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President’s Letter: June

Hi Malibu Democratic Club Members!

We had our first board meeting on Thursday, June 5.  There’s lots to tell you and it’s very exciting.

We’re growing!  We welcomed five new board members:  Sam Hall Kaplan, Jennifer de Nicola, Marcia Hanscom, Jim Hensley, and Doug Rosen!  So, it’s a good time to remind you that this is your club!  And to ask, “What would you like to see us do?”  The possibilities are endless.

In just one initial meeting our board already has accomplished so much!  So far, we’ve:

• Set up three new committees:  Membership, Fundraising, and Programs.  We need help so please hit “reply” and tell us if you’d like to join one.  Or, propose a new committee to address an issue you care about deeply.  The only proviso is that in some way it must help elect Democrats to office.

(Note that during upcoming months the Programs Committee might add subcommittees that could include Farmers’ Market, Chili Cook-off, Phone Banking, Living Room Lectures, and special events or dinners featuring elected officials or other well-known Democrats. )

Other committees may include Youth Outreach (which could include working with elected representatives to set up internships, liaison work with campus Democratic clubs, and finding ways to involve high school and college students in community outreach projects); Newsletters, Brochures, and Media Affairs; Legislative Affairs and Club Policies; Elections and Endorsement Procedures, or we could even set up a Malibu Democratic Singles Committee!

• Discussed a late summer/early fall event which could feature a Meet the Candidates night.  Interested?

Started work on a mission statement!  And the Bylaws Committee — headed by DemClub Vice President Ted Vaill — will propose revisions and enhancements to provide us with clearer direction.

Set up standing dates for our board meetings.  Fourt Monday of each month UNLESS there is a major conflict.  You’re always welcome to attend.  The next one will be Monday, June 30 and this will be updated when a location is confirmed.

Set up a Finance Committee to be chaired by Political Consultant Doug Rosen.  The Finance Committee will be crafting a budget to establish a financial map for our yearly programs and goals.

We’re also interested in determining which local issues to support.  And which issues — including state Democratic policies — could be a basis for activities, events, and letter writing campaigns.   Anti-fracking?  Offshore oil drilling? Minimum wage?  The right to choice?

This year should be packed with opportunities for action.  So, recruit your friends.  Take part and help!

New membership checks in the amount of $25 may be sent to Malibu Democratic Club, P.O. Box 561, Malibu, CA 90265.

Hope to see you soon!

 

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Ann Doneen
President

Officers Elected for 2014-15

ann mug from kenMembers of Malibu Democratic Club (MDC) have elected officers for 2014-15, selecting media consultant and former journalist Ann Doneen as their new president.

The Board of Directors election occurred Sunday, May 18, at the Point Dumé Clubhouse, where members voted to retain the Democratic Club’s other board members.

“This club has tremendous potential to affect the future of Malibu as well as the State of California,” said Doneen. “Over the coming year we want to attract new members while also boosting involvement among our club’s broad membership base.”

Other MDC officers for the 2014-2015 year will include Leonard Zahn, vice president; Ted Vaill, second vice president; Linda Goodman, secretary; Jean Goodman, immediate past president, and board members Carol Moss, Ralph Erickson, Kim Drobny, Sam Hall Kaplan, Scott Abrams, Gil Somerfield, Jim Hensley, Claudia Zahn, Art Zoloth, Helen Zoloth, Dorothy Reik,, Pam Conley Ulich, Betsy Butler, and Sharon Barovsky.  Write-in votes also were were cast for Jennifer de Nicola; Derek Doneen, and Marcia Hanscom.

Ann Doneen currently is a board member of the Malibu Township Council and she has been active in Malibu environmental projects, including work to save wildlife at the Malibu Lagoon.  She is an award-winning former Channel 2 News Investigative Unit news segment producer, Cal State University, Northridge director of public affairs; a columnist for TV Guide Magazine; and public affairs director at Art Center College of Design.  She also has written for the Malibu Times.

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