The Lake County Democratic Committee is taking Lake County by storm!
We began the meeting by welcoming guests and announcing the brand new Four Corners Democrat Club. Club members Lewis Carter- Vp, Kim Norbert-Treasurer, Patricia Hart- Precinct 82 Captain and Manny Vasquez- Precinct 82 Captain joined us to represent the new club. Both Patricia Hart and Manny Vasquez were sworn in and accepted the duties as a member of the Lake County Democratic Executive Committee and as Precinct Captains for Precinct 82. The Four Corners Democratic Club meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6:30pm-7:30 pm. Scheduled meetings June 14th ~ Devenney’s Irish Pub @ 16909 High Grove Blvd, Clermont, FL, July 12th ~ Devenney’s Irish Pub @ 16909 High Grove Blvd, Clermont, FL, August 9th ~ Cagan Crossings Library (Meeting Room B) andSeptember 13th ~ Cagan Crossings Library (Meeting Room B).
Julie Bozeman shared her Voter Outreach report. Currently, we have goals to meet our obligations on the grant we were given to promote the Voter Restoration Amendment petition drive. The requirements are that we knock on 1800 doors, participate in 24 local events and visit ? area churches. So far, we have knocked on 400 doors and participated in 12 events. We still need to reach out to area churches. We also have new vests that can be worn when you are out canvassing and returned the next day. Contact our office for more information.
Susan Fetter presented a very informative demonstration on how to help Lake County citizens sign up for Vote-By-Mail using their cell phones. She also explained the updated phone banking system and how to use it effectively. If you are interested in phone banking let her know!
Jane Hepting shared that Akan Grayson filed to run against Congressman Daniel Webster in the 11th district but at this time. She also mentioned that Congressman Ron DeSantis of the 6th District may not run for Congress but is looking at the Governor’s mansion in 2018. There are now 5 Democratic candidates in the 15th District. Things are getting interesting!
Pat Spear announced that the new office is up and running full-time! The current hours of operations will be Mon-Fri from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thank you to all the volunteers that make this possible.
Laura Williams spoke with the group about the power of Twitter and how it is being used in today’s politics. During our August meeting, she will also offer a workshop on how to get started on Twitter.
Robert Doyel, retired judge, veteran, former law professor and retired attorney talked about he has to offer as a Congressional Candidate in District 22. He is a Progressive Democrat.
Steve Madden, Director of Strategic Planning for the Greg Pilkington for Congress team explained how small donations are key tot he success of any campaign. He shared that if every Democrat in the 15th district gave $10 to the Pilkington campaign that would add up to over 1 million dollars! No amount is too small!
There are a ton of upcoming events.
Leadership Blue Gala on Saturday June 17, 2017 at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida- Includes a full day of informative workshops and a reception with Former Vice President Joe Biden. Learn more here.
State of the State Breakfast– Saturday June 24th at the Royal Highlands Great Hall $20- State Senator Victor Torres will report on this years legislative session. Learn more here.
Just Who Are They Representing?: Egor Emory reports on Lake County Lawmakers– June 19, 2017 at the Leesburg Public Library June 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Greater Leesburg Democratic Club. Learn more here.
Lake/Sumter Water School– This is full day event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 27th at the Lake County Extension Center 1951 Woodlea Road Tavares, FL 32778. Tickets are $5 +tax. Speakers include:
Climate Change and Water – Dr. Chris Martinez, UF/IFAS
True Cost of Water –Tatiana Borisova, UF/IFAS
Keeping Nature Alive – Jennifer Mitchell, St. Johns River Water Management District
Do We Have Enough? – Jason Bellino, US Geological Survey
Florida Water Star – Robin Grantham, Southwest Florida Water Management District
Lake Levels – How and Why? Mike Perry, Lake County Water Authority
Central Florida Water Initiative – Joseph Quinn, Southwest Florida Water Management District
Politics of Water – Richard S. Owen, Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority
What is the Lake Soil & Water Conservation District (LSWCD)? Susan Fetter, LSWCD
2:00 – 3:00 Hands-on Activities in Discovery Garden
- Mobile Irrigation Lab Demo – Adam Boykin, LSWCD
- Fertilizer Ordinance – fertilizer application and impacts on water – Lloyd Singleton, UF/IFAS
- Residential Irrigation Demo – Steve Guch, UF/IFAS
For all upcoming events and meetings please check out our calendar.
Next month’s meeting will be held July 13th from 6pm – 9pm at the Tavares Civic Center, 100 E Caroline St, Tavares. During this meeting, Susan Fetter will give a presentation on Active Listening. This is something that will help all of us as we go out and talk to people in our community.