MEETING MINUTES: CCDL General Meeting

CALL TO ORDER

General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League was held on June 12, 2018 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT. The meeting began at 7:05 PM and was presided over by Scott Wilson, with Heather Duffy filling in for Cheryl Lemos as secretary. The meeting opened with the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.e.

ATTENDEES

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Wilson,  Bob Starr,  Michelle McBrien, Holly Sullivan, Ray Bevis, Robert Chambers, Jonathan Hardy, John Beidler, Kevin Holian-Borgnis, Kris Witherill

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS NOT PRESENT: Frank Russello,  Keith Cagle, Chris Lemos, Cheryl Lemos,

GUESTS:

Candidate for Governor – Rod Hanscomb

Candidate - 9th Senate District – Tyler Flanigan

Candidate for State Rep 29th District - Andrew Lanciotto

Candidate for State Rep 83rd District - Roger Misbach

Candidate for 5th Congressional District - Manny Santos

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

AGENDA

  • Executive and Committee Reports
  • Firearms Legislative Issues
  • Guest Speakers

OFFICER REPORTS

President’s Report – Scott Wilson

  • Conducted Executive Meeting 05/21/2018
  • Numerous Press and radio contact
  • Election Cycle
  • Helped craft alerts and communications with legislators
  • Numerous other tasks.

Vice-President’s Report – Chris Lemos (not present at the meeting)

  • Worked on the website, blog, social media post, and membership emails.
  • Attended Executive Meeting 05/21/2018

Treasurer’s Report – Bob Starr

  • Available Funds:
    • People’s Bank Balance (Litigation) = $ 86,317 
    • People’s Bank Balance (Operations) = $ 80,295
  • Attended Executive Meeting 05/21/2018

Secretary’s Report – Cheryl Lemos

  • Created minutes for the previous monthly meeting and provided to the Technology Coordinator to post to the website.
  • Attended the CCDL Executive Meeting 05/21/2018

COORDINATOR REPORTS

Membership Coordinator – Kris Witherill

  • Membership report
  • Member Total - 30,598
  • New Members - 305
  • Attended Executive Meeting 05/21/2018
  • Participated in Election Workshop

Events Coordinator – Holly Sullivan

  • Attended the executive meeting 05/21/2018
  • The 10th Annual picnic is being planned. It is scheduled for Saturday August 25, 2018 11 AM to 4 PM at Booth Memorial Park in         Stratford. Request for volunteers and raffle items
  • New venue for next anniversary dinner to be discussed closer to event
  • Leaving for Washington DC next week for DC Workshop, possibly meeting with Vice President Pence

 

Legislative Coordinator – Ray Bevis 

  • On May 9, 2018 the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned the 2018 session.

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    This year CCDL tracked six potential 2nd Amendment related bills.  Our members spent numerous hours at a public hearing and contacting their legislators throughout this session. Thank you to all members who took the time to defend your rights here in the state. We all need to stay engaged and advocate for our rights.

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    Throughout this session two anti-gun bill stayed front and center; H.B. 5542 An Act Concerning Bump Stocks and Rate of Fire Enhancement Devices and H.B. 5540 An Act Concerning Ghost Guns. Both these bills had many champions and paid lobbyist fighting to get them both passed.

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    H.B. 5542 An Act Concerning Bump Stocks and Rate of Fire Enhancement Devices bill did and the Governor signed the bill at a ceremony where when he was asked about how this was feelgood legislation and bump firing is a technique that doesn’t require a bump stock. He said CCDL is wrong, they have been wrong, they will be wrong in the future. He even said that CCDL is lying.  CCDL countered Malloy’s accusations with a social media video that showed a gentleman bump firing an M1 with his beltloop that video had over 17k views.

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    A few legislators defended the 2nd Amendment both in chambers. Only 45 voted No on bump stocks.

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    Connecticut residents have until September 30, 2018 to render their ‘bump stock’, crank devices, binary triggers permanently inoperable, remove it from this state, or surrender it to Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for destruction.

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    Gun Owners need to JOIN or DIE! I’ve heard from multiple legislators that when they talk to gun owners they say they don’t care about bump stocks. Let me point out that an infringement on the 2nd Amendment is an infringement. Now the state opened up the door to legislation to tell us what types of triggers we can have on our firearms.

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    Anti-gun legislators have already promised to bring back the ghost gun bill next year. 

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    I know I say this every two years BUT Gun Owners need to step up and volunteer on Pro2A candidates’ campaigns. If everyone one in this room volunteered just 12 hours over the next 4 months that’s just 3 hours a month or a part of one day a month. We would have a lot more

Merchandise Coordinator – Michelle McBrien

  • Taking pre-orders for polo shirts; available on website soon.

