2018 IDWC Annual Breakfast Meeting

Paulette Jordan and AJ Balukoff

The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus wholeheartedly invite Democratic Women throughout Idaho to our Annual Membership Meeting. The Meeting is on Sunday, March 11, 2018, 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 speakers will be two of the Democratic candidates for Governor of Idaho — Paulette Jordan and A.J. Balukoff! Come join us at the Sunday breakfast to hear about their respective campaigns and where they stand on the issues. It is a great opportunity to meet the candidates in person and learn more about their plans for moving Idaho forward.

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 President and Vice President along with Regional Directors for regions 2, 4, and 6.

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 Barbara Harris. 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 Committee Chair: Shirley McFaddan. All nominees must be active IDWC Members. Submissions are due by February 15.

Over the past year, women all across American have organized for action. This historic civil rights movement emboldened women around the country to take a greater role in our political process. In fact, more women than ever before are running for elected office even in Idaho. The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus celebrates this momentous change and is fully committed to making this potential political shift a reality.

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

Women’s March Draws Women In Blue

Women's March Banner

The second annual Women’s March Draws Women In Blue to State Capital is being held this weekend. The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus is proud to encourage our members who live in the Treasure Valley to attend. It is scheduled to begin on January 21, 2018, at 10 am at the Idaho State Capitol Steps. The rally is an effort to refocus attention on the Women’s Movement and rally local Democrats to the cause.

Democratic Women should wear blue t-shirts to the rally. The Women in Blue will meet just inside the front door. Show your support by helping us create a sea of Blue! Our voices matter and it is time that Democratic women of all backgrounds utilized their various abilities to make a difference in Idaho.

Remember that is was just under a year ago that the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus joined the Women’s March across Idaho and made history. On January 21, 2017, a Women’s March on Idaho took place in Boise in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington. It brought together thousands of Idahoans to raise awareness about women’s issues.  It was one of many “sister” marches which took place throughout the country.

The Women’s March is an effort to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities. Working together, the organization intends to create transformative social change. This women-led coalition educates women on a diverse range of issues like ending violence against women and improving the rights of women, workers, immigrants and other oppressed groups. The group also serves as an entry point for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through training, outreach programs, and events. The movement is “committed to dismantling systems of oppression” using the principles of nonviolent resistance.

2017 Stimpson Award Goes To…Donna Pence


Donna Pence

Blaine County Democrats would like to nominate Donna Pence for the Dottie Stimpson Award.

Donna was elected to the District 26B House Seat in 2004 and served 6 terms before retiring in 2016. As a District 26 Legislator, she was always available to her constituents. Whenever a problem arose, Donna made it a priority to listen to concerns and take immediate action to find solutions.picture of Donna PenceDonna was out and about the District and available to community members and elected officials. She worked for her constituents throughout the year not just during the Legislative Session in Boise.

A graduate of the University of Idaho and with a Masters in Education from Idaho State University, Donna worked up to leadership roles in the Nature Conservancy’s “Thousand Springs Festival”, and was active in the Idaho Education Association serving in local and regional positions. She served as a State Director of The American Association of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation for 6 years, and held local and state position in Delta Kappa Gamma (a teacher’s society) including State President. She has also served three terms as Worthy Matron for Cosmopolitan Chapter of Eastern Star and filled many offices of the Gooding United Methodist Church.

She has had a lifelong commitment to providing educational and sporting opportunities for girls. She has established leagues, coached in both paid and volunteer positions, and tirelessly advocated for equal facilities and scheduling for girls in Track and Field, Basketball, Volleyball, and Softball. Donna served on the Education, Natural Resources, and Ag Committees and in 2013 was elected as Minority Caucus Chair. She was a delegate to the Democrat Convention last year.

She retired in 2016 after identifying Sally Toone to run successfully for the office. She is still active in the party, currently serving as Gooding County Chairman and Vice Chairman of Legislative District 26. Donna is an excellent choice to be honored for her past work and we know she has more to offer. She is a great role model for the women in this state.

Thank you for your consideration,
Janie Davidson

2017 IDWC Annual Meeting Concludes

We would like to thank all attendees for showing their support at the recently concluded 2017 IDWC Annual Meeting. It was a wonderful meeting with new and old faces who came together to learn more about how to elect Democratic women to public office after the election of Donald J. Trump.

Christine Tiddens

To begin, we would like to thank Christine Tidden for giving the keynote address this year. Christine is the Policy Director for Idaho Asset Building Network and Close the Gap Idaho. She spoke about the status of healthcare in Idaho and the implications regarding the current efforts to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act aka “Obamacare”.

Donna Pence

In addition, we are also excited to announce that Donna Pence was selected to receive the Dottie Stimpson Award for 2017. Donna is a Blaine County Democrat. She was elected to the District 26B House Seat in 2004 and served 6 terms before retiring in 2016. She is still active in the party, currently serving as Gooding County Chairman and Vice Chairman of Legislative District 26. We are honored to recognize Donna Pence for her advocacy and tireless dedication to women’s issues.  Read Donna’s nomination letter.

Finally, we have three new Regional Directors to announce.  The following women stepped forward to fill existing vacancies. They are Pat Hartwell for Region 3, Karen Bliss for Region 5 and Julie Dahlgren for Region 7. We congratulate and thank them for their willingness to lead.