Meeting Purpose/Title: Lowndes County Democratic Party General Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 6:30 p.m.
Location: Via Zoom
LCDP Committee Members Present: Chairman Gerone Anderson, Dennis Marks, Vivian Miller-Cody, Kathryn Grant, Ronnie Pierce, Constalina James, George Burns, Angela Greene, Carol Mikkelsen, Gretchen Quarterman, Stan Tullos, Jeremiah Lawton, William Lamb, Sandra Tooley.
***PLEASE NOTE: All Lowndes County Democratic Party Membership Dues Run from January 01 through December 31***
Chairman Anderson led the present members in the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.
Secretary William Lamb then announced the current members who logged into the Zoom meeting.
Secretary William Lamb ten gave some highlights from our last meeting. He reminded members of the vacancies that we currently have on the LCDP County Committee for District 3, Post 4 and Super-District 5, Post 4. Dr. Marks was going to verify whether our volunteers lived in the correct areas to fill these vacancies. Dr. Marks then discussed the upcoming election calendar and reminded members of dates to focus on. The body discussed the issue of video recording our meetings and Chairman Anderson was going to confirm with Stacey Abrams regarding the legality of recording our meetings. We also discussed finalizing the LCDP’s budget for 2019-2020 and the details surrounding acquiring a new phone with voicemail for the party’s use. Lamb reminded the Chairman that members needed Jeremiah Lawton to give an update on the By-Laws Committee and the Executive Committee needs to schedule our strategic
meeting with Dr. Treva Gear. Mr. Lawton suggested discussing the By-Laws update after the situation with COVID-19 ends. Chairman Anderson stated we will table this issue until we can meet in-person because it will take some time to discuss and we will have to meet face to face to discuss. Chairman Anderson then asked Vice Chairman Dr. Marks if we were able to fill any of the vacancies on the LCDP County Committee. Dr. Marks stated Randy Brown and Kevin Reddick are not eligible for any of the vacancies. He then stated Leigh Touchston and George Bennett are both eligible for the vacancy for Super District 5, Post 4. Gretchen Quarterman then made a motion to table the election to fill these vacancies until we can have the full elections to fill the rest of the LCDP County Committee which will be held after the primaries are over in August, 2020. Dr. Marks seconded the motion to hold off filling the vacancies and the present members voted unanimously.
Chairman Anderson then called upon Treasurer Ronnie Pierce to give an update on his efforts to complete the budget for 2019-2020. Mr. Pierce reported that the Budget Committee recently met but there were several changes that still needed to be made to the budget. Dr. Marks stated the budget is online but needs to be updated and we need to do this quickly because the budget determines our strategic plans for the rest of the year. Dr. Marks suggested that the budget be sent back to the Budget Committee to put the budget in a finished form to send to the LCDP County Committee for their review.
Chairman Anderson agreed with this assessment and he instructed the Budget Committee to meet relatively soon in order to re-examine and finalize the budget.
Treasurer Ronnie Pierce then gave his report on the LCDP’s current finances. The actual total amount that we have in the bank is $5,638.48 and in the Paypal account we have $741.38, which makes a total of $6,379.86. Mrs. Quarterman and Mr. Pierce went into detail about spending $411.00 so that the LCDP now is paid for three years’ worth of internet service.
Vice Chair Dr. Marks was then called to give his elections report. He reminded members that we have some important dates coming up. He reminded members that May 11, 2020 was the last day to register to vote. Next Monday is the start of early voting and will continue 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. , and the first Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. He reminded members if they were going to vote in person than to wear a mask and abide by social distancing. He reminded members that the safest way to vote is through the mail. The last date to turn in your absentee ballot is election day, June 09, 2020. Dr. Marks also added that we needed to help people turn in their absentee ballots. He stated the LCDP has teamed up with the Georgia Democratic Party and Dr. Treva Gear to do phone banking in which members make calls, help people fill out their absentee ballots, and encourage people to turn in their absentee ballots. It is very important that we do
our part and get our base out to vote. Last date to vote is Tuesday, June 09, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in precincts.
Chairman Anderson then asked Dr. Treva Gear to address the members. Dr. Gear stated she recently sent out a newsletter from her campaign which asks, “Are you mad yet?” which stands for Mobilize Into Action for our future, especially in light of the failure of state and federal GOP leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. She asked for members to join her team and she tanked members for their support.
Dr. Marks reminded members to email him if they are interested in phone banking. Lastly, Mr. Pierce asked if the members would be in agreement for him to sign up for a monthly Zoom
subscription, with no time limit, it would cost $19.00 a month, and we can cancel at any time. Dr. Marks seconded Mr. Pierce’s motion to sign up for the Zoom subscription. Vice Chair Vivian Miller Cody inquired about the LCDP using the teleconference and she suggested we look into how much it would cost before proceeding with the motion. She did not see the need in paying just to look at one another on a computer screen when we could save money and still speak to one another over the phone.
Chairman Anderson stated we will send an email out to the Executive Committee to vote on whether to pay for a Zoom subscription or use phone conferencing to host our meetings in the future.
Meeting was adjourned.
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