January 2013

MEETING MINUTES OF THE MONTCLAIR BRANCH NAACP

DATE OF MEETING:  JANUARY 17, 2013

CALL TO ORDER:

President Reynolds convened the January 17, 2013 meeting of the Montclair Branch NAACP as second term President.

The following Officers were sworn in at this meeting:

Thomas L. Reynolds, President
Jeanette Oliver, 2nd Vice President
Rosita Dotson, Assistant Treasurer
Albert Pelham, 1st Vice President
Carey Chevat, Secretary
Marcia Brewington, Treasurer

The following Executive Committee members were sworn in at this meeting:

Lois Whipple Lois Donegan
Elizabeth Oakley-Thompson Rev. Elizabeth Campbell
Abraham Dickerson Lillian Wellington
Shante Palmer William Ewing
Cheryl Turner James Harris
Ricky Singleton Rev. Elizabeth Campbell
*Justine Harris

President Reynolds presented recommendations for Committee Chairs as follows:

  • Armed Services and Veterans Affairs: Cheryl Turner
  • ACT-SO: Jennifer Escobar
  • Community Coordination: Vacant
  • Criminal Justice: Ricky Singleton
  • Economic Development: Vacant
  • Education: Abraham Dickerson
  • Freedom Fund: Beverly Bussey
  • Health: Rosita Dotson
  • Labor and Industry: Shante Palmer
  • Legal Redress: William Ewing
  • Membership: Marcia Brewington
  • Political Action: Britney Alston
  • Young Adult: Kreg Mullings
  • Youth Work: Vacant (Note Kreg Mullings and Tom Reynolds as Co-Youth Advisor Chairs)
  • WIN: Vacant

Moved to approve by Rosita Dotson

Second: Cary Chevat

Passed unanimously

Resignations:

President Reynolds accepted resignations of Cary Chevat as Secretary and Christine Brewington as Assistant. Secretary

Abraham Dickerson moved that Beverly Bussey be appointed as Secretary and Jordan Fraser as Assistant Secretary

Second: Cary Chevat

Passed unanimously

Executive Committee Retreat:

President Reynolds announced that the Executive Committee Retreat is scheduled for February 9: 11am – 2pm, at the MNDC Offices.

Vice President Pelham suggested that questions be sent to the executive committee prior to the retreat, e.g. What we would like to accomplish? Issues; How can we improve? How do we get more people involved?; How do we increase membership?.

Issues and Concerns:

President Reynolds began a discussion about promotions within the Montclair Police Department.  There are currently two higher level positions open:  Deputy Chief and Captain.  It was mentioned that Lieutenant Martin is qualified for both positions but has not been promoted.

Detective Ricky Singleton described the basic process to facilitate a lateral movement.  After hearing the process, the following recommendations were made:

  • President Reynolds is to contact Mayor Jackson to discuss the process;
  • The Criminal Justice and Legal Redress Committees will review and make recommendations;
  • Invitation to be extended to Lieutenant Martin to attend the February meeting to discuss the matter.  The invitation would be extended to 1) determine whether Lieutenant Martin is agreeable to NAACP support; and 2) to establish an understanding of mutual support. The NAACP has rallied behind individuals in the past to discover later on that they were not mutually supportive of the NAACP mission, activities and initiatives.

In this undertaking, the primary focus of the branch shall be:

  • Relationship building;
  • Police/Community relations
  • Increasing the level of diversity within MPD since David Sabaugh has been Chief; and

Treasury report:

Marcia Brewington reported a balance in the operating account of $XXX.

Full report to be presented at next meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Education Committee:

President Reynolds reported that the goals and objectives of the Education Committee this year will include:

  • Continued emphasis on National goals and objectives;
  • Teacher Training;
  • Longer school days;
  • Developing a working relationship with the new Superintendent of Schools.

It was recommended that additional focus be given to annual achievement report;

Plan:  Invite new school superintendent to March meeting.

Health Committee:

Rosita Dotson gave a report on the goals and objectives for the Health Committee as follows:

  • Plan and schedule multicultural event to take place in April;
  • Plan and schedule NAACP Health Fair in May possibly at Pathmark;
  • Collaboration with MNDC/MAAHPC at the Colgate Dental Health event to take place on February 10, 2013;
  • Collaboration with Sickle Cell NJ February 23-30 at the Van Vleck House

The committee also plans to focus on mental health; and gun violence.

The committee plans to do outreach with the local churches to promote its initiatives

Membership:

The Secretary recorded two Subscribing Life memberships from James Harris:  Marjorie and James Williams.  A check in the amount of $150 was turned over to the Treasurer.

Invited Guest:

Mary LaMar of Sickle Cell NJ gave an overview of the history of Sickle Cell disease and appealed to the NAACP to partner with her to help promote awareness.

She indicated that Sickle Cell NJ disseminates information about the disease in their newsletters and printed material; on their website and through sponsoring various workshops.  With the hopes of expanding this effort, this year Sickle Cell NJ will sponsor a series of training programs.  A four week certification program will begin on February 11, 2013 in which those involved may become certified to train leaders to assist others in better understanding the disease;  to help individuals and caretakers to better  manage it by utilizing Best Practices in care and treatment; and to achieve a level of community participation needed to spread the word.

Additionally, a peer leadership training session will be offered which will be held once a week for six weeks beginning February 21, 2013 at the Van Vleck House.   The three time slots available are 9 a.m., 12 noon, and 3 p.m.

To sign up for any of these workshops, visit the Sickle Cell NJ website or contact Ms. LaMar.

A series of nutrition and exercise workshops will also be sponsored.

For the Good of the Order:

MFEE to host film festival at Glenfield School in honor of Black History month highlighting the career of Venus and Serena Williams

MAAHPC to participate in film festival at the Art Museum in honor of black history month.

NAACP Leadership Training to be held on  February 2, 2013

Meeting adjourned at 8:52 p.m.

 

Submitted:  January 19, 2013

 

by:                                                                                         

Beverly A. Bussey, Secretary

 

September 2012

CALL TO ORDER:

President Reynolds called the September 13, 2012 Executive Committee meeting to order at approximately 6:46 p.m.

The following Officers and members of the Executive Committee were present at the time:

Thomas L. Reynolds
Beverly Bussey
Rosita Dotson
Christine Roz Samuels
Marcia Brewington
Lois Donegan
Kreg Mullings Elizabeth Oakley-Thompson
James Harris Shante Palmer
Lois Whipple James HarrisWilliam Ewing

The meeting was opened with a discussion about the role of the nominating committee, its composition, purpose and function.

President Reynolds also discussed the goals of the unit for the upcoming year.  He mentioned that he would like to focus on greater participation at Back-to-School Night schedules and the solicitation of new memberships.

