IDWC Luncheon featuring Rep. Shirley Ringo
Join the IDWC and special guest Shirley Ringo for our First IDWC Saturday Luncheon. Shirley is the District 5 (Moscow) representative in the Idaho State House of Representatives who is challenging Raul Labrador in Idaho’s District 1 for US Congress in 2014. She will be in Coeur d’Alene on Saturday, October 19, 2013, to introduce her campaign and answer questions about her planned run for the US Congress.
Ringo Taking the Hill
Rep. Shirley Ringo confirmed with press this week that she is running for Congress in the 1st District.
The issues and mood are in her favor. The votes aren’t far behind. Don’t worry about the naysayers. Pundits are good at recapping yesterday’s news but, as a general rule, they can’t predict a sunset.
Idaho defies analysis. We simply don’t play by rules that follow any other state’s game. Consider this description of Idaho Democrats by House Minority Leader John Rusche:
“Idaho Democrats, we go hunting and shooting and believe in mining and agriculture and timber. So sometimes we’re not quite in sync with the message of the national Democratic Party.”
Read the full story at IdahoDems.org.
IDWC Garage Sale Fundraiser
The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus is holding its annual garage sale on September 13 to raise needed funds. See Event Details.
Idaho Democratic Caucus Gathering
What do LDS, Latinos, Women, the LGBTA community, Veterans and young people between the ages of 16-35 all have in common? They all have a powerful reason to care about electoral politics and making sure our State is headed in the right direction. If you want to see what could happen when a group of passionate, caring people with similar interests come together please join us to learn more about our Idaho Democratic Caucuses. For a better, balanced Idaho!
- Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus
- LDS Democrats of Idaho
- Idaho Democratic Latino Caucus
- Idaho Democratic Veteran’s Caucus
- Idaho Young Democrats
- LGBTA Democrats of Idaho
Choose a place and time that is convenient for you & come see what’s new in the Idaho Democratic Party!
- Friday, July 12 in Moscow from 5-6pm in Rm 103 of the Menard Law Building at U of I
- Saturday, July 13 in CDA from 1-2pm at 1124 Sherman Ave (Enter on 12th Ave.)
- Sunday, July 14 in Plummer from 1-2pm at 1115 B Street
- Monday, July 15 in Lewiston from 5-6pm TBA
- Wednesday, July 17 in Twin Falls from 5-6pm TBA
- Thursday, July 18 in Hailey from 5-6pm at 1050 Fox Acres Road
- Friday, July 19 in Idaho Falls 5-6pm TBA
- Saturday, July 20 in Pocatello from 1:30-2:30pm at 355 Yellowstone Ave.
- Saturday, July 27 in Meridian TBA
Gratitude Expressed for CASA Baby Shower
The women were so very generous in their baby gifts to CASA including many beautiful outfits. Many boxes of diapers, always needed and most welcome, were also received. Diane Shriner, a CASA supervisor had the pleasure of opening the gifts as the “surrogate mother” for the evening. During the festivities, the group enjoyed wine, soft drinks and delicious hors d’oeuvres supplied by women’s club members. As an added treat, Tamara Poelstra and her daughter engaged everyone in fun “baby shower games” complete with prizes.
The shower was given by the Kootenai Democratic Women’s Association as a benefit for CASA on May 30, 2013. The party was hosted by Victoria Roberg at her beautiful home in Coeur d’Alene and attended by 23 wonderful women. Dan English, CASA Program Director, dropped in to thank everyone for their generous contributions on behalf of our tiniest kids.
The general consensus seemed to be ” This was so fun, let’s do it again in the future!” A heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this event possible from the CASA Program and our smallest kids in need.
The mission of the Kootenai Democratic Women’s Association is to increase the involvement of women in the Democratic Party, to contribute to and to work for Democratic candidates, and to encourage and prepare more women to run for and be elected to public offices at all levels of government. The association meets on the last Thursday of every month at noon at Michael D’s Eatery at 203 Coeur d Alene Lake Dr, Coeur d’Alene, ID.
