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Our next meeting will be on Thursday, February 13 th , at Jalapeno’s Restaurant in Barkley Village beginning at 11:30. The address is 2945 Newmarket Place, Suite 101. Our featured speaker will be Mary Carlson, Executive Director, Whatcom Council on Aging. For more information or to RSVP, please call Linda Pace at 734-1697.
by Andrew Reding
This is the year we revise our platform. To that end, the Issues & Resolutions Committee is temporarily mor- phing into the Platform Committee.
The first meeting of the Platform Committee will be Thursday, February 27, at 6 PM (replacing the I&R meeting), in the downtown Bellingham office of What- com County Democrats. Program materials will be pro- vided at the meeting. The existing platform, which will be amended as needed, can be seen online at http://www.whatcomdemocrats.com/platform.
by John Flancher
At the January Central Committee meeting, the Whatcom Democrats elected Rosalinda Guillen Vice-Chair of the county party organization, to replace Stephanie Kountouros, who resigned in December. Rosalinda is a well-known activist for farmworker rights, and is currently the Executive Director of Community to Community Development, a grassroots organization that works for healthy communities and social justice. She is a valuable addition to the Whatcom Democrats’ Executive Board, and we thank her for taking on the job.
by Gwen Groden
Have you been wondering what goes on at the Whatcom Democrats office? In addition to answering phone calls and handling incoming mail, our volunteers keep busy with many tasks.
by John Flancher
Jaxon Ravens is the new Chair of the Washington State Democratic Party. The State Democratic Central Committee, consisting of representatives from each County and Legislative District in the state, chose him in an election on February 1 st . Whatcom County’s State Committee members are Catherine Chambers and Richard May. Bob Seaman and Teresa Taylor-Oliver represent the 42nd Legislative District, and Maggie Hanson and Tom Pasma represent the 40th. Jaxon has been the State Party’s Executive Director for the last nine years.
Thursday, January 16
1419 N. Forest St Bellingham (between Champion & Magnolia)
All Democrats Welcome
Don’t miss our first meeting of 2014! We will be holding an election for Vice-Chair, and we will begin reviewing the Party Platform ahead of upcoming caucus and convention planning.
Hope to see you all there for the start of another action- packed year of Democratic victory.
by Gwen Groden
We closed out 2013 with the Outreach Committee Thank You Party , on November 23 rd , and the annual Whatcom Dems Holiday Party on December 14 th .
Our first meeting of 2014 will be held on Thursday, January 9 th , at Jalapeno's Restaurant in Barkley Village beginning at 11:30. The address is 2945 Newmarket Place, Suite 101. Our featured speaker will be Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville.
Next month’s meeting will be on Thursday, February 13 th , at 11:30 at Jalapeno's in Barkley Village. Our featured speaker for February will be Mary Carlson from the Bellingham Senior Center.
For more information call Linda Pace at 734-1697.
by John Flancher, Grassroots Editor
As I start my third year of editing Grassroots: The Newsletter of the Whatcom County Democratic Central Committee, I would like to extend a personal and heartfelt thanks to the many people who help to produce and distribute Grassroots every month:
Have you recently retired or do you know someone who has recently retired? Or someone who has just moved to Whatcom County and wants to get to know more people? Or someone who is between jobs and has time on their hands? Send them over to the Whatcom Democrats office!