Saturday, November 14, 2009

Jefferson-Jackson Day event 2009

We want to remind everyone that the upcoming Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner. The Iowa Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner is our largest event of the year. We are excited this year to welcome Vice President Joe Biden back to Iowa. This will be the first time he has returned to our state since last year’s historic election where Iowans helped deliver him and Barack Obama to the White House.
Proceeds from our JJ Dinner will go to help fund the 2010 Coordinated Campaign. Next year will be a tough year, and it is important that we keep Iowa moving forward by re-electing Governor Chet Culver, defeating Senator Chuck Grassley, re-electing our outstanding Democratic Congressmen, winning back the 4th and 5th Congressional Districts and expanding our majorities in the Iowa House and Senate.

Event Details:

Date: November 21, 2009

Time: Receptions begin at 5:30pm; Dinner begins at 7:00pm

Location: Hy-Vee Hall, 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA

Individual Tickets:

All individual tickets include 1Jackson reception ticket

General - $100,

Student - $30, with valid ID

Club Memberships:

All Club Memberships (except for Sustaining I) include 2 Dinner tickets

Sustaining Fund I - $120 annual membership, includes 1 Jackson reception tickets

Sustaining Fund II - $240 annual membership, includes 2 Jackson reception tickets

Majority Club - $400 annual membership, includes 2 Jefferson reception tickets

Humphrey Club - $750 annual membership, includes 2 Jefferson reception tickets

Governors Club - $1,200 annual membership, includes 2 Jefferson reception tickets

Millennium Club - $2,500 annual membership, includes 2 Jefferson reception tickets

Century Club - $5,000 annual membership, includes 2 Jefferson reception tickets


U.S. Senate Candidates to be featured at first-ever JJ after-party

DES MOINES, IA – The Iowa Democratic Party’s 2009 Jefferson Jackson Dinner will feature the debut of a new event – a Victory 2010 after-party highlighting the party’s outstanding candidates for U.S. Senate, Iowa Democratic Party chairman Michael Kiernan announced Tuesday.

“We have an excellent chance to defeat Sen. Chuck Grassley next year and great candidates competing for the chance to be the party’s Senate nominee,” Kiernan said. “We want to recognize and support our announced candidates and have some fun at the same time.”

This will be a less-formal get-together of Iowa Democrats at a site adjacent to the dinner, Kiernan said.

The Victory 2010 event will be held at Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21. Vice President Joe Biden is the featured speaker at the dinner. The Jefferson Jackson Dinner is traditionally the largest annual gathering of Iowa Democrats.

November Meeting - Washington County Democrats

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

November Minutes

Minutes of November Meeting

The Washington County Democrats met in the Game Room at Halcyon House on Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 with 20 members present. The Vice-Chairperson Dave Schweitzer, acting in the place of the Chair, Louise Frakes, due to a death in the family, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm with the group reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Minutes of the last meeting were provided in written form for the group. Minutes were also posted on the blog and sent to all of those with e-mail addresses. A request for any changes or additions was made and hearing none, the minutes were approved.

Treasurer Kay Ciha presented the current Treasurer’s Report, and written copies were provided to the group, said report reflected a balance of $2,663.42 and will be filed for audit.

The Chairperson called for reports from the standing committees, as follows:

Affirmative Action – Kathleen Salazar, Chairperson – It was noted that Kathleen was not present and no written report was available.

Platform – Matt Schaeffer, Chairperson – It was noted that Matt was not present and no written report was available.

Candidate Development – Rose Jaynes, Chairperson –Rose stated that the first priority of the committee was to find candidates for all positions. She talked with committee members by phone, about attending a committee meeting after this meeting but no members were able to attend.

Community Events – Harold Frakes, Chairperson – It was noted that Harold was not present and no written report was available.

Veterans Caucus – Terry Phillips, Chairperson – It was noted that Terry was not present and no written report was available.

Old Business:

Kay Ciha gave a short report on the Fund Raising Dinner.

It was noted that the place for the County Convention would be the Washington Public Library, and held on March 13, 2010, at 1:00 p.m.

It was further announced that the Precinct Caucuses would be held Saturday, January 23, 2010. It was noted where each precinct caucus would be held and further announced that the Kalona and English River caucuses would be held in the Kalona Library.

The results on the meeting place, date and time, survey was revealed from the few members that responded. A motion was requested regarding a change in the date, place or time and the chair finding none, declared that the date, place and time would remain the same.

It was indicated by the chair that the December meeting would be a Christmas function potluck similar to last year and be held again at Richard & Robin’s who have again volunteered to host and will be a potluck. Motion was requested on the matter and Mimi Jacoby, and 2nd by Jim Gorham that the December meeting be held as requested. Motion carried. The meeting/function will be held at 6:30 p.m. on December 8, 2009.

The Chairperson called for other old business and finding none moved to new Business.

New Business:

The Chair indicated that the group had planned to participate in the Washington Christmas parade, but the consensus was that the logistics prevented us from participating this year.

A small amount of information was provided about the Jefferson Jackson Dinner, and it was noted that everyone on the e-mail list was provided full information on the event.

The chair asked for any additional new business and found none.

Members were invited to stay for “refreshment and treats” and continue their discussions of the evening’s business after the meeting is adjourned. Nan Stark was in charge of the refreshments and treats for this evenings meeting.

The Chair called for any other business and finding none the meeting was adjourned at 7:47 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Peter G. Morrison, Secretary