2015 YDFC SPRING COOKOUT WITH SEN. JEFF JACKSON!

10985878_353778464825057_8037145071371117024_nOn April 16th, the Young Democrats of Forsyth County will host Senator Jeff Jackson for our 2015 Spring Cookout. Food and refreshments will be provided.

The event will be held at Washington Park, Shelter 2. The best place to park is at 501 Cascade Ave.

Tickets are $15 and $10 for any YD’s (under 36 years old). You may sign up for a ticket here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/ydfcspring

2015 COUNTY CONVENTION

The 2015 Forsyth County Democratic Party County Convention

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Registration opens at 9am; meeting begins at 10am

 Forsyth Tech West Campus, 1300 Bolton St., Winston-Salem

Guest Speaker – U.S. Congresswoman Alma Adams

Special Tribute to former NC Senator Earline Parmon

 

This is the time we come together in fellowship, with determination and our eyes on the future, to choose new leadership for 2015 – 2017. Delegates elected by their precincts will vote for new Forsyth County Party officers and State Executive Committee members. All Democrats are invited and welcome to attend; only delegates can participate in official business.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • Attendees should be checked in before 10:00AM.  The meeting will begin on time.
  • Precinct chairs must attend the convention or designate someone to lead their precinct.
  • After registering, precinct chairs, or designees, will pick up their ballots from Vice Chair Larry Johnson.
  • Delegates should try sitting together so they can caucus when voting.
  • The quorum is based on the number of precincts represented. Even if one person from the precinct attends, that precinct counts towards the 50% – plus – 1 needed.
  • Each precinct’s vote is based on the number of votes for the Democratic candidate for Governor in 2012, and is weighted. One precinct may have 23 votes, while another has 4. A computer program will calculate the weighted votes, and facilitate casting ballots.
  • Delegates share their precinct’s votes. In a precinct with 8 votes and 8 people attending, each delegate has 1 vote. If only 4 people attend, each delegate has 2 votes. One person can represent the precinct and exercise all of the votes.
  • No proxy voting at the convention. You must be present to vote.
  • Following an application and interview process, the nominating committee has carefully selected candidates who wish to serve. Chaired by Fred Terry, the committee proudly presents the slate below. Nominations will also be received from the floor.
  • View the resolutions HERE: Resolutions – composite

CANDIDATES FOR OFFICERS:

Eric Ellison CHAIRMAN: ERIC ELLISONA practicing attorney in Winston-Salem, Eric S. Ellison has been involved with the Forsyth County Democratic Party since 2002. He has served as Party Attorney, Party 3rd Vice Chair, Chair of Forsyth County Young Democrats, Campaign Manager for Hartsfield for District Court Judge Campaign, triad attorney for Obama for America, and executive committee member for Valene Franco for Judge Campaign.  Eric is married to Monique Swaby Ellison; they are the proud parents of 2 wonderful boys, Caleb and Luke.
  Marilynn Baker3 1ST VICE CHAIR: MARILYNN BAKERMarilynn Baker is a North Carolina native and strong advocate for public education. She graduated from East Forsyth High School, Forsyth Tech, and UNCG, and also Guilford College and Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. . Marilynn has extensive experience in marketing and business strategy, and competitive intelligence. Until 1997, she worked for RJR, including two years in Geneva, Switzerland, and she taught at UNCG until 2011. Marilynn’s participation in the Moral Monday movement led to her involvement with the FCDP, as well as ministries for the poor and homeless. Marilynn and her husband Kemp live in Kernersville with their three formerly feral felines, and three spoiled rescue dogs.

