Minutes of the November 30, 2015 General Membership Meeting

Democratic Club of Claremont
General Membership Meeting
7:00 PM Monday, November 30, 2015
Porter Hall, Pilgrim Place

Welcome: John Forney, President, welcomed about 25 members and guests and thanked them for their cards and visits during his recent recuperation.

Program: Professor Paul Nelson, Management, University of LaVerne spoke on "The Significant Role of Myth in Forming a Learning Community".

Merrill Ring, Vice President for Education, not only introduced Professor Nelson but also wrote this summary of the program: "Professor Nelson was interested in how one develops compassion in a group in order to make it a community. In classes he uses the technique of having each individual tell his/her life story - the individuals become more self-confident and the group becomes a cohesive learning community. In a life there is typically an incident that causes the person to reject at least some of the assumptions on which they have constructed their view of themselves and their place in the world. The result is a "dark night of the soul". Those who escape that do so by coming to accept a better set of assumptions about themselves. The piece of the life story that produces compassion and then community is the recounting of that incident and its consequences." The discussion focused on how that process might be implemented in a much larger social environment with the formation of a cohesive political community as the outcome.

Approval of the Agenda: The Agenda was accepted.

Business Meeting:

Minutes for Approval: MSA (Carolee Monroe) The Minutes of the General Membership Meeting of October 26, 2015 were unanimously approved.

Committees Reports

FINANCE/Treasurer's Report: Carol Whitson, Treasurer, reported a balance of $2380.

PROGRAM & ISSUES: Merrill Ring said that invitations are out to speakers for meetings and luncheons in 2016. Two topics to be discussed are Black Lives Matter and an Iranian perspective on the Nuclear Treaty.


MEMBERSHIP: Sandy Hester, Vice-President for Organization, reported a membership of 145 with 126 living within the 41st Assembly District. Dues are now payable for 2016. The most common levels of membership/dues are: Individual at $30 and Family at $40. A suggestion that free membership be given to anyone under 21 will be discussed at the next Executive Board meeting.

POLITICAL STRATEGY: Debi Evans, Committee Chair, suggested that the 47 Democrats, including Pete Aguilar, who voted in favor of the Republican bill that would tighten restrictions on Syrian refugees be contacted and told of our displeasure. Merrill Ring will write a letter to Congressperson Aguilar for John Forney to sign. Letters will also be written and sent to Congresspersons Judy Chu and Norma Torres who have supported the refugees.

MSA (Mel Boynton) A motion to accept the DCC representatives to the CDP Endorsement Conference, to be held January 30 - 31, 2016, was unanimously approved. Nominees are: John Forney, Debi Evans, Merrill Ring, Sandy Hester, John Ammon and Carolee Monroe.

UNITED Democratic Headquarters: Sandy Hester reported that a coalition of local Democratic clubs met with the goal of raising funds and establishing an area headquarters during the 2016 presidential campaign. With 14 local clubs invited, seven or eight showed real interest. A follow-up planning meeting will be held in January. Sandy Hester, Debi Evans, Joe Salas and John Ammon organized the first meeting.


Club Events

  • Saturday, December 5 - Annual Holiday Party, Napier Center, Pilgrim Place, 4 PM - come early, renew!

Other Organizations

  • The annual potluck dinner of the United Nations Association-USA Pomona Valley Chapter will be Sunday, January 24, 2016. Dr. John Moore will speak. Dr. Moore was the advisor to the Cal Poly MUN for many years and has written several books on the United Nations.

Adnan Aswad's presentation on Syrian refugees at the Pomona Valley Chapter, UNA-USA was well received. The Syrian refugee families who have recently arrived in the area are in need of help.

Adjourn: 8:40 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Carolee Monroe, Recording Secretary