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Monthly Meeting Minutes

Minutes for Meeting - January 23, 2019


Next Meetings: 


Feb. 13, 2019 - Strategic Planning

Join us to plan out this year, month by month.  Our focus this year is Understanding the Democratic Party and Neighborhood Organizing. We'll look at our CA Dem state party calendar and draft our club actions next to it.  The hands-on activity will be assembling a membership mailing to Dems in our neighborhoods.

March 19, 2019 - Topic TBA


  • Introductions of new and returning members

  • Approval of minutes from December meeting

  • Treasurer’s Report: The club currently has a balance of $4,049.54. Membership fees are continuing to come in for the 2019 calendar year. Members can pay by check or online at the club website. 


Business Items: 

    • State and County Democratic Party Involvement: Club Treasurer and DPCCC member Sue Hamill spoke about opportunities for DV Dems members to become further involved. Club member Harry Baker is currently the voting DV Dems representative for DPCCC, and an alternate position is currently open. The club is looking for people who are interested in filling the position. DPCCC is also seeking committee chairs; those who are interested should speak with Sue Hamill for further information.

  •   Club President Cherise Khaund encouraged club members to check out the the DPCCC website. 

  •   Club Vice-President Kathryn Durham-Hammer spoke about DV Dems volunteer positions open for members looking to help support the group. Positions include GO Team, Communications/Marketing, Hospitality, Issues and more. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, please speak with a DV Dems Board member - they are happy to give further details.

  •             Club member Karen Cohen proposed making a club donation of $300 to the YgnacioValley Library in appreciation for use of the meeting room space each month. The proposal was motioned/seconded/approved.



  •             Contra Costa MoveON is hosting a forum, “Money and Politics - Fixing Our Tattered Democracy” featuring speakers Mark DeSaulnier, Trent Lange, Ann Ravel, Jay Costa and Michele Sutter on January 26, 2019 from 1 - 3 pm at Our Savior’s Church sanctuary, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. 

  •             Club member Rachel Tolmachoff spoke about SwingLeft 2020; the group is looking to move up to focusing on state races, but will still remain a locally based/grassroots organization. Please contact Rachel for further information.

  •           Club member Karen Cohen is looking for volunteers to help communicate on NextDoor for their neighborhoods; specifically volunteers are needed to post pre-written announcements about upcoming club meetings and other events. Please contact Karen for further information.

  •           Club member Ellis Goldberg has signed up for a Communications/Publications committee on the DPCCC, and is encouraging members to check it out and volunteer if interested. Please contact Ellis for further information.

  •           Club member Vic Ortiz, who serves on the Contra Costa County Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board, spoke about safe disposal options for expired/un-used medications available in the community. Please contact Vic for further information.

  •             Evan Banning spoke about the upcoming annual homeless county for Contra Costa County. The count is scheduled for January 28, 2019 and volunteers must attend a training session ahead of time. Trainings are on 1/26 (Antioch Library) and 1/24 (Concord Library).

  •             Greg Colley from the Concord Communities Alliance spoke about their organization and its purpose. Meetings are the second Wednesday of every months at 6 pm at Casa del Alfajor and new members are welcomed.

  •             Club member Dee Dee Sprouse, a member of the Contra Costa County Juvenile Justice Commission, spoke about an opportunity for interested volunteers (adult and student) to join the commission, which meets monthly at the County Courthouse.

  •             Shirley Shelangoski spoke about the California Clean Money Campaign, and passed around a petition for SB47.


Guest Speaker: Mark Van Landuyt, Vice Chair of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party - Northern California. Topic: “Millennials, Democratic Socialism, and the Future of the Democratic Party”


Respectfully submitted,



Frith O’Steen, Club Secretary

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