Erie County Surrogate Barbara Ann Howe and Dennis Ward, secretary of the Erie County Democratic Committee, both visited Evans for the Democratic Club December meeting and holiday mixer. Ward chaired the biennial organizational meeting of the town's Democratic Committee held at the VFW recently. He extended the greetings of County Chair Jeremy Zellner who wished everyone a great holiday season. Ward discussed various local and county-wide races in 2013, which will include a state supreme court race.
The slate was announced and voted: Robert "Bob-Cat" Catalino was re-elected to a term as Town Chair. Karen Connors Erickson, Rob Catalino, and Laurie DiMartile were elected to Vice Chair. Kathleen Karyczak was elected Secretary and Joseph Catalano will serve as Treasurer. Daniel Mecca was elected Sergeant at Arms. Nominations were made to fill various committee vacancies and local people were voted into those offices.
Hon. Barbara Ann Howe led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance to start the December meeting. Judge Howe has served as the Surrogate for Erie County for ten years. As Surrogate, she has overseen adoptions, guardianships and managed estate issues.
Pictured at the December meeting and holiday mixer: Dennis Ward, secretary of the Erie County Democratic Committee; Hon. Barbara Ann Howe, Erie County Surrogate; Robert “Bob-Cat” Catalino, chair of the Evans Democratic Committee.
"It is a privilege to be a judge, and it has been a privilege to be your Surrogate," she noted. "I hope I have earned your vote for re-election." She will seek re-election in 2013.
Town Chair Bob Catalino announced the slate for the Democratic Club developed by the Nominating Committee. For president Michelle Parker; vice-president Patti Latimore; treasurer Karen Connors Erickson; corresponding secretary Dawn Casali; co-recording secretaries Kathy Bartus and Kathy Karyczak; sergeant-at-arms Bobby Heath. The directors are Mike Karyczak, Mark Parker and Ross Guarino. The Club election will be held at the January meeting.
The meeting adjourned to holiday fun for the potluck Christmas party. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW.