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2018 0424 Late-April e-news / COOKIES NEEDED!

posted Apr 25, 2018, 10:27 AM by Douglas County Democrats   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 10:31 AM ]

Dear NCW Democrats and friends,

 

Spring is here, thankfully.  New growth and color, warmer weather, cleansing rains—all remind us to be hopeful and to dig into important tasks ahead.

 

Over the past 7-10 days, we said “hello” to CD8 candidates Kim Schrier and Shannon Hader as they worked their way throughout NCW.  They’ll be back, as will Jason Rittereiser and CD4 candidate Christine Brown.  Each of them has told us how valuable it is to meet you and hear your comments, answer your questions.  We've offered support to each of the candidates, in hopes that meeting them will help you decide who will earn your votes in August and November.  


As Democrats, we've also continued to express our thoughts through voting, contacting elected officials, and by showing up at canvasses, forums, and rallies.  Each civic action matters.  We know there’s a lot to do, but many people are working hard to right this ship.  Please join in when you can.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED THIS WEEK/WEEKEND:

 

·         April 27-29Nason Creek Rest Area fundraiser; Dems to staff rest stop booth and serve cookies/coffee/conversation to Stevens Pass travelers!  Cookies and volunteers needed!  SIGN UP HERE (control+click)! (or cut/paste this link: http://signup.com/go/qZDBmsO)  Twice each year our county organizations staff the Nason Creek Rest Stop as a community service and to raise donated funds that help with our annual operating expenses.  It’s also a soft way to advertise that Democrats are alive and well in NCW and to do some internal team-building!  Please consider helping by donating cookies or other supplies (see the list via the link) or by volunteering to spend a couple of hours in the good company of other Dems and weekend travelers—you meet the most interesting people.  This will be a great weekend! 

The schedule, so far (need 2 per shift):

Date

9a—Noon

Noon—3p

3p—6p

6p—9p

Fri, April 27, 2018

Karen K

Dick A

Dick A

Pam M

Dick A

Pamela P

 

 

Sat, April 28, 2018

Karen K


 

Frances T

 

Sun, April 29, 2018

Pam M

Lois R

 

 

Karen K

Bill M

Donations to-date:

Past experience suggests we’ll need ~125 dozen cookies and add’l supplies for a 3-day weekend (maybe more, as this is Apple Blossom!).  So far, 45 doz cookies and various supplies have been donated (thank you, to all who’ve signed up!)  There’s still plenty of opportunity for you!  If you can make or purchase cookies/etc or spend a few hours staffing the booth, your contributions will really help!  PS Homemade or store-bought—all are fine.

***If you intend to donate cookies or other supplies, you can call or text 509-630-3055 for pick-up/delivery options OR bring them to “Taste O’ Politics” on Thursday evening!

 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:

 

“Taste O’ Politics” Democratic Gathering: monthly no-host evening social gathering of Democrats and friends

·         WHEN: Thursday, April 26 (last Thurs ea mo), 5—7pm

·         WHERE:  Jones Tasting Room, Pybus Market, Wenatchee

·         PROGRAM:  Relaxed political discussion among friends, sharing info about upcoming events.  Bring friends

 

“Coffee Break” Democratic Gathering: twice-monthly no-host social gathering of Democrats and friends

·         WHEN: Tuesday, May 1 and 15 (1st and 3rd Tues ea month), 10a—noon

·         WHERE:  In the center concourse near Ice Restaurant, Pybus Market, Wenatchee

·         PROGRAM:  Enjoy political discussion among friends, share about upcoming events.  Drop by for a few minutes or an hour!

 

NCW DEMOCRATS’ GENERAL MEETING: monthly program and business meeting—first Wednesday ea month, Douglas Co Fire District #2, East Wenatchee.

·         WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, 6:30p social/7:00p meeting

·         WHERE:  Douglas County Fire District #2 Meeting Room, 377 Eastmont Ave, E Wenatchee

·         PROGRAM:  Candidate announcements.  Brief business meeting to follow.  Refreshments. (Shannon Hader will not attend on 5/2, but will be in NCW on 5/9).   

 

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET THE CANDIDATES!

Wednesday, 5/9 opportunities to meet CD8 Democratic candidate Dr. Shannon Hader (select “blue” links below for details).

·         Coffee with Shannon Hader on Wednesday morning in Leavenworth.  Details in next email.

·         Canvass with Shannon Hader in Wenatchee/E Wenatchee, times tba.  Volunteers welcome.

·         Meet-n-Greet/Q&A with Shannon Hader, Wednesday evening, 6:30—7:45p, Wenatchee Public Library, 309 Douglas St, Wenatchee.  Hosted by NCW Democrats.  Public event – all are welcome!

MULTIPLE opportunities to meet CD4 Democratic candidate Christine Brown.  Join Christine as she travels throughout the 4th Congressional District during the week before Candidate Filing Week.  Meet her and let her know what’s important to you.  Brief schedule below.  More details to follow—please mark your calendars and bring friends.

·         Monday, 5/7 Oroville, Omak, Okanogan

·         Tuesday, 5/8 Winthrop, Twisp

·         Wednesday, 5/9 Bridgeport, Grand Coulee, Coulee Dam, time and locations tbd

·         Thursday, 5/10 Waterville, East Wenatchee, time and locations tbd

·         Friday, 5/11 East Wenatchee morning coffee, Ephrata, Moses Lake, time and locations tbd

·         Saturday, 5/12 other locations in the 4th Congressional District

 

MORE DEMOCRATIC VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

·         May 14-18, CANDIDATE FILING WEEK:  Consider filing to become a PCO for your precinct!  Call us—we’ll have fun doing GOOD together!

·         May 27 (Sunday), FLIP THE 8TH CANVASS with Frances – Cashmere: SIGN UP HERE! (or cut/paste this link: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/6178)  Learn how to do the grassroots work that’s needed to turn out with every voter!  Many future opportunities to help.

