Walker County Democrats
Huntsville, Texas


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Walker County Democrat Club
Monthly Meeting
January 14, 2019

1.   President Andie Ho opened the meeting at 5:30 pm.   She called for the Treasurer’s report.  Treasurer Andy Dewees detailed income and expenditures and reported a balance of $8,530.69.

2.  Dewees reported on progress in obtaining new Democrat  headquarters.  The Club’s current lease ends on March 31, 2019, at which time we will vacate this location.   We are in negotiations for the space at 1210 Univ Ave, next door to Cloud 9.  It is smaller than our current space but the rent is more affordable.  No formal agreement at this time.

3.  Plans are progressing for the Molly Ivins- First Amendment Award banquet, held at Walker Education Center on Saturday Feb 23, 6-9 pm.  This year’s First Amendment Awardee is journalist Alfredo Corchado, Mexico City bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News.  He will be the keynote speaker for the evening with introduction by Rich Heiland who was the first recipient of the Club’s First Amendment Award.

4.  Vice President Dorothy Willett reported on her visit to the recent Senate District 5 meeting. She reported that the next State Democratic Party convention will be on June 6, 2020.  At the meeting she recruited state Democratic spokesman David Currie as speaker for our February meeting.

5.  Andie Ho discussed possible volunteer projects for the Club as well as new Club tee shirt design.

6.  Speakers for the evening were Drs Lee Miller and Joyce McCauley who described the SHSU Center for Community Engagement.  The more than 200 Academic Community Engagement courses at SHSU provide opportunities for students to engage in community service.  Club members discussed town-gown issues with the speakers.

Meeting adjourned 6:40 pm, Andy Dewees

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Walker County Democrat Club
Minutes, General Meeting
September 10, 2018

Meeting called to Order by President Andie Ho at 5:35 pm

Minutes from last General meeting were approved with a motion by Andy Dewees 2nd by Frank Fair, motion carried.

Treasurers report  reflected a balance of $12,465.00  Treasurer’s report approved.


Treasurer, Andy Dewees continued with a request that the club make a $1,500 dollar donation to each of our district candidates discussed at a previous meeting, (Meg Walsh, Brian Elvin, Steven David & Fred Lemond.  Discussion followed concerning what our remaining financial cushion would be.
Motion  made and seconded by Steve Covington to provide $1500 to each mentioned candidate.  Motion carried.

Report- Steve Covington  distributed a sheet with many upcoming events we are involved in. The Library registration on campus has been very good with 200 students  registered over a 7 day period. Beakat Mania this Wednesday (Sept12 , 10-2).  This same evening over 500 invites have been mailed out for a meet and greet from 5-7 at headquarters to get additional campaign volunteers. The newly organized Democrats on campus will also partner/ participate in this event.  A budget of $300 was set to provide Pizza, Gift Cards and a grand prize for the event.  A club member donated three of our fund-raising Tee shirts for the event.


On Wednesday September 19 there will be phone banking here at the headquarters.

A fund raiser will be held for Dee Howard (City Council candidate) at City Hall restaurant on the 18th beginning at 5:30  ( $25 )

Five City Counsel members will be invited to our General meeting October 8th. There was discussion on expanding to include hospital board.

Jenny Byboth with Beto's Grassroots Office (which is next door to headquarters) stated that the office would be open 12-1 pm Monday- Thursday  and Friday Evenings. They will do worker training.  Beto is also going to be on the Steven Colbert show this Wednesday the 12th.

Dorothy Willett -displayed an information sheet done in Brazos County on Democratic and Republican State candidates, which includes pictures of each candidate along with party platforms. A Walker County sheet is in the making. No information on cost was available.


Brian Elvin will have a rally on Sept 22nd at the Elks lodge from 2-5:30 pm with live music.  Yard signs were also made available to pick up after meeting. 

Speaker:  Fred Lemond running for Texas House of Representatives district #18 was our guest speaker.   He discussed the importance of balancing the legislature with the two political parties.  Also, he discussed the number 15 which represents $15 billion in Texas that was either cut, not taken or not collected through property tax of corporations. A question and answer period followed.

