Updated September 1, 2014
Chair Marcee Stone-Vekich's Message for September
The 34th District Democrats walk tall. Whether we're in the White Center Parade, registering voters or speaking out on critical issues, we know how to make a difference. We made a difference at our annual Garden Party on August 15th. Not only did we raise significant funds for campaigns, but we also placed our biggest event at a venue right in the heart of White Center. We spread the news using online newspapers and blogs that reach the community that there's a Democratic organization in your backyard that cares about you! It's my hope that we will see more participation from White Center as a result.
We tried some new things at the Garden Party this year and it went smoothly considering all the changes. We learned a lot and next year's Garden Party will be the better for it.
We walk tall but some of us are giants! Many thanks to so many people who helped with the Garden Party far too many to thank here. But we have to highlight our Treasurer Karen Chilcutt who spent hundreds of hours planning the event (not to mention being at the event that night with, unbeknownst to her, a broken fibula). Carol Frillman, with her past experience and drive, proved indispensable. Tamsen Spengler, Steve Butts, Joy Pakulak, Bruce Stotler, as well as the ladies in the back of the room, who rarely get an opportunity to enjoy the event because they're working it and barely have time to grab a bite from the buffet, are vital to our achievement. My apologies if your name doesn't appear here but believe me your help didn't go unnoticed. Thank you!
So how much did we raise? We're in the ballpark of $14,000 after expenses. One of my goals as chair was to put $5,000 aside for the 2016 Presidential-cycle, this will help us do so. Why you might wonder? Because looking back on the 2008 caucuses, there was a huge outpouring of District funds and we need to be well-poised for that venture. We need to put aside another $2,000 for the beginning of next year. So we very comfortably have approximately $7,000 to contribute this year. Not bad for an off-year election.
So let's continue to make a difference for local progressive change. Let's contribute where we can make a real difference. I say we start by taking back the State Senate and not forget to fund the house campaigns as well. We should honor our incumbents with contributions because they're expected to raise money for their respective campaign committees too. Why are we Democrats? Because we believe in funding education and our infrastructure, good jobs, protecting our environment and women's health choices, and justice for all. Let's give our hard-working Olympia delegation a hand!
Chair, 34th District Democrats
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