October 2021 Meeting and Agenda

This month’s Democratic Party will take place October 20 at 5:30 p.m.at the Pelican Spa, 306 S. Pershing, T or C, outside if weather permits. Please wear a mask.

This message includes the agenda and the prior months’ minutes. We are now providing the minutes for you to peruse in advance in order to save time during meetings and allow those who missed a meeting to know what took place. If you have any corrections to the minutes, please make them during the meeting. To receive Zoom links, subscribe to our mailing list.

Agenda

Pledge of Allegiance

State pledge: I salute the flag of the state of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among United cultures.

Guest speakers :

Gabe Vasquez, candidate for Congressional District 2

Christy LaFont, candidate for school board

Treasurer’s Report and record keeping requirements for donations -Tom Hinson

Minutes: vote on minutes sent out (see below)

Art Auction Fundraiser – Liz Telea

Voter registration/credentials/training – Suzanne Carlstedt

State party fundraising – Suzanne Carlstedt

Meeting at Governor’s residence and Governor’s accomplishments – Sid Bryan

Future meetings – Jan Thedford

Member input

Motion to adjourn

Minutes of June 16, 2021 Meeting

Meeting called to order at 5:32 PM.

Secretary was absent. Minutes? 

Treasurers report our beginning balance was $872.01. Our expenses were two scholarships totaling $500, ActBlue fees of $5.14 and bank fees of $3. We received donations of $60. Our ending balance was $426.87.

Our guest speaker was Dr. Seguro, superintendent of our school district. She discussed her approach of putting students first, COVID provisions in the schools, and calendar, grading and staffing changes. 

Candidate for Attorney General, Raul Torrez, addressed the meeting and shared his background and career in public service, and his desire to use the power of the Attorney General office to effect positive change.

We discussed our treasury, the Secretary of State audit, and the restrictions on fundraising we’ve learned about in the audit process. We discussed affiliating with the Working Families Party or stopping all fundraising and directing funds to the state party instead to reduce our reporting obligations, but no motions were made.

Meeting adjourned at approximately 7 pm.

Minutes for August 18 meeting

Meeting called to order approximately 5:30 pm.  Secretary was absent, so we did not read out minutes. We did not have a July meeting. 

Treasurer report – July: our beginning balance was 423.87. We had expenses of $7.64 and donations of $100. Our ending balance was $516.23. 

August: our beginning balance was $516.23, we had expenses of $8.14, and received donations of $1060. Our ending balance was $1593.09. The treasurers reports were approved. 

Guest speakers: High school graduate Verrels Lukman Eugenio and his brother, college student Rendabel Radian spoke to us about outreach to young people and minority voters.  

Candidate for school board, Wendy Kessinger addressed the group and shared her experiences and ideas for the schools. 

Candidate for state office? 

The Secretary of State audit of our financial reports was concluded and we are in compliance with the reporting requirements. Many thanks to Tom Hinson for his extraordinary efforts. 

We discussed having a booth at the county fair, but decided that due to COVID and the fact that it is not an election year, we would not have a booth this year. Motion by Barbara Pearlman, second by Liz Telea, approved by membership.

Members were asked to bring fundraising ideas to the September meeting.

We received a $1000 donation from Senator Heinrich’s Lobos Leadership fund based on an application we submitted.

The state Democratic Party needs about $60,000 per month. They are doing a fundraising initiative called Life of the Party, and asking county parties to solicit their membership for donations to the state party. They’ll return 15% of any recurring donations from our county to our treasury. 

Barbara Pearlman gave an update on the school board. A mask mandate for the schools was approved 3-2.

We participated in sending out 500 postcards to prospective voters in Congressional District 2 about Yvette Herrell’s record in Congress. More postcard mailings will be done in the fall. 

Municipal elections are coming up in November. We will welcome any candidates who want to speak to our meetings. City Commissioners are non-partisan positions.

We discussed COVID protocol for future meetings and agreed to move our meetings outside to the Pelican Spa courtyard for now.

Meeting adjourned approximately 7:00. 

September 15 2021 Meeting and Agenda

We will meet in the courtyard of the Pelican Spa, 306 S. Pershing, T or C, 5:30 p.m.  Wednesday Sept. 15. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.