Meeting  adjourned  6:40 pm .    Dianne Myers

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MINUTES
WCDC General Meeting
July 9, 2018


Meeting opened by President Andie Ho at 5:30 pm

Treasurers Report by Andy Dewees ;  Checkbook balance is $13,061.10.  Andy reported receipt of funds from the State to reimburse WCDC  for rent and utilities during the primary and runoff  elections. Other funds came from membership dues and Tee shirts sales. Motion made and 2nd to accept treasurer’s report.   Motion carried. 

Wine Tasting fundreaiser: Andy Dewees  mentioned that we need to start planning for our biggest fundraiser event of the year, location etc.  Steve Covington commented that City Hall worked out great last year and provided more interaction than he had expected.  Two dates for the event were agreed on: November 3rd and October 13th.  Andy Dewees. will check out those dates for availability at City Hall.

Steve Covington  provided an overview of planning to get students registered to vote and of a meeting with Tamara Wagoner at SHSU, a faculty supporter. He was also hopeful that at some point  information/education on voting could be included in  new student orientation.  August, September and October are being focused on for voter Registrars to be on campus in various locations.

Discussions were held on pathway to citizenship for military personnel and how those individuals are being dismissed from the Military.  There are approximately 30,000 of these individuals whose status will be affected.

Audrey Biggars stated that many immigrants are intimidated by going to the City Annex  to ask questions about voting. She will head a committee to utilize different bi-lingual contacts provided by Dorothy Willett.  She volunteered  her office location for those immigrants wanting to register to vote.

President mentioned that we should recognize Fred Guillory for his past service to the Club. Plans to do this at the next final Friday (7/27/2018) were agreed upon.  Bryan Elvin donated $35 for a plaque.

No speaker has been determined as of yet for August Meeting.  Dorothy Willett mentioned that Kim Olson, candidate for commissioner of Agriculture, would be in town and this may be a possibility.


Bryan Elvin mentioned he had not yet released his total platform but he noted that current resources need to be distributed to the commissioners in the precincts so that more could be done.  He also requested help to walk his neighborhood on Election Day.  He also needs more info on Riverside. It was suggested that he contact Richard Harrison who had canvassed heavily in the area when he was running for commissioner.

Discussion was held on our current lease for Democrat headquarters.  We currently pay $1,000 per month for rent and are not sure if it will be increased when the lease expires. Andy Dewees will talk to Smither and also investigate other potential office spaces.


Discussion on Fair on Square  and why we do not have a tent set up for this event – discussion concluded with consensus to have a booth.   Rich Heiland agreed to acquire a booth space for us at the Chamber for$165.00. 


Meeting Adjourned 6:40 p.m. D. Myers Secretary


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WALKER COUNTY DEMOCRAT  CLUB
Minutes

April 9, 2018

 General Meeting & Election of Officers

Meeting opened by president with the reciting of the two pledges,

Minutes were not available from last general meeting (3/12/18)

Treasurers Report: Balance $12,394.35. (Minus $125 check overlooked) Motion to accept 2nd & carried

Old Business:  Reminder of the 9th annual Democrat V.  Republican Charity Football game to be held on Saturday,  April 14th Pritchett Field.

Reminder of need for Voter Registrars at the SHSU library to contact Steve Covington, or sign list on Wall. Also Voter Registrars class on April 10th at 2 pm. Last day to registrar is 4/23/2018.

Steve also suggested that those going to State Convention need to reserve rooms now!

Video on Lupe Valdez Interview showing Tuesday  4/10 at 12:00noon  & 6 pm , 

Current President stated his desire to step down in order to allow new blood to run the organization, in addition to his other commitments   outside the organization. He thanked the group for all of their support.  He then read the slate for new officers.

