Walker County Democrats
Huntsville, Texas



Minutes of the Meeting
May 8, 2017
Walker County Democrat Club


Pledges:  The meeting was opened by President Fred Guillory at 5:30 p.m. with pledges to the American and Texas flags.

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Andy Dewees reported that our opening balance was $6671, with income of $1,736 and expenses of $1,382, leaving a new balance of $7,025 in the checkbook.

Items of Interest: 

 1.  President Guillory talked about his recent conversation with Richard Watkins who is concerned about the need to field candidates for city, county, school board, and the hospital district elections, all of which are now held in November, a consolidation move that has saved money.  In addition to finding candidates, it is increasingly important that we raise funds to support candidates as well to provide rent and maintenance of the headquarters.  Suggestions were made regarding fundraising, including checking Annie’s List and getting in contact with the SHSU Student Council to learn more about their concerns and possible suggestions for candidates. 


We learned that the daughter of a couple of our members, Vanessa Adia, has filed to be U.S representative for Congressional District 12 in Texas.  She might be able to visit with us here to share ideas on how best to encourage and support candidates for office.  She is a teacher and has a Facebook page which we can consult.  We will see if it is possible for her to come in July.


2.  Dorothy Willett noted that we registered a voter during the Cinco de Mayo celebration.  She also spoke of her attendance at a meet-and-greet gathering in Conroe, hosting many organizations including Planned Parenthood, Indivisible, and some having to do with immigration and the law. She met with Mike Collier who has announced that he is running to be Lt. Governor. (See https://www.collierfortexas.com) He spoke on what he learned from research he did after the election and how that experience will improve his upcoming campaign. Collier and others will be targeting small counties, and he is expected to come to our county.  In Austin at state training for county chairs Dorothy heard Beto O’Rourke who is running against Ted Cruz in 2018 to be our US Senator.


Andie Ho then spoke about a Turning Harris County Blue meeting Thursday night, May 11, and encouraged others to check on it and, if possible, attend.

3.  Frank Fair informed us that his colleague, Ben Mitchell-Yellin, has a newly published book on near-death experiences and is willing to present this topic at a dinner and conversation at the Patio restaurant and bar two doors down from our headquarters.  The cost for dinner would be $25 per ticket plus individual use of a cash bar.  Frank moved, and Andie seconded, that we set this event for June 26 in the Patio Restaurant.  The motion passed.


4.  It was suggested that we post access to our website in the minutes and other places so it is easy to reach us.  The website is http://www.walkercountydemocrats.org/home.html


5.  Speakers: Several participants and staff members from the Huntsville YMCA gave a presentation on the many different programs of the Y, which include Day Camp, Teen Outreach, After School, Children’s Academy, Adaptive Sports, and others.  Their goal is to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the city’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities for individuals to give back and support neighbors.  The club members present supported these and other activities of the Huntsville YMCA, and they passed the hat to collect donations for the Y.

Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 7:00 p.m.                                 Submitted by Janet Fair


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Minutes General Meeting
Walker County Democrat Club
April 10, 2017

Meeting opened with all present reciting pledges to the U. S. and Texas flags.

Called To Order:   5:30 p.m. by Pres. F. Guillory

Treasurer Report: Treasurer out of town, however the President reported from the treasurers report provided. Current Balance in the Club is $6,531.47.   Motion made by L. Myers, 2nd by J. Anderson to accept the report as written.  Motion carried.

Presidents Report:  President noted that our auction fund raisers are always low in non-election years. President then thanked all who had done work on the First Amendment /Molly Ivins annual dinner.  He then stated that the elections of officers would be conducted tonight. He noted the planned march this weekend regarding Trump not releasing his taxes. A letter of solicitation will also be sent out to all WCDC members and friends very soon.  We need to increase our donations due to the rental increase this year. The president stressed the need for our organization to remain visible during this presidency.

Election of Officers
 The President proceeded with reading the slate of officers provided by committee chair person, Frank Fair (he was ill and not present ):
President- Fred Guillory; Vice President, Dorothy Willett; Treasurer- Andy Dewees; Recording Secretary- Dianne Myers & Amanda Louie; Corresponding Secretary- JoeAnn Anderson & Andie Ho ; Headquarter Chair Steve Covington;  President stated that only members should vote.  It was moved by L. Myers that the slate of officers be accepted by Acclamation. Not seconded.  Joe Ann Anderson requested that we open the floor for nominations on all the positions (motion failed for lack of second).  The floor was opened for nominations for each position.  There being no additional nominations from the floor, nominations were closed.  Then each office nominee was moved by acclamation to be accepted and approved by the body present.  All of the original slate nominees were accepted in this manner.

