CNO Officer Installation Dinner, No Lunch Meeting that Day
The annual CNO officer installation dinner will be on Tuesday 9/28/2021 at Yankee Trace. There will not be a CNO lunch meeting that day. The cost is $20 per person which includes appetizers, full buffet and dessert. There will be a cash bar. Please send your payment via check or cash to Sarah Umbreit no later than 9/20/2021. There are no sign-ups at the door.
No lunch meeting will be held on 9/28/2021.
- Debe Dockins announced that CNO is holding a Membership Drive where participating members will share in $400 based on the number of points received. Receive 1 point for bringing a guest to any meeting, 3 points for a returning guest and 10 points for a guest application. The contest runs through 9/21/2021.
- Gail Aiken announced she needs volunteers for guides for the Haunted Trail community event. She also needs old white sheets and old dolls.
- Greg Griffin announced that the tree lot will be open on November 26, 2021. He is looking for 3 volunteers to replace 3 tree lot captains stepping down this year.
- 9/21/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting
- Haunted Trail 2021 will be on October 12th and 13th at Countryside Park behind the RecPlex.
- Debe Dockins announced that Tri-Star soccer will be held late September. It will be held behind Magsig Middle School.
Dennis Turner, Gerrymandering
Carol Smerz introduced Dennis Turner a professor emeritus at the University of Dayton School of Law. He was one of the original 5 faculty members who started the law school in 1974. His family has been in Dayton for 190 years. He and his wife Kathy have 3 children. At the age of 72, Dennis started a new career writing historical fiction. His latest book is titled, “What Did You Do in the War Sister?”
His presentation today was about Gerrymandering. Wikipedia says, “Gerrymandering is a practice intended to establish an unfair political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating the boundaries of electoral districts, which is most commonly used in first-past-the-post electoral systems.”
Dennis started off by complaining (with a smile) that it was going to be very difficult to hold himself to a 20-minute presentation when he is a former law professor. This presentation normally takes 2 hours.
Gerrymandering and Redistricting
Current voting districts are designed so that incumbents get re-elected, regardless of party affiliation. One party or the other dominates a given location.
A system that re-elects incumbents all the time is not democratic. With Gerrymandering it is very difficult to stop incumbents from being re-elected. Gerrymandering means that the real election takes place in primary elections.
The first instance of Gerrymandering was to re-elect Elbridge Gerry during 1812 in Essex County, Massachusetts. Someone thought the district map looked like a salamander. The name Gerrymander comes from “Gerry” + “mander”. Click here for a picture of the map and more details on where the term Gerrymander comes from.
In the past Gerrymandering was a guessing game. Now, with mega data and computer power, the districts can be precisely drawn to benefit the incumbent.
Principal Tactics Used in Gerrymandering
- Packing, concentrating the opposing party’s voting power in one district to reduce their voting power in other districts
- Cracking, diluting the voting power of the opposing party’s supporters across many districts
Ohio Congressional Districts
Sometimes you can see the intent of Gerrymandering by viewing a map, though sometimes you cannot. In a state like Ohio with a lot of rural areas, there are sometimes natural “packing”. When looking at a districting map of Ohio there are some obvious areas where Gerrymandering has been done. Look at Hamilton and Clermont County on this map. Additionally check out the “snake on the lake” along Lake Erie on the map.
Methods of Keeping an Election Fair
The Ohio party break down is 53% Republican and 47% Democrat. The way the Ohio districts are currently drawn, the break down is 70% Republican and 30% Democrat.
Here are some ideas to overcome the Gerrymander influenced districting:
- Proportionality districting would mean any district would be created as close as possible to the 53/47 breakdown for the entire state.
- Competitive districting would mean districts would be created to be as close to a 50/50 split so in any given election either party could win in that district.
- Ranked voting is the system used in Belgium. Instead of voting for one person you rank all the candidates in order of preference.
Thank you, Dennis Turner, for joining us to talk about Gerrymandering in general and specifically in Ohio.
New Member Readings and Inductions
|Name||Sponsor||1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction|
|McKenzie Morin||Bill Stone||2nd Reading|
|Anne Kohls||Mike Bevis||2nd Reading|
|Jackie Powell||Tom Novak||2nd Reading|
|Jackie Powell||Tom Novak|
|Anne Kohls||Mike Bevis|
|Joe Madden||Glad that CNO does not have Gerrymandering in its election process for club officers.|
|Tom Beery||Cancer free for 5 years.|
|Gary Smiga||Youngest son got married in Atlanta over the weekend.|
|Don Kelley||He and Sandy are celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary.|
|Gary Hansen||Grandkids had COVID recently, but no one else got it.|
|Renee Glenn||Starts a new job tomorrow and she has recovered from the COVID Delta variant. She was fully vaccinated.|
|Sue Brubaker||Debe Dockins’ recently gave a great talk about Annie Oakley at St Leonard.|
|Michael Kistler||He and Kattie are celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary.|
|Kim Senft-Paras||Glad to have been invited to today’s meeting and for the great speaker today, Dennis Turner.|
Sergeants at Arms
|Ron Tinnerman||Had a great time the last 2 weeks in Switzerland.|
|Larry Lynde||Called Scott Langer a gentleman.|
|Patrick Arehart||Dropped Diane off at the front door of Yankee Trace and then left without opening the door. She had knee surgery last week and was on crutches.|
|Michael Kistler||For having a beard better than a sergeant can produce.|
|Joe Madden||Not sitting with his wife at lunch.|
|Wayne Christy||Took the bell and gavel before the opening ring. Apparently we have rules about how to perform theft appropriately.|
|Jean Pummill||Has not yet created a name badge for Kristin Possidomo.|
|Chris McAlpine||Saying to the sergeants today that any two other members could do a way better job than they are doing.|
|Judy DeMarco||Been absent from lunch meetings for too long.|
|Dawn Arrowood||September 14|
|Terri Leputa||September 19|
|Bill DeFries||September 19|
|Will Cale||September 20|
CNO Donations – 2013 through August 2021
Thank You Notes Received
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