New Business:  Election of Officers : The slate included: President Andie Ho , Vice President Dorothy Willett, Secretary  Dianne Myers , Treasurer Andy Dewees, Corresponding Secretary Joanne Anderson.

The floor was opened for nominations – none received with the exception of Office of VP. Steve Covington was nominated by J. Anderson, Steve Declined the nomination. Motion to close nominations carried ; The slate  presented was  unanimously accepted via a motion which was seconded and carried.

Andie Ho President was given a few minutes to speak.  She thanked the club for their show of confidence and stated that she would look to other officers for future support in this task.

Discussion on Beto  O’Rourke request for use of Office space for general election, donated space. Andy Dewees stated that he had received a e-mail from the group and that their focus would be only to develop a Democrat Senate  Card. Also that Pac’s & Corporations were not eligible to donate. WCDC is a PAC.  Andy Dewees  stated that he would follow-up on this e-mail and get back to Club.

Discussion on Cinco De Mayo to be held on May 5th 2018, 10- 6 pm  at Rather Park and adjoining street . WCDC will be open and also have a booth for voter registration at the location.  We are to submit an application since we will not be selling anything just providing information. We will need Registrars to man booth on that day. It was also noted that the Farmers Market and the Auto show would also be in this immediate area  that day.


President introduced Dr. Carolyn Primm our guest speaker for the evening; Topic: “Immigration - What are we going to do” During her speech she noted the youth who are not aware of the civil right struggles those before them had suffered and that low income Hispanics had been taken on a civil rights tour from Dallas . She also felt that politicians should go to where the people specifically low income Hispanics are – into their neighborhoods to educate and encourage voting by those who are legal. 


Motion to Adjourn 7:15 pm

​D. Myers


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Planning Committee Meeting
Walker Coiunty Democrat Club

March 26, 2018

Meeting opened with those present introducing themselves since there were a few new faces present. 

While we waited for the president to arrive.  A discussion on the Convention held on the 24th.  Even though it was low in attendance (23) it was felt that it was a good convention.  All of the required delegates were also obtained.

There were a number of events going on the 24th , a Youth March was from 10 – 2 downtown and participants were also members of the Democrat club  and had to divide their time between the two.  The march was a great success with individuals coming from woodlands and Conroe area.  Andie Ho was the organizer for this event.   

 

Terri Presley stated that it was her decision to have only one polling place, the Annex . a long discussion ensued about the reasons to have a more poling places open.   The decision

Steve Covington passed out a listing of up coming events and also asked for a approval to participate financially in the Democrat v. Republican Charity Football Game. We want to donate to the John Holcombe Scholarship fund: Motion D. Willett to 2nd, by Terri Presley, Discussion Naacp 250, LULAC , Andy Deweese discussed that he had a problem donating club monies for other causes. Some people may  like the cause and others may not. Discussion continued- It was pointed out that John Holcombe was a past chair of WCDC and a fine person.

It was decided that we participate at the $125 level for the Charity football Game, and solicite donations
at the next meeting to increase this amount. ​​​ 
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 WCDC
February  26,2018
Planning Committee Meeting

Meeting brought to Order by Chair Fred Guillory

Summer Event discussion:  June 25th , from 6-9 pm was set for the event .  City Hall will be preferred location Andy

Treasurer Report:  1st Amendment/Molly banquet a big success  the club netted $4,686 , (auction raised $995)  also 7 Tee shirts sold.  Photos have been posted on the web-sight. Chair to set up date for 2019 soon on the  16th or  the 23 of February. 

Election of Officers will be held in April Dorothy and  Fred to develop a slate .

Discussion on Youth March 24th, Andy Ho with assistance to spearhead organizing.

