A Change in Speaker

Due to an unexpected personal emergency, Tammy Seley Elliott will not be able to serve as our keynote speaker at this year’s annual breakfast meeting. We wish her the best of luck and peace with her issues.

We are excited to announce that Susanna French, the President of the National Federation of Democratic Women, has agreed to serve as our keynote speaker. In 2017, Susanna was elected President after serving as 1st Vice President for two years. She also serves as Emerge KY Board Vice Chair, which trains women to run for office. She is a passionate advocate for women and believes that women have the power to do anything when we come together. When not traveling the country, she is the general manager of Alexander Development – Premier Disaster Restoration and the co-owner of a retail business with her husband, Jamie French.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the breakfast and encourage attendees to buy their tickets online to speed up the check-in process.

2019 IDWC Annual Breakfast Meeting

The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus wholeheartedly invite Democratic Women throughout Idaho to our Annual Membership Meeting. The Meeting is on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 9 am at the Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner, which is located at 1800 Fairview Avenue in Boise. Tickets to the breakfast are $25.00 per person and can be bought on Eventbrite.

We are proud to announce that our featured speaker will be celebrated novelist Tammy Seley Elliott. Tammy is a veteran of the United States Air Force who served her country proudly for almost three decades before retiring in 2011. Tammy recently served on the Collum for Idaho campaign as Chief of Staff and Chief Multi-tasker. There was no task that Tammy did not complete including serving as a human podium at an event. Tammy and her husband currently reside in the Treasure Valley area and have two grown children.

We encourage all Idahoans to join our organization and to work together in electing more Democratic Women to public office. To become a member or renew your existing membership, you must complete the Registration Form and pay the annual membership dues. Annual membership dues are $20. Seniors (65 and older) and students can join for $10. Members are encouraged to attend and participate in the breakfast meeting as we will be electing the IDWC Secretary and Treasurer along with Regional Directors for regions 1, 2, 3, and 7.

Although our annual membership meeting centers on enjoying a great breakfast and discussion, the agenda also includes the election of individuals to the above aforementioned vacant IDWC leadership positions. Therefore, we encourage our members to stand for election. Consequently, if you wish to be considered for an open position, please submit your name and a summary of your qualifications to Gini Ballou. If you seek to hold a Regional position, please include the region. Region information is available on our Officer page.

Additionally, don’t forget that we are seeking nominees for the Dottie Stimpson and the Distinguished Woman awards. The Stimpson award honors an IDWC member who demonstrates perseverance, persistence, patience, passion, commitment, and leadership. IDWC co-founder Dottie Stimpson inspired the award. The Distinguish Woman award, on the other hand, is a way for us to recognize the contributions of rising star. You can submit a nominee by filling out the online Nomination Form or submit the nomination details in an e-mail to our Awards Committee Chair: Shirley McFaddan. All nominees must be active IDWC Members. Submissions are due by February 15.

For more information about this event, please contact our organization by via email at idahodwc@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

2019 Womxn’s March Across Idaho

Women marched on January 19, 2019, to rally and speak up about the direction of this nation all across Idaho. Women are empowered to stand up and get involved in various ways to make a difference in their communities. Women are the backbone of this country and we applaud all those individuals who took the time to attend this annual event.

Region 5 Director Karen Bliss and IDWC President Gini Ballou participated in the March in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Various officers of the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus also participated in their communities. We believe that actions speak loudly and are proud to advocate more equality in Idaho.

Region 7 Director Julie Dahlgren participated in the March in Boise, Idaho.

2019 Idaho Women in Blue

Members of the IDWC Executive Committee and public visited the State Capitol to lobby for our issues.

We had a great time at the Idaho State Capitol at this year’s Women in Blue event. We spoke with many of the legislators about the importance of expanding Medicaid without restrictions. It was nice to see of our new female Democratic legislators including Muffy Davis and Brooke Green representing our interests on the floor. We would like to thank everyone who came out and encourage everyone to go to the Womxn’s March tomorrow.