Monday Morning News Aug. 29, 2016

(maybe three?)

1 -- Breakfast Friday!
     September's breakfast meeting will focus on the status of women's health in Indiana.  We'll focus mainly on reproductive issues, talking about services needed, delivery of services, and legislation that is currently impeding the true health of women in Indiana.  We'll have a panel of women who work for the agencies that are most conversant with these issues, and Pam Davidson will moderate.
2 -- As an ACTION ITEM for this breakfast, we'll be collecting diapers for the All Options Pregnancy Center in Bloomington. Shelly Dodson, director of the Center will be part of the panel, and these diapers will help the women she helps.  Please bring diapers with you to the breakfast.  See ACTION ITEM at the end of the newsletter for sizes.

3 --DWC Members: We Need Your Vote on Proposed DWC Bylaw Revision
     The DWC Steering Committee respectfully submits the following bylaws amendment to the membership of the Democratic Women’s Caucus for their consideration:
 Shall the Article 4 (Steering Committee) Section C of the By-laws of the Democratic Women’s Caucus be amended to read as follows:

    "C. The Chair and six at-large members shall be elected to begin their term in odd numbered years; the Treasurer and six at-large members will be elected to begin their term in even numbered years.  The Steering Committee shall appoint a Vice Chair and Secretary at its first meeting each year from among the twelve at-large members."

The section above allows for election of the two officers needed for PAC requirements and financial reporting.  The chance also allows for more flexibility for the steering committee to select the Secretary and Vice Chair according to its needs.  
     A simple majority of the entire membership is needed for the amendment to pass. If you are not sure whether or not you have paid your dues this year, please contact DWC Treasurer Vicky Sorensen, [email protected].
     If you cannot be present at the DWC monthly meeting on Friday, September 2 to vote in person, please submit your YES or NO vote to [email protected].
     Voting by email will begin at noon on Wednesday August 24 and end on Thursday, September 1 at 6pm.



DWC Endorsed candidate Jessica McClellan could use help with distributing literature in your neighborhood and at early voting, hosting a yard sign, and writing letters to the editor in September through early November. She has LTE's from the spring on her website that will give you ideas. She also needs walkers to join her in the Ellettsville Fall Festival and Stinesville parades, Sept 17 and Sept 24.
     Contact Jessica at [email protected] or through Facebook.

City Council member and DWC member Isabel Piedmont-Smith has scheduled constituent meetings one Saturday of each month this year. Meetings are held from 10:00-11:00 am in City Hall.
     The November and December meetings will be on Saturdays: Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.
For a full schedule, please see

Leadership Bloomington/Monroe County calls for participants
Applications are due September 15 and class begins October 21.
Change the world right here at home.  Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County prepares emerging leaders to address current and future community needs through a seven-month experiential learning program. Participants learn leadership skills they can apply to their career and community involvement. LBMC session topics will include project management, ethics, conflict resolution, communications, and strategic partnerships, as well as spotlight community strengths and needs. A limited number of scholarships are available for those who would otherwise not be able to participate. For more information and an application, visit or call Kyla Cox Deckard at 812-855-1182.

Vacancies on City of Bloomington Boards and Commissions
Applications are now being accepted for vacancies on the following Bloomington Boards and Commissions:

Bloomington Commission on Sustainability
Commission on the Status of Black Males
Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs
Housing Quality Appeals Board
Telecommunication Commission
Bloomington Digital Underground Advisory Commission
Traffic Commission
Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.  A complete list and description of Boards and Commissions, in addition to application materials may be found at  Information and applications also are available at the City Clerk’s Office in Showers City Hall at 401 N. Morton.  For more information or questions, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 812-349-3408.  


Reception honoring Shelli Yoder for Congress with special guest Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
Monday, August 29, 6-8 p.m.  Upland Banquet Hall, 350 W 11th St, Bloomington
Mayor John Hamilton & Dawn Johnsen, Regina Moore, Dorothy Granger, Vi Simpson, Kelly Eskew and Doug Dayhoff cordially invite you to a reception in support of Shelli Yoder for Congress. Suggested contributions: $100, $250, $500, $1,000, may be made payable to Shelli Yoder for Indiana, P.O. Box 6654, Bloomington IN 47407, or online at Please RSVP to Matthew Cruz at [email protected].

Richland Bean Blossom Democrats Labor Day Weekend Picnic

Sunday, Sept 4, 1-4 p.m.  Flatwoods Park, Shelter 3
There’s a new Democratic group in town!  The Monroe County Democratic Party is looking to ramp up its organizing efforts in Ellettsville and Stinesville and to establish a long-term presence in order to recruit, train, and elect candidates to local office and build political power in Western Monroe County for 2016 and beyond! See the save the date in the events section below!
Check out (and like) the Facebook page at
For more information contact Judy Bolick at [email protected]

Wednesday, September 7th, 6pm. Currently scheduled for Nick's Upstairs.
Watch for exciting announcements about this campaign.

Hamilton Friends and Family Picnic
September 11, 4-7 p.m.   Bryan Park- North Shelter (Henderson St.)
Please join Mayor John Hamilton and Dawn Johnsen in supporting Indiana Democratic candidates at the 2nd Annual Hamilton Friends and Family Picnic. Join them in giving a warm Bloomington welcome to John Gregg, Christina Hale, Shelli Yoder, Judge Arredondo, and all our local candidates! Everyone is welcome and admission is free.  Live music by the Vallures, food, friendship and some politics.  Bring a side dish or dessert to share if you wish, and a lawn chair or blanket.  This is a family-friendly event.

Indiana Democratic Federation of Women Fall Meeting
September 17, 10am - 3pm
Meeting will be held at 771 Greenwood Springs Drive in Greenwood. This is the Indiana/Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenter's Hall.
Registration is $20 and includes lunch.

from Jessica McClellan County Treasurer
Save the date!
Monday September 26th 5-7pm A Pre-Oktoberfest Fundraiser featuring brats and brews.
I couldn't do it without your support! Please mark your calendars and look for more details soon in email and Facebook.

ACTION ITEM:  For September 2 breakfast meeting

As we focus on the continuum of women's health care, we're hoping to help All Options Pregnancy Center with part of their mission.
Our action is to bring the following items: diapers for newborn up through larger size (greater demand for 4, 5 & 6), pull-ups
and if you have any: baby 2T-4T size clothing

One more thing....

Have you paid your DWC Dues for 2016?
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.  Join online here:

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

Deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.

Paid for by DWPAC - Democratic Women's Political Action Committee
Democratic Women's Caucus