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IMPORTANT NOTICE: the new downtown parking regulations go into effect on January 2 - this means that the meters will start at 8am!! If you attend the breakfast you will need to feed the meter to prevent getting a ticket and paying a fine!!!!

IT'S BREAKFAST TIME AGAIN!!! Friday January 4, 2019 at 7:30am at the Village Deli

Steering Committee Elections:
The Nominating Committee has presented the following candidates to the membership for their consideration:

Chair: Amy Swain and Carolyn VandeWiele (you'll be voting for one)
Secretary: Karen Wrenbeck

Steering Committee Members: (you will vote for five)
     • Abby Ang
     • Amanda Barge
     • Penny Githens
     • Phillipa Guthrie
     • Olivia Reed
     • Emily Salzman

We will be voting on these positions at the January 4th Breakfast meeting.
To help you make your decisions we provide the following information:
Candidate questionnaires were included in the Dec. 24 MMN
they can also be accessed via this link:
Candidate Bios and head shots will be sent out to the MMN list on Wednesday
Ballots will be sent to all eligible voters (if you were a paid member in 2018 or have become a member in 2019 you are eligible to vote) with instructions on how to vote if you cannot attend the Friday meeting.
There will be a question and answer session at the Breakfast on Friday prior to voting.

If time allows we will also review input from the endorsement questionnaires and discussion at the breakfast as well as other issues pertinent to the mission of the DWC and the upcoming municipal elections.

HAPPY 2019!!



Action Items


Campaign Finance Reports:
To all our candidates: 2018 annual campaign finance reports are due on Wednesday, January 16 at noon. You must file an annual report if you have an open finance committee even if you had no financial activity in 2018. Don't leave it until the last moment.

Declaration of Candidacy for the 2019 Municipal or Town Elections:
The first day that an individual may file a declaration of candidacy for nomination in the 2019 municipal primary is Wednesday, January 9. The final day to declare as a candidate will be on Friday, February 8 at noon.

Local Officials will take their Oath of Office at a New Year's Day Ceremony in the Nat U. Hill Room of the Monroe County Courthouse at Noon. Officials to be sworn in will include judges, county administrators, county commissioners, county council members, township officials, school board members and Ellettsville town councilors.
This is a bipartisan event recognizing Monroe County's newly elected civil servants. The event is organized by the Monroe County Democratic Party in cooperation with the Monroe County Republican Party. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

Are you a writer, editor, social media guru or just happily creative???
The Monday Morning News Crew is seeking women to assist in the production of our weekly Newsletter and to keep our Social Media up to date. If you are a frustrated writer, like to work with the grammar police or socialize on social media, we’re looking for you. For more information send a note with MMN Crew in the subject line to [email protected].

Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards
The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominees for the 2019 Woman of the Year, Emerging Leader and Toby Strout Lifetime Contribution awards. The deadline for nominations for the 2019 awards is January 18, 2019.
Nomination forms for all the awards are available online or in the City of Bloomington’s Community and Family Resources Department (401 N. Morton St., Suite 260) or by email from [email protected]. Completed nomination forms may be sent by e-mail to [email protected] or by mail to: The Commission on the Status of Women, P.O. Box 100, Bloomington, IN 47402.

The League of Women Voters announces Legislative Updates.
The League is once again sponsoring updates with our state legislators. They are held once a month during the current legislative session on Saturdays from 9:30-11:30 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
The dates are as follows: January 12, February 2, March 2, and April 6.



Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 12:00 pm
Swearing In Ceremony for Elected Officials
Monroe County Courthouse, Nat U. Hill Room
You are invited to attend the swearing in ceremony for our recently elected officials. This is a bi-partisan event, open to the public.

Friday January 4, 2019 7:30am - 9:00am
Democratic Women’s Caucus Monthly Breakfast
Village Deli
We'll be hearing from folks who wish to serve on the Steering Committee and be voting on those nominations.

Friday January 4, 2019 10:00pm
A Town Hall Special with Nancy Pelosi hosted by @JoyAnnReid

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
IN Dems Municipal Candidate Training
Ivy Tech Conference Center, 2820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208
Ready to make a difference in your community? Do you want to build a better quality of life for your fellow Hoosiers? Are you ready to run for public office?
The Indiana Democratic Party is organizing a municipal Candidate Training on January 12 at the Ivy Tech Conference Center (2820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208). At this training, you will learn all the tools and tips you need to launch a successful campaign. More women, first-time candidates, and young people have stepped up to move Indiana forward. If you're ready to do the work, let us help you get started. Sign up for the training by clicking on the following link:

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 9:30 - 11:30 am
League of Women Voters Legislative Update
Council Chambers, City Hall, 401 N. Morton St.
Your chance to see what the Indiana House and Senate are going to focus on in 2019.

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Democratic Party Caucus for County Council and MCDP Chair
Monroe County Courthouse, Nat U. Hill Room
With Lee Jones’ victory in the County Commissioner race there will be a caucus to fill her position on the Monroe County Council. In addition, Mark Fraley has announced that he will be stepping down as Party Chair. On January 13, 2019, at 1:00 pm there will be a Party Caucus to select replacements for these two positions. If you have any interest in these positions or would like more information, please contact Mark Fraley at [email protected]. The deadline to put your name in for consideration is January 10 at 1:00 pm.

Saturday, January 19, 2019, 10:00 am
Advocacy IN Action
Hosted by Indianapolis All-Options and Planned Parenthood, Advocacy IN Action is the OFFICIAL, FREE pre-Women’s March Institute.
At Advocacy IN Action, you'll:
•Learn the state of reproductive freedom in Indiana, including current challenges in the Supreme Court.
•Refine your personal values on reproductive rights and care.
•Practice ways to take action against bills that restrict access to reproductive health care.
•Learn organizing best practices to get your community to take action.
After Advocacy IN Action, we'll join the 3rd Annual Indiana Women's March!
Facebook Event and Sign Up Form:

Saturday, January 19, 2019, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Women's March Anniversary Event
American Legion Mall, Indianapolis
From the Women's March: Women brought our PowerToThePolls this November and elected a record number of women and the most diverse Congress in our nation's history. But we know there is more to be done—especially here in Indiana. Facebook page:



As the new year arrives an unprecedented number of women are heading to Washington D.C. to take office. Here in Bloomington, we also have some terrific women taking office, some for the first time. Here’s to their voices, their commitment and their passion…. may they (and their male counterparts) use their power wisely and help make this town, county, state and country a better place for all to live in in 2019!

BECOME A DWC MEMBER or RENEW your membership!
The DWC is dedicated to inspiring, recruiting, training, supporting and funding women to increase the number of progressive, pro-choice women in the political arena. We ALL help with this mission, together, collectively. Make sure you have full rights and privileges of membership.
Only $20 for one year’s membership.
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Consider your involvement in the DWC. Are you good at planning events? Do you have ideas for a good program for a lunch or breakfast or cocktail hour meeting? Can you manage social media? A website?
Committees on membership, fundraising, programs, communications, endorsement, recruitment and training, and nominating are open for members as well as steering committee members. It's all of us working together in support of candidates and women AFTER they are elected that make this organization strong. Please consider joining one of them!
Send a note to [email protected]

Check out Amanda Barge's post on Facebook "Happy New Year Friends!! Here’s to local democracy..." it's chock full of good suggestions on how you can get involved and make a difference in local politics in 2019.

Do you have news items? Send your items of interest to us at [email protected]
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