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.

Women in Blue 2019

We will begin with a picture of everyone wearing BLUE on the Capital steps at 9:00AM MT. The Idaho Capital building is located at 700 W. Jefferson St. in Boise. Afterward, we will head inside to be introduced on both the House and the Senate floors. The Capital is a beautiful building, with a rich history and somewhere all Idahoans should visit and feel at home.

Plan on staying for lunch at the Capital Cafeteria, where they actually have great food and at reasonable prices. Afterward, we will head over to the IBEW Local 291’s office at 1:30PM MT. Their office is located at 225 N. 16th St. #110 in Boise. We will make posters for Saturday’s Women’s March and hear a presentation on how to lobby effectively. We plan on finishing at 3:00PM MT.

Women In Power

Around the country, democratic leaders and especially women leaders, are making headlines. The mock-up magazine cover above, from NFDW President, Susanna French, shows some of the excitement that is going on.

Idaho might not have experienced a huge blue wave that happened in other states but women remain the backbone of our party. Out of five Democratic legislative leadership positions, women occupy four of them. While Idaho remains a very red state, that does not mean that we should not hold our elected officials accountable. They represent everyone, not just those who voted for them.