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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sneak Preview to the 2012 Conference

DEMOCRATIC RURAL CONFERENCE


2012 CONVENTION ~ April 27-28, 2012
Radisson Hotel, 125 Denison Parkway East, Corning, New York
(607) 962-5000 (room block now open)

Preliminary Agenda
Friday, April 25
Afternoon REGISTRATION

WORKSHOP
~ Social Networking & Using the Internet in Rural Campaigns

DINNER WITH NEW YORK’S ELECTED DEMOCRATS

Saturday, April 26
Registration
Breakfast
DRC General Membership Meeting
DRC Board Elections


PROGRAM: RURAL NEW YORK’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION

Panel Discussion with Invited Congressional Representatives
Addressing Issues Affecting Rural New York

Networking Opportunities to prepare for 2012 Elections

Monday, November 7, 2011

DRC Bulletin #12 - November 2011

Click Here for the nicely formatted pdf

Below are some of the highlights:

Meeting of the Board

September 29, 2011
By-Laws Committee

After the approval of the minutes and the Treasurer's Report, the Board discussed the previously approved resolution to amend the By-Laws insofar as endorsements were concerned. It turns out the the DRC is a State PAC and, as such, CANNOT endorse candidates. Therefore the proposed amendment on exceptions to the non-endorsement process does not comply with State Election Law.

The DRC is permitted to make contributions to candidates or committees.

After further discussion it was decided not to amend the By-Laws at all, since they already state that the DRC will make no endorsements.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

DRC CONFERENCE 2012
APRIL 27 and 28, 2012
The Conference will be held in Corning, New York on April 27 and 28. On Friday afternoon, it is our hope to offer a session on "Using the Internet/Social Media in Political Campaigns." We expect to have a Welcome Reception, a Banquet featuring our outstanding State Elected Officials and a Dessert Reception.

Saturday morning will start, of course, with Breakfast followed by a brief Business Meeting a which we will hold an election for five Board seats. We plan to invite our representatives from Congress who represent DRC counties to participate in a panel discussion of rural issues followed by a Q&A session with the audience. After the panel, there will be small group meetings with candidates for Congressional and State Legislative Offices. Lunch plans and other aspects of the Conference are still in the planning stages.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

DRC Bulletin #11 Available

DRC Bulletin #11 is now available for download. Click here for the PDF version.


For an unformatted less nicely formatted version, keep reading:

