Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel was the main speaker at the Dolphin Democrats’ October 11 General Membership Meeting, held at the main meeting room of the Pride Center at Equality Park.
Sheriff Israel was introduced by Dolphins Board member Tim Hart. The Sheriff spoke about his achievements regarding non-violent offenders, juvenile offenders and bringing diversity to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. He also gave his views on White Supremacist Groups, the recent Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting, and gun control. Sheriff Israel ended by urging those present that if they “see something, say something” and report all suspicious activity.
Members and guests of the Dolphins also heard from two speakers chosen to observe National Coming Out Day. Hayley Davidson, once a professional golfer and now a Human Rights Campaign activist, spoke about her transition as a transgender woman. Lillie Harris, a retired City of Miami Police Captain and former Dolphins Board member told her coming out story, her upbringing in the Pentecostal faith and her relationship with her parents. Though Harris and her parents, now deceased, had a falling out because of her lesbianism, they later reconciled.
President Scott Herman chaired the Dolphins’ well-attended meeting. Herman asked for a moment of silence in memory of Diane Glasser, the long-time DEC member, who recently passed away. He invited past presidents Michael Albetta and Ron Mills to say a few words. Michael Albetta and Mitch Weisbrot spoke about the Dolphins’ November 26 fundraising “Gayla” at Café Vico, an event that will honor 15 LGBTA Pioneers. The assembly also heard from former State Rep. Chris Smith, who spoke about the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, School Board member Patti Good, and R. David Walker, a candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture and Len Leritz, Broward Democrats’ Training Director, who spoke about Canvassing Training.