Update from the Chair

As the year comes to a close, I would like to express my appreciation for all your hard work in helping our candidates with their campaigns. Our statewide election did not come out the way we had hoped despite all of our efforts. However, we did have some successes at the local level and we can celebrate those elections. Now we need to look forward to the future and begin strengthening our organization for next year. The first thing that comes to mind is our Dottie Stimpson Award. We will be presenting the Award at our annual Membership Meeting in Boise in March.

Dottie Stimpson Award Nominations

The Dottie Stimpson Award honors a woman who has demonstrated perseverance, persistence, patience, passion, commitment and leadership such as Dottie Stimpson has over the years as she founded the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus. Dottie’s work on behalf of the Democratic Party and the Women’s Caucus has been significant, and in this way, we honor her loyalty, energy, and support. If you would like to nominate an IDWC member for this award, please contact Shirley McFaddan, Chair of the Awards Committee. The Deadline for submitting names is January 15, 2015.

Membership Renewals Due

It’s past time to renew your membership. If you have already renewed or you do this every year at the Frank Church IDWC Membership Breakfast, please disregard this message. Remember to be able to participate on the executive board or a committee or to vote at the membership meeting, you need to be a member in good standing. So it is very important that dues are paid regularly, as they help support our organization’s activities.

Going through the list of members there are quite a few who have not paid this year 2014 or 2013. We have it now set up online, so you can renew your membership or become a member here and pay your yearly dues. It is so easy that many members pay their dues this way. Check it out!

T-Shirts

We have blue t-shirts for the day when we have “Blue on the Hill”. Holli Woodings started this last year. Let’s continue it! We can wear them at events, parades, and picnics. Let’s show that we are proud to be Democrats. The t-shirt tagline is “This Dem is a Gem”. We are the “Gem State” and we, ladies are certainly gems. Order one of our new fabulous T-shirts here.

Thank you for your participation and cooperation.

Barb Harris, Chair of the Idaho Democratic Woman’s Caucus

Frank and Bethine Church Gala means IDWC Annual Breakfast

Every year, Idaho Democrats gather in Boise to celebrate the lives and legacies of Idaho’s first couple: Frank and Bethine Church.  This annual fundraising event will be especially meaningful this year with the recent passing of Bethine in December. We encourage anyone with a calling to work for progressive change in Idaho (especially women) to consider attending this event. This weekend long event also serves as the meeting place for IDWC faithful for our annual breakfast meeting.

The Gala takes place Friday evening, March 14 from 6 – 9:30 pm. Our breakfast follows, on Saturday morning, March 15 from 8-9:30 am. This breakfast is the time that the IDWC elects its new leadership and presents the Dottie Simpson Award which recognizes the contributions of an active member of the IDWC.

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