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Democratic Women

 

Cowlitz County Democratic Women

Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month, 11:30 a.m.
Located at the Kelso Senior Center (Catlin Hall)
106 NW 8th Avenue, Kelso, WA 986260006

 

Officers

President: Sherry Davis
Vice President: Megan Richie
Secretary: Penny Hicks
Treasurer: Paul McLain

PO Box 71
Kelso, WA
 98626-0006

 

November 29th  This month’s topic is SCAM’S that target seniors.  Donations this month are socks, underwear and clothing for elementary-age children in the Kelso School District.   **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

October 25th  Our speaker will  be CAP Executive Director Ilona Kerby.  She became Executive Director of Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP) in 2005.  Ilona was a Counselor/Advisor/Instructor at Lower Columbia College from June 2001 – September 2005 and Offender Services Director at Cowlitz County Corrections January 1991 – May 2000.  She earned her BA in Speech Pathology/Audiology at Western Washington University and an MA in Sociolgy atCalifornia State University-Hayward.”At CAP, we are in the business of helping people succeed in realizing their goals for a better life for themselves and their families. By giving them a hand up—not a hand out—CAP is helping people become successful in their lives, and that means a better, stronger, healthier community for us all. Their success is our success.”  Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP) was formed in 1964, as part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty. We are asking for non-perishable food items.   **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

September 27th  This month Donna McLain, Megan Richie, Susan Schwartz & Audrey Miller (Planned Parenthood Vancouver Political Action Coordinator for SW Washington).  They spoke about the Saturday, September 9th Washington State Federation of Democratic Women reorganization, the Sunday, September 10th Washington State Democratic Central Committee meeting  and the   Saturday/Sunday, September 22nd/23rd “I Stand With Planned Parenthood (ISWPP)” Organizing Summit & Activist Training.   **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

 


August 23rd  This month Rosemary Siipola, candidate for Kalama Mayor, will be speaking on Kalama Economic Development & the Police Station.  Please bring school supplies for the upcoming school year.  In addition to the usual classroom supplies, there are many children who need clothing, underwear & backpacks.    **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

July 26th  This month we had a candidate panel consisting of Mike Karnofski , Kelso City Council #2; Lisa Alexander, Kelso City Council #2 ; Steve Moon, Longview City Council #7; Amber Rosewood, Longview City Council #7.  Please bring gently used summer clothing to be donated to the Red Hat Thrift Shop.    **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

June 28th  This month we are having a candidate panel consisting of Mike Karnofski , Kelso City Council #2; Megan Richie, Longview City Council #5 ; Diane Quast, Longview City Council #6; George Brajcich, Longview City Council #5; Amber Rosewood, Longview City Council #7.  Please bring gently used summer clothing to be donated to the Red Hat Thrift Shop.    **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

May 24th  Our speaker was Charles (Chuck) Hendrickson from Love Overwhelming and Radical Love meal sharing food drive. “Love Overwhelming exists to support and empower people who are experiencing homelessness through several recovery oriented and people centered programs and services.”  Since 2009, donors, volunteers, and funders have made it possible for Love Overwhelming to support and empower over 2,500 Cowlitz County households who were experiencing homelessness or who were at risk of becoming homeless. We are asking for non-perishable food items.  We are also reminding members to purchase their GEHH tickets ($45).  **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

April 26th  Our speaker was Dorothy Gasque, 3rd Congressional District candidate. She served eight years in the U.S. Army. In 2005 she deployed to Iraq trained as an anti-tank missile systems technician, although the insurgent forces did not have tanks. She lead combat patrols, organized traffic checkpoints, and managed base security. After leaving the military she earned a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Portland State. In the spring of 2015, Dorothy joined in the effort to build the progressive movement in Clark County..  We are asking for Give ’em Hell Harry auction items.  We are also reminding members to purchase their GEHH tickets ($45).  **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

 


March 22nd 
 Our speakers were Debra Cantrell and Megan Richie, sharing their stories of the women’s March and Megan’s Planned Parenthood trip to DC.  We are asking for Diapers for our charity donation this month. Items that are donated will go to the diaper drive at our local woodworkers Hall at 536 Oregon Way. Last year they gathered and donated 20,000 diapers! We are also reminding members that this will be the meeting BEFORE thesuffragette tea and we are in need of donations to go in our auction as well as you getting tickets so you can attend!  This year more than ever we need to honor and remember the brave women who fought and risked so much so thatwomen could VOTE.  **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

Shawn Nyman
February 22nd 
 Our speaker was Shawn Nyman, Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Labor Council President.   She discussed recently negotiated education contracts and answer questions about U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and how the bill repealing the Department of Education will affect Cowlitz County.  We are also highlighted the Longview Public schools as our charity of the month and asked members to bring pens, pencils, paper, tissues, hand sanitizer, etc. to the meeting.  Any money donated will go toward past due school lunch debts**All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

Audrey Miller
January 25th  Our speaker was Audrey Miller, Planned Parenthood Vancouver Political Action Coordinator for SW Washington.   Audrey went over the lobby day PP rally that occured on the 16th and what we as democrats can do to help support the cause of protecting women’s right to full healthcare coverage.  We are also highlighting the Women’s Support Shelter as our charity of the month and asking members to bring a box of pads or tampons or $5 to be donated**All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

December 28th  There is no speaker for this meeting.  Just come and enjoy a relaxing free form get together.  Since we are meeting after Christmas this year it is quite possible that you received something that you just as well would prefer to share with someone else.  So, bring your WHITE DONKEY (no Elephants allowed) and see if you can improve your lot.  It is said by someone (?) that “One person’s discard is another person’s treasure!”   **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

