MINUTES Of The GREENVILLE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Piedmont Park Baptist Church Activity Building, 801 Piedmont Park Rd, Greenville, SC 29609, Thursday, September 14, 2023
Call to Order: Yvonne Julian, Chairman (Southside) @ 7:00 PM
Opening Prayer: Shawn Miller (Frohawk)
Pledge of Allegiance: James Spurck (Altamont Forest)
Republican Creed: Dakota Fitzgerald (Castle Rock)
Credentialing Committee Report: Joe McLaughlin, Chair – 142 organized precincts, 115 represented
- Motion 1/Budget (attached): Motion 1 was read by Tiffany Mauk (Frohawk) and was seconded by James Hargett (Donaldson). Motion to amend was made by Kyle Long (Bridgefort) to post a copy of the budget to the GCRP website rather than sending it out to all members. Motion to amend was seconded by Steve Hudson (Piedmont). Call to question by Marcus Griffis (Fork Shoals). Discussion ensued. Bill Welch (Duncan) made a motion to end debate. Motion to end debate was seconded by Diana Weir (Moore Creek). The amended motion passed by acclamation. It reads as follows: “I move that the Chairman permanently post a copy of the full 2023 budget voted on via Zoom on January 31, 2023, by September 24, 2023, to the GCRP website.
- Motion 2/Lease (attached): Motion 2 was read by Jeff Magg (Palmetto) and was seconded by Stephen Brown (Riverwalk). Motion to amend was made by Bill Welch (Duncan) to have the lease posted on the GCRP website. The amendment failed to carry by acclamation. Jeff Brown (Devinger) then made a motion to amend to strike language in the motion, “along with a list of all co-tenants for 2505 Wade Hampton Blvd, and a full disclosure of what, if any rents, they are paying.” Dan Healy (Sulphur Springs) seconded the amendment. Discussion ensued. Call to question was made by Elisa Chaney (Oakview) and seconded by Evert Headley (Travelers Rest 1). Vote by acclamation was divided. Then we moved to a vote by division. Voters in favor of the amendment stood first and held up orange ballots to be counted. Then voters opposed to the amendment stood next and held up green ballots. The Credentialing Committee reported to Yvonne Julian, Chairman (Southside), and she reported to the body that there were a total of 107 ballots with 58 in favor and 49 opposed. The amendment passed. Stephen Brown (Riverwalk) then called to question on the main motion as amended and was seconded by Marcus Griffis (Fork Shoals). The amended motion passed by acclamation. It reads as follows: “I move that the current signed lease between GCRP and 1776 Services, LLC be provided to the body for 2505 Wade Hampton Blvd by September 24, 2023.”
Jim Nietopski (Greenville 23) moved to adjourn the meeting. Motion was seconded by Walt Horin (Greenville 16). Motion failed by acclamation.
- Motion 3/Minutes (attached): Motion 3 was read by Kelly Wood (Pelham Falls) and was seconded by Marcus Griffis (Fork Shoals). Discussion ensued. Call to question was made by Matt Wavle (Pebble Creek) and was seconded by Marcus Griffis (Fork Shoals). Motion passed by acclamation. It reads as follows: “I move that the Chairman provide the minutes, including but not limited to, September and October 2022, and our special meeting on January 31, 2023, to the body prior to our next regularly scheduled business meeting on October 2, 2023, and that they be approved by the body at that meeting. I also move that going forward all minutes be posted within 14 days of approval and retained in an electronic form on the GCRP website, as well as in paper form at the GCRP headquarters, so that members may review them as desired.”
- Motion 4/Equal Access (attached): Motion 4 was read by Karen Eachus (Castle Rock) with a request for a roll call vote and was seconded by Marcus Griffis (Fork Shoals. Discussion ensued. Based on Stephen Brown’s (Riverwalk) statement that Motion to amend was made by Joe Citeno (Mauldin 2) to strike the language in the motion that states “as long as we have an active lease for 2505 Wade Hampton Blvd. And if the Chairman cannot publicly acknowledge that all members are welcome at headquarters, then I move that a special committee by appointed to explore and procure a new location for the GCRP headquarters by January 1, 2024. I request a roll call vote for this motion” and add the language stating “as long as the members act with respect to those present and are not disruptive to the business of the day.” Deborah Mclemore seconded the amendment to the motion. Yvonne Julian, Chairman (Southside), ruled that based on Stephen Brown’s point that there was no authority to send the no trespass notice that this motion is moot. Evert Headley (Travelers Rest 1) challenged the ruling of the Chair, and Marcus Griffis (Fork Shoals) seconded. Voting was done by division using the colored ballots. Those who were in favor of overriding the Chair’s ruling stood with pink ballots. Those who were opposed to overriding the Chair’s ruling stood with purple ballots. The motion to override the Chair passed 52 to 51. A vote was then taken on whether we wanted to vote by roll call or not on the final amended motion. Roll call vote passed 56 to 44. (Records for roll call vote included.) Call to question was made by Evert Headley (Travelers Rest 1) and was seconded by Peter Davis (Poinsett). Vote passed by acclamation. Then we voted on the amended motion by voice vote. Voice votes were divided, so there was a request for division. Yvonne Julian, Chairman (Southside) stated to hold up a purple ballot if in favor of the amended motion and a green ballot if opposed to the amended motion. Motion passed 60 to 34. It reads as follows: “I move that our Chairman publicly acknowledge via email to the entire GCRP that all members of the GCRP are welcome at any time into the headquarters building as long as the members act with respect to those present and are not disruptive to the business of the day.”
Motion to adjourn made by Joe Dill (Tigerville) and seconded by Walt Horin (Greenville 16). Meeting adjourned at 9:25 PM.