8th Annual Hero Luncheon Wrap Up

Today, we honored Jean Copeland, Beverly Outlaw, and Ronald H. Williams at our 8th annual community heroes luncheon. Our three heroes have shown generosity with their time, hard work, and money to improve the lives of others.

Committee Member Art Singleton introduced Jean Copeland and highlighted her years as an educator and her participation in several local organizations. Jean had been our committee’s treasurer for several years until she recently stepped down. Jean was unable to speak to due to a recent illness. EC Copeland, Jean’s husband, spoke on her behalf and said Jean was on the mend.

Jean Copeland, Ronald Williams, and Beverly Outlaw standing together

4th District Democratic Committee Chair Susan Rowland introduced Beverly Outlaw and honored her for her participation in politics and commitment to health care. Beverly Outlaw is a member of the Suffolk Electoral Board and is also a registered nurse. Beverly warmly thanked her mother, and said her mother deserves to share credit for the award.

Joan Turner gave an emotional introduction to City Treasurer Ronald H. Williams and presented a long list of his activities, which include the annual United Way golf tournament which raises thousands of dollars for local charities. Ronald Williams thanked his staff, coworkers and his “best friend” and wife, Karen.

U.S. Representative Bobby Scott spoke briefly and said the Suffolk Democratic Committee has been doing a great job getting the right people elected. Chesapeake Council Member and 4th U.S. Congressional district candidate Ella Ward also spoke and thanked our heroes for their good work.

SDC Chairperson Leslie Rinaldi hosted the luncheon and thanked our heroes and the members of the luncheon committee for putting together the event.

(Photos: Asia Caroll)

Meeting Reminder: Tuesday April 12 at 7pm

Please join us at our meeting Tuesday the 12 at 7pm at LW’s Center, 701 East Old Pinner street. We’ll be discussing the upcoming caucus and the great job that the organizers have done in recruiting delegates, the Hero Luncheon, and other events.

And please remember your hero ticket sales!

Our 8th Annual Community Hero Luncheon will be held on Saturday April 30th, at noon. It will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront, 100 East Constance Road.

The committee will be proud to honor Ms. Jean Lee Copeland, Ms. Beverly S. Outlaw, and Mr. Ronald H. Williams.

Jean Copeland has been the Suffolk Democratic Committee’s treasurer for longer than most committee members can remember. She is committed to helping the democratic process run smoothly and frequently volunteers to work the polls on election days. She has served on the Paul D Camp Community College board and as president of the Holy Neck Civic League.

Beverly Outlaw serves on the Suffolk Electoral Board and frequently contributes the Suffolk News Herald. Her volunteer service includes work with the Suffolk Exchange Club to raise money for the prevention of child abuse. She is one of the committee’s most informed members and helps the committee provide accurate and important voter information to the public.

Through the Treasurer’s United Way Golf Tournament, Suffolk City Treasurer Ronald H. Williams has raised over $300,000 for local agencies such as The Genieve Shelter, Western Tidewater Free Clinic, Wounded Warriors, and The Suffolk Education Foundation. He is a member of several local organizations and has held leadership roles in many, such as Suffolk Art League, the Suffolk Lions Club and the Suffolk Retail Merchants Association.

photos of Jean Copeland, Beverly Outlaw, and Ronald Williams

Suffolk Community Heroes Announced

The Suffolk Democratic Committee will be proud to honor Jean Copeland, Beverly Outlaw, and Ronald Williams at our 8th Annual Community Hero Luncheon.

The luncheon will be held on Saturday April 30th, at noon. It will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront, 100 East Constance Road.

Please join us at the Riverfront for a great luncheon as we honor these three deserving heroes.

Tickets are available for purchase on-line, or from members of the committee. There will be no ticket sales at the door.

Suffolk Democratic Committee Call to Unassembled Caucus

Whereas, it is the duty of the Suffolk Democratic Committee to issue the Call to Caucus for the purpose of electing 23 Delegates ( 18 Clinton & 5 Sanders) and 6 Alternates (5 Clinton & 1 Sanders) to the 4th Congressional District Democratic Convention and the Virginia Democratic State Convention.

Now therefore be it resolved that the Suffolk Democratic Committee hereby issues the Call to Caucus to convene an unassembled caucus on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 701 Old East Pinner Street, 23434, for the sole purpose of electing 23 Delegates ( 18 Clinton & 5 Sanders) and 6 Alternates (5 Clinton & 1 Sanders) to the 4th Congressional District Convention and the Virginia Democratic State Convention, and the following provisions shall govern the convention, to wit:

1. Pre-filing: Those wishing their names to be placed on the ballot at the Caucus shall pre-file their candidacy (form available at http://www.suffolkian.com/sdc/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/2016_delegate_prefile.pdf) by 5:00 p.m. April 11, 2016, with the Suffolk Democratic Committee Chair at 6403 Aberdeen Place, Suffolk, VA 23435.

2. Voluntary Administrative Fee: There shall be a voluntary administrative fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each person filing for delegate, payable to the Suffolk Democratic Committee. Payment of this fee is completely voluntary. No statement is required in order to waive payment.

3. Notice Requirements: The Suffolk Democratic Committee shall cause to be published the time, date, and location of the Caucus at least 7 days prior to the Caucus, but not more than 2 weeks before the Caucus. All notices shall be published on local, district and/or web sites along with social media outlets for the committee.

Notice of the pre-filing deadline for delegate and alternate positions shall be published on local, district and/or web sites along with social media outlets for the committee at least 7 days before the pre-filing deadline but not more than 2 weeks before the deadline.

