June 10th, 2023 - Agenda
Agenda for June 10th, 2023
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Pledge to the Flag
Indigenous Land Acknowledgement:(Per request by Barry CDP Chair Christina Bush - let a county party read this every month. Please let me know if you would like to volunteer to read it next meeting).
“The State of Michigan occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Anishinabek – Three Fires Confederacy, the Odawa (Ottawa), Ojibwe (Chippewa), and Bodewadmi (Potawatomi). The Michigan Democratic Party recognizes historic Indigenous communities in Michigan and those forcibly removed from their homelands. We further recognize the ongoing relationship of dependence upon, and respect for, all living beings of earth, sky, and water. In offering this land acknowledgment, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty, history, and experiences.”
1). Michael Lynch - 2nd CD Congressman Candidate
2). Benjamin Orjada - Chair Young Democrats MDP
Question 1). I know you are involved with the Great Lakes Political Academy (GLPA) why don't you tell us a little about this program and how it helps to train candidates.
Question 2). Have you heard or know any information about the Sensible Gun Reform Bill that has moved the age requirement from 16 years old to18 years old for purchasing a gun.
Question 3). Do you know about the Bill that will lower voter registration age to 16 years old?
Roll call of officers:
Chair: Mary Minnick
Vice-Chair: John Helge
Treasurer: Dallas Dean
Secretary: Peggy Raddatz
Roll Call of District Committee Members:
Mary Minnick, Robin Aslakson, Karen Turnbull, Amanda Siggins, Christie Freestone, Christina Bush, Peggy Raddatz, Julie Alexander, Cathy Willermet, Dallas Dean, Michael Lynch, John Pakledinaz, John Helge, Edward Miller, Michael Fields, Jerry Hilliard, Shawn Davis, Jeffrey Beegle, Mark Everhart, Jennifer Koch Donovan, Landon Myers, Lynn Mason, Kim Gates, Jennifer Austin, Justin Johnson, Jason Colella, Mary Temple, Tim Smith, Sally Wagner, Mark Thomson, Chadwick Walenga, Carmelitta Tiffany, Ken Mahoney and K.P. Mahoney.
Roll call of Counties:
Barry County, Clare County, Eaton County (3/16), Gladwin County, Gratiot County, Ionia County, Isabella County, Kent County (13/24), Lake County, Manistee County, Mason County, Mecosta County, Midland County (5/16), Montcalm County, Muskegon County (11/18), Newaygo County, Oceana County, Osceola, Ottawa County (1/17), Wexford County.
Determination of quorum:
According to our by-laws (Section #5.1.C.), a quorum will exist when 50% of the officers and four additional members of the District Committee are present. *It appears we have a quorum. We can start our meeting.
Approval of agenda - Has everyone had a chance to read the agenda? May I get a motion to approve the agenda? Let's vote.
Approval of minutes- Has everyone had a chance to read the minutes? Are there any changes or additions that anyone has to the minutes at this time? May I get a motion to approve the minutes with additions (if any)? Let's Vote.
Chairperson Mary Minnick- Please read your report if any is needed at this time.
Vice Chairperson John Helge - Please read your report if any is needed at this time.
Treasurer Dallas Dean -Please read your report if any is needed at this time.
Secretary Peggy Raddatz - Please read your report if any is needed at this time.
** Responsibilities for each committee can be found on the website under the "Committees" tab.
**Just an FYI...All of the following committees chairs will bring all final decisions to the 2nd CD Chair for her final approval before anything is mailed out to our members or written up in a newspaper or email.
● Rules and Bylaws Committee:
1). Dallas Dean (Chair) Newaygo C.D.P.-Please read your report if any is needed at this time.
2). Mark Everhart - Lake County D.P.
3). John Helge - Manistee County D.P.
4). Mary Minnick - Lake County D.P.
● Finance and Fundraising Committee:
1). Dallas Dean (Chair) Newaygo C.D.P.- Please read your report if any is needed at this time.
2). Ken Mahoney - Muskegon C.D.P.
3). K.P. Mahoney - Muskegon C.D.P.
● Candidate Recruitment and Support (for candidate) Committee:
1). Ed Miller (Chair)-Mason C.D.P. - Please read your report if any is needed at this time.
2). Christina Bush - Barry County D.P.
3). Christie Freestone - Gratiot County D.P.
4). Julie Alexander - Mecosta County D.P.