County Chair Terry Presley reported on the “Fair Shot Meeting” attended by her & Dorothy Willett.  She stated it was better organized than previous meetings, and a synopsis of her notes, which had been forgotten, would be posted on-line.

Starla Jackson- stated that she was requested by the treasurer to collect dues if any were turned in after the meeting. 

Andie Ho requested volunteers to write letters to the Editor (Huntsville Item) because she and Darren Grant have been published. D. Willett said her name could be used if they wrote the letters. There were no additional volunteers.  

Speaker for the Evening, Author Dewitt Lindsay, was introduced by President Guillory.  He read a chapter from his soon to be published book on American becoming A Corporate State – Very well received 

Motion to adjourn

Submitted by D. Myers


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Minutes WCDC Planning Meeting
March 27, 2017
Meeting called to order at 5:30

Report from Molly Ivins Dinner was provided by the President - tentative net income of $2,774 was reported from ticket sales and auction.  Frank fair also estimated that $400 was collected for the State Democratic Party.  President Fred Guillory has already scheduled facility for next year’s Dinner on the 17th of February, 2018, but there is still time to amend this date. Consensus was to confirm this date.

President Guillory stated that our fund-raising pledge letter should go out soon. Dorothy Willett stated that the office volunteers could hand-address envelopes. 

Dr. Fair stated that a thank you letter had been sent to Mr. Maxey, keynote speaker at the Molly Ivins Dinner.  There was discussion on moving the auction closer to the dinner so that the speaker would be the last item on the program. It was noted that “Walker County Press “was in attendance taking lots of photos.

There is a “Democrat Fair Shot Meeting” this weekend in Austin at the state capitol.   Dorothy Willett and Terry Presley, County Chair, will be attending.

Nominating Committee progress report by Dr. Fair:
 D.Willett V.P , Steve Covington Hdqt Manger, JoAnn Anderson/ Andie Ho Corresponding Secretary & Media, Amanda Louie Recording Secretary, Fred Guillory President, but he will open the floor, and  Andy Dewees Treasurer.

Discussion on Rep/Dem flag football fund raiser in April: 
Motion by Dr. Fair that $250 be provided in support of the event. Motion seconded by L. Myers and carried.

Discussion on June Fund Raiser at the Vortexan: A speaker has been confirmed, Ben Mitchell, who will speak on Near Death Experiences.  Tentative date is June 26th.  Also, Dewitt Lindsey will be speaker at August meeting.

Steve Covington presented an organizational plan to the group to clarify the roles of various officers and also to educate new members.  President Guillory appointed him as head of his selected committee to develop the plan.

Meeting Adjourned

D. Myers

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MINUTES
Walker County Democrat Club
March 15, 2017

Meeting called to order at 5:30 p.m. by President Fred Guillory

Pledges to the U. S. and Texas flags  were recited by all.

Review of Minutes from last meeting; Motion made by Dorothy Willett and seconded by Frank Fair to approve minutes. Motion Carried

Treasurer’s Report: Andy Dewees reported that $560 in donations had been received, and that $1,276 had also been reimbursed from the Walker County Democratic Party for support of the Democratic Primary election. Tickets sales for the Molly Ivins banquet totaled $1,148.  Current Balance in Bank is $6,135.  Motion was made by F. Fair to approve the Treasurer’s report, seconded by D. Willett – motion carried.

President’s Report:  President reiterated that donations to WCDC could also be made on the WCDC web-site..

Andie Ho’s letter to the item was also recognized.
A guide to resisting has been received from the DNC along with a “Kick Out the GOP” sticker.  Chair also informed group of a Fact Check web site and encouraged members to use it and to also contact their legislators. 

Dorothy Williett, in the absence of the Party Chair Terri Presley, stated that the County Chair would be holding a meeting in April with the Democrat student Group on SHSU campus.  County Chair’s husband will also provide post cards for sending our thoughts to Congressman Kevin Brady.