 

 

CONSIDER ATTENDING/PARTICIPATING IN UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST:

·         April 25 (Wed), CAFÉ monthly meeting, 5:30 dinner/6:30 program, 766 S Mission St, Wenatchee.  Community for the Advancement of Family Education, a 501c3 organization providing support and education to the immigrant communities of NCW.

·         April 26 (Thurs), STAND AGAINST RACISM—WENATCHEE, 9a—3:15p WVCollege campus, hosted by Wenatchee YWCA.  Info HERE.

·         Register NOW thru 5/11: Climate Conversations NCW Eco-Challenge – “The NCW EcoChallenge is a community-wide competition only for Chelan and Douglas county residents.  Participants challenge themselves to try new, environmentally-friendly behaviors for two weeks. You choose the behaviors you want to commit to doing (from dozens of options) and report your progress online daily. In addition to learning how to reduce your carbon footprint, you have a chance to win valuable individual prizes and cash for the nonprofit agency* of your choice!”  INFO AND SIGN-UP HERE! 

·         June 23 (Sat), 11a—3p: Wenatchee PRIDE Festival 2018, Pybus Market

·         June 26 (Tues): Naturalization Ceremony, time and location tba.

 

Please mark your calendar for these important dates:

 

May 14-18, Statewide Candidate Filing Week; file to run for PCO or other elected office!

June 14 (Thurs), CD8 Candidate Forum – Hader/Rittereiser/Schrier, hosted by NCWUnited, time and location tba (probably evening at Cashmere Riverside Center)

June 15-16, WA-Democratic State Convention, Wenatchee Convention Center; volunteers and observers needed.

June 16, 23, 30, July 7 (Saturdays)Voter Registration at Pybus: Help staff a table and register voters, provide voter info.  Non-partisan activity, volunteering with CAFÉ.  SignUp here!

July 15 (Sun), 5-8p, NCWDem Summer Picnic, HydroPark, E Wenatchee; music by The Saddlerockers, food, candidateskids activities.  All welcome!  SignUp here!

August 7PRIMARY ELECTION

August 11(Sat), NCWDem Summer Ice Cream Social, Walla Walla Pt Park;  SignUp here!

August 22-26, NCW District Fair, Waterville; volunteers needed for Democratic Booth.  Sign-up coming soon.

Sept 5-9, Chelan County Fair, Cashmere; volunteers needed for Democratic Booth.  Sign-up coming soon.

Sept 15, 22, 29, Oct 6 (Saturdays), Voter Registration at Pybus: Help staff a table and register voters, provide voter info.  Non-partisan activity, volunteering with CAFÉ.  SignUp here!

Sept 28-30, Nason Creek Rest Area fundraiser; cookies and volunteers needed!  Sign-up coming soon.

November 6GENERAL ELECTION and election night watch party, location tbd.  Sign-up coming soon.

December Winter In-Gathering, date/location tbd

 

Watch for future emails with dates/events to consider.  Moving into the election season, 2017 candidates will appreciate your donations of time and/or money.  Please engage as you are able.

 

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County

Dan Maher, Chair, 12th LD Democrats


2018 0420 An Invitation To Change History

posted Apr 25, 2018, 10:16 AM by Douglas County Democrats


A commitment of your time and talents!

Our community needs you.  Yes, we Democrats need to have a Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) in every precinct.  The effort this year to elect Democrats at the local, state, and federal levels is dependent upon volunteers who will help identify and encourage like-minded voters to cast their ballots. This can’t be done without person to person contact.  Democratic candidates may not have as much media money as will the Republicans, but with your help we will be able to out-organize them with an effective GOTV (Get Out The Vote) grass-roots campaign.

The Goal: Recruit a great Democrat for each precinct to become PCO.  Filing week occurs during mid-May of even-numbered years (this year: during the week of May 14–18). Filing can be done in person, by mail, or via a link on the county website.  Because a PCO is a volunteer position, there is no filing fee.  PCOs are elected in the August Primary Election and serve 2-year terms.

Some folks have been PCOs for many years.  We thank them for their service and hope they will continue to lead.  Half of the precincts in Chelan and Douglas counties, however, are vacant and in need of representation.  We need and welcome your involvement

Once elected, we’ll provide you with tools, training, and support.  The PCO team that signs up for the 2018-2020 term will be working with existing PCOs and other volunteers and staff for this year’s very important mid-term elections.  They will form the core team for the critical 2020 Presidential election year.  Let that sink in!  Democracy is at risk.  Each PCO and volunteer will make a difference.

Contact either Karen or Bill if you have questions. If you’re willing, but don’t know the number of your precinct, go to MyVote Login—WA.gov and check your personal voter file. Fill out and mail the PCO Declaration of Candidacy Form or go to the county elections site on May 14 to file online (we’ll provide in next email).

Remember, every vote counts and could make the difference.

Karen Keleman, (509) 630-3055                 Bill Miller, (425) 444-9598

Chair, Douglas County Democrats                Chair, Democrats of Chelan County


2018 0415 Mid-April e-news

posted Apr 25, 2018, 9:58 AM by Douglas County Democrats

Dear NCW Democrats and friends,

 

We encourage everyone to help turn the tide of this administration in a way that is appropriate for themselves.  There is much to do, much that can be done.  Each of your efforts matter.  

 

Our job, as local party officials, is to support efforts and help elect people who aspire to the principles and values held by the Democratic Party.  The election season for 2018 is heating up, with many great candidates hoping to gain our support.  Listed below are numerous opportunities to meet candidates in person.  There will be many future opportunities, too.  We apologize whenever there is short notice of these events—we’ll do our best to get the info into your hands as soon as possible, but sometimes there is quick turn-around.  We also have needs for volunteers for many events coming up.  Please show up or sign up to help!

 

ON THE HORIZON – REMINDERS FOR TODAY AND BEYOND:

 

Sunday (4/15) opportunities to meet CD8 Democratic candidates Dr. Kim Schrier and Dr. Shannon Hader (select “blue” links below for details).