Discussion   on Walker  County Convention being on the same day as youth event. Volunteers are needed to certify people at check-in and to assist in other areas

March 21 last class for becoming a Deputy Registrar 

Discussion on Beto O’rourke coming to Huntsville – Heather Evans contact person he wants 200 students

Introduction of visitors ; Austin, Eathen Will


Caroline Crimm April Speaker

Adjourn 6:45

D. Myers

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MINUTES
Walker County Democrat Club
General Meeting
November 13, 2017

Call to order 5:30

Pledges Recited

Minutes corrected-  Language under County Chair Report was changed to “Submitted to the Office” and eliminate  “Director” since there was  not a specific  person named which  implied that it  the director  made the decision, we don’t know who did.. This correction was an  amendment to the motion to accept the minutes-  made by D. Willett and 2nd by J. Anderson. Motion with amendment carried. And “a” in Audrey’s name (Biggar) .

Treasurer report: discussion on a returned check fee of $3 from the Wine tasting which has not been resolved.  D. Willett will contact the individual to help resolve the issue. Current Balance is $11,088.43.Motion carried to accept Treasurers report.

Dinner Menu reviewed   D. Myers to acquire additional options current price $26.99 is too high and would cut into our fund raising efforts  significantly. Andy Dewees mentioned that he had received a request from Charlotte Tull to have Martin Boozer (a close friend of Molly Ivins) speak at the Dinner on Molly Ivins . Consensus to provide a ticket for his  contributions.

County Chair was absent due to surgery on her husband reported by Dorothy Willett.

Discussion/comments by J. Anderson on action of the Election Office and further stated that the County Chair should be fully involved and informed regarding  election workers status  before decisions are made. 

D. Willett discussed Office Closing for Holidays, Main Street decorations for outside light  poles, It was decided by general consensus that we close after the Holiday Party on the 11th of December until  January when our speaker will be Andy Fraass on Climate Change. D. Willett also mentioned that the Thanksgiving Dinner Service will be held again here at the Office.

D. Willett mentioned current   confirmations by scientist that climate changes are currently 800 times faster than before.  More people are being employed by renewable energy than for oil and coal.   Also that Ohio is suing ETP (Energy Transfer Partner) behind recent leaks in the pipeline.
 
Tee Shirt slogan choices & design were distributed: Discussion on adding  “ic” to Democrat    was decided upon as grammatically correct. A show of hand for the slogan was taken on  #2, &  #3  shirt with a  motion submitted on each.    Motion  by Donna  Coffin  and 2nd by Andie. Ho  for Shirt #2  with “ic” added carried ; Motion on shirt #2 made by J. Anderson 2nd by Paul Culp failed

Motion by Frank Fair to spend up to  $1200 to purchase 200 Tee shirts, 2nd by Marcie Grant – motion carried

Steve Covington reported that additional Voter registrar classes have been added and that we could use more registrars: Dec 6th 2pm,, January 11 10 a.m. Individuals need to get applications to submit from the Election Office at the Annex. Reminder that a food box for donations is going on  now.

Introduction of Guest Speaker by Dorothy Willett: Meg Walsh is running for Texas State Senate  District 5 which consists of 10 counties  she resides in Round Rock Currently Charles Schwertner Rep. holds the office.  Glenn Williams & Bryan Conan  are also running.  Meg’s slogan is “In It Together”.

Motion to adjourn 

​D. Meyers


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Walker County Democrat Club
Minutes October 9, 2017

Call to Order 5:30 p.m. by Chair

Reciting of the 2 pledges

Treasurers Report: Current balance $11,772.14. Treasurer reported that the wine tasting was very successful, lots of donations and about 100 tickets sold same amount of wine drank as previous year, (40 bottles).  Silent & Live Auction brought in $ 4,923.00, Motion by D. Willett 2nd by T. Presley to accept the treasurers report- motion carried.

Minutes reviewed – one correction “DACA”. Motion to accept with correction moved by T. Presley, 2nd by F. Fair – motion carried.

Discussion on 1st Amendment Molly Ivins Banquet to be held on February 24th at Walker Education Center: Place secured, menu D. Myers, D. Willett to work on speaker

Fair on Square was very successful for our office being open lots of traffic. Some stickers sold etc. S. Covington, D. Willett also did voter registration. Both felt being open was very good. Volunteers and a couple of new members were acquired by being open.

