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Note To Kurt Hatcher: The Four Goals Established For MCDP Strategic Planning Were Democratically Determined

This is a note to Kurt Hatcher that I wrote in response to his recent comment on Facebook. Kurt responded to my recent post and expressed his dissatisfaction with the goals established for the MCDP Strategic Planning Committee. He wrote: “A group’s strategic plan should reflect the specific goals that the body agrees upon — not the generalizations crafted by one person. Wouldn’t it be more ‘Democratic’ for everyone to have input?”

Kurt, I want to address your statement that, “A group’s strategic plan should reflect the specific goals that the body agrees upon — not the generalizations crafted by one person.”

I am surprised that you are questioning the legitimacy of the four goals established for the MCDP Strategic Planning Committee. Here is how the democratic process worked in the MCDP to produce a Strategic Committee with these specific goals and with me the specific chairperson of the committee:

  • These four goals, as I explained in my letter to the Central Committee, are those articulated in the preamble and the statement of purpose of the MCDP Constitution that was approved at the 2018 Reorganization Meeting.
  • The preamble and statement of purpose emerged from the MCDP Constitution Committee where I was a member. I authored the original draft as a proposal for the Constitution Committee to consider. Every member of the Constitution Committee studied this draft and several small changes were made. The group agreed unanimously to recommend that the Constitution Committee’s version of the Preamble and Statement of Purpose be included in the revised MCDP Constitution.
  • At the Reorganization Meeting, the newly re-elected MCDP Chairman urged the Central Committee to adopt the recommendations of the Constitution Committee. Every Central Committee member had the opportunity to give input. You were a voting member who attended the Reorganization Meeting and you did not object to the new preamble and statement of purpose. There was unanimous agreement that the new preamble and statement of purpose should be included in the revised MCDP Constitution. It was a democratic process.
  • I was asked to serve as chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee. The purpose of this committee — as explained in a letter approved by Mark Owens, before he asked that I chair the committee — specifically is to show: “how the MCDP can advance the goals established in the preamble and statement of purpose established in the MCDP Constitution.”

Anyway, Kurt, I appreciate the efforts you are making for our party. I think by addressing these four goals the MCDP will be empowered to create a robust 21st century organization that will attract thousands more Democrats into active engagement, included many young people like yourself. The end result of a successful strategic plan will be the election of Democrats to offices that now seem far out of reach. What is of key requirement for the future success of the Democratic Party to is that Democrats find unity. This takes effort and those of us active in the local party organization must lead the way. We must do our best to establish friendships with each other and to be generous in our respect for each other. We must do our best to come together as a harmonious community — not in total agreement, but bound together with a common mission and purpose — bound together by our allegiance to the democratic process, even when we disagree with the results.

 

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Note To A Disappointed Young Democrat On The Montgomery County Democratic Party Strategic Planning Committee

In April, Mark Owens, the Chairman of the MCDP, asked that I chair the MCDP Strategic Planning Committee. I wrote a letter distributed at the June MCDP Central Committee meeting inviting any interested Central Committee member to join the committee. One person who signed up expressed strong disagreement with the fact that goals have already been established for the committee and in an exchange of several emails urged that a new process for goal identification be initiated. Yesterday, I finally had an opportunity to meet this individual in person. I was surprised by the stubbornness with which she maintained

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At June 27 MCDP Meeting, Leadership Should Urge Central Committee To Approve New Rules By Unanimous Consent

This morning I sent an email to Karl Keith and Mark Owens asking that they consider making a motion of unanimous consent for the four new rules to be added to the MCDP Constitution.

Mark and Karl —

The four suggested changes to the MCDP Constitution are in keeping with the Preamble of the MCDP Constitution — “We the Representatives of the Democrats living in Montgomery County — in order to form a strong party organization that empowers representative democracy within our party and throughout the county — do establish the Montgomery County Democratic Party Constitution.”

The argument for

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The Montgomery County Democratic Party At June 27 Meeting Will Vote On Four Possible Changes To The MCDP Constitution

At the June 27 meeting of the MCDP Central Committee, members will vote on the following changes to the MCDP Constitution:

Minutes of Central Committee meetings shall include a record of all members in attendance at the meeting and shall identify the precinct that each attending member represents. Each Central Committee meeting will include a review of the minutes of the previous meeting for changes and approval by vote of the Committee. Each Central Committee meeting will include a Treasurer’s report. Each calendar year, the Central Committee will discuss, vote on changes, and approve the MCDP budget for that

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Sorry To See The Northridge Wesleyan Church Suffered Big Damage In The Memorial Day Tornado

Yesterday, I took these pictures of the Northridge Wesleyan Church. My mom and dad were active members for many years and stayed active and contributing members until they passed over twenty-five years ago. I was a newborn baby when I first attended there in 1948 and I attended there as a child and through my youth for many years as an adult as well. This church always had a loving and close church congregation family. It started as a county church and the original church building was greatly remodeled in about 1965. As a teenager I volunteered to help

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