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Douglas Co. Democrats Meet November 7

The meeting of the Douglas County Democrats was called to order by Chair Teresa Tost at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 7.
The minutes from last month’s meeting were shared with the group.  It was agreed to accept the minutes as read.
The treasurer reported a current balance and at the request of the Chair, he reported to the group that during 2013 the group raised $431.81 at Ava’s Farmer’s Market.  It was decided by the group that this amount would be rounded up so they can donate $150 to the three public schools in Douglas County participating in the Backpack Program.  This money will be presented to Ava, Plainview, and Skyline Schools by the Chair after Thanksgiving break.
Old Business: There was discussion of what amount we should set for our 2014 scholarship program.  Since the money will be paid directly to the winning applicant’s school in the fall of 2014, we still have time to raise money through different ways before then, including annual dues, farmer’s market, bake sales, garage sales, etc. It was moved and seconded to set the amount at $500.  The motion passed unanimously.  The secretary had sent a revised scholarship application to members of the scholarship committee via email.  The committee made more revisions to the application.  It was agreed that the application would be sent to all area schools which had graduating seniors living in Douglas County in January of 2014 via email.  The deadline for getting the completed application package back to our secretary was set for March 7, 2014.
The Chair reported to the group that we will discuss our Mission Statement at our next meeting.  Another topic to be discussed at the December meeting will be our trash pickup along Highway 76.  She further reported that our forum for the parties interested in being appointed to the position of Douglas Recorder of Deeds was held on October 10 and there were three participants who were interviewed for this appointment by our panel. Our group recommended Jacinda  Sheppard for this appointment.  (By the time these minutes were shared with the community, Governor Jay Nixon had appointed Ms. Sheppard for this appointment.)
New Business: There was discussion on whether we should have meetings during January and February of next year.  We decided that we would make this decision at our December meeting.  Our next meeting was set for Thursday, Dec. 5, at Krazy Daze with dinner at 5 p.m. and meeting to begin at 5:30 p.m.
Meeting was adjourned at 6:35 p.m.