County Chair, T. Presley reported that last day to register voters is Oct. 10th. There is a district training coming up. There is a county budget due on November 10th and she would be working with A. Dewees to complete this. Judy LeUnes (commented that one only needed a treasurer to get started as a candidate, and that treasurer should know that the candidate not the treasurer carries the liability.  Trainings are coming up for December & January. She also mentioned three democrats running for various offices, Glen Williams, Meg Walsh and Beto O’rouke (running against Ted Cruze.

New Business:  Scare on Square coming up the office will be open and volunteers will be needed to apply tattoos, and pass out candy to children. 

Increasing the dues discussed.  Resolution by F. Fair to increase dues to $30 per year. Membership will be notified and item will be on agenda at November meeting.  (Student membership still discounted $5)

D. Willett:  Good Shepherd donation (done annually) box will be put out after the x-mas party – week of the 20th.

Chair mentioned he would be collecting books appropriate for African youth 5-18 yrs. of age – he will get more details on the transport arrangements.

Recognition of New attendees. Susanna Cross, Louis Yarbic, & Steven David, Candidate for 8th district

Intro of Speaker: Judy LeUnes, State Democratic Executive Committee from Senate District 5.

Meeting adjourned to hear speaker

D. Myers

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Minutes Walker County Democrat Club
September 11, 2017


Meeting called to order by Vice Chair, Dorothy Willett

Pledges to the flag (s) were cited  

Minutes from the past meeting reviewed:  moved and seconded to accept the minutes- motion carried

Treasurer Report – A. Dewees reported that there has been $300 in tickets and donations for the Wine Tasting. He also stated that our Website was renewed to GoDaddy.com for one year.  Balance as of the 11th of September is $7,739.76. Motion by Andie Ho, 2nded by L. Myers –

Report on DECA March by Andy Ho stating that good turnout was experienced 70 plus in attendance not to include those who came and went. Others in attendance reported their experience. It was the consensus that there is a need for a coalition that would not involve politics on this issue.

Discussion on how to stop President’s   repeal. Atty. A. Biggar explained that Dream Act was an Executive Order not a law, and President would have to reinstate it. This provides no pathway to legalization and no status. What is needed is a Law for the Dreamers – a stand -alone Dream Act.

Bearkat Mania will occur on Wednesday the 13th of Sept. volunteer Voter Registrars were solicited and received. WCD will have a Booth and will operate from   10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on BearKat plaza on Campus.

Update on Wine Tasting: A. Dewees we will experience financial  saving by using City Hall for our venue, the wines are a little  more expensive  (but good)but since we are using their facility there is no rental fee they will provide glasses, food, wines, servers etc. whereas before we paid for this.  We need ticket sellers or people willing to call from list. More Auction items are also needed.  He also explained that a small group had gone over and had a tasting and a closer look at the facility.  It will be a little tighter than we are accustomed to but still should suffice.  Not advertising tickets sales at the door because we need a count for catering.  Parking should not be an issue since businesses will be closed in area and Annex’s  other lot will be finished by then too.  Our People should enter through the EXIT DOOR.

Mark mentioned the Surge Documentary on Net Flix  his daughter, Vanessa Adia will be in. Republican Women now are also giving her donations!


Discussion- from Attorney A. Biggar on developing a Tee Shirt for selling and wearing to bring about our existence in Walker County After lengthy discussion no action was taken it was suggested there was a need for more discussion/action by others  to decide on a slogan , quantity  cost etc.,. T. Presley , A. Biggar and National website vendors,  will be researched.

Motion to Adjourn

D. Myers

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Minutes
Walker County Democrat Club
August 14, 2017


Meeting called to order by President Fred Guillory, followed by the Pledge Allegiance to the Flag and Texas Pledge.

Minutes from previous meeting approved with a motion by Janet Fair, seconded by Dorothy Willett.

Treasurer report by President – expenses for month $1,196.25 leaving current balance of $8,310.66; motion by Ray Martin was seconded and carried.

