Monday Morning News - May 9, 2016


Congratulations To All Our Endorsed And Supported Candidates!!!

By now you all know how spectacularly well DWC candidates did in the primary. Just to recap for those who have been out of town or ill (or maybe you live under a rock and are completely out of touch, but that's not the usual profile of our fabulous, engaged DWC members!), the following women won their primary races:

Julie Thomas, County Commissioner
Amanda Barge, County Commissioner
Jessica McClellan, Treasurer
Holly Harvey, Monroe County Circuit Judge
Lee Jones, County Council
Cheryl Munson, County Council
Joani Sheilds, County Coroner
Penny Githens, IN House District 60

And of course, Shelli Yoder won her primary race for U.S. Congress, as well!

There were several endorsed or supported candidates who did not officially win, but they are winners in our eyes and in the eyes of those who voted for them or encountered them during their hard-fought races. We will be behind you when you run again!

To all of our candidates, thank you for stepping up and showing the world what women can do!!!

That's right--please note that the breakfast was postponed last week and rescheduled for this week. Same time (7:30), same place (Village Deli). 





Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Promotional period May 8-15; Food at Mailbox Saturday, May 14

The annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is this week. This is Stamp Out Hunger’s 24th year of support from the National Association of Letter Carriers Union, the US Postal Service and other national/local partners. It continues to be the single largest food drive both locally and nationally.  Locally we garner nearly 40,000+ pounds of food each year and nationally last year the total collected was 70.6 million pounds.

So what can you do? First, anyone who took Stamp Out Hunger yard signs last year from Liz Feitl (and still has them), we hope you'll put them up again in your yards TODAY and then take them down next Sunday, May 15.  To help you recognize them--the signs say at the top in white lettering on a light blue background--“Leave a bag of food at your mailbox THIS SATURDAY,” and have a picture of food hanging on mailboxes, along with the Hoosier Hills Food Bank Logo, Stamp Out Hunger logo and respective websites. 

Second, even if you don't have a sign, please place a bag (or bags!) of non perishable food (no glass containers, please!) out by your mailboxes by early morning Saturday, May 14th and the volunteers and letter carriers will whisk it  away to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank for distribution to nearly 100 member agencies in our area.  A Kroger donated bag and a post card should arrive the week of May 9th for this purpose in your mailbox.  The diversity of food gathered in this food drive is truly needed and appreciated.

If you have questions, please contact Liz Feitl at [email protected]. If you would like to find out more about the effort, please see .

Team Hillary Fellows in Indiana
Team Hillary is on the hunt for the most committed, most excited members of her corps of supporters to become fellows here in Indiana. Sound like anyone you know? Applications are being accepted now!

Know anyone who might be interested? Forward them this link (or apply yourself)! Fellows will do a little bit of everything, from managing teams of volunteers to planning events. And with the primary coming up on May 3rd, they'll play an absolutely crucial role in delivering a big win for Hillary. We'll let you know as soon as we hear of any office opening in Bloomington.

2016 Citizens' Academy Class
To encourage more civic involvement through a basic understanding of Bloomington’s city services, the Housing and Neighborhood Development Department developed the Citizens' Academy. The Academy is a nine-week program that provides thirty participants with an interactive learning experience about City services, programs and responsibilities.  Through the sessions with various City Departments, the participants learn about the challenges to city government, budget limitations, day-to-day operations and mandates.  Please feel free to submit an Online Application. For more information, you may contact Vickie Provine via phone (812.349.3505) or email ([email protected]) should you have further questions. 2016 Classes will be held every Thursday, Sept. 1 through Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m

2016-2017 Emerging Leaders Applications Now Being Accepted for the Indiana Democratic Party
In its fifth year, the Emerging Leaders Project is a free, year-long program designed to engage up-and-coming Democrats from across the state who have the potential and interest in being party leaders and elected officials. Over the course of the year, the 40 young men and women (under age 40) who are selected to participate, will attend in-person training sessions in Indianapolis focusing on various aspects of campaign management, public policy and party building. Along with the knowledge gained from the training, class members will connect with Democrats from all corners of Indiana. Developed and operated by volunteers, the program is supported by a generous donation from former State Party Chair Robin Winston and former State Party Executive Director Pat Terrell.

Please click here for more information on the Emerging Leaders Project and to submit an application before the June 15th deadline.


State Delegates Meeting
Monday, May 23, City Council Chambers (401 N. Morton)
All Monroe County Delegates to the state convention are urged to attend a meeting on Monday, May 23rd to discuss plans for the convention and coordinate logistics. You will need to bring your assessment fee of $35.  You can make the check payable to "Monroe County Democratic Party".  If you are unable to cover that expense, please let us know and we will find a sponsor for you.


This week's Call to Action is to think about how YOU can help our DWC candidates who are moving on to the fall election. They will need all of us working this summer and fall if they're going to win in November. You know who they are, so contact them and ask what you can do and when. Or let a DWC Steering Committee member know at this Friday's breakfast of your interest--we can help marshal the resources where they are needed the most. The push to victory begins NOW!

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

Deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.

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