Democrats for Equality,
I am going to be frank with you.
When it looked like I was going to be given the honor of serving as your president I dreaded the challenge. It is truly a daunting task to take the helm of a club with such history, with such amazing and accomplished members, and people who I have come to view as an extended family. Well, we’re here now and I am excited to announce some changes we are making and some changes I would like you, the membership, to consider.
First, your Executive Board met this weekend and we rebranded the membership levels. This is just a cosmetic change of the membership levels and no level has been increased nor has any level lost any of their benefits. With a nod towards history, these are the new levels:
- General members will now be known as “Stonewallers”
- Limited Income members will be known as “Activists”
- Sustaining Members will be known as “Silver Stonewallers”
- Sponsoring Members will be known as “Golden Stonewallers”
- Patron Members will be known as “President’s Circle Members”
There will be more changes to the benefits associated with these memberships but, I assure you there will only be additions. No membership level will lose benefits.
Secondly, for your consideration, the board will be presenting a bylaw amendment in regards to annual membership. To help keep track of expiration dates the board would like the general membership to consider moving to annual memberships which start in July and end in June of the following year. The bylaw language can be viewed HERE.
Additionally, we are changing our membership qualifications to allow 14-year-olds to become members which is done for a very specific reason that I will elaborate on now: We have chartered an affiliated Young Democrats chapter called the San Diego Young Democrats for Equality. For those of you who have attended our last few meetings you will notice there are many new, younger members. In order to help strengthen the San Diego delegation to the California Young Democrats (CYD) and promote LGBT and allied youth voices at state conventions, Young Democrat members of the Democrats for Equality will also be enrolled in our Young Democrat companion club. Since the current CYD bylaws allow for members 14 and up, this is why we will be changing our membership age qualification.
Finally, for this month only, the San Diego Democrats for Equality will be meeting on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Joyce Beers Community Center. We are meeting one week early so that we can finish our endorsement process and allow us to send out our voter guide and begin our mail and field program to elect our candidates. We look forward to seeing you there!
San Diego Democrats for Equality