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    Save the date for annual CCDL Poker Run – Saturday, September 15th, 2018 – Route will be starting at Central CT Arms and Ending at Doody’s Totoket Inn

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    Attended CCDL executive meeting 05/21/2018

Permit Issues Coordinator – Jonathan Hardy

  • -Discussed current cases at the Board of Pistol Permit

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Campaign Workshop- Guilford June 23rd.  
  • June Food Drive - for nearly eight years, CCDL has collected and distributed food for those in need at our monthly meetings. Thank you to all of our members who generously donated canned goods and other non-perishable items to our January meeting.
  • 2018 State Elections - 2018 might be a pivotal year for gun rights in our state. It all comes down to CCDL members becoming engaged in helping pro 2A candidates hold and win seats. This is the most effective way any one member can protect their rights.
  • Letter Writing Campaign – all CCDL members are encouraged to write pro-gun letters to the editors of news organizations.

MEETING AGENDA DETAILS

 

NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING

The next General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League will held on July 10, 2018 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM

ADJOURNMENT

Scott Wilson called the meeting be adjourned at 8:30 pm

MINUTES PREPARED BY

Cheryl Lemos – Secretary CCDL
June 25, 2018

                                                   MEETING MINUTES: CCDL General Meeting

CALL TO ORDER

General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League was held on May 8, 2018 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT. The meeting began at 7:05 PM and was presided over by Scott Wilson, with Cheryl Lemos as secretary. The meeting opened with the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.e.

ATTENDEES

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Wilson, Chris Lemos, Bob Starr, Cheryl Lemos, Michelle McBrien, Holly Sullivan, , Ray Bevis, Robert Chambers, Jonathan Hardy

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS NOT PRESENT: Frank Russello, John Beidler, Kevin Holian-Borgnis, Kris Witherill, Keith Cagle

GUESTS:

Candidate for Governor - Mark Stewart Greenstein
State Senate Candidate 14th District - Michele Gregorio
Candidate for Governor - Bob Stefanowski
Candidate for State Rep 104th District - Joe Jaumann

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

AGENDA

  • Executive and Committee Reports
  • Rally wrap up
  • Firearms Legislative Issues
  • Guest Speakers

OFFICER REPORTS

President’s Report – Scott Wilson

  • Conducted Executive Meeting 04/24/2018
  • Numerous Press and radio contact
  • Emceed the rally April 14th
  • Helped craft alerts and communications with legislators
  • Worked on convention endorsements for GOP.
  • Numerous other tasks.

Vice-President’s Report – Chris Lemos

  • Worked on the website, blog, social media post, and membership emails.
  • Attended Executive Meeting 04/24/2018

Treasurer’s Report – Bob Starr

  • Available Funds:
  • People’s Bank Balance (Litigation) = $ 86,317
  • People’s Bank Balance (Operations) = $ 81,539
  • Attended Executive Meeting 04/24/2018

Secretary’s Report – Cheryl Lemos

  • Created minutes for the previous monthly meeting and provided to the Technology Coordinator to post to the website.
  • Attended the CCDL Executive Meeting 4/24/2018

COORDINATOR REPORTS

Membership Coordinator – Kris Witherill

  • Membership report
  • Member Total - 30,293
  • New Members - 999
  • Attended Executive Meeting 04/24/2018

Legislative Coordinator – Ray Bevis (presented by Scott Wilson)

  • Spent over 30 hours advocating for CCDL at the Capitol last week.
  • Met with numerous legislators regarding Bump Stock and Ghost Gun bills.
    • On May 1st the House called H.B. 5542 AAC Bump Stocks, they debated the bill for over five hours. The bill passed with a 114 to 35 vote. Nine of the CCDL endorsed legislators voted against us. They were; Rep. Carney of the 23rd, Rep. Davis of the 57th, Rep. Labriola of the 131st , Rep. Maclachlan of the 35th , Rep. Ohler of the 64th , Rep. Rebimbas of the 70th, Rep. Siegrist of the 36th , Rep. Sredzinski of the 112th , and Rep. Tweedie of the 13th.
    • With just over 24 hours left in the session, H.B. 5542 AAC Bump Stocks still hasn’t been called in the Senate. H.B. 5540 AAC Ghost Guns, H.B. 5539 AAC Firearms in state parks, H.B. 5538 AAC Non-Expiring Ammunition Permit hasn’t been called in the House or Senate.
  • CCDL will have a table at the GOP Convention on Friday May 11th and Saturday May 12th.
  • Additional correspondence:
    • Answered numerous emails
    • Attended the Rally at the Capitol
    • Attended CCDL executive

