The Executive Committee of the JFK Club consists of all of the officers of the club, the immediate Past President, the Municipal Chairperson of the Franklin Township Democratic Party and the Social Media Chairperson/Webmaster. The Executive Committee confers with the President to help develop and set the agenda, and make recommendations for committees. Together they tend to the day-to-day business of the JFK Club. The Executive Committee meets as necessary to the call of the president or upon petition of three of its members.
Social Media Committee
For the 2021 year, the Social Media Committee members include: Deana Luchs, president, Erika Inocencio, corresponding secretary, Sami Shaban, George Crabtree, and Jocelyn Thomas . The Social Media Committee, in conjunction with the Executive Committee, develops and implements the social media strategies to communicate current and upcoming events and meetings, promote membership, and encourage the local community’s involvement in JFK Club initiatives. The Social Media Committee manages all of the JFK Club’s social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Linkedin.
For the 2021 year, the Program Committee members include: Mayor Phillip Kramer, Wayne Dibofsky, Rich Rodgers, 1st VP, Linda Powell, 3rd VP, Erika Inocencio, corresponding Secretary, Phyllis Beals, Ed Potosnak, Deana Luchs, president. The Program Committee makes recommendations to the Executive Committee about topics for JFK Club meetings, and schedules speakers. If necessary, the committee provides equipment for presentations.
In the fall of 2020, the appointed members of the Nominating Committee were: Phyllis Beals, Marie Thompson, Gary Rosenthal, Ed Potosnak, Marilyn Altman and Teresa Ford, Immediate Past President. The Nominating Committee screens applicants and by majority vote determines a slate of candidates. The slate is emailed to the full JFK Club membership at least one week before the scheduled January meeting. The Nominating Committee presents the candidates to the membership at the January meeting and the candidates shall have an opportunity to speak if they wish.
The most recent review of the bylaws began in the winter of 2020 by a committee comprised of the following members: Susan Goldey, Chairperson, Gary Rosenthal, Marie Thompson, Hugh Scott, Bernadette Maher, Recording Secretary, Arnie Schmidt, 2nd VP, and Deana Luchs, President. The Bylaws Committee (ad hoc) undertakes a lengthy and comprehensive review and prepares proposed amendments to the bylaws for the Executive Committee to consider. In turn, the Executive Committee presents the finished product to the club members for consideration and a vote.
The Refreshments Committee purchases light refreshments for in person meetings and presents receipts for reimbursement. This committee is responsible for setting up refreshments and cleaning up at the end of the meeting. Sheila Connaughton was appointed to this committee in January, 2020.
The Membership Committee recruits new members for the Club, introduces new members to the Club at their first meeting, and reaches out to previous members to rejoin and provide name tags for members at meetings.
Alex Kharazi, Chair
Dalya Youssef, Vice-Chair
Deana Luchs, president
Arnold Schmidt, 2nd vice-president
Linda Powell, 3rd vice-president
Participate in decision making and contribute to the growth and influence of the Democratic Party in municipal, county, state, and national elections.
Stay current on issues impacting our community by hearing from guest speakers including candidates, officeholders, and other dignitaries.
Help elect Democrats who support and will advocate for our values and concerns.
Build relationships with other community members.
Vote on key issues at meetings of the JFK Club.
Receive member-exclusive invitations for various activities and events.
Participate in monthly JFK Club meetings --currently via Zoom.
Have the opportunity to be elected for various political offices and boards in the township and beyond.
Seek 100% membership from all engaged Democrats, whether elected for Council, Assembly, State, Committee seats, the township boards, appointments, etc.
Double the Club membership to 100 members in 2020.
Streamline payment and registration process.
Encourage students/youth to join the Club.
Explore activities that will bring members together for socializing and fun.
How are the dues spent?
Membership dues and contributions are used for business expenses such as paying a website designer, Post Office box, Zoom membership, hotel meeting room rental each month when we meet in person, purchasing and sending gifts for sympathy, illness, hospitalization, marriage, etc.