● Political and 2nd CD Party Organizing Committee:
1).Cathy Willermet (Chair)-Isabella C.D.P-Please read your report if any is needed at this time.
2). Karen Turnbull - Mecosta County D.P.
● Communications Committee:
1). Mary Minnick (Chair) – Lake C.D.P. - Please read your report if any is needed at this time.
On May 17th, Ellie Edgell (Elissa Slotkin's Political Director) called me and invited me to join her and Congresswomen Elissa Slotkin's at a women's luncheon before the Legacy Dinner started in the Renaissance Center. I explained that I would not be going to the Legacy Award Dinner this year. I thanked her for the request. While I had her on the phone, I confirmed September 30th date. She proceeded to say that she has us on the calendar. We will have Congresswomen Elissa Slotkin as our Keynote Speaker for the Blue Wave Gala. Eaton County Commissioner Jacob Toomey will introduce the Congresswomen. After the Congresswomen's speech, a personal recorded video for our event will be given by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, followed by the comedy team Marshall Stern and Nancy Walker.
2). Amanda Siggins - Wexford C.D.P.
3). Sally Wagoner - Newaygo C.D.P.
4). Chadwick Walenga – Newaygo C.D.P. - Artwork/Design only.
● Policy and Resolution Committee:
1). John Helge (Chair) - Manistee C.D.P. Please read your report if any is needed at this time.
2). Michael Lynch - Gratiot C.D.P.
● Audit Committee:
**Robin (Chair) and Committee members have the role of working with the Treasurer to audit and review the district bookkeeping and bank records. They are not scheduled to begin a review until January 2024.
1). Robin Aslakson (Chair) - Mason C.D.P. - Please read your report if any is needed at this time.
2). Mark Everhart - Lake County D.P.
1). I need the emails and names for the newspapers from our “Political & 2nd CD party organizing committee" in your assigned districts as soon as you can get them to me. You can find the county’s your assigned on the 2nd CD Website under the "Committees” tab.
2). On August 12th, we will have one of our quarterly in-person (and on zoom) general monthly meetings (All 540 members will be invited) at the Wheatland Township Hall 201 S. Sheridan Ave. Remus, MI. from 10am-12:00pm. I was able to contact State Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Welch and she has agree’d to be our guest speaker and will speak after the 2nd CD Congressman Candidate Michael Lynch.
** NOTE: We will not have a live auction at this event per the request of Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Welch who does not want a fundraiser of any kind at any event that she is a guest speaker at. I promised her that we would honor her request.
1). Oceana Democrats had Amada Mazur as a guest speaker at their recent meeting. Amanda has organized a big event scheduled for June 24th in support of Reproductive Freedom for All. If anyone is interested in helping to continue the fight for Reproductive Freedom both in Michigan and Nationally, this will be a great event to attend. The details and meeting place is on the 2nd CD website under the tab " Call to Action". I know that President Biden has said on several occasions that if he is re-elected and we all work hard to GOTV to win the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, that he will codify "Roe v Wade" federally. Janet Schultz or Lynne Cavazos, do you have any addition information you can share with us today?
2). Is there anyone else who would like to bring up any new business at this time?
**Due to the number of counties in the 2nd CD, County Reports will be included with the meeting minutes from today. If you haven’t already submitted them, please do so as soon as possible. I add them to our website under the "County Parties" tab.
Good and Welfare:
**Does anyone else have any other "Good and Welfare" they would like to share today?
1). Who would like to volunteer to read the Land Acknowledgement at our next months meeting?
2). I attended Oceana County Democratic Party's monthly meeting. They had Brenda Reeber of the "Starfish Buyback Program" The buyback program asks for volunteers to run in their assault-type weapons in exchange for a $300.00 grocery gift card. I was thinking if the 2nd CD Committee's and District Officers wanted to learn more about this, we could invite Brenda Reeber to be a guest speaker at one of our future meetings.
3). Saturday, June 24th MDSCC Meeting: The Michigan Democratic State Central Committee will meet in-person at UAW 600, 10550 Dix Highway, Dearborn in Western Wayne County at 11:00am on Saturday, June 24, 2023. Check-in begins at 8:00am. If you are not checked in by 10:30am, you will not be allowed to vote or counted as being at the SCC meeting per the MDP. If you need an alternate to take your place, all the alternate names and contact information is available on the 2nd CD website under the tab "State Central Committee Members".
Agenda is complete, meeting is adjourned