Committee Reports:

Freedom Fund:

Beverly Bussey provided an overview of the October 28, 2012 fundraiser:

  • Keynote Speaker:  Roslyn Brock, Chairman of the National Board of Directors.
  • Honorees:  Government- Donald Payne, Jr.; Community Service- Jeff Gaskins (Boy Scouts); In-Service –Elizabeth Oakley-Thompson; Music Ministry- Dr. Byerte Johnson; Education- Terry Trigg-Scales; and the Thurgood Marshall Award- Albert Pelham.

Maximum executive committee participation is needed to make this event a success;

Discounts Available:  Life, subscribing life members; seniors, students and full table purchases (10-12 ticket sales, solicitor’s ticket is free)

Deadline for ads: October 16, 2012.

Health Committee:

Rosita Dotson mentioned that the NAACP and the Montclair Parks & Recreation Dept. will sponsor low impact exercise classes (line dance) at Hillside School beginning September 27, 2012 and continuing every Thursday until the Christmas break.  Flyers and other information regarding the classes will be sent out.

October:  Possible planned event in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

February:  Dental Health Month – 75 people needed to organize event.  Volunteers needed.

Political Action Committee:

Vice President Samuels reported that the GOTV effort is “coming along.”  She also briefly talked about the activities planned for future GOTV canvassing; the Young Adult event and major events that took place at the Democratic National Convention.  The plans for the upcoming weekend include an event at Glenfield Park.  Volunteers encouraged to help with the efforts.

Additional canvassing will take place on September 22, October 6, 13, and 16.  See GOTV Schedule for additional information.

Labor & Industry:

Committee meets the second Sunday of the month at 5 p.m.  Currently working on initiative to help find jobs.    Committee will possibly use MNDC office as a meeting site.

Education:

The new Superintendent of Schools is Dr. Penny McCormick.

Abraham Dickerson indicated that he is working on a door-to-door campaign to strengthen parental involvement.  There will also be an outreach to parents to get involved with the scheduled Back-to-School Nights activities scheduled throughout the town.   The unit will try to arrange coverage for these events as well.

Mr. Dickerson will report back to the body as the plan is further developed.

v      Membership:

Marcia Brewington gave a brief overview of the membership luncheon that took place in July and extended thanks for the support of all who were involved in the planning of the event.  She also mentioned that the committee had been involved in the GOTV effort at the Post Office; and appealed for more help to help with the work.

The secretary recorded two memberships received from Marcia Brewington at this meeting:

Lois **                     Member Type:  Regular
Peter **                 Member Type:  Regular

Young Adult Committee:

Kreg Mullings reported that the End of Summer event hosted by the Young Adult/Political Action Committee was a success.   The highlight of the event was voter registration; a presentation on GOTV; and sharing information on the process for voting by absentee ballot.  Approximately 100 people attended the event.

Next meeting:  October 10, 2012 at Crawford Crews at 8 p.m.

General Membership Meeting:

Meeting commenced at approximately 7:28 p.m., with a motion to accept the prior month’s meeting Minutes.  Unanimously carried.

President Reynolds announced that the Montclair unit received the “Outstanding Unit Award” at the State Convention.

Committee Reports:

Refer to reports given above.

Nominating Committee:

President Reynolds referred to the Elections Procedures Manual and stated the requirements of the Elections Nominating Committee; the definition of at-large members of the executive committee and the procedures to be following with regard to the election.   After reviewing same, the following action items were raised:

 

Action Items:

  • The Nominating committee will be composed of no more than 5 members.
  • The following members in good standing will serve on the Nominating Committee:  Marcia Brewington, Beverly Bussey, Helen Stephens, Jordan Fraser, and Cary Chevat.
  • Moved to the close the nominations.
  • Election of Officers at Members of the Executive Committee will take place on Thursday, November 8, 2012 beginning at 7:30 p.m., at one location which will be the American Legion, Crawford Crews Post 251, 210 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
  • Votes will be cast by paper ballot.
  • Executive Committee will consist of no more than 24 at-large members.

The secretary is to schedule date, time and place for the first meeting of the Nominating Committee and present the official roster for review.

 

All of the bulleted action items above pertaining to the Election of Officers and members of the Executive Committee were unanimously adopted.

 

Treasurer’s Report:

For review, please see Marcia Brewington.

Marcia Brewington presented the Treasury report.

 

Action Item:

 

It was moved and properly seconded to adopt the Treasury report.

 

Economic Development:

The branch has been awarded another series of funding for economic development.  There will be a series of workshops scheduled over six weeks that will take place in collaboration with the MNDC.

 

Action Item:

Motion to accept committee reports.

*Note:  Committee reports reorganized to provide structure.

Presentation by democratic congressional candidate John D. Arvanites representing the 11th Congressional District.

History and back ground:

  • Born John D. Arvanites to immigrant parents;
  • Family became restaurant owners in Newark;
  • Currently works as a CPA;
  • Served 10 years on the Roseland Borough Council;
  • Former Mayor of Roseland;

Platform and advocacy issues:

Support for the President on issues related to-

  • Quality health care;
  • Putting children through college;
  • Understanding the plight of the working class;
  • Help put an end to extremist efforts, especially those deliberately designed to attack or undermine the work of the President;
  • Support for veterans (housing, medical care, etc.).

Contrast to Republican candidate Rodney Frelinghuysen:

  • Inadequate support for veterans;
  • Inadequate support for women’s rights;
  • No real commitment to improving infrastructure;
  • No commitment to DOT;
  • No commitment to Fair Pay

For additional information, visit campaign office located at 480 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair; or visit him on Facebook.

For the Good of the Order:

National Council of Negro Women forum at United Way on October 13, 2012.

Meeting adjourned at 8:52 p.m.

 

Submitted: October 8, 2012

 

by:

Beverly A. Bussey, Secretary

 

August 2012

MEETING MINUTES OF THE MONTCLAIR BRANCH NAACP
DATE OF MEETING: August 9, 2012
CALL TO ORDER:
President Reynolds called the August 9, 2012 Executive Committee meeting to order at approximately 7:00 p.m.
The following Officers and members of the Executive Committee were present at the time:

  • Thomas L. Reynolds
  • Lois Donegan
  • Albert Pelham
  • Elizabeth Oakley-Thompson
  • Beverly A. Bussey
  • Shante Palmer
  • Kreg Mullings
  • James Harris
  • Cheryl Turner

The meeting was opened with the following discussions:

  • The branch has received a complaint from Jeanette Williams who ran for District Leader for the Montclair Democratic Committee. Ms. Williams complains that the election outcome was unfair and requested that branch look into her concerns.

Action Item: Complaint to be forwarded to the Legal Redress Committee for followup.