AUGUST 2011
B U L L E T I N # 1 1
DRC Board Meeting - July 23, 2011
The DRC Executive Committee met in Oswego, NY on Saturday July 23.
HIGHLIGHTS OF JULY 23RD BOARD MEETING IN OSWEGO
We were honored to have DARRELL AUBERTINE, New York State Comm. Of Agriculture
as our guest. He gave an informative and substantive presentation. He stressed the
importance of the Federal Farm Bill to be debated in the coming months. He pointed out that
an enormous amount of money is at stake for entitlements such as Food Stamps, WIC
program and other programs. He also indicated that he was working to revitalize the
Northeast Commissioners of Agriculture Association in order to more clearly speak as one
voice for the ten states in the Northeast. He covered a wide range of topics and addressed a
host of questions from the audience. He also indicated his willingness to meet with the
agricultural community in our counties and provided his scheduler's number (518-457-8876).
DRC CONFERENCE April 27, 28 2012.
The Board selected the dates of April 27, 28. We reviewed proposals for location and will be
making a final decision shortly. We are planning a heavy focus on the 2012 upcoming
Congressional elections, possibly with a panel of our DRC Congressional candidates. We
also hope to have candidates meet with folks from their districts in small groups. Of course,
we are planning for our galaxy of stars for the Friday night banquet and receptions. We have
already invited our U.S. Senators, our amazing Governor as well as our outstanding
Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and our fighting Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. We also
hope to have our state legislative leaders as well as representation from our State Committee.
Because we are focusing so heavily on Congress, we hope Congressman Steve Israel,who
heads up the House Democratic Campaign Committee, can take time to share his political
assessments with us.
We will also be holding an election for five Board seats at that meeting. An official notice
calling for candidates will be sent out closer to the date.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS – DRC CONFERENCE 2012
WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 27, 28, 2012 –
VENUE TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
THE NEW YORK STATE
DEMOCRATIC RURAL CONFERENCE
AUGUST 2011
B U L L E T I N # 1 1
THE NEW YORK STATE
DEMOCRATIC RURAL CONFERENCE
HIGHLIGHTS OF JULY 23RD BOARD MEETING IN OSWEGO
HELP FOR DRC COUNTIES
The Board passed a motion allocating $400 to each member County's Democratic
Committee if all voting members of the DRC within each county has paid their dues to the
DRC by 9/15/2011. Voting members are defined as the County Chairs and State Committee
members. Dues are $10 per year, payable to the DRC, c/o Cindy Emmer, 858 Davis St. ,
Elmira, New York 14901.
COMMITTEE REPORTS
ISSUES COMMITTEE – Dawn Rivers reported that a meeting is being set up with Lt.
Governor's Policy representative to discuss the Regional Councils.
POLITICAL COMMITTEE – Tom Poelker congratulated Jane Dodds and others from the
District for the great victory of Kathy Hochul. The DRC sent at least 12 volunteers from
outside the in-District DRC members to canvas and telephone – a continuation of our “Boots
on the Ground” program.
AUDIT COMMITTEE – Ted Young reported that the Audit Committee met prior to this
meeting and found the books to be in order.
COMMITTEE ON ENDORSEMENTS- Chair McCandless reported for this ad hoc
committee. The Board passed the following resolution which will be presented to the
Membership a the Fall meeting: The DRC will not endorse candidates EXCEPT THAT IN
A SPECIAL ELECTION TO FILL AN UNEXPIRED TERM FOR CONGRESS,
STATE SENATE OR STATE ASSEMBLY, THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MAY
ENDORSE AND/OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE
DEMOCRATIC ENDORSED CANDIDATE.
This resolution places the By-Laws in conformity with current practice.
LABOR LIAISON – A meeting of the ad hoc comm. to explore having a liaison from
Labor on the DRC Executive Committee was held in Syracuse. Chaired by Mark
Bellardini, it received encouragement from those labor representatives who attended. They
will report to their constituencies and explore whether and how such a representative would
be chosen.
AUGUST, 2011
B U L L E T I N # 1 1
THE NEW YORK STATE
DEMOCRATIC RURAL CONFERENCE
Musings of the Chair
I share with all of you the worry about the direction of our country. It is clear that most of
the Republicans in Congress have chosen politics over the welfare of the nation, and it is