A discussion was held on Brady’s no-show for the town hall meeting in Conroe.  Maureen Samuels organized a group to go, who in turn gained access to Brady’s office and left notes for him.

Frank Fair reported that the Nominating Committee (Frank Fair, Andie Ho and Steve Covington) will provide a report at the April meeting for the annual WCDC election of officers. He reported that All Seats are Open!

Old Business:  Petitions are available to get signatures for Ray Martin’s run for #8 district of the U. S. Congress. That Ray is a veteran and Congressman  Brady is not was noted.

Vanessa Adis is running for the Texas Senate in the #12th district and Kendal Scudder is also running in Dist. #2 (Dallas Areas).

Introduction of Speaker – Frank Fair introduced Dr. Greg Rodriquez, Advocate for Public Education in the Huntsville Independent School Didtrict. He spoke on what is wrong with the A thru F grading system. He was very informative and was well received by the group.

Motion to Adjourn Approved

D. Myers, Recording Secretary 

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MINUTES
WALKER COUTY DEMOCRAT CLUB
FEBRUARY 13, 2017


Call to Order:  President Fred Guillory called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.  Pledges to the U. S. and Texas flags  were recited by all.

Minutes from last meeting:  Motion by L. Myers to approve the minutes,  2nd by D. Willett, motion carried. 

Treasurer report:  Treasurer  Andy Dewees passed out the current expense current balance $5,308.00.

Motion to accept report by L. Myers, 2nd by J. Fair, motion passed.

Old Business: F. Fair stated that Glen Maxey, Legislative Coordinator for State Democrat Party,  will be the speaker, and KPFT Pacifica  Radio will receive the 1st Amendment Award.

Ray Martin announced he is running for Kevin Brady’s position, petition forthcoming 

New Business: A script has been done for office volunteers to solicit ticket buyers for the 1st amendment Dinner: Marsie Grant's response to Trump issues/supporters sheet was distributed: Voter Registrar Classes will be held on April 4th, at 2pm in the walker county annex building. If need be a list of names of individuals who want/need a weekend class can be developed and presented to Diana McRae.

 D. Willett will purchase folders, and ink for office and submit receipts for reimbursement.


Maureen Samuels invited all women to the Nasty Womens  WTF gathering  6pm on Wednesday at Carbonero's.

Carol Smith suggested that letters be sent to Paul Ryan's Home in WI, (Post Cards Suggested – less threatening) since it is impossible to get any messages through the traditional ways i.e. E-mail.  Switchboard Messages should focus on Planned Parenthood, ACA, Privatizing Medicare,.  J. Anderson noted that Kevin Brady is having town hall meetings and we need to greet him when he comes to Huntsville. 


Dr. Fair proposed that WCDC NAACP ACLU ex get together to arrive at a consensus on issues in the Huntsville area i.e. Immigration, economy Health etc.  He also wants to have Dewitt Lindsay book author to present at club meeting in March.

LULAC Scholarship Banquet on the 18th 6 p.m. Motion by L. Myers that  WCDC donate 2 tickets, was amended to $200- amendment accepted 2nd by R. Martin  motion carried.

Darin Grant requested a co-author for letter to newspaper –  Andie Malandro volunteered and was received . 

Letter on Voter suppression sent to Diana McRae and Attorney General by Mark Calkin

F. Fair Introduced Immigration Attorney Audrey Biggar who spoke on DACA issues (Differed Action for childhood Arrivals). (The Dream Act would have been better and less complicated.)

Meeting Adjourned at 7:15 p.m.   DGM
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​​WCDC Planning Meeting Notes:  1/23/17
 
·         Treasurer’s Report:
  After speaking with HQ owner John Smither, treasurer Andy Dewees confirmed that we will be able to stay in this building for two more years.  It was suggested that everyone needs to keep up with the $20 dues.  Our next fundraiser will be the First Amendment/Molly Ivins banquet.  He also suggested that we send out a letter to members seeking financial assistance for our rent and utilities. This might best be sent out after the banquet.
 
·         President’s Report:  President Fred Guillory spoke about the banquet, which is scheduled to be held at the Walker Education Center.  We have received permission from the proper authorities to serve beer and wine at the event.  The price is set at $50 per ticket, and tickets will be available at the next meeting.  Food choices will include vegan.
 
