2018 IDWC Convention Breakfast

Betty Richardson

The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus is proud to announce that Betty Hansen Richardson will be the speaker for the 2018 Convention Breakfast. The breakfast will be held on June 30, 2018, at 7:30am at the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho.

Betty Hansen Richardson is a proud Lewiston native and a strong leader who has proudly served the citizens of Idaho in public service. She broke new ground by being the first woman appointed to the Idaho Industrial Commission and the first woman appointed to serve as Idaho’s United States Attorney. She has a deep love for her community, state, and country and works hard to uphold Democratic values.

Tickets to hear this fabulous speaker cost $25.00 per person and can be bought online here. We encourage all Convention attendees and everyone in the Treasure Valley area who is interested in electing more Democratic women to attend. Attendees will also be able to meet some of our 2018 Idaho Democratic women candidates.

For more information about this event or our organization, please contact us via email or find us on Facebook.

An Amazing Night

Paulette Jordan
Last night was an amazing night for Democratic women across the state. Democratic voters went to the polls in droves and elected impressive female candidates up and down the ballot to advance to the November 2018 general election.

We express our warmest congratulations to Paulette Jordan, Kristin Collum, Cindy Wilson, and Jill Humble to name a few on their historic wins. Last night’s success was great but it not enough to make lasting change. We must remember that while women represent 49.9 percent of Idaho’s population, only 30 percent of the Idaho legislature is made up of women lawmakers.

Our work to elect more female Democratic public servants has just begun. Our candidates need your help more than ever if they are going to win in November and we encourage everyone to contact the candidates to see how you can help. You can find contact information for candidates across the state here.

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.