·         Coffee with Kim Schrier on Sunday morning, 11a—noon, O’Grady’s Pantry at Sleeping Lady.  Hosted by NCW United.  All are welcome.

·         Meet-n-Greet/Q&A with Kim Schrier on Sunday afternoon, 3—4:30p, 1725 N Wenatchee Ave, Ste F (meeting being held in the Teamsters Union office).  All welcome.

·         Canvass with Shannon Hader, 3:15—5:30p, Wenatchee, Washington Park area. 

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

 

·         April 27-29, Nason Creek Rest Area fundraiser for YOUR local Democratic Party organizing efforts; cookies and volunteers needed!  SIGN UP HERE! (or cut/paste this link: http://signup.com/go/qZDBmsO)  Twice each year our county organizations staff the Nason Creek Rest Stop as a community service and to raise funds to help with annual operating expenses.  It’s also a soft way to advertise that Democrats are alive and well in NCW!  Please consider helping by donating cookies or other supplies (see the list via the link) or volunteering to spend a couple of hours in the good company of other Dems and travelers.

·         Great need for Democrats to step up to become a Democratic PCO for your precinct.  We want to fill all positions in NCW: 89 precincts in Chelan County and 47 in Douglas County! 

o   You are the grassroots activists who will make the difference to help elect the best people to represent us.

o   Help in this vital work to make sure everyone in your neighborhood knows how important it is to vote.

o   PCOs must file for this 2-year-term publicly elected office during the week of May 14—18, 2018. 

o   You may file online that week via the county elections websites OR complete the attached form and take/mail it in.  There is no fee to file. 

o   If your precinct presently has someone who is the PCO (and who is willing to continue), you can volunteer to be part of the team and help do the work. 

o   Email or call Bill or Karen if you are interested. 


​ 

Multiple upcoming events to assist with voter ID / voter turnout canvasses, AND voter registration:

 

·         April 14, “Flip The 8th” Canvass with Bill and Jan, THANK YOU FOR HOSTING THIS EVENT!

·         May 27, “Flip The 8th” Canvass with Frances (date change*), 12:30—3:30p, Cashmere. https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/6178

·         Help Register Voters at Pybus Market in June and Septemberhttp://signup.com/go/HcCjCNu

 

 

“DEMOCRATIC COFFEE BREAK” twice-monthly no-host daytime gathering of Democrats to share and organize —

1st & 3rd Tues ea month. 

·         WHEN:  Tues, April 17 and May 1 & 15, 10a-noon,

·         WHERE:  Pybus Mkt concourse (near Ice Restaurant)

 

NCW DEMOCRATS’ GENERAL MEETING: monthly program and business meeting—first Wednesday ea month,

Douglas Co Fire District #2, East Wenatchee.

·         WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, 6:30p social/7:00p meeting

·         WHERE:  Douglas County Fire District #2 Meeting Room, 377 Eastmont Ave, E Wenatchee

·         PROGRAM:  TBA

 

“TASTE ‘O POLITICS” monthly no-host “happy hour” gathering of Democrats to share and organize—last Thurs ea month.  

Please mark your calendar to attend the next “TO’P” on Thursday, May 26, 5—7p, location TBA.

 

CONSIDER ATTENDING THESE LOCAL EVENTS:

 

·         April 16, “White Privilege: The Other Side of Racial Inequality” 7pm, Canyon Wren Recital Hall – Icicle Cr Center, Leavenworth.  FREE.  Co-hosted by NCW United and Humanities Washington.

·         April 16, “Town Hall Meeting” with LD12 Candidate DR. ANN DIAMOND (Ind), Wenatchee Valley Museum, 7—9p.

·         April 25, CAFÉ Monthly Meeting, 5:30 dinner/6:30 program, 766 S Mission, Wenatchee

·         April 26, Stand Against Racism—Wenatchee, Wenatchee Valley College, 9a—3:15p

·         June 23, Wenatchee PRIDE Festival 2018, Pybus Public Market, 11a—4p

 

Please mark your calendar for these important dates:

April 27-29, Nason Creek Rest Area fundraiser; cookies and volunteers needed!  Sign-up coming soon.

May 14-18, Statewide Candidate Filing Week; file to run for PCO or other elected office!

June 16-17, WA-Democratic State Convention, Wenatchee Convention Center; volunteers and observers needed.

July 15 (Sun), 5-8p, NCWDem Summer Picnic, HydroPark, E Wenatchee; music, food, friends, candidates, kids activities.  All welcome!

August 7, PRIMARY ELECTION

August 11, NCWDem Summer Ice Cream Social, Walla Walla Pt Park;

August 22-26, NCW District Fair, Waterville; volunteers needed for Democratic Booth

Sept 5-9, Chelan County Fair, Cashmere; volunteers needed for Democratic Booth

Sept 28-30, Nason Creek Rest Area fundraiser; cookies and volunteers needed!  Sign-up coming soon

November 6, GENERAL ELECTION and election night watch party, location tbd

December Winter In-Gathering, date/location tbd

 

Watch for emails with additional info, dates/events to consider.

 

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats, 509-630-3055

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County, 425-444-9598

Dan Maher, Chair, 12th LD Democrats, 509-433-7336

4/3/2018--LOCAL DEMOCRATS--Early-Mid April e-news

posted Apr 4, 2018, 8:36 AM by Douglas County Democrats   [ updated Apr 4, 2018, 8:39 AM ]

Please join us Wednesday to welcome both CD8 Candidate Jason Rittereiser and CD4 Candidate Christine Brown.

Jason will be in town all day, meeting with constituents and the media.  Christine will join us for the evening gathering. 

The past week has been like an episode of fast and furious, both at home and around the country and world.  Keep walking toward the light and DON’T STOP!  On the plus side,

·         We marched with over 700 local students and community members, raising voices for safety for our kids and families, improved mental health treatment, and sensible gun laws. 