North Idaho CASA serves Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, and Shoshone Counties. The program serves over 750 children that have been abused or neglected annually. There mission is to recruit, train, and support a diverse network of dedicated Guardian ad Litem CASA volunteers to represent abused and neglected children in the communities they serve.
In Her Shoes
High-heeled walk, fun run aim to raise awareness about prevention of domestic and sexual abuse
By DEVIN HEILMAN/CDAPRESS Staff writer/July 1, 2013
COEUR d’ALENE — Owen Benson donned a violet sash that read “I am man enough.” He chose to sport the sash because he couldn’t quite squeeze his size 12 feet into a pair of high heels.
But he did give it an honest effort.
Benson, 20, and his mom, MaryJo Kringas, both of Coeur d’Alene, arrived in front of the Human Rights Education Institute on Saturday morning to support the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes rally, an effort to raise awareness about the prevention of domestic and sexual violence.
“The fact that we have strong men in our community putting heels on to walk in solidarity with women who are oppressed in our community is just wonderful,” Kringas said. She is a member of the HREI and learned of the event through its newsletter. She asked her son to join her because they both believe in social causes for women.
“I truly believe in that, and my son has always supported me in that,” Kringas said. “I consider it to be really wonderful of him to want to be in support of women too.”
Buckner-Webb named National Mother of Achievement for 2012
Boise, Idaho—On Friday, May 4, 2012, Idaho State Representative Cherie Buckner-Webb was named National Mother of Achievement for 2012. The ceremony was held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC during the organization’s annual convention.
National Mother of Achievement— State Representative, Cherie Buckner-Webb, is the first woman in the State of Idaho to receive the honor of being named Mother of Achievement by the Idaho Chapter of American Mothers, Inc. As a state recipient, she was eligible for the national honor of being named National Mother of Achievement. Winners were announced on May 4, 2012, at the annual convention of American Mothers, Inc. Buckner-Webb was one of only five National Mothers of Achievement in the inaugural class of 2012. According to Miki Farris, 2012 Awards Chairman, “She should be very proud, as there were many great candidates nominated for this recognition.”
Van Leuven holds her own at the AFL/CIO Trap Shoot
IDWC Member and United Steel Worker (retired) Dixie Van Leuven held her own at the AFL/CIO Trap shoot held Sunday June 9 at the Buell Ranch in Worley. Van Leuven hit the most targets among the women who shot. Union member and fellow trap shooter, Ken Wiesmore, is one of our Union Brothers who supported the Women’s Caucus event through his attendance and participation in the tournement. In the photo is Joe Mahoney presenting Ken Wiesmore and Dixie VanLeuven their first place trophies at the awards ceremony.
IDWC Annual Breakfast and Board Meeting
SAVE THE DATE: The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus Annual Breakfast and Board Meeting will take place in February 2014 on the morning after the 2014 Frank and Bethine Church Gala in Boise. We will also be presenting the Dottie Stimpson Award so start thinking about who you would nominate. Review our past Dottie Simpson Award Winners. For additional information about the annual meeting please see our Membership page.
Election 2012 in Idaho
Thinking of the election results. It would be easy to focus on what didn’t happen, but I’d rather focus on what did happen and the positives. The defeat of the Luna Bills! Education Bills, Not only was this great for our state policy wise, it also showed that voters are willing to vote against a Republican supported piece of legislation (baby steps).
Having numerous candidates for legislative seats. We had 38 Democratic women though out the state running. Although many were not successful, if you use the analogy of keep throwing darts at the board till something sticks, well we need darts in the first place before we can get any to “stick.”
The Nicole LeFavour campaign: A liberal, openly gay, female candidate going against a Republican incumbent whom has no big controversy around him was able to get nearly 35% of the vote, (this was in LDS territory) in a year where there was a LDS candidate on the top of the Republican ballot, this in my book is a positive. The Nicole LeFavour campaign was also able to put together an impressive fundraising effort and organization throughout the district.