President informed the group of a gift from James Patten, of a song on Sheet Music during the term of Franklin D Roosevelt sponsored by the Roosevelt Men’s Democratic Club of King County Washington.

Wine Tasting; Dorothy Willett explained the issues of our previous date (Oct.14th) at the Education Center being given to another group and the efforts to identify another venue for the event. A Ex. Meeting was held and it was decided that City Hall Café offered the best pricing for our event plus they do set up and can handle the food aspects.  It will be decided at a later date whether or not to use their wine supplier.  Ms. Willett mentioned that the place is smaller than we are use to holding 100 people but in the past the average has been 80 in attendance. Cost would be $2000.00 (room , set up food) . the date would be September 30th. Meaning we really need to get on with selling tickets asap. In addition items for the Live and silent auction are also needed.

Secretary Dianne Myers stated that Joanne Anderson was home recuperating from the Hospital and would not be available for about 2 weeks.

Facility chair, Steve Covington stated that more people are still needed to man the office during the week.

Andie Ho informed us of BearKat Mania to be held on Sept. 13th, 10-2m pm, and volunteer Registrars would be needed. 

President stated that lots of planning is coming up for the Club.  He then called on Dr. Frank Fair to introduce our speaker for the evening, Brent Beal who is running in the first congressional district.

Mr. Beal was very impressive and all enjoyed his presentation !

Motion by Dorothy Willett 2nd by D. Myers to donate $100 to Mr. Beals Congressional  Efforts –carried

Motion to adjourn 7 p.m.

D. Myers 

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Walker County Democrat Club Minutes
July 10, 2017  General Meeting


Meeting opened at 5:30 by President Fred Guillory

Reciting of the two Pledges in unison

President stated that our guest speaker was on a tight schedule and that the order of the meeting would be adjusted so that he would speak before the meeting:

Introduction of the speaker by Dorothy Willett:   Bill Brannon, Senior Advisor, Texas Democratic Party. Bill spoke on messaging and effective ways to resist the stories that are out there from the Republican Party and to stick to the truth, Moral ground and Commit to our messages by appropriately owning them.  Also to Stay on Point!

A question and answer period followed with much enthusiasm from those present.

Minutes of past meeting were approved as read.   

Treasurer’s report:   Current Balance $ 8,981.00.  Our summer event produced $750.00 of which a $525  expense was incurred.  Treasurer stated that more funds are needed to sustain the building cost.  

County Chair, Terry Presley, stated that we will need Judges, alternate and presiding, for voting at the nursing homes during early voting, and each party should nominate individuals.  She also stated that she needs a password for the Vann.

Dorothy Willett stated she would be attending a Resist Rally in Austin on the 18th of July, which is the start of a special legislative session convening. 

Update on Vanessa Adia, candidate for Texas dist. #12, U. S. Congress.

Discussion on Public Education

Steve Covington stated that voter training would be held on the 19th of July at 2 pm. More volunteers  are needed to take this training. 

Motion to Adjourn carried

D. Myers 

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Minutes
​June 12, 2017
Walker County Democrat Club


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

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

Minutes from last meeting were approved as read – motion seconded and carried.

Treasurer Report:  A. Dewees reported an opening balance of $7,025, dues and donations totaled $3,850, and expenses totaled $1,200.00.  Current balance is $9,665.00.  Motion to accept treasurer’s report moved and seconded – motion carried. 

President’s report – no speaker was anticipated tonight but later showed up.  County Chair Terry Presley and WCDC Vice-President Dorothy Willett were not present to provide reports or updates. 

Discussion was in general about D. Trump and his latest action of having his staff give him praise for the good job that he has done. Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones was discussed.

Update on Vanessa Adia campaign for U.S. Congress, Texas District 12. It was noted that Brent Beal is also running.

Ray Martin stated that he was talking to a lot of people in New Waverly, all of whom were eager to replace Congressman Kevin Brady. Ray is currently working on his platform. 