Agenda

Pledge of Allegiance

New Mexico State pledge: I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures. 
Minutes: Suzanne Carlstedt for Leslie Sekavec
Treasurers Report: Sid Bryan and Tom Hinson

Guest Speaker:  George Szigetti, T or C Public Utility Advisory Board 

Candidate speakers if any request speaking time
Outreach efforts with money from Senator Heinrich’s office: Barbara Pearlman and Cathy Berger
Fundraising for fall: Sid Bryan
Women’s March to protect the right to choose October 2, cooperative effort with Indivisible:    Leslie Sekavec

Next Blue CD-2 postcard campaign: Patty Kearney
Update on local school system – Barbara Pearlman
Member input

Motion to adjourn

Zoom session for those who can’t attend in person. To receive Zoom links, sign up for our mailing list.

Aug. meeting agenda and location; thank you; and more volunteer opportunities

We will be meeting in a new location Wednesday, August 18 at 5:30 pm: 405 Main Street, near Grapes Gallery. We encourage wearing a mask.

Agenda

Pledge of Allegiance

New Mexico State Pledge: I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures.

June Minutes

Treasurer’s Report – Tom Hinson/ Sid Bryan

Guest speaker: Verrel Lukman Eugenio and Rendabel Radian : on outreach to youth and minority voters and on going off to college

Audit by Secretary of State’s office resolved. Special thanks to Tom Hinson.

County Fair – Cathy Berger

Fall fundraising? Fundraising rules – Sid Bryan

Donation from Martin Heinrich’s Office – Suzanne Carlstedt

News from State Party – Suzanne Carlstedt

News from School Board – Barbara Pearlman

Postcards for Blue CD2 NM Campaign – Jan Thedford

Municipal elections – Suzanne Carlstedt

COVID Protocol -future meetings – group discussion

Member Input

Motion to adjourn

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the initial Blue CD2 NM postcard effort. It was great to see people step up already this far ahead of an election.

If activism by mail is your thing, take a look at Vote Forward. They organize letter writing campaigns to Democratic leaning voters in order to get out the vote in key races. Virginia is a major focus right now.

June Meeting Agenda; Volunteer Needed for Treasurer

The next Democratic Party meeting will take place Wednesday, June 16 at 5:30 pm outside at Pelican Spa, 306 S. Pershing, T or C.

Please consider whether you could volunteer to take on Treasurer duties or know someone who could take on this vital role. Training for county party treasurers will soon be available. A small core group has been doing much of the local party’s work, and we need additional people to share the load as long-term volunteers step down.

Agenda:
Pledge of Allegiance
New Mexico State Pledge: I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico, the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among United cultures.

Secretary’s Report – Leslie Sekavec
Treasurer’s Report – Tom Hinson/Suzanne Carlstedt
Guest Speaker – Superintendent of Schools, – Dr. Channell Segura
Discussion of Party Financial Matters and Treasurer – Sid Bryan, Suzanne Carlstedt
Preparation of outreach materials for County Fair booth, etc. – Suzanne Carlstedt
Voter registration – Sid Bryan
Update on Blue CD2 NM – Guest speaker (via Zoom) Rochelle Williams, founder
Member input
Motion to adjourn

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May Meeting Wed. the 19th

Democratic Party Meeting Wednesday, May 19, 5:30 pm, courtyard at Pelican Spa, 306 S. Pershing, T or C. Weather permitting, we will meet outside. It’s predicted to be 86, partly cloudy, with winds only 12 mph, so outside is probable.

Note: New Mexico has not, to our best knowledge at the time of this posting, lifted the mask mandate, and covid cases are still occurring in Sierra County, so please respect the possibly unvaccinated among us who may choose to attend in person.

Agenda

Pledge of Allegiance

New Mexico State Pledge: I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico, the Zia Symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures.

April Minutes – Leslie Sekavec

Treasurer’s Report and Secretary of State audit of our financial reports – Tom Hinson and Suzanne Carlstedt

Guest speaker from Elephant Butte irrigation district will talk about water issues

Yard Sale postponed–Sid Bryan

Request for Funding from Senator Heinrich’s office – Suzanne Carlstedt

Republican “Back the Blue” event June 6 -Sid Bryan

Member Input

Motion to Adjourn

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April Meeting Reminder and Agenda

Sierra County Democratic Party Meeting Wednesday, April 21, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

We have changed to Zoom only after all. Sierra County is going back into yellow status Wednesday, so we’ve decided to do tomorrow’s meeting on Zoom only.

Those who wish to attend via Zoom or telephone, please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the links.

Agenda

Pledges

State pledge: I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among United cultures.

