Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7pm
and thinking about PDB 2021 Goals
Post-Election Sharing – and What’s Next
Whatever happens, come be with your friends!!! At our meeting on Nov. 10 we will pour over the results of the Nov. 3 elections, local and national. We’ll celebrate Biden’s win and worry over the composition of the House and Senate… AND celebrate with our new Mayor Steve Young, and hear the latest on Terry Scott’s close race for the second Council seat.
AND… We will enjoy a surprise at the outset of our meeting…
Our program for November 10
Our meeting will be something of a social gathering – at least on Zoom, the best we can hope for in these COVID times. Open and lively sharing about election results… Maybe even BYO beverage to celebrate and/or drown your sorrows!
During the program, we’ll include Zoom “breakout rooms” for smaller groups of people to talk freely about the election results and what it means for us and for Benicia. In the context of election results and looking forward, we will also ask our breakout groups to think about possible goals and focus for PDB in 2021. Then, we’ll come back together and share what we all discussed.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Election of PDB officers in Jan. ’21. Terms of our current officers expire soon. During the Jan. 2021 General Membership meeting members will elect a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Each officer serves a two-year term. We are seeking nominations for these positions which will be accepted beginning now and through the discussion prior to the vote at our Jan. ’21 meeting.
Our current officers are: Ralph Dennis, Chair; Craig Snider, Vice-Chair; Maggie Kolk, Secretary; and, Kathy Kerridge, Treasurer.
Eligible members may nominate and vote in the election of officers. (An “eligible” member is one who is either new and a member for at least 60 days, or a past member who has renewed dues to become current. Dues are due on January 1 and payable by January 31 of each calendar year. Dues are only $20/year, payable on our website.)Nominations can be submitted through the Contact button on the PDB website. You can also let us know if you have questions about the status of your membership.
As you know, we’ve cancelled our March and April general membership meetings over concerns about the coronavirus and in compliance with state and local stay at home orders.
We’re not sure about our May membership meeting at this point and how to proceed with the rest of our 2020 schedule for PDB public meetings and events. The Solano Co. Democratic Central Committee is conducting its April meeting via Zoom, and at least one local Democratic Club – the Stonewall Democratic Club based in Vallejo – has moved its meetings online for the for the foreseeable future, including its April meeting via videoconferencing.
Even if the lockdown is lifted in May in some manner, it’s still unclear what social distancing norms will be in place and how public gatherings can be conducted. How comfortable will we be sitting in a room with 50-60 people? Will we be allowed to have a meeting that large? If we social distance in the Dona Benicia room, does it make sense to do so with so few people in attendance? (Think of chairs six feet apart from side-by-side and front to back.) I have no idea what to expect or how I’ll feel about it. Perhaps you do?
PDB will likely be purchasing a Zoom account for upcoming steering committee meetings, and perhaps that will become the new normal for all future committee meetings. But, what about general membership meetings? We could go the route that Stonewall has chosen and set up videoconference feed for members to attend. While the steering committee sorts out the costs and logistics of doing so, and exploring other options, we need input from members – your thoughts and suggestions. Perhaps there’s someone who has such experience and could even help!
We decided to cancel PDB’s March and April General Membership meetings (scheduled for March 18 and April 22) at the Dona Benicia Library in Benicia. We took this action as a precaution due to concerns about exposure to COVID-19. [MORE – Cancellation notice]
Our next meeting details are “on hold.” We’ll share more information as soon as we can. Stay tuned for details…
IMPORTANT: if you are a member of PDB, January was the month to renew your annual dues (unless you joined since October, 2019, in which case your initial membership and dues count for 2020). PLEASE PAY TODAY!