Frank Fair reported on the Dinner & Conversation event to be held at the Patio Café on Monday, June 26 at 5:30. At present, 11 people have signed up. Sign-up will be available at the end of the meeting. 

Discussion on Juneteenth parade on the 19th.  There were no volunteers who could participate. 

There will be a Final Friday potluck at the Democratic Headquarters on June 30th. 

Speaker for the October 14th Wine Tasting was discussed. 

Scheduled speaker Linda Goode, trustee at Lone Star College, spoke on how to conduct a political campaign and “How we can have nice things”, a discussion of political choices.

Motion to adjourn - seconded and carried.

Dianne Meyers



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Walker County Democrat Club
Planning Meeting Notes
May 22, 2017


Meeting called to order by President Fred Guillory at 5:31pm. 


Treasurer Andy Dewees reported that a fundraising and dues reminder letter had been sent out on May 2 and around $3,500 had been received from that effort. 

Dues received were $740.
$4,700 has been received for Headquarters' rent/utilities since the first of the year.
$1,200 has been collected in dues since the first of the year.
The club checkbook balance is currently around $10,000.  (Reminder: rent on the headquarters is $1,000 a month and the utilities run around $100 per month)
$470 was raised for the YMCA which was rounded up to $500.


Action Items:
Thank you notes need to be written and sent.

An email will be sent out with a copy of the letter to reach those whose addresses may have changed.

Steve reported that more volunteers are needed to cover the times when the headquarters are open so that we maintain a visible presence.

Also, July 19, 2017, is the next Deputy Voter Registrar training class in Walker County.  Currently, we have 5-6 who have completed the training and we need more people so that we can begin to plan voter registration drives for the upcoming midterm elections.  The next training following the one in July will not take place until September 13 and is the last one currently listed for the year. 

Action Items:
            Volunteers are needed to staff the headquarters when it is open.  Please search your schedule and see if there is any time you can commit to serving at the headquarters.  Feel free to bring any projects you are currently working on with you (knitting, writing, paying bills, etc) and do them at the headquarters.


Spring Dinner (small fundraiser).  An email will be sent to past attendees reminding them that reservations are encouraged as we will have limited capacity of around 40 at this event held at the Patio Restaurant.  The menu will consist of chicken, vegetables, rice, side salad, and dessert.  Tickets will be $25 a piece and there will be a cash bar for the available wine and craft beers served at the restaurant.   

Andie Malandro introduced Leah and Betty from the Montgomery County group who attended and protested the talk given by Abbott and Patrick at the Grace Community Church in the Woodlands.  Andie also visited the Harris County Democrat group where she found that they:

1.  Plan for the future – they started in 2010 for the 2016 success. 
2.  They get out in the community – they canvass extensively and speak directly to people, talk to them about their concerns and why voting Democrat is in their best interest.

Action Items:

Use the Bearkat Progressives by giving them concrete projects such as going to a specific apartment complex or neighborhood and have them speak to people about registering to vote and voting. 

Get other groups involved as well – fraternities/sororities, LGBTQ+ groups, etc.

Post our upcoming events with the Montgomery County and Harris County Democrat Groups.


Dorothy Willett would like committees devoted to specific actions.  Suggested actions/committees include:

Monthly movie night at headquarters to watch and discuss a pertinent documentary (13, Selma, etc). 
People devoted to watching and reporting out about the malfeasance of the current Texas legislature.
A writing group to produce letters to the editor.
An environmental advocacy committee. 
Final Fridays will begin again on the last Friday of each month beginning in June (June 30, 2017) at 6pm.  These will include a pot luck dinner.

Terri Pursley is working on a letter to get more precinct chairs for this area.  Also, a postcard template design so that we can have postcards available at the headquarters for people to write their concerns and send to their congress critters.


Action Items:
            Assistance with the postcard design and printing.
Frank Guillory discussed the need to encourage more people to run for local offices such as the school board. 
The meeting concluded at 6:55pm. 


Submitted by Amanda Louie

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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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