DEMOCRATIC-FARMER-LABOR PARTY OF MINNESOTA
Wednesday June 29, 2005
Jury Assembly Room
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South Sixth Street
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m. The Chair, Lois Conroy, presided. The Secretary, Shireen Stone, recorded.
A quorum was not present. 1
David Weinlick moved to amend the agenda to include the election of a replacement to fill the female director position, now vacant upon the resignation of Ellen Tschida, as well as the election of a new associate chair.
Brian Melendez noted that the election of officers cannot take place unless a vacancy is declared in the meeting call, so that potential candidates are aware of the vacancy.
The motion was amended to include the appointment acting officers who will serve until the next meeting, at which time an election will be held. It was noted that the duties between now and next meeting are minimal, and the appointment of interim officers may discourage others from running.
The secretary reported that the meeting lacked a quorum, so the meeting proceeded without an agenda.
Lois Conroy, the chair, congratulated Brian Melendez and Donna Cassutt on their election as state party chair and associate chair. She reported that the first meeting of the Coordinated Campaign Committee had been held immediately preceding the Central Committee meeting. The committee’s goals include holding a joint fundraiser and producing joint lit pieces. She made a request for volunteers to help with campaign activities.
A quorum being absent, approval of the minutes from 12/31/04 was postponed. The secretary requested that those present review the directory and let her know of any correction.
The treasurer, Tim Bonham reported in writing.2 He reported that the treasury is in a good position compared to past history. The party broke even on the ward conventions, and almost broke even on the city convention. Spending plans for this election season include supporting the coordinated campaign and producing joint lit pieces.
A question was posed regarding expenses and income from this year’s convention, compared to previous years. Mr. Bonham responded that past conventions held at the Orpheum were more costly, resulting in a larger gap between income and expenses.
There was discussion of the decision making process for party expenditures. The chair noted that the Executive Committee and Central Committee are empowered to make decisions about how money will be spent. No budget has been established, but the Central Committee passed a motion at the December 13th meeting authorizing the Coordinated Campaign Committee to use available party funds in support of coordinated campaign activities.
Mary Whitney reported that at the December 13 meeting, the Central Committee authorized her to arrange a racial sensitivity training session with a YWCA facilitator. She has not yet scheduled the training. She reported that the minimum amount of time for the training session is one hour, although 90 minutes to 2 hours is preferable. A group size of 8-12 participants per facilitator is recommended.
There was discussion about postponing the training until after the campaign season because the September Central Committee meeting agenda may be focused on initiatives to endorse DFL candidates who won in the primaries. It was noted that it would be beneficial to hold the training before the primary, while GOTV efforts are occurring. Ms. Whitney indicated that at least one month lead time would be required to coordinate with the facilitator.
Neal Krasnoff posed a question to the chair about the necessity of conducting the training. The chair noted that a quorum must be present to make any decisions or reconsider past decisions regarding this training. She also noted that participation in the training is voluntary, and that the DFL incurs no cost in sponsoring it.
It was recommended that the Executive Committee establish a date for the training and that Ms. Whitney inquire about the facilitator’s availability on Tuesday, November 15, 2005.
There was discussion about translating lit pieces into other languages. The chair suggested that if Senate District chairs think this would be advantageous in certain neighborhoods, they discuss it with Ms. Whitney.
The next Central Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, September 15, two days after the primary.
The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.