Meeting Summaries of the Montgomery County Democratic Party.
Meeting Minutes — March 7
Chairperson, Carol Sanders, called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. There were 13 in attendance including all current officers and 4 Precinct People. The Pledge of Allegiance was held and introductions were made. Minutes from the January 3 meeting were read and approved by voting members. Treasurer’s report was read and approved. Our guest speaker, Montgomery County Democratic Commissioner, Fred Brown was introduced. Mr. Brown spoke about the county budget and how most of it is used for roads and the judiciary. There was a discussion regarding recidivism at the county jail and how educational programs such as the welding program at Coffeyville Community College has been helpful in reversing that trend in some cases. The Tyson chicken processing plant is still a possibility for Montgomery County and, if approved, would be located at the Coffeyville Industrial Park. Tyson has not made a final decision on the new location. Caleb Smith, SEK Campaign Director of Kansas Appleseed, was introduced. His group focuses on social justice especially around food security and encouraging people to vote. We are open to possible collaboration with Caleb’s group in the future. Chairwoman Sanders asked for volunteers to be precinct people and several attendees shared their demographic information, in writing with her, for that purpose. Discussion was held regarding our group’s presence at upcoming civic events including The Cherry Blossom Festival in Cherryvale, May 3 & 4 and Mayfest in Caney on May 23-24th. Applications and registration fees will be mailed to the respective event holders. We will have “Voter Info” Booths at these events and will assist people in registering to vote and answer any questions potential voters may pose. We will also have palm cards with information regarding past accomplishments of the Democratic Party. Discussion was also held regarding holding elected officials accountable every chance we get!
Meeting Minutes — January 3
Chairperson, Carol Sanders, called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. There were 7 in attendance including all current officers. The Pledge of Allegiance was held and introductions were made. Minutes from the November meeting were re-read and approved by the voting members as well as the December meeting minutes. Treasurer’s report was read and approved by unanimous vote. A lengthy discussion was held regarding the future meeting sites. Due to an existing time limit on the venue an executive decision to adjourn was made by Carol Sanders.
The February meeting was cancelled due to weather.