 

Merchandise Coordinator – Michelle McBrien

  • Taking pre-orders for polo shirts; available on website soon.
  • Save the date for annual CCDL Poker Run – Saturday, September 15th, 2018 – Route will be starting at Central CT Arms and Ending at Doody’s
  • Attended CCDL executive meeting 04/24/2018

Permit Issues Coordinator – Jonathan Hardy

  • Discussed current cases at the Board of Pistol Permit
  • Request for applications from various towns for “Application Study”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Campaign Workshop- First Two Dates Set- Fairfield County Fish and Game June 9th--- Guilford June 23rd.
  • May Food Drive - for nearly eight years, CCDL has collected and distributed food for those in need at our monthly meetings. Thank you to all of our members who generously donated canned goods and other non-perishable items to our January meeting.
  • 2018 State Elections - 2018 might be a pivotal year for gun rights in our state. It all comes down to CCDL members becoming engaged in helping pro 2A candidates hold and win seats. This is the most effective way any one member can protect their rights.
  • Letter Writing Campaign – all CCDL members are encouraged to write pro-gun letters to the editors of news organizations.

MEETING AGENDA DETAILS

  • Candidate for Governor - Mark Stewart Greenstein
  • State Senate Candidate 14th District - Michele Gregorio
  • Candidate for Governor - Bob Stefanowski
  • Candidate for State Rep 104th District - Joe Jaumann

 

NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING

The next General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League will held on June 12, 2018 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM..

ADJOURNMENT

Scott Wilson called the meeting be adjourned at 8:50 pm

MINUTES PREPARED BY

Cheryl Lemos – Secretary CCDL

May 10, 2018

                                                   MEETING MINUTES: CCDL General Meeting

CALL TO ORDER

General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League was held on April 10, 2018 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT.  The meeting began at 7:05 PM and was presided over by Scott Wilson, with Cheryl Lemos as secretary. The meeting opened with the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance

ATTENDEES

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Wilson, Chris Lemos, Bob Starr, Cheryl Lemos, Michelle McBrien, Holly Sullivan, Ray Bevis, Robert Chambers, Kevin Holian-Borgnis, Kris Witherill,  Frank Russello, Jonathan Hardy,  John Beidler

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS NOT PRESENT: Keith Cagle

GUESTS:5th Congressional District Candidate - Manny Santos

90th House District Candidate - State Rep Craig Fishbein

State Treasurer Candidate – Art Linares

19th Senate Candidate – Mark Loundsberry

33rd House District Candidate – Linda Szynkowicz

51st House District Candidate – Rick Hayes

47th House District State Representative Doug Dubitsky

Guest presenter – Tom Scott

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

  • President Scott Wilson Opening remarks
  • Executive and Committee reports
  • Wrap up of CCDL Dinner and Fishing & Hunting Show
  • CCDL Rally discussion
  • Guest Speakers
  • Letter writing campaign
  • Campaign presentation for State Elections 2018

OFFICER REPORTS

President’s Report – Scott Wilson

  • Conducted Executive Meeting 04/03/2018
  • Started planning a rally
  • Numerous Press and radio contact
  • Testified at the Judiciary Committee Public Hearing

Vice-President’s Report – Chris Lemos

  • Worked on the website, blog, social media post, and membership emails.
  • Worked on advertisement for the rally.
  • Attended Executive Meeting 04/03/2018
  • Worked on rally details

Treasurer’s Report – Bob Starr

  • People’s Bank Balance (Litigation) = $86,317
  • People’s Bank Balance (Operations) = $67,244
  • Testified at the Judiciary Committee Public Hearing
  • Attended Executive Meeting 04/03/2018

Secretary’s Report – Cheryl Lemos

  • Created minutes for the previous monthly meeting and provided to the Technology Coordinator to post to the website.
  • Attended the CCDL Executive Meeting 4/3/2018.
  • Worked on rally details

COORDINATOR REPORTS

Membership Coordinator – Kris Witherill

  • Membership report
    • Member Total - 29,836
    • New Members – 467
  • Attended Sportsman Day at the concourse and FRNA Banquet (as a volunteer)
  • Worked the Hartford Hunting and Fishing Show
  • Attended Executive Meeting 04/03/2018

Events Coordinator – Holly Sullivan

  • Fight for Rights Rally to be held on April 14th from 11AM to 1PM.
  • Testified at the judiciary hearing.
  • We will be setting up a booth at the Fishing and Hunting Show being held at the Connecticut Convention Center April 6th through the 8th, 2018. Will call for volunteers at future meetings.
  • The 10th Annual picnic is being planned. It is scheduled for Saturday August 25, 2018 at Booth Memorial Park in Stratford

