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DWCMarco General Meeting Minutes

April 9, 2019

Democratic Women’s Club of Marco Island

General Meeting, April 9, 2019

Mackle Park

5-6:30 pm


Stephanie Ballo opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.


She thanked the following volunteers and board members for their help: The Goldbergs for the recent Happy Hour at their house; Barba Malta as the Volunteer Coordinator, Jane Keister for sending articles to the Coastal Breeze, Karen Blum for the PowerPoint presentations, Vivian Patterson for continuing to help at the Legistative Liason (we need another person), Lisa Furlong as the political Action Volunteer for State issues and Christine Chase for head the Outreach Committee.

Stephanie told members we are looking for new board members. The current board will continue for a second  term this coming year, but we need additional help. In particular, we are looking for a Corresponding Secretary to help Jane with sending emails about upcoming actions and events and help with managing the Facebook page. 


Future Meetings:

The May meetingwill feature a speaker from Laces of Love. This organization provides new shoes for children ages 1-9 in Collier County and helps 26,000 kids in Lee and Collier Counties.  You can

 1 ) bring new shoes   (primarily sneakers) to our next meeting, 2) give money to the organization or 3) host a shoe party. 


The June 11 meeting will feature Kathleen Passidomo, the Republican Senate Majority Leader in the State Senate. This meeting will be at the library. This is an opportunity to ask questions about recent legislations and practice talking with others who have differing opinions than ours. 


Sally McDowell gave the Treasurer’s report. We have $2,800 in the treasury. Have about $1,000 coming due to the State Democratic Committee and to the regional Democratic Committee for the number of paid members that we have for the 2019 year. ($7 per member to the State Dems and $2 per member to the region Dems).  Also , the DWCM donated $500 to Collier Dems and have a few remaining payments for ads and for Mackle Park rental.  A reminded was given to members to pay their dues by end of May.


Karen gave an update on the member feedback from last month’s training session. Generally, we needed smaller groups for discussion and facilitators could have done a better job of keeping discussions on track. Also, the main speaker spoke too long. The members wanted more time for actual discussion of issues.


Stephanie introduced the evening’s speaker, Renee Wilson, Regional Communications Coordinator for Rookery Bay Estuarine Reserve. The organization is managed by the FL DEP and is a State Agency. They serve as a trusted resource for science-based information to foster connections between human and ecological communities. They can’t advocate for any position because they are a government agency. She suggested contacting your state legislature or the DEP with specific policy questions.


She also suggested a new documentary by WGCU FM showing on April 22 at 9 pm – SW Florida’s Mangrove Coast.  She spoke about the educational and science programs that Rookery Bay provides, such as biological monitoring, water quality monitoring, a visiting scientist program, natural resource management, participation in marine mammal stranding network, the learning center, eco tours, coastal training programs for professionals, and volunteer opportunities, including Friends of Rookery Bay, which is a non-profit advocacy group. 


Members were invited to attend the executive board meeting on Friday, April 12. 


Meeting adjourned at 6:30




Linda Brown

Recording Secretary


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