Senior Caucus Annual Membership Meeting
The Senior Caucus’ 2011 general membership meeting was held on Saturday, May 21, at the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local #10 hall in Maplewood. This post provides some highlights. A complete report will follow in the official meeting minutes that will be posted later on the websites’s Caucus Materials page.
As required by the Caucus Charter, there was an election of the entire Board of Directors for the 2011-2013 term. All five officers and nine directors-at-large were retained. There were six first-time directors elected – Retha Dooley, Sauk Center; Roger Gerke, Apple Valley; Ken Harris, Hugo; Carol Hoffert, Minneapolis; Dwayn King, Golden Valley and John Larva, Burnsville. The entire board is listed at http://wp.me/Pf70I-Ml.
Annual dues for the Senior Caucus were raised to $10 dollars per calendar year. The Friends of the Caucus category was raised to $20. Friends will be highlighted in Caucus publications and at Caucus events through the 2012 election.
The membership approved the charter for the newly formed Southeastern Minnesota Senior Caucus Chapter covering Olmsted, Winona, Houston, Fillmore, Mower, Dodge, Goodhue and Wabasha Counties. Phil Castrovinci is the Chair. This follows by about five months the approval of the Central Lakes Senior Caucus Chapter serving CD 4, CD12 and Atkins, Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison counties. Its chair is Terry Sluss and website is http://www.centrallakesseniors.blogspot.com/.
The principal speakers were former Congressman Jim Oberstar and DFL Chair Ken Martin. Both speakers talked about why the results of the last election were so disastrous and what we need to do to reclaim Minnesota in 2012. It boiled down to GOTV, and that means get out “every” vote.
Congressman Oberstar presented many facts and insights about the state of Social Security and transportation programs. One sad commentary was on the state of our infrastructure. While Republicans are decimating and eliminating America’s infrastructure programs, the rest of the Western World and China are forging ahead with roads and high-speed trains leaving us “in the dust.” Director Dick Bernard wrote in his blog his impressions of the speech. Go to http://www.outsidethewalls.org/blog/?m=20110524 for his front row impressions.
Chair Don Bye championed a vigorous Seniors calling Seniors campaign throughout Minnesota starting now. There are many new voters that have to be identified before the GOTV calling begins. Volunteers are needrf throughout the state. If you think you can help, whatever the amount of time, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll connect you with a coordinator.