·         Both counties held conventions to revise and adopt platforms and to elect delegates and alternates who will participate in June in the adoption of the WA State Democratic platform.  Thank you, to the 32 people who participated in this most-democratic process!  Congratulation to

o   Chelan County Delegates/Alternates: Kevin McKee and Frances Titus, Julianne Martinez and Daniel Hammond;

o   Douglas County Delegate/Alternate: Christopher Goehner, Suellen Harris.

·         Democrats showed up for “Coffee Breaks” at Pybus and, even though it had been cancelled, they showed up for the “Taste O’ Politics” event last Thursday!  All who attend are full of ideas and energy and rolling up their sleeves, ready to help organize and engage.  Thank you!

·         Last Saturday, accompanied by a crowd of hundreds in Yakima, Governor Inslee signed a bill into law recognizing Cesar Chavez Day as an official Washington state holiday. Chavez, the legendary farm worker advocate and social justice defender (with Dolores Huerta) fought for justice and representation during his career as an organizer in California from the 1950s onward.  We enthusiastically say, “Si Se Puede!” 

ON THE HORIZON – THIS WEEK AND BEYOND: 

NCW DEMOCRATS’ GENERAL MEETING: monthly program and business meeting—first Wednesday ea month, Douglas Co Fire District #2, East Wenatchee.

·         WHEN: Wednesday, April 4, 6:30p social/7:00p meeting

·         WHERE:  Douglas County Fire District #2 Meeting Room, 377 Eastmont Ave, E Wenatchee

·         PROGRAMMeet-n-Greet and Q&A with CD8 candidate, Jason Rittereiser – one of several great Democratic candidates running to represent the people of WA 8th Congressional District.  Come meet Jason, learn about his life and how he plans to represent us. 

  ALSO meet CD4 Candidate, Christine Brown (Democrat, running unopposed against Dan Newhouse). 

 

Meet CD8 Candidate Kim Schrier on 4/15, 3-5p: location to be announced.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 

·         April 14, RISE & ORGANIZE Canvass – Wenatchee: SIGN UP HERE! (or cut/paste this link: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/5613)

·         April 27-29, Nason Creek Rest Area fundraiser; cookies and volunteers needed!  SIGN UP HERE! (or cut/paste this link: http://signup.com/go/qZDBmsO)  Twice each year our county organizations staff the Nason Creek Rest Stop as a community service and to raise funds to help with annual operating expenses.  It’s also a soft way to advertise that Democrats are alive and well in NCW!  Please consider helping by donating cookies or other supplies (see the list via the link) or volunteering to spend a couple of hours in the good company of other Dems and travelers.

·         April 29, FLIP THE 8TH CANVASS – Cashmere: SIGN UP HERE! (or cut/paste this link: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/6178) 

CONSIDER ATTENDING:

·         April 16, “White Privilege: The Other Side of Racial Inequality” 7pm, Canyon Wren Recital Hall – Icicle Cr Center, Leavenworth.  FREE.  Co-hosted by NCW United and Humanities Washington. 

Please mark your calendar for these important dates:

May 14-18, Statewide Candidate Filing Week; file to run for PCO or other elected office!

June 16-17, WA-Democratic State Convention, Wenatchee Convention Center; volunteers and observers needed.

July 15 (Sun), 5-8p, NCWDem Summer Picnic, HydroPark, E Wenatchee; music, food, music, candidates, kids activities.  All welcome!

August 7, PRIMARY ELECTION

August 11, NCWDem Summer Ice Cream Social, Walla Walla Pt Park;

August 22-26, NCW District Fair, Waterville; volunteers needed for Democratic Booth

Sept 5-9, Chelan County Fair, Cashmere; volunteers needed for Democratic Booth

Sept 28-30, Nason Creek Rest Area fundraiser; cookies and volunteers needed!  Sign-up coming soon

November 6, GENERAL ELECTION and election night watch party, location tbd

December Winter In-Gathering, date/location tbd

 

Watch for an email with additional info, dates/events to consider.

 

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County

Dan Maher, Chair, 12th LD Democrats

3/22/18 LOCAL DEMOCRATS -- 2018 Late-March/Early-April e-news

posted Mar 28, 2018, 11:34 PM by Douglas County Democrats   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 10:12 AM ]

Dear NCW Democrats and friends, 

With so much going on in the world and in our nation, we know it’s exhausting, but please continue to keep your

health and stay involved, as best you can.  There is something that each of us can do, from doing meaningful work, being an honorable community member, to digging deeper to help find solutions.  We think of the old African proverb, 

Out of the WA legislature this year, there is good news.  Stronger voting rights, greater protections for women and minorities, more secure funding for public education, improved opportunities for jobs and pay, safer communities, environmental supports, much more.  Democratic majorities provided the leadership to accomplish much of this, and there is more to do. 

ON THE HORIZON – THIS WEEKEND AND BEYOND: 

Democratic County Convention and Caucuses will be held this Saturday, March 24, beginning at 10am. 

This is a statewide event that will take place in all counties and legislative districts this Saturday (except 6 counties that will hold conventions in April).  All Democrats are invited and encouraged to attend and participate in your jurisdiction.  

Here are the basics for Democrats of Chelan County and Douglas County:

·         WHAT:  Our two county organizations will hold a joint convention, intended to streamline the activities and build community.

·         WHERE:  Clovis Point Intermediate School, E Wenatchee (Map: 1855 4th St SE, East Wenatchee, WA 98802 )

·         WHEN:  Saturday, March 24, 2018, beginning at 10am. 

·         IS THERE A FEENO cost to participate in the county convention.  If elected as a delegate, there will be a $50 registration feerequested by WA State Dems to attend the State Convention.

