Democratic Party of Milton Townhip
July 23, 2020
Meeting Called to Order at 7:31 pm by Dennis Terdy, Operations Officer acting for the Vacationing Chair.
We convened as a Zoom meeting due to the Covid-19 Shelter in Place order.
Officers on the call: Dennis Terdy, Operations Officer; James Rospond, Treasurer; Garry Tomlinson and Marian Tomlinson, Larry Pitts, and Nancy Hopkins, Secretary.
Quote: Dennis read the following quote, “When Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (Jeff Sessions) is not far right enough, you’ll know the Republican Party has become an extreme cult of Trump”—Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor –Obama Administration.
Welcome: Dennis welcomed the group and acknowledged the candidates on the call: For the 18th Judicial Circuit Court-Jeff Jacobson & Jill Otte; For the Clerk of Circuit Court, Candace Adams.
Jeff Gahris for the Forest Preserve Board District 4. He mentioned that members who wish copies of the agenda, minutes, or treasurer’s report can get them on the DPMT website.
Approval of Minutes: Larry Pitt moved and Frank Merritt seconded to dispense with the reading of the April minutes. The Minutes were approved by acclamation.
Treasurer’s Report: James Respond, Treasurer
James was happy to report there have been seven membership renewals and ten contributions recently for a total of $747.00. This brings us to a current membership of 92 paid up members. The balance was $4,298 at the end of June. Donations or memberships may be paid at the DPMT Website: www.democratsofmilton.com/donate
*Distribution of Door Hangers: Milton PC’s have now finished distributing 10,000 door hangers that list links to the websites of all candidates plus vote by mail information. Dennis mentioned that the dates for mail in voting ballot requests was up to date thanks to Marian Tomlinson’s close follow-up just prior to printing these flyers. Dennis would appreciate any few remaining flyers be returned to him for further distribution.
*Marian Tomlinson: Candidate Bios: She is compiling information submitted by candidates into 100 word and 50 word summaries. These will be developed into a handout to be distributed closer to the election.
*Municipal Elections 2021: Candidates are needed to run for Milton Township Assessor, Highway Commissioner and four Milton Township Trustees. If you are interested in running for office or wish to recommend someone for these positions, please contact Jessica Hierbaum or Dennis Terdy.
Program/Speaker: Kim Reed, President of Metropolitan Youth and Family Counseling Services (GEYFCS)
Topic: An Introduction to GEYFCS
This service for youth and their families is available to all and no one is ever turned away for lack of fees. It is currently housed at the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, 535 Forest Avenue, Glen Ellyn 60137; Phone: 630-469-3040. With only two staff members, the staff see from 5 to 11 cases per day or about 160 current clients. Most are from Glenbard West, Glenbard South and College of DuPage. They have a great need for an additional $50,000 to their budget of $86,000 per year to add a Spanish speaking therapist. They will be approaching Milton Township for some funding in addition to the current support from the Glen Ellyn Police, Glen Ellyn Village and a number of small grants. Individual donations are appreciated and they also are in need of books for kids that reflect various races and faiths as 48% of their clients are minorities. Contact Kim Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adjournment: Jeff Jacques moved and Walt Zlotow seconded to adjourn. The meeting ended at 8:15 pm.
Next meeting: The Next Milton Democrats Party Meeting: Thursday, August 27 at 7:30pm. The format and location will be provided in the DPMT Newsletter a week before the meeting.
Submitted by Nancy Hopkins, Secretary