Welcome to the website of the Whatcom County Democratic Party! Our goal is to keep you informed and motivate you to get involved in our local political activities. Please check our monthly calendar to stay updated on all our events. In September, join our Outreach Committee on September 4th, our Women's Club on September 11th, and our General Membership meeting on September 18th. Whatcom County is host to the State Democrats State Committee meeting at the Silver Reef Casino on September 13. Local Democrats are invited to attend.
Also, join us for an exciting new production and fundraiser for the Whatcom Democrats.
The Ghosts of Tonkin
August 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin resolution and the start of the Vietnam War. On the heels of their sold-out performances of Border Songs, Bellingham TheatreWorks presents The Ghosts of Tonkin. Written by Steve Lyons and directed by Mark Kuntz, this award-winning play dramatizes the behind-the-scenes story of how seemingly well-intentioned public officials brought about one of the most devastating episodes in the history of the United States: The Vietnam War.
By purchasing tickets online and entering the password code DEM and clicking "See available Tickets", the Whatcom Democrats will receive half of the ticket proceeds!
Post-play discussion moderated by Joe Teehan on Friday and Janet Marino on Saturday.
Bellingham High School Auditorium, 2020 Cornwall, Bellingham. August 29 and 30. Tickets are $10. www.BellinghamTheatreWorks.org for tickets and information.
The Whatcom Democrats are low on funds. We poured our heart and soul (and all our funds) into last year’s successful county council campaigns without reserving enough for operating expenses. To keep our office open, we have to develop some new sources of revenue. We are currently brainstorming fundraising ideas and would welcome input from members.
Precinct Committee Officers are the neighborhood-level representatives of the party and the building blocks that we depend on to keep us visible and active in Whatcom County. PCOs are elected in even-numbered years, so all current PCOs and PCO candidates must file with the Auditor’s office for the November election. May 12 through 16 is filing week. Filing may be done online, through the Auditor’s website , by mail or in person at their office
Every ten years, Whatcom County elects a group of Commissioners to review the County Charter. This is one of those years. There are fifteen elected Commissioners, and we encourage any Whatcom Democrats to run. You can file to run during the week of May 12 to 16. Any Democrats interested in running should contact Mike Estes at email@example.com for more info.
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 7:00 pm
St. Luke's Community Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway – Bellingham, Near St. Joseph's Hospital.
Due to our County Convention, there will be no monthly membership meeting in April. See you in May!
by John Flancher
April will see the final monthly paper edition of Grassroots. For several years the vast majority of our readership has been online. Printing and mailing costs have steadily increased. We have recently upgraded our email service to make the production of an electronic newsletter much easier and the result more attractive. We still plan to publish a paper newsletter on a quarterly basis.
Support the Whatcom Democrats by helping with our annual plant sale, scheduled for May 16-18. This month, we need your extra plants and pots. Do you like to play in the dirt? Potting parties will be happening at Ronalee's house at 2920 Eldridge, and plants can be dropped off there at any time, in the special area set up in the front yard.
Call us at 647-7661 if you have plants to donate and need help digging them up. Call us if you are interested in helping. And mark your calendars for May 16-18, and the plant sale that supports the Whatcom Democrats
RB Porter, former owner of Bell- ingham's Cookie Cafe, long time worker in the refinery industry, and former State Committeeman for the Democratic Party, passed away on Feb. 19, an innocent victim of a high speed police chase near Oklahoma City.
And that was how he wanted to be known. Not a Robert, or a Bob, but RB. No periods after the initials. Certainly different, but then so was RB.
by Linda Schonborn
The Whatcom Democrat’s Outreach Committee and it’s Chairperson Daydre Phillips were honored to receive the Seeds of Justice Award ‘Culti- vating Movement’ at the 8th Annual Cesar Chavez Potluck Dinner on Friday, March 28. The event was sponsored by Community to Community Development and is their largest fundraiser of the year. Daydre and the Outreach Committee has supported Community to Community in many ways over the past few years. The award was presented to honor that support.
Our past chair, Natalie McClendon, was appointed to the Whatcom County Planning Commission in January. In order to keep herself on task and also help others learn about the issues of the Commission, she is writing a blog post before each PC meeting, and also sending it out to her personal email list. You can read it at nataliemcclendon.com . Anyone interested in having the updates arrive in their inbox a couple times a month may subscribe to the email list on the "take action" page of her blog.