2022-08-10 Membership Meeting Minutes

      150 150 34th Democrats

      August 10, 2022 – Virtual meeting held via closed ZOOM

      6:30 Presentation on Police Reform by Rob Saka, introduced by Bill Schrier; recording available here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCON7J56wtBveqzF0xVywhrg  

      7:42 Call to Order by Chair Carla Rogers 

      Opening Ceremonies

      • Update on current election events and notable primaries; encouraged to the 34th to stay involved and support our blue candidates!  
      • Land & People Acknowledgement – First Vice Chair Rachel Glass 
      • VIP Acknowledgements
        •  Joe Fitzgibbon – discussed voter turn-out trends across the nation and motivating factors, such as Supreme Court overturning Roe and Jan 6 hearings 
        • Dow Constantine – deferred until the Prop 1 section of the agenda 
      • Speak Up Survey is BACK! https://bit.ly/SpeakUp-Aug22 

      Approval of Tonight’s Agenda and Last Month’s Minutes 

      • Karen Richter moved and Ann Martin seconded to approve the agenda. Passed by unanimous consent.
      • Ann Martin moved and Julie Whitaker seconded to approve the minutes. Passed by unanimous consent.

      Budget and Membership Reports

      • Treasurer Julie Whitaker reported on the financials since the last meeting.    
        • Income increased this month largely due to the fundraiser. Ticket sales were recognized previously in the months they were received.  Paint the Night Blue Fundraiser made about $10-$11k after expenses. 
        • Current membership is 269, including 98 PCOs. 

      Chair’s Announcements 

      • August Pop Up Social – August 26, 5:30 – 8pm at Good Society Brewery and Public House 
      • Next meeting in person!!! September 14, 6:00-9pm, at the Hall at Fauntleroy, and hosting the General Election GOTV Kick Off
      • Next board meeting is Thursday, August 25, 7-8:30 (Zoom)
      • King County Dems LAC committee volunteer sought, contact chair@34dems.org

      What’s Ahead in 2022 

      • September In-Person Meeting – first one in two years!
      • October 12 Pre-Meeting Program (Public Safety) and Meeting on Zoom
      • November 8 General Election
      • November 9 Meeting – Year End Celebration
        • Pre-session Q&A with Legislators
        • 2022 34th Awards
        • Tribute to Rep Eileen Cody
      • No December Meeting
        • Service Project 
        • December is the end of the term, and the 34th will undergo reorganization in January (election of officers)

      Conserve our Futures: YES on Prop. 1 

      • Proposition No. 1 Conservation Futures Property Tax Levy
      • Dow Constantine presented regarding the levy restoring the conservation futures fund protecting the local wildland environments, greenspaces, and recreational areas 
      • Chris Porter moved and Ann Martin seconded to endorse the resolution. Chris Porter spoke for endorsement. 
      • Unanimous vote in favor of the motion to endorse. 

      PCO Appointments & Upcoming Plans

      • New PCO Appointments
        • Soleil Lewis White Center – Bernice
        • Dorothy Gesick SEA 34 – 1480
      • Nick Bonazza moved and Bunny Hatcher seconded to appoint these new PCOs. 
      • Unanimous voice vote welcomed these new PCOs to their roles! 

      GOTV Plans 

      • September 14 GOTV Kick Off Event – The Hall 6-9pm
        • PCO Recognition & GOTV Material Distribution
        • Hear from our Endorsed Candidates! 
        • Inspirational Pre-Meeting Program
      • Help Re-elect Dr. Kim Schrier! 
        • National implications!
        • 2 Field Trips scheduled, more based on participation, 12-3pm  canvass, including training
          • Meet at Arbor Heights Elementary to carpool to canvas in the 8th (Covington)
          • Saturday, Sept 10 & Sunday, September 25 – meet both days at 11:15am
      • Door-knocking has proven to increase voter turn-out

      Upcoming Outreach Events

      Contact outreach@34dems.org  to participate!!!

      Boulevard Park Block PartySaturday August 1312pm – 6pm1832 S. 120th St.
      Seattle Folklorico FestivalSaturday, August 2711am – 5pmWestcrest Park
      Adopt-A-Street*Sunday, September 11th1pm – 3pm16th Ave SW at Roxbury
      B-Town FiestaSaturday, September 2410am – 6pmBurien Town Center Park
      *New Date


      • Bunny Hatcher presented on “A Resolution Calling for Passage of the Local Journalism Sustainability Act”
      • Ann Martin moved and Bunny Hatcher seconded to endorse the resolution, as amended for clarity.  Ann Martin spoke for the resolution.  
      • Unanimous vote in favor of the motion to adopt the resolution.

      Fundraiser Wrap Up 

      • Many thanks to Gina Topp and her team for putting on an excellent Fundraiser this year! 

      Good of the Order 

      • Ann Martin – West Seattle Democratic Women Picnic at Ann Martin’s house, please RSVP MartinHTAM@gmail.com so they have enough pizza!  

      Adjourned at 8:55pm by Carla Rogers, Chair