·         Future Speakers:  Interim vice-president, Frank Fair, suggested several possible speakers to talk to the group and to receive our First 
Amendment Award.  Suggestions included KPFT, Pacifica Radio. Frank contacted Theresa Allen and got a yes.  Glenn Maxey was also contacted and said he could come, probably on March 25.  Several people offered their homes to accommodate him.  Gilberto Hinojosa was another name offered and will be contacted later on.
 
·         Additional Concerns:  Dorothy Willett spoke on several issues.   With regard to the banquet, she urged people to bring in auction items, preferably in good condition.  She also spoke about the Saturday Women’s March and getting a group to attend.  She said the HQ needs volunteers to phone people to help us.  She also would like to see a writing group formed to send letters to our representatives on a variety of issues that need to be addressed.  Steve Covington urged us to reach out to other organizations that we might join in solidarity with similar concerns.   Frank Fair reminded us about our former midsummer dinner/fundraiser at the Homestead.  Since the Homestead has changed owners and names, we need to seek a new venue for this event.
 
·         Elections:  April WCDC officer elections:  Frank volunteered to head the nominating committee for the upcoming WCDC officer elections and encouraged members to run for any office of interest. Ray Martin spoke up about running against Kevin Brady if no other opponent files.
 
·         Our next meeting will be Monday, February 13 at 5:30 pm in the Headquarters.  The speaker is immigration attorney Audrey McPhail.
 
Submitted by Janet Fair, in the absence of Dianne Myers.
 


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Minutes
Walker County Democrat Club
January 9, 2017

Meeting called to order by President, Fred Guillory 5:30, He noted that the notice was in error stating the mtg. would begin at 6 p.m. 

Minutes from Previous Meeting:

Report: County Chair Terri Presley reported on her activities and stated she would be attending the women’s march in Austin on the 21st.

Discussion about dates, and information about marches taking place throughout the US.

It was noted that the “Guide for Resisting Trump Agendas” was on line.  This guide outlines strategies to block actions of Trump; Indivisibleguide.com is the web site and it is free. 

New Business: 

Treasurer reported that he needs approval to renew the mailbox and the cost was $60 dollars; Motion made to approve and seconded carried

Dues for Chamber of Commerce were also due for 2017:  after discussion relative to the benefits there was a motion by Dorothy Willett, 2nd by Andy Dewees To not renew membership with the Chamber of Commerce.  Motion Carried

President stated that planning will begin for the 1st Amendment dinner which would be held at the Don & Katy Walker Education on March 25th.  He will do a ticket and bring to the planning meeting later this Month.

Frank Fair began introducing our guest speaker Carolyn Newman, of Citizens Climate Lobby in the Woodlands who would be presenting on Global Warming.   Her presentation was excellent and very informative.  It is the goal of CCL to encourage and assist with the development of new chapters which for the Huntsville area is off to a good start.  Alan Byboth has volunteered to chair the group for Huntsville.  In addition there will be a free Public Event Held at the SHSU Center for Biological Field Studies on the 29th of January (1866 Fish Hatchery Rd.) from 3-6 p.m.  . The event will be a workshop to train individuals on becoming a Climate Advocate. 

Motion to Adjourn 7:10 p.m.

DGM

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​Walker  County Democrat Club
General Meeting
Minutes, November 14, 2016



Meeting began with Terrie Presley commenting on the election and thanking individuals for their support.  She encouraged all in attendance (very full House) to keep going forward. Lengthy discussion on what had occurred during the campaign. Many spoke on the issue and provided suggestions of where the Democrats should go from here. 

Old business:

Chair, Fred Guillory reminded the group about our X-mas celebration coming up in December, the  2nd Monday and  also the  charity drive for the Good Shepherd Mission, cash or canned items accepted.  Information will also be on our web-sight

Frank Fair thanked Terri & Lex, Dorothy, Andy, Steve and others who have sustained the building and provided unlimited support to keeping our doors open and operative. 

New Business:  Chairman informed us that a decision would have to be made on our lease asap. The lease expires the 1st of January, Continuing that the landlord has another business interested in the space.  After a  great deal of open discussion and support for continuing with the lease,  a word from the treasurer about what it cost  to maintain the facility ($940 per month minimum) and how we have been able to  accomplish  this.

