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NEW and UPDATED items are marked and highlighted in the Table of Contents, and in the details. For UPDATED items, I’ll try to highlight the changed or new bits (like this!)
For information on joining the club, see “About the Club” at the end of the newsletter.
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Note from the President (NEW)
I hope this finds you all doing well.
I want to share with you a poem by poet Lucille Clifton. Ms. Clifton was born in Depew, NY on June 27, 1936, grew up in my home town of Buffalo, NY, was Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1979 to 1985, and Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She died in Baltimore on February 13, 2010. The poem’s title “blessing the boats (at St. Mary’s)” refers to the Blessing of the Fleet that occurs every October at St. Clement’s Island, MD.
The poem has a lot of significance for many reasons and is often used at commencement ceremonies. Today, I share it because this poem always gives me hope and because it feels that we as a nation are launching into a new journey as we transition into the Biden/Harris administration. I wish us all a safe and productive journey.
blessing the boats (at st. mary’s)
may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that
Take care of yourselves, stay well, and please stay engaged.
President of the CC Democratic Club
POSTCARDS FOR GEORGIA – A Get-Out-the-Vote Opportunity!!! (NEW)
I worked with them through my Moms Demand Action Election work in the general election and am eager to keep up the momentum for the GA races.
I am willing to disperse them to those interested. I am located in Westminster and if folks emailed me (mplo…@gmail.com) I could arrange distribution. The postcards don’t have to be mailed until late December.
ABOUT CLUB MEETINGS
Your CC Democratic Club in Action
We may not be meeting in person, but the CC Democratic Club is still doing good in the community and speaking up on important issues.
Here are some of the Club’s latest initiatives:
The Club held its election year Sign Rally on Monday, November 2 from 6 – 6:30 PM.
Donated $100.00 through our Good Works Fund to The Shepherd’s Staff which serves those in crisis in Carroll County, Maryland
Donated $500.00 to the “Get Mitch or Die Trying” fund that donates to Democrats running in top Senate races. This fund splits evenly between Steve Bullock (MT), Sara Gideon (ME), MJ Hegar (TX), Jaime Harrison (SC), John Hickenlooper (CO), Alan Gross (AK), Mike Espy (MS), Jon Ossoff (GA), Doug Jones (AL), Gary Peters (MI), Theresa Greenfield (IA), Raphael Warnock(GA), Barbara Bollier (KS), and Cal Cunningham (NC).
GOTV postcard campaign – The Club is in the midst of sending out Get Out the Vote postcards to Carroll County voters. We have so many wonderful volunteers who are writing a great message on these postcards, then addressing, stamping, and mailing them.
Sponsoring the Carroll County Democrats Victory Auction. Join the Carroll County Democratic Club in supporting Democratic candidates, values, and progress for all in Carroll County, MD. Proceeds from this auction will go toward efforts to get Joe Biden elected, as well as Democratic candidates up and down the ticket. Let’s have a Blue Wave in Carroll County in 2020! https://go.eventgroovefundraising.com/9c3910.
July 2020: Contributed $100 through our Good Work’s Fund to Carroll County Food Sunday (CCFS).
“CCFS distributes a weekly, nutritionally balanced grocery package that is predicated on household size and is meant to last 3-4 days. It includes meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables, breads and milk. Over 400 families a week are served at our Westminster, Eldersburg and Taneytown locations.”
Please go to their website – https://ccfoodsunday.org/ – to learn about their hours of operation and to learn how you can help. The need is so great right now for many families, please consider making your own contribution if you are able.
July 2020: Signed on in support of Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative resolution titled “Health Equity Resource Communities Initiative”.
As the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative states “All Marylanders deserve access to high-quality, affordable health care. However, health inequities based on race, ethnicity, and place of residence persist throughout the state, as shown in maternal and infant mortality rates and other measures. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed these health inequities and highlighted the need to address them and otherwise improve health outcomes in our state. In underserved areas of the state, people with chronic conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and substance and mental health disorders have worse health outcomes and are less able to get the care and treatment they need.”
