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Monday, August 24, 2009

DRC BULLETIN #3

AUGUST 2009

This is the third periodic electronic bulletin from your DRC Executive Committee in an effort to keep the general membership up-to-date with the activities of the DRC.

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2010 Convention

Mark your calendars! April 30 - May 1 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls, NY.

This will be an exciting Straw Poll Convention. We don't know all the players, but we do know that it will be suspenseful. We will also try to work some campaign training into our packed agenda replete with our galaxy of star elected officials, food, networking and just plain fun. Watch our Website for more details.

In addition, pending your approval of a by-laws change (see below), we will be holding DRC elections for 5 Board seats.

Jane Dodds will once again serve as the Conference Coordinator. Thanks to Jane for taking this on once again.

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State Committee Meeting and DRC Membership Meeting

The next State Committee meeting will be held on Sept. 29 and 30 at the Buffalo Hyatt.

We will also hold our membership meeting on the morning of the 30th. We look forward to hearing from our, in all probability, soon to be new Chair, Jay Jacobs as well as from the June O'Neill, the new Chair of the Executive Committee.

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Good News for DRC Counties

In keeping with our goal of strengthening our links to member counties, the Board voted to allocate $400 to each member county whose members had paid their dues.

You will have until Sept. 15 to do so. County Chairs with unpaid members (Broome, Chautauqua, Lewis, Livingston, Niagara Oneida, Oswego, Otsego, Rennselaer, and Tioga) can contact our Treasurer, Cindy Emmer, cindy.emmer@yahoo.com for further details. Members and send dues *$10) to Cindy at 858 Davis Street, Elmira 14901.

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Yet Another Proposed By-Laws Change!

After discussion with June O'Neill and Jay Jacobs, it has become very clear that the needs of the DRC and the NYSDC in relation to location of meetings to facilitate DRC elections were best served if we did not hold our elections at State Committee Meetings, but at our own Annual Conferences. Accordingly, the Board asked the By-Laws Committee to draft a resolution to that effect to be presented to our members at the Sept. meeting.

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23rd C.D.

Bill Owens, a Plattsburgh attorney and Army Veteran is the candidate for Congress in the 23rd C.D. chosen by the County Chairs in that C.D. Governor Paterson cannot set a date for a special election until Cong. McHugh is confirmed as Secretary of the Army, some time after Labor Day. Please read NYSDC Executive Chair's e-mail of Aug. 18 for more about Bill. We will surely reactivate Boots on the Ground; however, we recognize that local elections are our main focus this fall.

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Mentoring of New Chairs

At our last Board meeting, there was agreement that new chairs might benefit from more orientation and mentoring. Cindy Emmer, Tom Poelker and Irene Stein are willing and eager to serve in this capacity. Do not hesitate to contact them. E-mail Irene and she will make arrangements: iws2iws2@gmail.com

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Speakers' Bureau

We still can help with DRC speakers at your events. Call Irene, Bill Wood, Cindy Emmer or Phil Jones to talk about your needs.

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Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Foundation Annual Luncheon

The Board voted once again to host a table at the October luncheon in NYC. Board members wishing to attend were asked to so indicate. Other members interested in being included need to notify Cindy Emmer, cindy.emmer@yahoo.com . Tickets will be awarded in the order the requests are received.

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Please remember to report any changes in Chair or State Committee contact information to Phil Jones (phildem@rochester.rr.com or Doris Kirsch, wdkirsch@gmail.com

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HAVE A GREAT REST OF SUMMER!




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