  •  The branch collaborated with the MNDC in a Financial Literacy Workshop and purchased approximately 75 pamphlets entitled Young Man’s Gide to Financial Literacy. The books were purchased at a cost of $3.00 each and a request is made to pay the cost incurred.

Action Item: It was moved and properly seconded that the branch would pay the cost incurred for the pamphlets at a cost for the pamphlets.

  •  Back to school drive sponsored by the Sentinels/American Legion/MontclairNAACP to be held on Sunday. Items needed are pens, backpacks, scissors, pencils, etc.

Action Item: It was moved and properly seconded the branch contact Officer Kim Nelson to determine the actual need and then donate no more than $200.00 to help support this event.

  • S.O.F.I.A. Walk to End Domestic Violence – Saturday, September 8, 2012.

Action Item: It was moved and properly seconded the branch would donate no more than $200.00 to help support this event.

  • Bergen County NAACP annual fundraiser to be held on September 23, 2012.

Action Item: It was moved and properly seconded that the branch would purchase one ticket at a cost of $75.00 in support of this event.

  • State Convention- Justine Harris expressed interest in attending the convention as a delegate. Jessye Martin expressed interest in attending the convention as an alternate.

Action Item: It was moved and properly seconded to pay the cost of sending one additional delegate and one additional alternate to the state convention.

  • Economic Development- Committee to receive second round of grant money awarded by the National Office. President to travel to Washington for training on August 24, 2012. Request is made to offset cost.

Action Item: It was moved and properly seconded that the branch would pay $127.00 to cover the cost of transportation to Washington, DC for the President to attend the training.

  • Young Adult End of Summer Party- designed to facilitate the GOTV effort. After hearing concerns about additional monies needed to offset the cost of this event, the body agreed to assist with the End of Summer Party.

Action Item: It was moved and properly seconded to increase the Young Adult GOTV budget to $500.00.

All of the action items listed above were unanimously carried.

Committee Reports:

  • Freedom Fund:
    Beverly Bussey announced that the 96th Annual Thurgood Marshall Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on October 14, 2012 or October 28, 2012 at the Richfield Regency. Deposit to be made to secure the date.

Meeting suspended to permit Jackie Michelli from the Obama campaign to address the body. The following issues were discussed.

  • The Obama Campaign has registered 200,00 voters to date;
  • GOTV in the State of PA extremely important because of pending voter suppression legislation which could play a tremendous role in determining the outcome of this election. If the President loses in Pennsylvania, it could be difficult for him to win enough electoral votes to carry the election.
  • Opposition to voter suppression laws throughout country has been filed by ACLU and other civil rights organizations;
  • Law stands until proven unconstitutional;
  • Who could be impacted?:
    • Approximately 43% of PA residents don’t have proper identification;
    • Those born in PA, will have to produce a birth certificate in order to obtain a government issued form of identification. Obtaining new identification has an expense attached to it which could prevent eligible voters from participating.
    • Urban Youth who do not drive or have a driver’s license could also be disenfranchised;
    • Senior citizens who do not have access to transportation;
  • Additional note: There is no vote by mail;
  • Must have specific reason to vote by absentee ballot;
  • Registration deadline is 21 days before the election
  • If President Obama loses PA, the road to success becomes more difficult;
  • Obama campaign efforts focused on getting out information to Philadelphia residents on how to obtain legal documents;
  • Working to get buses into Philadelphia on the weekends to GOTV;
  • Students can vote where they go to school;
  • Aug 25-26 voter registration blitz in PA;
  • Sunday, September 3, J-Z concert in Philadelphia to the GOTV effort;
  • Popular websites Barackobama.com; gottavote.org.; gottaregister.org; barackobamanj;
  • Other strategies to help with the GOTV effort:
    • Consistent reminders (Tomorrow is election day; today is election day, etc.);
    • Appoint team captain/leaders at houses of worship;
    • The Truth Team – The Myths vs. the Facts – the rebuttal;
    • Issue based information to go out to public so that people can better absorb the facts;
    • August 25-26 staging locations all throughout New Jersey/Essex County meet up and car pool; number of buses not known at this time;
    • Bus/car pool trips scheduled for following weekend (Labor Day);
    • Democratic convention 9/5-9/6
    • 9/15 Camp Obama GOTV throughout New Jersey (phone banks, etc.) at least two in Essex;
  • Q&A:
    • How many paid staff in NJ for Obama campaign?
      Answer: 2;
    • Is other person African American?
      Answer: No?
    • Explanation: Organizing experience is main criteria.

Secretary’s notes: Two memberships received from Albert Pelham-

  • Check in the amount of $105.00
  • Check in the amount of $65.00

For the Good of the Order:

President Reynolds announced:

  • New Jersey State Conference State Convention- September 7-9, Hilton Hotel in East Brunswick, NJ;
  • Hospitality Committee to be chaired by Lillian Wellington;
  • National Convention Resolutions to be discussed by President Reynolds;
  • American Legion Apportionment request to be heard by Town Council;
  • GOTV canvassing in the Orange Road business district. Other locations to be announced.

Meeting adjourned.

Submitted: September 9, 2012

by:_____________________________
Beverly A. Bussey, Secretary

July 2012

MEETING MINUTES OF THE MONTCLAIR BRANCH NAACP

DATE OF MEETING:  JULY 12, 2012

CALL TO ORDER:

Vice President Samuels called the July 12, 2012 meeting to order at approximately 7:12 p.m.  It was agreed that both the executive committee and general membership meetings would be combined.

The following Officers and members of the Executive Committee were present at the time:

Christine Roz Samuels  Beverly Bussey
Marcia Brewington William J. Ewing
Rev. Elizabeth Campbell  Elizabeth Oakley-Thompson

 

Vice President Samuels called for the June meeting minutes.  However, the secretary moved to defer the meeting minutes until a later time.

 

Correspondence: The secretary read the correspondence from Senator Gill to Roz Samuels congratulating her on her appointment to the Democratic Committee.

 

Treasury Report:

 

Marcia Brewington presented the treasury report as follows:

 

Operating Account:       

Balance Forward:             $

Disbursements:                                $

Deposits:                             $

Account Balance:             $

 

Life Account:    

Balance Forward:             $

Disbursements:                                $

Deposits:                             $

Account Balance:             $

 

It was moved and properly seconded to adopt the treasury report as presented.

