We would like to thank everyone who took the time out of their busy lives and attended our recent Breakfast Meeting in Boise held last weekend. We had a great turnout filled with both fresh and known faces that are excited to help us get more women into public office.
We had a wonderful keynote speaker, National Federation of Democratic Women President Susanna French, who told us about how far we have come with women in public office and how far we have to go. As long as we rank below Ethiopia, our efforts are still a work in progress. She also informed us that forty-four other states have their statewide Democratic women’s organizations a voting seat on their executive committee while Idaho does not. Remember that women are the backbone of the party and not a “special interest” group.
Janie Davidson, the current chair of the Blaine County Democrats, is this year’s Dottie Stimpson award winner. She possesses the courage to do what she believes will benefit all Democrats and the well being of the Blaine County Democrats. She is a selfless leader has a very complex volunteer job as chair and dedicates countless hours to helping others in her area. She is this year’s winner due to her selfless leadership and tireless efforts to keep her district blue in the face of unique challenges.
Jessi was elected as Idaho Young Democrats President last year and has done a tremendous job. She has recruited, door knocked, phone banked and trained other volunteers. She does this while raising her daughter, helping her with school and Girl Scouts, and Jessi also creates beautiful jewelry.
Idaho is lucky to have such a dedicated and talented young woman, who is willing and driven, to share her heart with others. Her actions demonstrate why she was chosen as this year’s Young Distinguished Woman Award winner.
Finally, we would like to thank our new Executive Board Members for their willingness to step up and try to make a difference. Our new Treasurer is Bev Robinson, who was the IDWC Secretary. The new IDWC Secretary is Lee Hendricks from Pocatello, Idaho. The New Region 4 Director is Elle Casner, who recently stepped down as the Idaho Democratic Party’s Executive Director. Region’s 3 Director, Pat Hartwell, was re-elected at the meeting. Region’s 5 Director, Karen Bliss, was also re-elected at the meeting. Region’s 7 Director, Julie Dahlgren, was also re-elected at the meeting. At this point in time, Regions 1 and 2 Director positions are vacant.