·         HOW DO I GET INVOLVED:  If you haven’t yet registered online, you may register in person on Saturday.  Anyone can attend.  Only registered voters who are willing to declare themselves to be a Democrat and who agree that their

participation becomes a matter of public record are eligible to run for delegate, vote to elect delegates, and vote to adopt the county party platforms.  Eligible individuals may register to vote at the event and participate fully.

·         BRIEF DEFINITIONS:

o   Platform: a general statement of beliefs, intentions, and values.  We stand on our platform.

o   Plank:  a position on a particular topic or issue.  All our planks, put together, make the platform that we stand on.

o   Resolution: a statement about an individual issue or particular situation that is an “action item”, setting parameters or stating a directive for party action.

·         WORK OF THE COUNTY CONVENTION AND 12TH LD CAUCUS:

o   Elect delegates and alternate(s) to the June WA State Democratic Convention – the State Party Platform

and Resolutions will be the main work of that meeting

§  2 delegates and 2 alternates from Chelan County to represent their portion of the 12th LD at the State Convention

§  1 delegate and 1 alternate from Douglas County to represent their portion of the 12th LD at the State Convention

§  FYI:  Remainder of the 12th LD delegates will be elected at the Okanogan and Grant County Conventions

o   Review draft platform, amend, and then adopt our Democratic Party Platform for each county – the Platform Committee has created the attached draft platform for your advance review.  The adopted platform will stand as our statement of values for the upcoming biennium.

·         WHAT TO EXPECT:  We will open the doors at 10am for registration and allow for sign-ins until 10:45.  (Refreshments provided, materials to review and a few announcements, etc during this time)  Actual delegate selection will begin about 11:00, after the report of the Credentials Committee is received.  Nominations and delegate elections will follow and may take about 30-45 minutes.  After that, we’ll take a brief lunch break (pizza, beverages provided.  Feel free to bring something to share.)  Shortly after noon, we’ll reconvene to begin working on our county platforms, then consideration of any resolutions brought before the body.  We expect to complete this work by 2:15pm.  Times are approximate.

·         DO I NEED TO STAY FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTY CONVENTION:  

 That is up to you. 

o   If you wish to run to be a delegate or alternate to the WA-Dem 

State Convention, June 15-16 (in Wenatchee), you should plan to 

stay until at least noon.  Delegates and alternates must be able 

to attend the State Convention to represent their county/LD. 

NOTE: Delegates will be asked to pay a $50 registration fee to 

help defray expenses prior to attending the State Convention. 

o   Those wishing to participate in the adoption of their county 

platform are encouraged to stay through the afternoon session. 

o   Resolutions (template attached) may be submitted for 

consideration anytime, but will be reviewed near the end of the event.


 March For Our Lives—WENATCHEE AREA (click to follow 

link to event):

·         Where:  Corner of 9th & Chelan, Wenatchee

·         When:  Saturday, March 24, 3:00 PM

 

This march will begin at 3 PM at the old Hasting’s parking lot in Wenatchee. Please share this event with as many students, teachers,

and friends as you can. All are welcome. On March 24th we will take to the streets of Wenatchee, joining the students of Stoneman

Douglas High School and communities across the country and world. March For Our Lives vows to be the last group of students

who have to stand up for fallen children due to senseless gun violence. They vow to demand that their lives and safety become

a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today. Please bring signs in support of ALL children and focus on

eliminating gun violence.  For more information, click on the link below.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/146401859369772/

“DEMOCRATIC COFFEE BREAK” twice-monthly no-host daytime gathering of Democrats to share and organize—

1st & 3rd Tues ea month. 

·         WHEN:  Tues, April 3 and 17, 10a-noon,

·         WHERE:  Pybus Mkt concourse (near Ice Restaurant) 

 NCW DEMOCRATS’ GENERAL MEETING: monthly program and business meeting—first Wednesday ea month,

Douglas Co Fire District #2, East Wenatchee.

·         WHEN: Wednesday, April 4, 6:30p social/7:00p meeting

·         WHERE:  Douglas County Fire District #2 Meeting Room, 377 Eastmont Ave, E Wenatchee

·         PROGRAMMeet-n-Greet and Q&A with CD8 candidate, Jason Rittereiser

Come meet Jason, learn about his life and plans to represent us. 


 

(CD8 Candidate Kim Schrier has a conflict for this date and will be rescheduled for a date later in April). 

“TASTE ‘O POLITICS” monthly no-host “happy hour” gathering of Democrats to share and organize—last Thurs ea month.  

We’ve made an executive decision to cancel the 3/29 event, due to the many other activities this month.  Please mark your calendar to attend the next “TO’P” on Thursday, April 26, 5—7p, location tbd. 

Please mark your calendar for these important dates:

April 27-29, Nason Creek Rest Area fundraiser; cookies and volunteers needed!  Sign-up coming soon.

May 14-18, Statewide Candidate Filing Week; file to run for PCO or other elected office!

June 16-17, WA-Democratic State Convention, Wenatchee Convention Center; volunteers and observers needed.

July 15 (Sun), 5-8p, NCWDem Summer Picnic, HydroPark, E Wenatchee; music, food, music, candidates, kids activities.  All welcome!

August 7, PRIMARY ELECTION

August 11, NCWDem Summer Ice Cream Social, Walla Walla Pt Park;

August 22-26, NCW District Fair, Waterville; volunteers needed for Democratic Booth

Sept 5-9, Chelan County Fair, Cashmere; volunteers needed for Democratic Booth

Sept 28-30, Nason Creek Rest Area fundraiser; cookies and volunteers needed!  Sign-up coming soon

November 6, GENERAL ELECTION and election night watch party, location tbd

December Winter In-Gathering, date/location tbd

 

Watch for an email with additional info, dates/events to consider.

 

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County

Dan Maher, Chair, 12th LD Democrats 

 

3/6/18 LOCAL DEMOCRATS – March 6 e-news

posted Mar 28, 2018, 11:25 PM by Douglas County Democrats

Dear NCW Democrats and Friends, 

Nearly 40 Democrats turned out to help FLIP THE 8th & 4th CDs last Sunday.  Thank you all for spending the time to learn more about the work we can do to elect Democrats to represent us.  Maria Beltran and Dylan Cate of the Washington State Democratic organization did an excellent job of instruction. 