 

Committee Reports

 

Political Action:

 

Roz gave the following Political Action Committee report:

  • New leadership on council;
  • There are 86 days left to get people registered to vote;
  • State Political Action Chair Mr. Gore to provide list of registered voters;
  • Mr. Gore is to also schedule a meeting of all PA Committee Chairs after the convention;
  • GOTV effort to be hosted at St. Matthews AME Church;
  • GOTV efforts coordinated by A. Philip Randolph Institute;
  • Comments on presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s address at the 2012 NAACP National Convention.
  • Helen Stephens to assist with the seniors;

 

There were serious concerns raised about our GOTV effort.  As a result of those concerns and the discussion which followed, the secretary moved the following action item:

 

The branch is to direct $150.00 for purposes of planning a GOTV social for young adult voters.  Britney Alston is to assist the Political Action Committee Chair.  The strategy is to be presented to the Executive Committee within 10 days of the date of the meeting and the President is to execute the action item.

 

Freedom Fund:

 

Beverly Bussey gave the report of the Freedom Fund as follows:

  • Members of the committee visited the Atrium to determine if it would be appropriate for this year’s fundraiser.
  • The cost to have the event at the Atrium would be more expensive.
  • Given the fact that we are drawing closer to the event, a recommendation would be made to the committee that we go back to the Richfield.  It was noted that the Richfield has agreed to honor last year’s quote.
  • As of this date, the Richfield had October 14, 2012 or October 28, 2012 open.

 

Membership:

 

Marcia Brewington gave the Membership Committee report as follows:

  • The committee expects maximum support at the July 15, 2012 membership luncheon;
  • Ms. Poteat has made a request to be a vendor at the luncheon.  A discussion on the request raised concerns about insurance, advance planning and a possible cap on the number of vendors that would be allowed to participate in our events.
  • Committee expected to have a table at the Pathmark for GOTV;
  • Receipt of one new junior life membership

 

New Jersey State Convention:

 

Marcia Brewington raised the issue of delegates to the State Convention. She reported that James Harris and his wife Justine were interested in attending the convention as delegates from the branch.  After a brief discussion on the issue, the following delegates were named to attend:

 

James Harris

Tom Reynolds

Roz Samuels

Marcia Brewington

Beverly Bussey

*Kreg Mullings

 

Alternates:

Jeanette Oliver

Helen Stephens

 

The body agreed to submit a check to the State Conference, not to exceed $300 per delegate.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:34 p.m.

Submitted: August 5, 2012

 

by:_____________________________

Beverly A. Bussey, Secretary

July Emergency Meeting 2012

MEETING MINUTES OF THE MONTCLAIR BRANCH NAACP

DATE OF MEETING:  JULY 4, 2012

CALL TO ORDER:

President Reynolds called the June 14, 2012 Executive Committee meeting to order at approximately 6:48 p.m.

The following Officers and members of the Executive Committee were present at the time:

Thomas L. Reynolds William Ewing
Albert Pelham James Harris
Beverly A. Bussey Elizabeth Oakley-Thompson
Marcia Brewington Kreg Mullings
   

 

An emergency meeting of the Executive Committee was called on July 4, 2012 following the Fourth of July parade.   The meeting took place at the office of William Ewing, Esq.

 

The purpose for the meeting was to determine a course of action regarding delegate reimbursement for expenses related to the National Convention:

 

Status of reimbursements as reported by the Treasurer:

 

Marcia Brewington reported the only payments received were as follows:

 

Payments from the following delegates remain outstanding:

 

Action Item No. 1:

It was moved and properly seconded that all previously agreed upon delegates to the convention must reimburse the branch in the amount of $493.00 by 5:00 p.m., on Friday, July 6, 2012 or be subject to cancellation of all previously made accommodations (hotel, airfare).  If any prepayment had been made by a delegate who fails to pay the balance, that prepayment amount will be forfeited.

 

Action Item No. 2:

President Reynolds is to make a good faith effort to make a payment.  Any portion not paid, shall be picked up by the branch.

Both action items were unanimously carried and notice was immediately conveyed to Executive Committee.

Submitted: July 16, 2012

 

by:_____________________________

Beverly A. Bussey, Secretary

June 2012

MEETING MINUTES OF THE MONTCLAIR BRANCH NAACP

DATE OF MEETING:  JUNE 14, 2012

CALL TO ORDER:

President Reynolds called the June 14, 2012 Executive Committee meeting to order at approximately 6:48 p.m.

The following Officers and members of the Executive Committee were present at the time:

Thomas L. Reynolds Lois Donegan
Albert Pelham Cheryl Turner
Beverly A. Bussey Elizabeth Oakley-Thompson
Marcia Brewington  
 Kreg Mullings  

 

The Executive Committee meeting opened at approximately 6:55 p.m.

 

President Reynolds began with sharing ideas about more programs to benefit youth.  He recommended that the branch look into an internship program for high school and college students in the area.

 

President Reynolds recommends 8 components for developing such a program:

GOTV                                                                                    Job platform

Financial Literacy                                                             Health Initiative

ACT-SO mentoring                                                          Education

Marketing students to work on branding

 

President Reynolds expects to kick-off the effort in September.

 

Lillian Wellington commented that the Seniors Committee should also be revived.

 

President Reynolds invites members to participate in “NAACP, I’ve been a member since” effort promoting membership.

 

Calendar highlights:

  • Stop & Frisk rally
  • Toast to Teacher

 

Treasury:

 

Marcia Brewington presented treasury reports as follows:

  • Operating Account          :
  • Life Account                       :
  • ACT-SO                                 :

 

 

Marcia expressed concern that the reimbursements from delegates voted to attend the national convention have not been made and that the July 8, 2012 departure date was fast approaching.  She reported that the only money she had received was a partial payment from Shante’ Palmer.   Based upon these concerns, the following action item was raised:

 

Action Item:

It was moved and properly seconded that the branch revisit the initial motions voted upon at the February and March 2012 meetings which read as follows:

 

“[February motion]…each delegate attending the National Convention would be responsible for 50% of their expenses or $493.00 and that same would be due by May 25, 2012…[March motion] “The failure of any delegate to pay by the May 25th deadline date would result in no registration or filing of credential forms for that delegate”…

[June]..“Bond Nthenge would be a delegate to the convention as a replacement for Roz Samuels who indicated that she was no longer interested in attending.”

The list of delegate to attend are as follows:

The branch will send 5 delegates to the convention as follows:

  • Tom Reynolds
  • Bond Nthenge
  • Kreg Mullings
  • Shante’ Palmer
  • Ricky Singleton

 

[June] All five delegates are to a) reimburse the branch in the amount of $493.00 by July 6, 2012; and b) that any portion of monies previously reimbursed will be non-refundable.  The motion was unanimously carried.

 

General Membership Meeting convenes at 7:32 pm.

 

President’s report:

 

President Reynolds asked for maximum participation in the following events:

 

Toast for Teachers:

 

Rosita Dotson highlighted the event as follows:

  • Line dance;
  • Abraham Dickerson to cater event (focus on healthy food); and
  • MFEE will get the proceeds for the outcome.

