Oconee Young Democrats Speak Up

If this doesn’t give you faith in the next generation, I’m not sure what will!  Carter Watson is a student at Oconee High School and he penned the following letter to Angie Eells about an inspiring visit from Jonathan Wallace to OCHS’ Young Democrats Club:

On Wednesday, August 22, 2018, State Representative Jonathan Wallace came to speak to our humble club, the Oconee County Young Democrats. As a member of the club and a fan of Wallace, not just because of his policy positions, but in his success in flipping a gerrymandered Republican district blue, I was excited to meet him. As one of the first people in the class, our club sponsor, Mrs. Jennifer Strickland, sent me to the front office to escort him to our class. There I had the opportunity to shake his hand and to compliment his work on protecting sanctuary cities like Atlanta.

When we got back to the classroom, he started out by talking about reelection. Since we are under 100 days away from election day and in a historically Republican district, Representative Wallace understandably had the campaign in mind. He spoke to us about how important it is for him to bring out the vote by canvasing, a process which he very much enjoys. He told us a story about a woman whom he met whilst canvasing that used to walk to town in the 1940s to listen to FDR’s fireside chats. He told us that this woman has a large family of Democrats, all of which voted for him and are going to vote for him again.

After discussing his reelection, he described what he has been focusing on in the state house. He said that his three top priorities in the state house is to learn as much as he can, establish a reputation, and spread his knowledge on cybersecurity. He discussed how he was unable to kill a bill related to cybersecurity, but he later was able to help convince Governor Deal to veto it. He also described his ongoing efforts to implement an important regulation to rental car companies, which would require them to erase all synced data to cars which people may have accidentally synced. These efforts and more is what his focus is on and why it is important we keep him in office.

One thing that I took to heart was Wallace’s rhetoric when he talked about his opposition in the upcoming election. The kindness and non-hostile approach he took when someone asked him about his opposition or the Republican party as a whole is exactly what we need right now in our government, both at the state and federal levels. The general hostility in this country toward people who have conflicting values or opinions needs to change, and that all begins with elected officials. His honest, kind rhetoric is exactly what we need right now, and we are incredibly lucky to have him representing us.

It was absolutely excellent to have had the privilege to meet and listen to our representative! While he does have a tough reelection ahead, I believe that he can win over the hearts and minds of the people of which he disagrees and go back to the state house again next year.

~ Carter Watson

We couldn’t agree more, Carter!  Hope to see you and your friends on the canvassing trail this fall!

Oconee Young Dems Host “Good Cause” Tournament for ACTS

Area Churches Together Serving is an  organization supported by local churches to provide food and clothing for the needy.   ACTS accepts referrals from its member churches and others, but also from  Oconee County Social Services Agencies such as DHR and ACTION.

The Oconee Young Democrats from both our high schools are hosting an event to benefit ACTS, an all-abilities Ultimate tournament, fundraiser, and can drive.  Sign up with this form, pay a small ($15) registration fee, and take up a can collection to bring to the tournament on April 15th at 1:00pm at Oconee High School.  We’ll be on the football field and also the practice field.

What is this about?  It’s a benefit for a cause that helps families in Oconee, and a chance for participants to have a fun time, and—

No, I meant what’s this “ultimate” about?  Oh, that.   Ultimate is a really fun and kind of off-beat sport, played with a frisbee .  (Except “frisbee” is a trademark of Wham-O, so it’s played with a “flying disc.”)

There are official rules, but the really short version is that it’s teams of seven on a field with end zones like a football field.  You aren’t allowed to run with the disc, so you have to pass it until someone on your team catches it in the endzone for a point.  There’s a 10-second stall count like baseketball, and anything that isn’t a completed pass is a turnover—the other team immediately gets the disc and tries to score in the other endzone.  So it can be a fast-moving game.

If that’s enough that you want to hear more, but don’t want to wade through the complete rules, there’s “Ultimate in 10 Simple Rules,” if that’s all you need.

Okay… How does this work? We’ll assign you to teams, mostly randomly, but trying to keep the teams balanced according to how strong a player you tell us you are.  If you have a buddy you want to stay with, we’ll try to keep you together (you both have to name each other on your registration forms, though.)  We’re hoping to have enough players for four teams, which means each team gets three games in the tournament.  We’ll have frisbees for the winning team as a prize.  ACTS keeps the donations and proceeds, you go home with bragging rights for having done good.

But I don’t know how to play!  That’s fine; neither do lots of the other people we’re signing up.  We’ll spread out the people who do know, and they can help coach you.  And we’ll run a bit of a clinic ahead of time to explain things.  (Show up early if you want that!)

What should I bring?  Your registration check, running/athletic clothes, soccer cleats if you have them (but no metal, please!), and a good attitude for fun.  A water bottle and maybe some sunblock would be smart.  We’ll have gym “pennies” to tell the teams apart.  Other than that…  cans to donate for ACTS, friends and family to cheer for you, maybe a chair if you don’t like sitting on grass?

Right.  Talk to me about ACTS again?  Area Churches Together Serving.  They provide food to needy families in Oconee and nearby, but also other services as well—clothes, school supplies, that sort of thing.  We’ll have someone from the organization there, too; they’re there to thank all of you for participating, but they can also answer all the questions you have—and tell you how else you can help!

Aren’t “Young Democrats” a political group?  Politics bores me…  That’s fine.  Yes, we are, but this is a charitable event.  Come have fun!

I still have questions… but this is the end of the post!  You can email them to the OCHS Young Dems coordinator, Jennifer Strickland, at  JStrickland@oconeeschools.org