January Meeting Preview-Message from the President

Regular Club Meeting

  Tuesday, January 26

6:00 p.m.

Zion Presbyterian Church

545 Ashbury Ave

The next Club meeting will be on Tuesday, January 27. We have packed agenda for our first meeting of 2016. We’ll be electing executive board members, reviewing the 2016 budget and discussing the meeting calendar for the year. Please see the proposed 2016 budget within the newsletter.

Executive Board Elections

We have Club members interested in all board positions this year. I’m confident we will have collaborative and productive board for the extremely busy year ahead.  The following is the list of board positions and interested members (and incumbents):

Immediate Past President: Carla Hansen

Vice President of Records: Mollie Hazen

Vice President of Media: Scott Kagawa

Vice President of Publications (newsletter): Kip Crosby

Vice President of Membership: Igor Tregub*

Vice President of Programs: Gabriel Quinto*

Treasurer: Greg Lyman*

Executive Vice President: Nick Arzio*

President: Mister Phillips

(*) incumbent

Nick Arizo is interested both the Executive Vice President and President positions and plans to stand for election for both.

As always, we will take nominations and the Club will vote for each position. If there are not contested races, the Club has an option to elect the board as noted above.

2016 Budget

Greg Lyman will present the proposed 2016 Budget. Please see the detailed budget within the newsletter.

Pre-Endorsement Conference Delegates 

At the November 2015, meeting the Club voted to confirm the list of delegates representing the Club at the pre-endorsement conference on Saturday, January 30 and the Convention in February.

As past practice, the Club President submitted the list of delegates (made up of members who have served as delegates in the past and those who were interested in serving) by the deadline given. The Club was unable to hold a formal election of these delegates and as a compromise will vote at the January 2016 meeting for who the delegates will be voting for.

The list of delegates is as follows:

Al Miller

Barbara Miller

Scott Kagawa

Nick Arzio

Jonee Grassi

Cesar Zepeda

Kim Gomez

Carla Hansen

Scott Lyons

Rebecca Benassini

The Club will be voting on who the delegates will be voting for on January 30.

Here’s the list of candidates seeking endorsements:

Assembly District 15

Tony Thurmond

Senate District  9 

Sandre Swanson

Nancy Skinner

Katherine Welch

Congressional District 11

Mark DeSaulnier

For more information about the pre-endorsement conference click here: 

2016 Proposed Budget

2015 Approved 2015 Actuals 2016 Proposed 2016 notes
Starting Balance $6,960 $8,543
Member Dues (less fees) $2,350 $2,979 $2,725 15 Ecouples, 15 Pcouples, 60 Esingles, 15 Psingles, 5 student/hardship (110 members) 35 addresses with paper newsletter
Dinner $2,500 $3,172 $3,050 20*$70 couples, 25*$30 members, 25*$36 non-paid guests (90 diners)
Newsletter $0 $0 $0
Other $0 $7 $0
Income Total $4,850 $6,158 $5,775
Rent (meetings, dinner, PO Box, 4th) $1,420 $1,457 $1,860 (8 meetings, 2 school, PO Box, July 4th, Annual Dinner)
Supplies $200 $0 $200 pens, paper, tape
Equipment $500 $464 $1,600 Banner, signs, printer
Annual Dinner Food $1,800 $1,361 $2,025 90 guests at $22.50 after tax and delivery
Insurance $550 $0 $1,100 Pay for 2015 and 2016
Newsletter Postage $400 $60 $323 55 mailed per month at $0.49 each (35 paid and 20 honorary)
Newsletter Printing $600 $238 $170 Ink cartridges and paper (70 per month with 6 pages average)
Memberships $0 $0 $0
Contributions $0 $0 $0
Nancy Gans $0 $0 $0 Honorarium
Affiliations $15 $15 $15 DPCCC
Political $980 $980 $700 Ink and Paper (Ballots and Endorsement Sheet for walking campaign) and $500 to DPCCC
Speaker/Performer Fees $100 $0 $100 Annual dinner music
Membership Recruitment $1,000 $0 $200 Ink and Postage to announce forums (1000 postcards)
Expense Total $7,565 $4,575 $8,293
Annual Change -$2,715 $1,583 -$2,518 Investment in Printer ($1,000), Replace banner and signs ($600), 2015 insurance ($550), Endorsement forums ($500)

November Meeting Recap

At the November 2015 meeting, the Chair Contra Costa County Central Committee, Jeff Koertzen address the Club about the status of the Democratic Party.

Overall, the Party is doing well but not great. Dems will likely win the Presidency in 2016 but won’t take back the house. Turn out is a huge issue.  The Party isn’t listening to the electorate as well as it could be.

The Central Committee has started a Club-Council forum with meetings that rotate through the County. There has yet to be a meeting in West County. Club members are encouraged to participate.

Region 2 ( the Club’s region) will gain a seat on the Central Committee due to higher turnout in the last election.

The Central Committee is working to better communicate how the Party is organized and how Club members can get involved. Elections to the Central Committee will be held on June 7.

By-Law Changes and Approval 

The Club approved recommended by-law changes with minor revisions. The Club voted to postpone action on changes to the Standing Rules to a later meeting.

Pre-Endorsement Conference Delegates 

The Club voted to confirm the list of delegates submitted to the Regional Director and Chair of Central Committee, send a strong letter to the Regional Director about the lack of adequate communication on the new process of selecting delegates and vote on who the delegates should be voting to endorse at the January 26 meeting


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