Annual Meeting 2020

The Four Freedoms Democratic Club will elect its Officers and Executive Board Members-at-Large at our annual meeting. Members present also will vote on proposed amendments to our Club Constitution, and make an endorsement in the District 12 Congressional race.

The proposed amendments change the date of our our annual elections from January to November. This change is proposed so that the Club's new Executive Board can begin each year in place and ready for action. This change would also lighten the load on our meetings early in the year where we often have important endorsements to consider. We will vote on these amendments after we conduct our Executive Board Elections so that these amendments will not change for the timing of election of the 2020 Executive Board. If these amendments pass, we will elect the 2021 Executive Board in November 2020, instead of January 2021.

The other proposed changes clarify that the term of the Members-at-Large is one year (the Constitution is currently silent on this point) and expressly authorizes the Board to establish standing committees and working groups.  Currently, the Constitution only expressly provides for “ad hoc committees” for a specific period of time.

The current Executive Board has unanimously endorsed all of these amendments.

The specific amendments appear here in track changes.


Our Club elections will also take place at the annual meeting. The following individuals have received and accepted nominations.

Officers (one per position)

Corresponding Secretary: Alex Bores

Recording Secretary: Pierre Ratzki

Treasurer: John Bartos

Vice President: Frank Wilkinson

President: Jerry Ferguson

Members at Large (8 positions)

  1. Esther Yang
  2. Jeremy Berman
  3. Arlene Kayatt
  4. John Wagner
  5. Flor de Maria Ellets
  6. Marina Phillips
  7. Ruth Halberg
  8. Matt Lombardi
  9. Jason Bohner
  10. Amy Schwartz

Please note that you need to satisfy the following provisions in our Constitution to qualify to vote at the Annual Meeting:

To be a Voting Member, the member must:

  • be at least 14 years old;
  • not claim the right to vote or hold a position in any other district-based Democratic Club;
  • have applied for membership and first paid their dues at least ninety days prior to voting;
  • have attended any of the following: the most recently completed Annual Meeting; at least one Regular Meeting of the Club held in the preceding 366 days; or any other Club event defined in the Club’s By-Laws held in the preceding 366 days;



January 22, 2020 at 7:00pm - 9pm


Draesel Hall at Church of the Holy Trinity
316 E 88th St (between 1st and 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10128
United States
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