Legislative Coordinator – Ray Bevis (presented by Scott Wilson)

  • 2018 List of bills CCDL is tracking:

    • S.B. 278 AN ACT CONCERNING MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS TRAINING AND SUICIDE PREVENTION FOR POLICE OFFICERS. JFS out of PS 22/3
    • H.B. 5538 AN ACT CONCERNING A NONEXPIRING AMMUNITION PERMIT. JF out of JUD 22/19. PH written testimony submitted support:49 oppose:9
    • H.B. 5539 AN ACT CONCERNING FIREARMS IN STATE PARKS. JFS out of JUD 21/20 PH written testimony submitted support:89 oppose:15
    • H.B. 5540 AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS AND THE PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS. JFS out of JUD 25/16. PH written testimony submitted support:171 oppose:98
    • H.B. 5542 AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM. JFS out of JUD 36/5. PH written testimony submitted support:190 oppose:98
  • Visited the Legislative Office Building 8 times
  • Meet with numerous Public Safety Committee members to discuss S.B. 278 AN ACT CONCERNING MENTAL HEALTH AND   WELLNESS TRAINING AND SUICIDE PREVENTION FOR POLICE OFFICERS. Discussed CCDL opposition to Sec. 5 of the raised bill.
  • Submitted written testimony for S.B. 278 and attended most of the public hearing on March 6th.
  • CCDL participated in the Nutmeg State Council of Sportsmen Educational display at the LOB on March 15th, our table received high amount of foot traffic and we a bump stock display.
  • Met with Judiciary Committee members to discuss H.B.5538, H.B. 5539, H.B.5540, H.B. 5542
  • Attended the Judiciary public hearing on March 23rd on the four gun bills. 
  • Met with lobbyist regarding S.B. 278
  • Attended the Hamden Fish & Game meeting with Michele and Kris
  • Attended Executive Meeting 04/03/2018
  • Been in contact with a club to make arrangements for the 2018 legislative shoot 
  • Met with the NRA liaison

 

Merchandise Coordinator – Michelle McBrien

  • Fishing and Hunting Show wrap-up
  • Save the date for annual CCDL Poker Run – Saturday, September 15th, 2018.
  • Attended CCDL executive meeting 

Permit Issues Coordinator – Jonathan Hardy

  • Testified at the Judiciary Committee Public Hearing
  • Discussed current cases at the Board of Pistol Permit
  • Attended CCDL executive meeting 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • February Food Drive - for nearly eight years, CCDL has collected and distributed food for those in need at our monthly meetings. Thank you to all of our members who generously donated canned goods and other non-perishable items to our January meeting.
  • 2018 State Elections - 2018 might be a pivotal year for gun rights in our state. It all comes down to CCDL members becoming engaged in helping pro 2A candidates hold and win seats. This is the most effective way any one member can protect their rights.
  • Letter Writing Campaign – all CCDL members are encouraged to write pro-gun letters to the editors of news organizations.

MEETING AGENDA DETAILS

  • Guest Speakers
    • 5th Congressional District candidate - Manny Santos
    • 90th House District candidate - State Rep Craig Fishbein
    • State Treasurer Candidate – Art Linares
    • 19th Senate Candidate – Mark Loundsberry
    • 33rd House District Candidate – Linda Szynkowicz
    • 51st House District Candidate – Rick Hayes
    • 47th House District State Representative Doug Dubitsky
  • Rally for our Rights – Saturday April 14th from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Connecticut State Capital
    • Alan and Larry have hired a bus from Haddam
    • CCDL Campaign Workshops for 2018 - hosted a brief presentation about the value that 2nd Amendment supporters can have by getting involved in elections presented by Tom Scott
      • Importance of Involvement
      • Basics of Campaign Strategies
      • What the Other Side is Doing
      • Examples of Victories

 

NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING

TThe next General Meeting of Connecticut Citizens Defense League will held on May 8, 2018 at Elks Lodge 44 Maynard Street, Middletown CT.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM..

ADJOURNMENT

Scott Wilson called the meeting be adjourned at 9:05 pm

MINUTES PREPARED BY

Cheryl Lemos – Secretary CCDL

April 10, 2018

MEETING CANCELED!

The monthly members meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 13th is canceled due to the anticipated snow storm. Our next member meeting will be Tuesday, April 10.

In the meantime, please follow our Blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts to stay up to date on the happenings in CT and DC that may impact your rights.

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