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November 30th
  Our speaker was Geof Richie, LMCH for Northwest Psychological Research (NWPR) on the topic of “Election Fatigue & Where Do We Go From Here?”   **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

October 26th This meeting was an opportunity for the members to discuss candidates and the ballots.   **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

lonnie-knowles
September 28th Our guest speaker was Lonnie Knowles, Cowlitz County PUD Commissioner, Position 3 candidate.  Lonnie is the Marketing Director for Stewart Title.  Other involvements include Local Radio Personality on “The Chamber Connection,” Trustee of Longview Eagles 2116, member of Longview Kiwanis, the Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Lower Columbia CAP’s Endowment Committee.   **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

Dave Quinn
August 24th Our guest speaker was David Quinn, Cowlitz County PUD Commissioner, Position 3 candidate.  After 30 years at Cowlitz PUD, Quinn retired in 2006 and went on to work for other utilities and establish his own consulting business.    **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

Mary Jane Melink
July 27th
Our scheduled guest speaker was Mary Jane Melink, Longview City Councilwoman.    **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

Shawn Nyman
June 22nd Our guest speaker was Shawn Nyman.  Shawn has been a Corrections Officer in Centralia where she was promoted to Sergeant, worked Courtroom Security for the Cowlitz Sheriff’s Department, graduated LCC in 2003, and has worked as a paraeducator in the Longview Schools from 2005 to 2012.  Currently she is working as a SEIU 925 Organizer/Representative for classified school workers (bus drivers, food service and paraeducators, etc.) and currently serving as President of Cowlitz Wahkiakum Central Labor Council, the Cowlitz Economic Development Council (CEDC), and on Pathways 2020 Quality of Place committee.  **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

 Claude Sakr (t)

May 25th Our guest speaker was Claude Sakr, Department of Public Works Industrial/Oregon Way Project manager, who did a Power Point presentation on the Industrial/Oregon Way Intersection improvement project.   **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

fraser

March 23rd Our guest speaker was Washington State Senator Karen Fraser, who is a candidate for Washington State Lt. Governor.  Senator Fraser has represented the 22nd Legislative District (Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater) for 23 years and is in her 6th term and is the Senate Democratic Caucus Chair.  Her Senate bio is at http://sdc.wastateleg.org/Fraser/biography/, which to say that it is extensive is an understatement.  Additional information can be found at her campaign pages on the web (http://www.karenfraserforltgovernor.com/) and FaceBook(https://www.facebook.com/KarenFraserForLtGovernor/).   **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-423-0226 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

 

 Purcell, Teresa

 

 

February 24th Our guest speaker was Teresa Purcell.  Over the past 23 years, Teresa has consulted and collaborated on over 170 political, public relations and media campaigns throughout the United States. She managed the successful long-shot U.S. Senate race for the first female Senator elected from Washington State – U.S. Senator Patty Murray.  Teresa has also served as a lobbyist, executive director, and senior project director for a national environmental group.  Teresa has conducted trainings throughout the United States and internationally.  Teresa founded Purcell Public Affairs Inc. in 2001 to provide clients with expertise in strategy, communications, and mobilization. She specializes in strategic planning, communications, public opinion research, message development, campaign planning, training, organizational development, issue management and media relations. Teresa also has extensive experience in non-partisan voter engagement and education program development, implementation, and evaluation.

Officers 2016-17

January 28th Our guest speaker was John Carlstrom, Senior Safety Specialist from Elder Options Safe @Home and on the Go! Senior Safety Services/ Medical Alerts.  He will be speaking on senior proofing your home and fall prevention.

December 16th The Cowlitz County Democratic Women monthly buffet/meeting begins at 11:30 at the Kelso Senior Center. Catered lunch is served at 11:30 ($8:00) Business meeting starts at noon.  This month will be the election of officers for 2016-18.  All attendees are invited to bring nonperishable food items and/or toys for youth.  **All are welcome to attend.  Please call Gloria at 360-232-8086 or Bonnie at 360-423-1312 to provide us with an attendee count for the Senior Center.**

Laura Ellsworth
November 18th
Our guest speaker was Laura Ellsworth, Southwest WA Regional Field Organizer, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii.  She has also served as Program  Coordinator for Donate Life Northwest.

October 28th Our guest speaker was Nancy Malone, candidate for Kelso City Council Position 7, has worked in many government capacities, most recently for Kelso’s Planning and Building Department for almost seven years before retiring in mid-2014. Before that, she worked for the city of Woodland and in various roles within Skagit County, including work with the assessor’s office and treasurer’s office. She also was employed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources as a technician focused on fire-safety issues, and worked as a code-enforcement officer and planner with the city of Woodland.

Tiffany Turner
September 23rd
  Our guest speaker was Tiffany Turner, Seaview hotel owner and candidate for 19th Legislative District House of Representatives appointment (in event Dean Takko is appointed as State Senator Brian Hatfield’s replacement).

August 26th Jennifer Leach, Associate Professor WSU Extension Faculty 4H Youth Development-Cowlitz County, has a BS in Animal Science and President of the Longview School Board.

July 22nd Rosemary Brinson Siipola, Candidate for City of Kalama Council Position #3.

June 24th guest speaker was Brian Manning from Green Peace, whose mission is to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

May 27th guest speaker was Ned Piper- PUD Commissioner.  The title of his presentation is “Your Opportunity to Ask Your PUD Commissioner Anything You Want.”  He will talk about he history of PUDs and then provide time for questions.

What a Fun Time!

 

 


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