phillip Carter with hat

2ND   VICE CHAIR: PHILLIP CARTERA Winston-Salem native, Phillip Carter, Sr., graduated with honors from Forsyth Technical Community College in 2003, when he also completed the City of WS University, an intensive 12-week course in city government. Phillip is currently employed by FTCC in the Learning Technology Division and by the Salvation Army as Outreach Specialist for Homeless Veterans. Not only a dedicated volunteer, precinct leader, and member of the State Executive Committee and African American Caucus for the FCDP, Phillip also serves other groups, including the Forsyth County Nursing Home Advisory Committee, Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods, and Experiment in Self-Reliance, and he is active in St. Andrews United Methodist Church. Phillip and his wife Doris have three adult children and four precious granddaughters. He also enjoys reading, fishing, and playing chess.
Trent Harmon (566x640) 3RD   VICE CHAIR: TRENT HARMONTrent Harmon graduates in May from UNCG with a B.A. in History and Political Science. He has spent his last semester interning at the FCDP where he helped organize and re-establish the Young Democrats of Forsyth County, and is in the process of establishing another Party auxiliary, LGBT Democrats. Trent has extensive experience in grassroots organizing, volunteer training, data entry, VoteBuilder skills, political messaging, social media, fundraising, and financial disclosure and reporting. He volunteered with Obama for America, the Coalition to Protect All NC Families, and served as Finance Director in Elisabeth Motsinger’s campaign for Congress. Trent and his partner, Brantley, live in Clemmons with their two wonderful dogs, Georgiana and Bosley.
Cam Choiniere (601x640) SECRETARY: CAM CHOINIEREA self-employed graphic designer working with both local and national clients for 20+ years, Cam Choiniere came to Winston-Salem in 1981 as an art director at Long, Haymes & Carr Advertising (now Mullen). She grew up in Salisbury, NC, and graduated with a BFA in Visual Design from Auburn University. Cam became active in the FCDP during the 2008 presidential campaign and has vast experience designing campaign materials, organizing, and working events. She is a member of the NC NAACP and works with the Amani Children’s Foundation. Cam and her husband live in Pfafftown; they have a 22-year-old son. In addition to advocating for social justice, Cam enjoys yoga, walking, and cleaning up after her three Boxers.
 Donald Dunn (578x640) TREASURER: DONALD DUNNDonald Dunn has served as North Carolina PTA President since 2013. Having been active in local PTA, Donald joined the state board about ten years ago, and has held various positions within the organization. He received his B.S. from Winston Salem State University in Business Administration and has professional experience in banking, sales, and early childhood management. Currently, Donald is a sales consultant with a large pharmaceutical company. He blends his professional experiences with his passion for child advocacy and public education. He and his wife Ann reside in Lewisville; their daughter Bria is a student at UNC-Chapel Hill.

 

NOMINATED STATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

D.D. Adams Dan Besse*
April Broadway* Phillip Carter*
Susan Campbell* Fleming El-Amin*
Norma Corley* Robbie Ewing*
Laura Elliott* Jim Gallaher*
Chrissie Gallaher* German Garcia*
Tomisha Gladman* Jerry Herron*
Chenita Johnson* Sebastian Ivory
Joycelyn Johnson* Larry Johnson*
Earline Parmon Roger Kirkman*
Evelyn Sanders Hayes McNeill*
Kiki Teague* John Motsinger*
Anne Wilson* Derwin Montgomery
Albert Porter*

*Incumbent

We will elect 13 women and 13 men to represent Forsyth County at the State Executive Committee meetings. The new FCDP Chair is automatically a member.

 

PROPOSED MEETING AGENDA:

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER

MOMENT OF SILENCE

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

INTRODUCTION OF ELECTED OFFICIALS

GUEST SPEAKER, CONGRESSWOMAN ALMA ADAMS, 12th Congressional District

TRIBUTE TO SEN. EARLINE PARMON

FCDP APPRECIATION

ELECTIONS

  • ADOPTION OF STANDING RULES
  • OFFICERS
  • DELEGATES TO DISTRICT CONVENTIONS
  • DISTRICT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
  • ELECTION OF STATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

RESOLUTIONS (View resolutions: Resolutions – composite)                                                   

ANNOUNCEMENTS/ADJOURNMENT

“DRINKING LIBERALLY” WITH THE YDFC

DrinkingLiberallyBlue_SMALLThe Young Democrats of Forsyth County will be holding a “Drinking Liberally” social gathering on the first Thursday of each month. The location will be at a different restaurant/bar each month as a way of exploring and supporting a multitude of Winston-Salem’s local businesses.

