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Douglas County Democrats Meet Tuesday, Feb. 5

The Douglas County Democrats met on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Krazy Daze restaurant.
The meeting was called to order by Vice Chair Teresa Tost at 6 p.m.
A treasurer’s report was given by Chaz Franzke.  He provided the names of everyone who had paid their 2013 dues and collected dues from some of the members present.  He also reported that he had a letter originally sent to our chair, Gene Cherry, from a representative from the 33rd Congressional District telling the group that our 2013 dues were currently due. There was some discussion and a motion was made and seconded that someone from our group should contact this representative to ask  specifically what the group does. Motion passed unanimously. It was decided that we would request that our Chair make contact with this representative.
Teresa Tost reported that Elizabeth Bock, the applicant who was recommended to Governor Nixon by our group, was recently sworn in as Associate Circuit Judge by Judge Craig Carter, who had previously held this position.  Teresa told us that very soon after she was sworn in, Judge Bock was scheduled in her first hearing as Associate Circuit Judge. We welcome her to her new position and to our community.
Discussion was held on participating in the Saturday Farmer’s Market on the square in Ava.  Last year we had a table in the market one Saturday of each month and we donated the proceeds to local schools’ backpack programs which provided healthy snacks to qualifying students. We decided to participate again this spring and our treasurer will check on the details for us.  The first Saturday we will participate will be April 6, 2013. We will have further discussion on this at our March meeting.
There will be highway cleanup on our adopted stretch of Highway 76 next month.  As soon as the exact  date and time have been established, this will be shared with all members by phone or email.
Teresa thanked everyone for their cards and prayers during her difficult time of loss in December.  She said she really appreciated everyone’s support.
Our January meeting and holiday party had to be cancelled due to threat of bad weather and it was decided that we would wait until warmer weather in the spring to have our pot luck dinner.
Discussion was held on other community service activities, such as having a food drive or a clothes drive. We discussed the local group home for adults with developmental delays and the Children’s Home in the Norwood area.  Some members felt that both of these organizations already receive help from the state and other agencies. It was also mentioned that the Rare Breed, a shelter in Springfield for teens in crisis, could use our help.  The local senior citizen center could also use volunteer time as well as donations.
A review of our activities, work, and overall goals for 2012 was done and we discussed our mission for the upcoming year.  A motion was made and seconded that we should have a committee formed to write a specific mission statement for our group. Motion passed unanimously. A number of members  volunteered to serve on this committee and the Vice Chair encouraged all members to think about this and provide input to this committee.  The committee set its first meeting for later this week.
Vice Chair Tost reported to the group that there are currently four announced Democratic candidates for the position of 8th Congressional District U.S. Representative. This position was made available by the recent resignation of Jo Ann Emerson.  These candidates are Todd Mahn, Markel Fitzpatrick, State Representative Linda Black and Dr. Jack Rushin.  There will be a meeting of the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the County Central Committees and Districts of the 8th Congressional District later this month in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to choose the candidate who will represent the party on the June ballot later this year.
Discussion was also held on upcoming local elections.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 5, at the Krazy Daze restaurant.  Dinner will be at 5 p.m., with the meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. If you have any questions, you can contact Secretary Tanya Williams at 417-683-3884.
Motion was made and seconded to adjourn. Motion passed unanimously.