IDWC Chair, Barb Harris
Open Letter from IDWC Chair Barb Harris
Our annual Breakfast after the Frank Church Dinner we had the New Mexico Western Regional Director, Marie Sedillo from National Federation of Democratic Women as our guest speaker. She had lots of information on the Federation and the IDWC Board decided to join. We felt that this will help IDWC to grow we could network with other states and give us more direction.
The National Federation of Democratic Women had their yearly convention May 17 -22, in Washington, D.C. NFDW wanted to give us our Charter at the convention (I suppose that is protocol) I didn’t want to wait another year and maybe get it next year, besides it was in D.C. and offering a tour of the White House and going to the Capitol, Women in Blue on the Hill, how could I not go. I fretted about the money it would cost, the long plane flight, changing planes. Could not get reservations at the hotel for the first night, where would I stay in the airport or in the Hotel lobby. All in All I made some phone calls. Found a place to stay with a friend that first night in D.C. and a roommate from Missouri to share cost of Hotel.
What a trip! WOW! Rob Ellsworth, Walt Minnick’s chief of staff and now his business partner, picked me up at midnight on Tues the May 17th then took me to my hotel by 6am next morning to check in and go to the White House Tour by 7am. Bless him, helps to have special friends in designated places. After the tour I got a couple hours of sleep, then off to the Odyssey dinner cruise. So much fun live band, good food, good company sat with women from Georgia, Michigan, Missouri and West Virginia.
Thursday morning Women in Blue on the Hill, at the Capitol to meet representatives from our states, my roommate were from Missouri so I went with her and the Missouri delegation and met with Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill. After we talked with her and took pictures one of her staff took us through the Capitol basement on the tram. The Capitol is HUGE.
Friday, first day of convention was exciting and so very interesting. Started out having breakfast with NFDW Presidents from 32 states, there were 320 delegates and on final day 279 voting delegates.
Took care of business, roll call of states and officers, credentials, rules, reports all that good stuff. Then Alaska, Idaho, New York received our Charter. The Charter is beautiful, not what I expected. Can’t wait till you All see it. Then there were bylaw changes to be approved.
We heard from the Mayor of D.C. Vincent C Gray, whose mission is to have Congress approve Statehood for his 600,000 citizens. Point of interest, Congress approves D.C. budget and not usual in a timely matter. This would not be the case if they were a state.
There were two workshops in the afternoon one from U.S. Assistant Secretary of Aging and Chair DC State Committee on “The power of Women”. I picked up some great things to think about.
Faith, Focus and Force. Faith, believe in yourself, Focus, always going to be obstacles, Force, keep moving no stopping till goal.
Another one I liked Christine from Oklahoma said “Blue Roots, Red Dirt”. Love it!
Saturday was election of new officers, so there is a complete change of the Board. Christine Pelosi spoke on “Young Democrats Answer to America’s Call to Service”
Afternoon we had a workshop ‘Young Democratic Women; Learn to Run, Learn to Lead”
Next year’s NFDW convention is in Kentucky and I would like to see more of the IDWC Board go.
When I took this position with the Woman’s caucus I wasn’t sure of the direction we needed to go, I guess I just wasn’t sure what I needed to do. I had ideas no direction. Since the convention I have felt more confident, have ideas of what I want to do. I have been in contact with regional directors; they have been working on their database for their region. I have been to Weiser Central Committee meeting, reported on convention. We have helped sponsor Idaho Young Democrats trip to Kentucky last of July to get their Charter from National Young Democrats.
Looking for someone to help with a quarterly newsletter, checking on pricing to update the Website,
I am working on a IDWC Yard Sale, July 15 & 16th, a few women have donated from Kootenai County we are pricing, sorting, what a job. We need to think of ways to make money.
IDWC will be in Sun Valley October 28, 29, breakfast on the 30th.
IDWC Chair, Barb Harris