February 2017 Minutes

Call to Order:

  • Pass the Hat

  • Pledge of Allegiance

  • Introductions

  • Everyone says something positive that happened in the last week

Review Meeting Adgenda:

  • Changes and Additions

  • Constant Contact needs to be dealt with

Secretary's Report:

  • Review Jan Minutes

  • Vote to Accept/Reject Minutes

  • Motion: Cecile Thornton

  • 2nd: Chris Beam

  • Vote: Unanimous

Treasurer's Report (by Bill Coffin):

  • Current Financials

  • Vote to Accept/Reject Report

  • Motion: Dick Grandmaison

  • 2nd: Doug Lane

  • vote: Unanimous

Elected Officials:

  • Updates from any present

  • Roger Fuller:

  • Professional: My cohort from Lewiston is awesome. Lots of professionalism at the state house.

  • Personal: Ever day is like a graduate course, learning a lot.

  • Referendum 2: Should stay in place, but there is a hearing to overturn it. Democrats have majority in house, so it probably will not pass.

Other Discussions:

  • Referendum 2:

    • We must hold the line. It is an insult to Mainers to think that they did not know what they were voting for.

    • We can and will support the legistators who support us.

    • Any chance that they can do away with referendums?

    • Not really, it is in the Constitution.

    • Can repeal initiative if it is a burden on the tax payers

    • Must keep the pressure on the legislature and government.

    • Don't just send out just one message, have people write their own messages.

  • New Secretary:

    • Owen has expressed an interest in becoming the official secretary of the Lewiston Town Democrats.

    • To be discussed and voted on next week.

PR & Marketing/Recruiting Committee, Fundraising/Event Committee, Finance Committee:

  • Rolls:

    • PR: Bruce Noddin, Cecile Thornton, Hal Larsson, Doug Lane, Wendy

    • Fundraising: Marcus Talarico, Nick Burpee, Bill Coffin

    • Advisory: Dick & Diane Grandmaison

  • Meetings Scheduled

    • PR & Recruiting Wednesday, Feb 15

  • Upcoming Events

    • Friday Testimony on Referendum

    • Talk about findings of LA Charter (proposed)

    • Postcards to our elected officials

  • A new Approach?

    • Have Community Events so that people know we are a member of the community.

  • Fundraising Ideas

    • Armory: Community Yard/Barn Sale

      • Facility is free if no one else is using it

      • Could rent tables to non-profits rather than craft people

      • When is this going to occur?

      • Spring on a Friday

    • Liberty Festival Concession Stand

    • Art Walk Concession Stand

    • Ethnic Foods Potluck

      • When?

      • Very end of semester or short term.

      • Bates Dems want to run it, but are willing to coordinate with outside groups.

    • Most Lucrative Possible Spelling Bee Game Show

      • Dystopian Movie Festival

    • Pancake Breakfast

      • Market Saturation

    • Set up recurring donations

      • Switch to ActBlue?

    • Mailers

  • Unified L/A

    • Brand new group

    • Develop and implement rapid response strategy

    • Our de-facto conduit for all groups to effect change at the state level

    • Not only a democratic party group

  • Open Forum Suggestions:

    • Opening in School Board

    • Person counter to our interests ran unopposed for school board

    • Luke Jensen now has his foot in the door

    • Defending minimum wage referendum

      • See "Other Discussions" above

    • Defending school funding referendum

    • City council, mayoral, and school board candidates

      • Republicans are fielding some interesting candidates

      • Bruce is meeting with someone to identify candidates for all Lewiston positions

    • Housing summit, Community Unity April 8th

      • Looking at the Franco Center, but that is still being worked on

      • Lewiston HS as possible location? Maybe Middle School?

    • Hope to create a LA housing coalition

      • Monday evenings at 5:30pm at Maine People's Alliance offices to plan event

    • Student Voting Bill

      • People would be unable to use dorm addresses to register to vote

    • Hearing on Wednesday, Feb 15th

Adjourn:

  • Welcome New Members

  • Announcements

  • Adjournment:

    • Motion: Cecile Thornton

    • 2nd: Hal Larsson

    • Unanimous Vote

 

**Next Meeting March 8th**

 

Attendance: John Sinclair, Douglas Lane, Richard Grandmaison, Diane Grandmaison, Bill Coffin, Chris Beam, Kiernan Majerus-Collins, Owen Cardwell-Copenhefer, Maya Seshan, Hal Larsson, Elizabeth Eames, Anne Moreau Burg, Cecile Thornton, Edho MeeKendi, Roger Fuller, Mike & Rita Lajoie, Maitri Chittidi