2020 Breakfast Meeting

Liyah Babayan 2020 meeting
Liyah Babayan¬†telling her powerful story at the¬†Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus on March 8, 2020.

This year’s breakfast had an amazing turnout despite the early hour and we had a fabulous meeting on this special day. Our keynote speaker, Liyah Babayah, gave a great speech entitled From the Crumbs of the American Dream. She spoke about her family’s genocide survival story and how they are healing from the violence they escaped in Baku, Azerbaijan. She also touched upon the importance of International Women’s Day and how it seems to be overlooked in the United States.

Our annual meeting also featured the presentation of our two annual awards. We had a total of ten nominees for our awards this year and the awards committee had a very difficult time deciding upon the winners.

The nominees for the Dottie Stimpson Award included Cherie Buckner-Webb, Elaine Smith, Sam Sandmire, Lori Burelle, Diana Rowe, Rebecca Schroeder, and Linda Simmons. This year’s winner was Representative Elaine Smith of Pocatello, who is retiring after this year. You can read more about our winner here.

There were three nominees for the Young Distinguished Woman Award and they included Paulette Jordan, Mary Kuehler, and Courtney Hamilton. This year’s winner was Courtney Hamilton of Ketchum. You can read more about our winner here.

All current executive board members were re-elected and we still have vacancies for Directors in regions 1, 2, and 7 at this point in time.