• Call to order at 5:30 pm • Pledge of allegiance led by Chairman Harrison • Invocation by Alonzo Harrison • Minutes of December 1, 2020, meeting approved; motioned by Harrison and seconded by Carol Williams.
• Democratic Women’s Report — Paula Goldman in Florida 1) Anne Parks joined our ZOOM meeting and reported that first issue of business for the new SC House of Representatives was budget, but second order of business was education. According to Rep. Parks, 5,000 students have dropped off the educational rolls due to the pandemic. Just providing computers is not sufficient. More needs to be done for the infrastructure — getting fibre optic into the neighborhoods. 2) Regarding the idea of registering high school seniors to vote, Paula Goldman and JoAnn Ritchie worked on this project. JoAnn created a packet of materials including copy of US Constitution and Bill of Rights as well as other voting information. The ladies contacted the principal of the high school and will contact him again in January to set up a meeting to discuss our suggestion and to plan follow up. 3) Carol Williams reported as new SLV Board member and heard from Anne Marie Smith-Nash about a “hate crime” experience at her home. 4) We also discussed the storage and Floyd Nicholson projects discussed later in minutes.
• Storage facility Various members reported on research into storage availability and cost. Tim Deason’s storage on Hwy 7 offers a 12x12 room for $50 a month. George Selfridge was contacted but has no storage available at Plum Branch Yacht Club. Alonzo Harrison offered space in the storage facility on his property that could house the 2 canopies, the large table. Harrison’s home is on Whitetown Road and more accessible to all party members. Besides the price is right. • Senator Floyd Nicholson’s Thank You event 1/8/21 Check the EVENTS page on the website <mccormickscdemocrats.org> for photos from this event. The Greenwood Index-Journal 1/9/21 covered the event on page 3A. The McCormick Messenger covered the event in its 1/12/21 issue. A check for $500 was presented to Nicholson for his designated charity — the Backpack Ministry. Fellow Democrat Joan Sharkey delivered an additional check and signed up as a volunteer.
• Party Concerns — report on election of Jaime Harrison Evidently polling information was inaccurate. Based on past elections, it did not recognize the impact of new voters and the Trump factor. Many Republicans voted straight ticket. The chairman of the US Democratic party, Tom Perez, might be considering Jaime Harrison for his successor. JoAnn Ritchie suggested Stacy Abram’s could be studied for her method of creating her grass roots organization so we could adapt it to SC. Stacy went to ALL GA counties. JoAnn questioned the possibility of leadership training possibilities in SC. Several members offered to participate in such training. Kenny Puckett noted that Jay Parmley, SC Dem. party executive, has info. on such training. Bob Stockton suggested face to face meeting with Parmley would be very helpful to us and several offered to go to Columbia to meet with Parmley in April or May. Mary Ann Linsenmeyer noted that Greenville offers Train the Trainer workshops. Mary Ann suggested that the party develop goals for this year to get ready for the mid term elections. Harrison noted that 2 county council seats will be up for re-election. We need to begin working on these now.
• FUTURE EVENTS: Pot Luck and Fish Fry Due to Covid-19, adjustments needed. We discussed success of Floyd Nicholson’s Drive Through Fish Fry, but feel that the socializing among the members was one of the major goals of the event and this would be lost by a drive through. Joan mentioned the Drive IN held by the county for Thanksgiving as another possibility for the pot luck. We want to be creative about how we deal with providing members with opportunities to get to know each other and to raise money. Understanding that Arthur and Linda Banks have done outstanding work chairing the past 2 Fish Fries, we asked Chairman Harrison to consult with Arthur to see whom he might suggest to chair the event this year. We hoped someone from town might be in a better position to handle this.
Please check out Chairman Harrison's letter to the editor of the McCormick Messenger, reprinted on the Articles of Interest page on the web site.
NEXT MEETING FIRST TUESDAY OF FEBRUARY (THE 2nd) at 5:30 via ZOOM.
Special thanks to ZOOM hostess Marion Farina. Respectfully submitted, Joan Stockton, Secretary