Newsletter for Sep 6, 2021 – Floyd’s Fish Fry speaker list set!

Message from the Chair

We are less than a week away from the 1st Annual Floyd’s Fish Fry & Cookout and, as you’ll see below, it’s going to be an incredible event!

But first I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to the millions of hard-working Americans who make all of the great and small things happen. We saw how our everyday lives can be disrupted as the American workforce was decimated by the pandemic. It’s brought a special appreciation to those working in restaurants, grocery stores, warehouses, computer chip facilities, tractor trailers, and in our classrooms. YOU are who make us great!

I thank the good unions who bring strength in numbers to fight for the safety and security of the employees who can often be thought of as disposable collateral in the pursuit of profits and dividends. From the nightmarish conditions of the Chicago meatpacking plants in the early 1900s to the high injury rates at Amazon warehouses today, we see a continued need for worker protection. 

And finally, a special shout-out to the worker-friendly corporations, the entrepreneurs, and the inventors who create and grow industries from which families are fed and economic security is achieved. Stories abound of businesses who thrive without having to do so at the expense of their employees’ happiness. I’m grateful to have worked for a few in my life and appreciate the risks that are often taken to start up a new business.


Floyd’s Fish Fry & Cookout

If you’ve not yet purchased tickets to the 1st Annual Floyd’s Fish Fry & Cookout, it’s not too late! But hurry, because the ticket count is limited, and once we’re sold out, we’re sold out! You can purchase them online or call 864.715.2341 to secure yours today.

Here are the many reasons you should join us at the Boys & Girls Club (Brewer Rec Center) on Saturday, Sept 11 from 11 am – 3 pm:

The Keynote speaker will be SC Senator & candidate for Governor, Mia McLeod

In June of next year, we will participate in a Democratic primary to determine who will be representing our Party in the November election. Here’s a perfect opportunity to hear from and meet a long-time servant of SC who is running for Governor!

SC House Representative and candidate for US Senate, Krystle Matthews will be making a return visit to Greenwood.

If you’ve never heard this “one tough mother” speak, you are in for a treat!

The health and safety of our community is paramount! We’re grateful that DHEC has accepted our invitation to set up a COVID vaccination site in the cafeteria. Whether it’s your first or second shot, here’s a convenient place to get it done. Boosters are also available, but only for the immunocompromised.

It’s not too late to protect yourself and your loved ones! 

Note: Testing will not be available, but there are plenty of places in Greenwood to get a free test!

Sen Floyd Nicholson will be honored for his legacy and decades of service to Greenwood County with a surprise thank-you gift from the GWCDP!

We’ll hear from the legend himself and thank him for all he has done for our community.

Raffle & door prizes abound thanks to the generosity of local businesses and donors.

$1 raffle tickets will be for sale, giving you a chance to win one of 10 prizes. From gift baskets to electronics to folding lawn chairs – odds are very good that you can walk away with a valuable prize!

South Carolina Democratic Party Chair, Trav Robertson, and 3rd Vice Chair, Jalen Elrod, return to Greenwood to provide words of inspiration and encouragement.

Hear how we can work with the SCDP to fight for Democratic values in South Carolina!

Food and music abound!

Delicious fish plates will be served up by Smokin’ the City.

DJ Nafi will be spinning the tunes and we’ll have a special live performance by Greg Lee and The Take Over Band!

We will hear words of wisdom from four amazing local leaders: SC House Representative Anne Parks, County Councilwoman Edith Childs, City Councilwoman Betty Boles, and City Councilwoman Patricia Partlow.

GWD School Board trustee, Sabrina Connor, will lead a tribute to former School Board trustee & organizer of previous GWCDP Fish Fries, Claude Wright.

Last, but not least, GWCDP Chair, Bill Kimler, and 1st Vice Chair Rev. James Thompson will speak on the state of the Greenwood County Democratic Party and lead a prayerful remembrance on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy.

There may still be additional surprise guests but we hope this convinces you that the Floyd Fish Fry & Cookout is the place to be on Saturday!

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