hard to see any way to break the deadlock and change economic and other policy other than
sending Democrats to Congress in great numbers in the 2012 election. The economic and
financial situation makes this extremely difficult but it must be done, and the DRC will do
its share of the work to be done. Let's remember that we share with most Americans
support for Medicare and Social Security, fairness in taxation, and that we understand that
in our current situation, government must be able to stimulate the economy. The
Republicans will have to face the electorate and it is our job to get the message out. We are
greatly benefited here in New York by an overwhelmingly popular Governor and, as
candidates run this year and next, their slogans well might be: JOIN THE CUOMO
TEAM! VOTE ROW A IN NOVEMBER.
THANKS
Irene Stein, Chair
Contributors to the Bulletin: Irene Stein, Phil Jones, Don Ackerman
THE DRC CONTACT INFO, ETC . . . .
NEW BUSINESS
DRC MAILING LIST – It was decided that eligible voting
members should not be removed from the e-mail distribution
whether or not they paid their dues. Potential Associate
Members who do not pay their dues will be removed the
distribution list.
DRC BROCHURE – Chair Stein appointed a committee to
develop a DRC brochure: Chair, Tom Poelker, joined by Dawn
Rivers and Don Ackerman.
Web page: www.nysdrc.org
To subscribe to our list serve go to: NYSDemocraticRuralConference-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To Post a Message on the List serve go to : NYSDemocraticRuralConference@yahoogroups.com
Meet on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Democratic-Rural-Conference-of-New-York-State/162050418621
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Or e-mail us at:
Irene Stein, Chair ---- iws2iws2@gmail.com
Dan McCandless, Vice Chair --- danmcc44@earthlink.net;
Cindy Emmer, Treasurer --- cindy.emmer@yahoo.com
Phil Jones, Secretary --- phildem@rochester.rr.com
Don Ackerman, Parlimentarian --- Bdonack@aol.com;
Doris Kirsch, Asst. Secretary --- wdkirsch@gmail.com;
Cindy Lockrow, Issues Committee Chair --- lockrow@hotmail.com
Dan McCandless, By-Laws Committee Chair --- danmcc44@earthlink.net
Tom Poelker, Political Committee Chair --- tpoelker@aol.com
Jane Dodds, Conference Chair ---- jmdodds@aol.com
Ted Young, Board Member---- tyoung28@rochester.rr.com
Bob Reynolds, Board Member ---- bobnkaren@live.com
Dawn Rivers, Board Member ---- me@dawnisme.com
Mark Bellardini, Board Member ---- bellar@earthlink.net
Joe Pickreign, Board Member ----- jpic11@roadrunner.com
Joyce Melfi, Board Member ------- babbmelfi@juno.com
Ian Brody, Web Master --- ian.brody@ianbrody.com;
DRC Board Services...
SPEAKERS Bureau:
The following DRC Executive Committee Members are available as speakers at DRC County events:
Irene Stein, Cindy Emmer, Tom Poelker or Phil Jones.
Mentoring Services: The DRC Executive Committee has many experienced County Chairs. As such, we are
available to mentor and provide support to new County Chairs.
DUES
Dues are $10 for 2011, checks are payable to the DRC and should be sent to Cindy Emmer, 858 Davis St., Elmira, NY
14901.
COMMITTEE
APPOINTMENTS
Chair Stein announced
2011/2012 Committee
appointments. Please
see a listing of the
appointments on the
last page of this
Bulletin.
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2011 DRC COMMITTEES
Speakers' Bureau - St~in~ JOBn, Emmer, Wood
CommuDicatioaslOutreach - Ackerman, Ian Brody, Jones
luues - Loekrew, Corey, Reynold., Lewl_, AulJDo,Oaker, Hurley, MacKay
Newsletter -Ackerman, Jones, Stei ..
Politiaal- PoeIker, McCandleumm Melfi
AuditIFioaDce - Emmer, Youn~ ReyDoidl
E~eDt"ArraDI~ment5 - Same, Dodds, Kinch
Cenventten Cbair - Dodds
Pl"OIfam Committee - Stela, Dodds, Pickreiln, Ackerman) £ fV\ Me,
By·La"'5 - McCandless, EDllller, Jones, Wood
Ad hee Committee on LabJ:.- Bellardlno, Leckrow, Reynolcb
Stein - exomcio member on aU cummjttea
Chair - Stein
Viee-Chair - McCandless
See'y - Jones; Ass't Secretary, KirKb
Treasurer - Emmer+
Parliamentarian· Ackerman

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Article about Mike Schell, Friend of RuralNY

Follow the link for a story from the Watertown Daily Times about Mike Schell, a terrific advocate for Rural New York.

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20110123/NEWS03/301239965

Saturday, January 8, 2011

2011 Dues Due!

Would you please state on the website that 2011 dues ($10) for all members and associate members are now due.

Checks should be made out to the Democratic Rural Conference and mailed to Cindy Emmer 858 Davis St.,Elmira,NY, 14901.

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