2018 Truman Banquet

AJ Balukoff and Paulette Jordan

The Bonneville County Democrats will be hosting their annual Truman Banquet on May 5, 2018, at the Waterfront in Idaho Falls. Join them for an evening with your fellow Democrats!

Attendees will hear from our gubernatorial candidates, Paulette Jordan and A.J. Balukoff. Live music will be provided by the Wild Potatoes. They are also going to have a silent auction and dessert auction.

As a reminder, cocktail hour begins at 6 pm and the dinner will begin at 7 pm.

Tickets are $50.00 per person and students can purchase a ticket for $25.00. Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite.

This event is an important opportunity to hear from the two Democratic gubernatorial candidates before the May 15th primary election. Remember this event will help raise funds for the Bonneville County Democrats so they can support their local candidates as they run for office!

For more information about this event, please contact the Bonneville County Democrats via email or find them on Facebook.

Rita Haggardt receives a Community Service award

The following article was published in the Idaho State Journal on April 20, 2018:

Pictured left to right: Marilyn Hensen, president of AARP local chapter 288, Rita Demopoulous Haggardt, award recipient, and Stan Cope, local president of Southeast Idaho Retired Educators.
POCATELLO — The AARP is delighted to recognize Ms. Rita Demopoulous Haggardt with the Community Service Award for all she has done in her community over the past years.

Her efforts have enriched the lives of friends and neighbors and made our community a better place to live.

Every year, as part of the National Volunteer Week, which falls on April 15 to 21, the AARP joins organizations and communities across the country in recognizing exemplary volunteers who serve their fellow citizens in countless ways every day.

The AARP owes much to our local chapter and the Retired Educator’s Association of Idaho volunteers, whose dedication and service make us a great organization.

The following is a list of Rita’s volunteer and organizations that she serves in:

  • Girl Scouts volunteer and NAACP member
  • Pocatello American Association of University Women, 1977 to present
  • League of Women Voters, various positions and committees
  • Zonta, many offices and Past president
  • Bannock Kiwanis Club, various offices
  • American legion Auxiliary, student essay committee chair
  • Pocatello Education Association, various offices and Past president
  • ISU College of Education student teacher adviser for 13 years
  • Fourth-grade teacher at Syringe Elementary for 32 years
  • Alpha Omicron Pi Society, current President
  • Southeast Idaho United Way, volunteer
  • Trinity Episcopal Church, various boards
  • Pocatello neighborhood Watch board, past President
  • Feeding the 5,000 campaign, executive board and past Chair
  • Pocatello Chiefs, chamber member and education committee
  • Delta Kappa Gamma, various office and state level
  • Southeast Idaho Retired Teachers, member and various committees
  • I Love ISU calling campaign, several years
  • Active Scholarship endowment, ISU College of Education
  • Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus, member

The link to the original article is here. As a reminder, Rita Haggardt is also a 2016 Dottie Stimpson Award winner.

2018 Clint Stennett Social in Blaine County

The Blaine County Democrats are gearing up for their annual Clint Stennett Social, which will help raise money to fund a Democratic headquarters this election cycle. Join them for conversation and cocktails and enjoy some yummy food.

The event will be held on Friday, May 4, starting at 6 p.m. at The Valley Club north of Hailey. The event will offer an opportunity for voters and the public to meet Democratic candidates who will be running in 2018.

The cost is $50 per person, and $30 for people under 30. All proceeds will benefit renting the headquarters, which will provide a central spot for our party’s November 2018 election activities.

The event is named after Clint Stennett, a longtime legislator who represented Blaine County in the Idaho Senate. Stennett died in 2010, and was replaced by his wife, current Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum. Clint Stennett faithfully represented Blaine County in the Senate for almost 20 years.

You can buy tickets using Eventbrite or by contacting their organization’s chair via email or by phone at 208-309-0350.

Gini Ballou elected president of Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus

The following article was published in the Idaho Mountain Express on April 16, 2018:

Gini Ballou

Gini Ballou of Hailey was elected president of the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus’ at the group’s annual meeting in Boise following the Frank & Bethine Church Gala on March 10 in Boise.

“I am honored to be elected and excited about the races and work we have coming up,” Ballou said. “We have some great candidates, though it really should be about the issues and not the initials.”

Ballou has been vice president of the caucus since 2009 and was a Sanders delegate alternate at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She served on the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission and was chair of the Blaine County Chapter of Mothers of the Military during the Second Gulf War, co-chair of Blaine County for Obama in 2008 and chair of the Blaine County Democrats from 2009 to 2013, and is a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association.

According to Ballou, the caucus is a forum for Idaho Democratic women to focus on issues of concern, 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 public office. Founding members include former House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet, a resident of Ketchum. The caucus is recognized as the Idaho chapter of the National Federation of Democratic Women.

The link to the original article is here.