4. Conduct the Caucus: The doors to the Caucus will be opened at 7:30 p.m. The doors to the caucus will be closed at 8:30 p.m. and no further persons will be permitted to vote. Those in line at 8:30 p.m. will be permitted to complete the check-in process and will be permitted to vote.

5. Affirmative Action: It shall be the duty of each local precinct Democratic chair and the members of each local Democratic Committee to take all feasible steps to encourage broad participation in the delegate selection process. Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, ethnic identity or economic status in the delegate selection process is prohibited. The Suffolk Democratic Committee shall make every effort to ensure that the Suffolk delegation is half-male and half-female.

6. Call Distribution: It shall be the duty of the Suffolk Democratic Committee Chair to distribute a copy of the Call to Caucus. It shall further be the duty of the Suffolk Democratic Committee Chair to cause this Call to Caucus to be publicized through the news media of Suffolk as is feasible.

Pre-Filing Form

Weekly Phone Banks

In order to win in the upcoming Presidential election we need to make sure our citizens are registered and motivated to vote!

We will be holding phone banks weekly, on Tuesdays, from 5:00-8:00 at Panera Bread at 1217 North Main Street, Suffolk.

Please join us this Tuesday and help make sure Democrats are represented at the polls!

Now Accepting Community Hero Nominees

Update (2016/03/03): The deadline for nominations has passed

The Suffolk Democratic Committee is now accepting nominees for our annual Suffolk Community Hero Luncheon. If you know someone who fits the criteria and would like to nominate that person, please fill out our nomination form.

The nominee –

  • must be a resident of Suffolk, and be 13 years old or older.
  • must be honest & trustworthy.
  • must exemplify the ideals of the Democratic Party (but does not have to be a Democrat or a member of the committee).
  • must have devoted themselves to the betterment of the Suffolk Community
    i.e. Volunteer work at non-profit centers; Acts over & above their job requirements

All nominations for the Community Hero Award will be vetted by a panel of SDC members before submission to the Selection Committee.

Notice of Committee Reorganization and Call to Caucus

Biannually, the Suffolk Democratic Committee reorganizes in accordance with the Party Plan of the Democratic Party of Virginia. During this reorganization, committee members as well as officers must be elected.

Complete Application Online or Download & Print Application

Call to Caucus

The Suffolk Democratic Committee hereby announces that it will hold an unassembled caucus beginning at 7:00 PM, January 12, 2016 at 701 Old East Pinner Street for the purpose of electing members to the Suffolk Democratic Committee. The caucus will elect members who have completed an application form as noted above. Any person attending the caucus, before participating, shall sign a standardized Caucus Participation Form stating that he or she is a registered Suffolk voter, is a Democrat, does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the ensuing general election, and believes in the principles of the Democratic Party. The caucus will conclude at 8:00 PM.

All those seeking membership for the 2016-2018 term must complete an application/membership form and submit it to the acting chair, Leslie Rinaldi, either in person, by mail to the Suffolk Democratic Committee (PO Box 3458 / Suffolk, VA 23434), by email to sdc@suffolkian.com or online via the form at http://www.suffolkian.com/sdc/membership-form/. A printable application as well as the on-line form can be found at the above link. Emailed submissions should be printed, filled out, and scanned.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 5:00 PM, January 12, 2015. It is the candidates’ responsibility to ensure that submissions are properly delivered to the committee prior to the deadline.

Individuals who have submitted this application will be eligible for election to the city Committee. Any person elected to the Committee and in good standing will be able to vote for officers. Members elected through this process on January 12 will serve for two years.

The reorganization process will begin with the election of members at the January 12 Committee Meeting, 701 Old East Pinner Street. Elections of Officers will immediately follow.

Committee members may nominate themselves or another standing member for any of the offices. The person elected (and installed) will serve a two-year term which begins with the election in January and runs to the election of officers for the 2018-2010 cycle. Nominations will be taken from the floor after the committee report is presented at the January 12 committee meeting. Leslie Rinaldi, sdc@suffolkian.com will collect the nominations and can respond to questions.

In order to be eligible to run for any officer position, a candidate must be a member of the Suffolk Democratic Committee in good standing. The candidate must agree to abide by the principles and bylaws of the Democratic Party and certify that he or she is a Democrat who is a registered voter in Suffolk. Additionally the person must believe in the principles of the Democratic Party and indicate that he or she does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the next ensuing election.

LW & MWM to Hold Turkey Giveaway; SDC to Host Voter Registration

L.W’s lawn Service and MWM Investments and Property Management will be holding their Twelfth Annual “Day of Giving”, and the Suffolk Democratic Committee has been invited to host a voter registration table at the event.

This event has provided Thanksgiving Dinners, with all the trimmings, for more than 16,000 families, which equates to over 65,000 individuals. LeOtis Williams, CEO and manager of L.W’s Lawn Service and MWM Investments and Property Management, wrote about the event, “We know that God has blessed us and we are honored that we can provide Thanksgiving Dinner again this year and “Give Back to the Community”

The Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway will be held at 615 Old East Pinner Street, which is the L.W’s Lawn Service and MWM Investments and Property Management building, near L.W’s Center where the Suffolk Democratic Committee holds their monthly meetings. The event will be Saturday, November 21st, 2015, beginning at 9:00am and ending at 1:00 pm. For volunteers, setting up will begin at 8:00am.

Volunteers, please use our contact form to let us know you can help or if you have received the email about this event please reply to that email or use the contact information provided.