Sweetwater County Democratic Party Monthly Meeting
Green River, WWCC Campus
September 19, 2019
Call to order:
Pledge of Allegiance & Recognition
Secretary: Lyndsey Love
Treasurer: Jim Wilson
State Committeewoman: Hollis Meader
WDP State Chair: Joe Barbuto
Hollis Meader called the meeting to order at 7:07. Jim led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Special Business: An election for a new State Committeeman was held. Joe Barbuto nominated Dana Ferguson, who accepted the nomination by acclamation. All in attendance voted to appoint Mr. Ferguson as State Committeeman. Joe motioned to adjourn the Special Meeting and was seconded by Jim Wilson.
Joe motioned to approve the agenda and was seconded by Lyndsey Love. The correspondence was read. There was a statement from the Post Office for renewal of the party P.O. Box. Mike Masterson moved to pay the yearly fee of $$ and was seconded by Tom Backstrom.
Secretary’s Report: Jim Wilson moved to approve last month’s minutes, Joe seconded. The motion passed.
Treasurer’s Report: Jim Wilson read the report aloud. Beginning balance of 3,500.00, ending balance of 3,446.93 We spent 778.49 for the month on: the fly rod for the raffle and $600 dollars for the winner of the raffle (in place of the Weatherby Rifle). We brought in a total of 724.50 from 50/50 raffle, gun raffle and other donations. Leighton Wessel approved, seconded by Jim. The motion passed.
Jessica Weiber was the winner of the gun raffle but opted for the cash reward instead. The group discussed keeping the rifle for next year. Jim moved to table the discussion until the October meeting.
Joe said that the pig roast was successful, 80 central committee members met in Lander. The next central committee meeting will be held in Cheyenne in February. Joe provided information about training opportunities and the possibility of inviting Democratic candidates for the upcoming elections to visit. He said that there would be more information on the website, wyodems.org.
There was discussion about the formation of a candidate selection committee for vacant offices. The conversation turned to ideas for recruiting and gaining support for Democratic candidates in Sweetwater County. Unions, the college community and the Senior Centers were suggested.
Brent Alcorn introduced himself as a student at Western. He said that the group Turning Point USA had formed a club at the Rock Springs campus and he was interested in representing the views of the democratic party as an alternate voice.
The need to get more people involved and having fresh input and ideas were discussed. Joe suggested that everyone in attendance should try to bring one new person to the next meeting in October.
$87.00 was made in a pass-the-hat donation.
Jim Wilson made a motion to close and was seconded by Mike Masterson. The motion passed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:10.