SHENANDOAH COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE MEETING
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 7:30 PM
1130 MOTEL DRIVE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
Chairman Katherine Morrison called the Shenandoah County Democratic Committee meeting to order at 7:32 PM. There were approximately 40 people in attendance.
Introductions: Introductions by attendees. Attendance list on file.
Chairman’s Report: Katherine Morrison requested a huge round of applause for everyone who worked on the annual picnic. She reported that over 200 enthusiastic people attended. Helen Jean Smith thanked individuals who helped with the event and gave a run down of the expenses and donations. Overall, the picnic made money for the Committee.
Katherine announced that the Annual Fundraising Dinner will be held on Friday, September 14th at 5:30 PM at the Moose Hall in Woodstock. Lore Fogle will be chairing the event.
Nathan West moved to approve a letter written to BB&T Bank authorizing Katherine Morrison and Howard Brown to be the sole signers on the Committee’s account. The motion was 2nd by Bill Scott, and approved unanimously by voice vote.
Katherine explained that Nathan West had done a complete analysis of the Committee’s expenses from 2017 and the first seven months of this year. This has given us a good look at the Committee’s financial standing. A proposed budget will be presented to the Committee for 2019 in November of this year. Committee members were encouraged to think about potential expenses for next year.
Katherine announced that the Firemen’s Parade in Edinburg is Thursday, August 2 at 7:00 PM. People wanting to participate are to meet at Edinburg Motors at 6:30 PM.
She also announced there will be a “Jennifer Lewis for Congress Volunteer Training” at the campaign headquarters in Harrisonburg on Saturday, August 4th at 10:15 AM.
Adoption of Consent Agenda: Minutes from the July 11, 2018 Committee Meeting and the Treasurer’s Report ending July 30, 2018 were presented for approval. A motion to accept the Consent Agenda was made by Bill Scott, was 2nd by Fred Hoerr, and passed unanimously.
Announcement: April Moore announced to the Committee that she is going to run against Mark Obenshain in the Virginia 26th Senate District. She will formally announce her candidacy in January. In an effort to reach out to Republicans she brought for distribution “Conservatives Deserve Respect, NOT today’s GOP” bumper stickers.
How to Use Sign Up Genius: Linda Allen announced that the new short cut address created by Jessica Kelly for Sign Up Genius is http://bit.ly/ShenBlue. Members can open that link to sign up for events and to look at the Committee’s Events Calendar. The Committee will be scheduling
postcard writing parties, canvassing, and “I hate to canvass outings”. The next post card writing party will be on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the Woodstock Café at 10:00 AM. Linda said she is accepting donations for postage.
Jeanne Russell volunteered her driveway at 110 N. Main in Edinburg for the Committee to use for registering voters during Yard Crawl on Saturday, August 11th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Trina West showed the door hangers and postcards that Diane Hanson has produced for canvassing. April Moore thanked Diane for the banner she had made and donated to the Committee.
Katherine Morrison indicated the Committee has not yet found a space for a campaign office. The search is moving to Edinburg.
Board of Supervisors Report (BOS): Lee Scharf reported the BOS did not meet in July. She announced that Linda Allen is going to present a proposal to the BOS at their August 28th meeting for them to pass a resolution for Virginia to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). She said the movement to pass the ERA is a bi-partisan effort. An informational meeting about the ERA will be held on Tuesday, August 7th at the County Library at 6:00 PM.
Voter Registration: Mary Gessner announced that an in-person voter registration training was conducted last month. About 14 Committee members attended. Lisa McDonald, the County Registrar, will conduct a second training session on August 13th. Mary said she is still working on reaching out to Hispanic voters and the registration group will be going into the high schools in September.
County Fair: Joy Bauserman circulated a sign in sheet for volunteers to sit at the fair booth. She wants two people sitting at the booth for each session. Parking and fair admission was discussed. Decorating of the booth will start this coming Friday. Diane Hanson showed a picture of the planned decorations. Postcards are being created for handouts. Joy requested an American flag and a Virginia state flag on stands for use in the booth. She reminded everyone they needed to be certified to register people to vote if they are going to work in the booth.
6th Congressional District and State Central Committee Reports: Howard Brown reported that Kym Crump from Warren County is the new chair. She has the full support of the Committee. He passed on some positive national polling data on some the Virginia US House races.
Other Business: Katherine Morrison announced that Jennifer Lewis needs funding for her campaign now. She encouraged people to donate to her campaign as soon as possible.
Adjourn: There being no further business it was moved by Dan Smith, and seconded by Bill Scott to adjourn the meeting at 9:02 PM. The motion passed unanimously.