Board Meeting Minutes

October 14, 2003

This meeting was held at the home of Betty Weir.
Present (6 total) were:
President: Stephen Souza,
Vice President: Absent
Treasurer: Betty Weir
Recording Secretary: G Richard Yamagata
Past President: Bob Bockwinkel
Board members: Susan Peter-Thompson, Adrienne Candell, Tony Gruska and Mike Syvanen

Guests: None.

Stephen Souza called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM.

MINUTES OF PAST MEETNGS: No one had seen the past minutes since the last meeting. The minutes are on-line and will be voted upon next time.

The club has $2653.93 in the checking account and $7000 in a CD. A total of $5,047 was taken in by the club for the anti-Recall campaign. $3896.04 has been paid out to date.

By January 22nd the FPC report needs to be turned in and will report $7585 raised and spent on the anti-Recall campaign.

The conclusion of the group was that the efforts of the club bore fruit in Davis and parts of Woodland. These areas voted against the recall and for Bustamonte. The club also picked up a number of new members through this effort.

There was discussion concerning an article about Ritchie Ross that was published in the Sacramento News and Review. This led to a discussion about the State Senate race and the possibility of Helen Thompson running for the seat.

A motion was made by Mike Syvanen and seconded by Adrienne Kandel that a letter be send to Helen Thompson to ask for party unity in light of Arnold Schwartzenegger’s recent successful bid for governor and his ability to raise campaign funds. This letter would also be sent to the press and various Democrat electeds. This motion was defeated by a 4 to 4 vote. The official comment on this vote by Stephen Souza was that it shows how divisive this issue would be for the party – especially if it was made public.

A second motion was made by Bob Bockwinkel that a private phone call be made to Helen Thompson. It would indicate that although there is strong support for her candidacy in Davis, but as an advisory body offering a political judgment, the Davis Democrat Club executive committee is worried about party unity. The results of a straw poll would be given to Helen by Scott Lay. This motion was seconded by Adrienne Candell and Betty Weir. The motion passed unanimously.

The start-up time for this event is 6 PM. A mailer will be sent out to all members indicating this event will be a roast of Dave Rosenberg.

The holiday party will once again be at Doug Kaplan’s home. Phone calling will be done early for this December party. The party will be held the first Friday of the month of December from 7 to 9 PM.

The newsletter will announce the holiday party, the Bean Feed and will have profiles on the 3 school board candidates. There will be an article about an Arab-American that is being persecuted by police with the laws passed after 9/11. This was announced and there was no objection from the board.

Bob Bockwinkel made a motion that the Democrat Club Board support Measure N, the school property tax assessment. Adrienne seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

The Measure N support will be printed in the newsletter and sent to the Davis Enterprise.

Mike Syvanen will write a post-mortem of the Recall Election.

It was noted that the club web site gets about 3400 hits per month and it was suggested by Bob Bockwinkel that this figure needs to be mentioned in the newsletter. (Bob Bockwinkel after the meeting suggested that the web site URL should be published or appear somewhere in the newsletter.)

There will also be an article about Mike Thompson in the newsletter.

Stephen will bring the newsletters to Betty for her to put on the red dots, so people can pay their dues.

It was discussed that the newsletter should announce that there will be Board elections in January. The offices are:
Vice President
Recording Secretary

The club has names of people that volunteered and came in during the anti-Recall effort. We could pull people from that list to try to fill these positions.

Stephen Souza announced that the anti-Recall newspaper printed by the club was shown to high ranking members in the California Democratic Party. It was held up as an example for other clubs and organizations to use in the anti-Recall effort.

Bob Bockwinkel announced that his daughter had won an essay competition sponsored by the State Assembly. The essay will be printed in the newsletter and is on display in Lois Wolk’s state assembly office.

With no more announcements, the meeting was adjourned at 8:32 PM.

These minutes are respectfully submitted by:

      G Richard Yamagata

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