2024 Frank Church Weekend Breakfast

This year’s breakfast was held on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at the Boise Centre and kicked off the annual Frank Church weekend. We had an amazing speaker in NFDW Western Regional Director Audrey Dempsey. She spoke about the importance of women, the power and history of the NFDW. Her final words, “every voice, every action, every vote can make a difference,” should resonate with each of us.

This year’s award winner is Karen Bliss of Hailey, who serves as our Region 5 Director. She also is the IDP Legislative District 26 Chair where she is a force to be reckoned with. She has recruited new members to the party, mentored local chairs such as in Jerome; she’s been instrumental in fundraising programs in the
state and in her county, even soliciting local merchants and others to participate in silent auctions to raise money.

This year’s award winner is State Representative Sue Chew of Boise. Sue Chew, a pharmacist, is one of the longest standing members of the House of Representatives. She has served Idaho with great passion and stands up for those who are most vulnerable. She has knocked on doors in her own district and across the state because she values what people think and she loves connecting with people so she can solve problems.

We are proud to announce that this year’s award winner is Jata Ghandi of Idaho Falls. She currently serves as the Idaho Young Democrats Diversity and Inclusion Chair and is a member of the 2024 IDP’s Idaho Affirmative Action Committee. She is a 22-year-old filled with passion and determination, and harbors ambitious aspirations and dreams. She balances being a full-time student at University of Utah in SLC while attending local and regional Democratic Party meetings.

We also held our annual business meeting at the breakfast. We elected Officers and appointed a new Treasurer to finish out the term of retiring Susan Eastlake. We thank her for her service and wish her the best of luck in the future. We selected BJ Swanson of Troy as our New Treasurer, she also serves as the Latah County Treasurer.

Please welcome our newly elected Board Members: Julia Parker of Moscow (Region 2 Director), Colleen Gross of Troy (Region 4 Director), and Gretchen Wissner of Moscow (Secretary). Linda Leeuwrik of Pocatello was re-elected as Region 6 Director. And as this is Women’s History Month, let’s celebrate the Idaho women who made history winning this year’s IDWC awards!

2024 Women in Blue

On March 8, 2024, we had our Idaho Women in Blue event in Boise, commemorating International Women’s Day. This was our first in person Women in Blue event in many years. We had a great group of women come to the Statehouse where we were introduced on both the House and the Senate floors. It was awesome seeing so much Blue in such a beautiful building. We also want to thank Senator Melissa Wintrow, Representative Steve Berch and Representative Lauren Necochea for meeting with our group. Next
year, we hope to be able to get even more women to come join us!

The NFDW Women in Blue featured Democratic all-stars from the country and other notable guests. It was also held on March 8, 2024 via Zoom. It offered Democratic women from across the state the chance to participate if they were unable to come to the Statehouse. This year’s purpose was to promote the fight to Save Women’s Health Care from extreme MAGA Republicans ripping it away from millions of Americans. Each state was asked to submit a 2 minute video presentation showcasing the hard work and success over the past year from their respective state. You can click on the button below to see our submission.

2024 Idaho Women in Blue Day

Come join us as we pack the Statehouse!

Join us for the Idaho Women in Blue Day at the Capitol as we speak with our Legislators and prepare for the year ahead! We will meet at the Statehouse Rotunda at 9:30AM. The Idaho Capitol building is located at 700 W. Jefferson St. in Boise. Afterward, we will head inside to be introduced on both the House and the Senate floors. The Capitol is a beautiful building, with a rich history and somewhere all Idahoans should visit and feel at home. Come help us pack the Statehouse!

2024 Annual Breakfast

The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus wholeheartedly invites Democratic Women throughout Idaho to our 2024 Annual Breakfast & Membership Meeting. This year’s meeting will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 7:45 am at the Boise Centre in Boise. Tickets for the breakfast are $30.00 per person.

Our featured speaker is National Federation of Democratic Women Western Regional Director Audrey Dempsey. She also serves as the President of the Nevada Federation of Democratic Women and is the founding Chair of the Nevada Women’s Caucus. She entered the political field in 2007 as a photographer for the Culinary Union. This gave her the opportunity to meet all of the Presidential candidates. When she met former President Obama she was hooked and worked not only as a photographer but a Precinct Captain. She has stayed involved ever since.

After the breakfast portion of the event, we will hold our annual membership meeting. At our membership meeting, we shall be electing the President, Secretary, and Regional Directors for Regions 2, 4 and 6.

We encourage all Idahoans to join our organization and to work together in electing more Democratic women into public office. To become a member or renew your existing membership, you must pay the annual membership dues. Annual membership dues are $20. Seniors (65 and older) and students can join for $10.

For more information about this event, please contact our organization via email at BALLOU2350@msn.com or find us on Facebook.