May 3, 2022 minutes

Cheatham County Democratic Party

Regular Monthly Meeting

May 3, 2022, In Person at Pinnacle Bank and Zoom


Present: Aric Storck (P), Elena Roser (VP), John Patrick (VP), Martha Wettemann (S),  Karen Stell (T), Lynn Newcomb (PP). Dist. 1: Roger Marriott, Galen Gray, Rick Johnson.  Dist. 3: Lynn Seifert, Lisa Walker. Dist. 4: Linda McGee, Dennis Barnes.  Dist. 5, Joanne Jaworski, Randy Fiedler, Beth Ervin, Kathryn Mitchem.   Dist. 6: Michael Lottman.

Excused: Dist 2: Mathew Binkley. Dist. 3: Ryan Philipp. Dist.6: Gerald Dooley.

Guests: Brit Bender (Executive Director, TNDP. 615-891-7453, [email protected]), Krystle James, Ken Rawn

Committees: (committee members are not limited to the Executive Committee):

Advocacy Committee: Martha Wettemann (chair), Rick Johnson, John Patrick, Linda McGee, Donna Baxter.

Elections Committee: John Patrick (chair), Kathryn Mitchem (phone banking), Martha Wettemann, Jan Morrison, Elena Roser.

Events Committee (including Forums): Randy Fiedler (chair), Michael Lottman, Roger Marriott, Lynn Newcomb, Ryan Philipp (event planning/coordination), Karen Stell, Linda McGee.

Social/Print Media: Michael Lottman (print chair), Karen Stell (web site chair)(advocacy posting on web site), Beth Ervin (social media).

Nominating: L. Newcomb, Elena Roser (co-chairs). Membership/recruitment- Ryan Philipp.

Federation of Democratic Women:  Lynn Newcomb (chair), Joanne Jaworski.

Call to order: Chair A. Storck called the meeting to order at 6:07 p.m., followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Attendance and Approval of Minutes: The minutes and meeting agenda were approved by acclamation.

Treasurer’s Report: K. Stell reported that the current balance was $4,623.  Dues are due to the Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce. Dues were paid in March 2021. K. James reported they used to list our meetings on their web site so if dues are paid they should continue that. K. Stell will pay for 2022.

Guest Presentation: Brit Bender, executive director of the TN Democratic Party, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has extensive experience in campaigns. She is glad to be back in Tennessee. Messaging is being coordinated with 52 states and territories. TNDP is running a big voter registration campaign, with a goal of 20,000 to 40,000 registrants this year. She discussed the negative impact of the potential Supreme Court decision on Roe vs. Wade on women’s and children’s health, birth control, and domestic violence. She stated the Party can map out areas for voter registration.

Committee Reports

Events Committee:  Summerfest will be June 7-11. R. Fiedler said CCDP agreed to 2 side-by-side booths and K. Stell needed to pay for these. Electricity will be provided. L. Newcomb will provide a tent. He will send an email to CCDP members to ask for volunteers to staff the booths. K. Rawn and K. James will volunteer. A motion was made by M. Wettemann/R. Marriott that the next CCDP executive committee meeting be on June 14 at 6 p.m. The motion carried.  A location will be sought for the meeting.

Pegram will have their 4th of July celebration on July 4.  K. Stell can provide a truck for our CCDP float. R. Fiedler will investigate the prices of flags and labels for the flags and bring that information to the CCDP executive committee which can authorize that size of a purchase.

A motion was made by E. Roser/L. Seifert to have our monthly meeting at the Pegram July 4th event after the float. The motion carried.

  1. Wettemann discussed the idea of a CCDP Barbecue to allow our candidates to speak (including the Democratic candidates for governor, U.S. House, and TN House and our local candidates) and provide an informal opportunity for Democrats especially those new to the community to meet in this critical election year. She made a motion, seconded by E. Roser, to have a Democratic barbecue at 714 Darrow Drive on May 22, with the party paying $300 for protein. The motion carried.

Advocacy Committee:  M. Wettemann conducted voter registration training and provided handouts with information on laws and best practices from the April TNDP Summit. It was discussed to have a QR code on the flag labels for registering to vote.  She thanked CCDP members for their advocacy on education issues. She will compile a list of harmful legislation passed this year in Tennessee and provide it to the committee.

Elections Committee: E. Roser, candidate for CC School Board, District 5, needs sign locations in her district (includes part of Ashland City and Pegram). She has had an announcement in the Exchange and will do direct mail and door-to-door campaigning. K. James will roll out her materials in June. L. Walker and J. Patrick are also candidates with their elections in August.

Social/Print Media Committee: No report.

New Business: L. Newcomb reported that the Tennessee Democratic County Chairs Association (TDCCA) is having a fundraiser selling Democratic pins that have to be ordered by May 20. E. Roser/B. Ervin moved that CCDP spend $550.00 and purchase 100 pins. The motion carried. L. Newcomb will provide the ordering information to K. Stell.

Announcements: There will be a memorial service for Jane Crisp’s husband Doug, who passed away from Covid-19, on May 15 at 2 p.m. at Montgomery Bell Park. All are invited.

  1. Fiedler/R. Marriott moved to adjourn. The motion carried.

Submitted by Martha Wettemann, Secretary.

May 28, 2022

NEXT MEETING:  Tuesday June 14, 6 pm. Location: TBA.