The Florida Democratic Party's annual Jefferson Jackson weekend will be June 14-16, 2013 at the Weston Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. On Saturday June 15th, the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus will be holding our Summer Membership Meeting from 11 am (sharp) to 1 pm (sharp) at the Diplomat Hotel - exact room TBA. A complete agenda will be provided within the next few weeks.
In addition to our Summer Membership Meeting -- the Florida GLBT Caucus will have a strong presense at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner, which will be held on Saturday evening, June 15th. We have purchased three (3) tables and are offering paid Caucus members tickets for a seat at our table for $50.00 (regular tickets at $150). Tickets will be sold on a 'first come' - 'first serve' basis. This offer is for caucus members ONLY. We will verify membership prior to assigning tickets.
BUILDING ON SUCCESS - 2013 -
hosted by the Rainbow Democrats of Orange County -
February 22 to February 24, 2013
*****LODGING - UPDATE*****
The Crown Plaza Conference Room Rate is SOLD OUT
The host hotel, in the heart of Orlando, is the Crown Plaza, 304 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, Fl 32801. Conference Room Rate $99.00, by calling 1-888-295-7563 and use code DC 2 or on the web at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/flglbtdemocraticcaucus. Book rooms right away - they will go quickly!
***Updated Conference Fee Schedule - pay at the door***
$40.00 --- Saturday Only - Includes lunch and Ember Mixer -
$30.00 --- Student Rate with student ID - (Saturday Only) includes lunch and Ember Mixer
$10.00 --- Friday Night - Lake Room Mixer
$10.00 --- Saturday Night - Ember Mixer
The Florida Democratic Party and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Presents The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus 2013 Winter Conference –
Friday, February 22, 2013 - Look for Rainbow Democrats Hosts and Signage in the Registration Lobby
Registration at the Crown Plaza - 304 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 1 877 2 CROWNE (1-877-227-6963)
Welcome Reception - The Lake Room / (6pm - 9pm) --- Sponsored by Senator Nan Rich
Saturday, February 2, 2013 ****UPDATED SCHEDULE, with below disclaimer****
8:00 - 9:00 am - Breakfast for Conference Attendees - Hospitality Suite - 14th Floor - Presidential Suite
9:00 - 9:50 am - Opening & Welcome(s)
9:50 - 10:00 am – Break
10:00 - 10:50 am - Van Training - William Lawson
10:50 - 11:00 am - Break
11:00 - 11:50 am - Lobbing & Fundraising - Michael Farmer - Guest Speaker
11:50 - 12:00 pm – Break
12:00 - 1:50 pm - Lunch with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Chair
1:50 - 2:00 pm – Break
2:00 - 3:00 pm – Allison Tant Richard - Florida Democratic Party Chair
3:00 - 3:10 pm – Break
3:10 - 5:00 pm - Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus General Membership Meeting & State Wide Elections
****NOTE: While efforts are made to produce an accurate agenda, the agenda is subject to change. Items may be added at the time of the meeting; additionally, items may be tabled for subsequent meeting due to time constraints or other factors.
6:00 – 9:00pm – Official Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus Mixer - ‘Celebrating Success and Looking Forward' – Ember – 42 W. Central Blvd., Orlando, Fl (407)849-5200
9:00 - ? - GLBT Social Gathering/ Evening Cocktails - Savoy/Tattoo - 1913 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL
Sunday, February 24, 2013
7:00 - 10:00 am - Continental Breakfast
Farewell to the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus 2013 Winter Conference
Click here to register-----***** see the most updated fee schedule above*****
While the FDP has not provided a list of last Saturday's Caucus winners yet, I have heard from some of you and your County Leaders, hear that Congratulations is in order for most of you. I'm excited that so many LGBT Delegates will be joining me in Tampa, with real opportunities to be a Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and I know you are too!
Also, for those of you who won the election on Saturday, I want you to know - that was the easy part of your road to Charlotte. On June 2nd and 3rd elected Delegates from around the state will meet at one of 5 hotels in downtown Tampa to elect Delegates to the DNC. Over 1200 FDP State Convention Delegates were elected on May 5th.
The Congressional District (CD) Caucuses will all be held on the morning of Saturday, June 2nd, where the District Level Delegates will be elected. Only the Delegates that were elected in your CD will be voting in this election. Please find attached the Distribution of Delegates by Congressional Districts.
Then on Sunday morning, June 3rd, there will be a meeting of the District Level (184 total), the Pledged Party Leader/Elected Officials (PLEO-31 total) and the Un-Pledged or Automatic Delegates. This gathering will be to elect the At-Large (61) and Alternate Delegate (23), along with the Standing Committee Members. Florida is allocated nine (9) members on each of the three standing committees (Credentials, Platform and Rules), for a total of twenty-seven (27) members.
There are also Affirmative Action Goals that must be achieved and these goals are very important to the Democratic National Committee and the Obama Campaign. It is important that the Florida Delegation look like our state and meeting these goals is the way this will happen. I am attaching the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan and suggest that you refer to Page 24 for the details of the Affirmative Action Goals.
It is very important that each of you are designated at a LGBT American, as the AA Goals for LGBT Americans is 12% of our entire delegation, or 36 Delegates and 3 Alternates. If you happen to fit into another catagory, such as African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian/Pacific, Disabled, Youth (18-34), Vererans or from a Small County, that is all the better. Now considering all this, my advice to you…. if you really want to go to Charlotte, you need to have a strategy. Treat this like a campaign - review the list of voters (those in your CD and the entire State Convention Delegate list when it's available), contact them and develop allies. Let your OFA Organizers know that you are running for a DNC Delegate position. The Friday evening before the Convention there will be many opportunities to meet and greet other Delegates, along with all day on Saturday. We are planning a GLBT event of some kind so we can all get to know each other, so stay tuned for that. And I might add a thank you to those of you who have now become members of our GLBT Caucus.
So, in closing, I again want to remind you that if you wish to run for District-level Delegate positions to the DNC; you must fill out and submit an application form (attached). The form must be received by the FDP by 5:00 PM, Thursday, May 10.
I look forward to seeing you all in Tampa!
I wish you the best of luck!
And don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns or if I can assist you in any way.
Sally L. Phillips, President
Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus - www.floridaglbtdemocrats.org
Cell - 813-382-8172