We have busy times ahead, so let’s get to it! 

THIS WEEK 

·         TUESDAY 3/6, 10a—noon —Take a Democratic “Coffee Break” at Pybus Mkt (near “Ice” restaurant), drop in for a few minutes or stay an hour to discuss politics and learn about upcoming events. 

·         WEDNESDAY 3/7, 6:30p Meet-n-greet reception /7p Comments by candidate, Q&A – Meet CD8 candidate, BRAYDEN OLSON, at Douglas County Fire District #2 Meeting Room (377 Eastmont Ave, E Wenatchee).  Come meet Brayden and hear about his plans to work for us in Congress!  Bring friends—let’s show him we’re glad he’s running! , comments by Brayden, Q&A.  Minimal business meeting will be conducted.  NOTE: Candidate Shannon Hader, will not be able to attend this meeting, but will be in town on 3/12 (see below). 

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·         PCOs and others interested: 2 things—

 

o   May 14—18: Every two years, those wishing to become the Democratic Party representative for their neighborhood must file for public election to office to become a Precinct Committee Officers.  This year, the time to do this is during the week of May 14—18.  If you are currently a PCO, expect a call from your county chair to discuss continuing in your role—we want you!  If you’re interested in becoming a PCO, let’s talk!  We’ll send more information out soon.  PCOs elected in August, serve for a 2 year term which begins in early December of the election year.  There are no limits to the number of terms one may serve.

o   Saturday, March 24, 10a start time, location tba:  Every two years, in every county and legislative district around WA state,  we hold a caucus and a county convention.  In presidential election years, the caucus serves the purpose of allowing you to discuss the attributes of the presidential candidates and elect delegates/alternates to carry your voice to the state and national Democratic Party.  This year, we have no presidential election, but we do have a caucus.  At the caucus, Democrats will gather to elect a small number of delegates (2 for Chelan, 1 for Douglas Co) who will attend the WA-Dem State Convention on June 17-18.  The work delegates do at the state convention is to adopt the WA-Dem State Party platform for 2018-2019. All Democrats are welcome to participate.  The other work conducted on that date is the updating and adoption of our local county Democratic Party platform.  Again, you are welcome to participate. 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR (Other ally organization or candidate-sponsored) 

Many events will be added throughout the year, but here are some upcoming local dates to consider: 

·         Mult dates: “Coffee Break” at Pybus, no-host gathering of Dems 1st/3rd Tues ea mo.  All are welcome! (3/6, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, etc)

·         Multi dates: NCWDem Gen Mtg, DCFD#2 Mtg Rm, E Wen, 1st Wed ea mo.  All are welcome. (4/4, 5/2, etc)

·         Multi dates: “Taste ‘O Politics” at Pybus-Jones Tasting Rm or location tba, no-host gathering of Dems last Thurs ea mo. All welcome! (3/29, 4/26…)

·         3/12: Dr Shannon Hader meet-n-greet, 6—7:30p, Warm Springs B&B, 1611 Love Lane, Wenatchee, RSVP: katherine@katherinebobman.com or 253-227-4954

·         3/14: March For Our Lives school walkouts, 10a (17min), numerous area high schools/college, details tba

·         3/14: Naturalization Ceremony, West Side HS, 6p

·         3/19: UNITE Wen Valley 5:30—8p, sign-making for the march and other activities

·         3/19: NCWUnited, Heroes Narrative: an interactive training, 5:30--8p Wenatchee River Institute, Leavenworth

·         3/24: Dem County Conventions/Caucuses, 10a, location tba

·         3/24: March For Our Lives, details tba

·         3/28: Community for the Advancement of Family Education (CAFÉ) monthly meeting, 5:30 potluck/6:30-8p program

·         3/29 Taste O’ Politics, Pybus Jones, 5-7p

·         4/4: General Mtg, E Wen, Kim Schrier/Jason Rittereiser

·         4/24: SPECIAL ELECTION

·         4/27-29: NCWDem Nason Cr Rest Area fundraiser, need volunteers

·         5/15-18: Candidate Filing Dates (become a PCO or run for other elected office!)

·         6/16-17: WA-Dem State Convention, Wenatchee

·         tbd: CD8/CD4 Candidate Forum and candidate visits, tba

·         7/15: NCW Democrats Summer Picnic, Hydropark, E Wenatchee, 5—8p

·         8/7: PRIMARY ELECTION

·         8/12: NCW Democrats Summer Ice Cream Social, Walla Walla Point Pk Shelter 1, 5—7

Please get in touch if you have comments or questions.

 

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats (509-630-3055)

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County (425-444-9598)

Dan Maher, Chair, 12th  LD Democrats (509-433-7336)

 

3/1/18 LOCAL DEMOCRATS -- This Weekend

posted Mar 28, 2018, 11:23 PM by Douglas County Democrats

Dear NCW Democrats and Friends, 

It’s March.  A good word.  One that may evoke thoughts of springtime and emergence, movement and momentum.  

All around our community, state, and nation, people express uneasiness with the way things are.  We acknowledge the problems.  We want to provide concrete actions that can help right this ship. And that’s what we hope to offer you today! 

The Washington State Democrats will hold an Organizing Academy HERE this Sunday.  You are invited!  You are needed!  Come see how you can help set a course toward more sane government.  In collaboration with the 39 county and 49 legislative district Democratic Party organizations and many other groups of activists throughout the state, the WA-Democrats have launched this first-in-the-nation effort to train grassroots volunteers who will make the difference.  Organizing Academies are being held in every corner of the state.  

