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Sheila Gilbert, Chair, Calhoun County Democratic Executive Committee

How quickly things have changed for us - one week we were meeting in our headquarters making plans for upcoming elections, writing postcards, making phone calls, sharing pot luck meals, meeting new friends and other exciting things and in the blink of an eye we were “confined to quarters”. Not only have things changed for us on a political-meeting level, but in our own lives as well. We are realizing that it is critical for us to find ways to connect, communicate and think outside the box. I am reminded of the story of the King who had placed a boulder on the roadway and then hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the big rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and moved the stone to the side of the road. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetable, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

I’m not promising gold to any of our Calhoun County Democrats for figuring out new and different ways to navigate around this crisis situation presented before us: (the COVID-19 virus), but we are all given an opportunity to stretch our thinking and doing to a new level. How can we better support our local, state and national government by taking actions and doing something? It might be by simply abiding by the guidelines of safety for ourselves as well as others; designing a new piece of helpful equipment; writing post cards to voters; using new techniques of communication or some other creative idea you might have. The list is endless….. The plan is for us to stay connected and involved so that when things are back to normal we will be glad that we have improved our condition by removing the obstacles in our path.

All of you take care, know that you are missed and that we are all looking forward to getting our headquarters opened again so we can resume the business of removing all obstacles for the Calhoun/Alabama Democrats.

Helpful media coverages in my opinion are: MSNBC, CNN, Huffington Post, NYTimes, Washington Post,, Anniston Star and local news outlets. In order to keep up with the Calhoun County Democrats go to our Facebook page at Check out our new website at The website is updated almost daily and we recently published the first in a series of videos we are calling ‘Face to Face’ to enhance our time away from each other. Also, sign up for our newsletter, For The People. Lots of good and up to the minute information out there – plug into it!

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