The meeting was called to order by the president, Michael Stackhouse, at 7:00 PM. The vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and membership committee co-chairs for 2019 were introduced.
The vice-president, Evan Hausenfluke, led a discussion of upcoming local races in Fort Worth, Lake Worth, Saginaw, Azle, and River Oaks. Evan emphasized the value of our involvement in local races, that often have the most direct impact on citizens.
The secretary, Lee Traweek, reported minutes for the December 2018 potluck meeting were not recorded.
The treasurer, Haley Stackhouse, reported a cash balance of $877.18, and membership at 38 for the close of 2018. Memberships renew in January and are now due in the amount of $25 per person or $40 for a couple. The club has a growth goal for 2019, to increase membership to 50 people.
Michael discussed outreach opportunities to foster growth of the club and motivate the electorate. Block walking offers one of the best ways to meet like minded voters, encourage their participation in the political process, and attract new club members,
Michael discussed the recent filing with the Texas Ethics Committee registering NWTP as a General-Purpose Political Action Committee. This allows the club to collect and disburse funds in support of progressive Democratic candidates. This change in the club’s status and other updates were incorporated into a revision of the club bylaws. The proposed bylaws were distributed for review and accepted by voice vote.
Michael and Evan led a discussion of how we could help the club grow and improve. One direction is the establishment of committees and greater membership involvement. Brainstorming identified several good opportunities:
- Guest speaker committee – good speakers raise interest levels.
- Voter registration drives – pending state legislation may make it possible for designated registrars to register voters anywhere in the state.
- Outreach to other clubs to establish links that would allow unified efforts in support of the Democratic party.
- City Ambassadors from the club to interface with local municipalities.
- A fundraising committee to increase the club’s ability to support candidates and the local party.
Michael and others emphasized the Tarrant County Democratic Party really needs help. Our local party receives no funding from national or state Democratic organizations. They are in desperate need of our time, treasure, and talent. Money is great, but volunteers are really needed. Contact Vera A. Roberts at the party headquarters, phone number 817-335-8683, to volunteer. You can also attend the TCDP happy hour on the first Monday of each month from 5:00PM to 7:00PM, at 3130 Plumwood St. in Fort Worth.
Greg Noone discussed his use of outreach cards and invited follow Precinct Chairs to follow suit.
The meeting adjourned.