Club Meeting Minutes

Minutes Black Mountain Democratic Club




Our Social Gathering was held from 6:30-7:00 PM followed by the general meeting.


BMDC General Meeting, at 7:00 PM, Lee Finney, BMDC President, welcomed everyone.  He led everyone in the flag salute and Preamble, followed by call for approval of the minutes from the March meeting, motion to approved was made by Barbara Odom. 



  • BMDC Friendly Endorsements The county central committee will be holding early endorsement votes in April and May to reelect Marni von Wilpert, representative for City Council Member and Sabrina Bazzo, SDCSD School Board Member. The club voted unanimously to endorse both candidates. The primary will be in March, so our regular endorsement votes will be either in November 2023 or January 2024.  Remember, your dues must be paid up and you must have attended at least one club meeting in the twelve months prior to the vote to be credentialed to vote.
  • Club Elections for executive board positions will be held in May. The current board will run again as a slate, with the exception co- VPs of Club Development, Alyse Ford and Sarah Spear-Barrett, are stepping down. Joan Raphael is running to fill the position. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact Lee and your name will be placed on the ballot. Elected positions are President, VP of Club Development, VP of Political Action, Treasurer, and Secretary.  Also, we welcome additional board members-at-large. We can certainly use more help.
  • The Roosevelt Dinner is on April 22nd, a Saturday. Our club has a table to itself.  Members of the board, Marcia & Lee Finney, Claudia Von Wilpert, and Alyse Ford are planning to attend. The last three on this list will receive a $50 stipend to off-set the $150 cost of attending. In additions the club is sponsoring two interns from Marni von Wilpert’s office.  Sabrina Bazzo will also join us at our table. If you’d care to join us, please contact Lee.



  • City Council Member Marni von Wilpert heads the Committee on Public Safety. She talked about how she played the key role in creating the city ordinance that requires that Ghost Guns be registered and how now this has been made into law in the state. She is currently very involved in establishing housing for the homeless.
  • Sarah Spear-Barrett, represented Sabrina Bazzo at the meeting. Sarah read a statement outlining Sabrina’s experience and accomplishment in her first term on the SDCSD School Board.
  • Joseph Rocha, candidate for the 77th Assembly District, stated that he has received several endorsements including Assemblyman Chris Ward. He asked for our support and endorsement.


PROGRAM: Lee Finney introduced our guest speaker, Ben Jacobs, who discussed his group Welcome Home that is resettling refugees in east county. These refugees are here legally in the US. One of the primary means of assistance offered are micro loans and grants, to purchase such items like laptops and appliances. They are looking for additional volunteers and donations of both items and funds. They can be reach https// fund/


TRESURER REPORT: Treasurer Claudia von Wilpert reported that the current total on-hand is $1785.15. 

MEMBERSHIP REPORT: Aylse Ford, Co-VP of Club Development, announced that we have 49 paid members.

NEXT MEETING: Lee announced the next general meeting will be our Wednesday, May 10,  

6:30 to 8:00 PM. Speaker still TBA .


Respectfully Submitted


Marcia Finney

Secretary Black Mtn Democratic Club