Yes, the training will teach us about door-knocking and phone-calling, but it is so much more.  If you are a warm body with a democratic heartbeat, we have a place for you.  We value you and want to work together to find every last voter, understand their concerns, then support them all the way to the “ballot box” and beyond.  Our success as the party-of-saneness (NOTE: not perfect) will reside in building community with our friends and neighbors, many of whom are so discouraged as to not engage.  Our challenge is to invite them to believe in the power of their voice and VOTE.  This is not a one-time venture, but a plan that needs to be worked over time.  Let’s build the NCW foundation together! 

Please come out to help FLIP THE 8th & 4th CDs.  Sunday, March 4, 1—5p, Wenatchee Community Center (504 S Chelan, Wenatchee).  Click the link below to sign up – or JUST SHOW UP! 

To RSVP, go to: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/4378

The Organizing Academy is an interactive training led by expert organizers for activists who want to be leaders in the effort to Flip the 8th next year and turn all of Washington State blue.

Participants will learn and practice the core organizing skills they'll need to lead the fight. The training will cover: Campaign Strategy 101, Phases of a Campaign, Tactics, Best Practices 101, Leading Events, Engaging Your Network, and Critical Conversation Skills.

Free. Light snacks and all materials will be provided. No experience necessary. 

Please get in touch if you have questions. 

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats (509-630-3055)

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County (425-444-9598)

Dan Maher, Chair, 12th  LD Democrats (509-433-7336)

 

2/17/18 LOCAL DEMOCRATS -- 2018 Mid-February e-newsletter

posted Mar 28, 2018, 11:20 PM by Douglas County Democrats

Dear Friends,

Our hearts are heavy this week, but we’re motivated to continue to be a force for good—for our families, for our community and beyond.  We know that you’re “out there,” and we’re working to help our local Democratic organization reflect and model our collective values and voices.  Join with us, as you are able. 

THIS WEEK: 

·         TODAY! Sunday, Feb 18, 3—4:30p Meet CD8 candidate, DR KIM SCHRIER, at Wenatchee Public Library, 310 Douglas St, Wenatchee.  Come meet her and hear about her plans to work for us in Congress!  Bring friends—let’s show her how happy we are that she’s running!  Meet-n-greet reception, comments by Kim, Q&A.  If you cannot make this event, Kim expects to attend a future NCWDem General Meeting—watch for updates.  


In the weeks and months ahead, there’ll be opportunities to meet each of the candidates who wish to represent us—in both the 8th and 4th CDs.  Please take the time to come meet them, ask questions, become better informed about who you feel will represent us best.  Make a donation of time and $$.  Running a campaign is expensive and your $5 or $100 will buy gas, media time, pay a staffer, and more.  Then, get involved and help us turn out every VOTE for the 8/7 Primary Election and the 11/6 GENERAL ELECTION. 

·         MONDAY Feb 19, noon—1:30p —Join a PRESIDENT’S DAY GATHERING at Memorial Park, Wenatchee.  Hosted by multiple local groups, “bring signs, energy and voices. Let's have a vigil and share what we stand for. All are welcome and we hope it will be peaceful, positive, powerful and good therapy !”  

·         TUESDAY Feb 20, 10a—noon —Take a Democratic “Coffee Break” at Pybus Mkt (near “Ice” restaurant), drop in for a few minutes or stay an hour to discuss politics and learn about upcoming events. 

·         THURSDAY Feb 22, 5—7p — Join others for a “Taste O’ Politics,” a no-host happy-hour event at Jones Tasting Room, Pybus Market. Meet and share with other Dems and progressives.  All are welcome. 

More information will be shared in an email tomorrow night.  Watch for opportunities to learn about RISE & Organize, voter registration drives and tables, fundraising at Nason Creek Rest Area, sign up for summer picnics and fairs, help host small and big events to support our candidates.  Prepare to file as PCO for your precinct (check with us to see if your precinct is vacant)—learn how to do the job by attending a PCO training.    

 

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats (509-630-3055)

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County (425-444-9598)

Dan Maher, Chair, 12th LD Democrats (509-433-7336)

 

2/5/18 LOCAL DEMOCRATS--Events This Week

posted Mar 28, 2018, 11:16 PM by Douglas County Democrats   [ updated Mar 28, 2018, 11:37 PM ]

Dear Democrats and Friends, 

We’ve pushed through a year+ of really challenging times.  Many of our elected officials have met the wall of our resistance.  Our persistent voices have brought about positive change.   

The 2018 mid-term elections are right around the corner.  Excellent candidates are emerging to represent us – at all levels of government.   It’s time to RISE and Organize--together!   Keep your sleeves rolled up--there's work to do. 

THIS WEEK: 

·         TODAY! Meet CD8 candidate, DR SHANNON HADER, Monday Feb 5, 4—5p at Saddle Rock Pub (lower level, 25 N Wenatchee Ave, Wen).  Come shake her hand and hear about her plans to work for us in Congress!  (Shannon has a full day of meetings in our area today, so please plan to be at Saddle Rock a few minutes early!  If you cannot make this event, Shannon will also attend an evening meet-n-greet at 5:30 sponsored by Indivisible Wenatchee

 

 

In the weeks and months ahead, there’ll be opportunities to meet each of the candidates who wish to represent us—in both the 8th and 4th CDs.  Please take the time to come meet them, ask questions, become better informed about who you feel will represent us best.  Make a donation of time and $$.  Running a campaign is expensive and your $5 or $100 will buy gas, media time, pay a staffer, and more.  Then, get involved and help us turn out every VOTE (8/7 Primary Election, 11/6 GENERAL ELECTION). 

·         TOMORROW—Take a Democratic “Coffee Break” at Pybus Mkt, Tuesday, Feb 6, 10a—noon (drop in for a few minutes or stay longer), 

·         WEDNESDAY—Joint General Meeting of 12th LD Dems/Dems of Chelan Co/Douglas Co Dems: Wednesday Feb 7, 6:30p social/7p meeting, Douglas County Fire District #2 Meeting Room, 377 Eastmont Ave, E Wenatchee (details to follow).