 

Stop & Frisk rally to be held on Sunday.  Bus will leave Glenfield School at noon.

 

GOTV – Membership Committee to have table set up at Post Office

  • Schedule a speaker to come to address a larger forum;

President Reynolds also announced that Tyler Jackson (mayor Jackson’s daughter) recently elected as Youth Council President; Ms. Jackson to visit Washington, DC

 

Treasurer’s report:

 

Marcia Brewington presented treasury reports as follows:

  • Operating Account          :
  • Life Account                       :
  • ACT-SO                                 :

 

Economic Development balances were not presented at this time.

 

Committee Reports:

 

Armed Services:

Commander Turner reported the following:

  • Cheryl Turner appointed first black female Vice Commander for State of New Jersey;
  • American Legion to host party in honor of Mr. Knox following Fourth of July parade;
  • Boys State to convene at the end of month;
  • Commander Turner recommend that Boys State and Act-So form a collaborative.

 

Criminal Justice:

Ricky Singleton reported that the committee will continue to focus on expungements.

 

Economic Development:

President Reynolds reported that the committee will have a July 17 workshop for kids to teach financial literacy.   The committee will also collaborate with Project Oasis.

 

Freedom Fund:

Beverly Bussey reported that she had contacted several vendors to inquire about availability and to obtain estimates for annual fundraiser:

  • The Wilshire Grand Hotel
  • The Atrium Country Club
  • The Richfield Regency – will match last year’s quote of $39.00 per plate

 

The lowest quote obtained so far is $50.00 per plate.

 

Next committee meeting: June 16, 2012, at 70 Park Street, Montclair .

 

Membership:

Marcia Brewington discussed the upcoming membership luncheon as follows:

  • Event to take place on July 15;
  • Maximum participation is expected;
  • Executive Committee members are expected to sell at least five tickets.  She had tickets available for anyone who needed them;
  • Fourth of July Parade: Maximum participation expected for the Fourth of July parade;
  • T-shirts to be ordered to promote visibility;
  • GOTV: Membership Committee has been involved in the GOTV effort.   A table has been set up at the Post Office in the past and the effort will be ongoing.  She urged that people become more involved in the effort.  She mentioned that she is looking into securing a solicitor’s license that would allow a table to be set up at the Pathmark;
  • Three new memberships report

 

Political Action:

Ideas discussed about possible music jam focusing on voter registration.

 

Young Adult:

  • Committee focusing on 30 memberships for luncheon.
  • Young adult get-together scheduled for West Orange Manor.

 

New Business:

  • State Convention to be held at Hilton Hotel in East Brunswick in September.
  • Delegates to State convention to be voted on;
  • Quarterly conference scheduled for upcoming Saturday in Willingboro.

 

Calendar Highlights:

  • BlueWave NJ –guest speaker Chris Hayes;
  • National Council meeting June 16;
  • Branch to look into collaboration with National Council;
  • American Legion to collaborate with MNDC at annual book bag drive;

 

For the Good of the Order:

 

Mr. Pelham reported on the outcome of the MNDC annual fundraiser.

 

MNDC fundraiser was a success; various community members were honored; and those in attendance had a great time.

 

Mr. Pelham also reported that the African American Heritage Day Parade & Festival turnout was also favorable.  It was a great opportunity for people to get involved.

 

There will be a recruitment effort for next year’s event and all are welcome to join the committee.

The committee will focus on a fundraiser in March to roll out Grand Marshall for next year.

He also commented that the key to success is to start early.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:34 p.m.

 

Submitted: July 16, 2012

 

by:_____________________________

Beverly A. Bussey, Secretary

May 2012

MEETING MINUTES OF THE MONTCLAIR BRANCH NAACP

DATE OF MEETING:  MAY 10, 2012

 

CALL TO ORDER:

President Reynolds called the May 10, 2012 Executive Committee meeting to order at approximately 6:42 p.m.

The following Officers and members of the Executive Committee were present at the time:

Thomas L. Reynolds Christine Roz Samuels
Albert Pelham Abraham Dickerson
Beverly A. Bussey Commander Cheryl Turner
Marcia Brewington Christine Brewington
Shante’ Palmer Sefu Fuller
William J. Ewing James E. Harris
Kreg Mullings  

 

The Executive Committee meeting opened with a recommendation and subsequent motion from President Reynolds to appoint Lauren Fuller as the Chair of the ACT-So Committee.  The motion was unanimously adopted.

 

Presentation from Invited Guest:

 

The meeting was suspended to allow for a presentation from Ryan Haygood, the Co-Director of the Political Participation Group of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., who would make a presentation regarding voter registration, education and mobilization.

 

Mr. Haygood discussed the fact that 14 states throughout the U.S. have instituted what is considered to be voter suppression laws.  He indicated that the NAACP Legal Defense Fund is actively fighting to have those laws overturned.  He mentioned that in 2008 the voter turnout increased by over 2 million voters.  However, in those states where voter suppression laws have been enacted, these numbers could change significantly and ultimately impact the election turnout.

 

Factors that undermine the voting rights are:

  • Voter Registration
  • Low voter turnout/lack of interest;
  • District misrepresentation (inmates counted in districts outside of their legal or permanent place of residence) which entitles those districts to more money based on population;
  • Election day changes;
  • Felony convictions as a criteria to prevent an individual from voting;

 

Mr. Haygood indicated that the NAACPers are considered “credible messengers.”   We can help STOP these efforts by:

 

  • Educating ourselves and the general public about voting rights laws and steps that are in place to suppress the vote;
  • Understanding the tactics used to promote voter suppression (eg. mandatory voter ID laws, failing to turn out in numbers especially during inclement weather, knowledge about where to cast a vote; how to place an absentee ballot; registration deadlines; etc.);
  • Conducting regular voter registration drives;
  • Actively participating in elections;
  • Knowing how to place a provisional ballot (voting out of district);
  • Understand the laws governing felony convictions and the fact that ex-felons are not precluded from voting; ex-felons without a valid address should register at the address where they live predominately;

 

Mr. Haygood provided materials from the NAACP LDF for copying and distribution to the general public.

 

Vice President Samuels extended thanks to Mr. Haygood for his timely and informative presentation.

 

General membership meeting resumed.

 

Committee Reports:

 

Armed Services:

Commander Turner announced that Jalonni Williams will be the student selected to attend Boyz State.

Housing Committee:

Sefu Fuller gave the following overview of events concerning housing:

 

  • Council tabled discussion on accessory housing; granny flats pending more investigation and research; initial language ambiguous;
  • Church Street assisted living project proposed- 1,000 units planned for Montclair; 10% to be allocated to seniors.

