as well as on the NPDC website, which also provides a link to the Club page on Facebook and Twitter.
Belynda Norton, the Club vice president, reported that progress is being made on a SCDP project to establish an office for the south county during the last four months of 2019 and all of 2020 at a location on the Tamiami Trail between River Road and Pan American Blvd. in North Port. Belynda mentioned that volunteers will be needed to staff the office and requested ideas from the floor for fundraising projects and mentioned that “Proud Democrat” t-shirts will be available again on the internet, as she passed around samples of luffa sponges that can be cultivated in gardens in time for sale in 2020.
Carolann Palm-Abramoff, North Port Area Leader for the SCDP, announced that the SCDP will provide a voter registration manager for the area, and added that there are many opportunities for volunteer activities, such as the petition campaign to place a constitutional amendment for Medicaid expansion on the ballot for the 2016 election and participation in virtual phone banks which can be conducted from the home. Carolann also urged her audience to resist the expansion of Spring Haven Road through a wetlands area that is important to the local ecology, and reported that a private economic development outfit that is redundant and would be a wasteful investment of tax revenue because the city already has an office of economic development will give a presentation at the meeting of the City Commission at 10:00 a.m., on March 5. Karen Dill reminded the meeting that it has been twenty-five years since a resident of North Port has held a seat on the Sarasota County School Board.
Carolann also mentioned that the Manasota Young Democrats will hold a picnic at Highland Ridge Park in North Port on the third Sunday in May and Gina Coke announced that there will be an opportunity for the public to provide input into the County budget from 6:00 — 7:30 p.m., on February 25, at the State College of Florida on U.S. Route 41.
Hal Sutton announced that the nominations committee for the election of Club officers to be held at the March membership meeting, composed of himself; Leslie Daniels, Board member; Stanley Kvitek, Board member; and Belynda has nominated the following candidates: Belynda Norton for president, Hal Sutton for vice president, Edna Alfieri for treasurer, Carolann Palm-Abramoff for secretary, Stanley Kvitek for Board member, Nancy Ceci for Board member, Marcia Williams for Board member, and Karen Dill for Board member. Hal also mentioned that there will be two vacancies on the Board of Directors as nominations now stand and that the floor will be open for additional nominations to all Club offices prior to the election in March.
A motion to approve the minutes for January, 2019, by Marcia Williams, seconded by Leona Belinfante, was approved.
A motion to adjourn by Marcia Williams, seconded by Belynda Norton, was approved.
Respectfully submitted by Hal Sutton, secretary, NPDC.