“HEALTH EQUITY RESOURCE COMMUNITIES
We are advocating for Maryland to create and fund Health Equity Resource Communities to help reduce health inequities. The Communities will provide grants, tax incentives, and health care provider loan repayment assistance to locations in the state with poor health outcomes that contribute to racial, ethnic, and geographic health inequities. They will be modeled after the successful 2012-2016 Health Enterprise Zones Program which successfully increased access to health resources, improved residents’ health, reduced hospital admissions, and created cost savings. Supporting health will help reduce preventable hospital admissions, which will result in lower overall health care costs, including lower insurance premiums for everyone.”
To learn more, to get on to Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative’s mailing list, or to have your organization endorse the Health Equity Resource Communities Resolution, go to http://healthcareforall.com/get-involved/equitycommunities/.
May 2020: Contributed $100 through our Good Work’s Fund to the Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Inc. (HSP). Their Director of Development was to have been our speaker at the Club’s May meeting which was cancelled due to COVID-19. The Club also participated with an entry titled ”It Takes A Village” in HSP’s 4th Annual Gingerbread Village Festival in November 2019.
“HSP gives HOPE, inspires CHANGE, and provides OPPORTUNITY by mobilizing our community in the fight against poverty.”
Hope, change, and opportunity are the driving forces behind everything we do at Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Inc. We believe that with the right support, everyone can embrace hope, make meaningful changes, and take advantage of opportunities that will lead to a fulfilling and self-sufficient life.”
To learn more about HSP and to make a monetary donation during these critical times, please go to https://hspinc.org/.
The website page has also been updated: https://ccdems.com/your-cc-democratic-club-in-action/
DUES ARE DUE (UPDATED 11/24)
We now have 66 (was 65) members, in 45 (was 44) memberships, with at least 28 (was 27) NEW/FIRST-TIME MEMBERS!
NOTE: The Newsletter is changing!
For starters, we’re streamlining the content, with large chunks now LINKED, and related items grouped together more. We will be soliciting ideas and suggestions – watch your inboxes for that Blast.
THE CLUB NOW TAKES PAYPAL!
Details & instructions: https://ccdems.com/the-club-now-takes-paypal/
Jamie Raskin’s mobile office info:
Learn about the “Black Lives Matter” Movement
VOCAL Carroll County
ALL ARE WELCOME AT OUR MEETINGS AND EVENTS!
Get Your Coronavirus Mask!
Patriots Resist Rallies Information
Request from the Humane Society of Carroll County
May 20, 2021: CCDCC Victory Dinner RESCHEDULED –
Mark your calendars!
The Carroll County Democratic Central Committee has RESCHEDULED its Annual Victory Dinner and Silent Auction, for Thursday, MAY 20, 2021 at Martin’s Westminster. NOTE THE NEW DATE! (Changed from September 2020)
About the Club
We work to promote Democratic ideals and candidates. We also present speakers on topics of interest to voters at our meetings. We’re based in Westminster.
Officers and meeting information: https://ccdems.com/ccdemclub-2020-21/
The newsletter will always have the LATEST information on upcoming meetings.
The meeting minutes are posted in our Google Group folder: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByGlJGvA6lW3bGlfdUlJTTVpcGs
To pay CCDemClub annual dues, send a check made out to “”CCDemClub” to:
Mark Wilson, Treasurer, 1699 King Richard Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784.
$15 for a single, $25 for a couple. You will receive a spiffy club membership card in the mail!
Back to our regularly-scheduled program….
About the Newsletter
We send out a weekly newsletter listing all the news and upcoming events for the next month or so, emphasizing the newly-added or updated events.
As always, you can also go to ccdems.com/events at any time to see the full calendar and details.
To ADD an EVENT: send the information, including (if possible) a URL, to Mark Wilson, wils…@gmail.com.
The newsletter was first published on February 25, 2017.
Et Cetera! (Various Other Resources)
Moving Forward Podcast: moving-forward.libsyn.com With host Kate Sanner
To get on the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee’s mailing list, email Tom Scanlan at trsc…@gmail.com.
To give DIRECTLY to the local food bank, Carroll County Food Sunday, go to the CCFS donation page: http://ccfoodsunday.org/how-to-help/
This page is always available, and ensures your donation directly benefits folks here in Carroll County.
From the Carroll County Democratic Club