Education Committee:

Abraham Dickerson to conduct further investigation regarding letter to Superintendent regarding Amistad implementation.  Other education issues to be considered:

 

  • BOE hiring practices- new employees;
  • Professional development for teachers;
  • Letter to be incorporated into Minutes.

 

Education Committee to meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

 

Mr. Dickerson to work with James Harris, Annette Norvel, Kreg Mullings to help develop strategies moving forward and effective committee monitoring techniques;

 

 

Treasurer’s Report:

 

Marcia Brewington reported the following treasury balances:

 

Operating Account:                        $

ACT-SO:                                               $

Economic Development:              $

 

Membership:

 

Marcia Brewington gave the following committee report:

 

  • Membership Committee to meet on May 16, 2012 at 6:30 p.m., at 70 Park St;
  • Membership luncheon will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2012 from 2-5 p.m.
  • In addition to membership applications, committee to will have voter registration material available at the luncheon; at the African Heritage Festival; and at various locations throughout town to help with the GOTV effort.

 

Political Action:

 

Vice President Samuels and Clarence Jackson distributed a “Do You Know” (test your knowledge-type) survey designed by the Political Action Committee to help voters determine how much they know about their legislative district, and the legislators elected to represent them.

 

The survey is expected to be distributed to the general public with the hopes of encouraging individuals to become more familiar with their local and state legislators as well as to become more involved with the political process.

 

Vice President Samuels also indicated that the PA Committee is actively meeting and encouraging people to register to vote.    Anyone interested in joining, please contact her.

 

 

Action Items:

 

ACT-SO:

Motion to use $400 to offset the expenses for ACT-SO gold medalist to attend National Convention.

MNDC Annual Fundraiser:

Motion to support MNDC’s annual fundraiser at $350.00.

GOTV:

Motion to reimburse President Reynolds for $200.00 for robo calls encouraging voter registration. There were 3800 calls made.

MEN OF ESSEX (Gail Johnson):

Motion to support Men of Essex by purchasing 1 ticket and placing a ½ page ad.

 

Calendar/Appeal for participation:

 

  • May 15, 2012 at 7 p.m. – Montclair Women’s Club/MSU- Review Governor Christie’s Budget (BlueWaveNJ)
  • BlueWave Clothing Give-Away – June 16, 2012 from 10-12:30 p.m., 346 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ; clothing donations needed
  • Involvement needed to engage in GOTV efforts for congressional primary;
  • Involvement needed to coordinate plans for Health initiative/Partners for Health- see calendar;
  • Involvement needed to support Economic Development Committee’s financial security workshops- see calendar for more information; The committee meets every second Tuesday;
  • Media coverage from New York Times regarding candidate’s debate;
  • James Harris announced State Convention September 9-11, 2012; June quarterly meeting to be first reading of proposed changes to NAACP Constitution;
  • President Reynolds announced Heritage Day Grand Marshalls will be Dr. Renee Baskerville; and John Knox (92 year old veteran);
  • President Reynolds to explore investments for Life Account;

 

 

Meeting Adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Submitted: June 13, 2012

 

by:_____________________________

Beverly A. Bussey, Secretary

April 2012

MEETING MINUTES OF THE MONTCLAIR BRANCH NAACP

DATE OF MEETING:  APRIL 11, 2012

 

CALL TO ORDER:

President Reynolds called the April 11, 2012 Executive Committee meeting to order at approximately 6:42 p.m.

The following Officers and members of the Executive Committee were present at the time:

Thomas L. Reynolds Christine Roz Samuels
Albert Pelham Abraham Dickerson
Beverly A. Bussey Commander Cheryl Turner
James Harris Lois Donegan
Lois Whipple Lois Whipple
Marcia Brewington  

 

The Executive Committee meeting opened with a discussion from Labor & Industry Chair Shante Palmer.  The Committee has developed an initiative to help promote job readiness, employment and training.  The goal is to utilize our resources (i.e. unit structure, contacts and individual involvement) to match potential candidates with prospective employers.  Employment potential will be dependent upon the individual history of the candidates involved.  It is anticipated that salary will be split by the unit and the employer, with a portion of the money possibly generated from block grants.  It was estimated that it would take approximately $6,000 to get 5 candidates involved, matched with an employer and hired.  The length of time for each employment period, rate of pay and other logistics has not been determined as of yet.

 

Ms. Palmer has called a meeting for April 29, 2012 at Panera Bread to discuss these efforts in more detail.  It was suggested, however, that before the committee met, a trip should be planned to visit the Connecticut unit (which has a similar and successful effort in place) in order to engage in a more in-depth discussion about how the effort works and to develop a clearer picture as to how the Montclair unit’s effort can be successful.

 

Education:

President Reynolds mentioned that a letter had been sent to the Board of Education regarding the Amistad Law and the sentiment that the district was not in compliance.  He mentioned that Dr. Alvarez was annoyed by it.  Further discussion brought forth concerns that the Executive Committee had not seen the letter before it was drafted and that any future correspondence should be reviewed before it is sent.  Of particular concern was the fact that to generalize one school’s failure to meet the standard across the district is an unfair depiction of non-compliance.  We need to have a fair and accurate representation of what each school is doing before we can make broad accusations.

 

President Reynolds also discussed the search for a school superintendent.  He mentioned that the Education Committee will draft some concerns to be presented to the Board of Education.  The survey is to be completed by June 28.

 

Health Initiative:

President Reynolds announced that the Montclair Branch NAACP has become official partners with “Partners for Health.”  The collaboration will focus on healthy food, diet, and exercise which was presented to the group by Dr. Alfred Davis at the March meeting.

 

National Convention Resolutions:

The Montclair Branch is in the process of drafting resolutions to be presented at the National Convention in July. The following are issues of interest:

  • Employment/Job Creation
  • Revisions to the NAACP Election Procedures
  • Convention Assessments
  • Prison Reform
  • Proposal to create an official Young Adult Committee

Draft resolutions to be circulated via email to the Executive Committee prior to finalization for input.

 

Meeting scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2011 to discuss Resolutions.

 

Region II Civil Rights Advocacy Training:

President Reynolds announced the Region II Civil Rights Advocacy Training will be held on April 12-13, 2012 at the Newark Marriot.   The following members have expressed interested in attending the conference:

Action item:  Unit to pay the $200.00 cost of registration for James Harris and Justine Harris.

Also interested in attending are: Tom Reynolds, Amelia Colon, Tyree Davis who will all pay out-of-pocket

 

ACT-SO:

President Reynolds announced that the ACT-SO Committee had been in receipt of a $250.00 grant.  He also mentioned that the ACT-SO awards ceremony will take place next weekend at Montclair High School and that over 150 students were involved in the competition.

