From the New Harford Democratic Club:
July 1, 2015, 7pm
Aberdeen Holiday Inn Express
Welcome by President Johnson at 7:06pm
Pledge of Allegiance
Zilpha Smith, President of the Harford County branch NAACP, and Melvin Taylor, of the Aberdeen Board of Appeals, introduced as tonight’s speakers.
Treasurer’s report from George Harrison who stated the working account now totals $13, 183.95.
Motion to approve the minutes of the May meeting, seconded and approved unanimously.
~ Art Helton, voter registration. Nothing to report at this time.
~ Andy Powell, Fund Raising: President Johnson reported that Andy is out of town but is planning a fund raiser at the American Legion, a Bull and Shrimp Roast in the early fall. Hoping to get a few good speakers. Details will be forthcoming.
~ Rosemarie Kelly, Membership: Completed the door hanger to be used for canvassing neighborhoods. She passed out a sign-up sheet for anyone willing to help.
~ George Harrison, Issues and Legislation: We are in the process of rebuilding our website which will allow us to have a platform on which to state our Democratic positions on various issues. Jack Barham will have that up and running shortly.
~ Jack Barham, Website: In the process of transferring NewharfordDemocraticClub.org to a new platform and we have added several other name addresses that will connect to the main site.
There was comment from the floor concerning inane statements from council members and we need to highlight those comments on our website.
President Johnson said we should have more people attending the council meetings and to make comments countering some of the nonsense coming from the Republicans.
President Johnson introduced Zilpha Smith, head of the Harford County NAACP. She gave an overview of the organization’s activities. She noted the NAACP is non-partisan and do not endorse any candidate nor support any candidate. The mission of the NAACP is political education and to assure there is no discrimination based on race in the political process. She recounted some of the history of the county organization. She said the Harford branch was the only state branch to receive a centennial charter from the national organization. Discussed relationships with other county organizations, including the Sheriff’s Department and the Aberdeen Police in order to resolve any issues that impact county residents. The group also provides scholarships to Harford Community College and has been active in voter registration. She also noted that the NAACP is actively seeking candidates to run for office and for persons interested in sitting on county and state boards and commissions. As a result of the incident in South Carolina, the group is putting together a committee to discuss racism. The Harford branch also was active in getting the death sentenced repealed. The national organization has advised that they also wish to concentrate on Economics, health, public space, criminal justice, voting rights and political representation.
Her presentation was followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
President Johnson then introduced Melvin Taylor, who is a candidate for Aberdeen City Council, who discussed his activities with the community and what he would to see happen in Aberdeen. He discussed his growing up Harford County, going to school here, and his activities doing missionary work with his church. He then decided that he needed to do more for his home community and agreed to serve on the Aberdeen Board of Appeals for the past three years. He feels he can be influential in moving Aberdeen forward over the next few years.
Following his presentation there was an extended question and answer session pertaining to issues in Aberdeen.
President Johnson thanked everyone for their comments and adjourned the meeting.
Submitted by, George Harrison, acting Secretary.