Van Turner took the gavel of the Shelby County Democratic Party Monday night. In what has been a long and difficult rode there is much hope and expectation that has been placed on those narrow shoulders of our new chair. If his performance this night is any indication of what's to come then I feel we are on our way to building a stronger, more united Party.
With so many new members the meeting was somewhat subdued. Many not sure what to do or say, but rest assured they’ll find their voice soon enough. The order of business included electing the new Steering Committee. The appointments were:
1st Vice Chair - Desi Franklin
2nd Vice Chair - Cherry Davis
3rd Vice Chair - Howard Richardson
Secretary - Reginald Milton
Assistant Secretary - Zayid Saleem
Treasurer - Barbara Williams
Assistant Treasurer - Lynn Strickland
At Large 1 - Dianne Withers
At Large 2 - Ruth Davis
At Large 3 - Dave Cambron
At Large 4 - Mignon Perry
At Large 5 - Antonio 2-Shay Parkinson
Sergeant-at-Arms - William Jones
Parliamentarian - Natalie McKinley
Yes, you read it right yours truly has been selected to be the Secretary for SCDP. I can tell you when I was contacted at my home and asked if I would accept the nomination for secretary I had to give it some thought. I had reservations right up to the day, but I look forward to serving the Party.
It was also decided to continue holding our monthly meetings on the 1st Thursday of each month.
Finally Van spoke of the importance of moving forward on forming the Standing Committees and focusing on fundraising. I could not agree more.