 Motion was made by Frank Fair to continue with the Lease for 2 years till the next Gubernatorial  Election

Motion 2nd by James Patton – motion carried with great enthusiasm!

Information on the Safety Pin Project – Which indicates a person wearing one is  approachable/safe to talk to  if one needs to talk to someone,  regardless of the race, gender, religion or political persuasion.  A symbol of safety.

It was also noted that there were no empty chairs in the building and it was encouraging to see all of the new and faithful faces in attendance.

Introduction of Guest Speaker : Dr. Heather Evans, Discussed Her studies on social Media and the current Presidential  Election. She is also an Author.

Submitted by D. Myers, Secretary

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MINUTES WCDC
PLANNING MEETING
October 25, 2016


Meeting Called to Order at 5:30 by Chairman, Fred Guillory

Minutes reviewed from last meeting which will be approved at the General meeting.

Chair thanked all the individuals who supported the Wine Tasting event which earned $3,500 this year, and sold 60 bottles of the wine.

Discussion held for wine tasting venue next year.  The consensus was to book the Education Center again, immediately and then explore other options.  We also need to be looking ahead for recipients at the 1st Amendment Banquet and the recipient to be named. 

Discussion regarding Election Day office hours, and evening hours to watch election returns.  Steve Covington will be here all day and the Election Returns Party that evening will begin at 7 p.m. Information is posted on our Facebook page & e-mails will go out.  Discussion on rules regarding voters being harassed at polling sights. 

Final Friday will be held this Friday, October 28th at Headquarters.  The speaker has been secured for our next general meeting where we will also have a food drive for Good Shepherd Mission.  The Annual Xmas Party will be held the 2nd Monday in December. 

Dorothy Willett informed group about the organization “ Citizens Climate Lobby” .
She had spoken to Carolyn Newman, organizer who wants to have a chapter here in Huntsville.  There are many chapters in the state,.  Frank Fair will make a follow-up contact to see if she is available for speaking at our General meeting in January.

Floor given to Mader Hedspeck who is running at large for Huntsville City Council.

Discussion on the need for City Council to have broader representation from the citizens of Huntsville, at present the majority of the Council is from Elkins Lake. 

Meeting adjourned 6:35

d.myers   

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Minutes
WCDC October 10, 2016


Meeting called to order by President

Minutes from last meeting: not available

Budget Report- Andy Dewees- Ticket count for the wine tasting now at 104, in addition monies from yard signs and buttons etc. coming in as well.  Checks have been issued for the Bartenders and for the glasses. Correction by Janet Fair to add another “L” to Huntsville Item; on report Motion by Janet Fair to approve the Treasurer’s report 2nd by Terry Presley motion carried.

Discussion by President F. Guillory Discussion on h’orderves, regarding providing meat and cheese trays for the Event.  Andy Dewees donated a Cheese tray, Fred Guillory donated a Meat tray, Terrie Presley donated fruit tray. D. Myers & Donna donated 1 BLT. Of wine for baskets; President will verify when the facility will be open so we can get it set up etc.  (12:00 noon was mentioned).  He also mentioned that the h’orderves cost went up $50 bucks now it is   $750 when we approved $700.  Motion by Dorothy W. to approve the additional $50 dollars for the caterer,

VorTexan Eclectic Kitchen. Jake Levins will also provide classical guitarist for $75.00. 

Andy Dewees, Starla Jackson, & JoAnn Anderson will work the check in at the front desk. 

Items for the Auction will be photo’d and projected on a screen during the event.

D. Willett suggested that we use retail tags for the glass markers, easy and a sufficient supply available for our guest. 

Frank Fair VP Indicated that he had obtained a speaker for after the Election, Dr. Heather Evans, Political Science Professor and sponsor of the Bearkat Dems.

Terry Presley – County chair began with a discussion on the issue of where to put the political signs – more are needed to be out there especially for Mr. Harrison 
Mr. Harrison explained that the TxDot issue is going well, (signs were in the easement area) he has been working in riverside and that there are active groups helping him from New Waverly, and Huntsville. 


Motion to adjourn

Submitted by d. Myers

Andy Dewees encouraged members to check out the new web site, walkercountydems.org 

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