2nd CD Agenda for October 14, 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. Who would like to volunteer today to read for us?).
“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
Roll call of officers:
Chair: Mary Minnick
Vice-Chair: John Helge
Treasurer: Dallas Dean
Secretary: Peggy Raddatz
(Peggy) 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, Ken Mahoney and K.P. Mahoney.
(Peggy) 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? Any further discussion? 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 - On Vacation 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.
● Rules and Bylaws Committee:
1). Dallas Dean (Chair)- 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) -Please read your report if any is needed at this time. (Mention how the Blue Wave Gala went).
Pictures can be found on the 2nd CD Website here:
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) - 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:
Karen Turnbull was at the Osceola Ice Cream Social/Meet N Greet event. Karen tell us about the turnout and what is next for the (potential) Osceola County Democratic Party (Tracey Busch had her potential Osceola County Democratic Party "Ice Cream Social/Meet n Greet" event this past September 23rd at "The Depot" in Downtown Reed City. She sent out a couple hundred postcards that the MDP Rural Caucus paid for. The 2nd CD had paid for the hall rental and reimbursed her for the Ice Cream and essentials needed to make the event possible (bowls, plasticware, napkins etc..)). Mary Minnick posted the pictures of the event she took on the 2nd CD Facebook Page, Michael Lynches Facebook Page and the Lake County Democratic Party's Facebook page.
1).Cathy Willermet (Chair) - please read the above for your report at this time, if there is anything you have in addition to what was mentioned above?
2). Karen Turnbull - Mecosta County D.P.
● Communications Committee:
1). Mary Minnick (Chair) – Please read your report if any is needed at this time.
I have secured U.S. Senate Candidate Pamela Pugh to be one of our guest speakers at out November 11th in-person meeting at Wheatland Township Hall in Remus, MI.
On February 10th 2024 we will have Candidate for U.S. Senate Leslie Love as our guest speaker.
As always, we will have Candidate for Congress Michael Lynch speak at these in-person meetings as well.
2). Amanda Siggins - Wexford C.D.P. - Has stepped down from the WCDP and is taking time off from politics while she tends to her family and work. I will be taking Amanda off of this committee as soon as I have verified that she is no longer able to work on it.
3). Sally Wagoner - Newaygo C.D.P.
● Policy and Resolution Committee:
1). John Helge (Chair) - On Vacation - Please read your report if any is needed at this time.
2). Michael Lynch - Gratiot C.D.P.
● Audit Committee:
1). Robin (Alexson) Aslakson (Chair) - On Vacation - Please read your report if any is needed at this time.
2). Mark Everhart - Lake C.D.P.
**This committee has 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 the year 2025.
1). Have we secured and paying for the Wheatland Township Hall in 2024?
2). Is there any other unfinished business at this time?
1). Michael Lynch has his candidate sheets to sign to get him on the ballot, if you have not signed them yet or need a few blank sheets to have your county party's members sign them, please email or call Michael lynch at cell: 312-823-2105 email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have your sheets filled out and need to get them back to Michael, please make arrangements to hand them back to him or mail them to him at the address he will give to us now. Michael, what is your mailing address?
2). Is there any other 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:
1). The "Thank You/Team Building" event brought to you by the 2nd CD with special guest Attorney General Dana Nessel.
Pictures can be found on the 2nd CD Website here;
2). Is there any other Good and Welfare at this time?
Agenda is complete, meeting is adjourned