MEETING MINUTES: CCDL General Meeting

CALL TO ORDER

General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League was held on September 11, 2018 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT.  The meeting began at 7:05 PM and was presided over by Scott Wilson, with Cheryl Lemos as secretary. The meeting opened with the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

ATTENDEES

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Wilson, Bob Starr, Michelle McBrien, Ray Bevis, Robert Chambers, Keith Cagle, Chris Lemos, Cheryl Lemos, Frank Russello, Holly Sullivan, Jonathan Hardy,

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS NOT PRESENT: Kris Witherill, Kevin Holian-Borgnis, John Beidler

GUESTS:  Candidate for Lt. Governor - Joe Markley

                  Candidate for State Rep (83rd District) - Lou Arata

                  Candidate for State Rep (45th District) - Brian Lanoue

                  Candidate for State Rep (39th District) - Andrew Lockwood

                  Candidate for U.S. Senate- Matt Corey

                  Tom Scott, presenting campaign workshop  

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

AGENDA

  • Moment of silence in remembrance of 9/11
  • Executive and committee reports
  • Picnic wrap up
  • Poker Run update (see below for more info)
  • CCDL Campaign Workshop (see below for more info)
  • Guest Speakers

OFFICER REPORTS

President’s Report – Scott Wilson
-Conducted Executive Meeting 07/24/2018

-Numerous press and radio contact

-Election Cycle

-Worked on candidate endorsements  

-Helped craft alerts and communications with legislators

-Numerous other tasks.

-Attended the CCDL Family Picnic

Vice-President’s Report – Chris Lemos

-Worked on the website, blog, social media post, and membership emails.  

-Attended Executive Meeting 07/24/2018  

- Worked on candidate endorsements  

-Attended the CCDL Family Picnic

Treasurer’s Report – Robert Starr
-Available Funds:

  • People’s Bank Balance (Litigation) = $ 86,317
  • People’s Bank Balance (Operations) = $ 83,854
  • Paypal Balance = $ 1986

-Attended Executive Meeting 07/24/2018

-Attended the CCDL Family Picnic

Secretary’s Report – Cheryl Lemos NOT PRESENT AT MEETING
-Created minutes for the previous monthly meeting and provided to the Technology Coordinator to post to the website.

-Attended the CCDL Executive Meeting 07/24/2018

-Attended the CCDL Family Picnic

COORDINATOR REPORTS

Membership Coordinator – Kris Witherill
-Membership report

-Member Total -   31,300

-New Members -  

-Attended Executive Meeting 07/24/2018

-Attended the CCDL Family Picnic

 

Events Coordinator – Holly Sullivan

-Attended the executive meeting 07/24/2018

-The 10th Annual picnic wrap-up

-New venue for next anniversary dinner to be discussed closer to event February 9 or 16th

 

Legislative Coordinator – Ray Bevis
-Attended CCDL executive meeting 07/24/2018

-Met with a candidates.

-Additional correspondence:

-Answered a few emails

-Spoke with multiple candidates via phone or text.  

-08/05/2018 CCDL Legislative Shoot at the Niantic Sportsmen’s Club. We had twelve legislators and staff attend. The turnout was on the low side but everyone one had a great time. We had four first time shooters and the quest asked some great questions.

A special thank you to the Niantic Sportsmen’s Club and all the volunteers that help with this year’s event.

-Attended the CCDL picnic.

-Attended the CCDL Campaign Workshop with Melissia Ziobron in Old Saybrook on Aug 27th.

-Compiled a spreadsheet of candidates running for election.  

Merchandise Coordinator – Michelle McBrien
-Save the date for annual CCDL Poker Run – Saturday, September 15th, 2018 – Route will be starting at Central CT Arms and Ending at Doody’s Totoket Inn

-Attended CCDL executive meeting 07/24/2018

 

Permit Issues Coordinator – Jonathan Hardy

-Discussed current cases at the Board of Pistol Permit

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • September Food Drive - for nearly eight years, CCDL has collected and distributed food for those in need at our monthly meetings. Thank you to all of our members who generously donated canned goods and other non-perishable items to our January meeting.
  • 2018 State Elections - 2018 might be a pivotal year for gun rights in our state. It all comes down to CCDL members becoming engaged in helping pro 2A candidates hold and win seats. This is the most effective way any one member can protect their rights.
  • Letter Writing Campaign – all CCDL members are encouraged to write pro-gun letters to the editors of news organizations.
  • Debate at Garde

MEETING AGENDA DETAILS

  • Guest Speakers
    • Candidate for Lt. Governor - Joe Markley
    • Candidate for State Rep (83rd District) - Lou Arata
    • Candidate for State Rep (45th District) - Brian Lanoue
    • Candidate for State Rep (46th District) - Andrew Lockwood
    • Candidate for U.S. Senate- Matt Corey
  • Campaign Workshop presented by Tom Scott

NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING

The next General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League will held on October 9, 2018 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM.

 

ADJOURNMENT

Scott Wilson called the meeting be adjourned at 8:30 pm

MINUTES PREPARED BY

Cheryl Lemos – Secretary CCDL

September 11, 2018