THE SAGINAW AREA DEMOCRATIC CLUB
HOW WE GOT STARTED
In the spring of 2005, a group of Saginaw County
Democratic Party members started meeting monthly, to begin to do some planning
to get Democratic candidates in the 2006 election and wishing to get going on
this well ahead of time. Late in the summer, the group decided that its goals
could be achieved faster and easier by forming a Democratic club. Many of the
group members were happy to support with this project and met a number of times
during October and November to discuss the details of how to do this. On
November 19, 2005, the Saginaw Area Democratic Club held their first
organizational meeting. We can write with pride that "the rest is history."
The Michigan Democratic Party is very supportive of Democratic clubs. The
following is stated in MDP printed material:
"Local Democratic Clubs are a
well-established and valuable institution in Michigan, with many clubs dating
to the 1950s or earlier. These clubs are an important part of their
communities and perform a wide variety of valuable fraternal, civic,
charitable, service, and political functions in their local communities. The
State Central Committee of the Michigan Democratic Party strongly desires to
encourage the growth of local clubs and to support and encourage their
fraternal, civic, charitable, service, and political work, by granting charters
to those local Democratic clubs which agree to meet certain criteria and to
apply for a charter."
We are proud to be the first such club in our area.
The Club Bylaws, which are posted on this website, provide an idea of what we
hope to do and how we hope to do it. As a QSLPO organization, Club funds will
not be used to elect candidates to federal office. However, we can support
federal candidates as individuals.
Most of our work occurs outside of our regular meetings, through the Executive
Board and various committees, leaving some meeting time for such "essentials" as
issues forums and socializing. We hope you will support our efforts by becoming
a member, making a contribution of money or time, or at the very least, going
to the polls and exercising your right to vote.