Monday Morning News - September 12, 2016

Thank you for your Generosity!
Thanks to all our generous members who donated diapers to benefit All Options at our breakfast meeting on September 2nd.  Below are the total individual numbers (not packs) of diapers/wipes. Shelly Dodson, Center Director for All Options, was very grateful and said this was a great help to them. 

Wipes = 450
Diapers = 388
Pull-ups = 350

Shelly also mentioned that they are conducting a diaper drive at the end of this month. The goal is 20,000 diapers. (See Action Item Below) For context--they provide about 10,000 - 14,000 diapers/month. Please consider donating diapers to their drive and giving local women and children in need a welcome boost.




Early Voting Hours 
(All dates are 8 AM to 6 PM except Nov. 7)

At Election Central only (401 W. 7th St. Suite 100, Bloomington):
Oct. 12-14 (Mon. Oct. 10 is Columbus Day) 
Oct. 17-21  

At Election Central and Satellite Location (North Showers Bldg., 501, N. Morton Street, Room 201-202, Bloomington):
Oct. 24-29 
Oct. 31 - Nov. 5 
Nov. 7 - 8am - noon

And if you want to work at the polls on election day...
Please contact Rod Yandt at 812-340-2261 or [email protected]

Bloomington Sign Ordinance and Election Signs
We asked for guidelines and here they are. Click on the link to make sure you know the rules for election signs.

Help Our Endorsed Candidates!

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 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. 

Cheryl Munson and Lee Jones, Candidates for County Council at-large, are looking for yard sign locations. 
Contact Cheryl at [email protected]. Lee can be reached at [email protected]

Penny Githens, 
candidate for State House District 60, could use yard sign locations. Contact her at [email protected]

Amanda Barge 
and Julie Thomas are looking for yard sign locations as well! [email protected][email protected]They are running for commissioners representing different districts. 

Joani Shields, candidate for Coroner, could use sign locations, also. [email protected]

Sheila Kennedy Blog

Our wonderful speaker from the Women's Equality Day Luncheon, Sheila Kennedy, has posted a new item on her blog that is worth reading, like everything on her blog! 

"RFRA, Pence and Holcomb": What has been interesting about having Indiana's Governor Mike Pence on the
national ticket  has been the research on Indiana's Governor being done by national media outlets. Here in Hoosierland, we know Pence as an avid culture warrior uninterested in the day-to-day administration of state agencies. We know him as an opponent of Planned Parenthood [...]

You may view the latest post at

Vacancies on the Housing Quality Appeals Board

The City Clerk's office has announced that applications are being accepted for two current vacancies on the Housing Quality Appeals Board. These positions are appointed by the City Council. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

City Boards and Commissions are citizen staffed and operated, and serve to advise the Common Council and the Administration on issues affecting Bloomington.  A complete list and description of Boards and Commissions, in addition to application materials, may be found  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.  

Help Stop Trump
If you want one of the tee's shown below, click on this link. All EMILY's List store purchases are considered donations to EMILY’s List and will help elect pro-choice Democratic women.

The best part? Your purchase will go toward defeating Trump and
Republicans who support him.


League of Women Voters Program
September 13, 2016, 7 PM at Monroe County Public Library Rm. 1B
Tuesday, September 13th, is the first of the LWV's planned programs on local government.  Former county commissioners Charlotte Zietlow and Joyce Poling will talk about what county commissioners do, what it takes to be a good one, and what some of their experiences were in that role. All are welcome!

Come and View the Ballot for the Upcoming Election
September 15, 2016, 8am to 4pm at Election Central
Public Viewing of the 2016 General Election Ballot will be held at Election Central, 401 W. 7th St., Suite 100, Bloomington, IN on September 15th from 8 to 4. Public Testing of Election Equipment will take place on September 17th, TBA

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. 

Monroe County Democrats Club Luncheon
September 20, 2016, 11:45. Bobby's Colorado Steakhouse
The Monroe County Democrats' Club will meet on Tuesday, September 20, at 11:45 a.m. at Bobby's Colorado Steakhouse. Linda Henderson and Mark Stoops, both candidates for State Senate, will speak. The public is invited to attend. 
MCDP will also soon begin selling tickets for its upcoming raffle, to be held at the November meeting. They are seeking political items, home-baked goodies, and gently-used goods for prizes. If you have something you'd be willing to donate, please contact Rita Drescher at[email protected], or at 812 334 2962.

City Council 5th District Constituent Meeting
September 24, 10am - 11am, City Hall

City Council member and DWC member Isabel Piedmont-Smith has scheduled monthly constituent meetings this year.  The November and December meetings will be on Saturdays:Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.  For a full schedule, please see

Lee Hamilton 9th Congressional District Brunch
September 24, 10:30 am at 300 Spring in Jeffersonville. Support Shelli Yoder in her bid for this congressional seat!
Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes is the featured speaker. Tickets are $40 and may be obtained here:
For more information call Adam Dickey, 9th District Chair at 812-725-2020 or contact[email protected]

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


Diaper Drive!
The ALL Options Pregnancy Resource Center at 1014 S. Walnut is having a diaper drive at the end of this month, with a goal of 20,000. That's a lot of diapers, but really a drop in the bucket given how many they distribute monthly. Help them kick off their drive by donating now. The center provides a case of diapers for their clients instead of parsing out 5 diapers at a time as other pregnancy centers do.  More info on the location and mission at this link:

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:

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