Agenda for December 2018 monthly meeting

WHERE: State of Maine Room, Portland City Hall

WHEN: Thursday, December 13, 6:30pm-8pm


  • Welcome
    • Introductions
    • Why I’m a Democrat
  • Approve minutes
    • November 2018 meeting
  • Reports
    • Chair’s Report
      • Committee chair appointments
    • Treasurer’s Report
    • Finance Committee
    • Communications Committee
    • Organizing Committee
    • Issues Committee
    • Bylaws Committee
  • Old business
  • New business
    • Discussion: focus of upcoming meetings
    • Discussion: recruitment for the PDCC & committees
    • Discussion: fundraising
  • 10 minutes of activism
  • Announcements
  • Adjourn

Minutes for November 2018 General Meeting

2018-11-15 General Meeting Meeting Minutes

Monthly General Meeting Portland Democratic City Committee Mechanics Hall
2018-11-15 at 18:30
31 members present (President present, Secretary present) Minutes from previous three meetings reviewed and approved


Introductions (seven new attendees!)
Officer elections
Sam Tracy nominated
No other nominations
Sam Tracy elected unanimously by acclamation after a brief statement.
Vice Chair
Elizabeth Murphy nominated
No other nominations
Elizabeth Murphy elected unanimously by acclamation after a brief statement.
Cynthia Handlen nominated
No other nominations
Cynthia Handlen elected unanimously by acclamation after a brief statement.
Doug Lynch nominated
No other nominations
Doug Lynch elected unanimously by acclamation after a brief statement.
Bylaws amendment proposed by Mike Desjardins – 1st reading:

A quorum shall be fifteen (15) members of the City Committee. When less than 15 members of the City Committee are present at any meeting, no effective action may be taken except to adjourn.

Change to:

A quorum shall be ten (10) members of the City Committee. When fewer than 10 members of the City Committee are present at any meeting, no effective action may be taken except to adjourn.

Question was raised about whether a bylaw amendment could be proposed without going through the bylaws committee.
Mike Sylvester suggested an alternative might be to permit rules to be suspended, and have business be reconsidered at the following meeting.

Big discussion about recruitment, how to improve turnout, whether the charter/goals of the committee were clear and relevant.
Treasurer’s Report
raised $128.24, current balance $4,641.53


Sam Tracy: Committees will be starting up soon and chairs will be appointed soon (a lot of people have expressed interest in the issue committee).
Sam Tracy: Upcoming candidates for Attorney General have interviews on Maine Beacon podcast, if you’re interested, check those out.
Sam Tracy: Social Media – check out “Discussion Group” on Facebook if you want to discuss in an open forum.
Harlan Baker: Invitation to participate in the Cumberland Cty CC. Dec 2 Westbrook cty center is next meeting. Talk w/ chair about joint activity between the two groups.
Harlan Baker: Craig Dorais and Harlan Baker does a “Say no to Racism” event on First Fridays on Monument Square at 5pm.
Jon Hinck: Shout out to the elected officials who attended this meeting.
Craig Dorais: Thanks to outgoing officers.
Sam Tracy: Please take the food!

Meeting adjourned at 20:07

Respectfully submitted, Mike Desjardins

Newly elected officers & what’s next for the Portland Democrats

Hi Sam,

The past month has been a whirlwind of activity for the Portland Democrats. Just a few weeks after our members helped win so many races on Election Day, we elected our own officers to lead the Portland Democratic City Committee for the next two years.

I’m honored to have been re-elected as chair of the PDCC, and am excited to announce the three newly-elected officers who I will be serving with:

  • Vice-chair: Elizabeth Murphy
  • Treasurer: Cynthia Handlen
  • Secretary: Doug Lynch

One of the major responsibilities of the PDCC chair is to appoint chairs of our various committees, which have admittedly been pretty inactive in recent months. I’m dedicated to revitalizing our committees by recruiting activists and getting them to work on tangible projects that can excite our members.

Here are the chairs of each of our committees:

  • Finance: Cynthia Handlen
  • Bylaws: Gwynne Williams
  • Issues: Sam Tracy
  • Communications: Elizabeth Murphy
  • Organizing: Cynthia Handlen
  • Events: Nicole Bissonnette

If you want to get involved with any committee, please contact the chair directly, or let me know and I can put you in touch. Any PDCC member can join any committee, and any registered Democrat in Portland can be a PDCC member.

As I’m chairing the Issues Committee, I’d also like to announce our first meeting: this coming Monday, 12/10, at 5:30pm. If you want to help expand voting rights and turn other parts of our platform into policy, I encourage you to attend and get involved. If you can make it, please RSVP using this form.

As usual, our monthly meeting of the PDCC will be the second Thursday of the month (12/13), from 6:30pm-8pm. This month, it’s in the State of Maine room at City HallIf you’re on Facebook, please RSVP there.

Finally, with so many opportunities for progress in front of us, we need to do some serious fundraising in order to support our work. I’ll be working with Cynthia and the rest of the Finance Committee to put together a pledge drive, but you can help by starting a monthly donation today.

If all of the 29,260 registered Democrats in Portland donated just $1 per month, we’d have an annual budget of $351,120 — enough money to open a permanent office and hire a full-time staff. That’s certainly a lofty goal, but I believe we should dream big, and that we can actually achieve it if we work together. Since it will be a while until we get every Democrat to donate, you can help by starting a $12 monthly donation to cover a dozen Democrats (including yourself).

I look forward to working with you and all of the other Portland Democrats over the next two years. Together, we can make some serious progressive change in Portland and beyond.


Sam Tracy headshot

Sam Tracy
Chairman, Portland Democratic City Committee