 

Fundraising:

President Reynolds indicated that fundraising should be a paramount interest for the branch.

 

Civil Rights Advocacy Training (Convention Assessment):

It was reported that the State Conference has asked for an additional $50.00 from the branches to offset the expenses for the Civil Rights Advocacy Training.  Concerns were raised that it was unfair to charge an additional assessment.  It was requested that President Reynolds inquire about the reason for the additional assessment and report back to the executive committee for a vote.

 

General Membership Meeting commenced at 7:15 p.m.

 

 

GOTV:

President Reynolds indicated that the surveys sent out to the candidate’s for the municipal election had been returned.  He will review the responses and devise specific NAACP concerns for presentation at the upcoming Candidate’s Forum.

 

Treasurer’s Report:

 

Marcia Brewington presented the Treasurer’s report reflecting the following balances:

 

Operating Account:        – $

ACT-SO:                               – $

Economic Development – $

 

For a detailed report, please see Marcia Brewington, Treasurer or Beverly Bussey, Secretary.

 

Membership:

Marcia Brewington also presented the report for Membership Committee.  She indicated that the Membership luncheon will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2012 from 2-5 p.m.

Estimated cost:  $1,250 for the use of the facility

$   250 charge for sound system (to be split at $125.00)

Ticket cost will remain the same:  $65.00

Catering to be donated by local area vendors

The theme this year will focus on youth.

Action Item:  It was moved and properly seconded to give the Montclair Art Museum a $500.00 deposit for use of the facility.

 

Armed Services:

Commander Turner requested that the unit sponsor a student to annual Boys State.  It was suggested that we keep with the tradition of prior years wherein the President would recommend two students (preferably from the Youth Council).  The candidates are to come before the Executive Committee in May.

 

Action Item:

It was moved and properly seconded that the branch pay $210.00 to sponsor a youth to attend Boys State.  The motion was later amended that Commander Turner will make the decision and the information will be sent to the Board for approval.

 

Commander Turner also announced that Crawford Crews will host a Fish Fry scheduled for April 27, 2012 and appealed to members for more participation.

 

Commander Turner is also appealing to the Township for declaration of the Crawford Crews site as a historic site.  She was encouraged to inquire into obtaining CDBG funds from the county to help with this effort.

 

NAACP Calendar of events announced by President Reynolds.

 

Vice President Samuels expressed concern regarding GOTV in the Fourth Ward.  She indicated that the Political Action Committee will be meeting on April 23, 2012 at 6 p.m. to discuss strategies.  We have two local elections to focus on: the municipal election in May; and the primary in June.

 

The League of Women Voters in collaboration with BlueWave NJ will sponsor a candidate’s forum on April 30, 2012.

 

President Reynolds to review candidate’s questionnaire for drafting of specific questions regarding voter ID/voter suppression concerns as well as other issues.

 

New Business:

 

Retirement Dinner for James Harris:

Action item:  Motion to purchase tickets to retirement dinner on April 27, 2012.

 

Robert Jackson, candidate for Mayor donated five tickets.

Individual interest:

President Reynolds,

Vice President Christine Roz Samuels

Beverly Bussey

Lillian Wellington

Abraham Dickerson

Helen Stephens

 

President Harris applauded branch for its efforts in generating new memberships.  He mentioned that our success has promoted diversity and that it is largely attributable to our agenda.

 

Mr. Harris also expressed concern about our GOTV effort and encouraged that we coordinate our efforts with the State NAACP.  He emphasized our involvement in local issues such as:

  • Education the election of new school superintendent;
  • Police Recruitment – new hires are essentially based upon ability to pay to go to academy;
  • Privatizing Sanitation services; and
  • Diversity on the council

 

Mayoral candidate Jackson also appealed to the group to consider the issues he brought up at the March meeting.  He indicated that GOTV is critical stating that “it’s time to take out town back!”

New Membership:

Application received for new membership: (Caroline Anthony)
Meeting Adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Submitted: May 7, 2012

by:_____________________________

Beverly A. Bussey, Secretary

March 2012

MEETING MINUTES OF THE MONTCLAIR BRANCH NAACP

DATE OF MEETING:  March 8, 2012

 

CALL TO ORDER:

President Reynolds called the February 9, 2012 Executive Committee meeting to order at approximately 6:48 p.m.

The following Officers and members of the Executive Committee were present at the time:

Thomas L. Reynolds Christine Roz Samuels
Beverly A. Bussey Rosita Dotson
Marcia Brewington Albert Pelham
Kreg Mullings Shante Palmer
James Harris Christine Brewington
Abraham Dickerson  

 

President Reynolds called the March meeting to order with a discussion about the open issue of improving police/community relations.    He suggested that the following strategies to help with our efforts:

  • Schedule a meeting with Chief Sabaugh;
  • Draft an open letter to the press and have the Legal Redress Community review and revise same before it is released;
  • Schedule a community meeting

 

General Membership Meeting commenced at 7:15 p.m.

The General Membership Meeting commenced with review and a motion to accept the February 2012 Meeting Minutes.

 

 

Officer reports:

Report of 1st Vice President:

President Roz Samuels emphasized the importance of GOTV.  She mentioned that the Political Action Committee would meet to discuss target areas that need to be looked at; and the development of a strategy to perform a blitz effort in those areas.

Treasury Report:

Marcia Brewington asked for clarity on the previous month’s action item with regard to the National Convention expenses.  She indicated that she was unclear as to what portion those delegates chosen to attend would be responsible for paying and when their portion of payment would be reimbursed to the branch.

Hearing Ms. Brewington’s concerns, it was moved and properly seconded that each delegate attending the National Convention would be responsible for 50% of their expenses or $493.00 and that same would be due by May 25, 2012.  The failure of any delegate to pay by the May 25th deadline date would result in no registration or filing of credential forms for that delegate.

It was also moved and properly seconded that Bond Nthenge would be a delegate to the convention as a replacement for Roz Samuels who indicated that she was no longer interested in attending.

Marcia Brewington also presented a voucher for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses in the amount of $276.20.  It was moved and properly seconded that the voucher be honored.

The following individuals were introduced at the meeting:

Robert Jackson – candidate for Mayor

Ms. Little – new member

Dr. Alfred Davis

Ms. Murray

 

Dr. Alfred Davis presented his initiative to promote healthy community.  He mentioned that he is willing to work with the NAACP Health Committee to encourage community members to be healthier.  Some of the focus areas would be:

  • Workshops – free for any NAACP event
  • Stress Management
  • Promotion of awareness such as nutrition, grocery shopping tips;
  • Weight loss, juicing
  • Back pack safety for student to prevent injury to back;

Dr. Davis encouraged the group to visit healthyadjustment.com for a complete calendar of events; and to call the office if we would like the group to participate in any NAACP events.