 

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats (509-630-3055)

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County (425-444-9598)

Dan Maher, Chair, 12th LD Democrats (509-433-7336)

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1/15/18 LOCAL DEMOCRATS – 2018 Mid-January e-news

posted Mar 28, 2018, 11:13 PM by Douglas County Democrats   [ updated Mar 28, 2018, 11:37 PM ]

 Dear NCW Democrats and Friends, 

Yes, we are still here one year after the first historic Women’s March.  A little tattered around the edges, a bit better informed, still energized for the work ahead.  We have some big tasks to fulfill—keep making phone calls and letting our legislators know our thoughts, support for Robert Mueller and others.  We have doors to knock, voters to register and engage, candidates to support, picnics and fundraisers and dinners to organize.  Successes to celebrate.  Yes, it’s time to keep pulling together to figure out how each of us can push the trump-isms back with one hand -- and swim forward with the other!  Whether your purpose lies with the environment or with Dreamers, with food and housing security or healthcare for all, human rights or science, there is work to do.  Together, we’ve made a difference this past year and together we’ll do it again. 

Over the weeks and months ahead, please consider joining in to help keep our democracy intact.  Attend local events, share -- and ask questions.  Meet the great candidates running to serve us.  Consider running for office yourself.  Help us connect with every possible Democratic voter in NCW—let them know their voice is crucial. 

This past week CD4 Candidate Christine Brown held an organizing retreat in Kennewick; it was a well-attended event and she’s raring to go.  Watch for Christine EVERYWHERE in the 4th CD!  Let’s help her defeat Dan Newhouse and send her to DC! 

Next week (Wed) the Kittitas County Democrats will host a CD8 Candidate Forum in Ellensburg, which will also be live steamed for everyone’s benefit.  Mona Das, Jason Rittereiser, Braden Olsen, Kim Schrier and Shannon Hader are expected to participate.  All of the candidates are eager to meet with us one-on-one over the months ahead.  Each possesses unique qualifications.  We anticipate that just one will emerge in August as the Democratic Party nominee to run against Dino Rossi (R).  Please take the opportunity to get acquainted, so that you can make an informed choice. 

Senators Murray and Cantwell are working for us every day.  Governor Inslee, AG Bob Ferguson, and many other members of the WA State executive are working for us on the local and national fronts.  Local Democrats and progressives serve us on boards, committees, and councils.  We are not alone. 

Last week was difficult.  Then came the weekend.  The Numerica PAC presented LA Theaterworks: The Mountaintop, a thought-provoking play that portrayed the author’s interpretation of the last hours of Dr. King’s life.  Then came a fusion of many cultures represented during the Wenatchee Valley Museum’s Multicultural Festival.  It was heartwarming and meaningful to see thousands of local people at these events.  There are good people everywhere—we are so fortunate. 

We look forward to seeing and working with you!

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats (509-630-3055)

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County (425-444-9598)

Dan Maher, Chair, 12th LD Democrats (509-433-7336) 

 

Calendar of Democratic Organizing Events and other events you may wish to attend!

 

·         Mon 1/15/2018 4:30-5:30p Celebrate MLK Day along Chelan St near Wenatchee Memorial Park: join with friends and neighbors in a peaceful demonstration of solidarity, vigilance, and persistence.  Family friendly gathering.  Bring signs and noisemakers!  Keep the dream alive for all DREAMERS!

·         Mon 1/15/2018 UNITE Wenatchee Valley monthly meeting, 5:30 potluck/6:30 discussion: How shall we honor Dr King in 2018?  Wenatchee Community Center Social Hall.

·         Tue 1/16/2018 10a Take a Democratic “Coffee Break” at Pybus Mkt.  Join with others for updates on current local Democratic activities.  No host, all are welcome.

·         Tue 1/16/2018 7p Wenatchee Valley Museum “Switch: Exploring the future of energy use” Also free Lego Make&Take for kids during the showing.

·         Wed 1/17/2018 6:30p CD8 Democratic CandidateForum, Hal Holmes Community Center, Ellensburg, OR watch live stream (beginning at 6:25p) sponsored by Kittitas County Democrats

·         Sat 1/20/2018 Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence Training, 2 sessions (10a-noon or 1:30-3:30p, ea includes lunch) Wenatchee City Council Chambers, Wenatchee Diversity Advisory Council, no fee, preregister

·         Sat 1/20/2018 4:15p Gather to watch “The Post” at Gateway Theater, Wen.  115 min.  (Matinee showings are cheaper.  Those who wish to can catch a bite to eat together afterward at – Saddlerock Pub!)

·         Sun 1/21/2018 1—4p One Year Later: Wenatchee Day of Action; Democratic grass roots training, 766 S Mission, Wenatchee.  Email us for more info.

·         Thur 1/25/2018 5-7p Democratic “Taste O’ Politics” network/social gathering, Jones Tasting Rm, Pybus Mkt, no host informal get-together.  All are welcome!

·         Fri-Sun 1/26-28/2018 WA-Democrats Central Cmte Mtg, Bellingham.  Leadership of local central committee organizations will attend quarterly meeting.

·         Sat 1/27/2018 9a-1p Snowshoeing in Leavenworth with CAFÉ! (click on link for details)

·         Mon 1/29/2018 5:30p LD12 Candidate Ann Diamond Meet-n-Greet, Wenatchee Public Library, all are welcome!  Come meet Ann and learn about her campaign to represent us in Olympia.

·         Tue 2/6/2018 10a Take a Democratic “Coffee Break” at Pybus Mkt.  Join with others for updates on current local Democratic activities.  No host, all are welcome.

·         Wed 2/7/2018 6:30 social/7p General Mtg NCW Democrats, Douglas Co Fire District #2 Mtg Rm, 377 Eastmont Ave, E Wen (NCWDems@gmail.com for info)

Many other dates and events coming up!  

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