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Call to Order: The meeting was called to order via Zoom by the club president, Greg Noone, at

7:00 PM, with 9 members present.

Minutes: The Secretary, Karen Horgan, presented the minutes from the November 2020 general meeting. The minutes were approved as presented.

Financial Report: The treasurer, Ron Miller, presented the financial report, with a cash

balance of $766.66. The treasurer’s report was approved as presented.

Club Business: The Executive Board positions were reviewed. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have an opening. The Membership position is open, if you are interested, please let Greg or Michael know.

Executive Board 2021:

President - Greg Noone was re-elected to a second term

Vice-President - Michael Stackhouse was re-elected to a second term

Secretary - Karen Horgan was elected

Treasurer - Ron Miller was elected

Communications - Christie Noone was re-elected to a second term

Membership - Open

Speakers:

Ann Zadah, Fort Worth City Council, District 9. Ann served on the City Council for 9 years. She explained some of the responsibilities of serving on the City Council. Her recommendation if someone is interested in the City Council is to first get involved by serving on a city board or commission, such as planning or recreation committees. If you are engaged and involved in your community, serving on the City Council is the next logical step. It would be a good idea to attend City Council or School Board meetings if you’re interested in running for either.

The position is time consuming but rewarding. She spends 40+ hours each week with her City Council responsibilities. Fort Worth pays $25,000/year for Council members. Besides the basic duties of her Council meetings, she spends time attending city events, community activities, programs, meeting with constituents and making speeches. Each City Council member also serves on specific committees within the Council.

If interested in serving on a board or commission, Fort Worth provides an online form to get involved in city planning committees, boards or commissions.

Ann is also running for Fort Worth Mayor and spoke about some of her priorities. She said Fort Worth has done a great job with fiscal responsibilities and is now ready to be more visionary. Her interests are in transportation and sustainable development. Business development that will lower the tax rate for residential taxes is something Fort Worth needs to develop and increase the business tax rate to lower the residential. She has a background in city planning.

You can contact her at annzadah@gmail.com or ann.zadah@fortworthrexas.gov

Mary Copeland, Saginaw City Council, could not attend our meeting, but she sent the following information. Saginaw City Council has at least 2 meetings/month, sometimes more often. The meetings last 2-3 hours. Additionally, there are other city activities, speaking opportunities, or programs that she attends. A key strength for serving on the City Council is a calm willingness to ask questions, work together, and cooperate with other members to solve problems that might occur. Saginaw pays City Council members $25/meeting.

After the speakers, there was some discussion about the Presidential Inauguration and the possibilities ahead. There is concern for the state leadership in Texas and hope some good Democratic candidates will step up.

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.


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Call to Order: The meeting was called to order via Zoom by the club president, Greg Noone, at 7:05 PM, with 19 members and two guest speakers signed in.


Minutes: The Secretary, Lee Traweek, presented the minutes from the October 2020 general meeting. The minutes were approved as presented.

Financial Report: The treasurer, Haley Stackhouse, presented the financial report, with a cash balance of $1,347.75. The treasurer’s report was approved as presented.

Speakers: Diana Branson and Brandon Chase McGee (mcgee4SDEC@gmail.com, 316-990-2006), Texas State Senate District Executive Committee 12 Committeewoman and Committeeman, shared the floor to present a preliminary look at democratic gains in SD12 and their efforts to identify unexploited opportunities to extend those gains in the upcoming election cycles.


Executive Board Election: The 2021 NWTP executive board election was held with the following officers elected:


President - Greg Noone was re-elected to a second term

Vice-President - Michael Stackhouse was re-elected to a second term

Secretary - Karen Horgan was elected

Treasurer - Ron Miller was elected

Communications - Christie Noone was re-elected to a second term

Membership - Cherie Traweek was elected


Membership Renewals: NWTP will be using Act Blue for new and renewing memberships in 2021. This online option is safe, secure and easy. Visit:


https://secure.actblue.com/donate/northwest-tarrant-progressives-1


Announcements: The December 16th meeting will be an informal Zoom party. Wear your ugly Christmas sweater or face mask to spread holiday cheer.

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:25PM.


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