Robert Jackson, (candidate for Mayor of Montclair) announced the opening of his campaign headquarters at 480 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair.     Mr. Jackson mentioned that we should be concerned about mean-spirited debates and focus on issues that are aimed at the good of our community.  He also stressed the importance of GOTV.   His website address is www.montclair2012.com.

James Harris moved that the NAACP sponsor a candidate’s forum so that we can hear from the candidates.  This action item was unanimously approved.

Committee Reports:

ACT-SO:

                Calendar of events:        State competition 2 p.m., April 22, 2012 at Montclair High School

*10 competitors from Montclair

*Suggestion to have “Jazz House Kidz” perform

Armed Services:

Calendar of events:        March 16, 2012 founding of the post

March 30, 2012 Fish Fry

April 7, 2012 Breakfast

Economic Development:

                Calendar of events:        March 15, 2012 at 7 p.m. workshop (preparing for tax season)

*NAACP financial planners to schedule educational training session.

 

Education:

 

Committee Chair Abraham Dickerson expressed concern about promoting education about Black History Month.

The discussion about Black History Month lead to the expression of concerns about whether or not the district was in compliance with the Amistadt Act and how to best monitor their efforts.

Suggestions were made that we demand that the district comply with the law.

William Ewing to bring Amistadt law to next meeting to promote a better understanding of what the law says with regard to the infusion of African American History into the curriculum.


 

Labor & Industry:

Shante Palmer presented the Labor & Industry report by announcing an NAACP sponsored initiative to promote employment opportunities; training and education for individuals that are currently unemployed and struggling to find work.

Utilizing an initiative undertaken by the New Haven Branch of the NAACP, Ms. Palmer mentioned that this effort could potentially help lots of people find jobs.  She further indicated that Montclair is the second highest employer in Essex County.

After hearing the review and considering the similarities that it had with the MNDC initiative “Project Life”, it was suggested that Ms. Palmer work with Albert Pelham to fine tune the plan.  Next meeting of L&I Committee to take place on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Action Item:  It was moved and properly seconded to accept the L&I Committee report.

Membership:

Committee Chair Marcia Brewington announced that the next Membership Committee meeting will be March 24 at 10:30 a.m., at 70 Park Street in Montclair.  Agenda items will be determination of date, time and place for the 2012 membership luncheon.  Suggested sites include The Montclair Art Museum and Montclair State University.

Ms. Brewington also introduced one of our newest members, Ms. Emma Little who expressed concern about what she felt to be the racist treatment of her children in the Caldwell School District.  Further investigation about her complaints are pending.

Political Action:

Committee Chair Christine Roz Samuels mentioned that she has obtained Voter Registration Applications to assist with the GOTV effort.  The next meeting of the PA Committee will be Monday at 7 p.m., at Panera Bread.

Old Business:

President Reynolds mentioned that the Proclamation in support of “Try or Release” effort sponsored by Ben Cheney is pending.

Mr. Ewing emphasized the importance of committee participation.

New Business:

Calendar of Events:        NAACP Civil Rights Advocacy Training – April 20-21, 2012 at the Hilton Hotel, Route 1, Elizabeth, NJ; Cost $100 per person;

                                                NAACP Quarterly Conference – April 7, 2012 in Willingboro;

 

Action Item:                       Motion to send two delegates (Roz Samuels and Beverly Bussey) to Quarterly Conference.  Motion unanimously approved.

For the Good of the Order:

  • In recognition of the passing of Congressman Donald Payne, public buildings in New Jersey will be flown at half-staff.
  • Congressman Payne’s body will lie in state at the Courthouse in Newark from 8 a.m., on Monday.
  • Funeral service will take place at the Metropolitan Baptist Church.
  • In an effort to support BlueWave NJ’s annual fundraiser, Roz Samuels moved that the branch purchase two tickets at $100.00 each.   The action item was unanimously approved.
  • March 26, 2012 oral argument will begin on health care.
  • NJIT next meeting to be held on April 12, 2012.
  • Conference to be held at Essex County College.

 

 

 

 

Meeting Adjourned at 9:11 p.m.

Submitted: April 9, 2012

 

 

By:                                                                                         

Beverly A. Bussey, Secretary

February 2012

 MEETING MINUTES OF THE MONTCLAIR BRANCH NAACP

DATE OF MEETING:  February 9, 2012

 

CALL TO ORDER:

President Reynolds called the February 9, 2012 Executive Committee meeting to order at approximately 6:35 p.m.

The following Officers and members of the Executive Committee were present at the time:

Thomas L. Reynolds Christine Roz Samuels
Beverly A. Bussey Rosita Dotson
Lois Donegan Ricky Singleton
Kreg Mullings  

 

President Reynolds decided that the general membership meeting would be suspended for this month in order for members to attend and participate in the Fourth Ward collaborative meeting that would be held at the Firehouse.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss community concerns regarding the recent murder that took place onMission Street.

 

The following were action items discussed and voted upon:

Appointments to the Executive Committee:

Upon the recommendation of the President, it was moved and properly seconded that the following members would join the Executive Committee:

 

  • Abraham Dickerson, Education Committee Chair
  • Shante Palmer would be the Labor & Industry Chair.

 

2012 National Convention:

President Reynolds recommended that we send the full six delegates allowed to the National Convention that is to be held inTexasin July.  It was then moved and properly seconded that the following individuals will be voting delegates at the 2012 National Convention:

Thomas Reynolds

Ricky Singleton

Lois Donegan*

Christine Roz Samuels

Kreg Mullings

Jessye Martin

Shante Palmer

*Lois Donegan showed interest in attending the convention in the event that Ricky Singleton does not attend.

President Reynolds will book the flight at the cheapest possible rate; and make arrangements for the delegates to stay at the Magnolia Hotel.

President Reynolds estimated that there was approximately $13,800 in the treasury; National will receive $3,000; expenses for the Meet & Greet were $1,100- leaving an approximate balance of $9,700.00.

 

Montclair NAACP Health Initiative:

President Reynolds discussed the possibility of the branch becoming more active in health-related issues.  In order to promote this idea, he designed a model template that would be used to gain public interest and involvement.

 

The initiative would focus on healthy eating; and active lifestyles in addition to promoting awareness about health issues.  It will also involve partnerships with food pantries, and other agencies as well as possible workshops.

 

Action Item:

It was properly moved and seconded to adopt the health initiative template and begin to work toward making this issue a vital part of our advocacy on health.

 

Submitted: February 9, 2012

 

by:_____________________________

Beverly A. Bussey, Secretary