Guest: Jessica Velasquez, candidate for State Party Chair

Democratic Party Scholarship, status and funds needed     Sid Bryan

Fundraiser yard sale    Liz Telea

Fiesta booth?   Suzanne Carlstedt

Funding for county parties available from Senator Heinrich   Suzanne Carlstedt

Blue CD2   Patty Kearney

Newsletter mailing list    Patty Kearney

Melanie Stansberry Campaign for CD-1   Suzanne Carlstedt

Member input

Motion to adjourn

Agenda 2/17 Meeting: Includes Guest Speaker and Elections of Central Committee and Party Officers

Sierra County Democratic Party  Online and Phone Meeting, Regular Monthly Meeting, February 17, 2021

Call to Order

U.S. Pledge of Allegiance

NM State Pledge: “I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures.”

Welcome:  Introductions of New Attendees: please type your name and email in the chat box

Minutes November 2020 and January 2021 —Leslie Sekavec

Treasurer’s Report and Act Blue Contributions—Tom Hinson

Committee Reports & Old Business:

Advisory Board and Communications Reports—Suzanne Carlstedt

Guest Speaker: Jessica Velasquez, candidate for state chair of the Democratic Party

New Business: Elections of Central Committee and Party Officers

Member Input

Motion to Adjourn

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November 18th Meeting

Sierra County Democratic Party

Regular Monthly Meeting, online

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Agenda

Call to Order

Pledge:            U.S. Pledge of Allegiance

NM State Pledge

Welcome:       Introductions of New Attendees: please type your name and email in the chat box

Guest Speakers: Hoping to hear from candidates so we can thank them of all of their hard work and efforts.

Minutes October 21, 2020 (GtM)—Leslie Sekavec

Treasurer’s Report and Act Blue Contributions—Tom Hinson

Committee Reports & Old Business:

  • Advisory Board Report—Cathy Berger
  • Communications Report—Suzanne Carlstedt

On-going and New Business:

  • Donations to help senatorial candidates in Georgia—Suzanne Carlstedt
  • Save posters for next time—Leslie Sekavec
  • Nominating Committee for new officers—Barbara Pearlman
  • School Board vacancy—Barbara Pearlman
  • Where to go now?—Sid Bryan
  • No meeting in December—Sid Bryan

Motion to Adjourn

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October Monthly Meeting Wed. Oct 21, 2020 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

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Agenda

Call to Order

Pledge:            U.S. Pledge of Allegiance

NM State Pledge

Welcome:       Introductions of New Attendees: please type your name and email in the chat box

Guest Speakers: Hoping to hear from candidates at this busy and crucial time

Minutes September 16, 2020 (GtM)—Leslie Sekavec

Treasurer’s Report and Act Blue Contributions—Tom Hinson

Committee Reports & Old Business:

  • Advisory Board Report—Cathy Berger
  • Communications Report—Suzanne Carlstedt

On-going and New Business:

  • Phone Banking—Suzanne Carlstedt
  • Availability of bumper stickers and yard signs/ Headquarter sitting—Barbara Pearlman
  • Take the pledge to resist!—Diana Tittle
  • Virtual Auction Report—Patty Kearney
  • Donations to Candidates Monies Sent—Leslie Sekevec
  • Future Donations based on financial report—Diana Tittle
  • Poll Watchers and Voting Sites-Information—Barbara Pearlman

Motion to Adjourn

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August Monthly Meeting

Wed, Aug 19, 2020 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM (MDT)
Sierra County Democratic Party

Go-to-Meeting and Face-to-Face at Pelican Spa, 306 So. Pershing, T or C

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August 19, 2020Regular Monthly Meeting

Call to Order

Pledge:           U.S. Pledge of Allegiance

NM State Pledge

Welcome:       Introductions of New Attendees: please type your name and email in the chat box

Guest Speakers: Karen Whitlock, Rudy Martinez, Neomi Martinez-Para

Minutes July 22, 2020 (GtM)—Cathy Berger

Treasurer’s Report and Act Blue Contributions—Tom Hinson

Note: online attendees and those who come in person but prefer not to use cash can donate through Act Blue.

Committee Reports & Old Business:

  • Advisory Board Report—Barbara Pearlman
  • Communications Report—Suzanne Carlstedt

New Business:

  • Phone Bank and Upcoming Event—Diana Tittle
  • Cobblestone Ads—Diana Tittle
  • Banners and Bumper Stickers—Barbara Pearlman
  • Yard Sale September 12th—Volunteers—Barbara Pearlman
  • Virtual Fundraiser—October 4th—Leslie Sekavec and Diana Tittle

Motion to Adjourn

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