The first “Drinking Liberally” with the YDFC will be held at 6th and Vine, located at 209 W 6th St., on Thursday, April 2 at 8pm. All, young and not so young alike, are invited to come for a cold drink and heated conversation…well, it may not be heated but it will be engaging, nonetheless. Don’t worry, your beverage can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

These monthly gatherings will be an opportunity to come together and discuss relevant topics to not only the young people of Forsyth County, but indeed to all of the county’s residents. We look forward to seeing you there!

2015 FORSYTH COUNTY CONVENTION

Alma Adams and EarlineJoin us on Saturday, April 11, 10:00am (registration begins at 9:00am) for our County Convention, Forsyth Tech West Campus auditorium, 1300 Bolton St.  Our guest speaker will be Congresswoman Alma Adams, 12th District. The agenda will include the election of officers and a tribute to Sen. Earline Parmon.  All Democrats are invited to this convention, but only delegates who were elected by their precincts are eligible to participate in business and vote.

SENIOR DEMS BREAKFAST MEETING

Patsy Keever, NCDP Chair

Patsy Keever, NCDP Chair

Thursday April 2, 2015, 9:00am at  the Golden Corral, 4965 University Parkway, Winston-Salem.

Patsy Keever, Chair of the NC Democratic Party, will speak about “Rebuilding the NC Democratic Party.”

Members and guests wanting the breakfast buffet and/or beverages will be able to enter the restaurant beginning at 8:30 am.

Patsy Keever was a Buncombe County Commissioner from 1992 to 2004 and served in the NC House of Representatives from 2010 to 2012.

MEET THE YOUNG DEMOCRATS

YD'sCongratulations to our newest auxiliary, The Young Democrats of Forsyth County.  At their first meeting, they elected officers: President Colby Moore; Vice President Isaiah Fletcher; and Secretary Trent Harmon.  Everyone is encouraged to join and help support this group.  Members under 35 – $10; Associate members over 35 – $25.  Contact trentmerrittharmon@gmail.com for more information.

MEETINGS WILL BE HELD!

The cluster meeting at Polo Park (precincts 903 – 909) at 7:00 AND the Young Democrats’ inaugural meeting at HQ at 7:00 will be held tonight, Thursday, Mar. 5.

SENIOR DEMS BREAKFAST

Senior Dems logoThursday, March 5, 9:00am at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 4965 University Parkway.  The speaker for March will be Dr. Virginia Newell on “Why the Democrats Lost and What We Can Do.”  (Please keep in mind that the Democrats did quite well in Forsyth County.)

Dr. Newell has been a community activist for 50 years.  She has held every position at the precinct level and has been active since 1965.  She has been a politician (City Council), realtor, life-long educator (Dept. of Math and Computer Science at WSSU) and overall fighter for justice and equality in our community and state.

The doors will open at 8:30am if you would like to enjoy the breakfast buffet before the meeting begins.

PRECINCT MEETINGS POSTPONED

Several of the venues have closed due to the surprise snow on Tuesday, Feb. 24.  The precinct meetings scheduled at Cash Elementary and at Brown-Douglas Recreation Center have been postponed.  The new dates will be published when the facilities reopen.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1BZp_-tg3L1ydkviCMv5ewrMBA8AO0jIlkOq0DznJ6dk/edit?usp=sharing

ATTEND YOUR PRECINCT MEETING!

teachers event19Precincts are the building blocks of our county party.  Meetings will be held around the county beginning Feb. 20 through March 6, 2015.  FIND YOUR MEETING HERE:

  • Friends, family, and neighbors come together to help Democrats get elected—the same people who vote where you can vote on Election Day (called a Precinct.)
  • There is one precinct for every voting place on Election Day.
  • In Forsyth County alone, we have 100 precincts.
  • It’s the basic building block for elections and extremely important for Getting Out The Vote (GOTV) — and Winning!
  • The precinct chair and vice chair vote at the Forsyth County Democratic Party executive committee meetings, representing your neighborhood and precinct.
  • Precinct members recommend the officials who work at the polling location on Election Day.

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