The following events will take place at the Washington County Democratic Party Office at 132 North Main Street in West Bend.

Saturday, February 28th from 10:00 AM to Noon: Phone Bank for “Forum” Invitations

telephoneWe will have a phone bank to make calls to invite people to our next “Forum.” These calls will be made to strong Democrats who may not have been to our office recently.

One of our goals this year is to reach out to new people in our community and invite them to join us for our events and activities. This is an important step towards strengthening our progressive voice in the community.

Please join us for this important community-building event.

Monday, March 9th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM: “The Fight for $15 — Why Raising the Minimum Wage is Necessary”

Seattle-minimum-wage-555x285The organization “Wisconsin Jobs Now” will be presenting important information about raising the minimum wage in Wisconsin to $15-an hour.

More information on “Wisconsin Jobs Now” and their efforts to raise the minimum wage is available at their website: wisconsinjobsnow.org.

Wednesday, March 11th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM: Blankets for “The Linus Project”

fleece-blankets-3We’re back making blankets!

Please join us in making blankets for “The Linus Project,” an organization that provides blankets for children experiencing trauma or grief in their lives. These blankets will be donated to the Washington County branch of “The Linus Project” to be distributed right here in our county.

All are welcome. There will be projects for people who can knit, sew, crochet, plus projects for those without those skills.

For more information, please contact Gretchen Fincke at gfincke@charter.net or 262-629-1567.

Wednesday, March 18th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM: March Membership Meeting

2015_resolutions_810_500_55_s_c1We will be voting on resolutions during our March Membership Meeting. If you are interested in writing a resolution, contact Waring Fincke at wrfincke@charter.net or 262-334-1030 for more information.


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Take Action Against The “Wage Theft Bill” Called “Right-to-Work”

slash-dont-buy-right-to-work-600x840The Republicans have decided to call a special session to fast track a bill that would make Wisconsin a “Right-to-Work” state.

The time for action is NOW!

Listed below are actions put out by the AFL-CIO. Please consider becoming involved in one or more of the following “actions:”

Action 1- Contact your State Senator and Representative

Go to URL: maps.legis.wisconsin.gov/ and enter your address to  see your Wisconsin state senator.

Note: Senate District 20 in the upper two-thirds of Washington County is vacant. (Duey Stroebel, following his primary victory, still has to go through the general election on April 7th and then get sworn in a week later.)

Note: Senate District 8 in the lower third of Washington County is represented by Senator Alberta Darling who can be reached at Sen.Darling@legis.wisconsin.gov and 608-266-5830.

Action 2- Make “Right-to-Work” Patch-Through Phone Bank Calls

Saturday, February 21st through Wednesday, February 25thfrom 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and/or 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM—

—through Wisconsin State AFL-CIO at 6333 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee.

NOTE: ANYONE can work the phone banks at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Milwaukee. These calls will be made to “union supporters” in targeted Senate districts and will ask them to contact their State Senator and ask him/her to vote against the “Right-to-Work” legislation.

The phone banker will be able to “patch” the supporter straight to the office of his/her senator.


Join other rally members at the State Street side of the Capitol Building on Tuesday, February 24th, at 12 noon.

Action 4- TESTIFY at the Hearing

You can testify at the “Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform” hearing at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, February 24th.Right-to-work-is-wrong-576x324

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Stand Up For Our Own West Bend’s UW System!

badgerOn Wednesday, February 25th at 7:00 PM at West Bend’s Moose Lodge (on the southeast corner of 18th Avenue & Chestnut Street),

 UW-Washington County Dean Paul Price and UW Colleges Chancellor Cathy Sandeen are speaking to the “Common Sense Citizens of Washington County” about Governor Walker’s proposed UW budget cuts.

Please attend to show support for the UWWC and the UW Colleges at 1721 Chestnut Street, West Bend.

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Diane Ravitch To Speak In Milwaukee

Diane-Ravitch-Reign-of-ErrorOn Wednesday, March 18th, at 6:00 PM, at MATC Cooley Auditorium at 700 West State Street, Milwaukee, leading educator, Diane Ravitch, will speak on:

“The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools.”

Here’s a chance to learn how to stop over-testing kids, to increase quality learning time, and to end school takeover attempts.

Sponsored by Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association.

(Note: Don’t worry that this event is the same night as our March Membership Meeting. Attendance at either event is a “win” for our Democratic ideals.)

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……And More Activities

Flashcard Project

41MuUG3IQGL._SY355_We have been asked to help make summer flashcards for children at “Casa Guadalupe.”

These flashcards will be made at the Wash Dem Office (132 North Main Street, West Bend). We have all the supplies available there as well as specific directions on how to make the cards.

These cards will be used to help students learn English over the summer. If you have some extra time during office hours (or you are looking for something to do during your office shift), please stop in to help make these cards.

If you have questions, please contact Gretchen Fincke at gfincke@charter.net or 262-629-1567.

Bowling For Kids Sake

open-bowling-strikeThe Washington County Dems will once again be fielding a team for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters “Bowl-A-Thon!”

Please consider making a pledge for this important event. Last year we were the second highest fundraiser of the day.

If you would like to make a donation, you can drop it off at the office (132 North Main Street, West Bend) or send it to Tanya Lohr at 6244 Gilbert Circle, West Bend, WI 53095.

Checks should be made out to “Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Washington County.” If you have any questions, please contact Tanya Lohr at 414-467-8469 or telohr@charter.net.

Washington County Dem Breakfast

MeetForBreakfastThere is a group of Dems who meet for breakfast every 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings at the “Top of the Ridge Restaurant” at Cedar Ridge in West Bend. The group meets at 8:30 AM and leaves around 9:30 AM.

Cedar Ridge is on the west side of West Bend. Take Highway 33 west out of West Bend, then go south on Scenic Drive West, then turn left onto Cedar Ridge Drive and park in the main parking lot. The main entrance is at 113 Cedar Ridge Drive. (Note: if using GPS, there are 3 “Scenic Drives” in Washington County.)

If there are any questions, please contact Barb Landis at 262-334-2234.

Have You Thought About Taking A Leadership Role?

no one leadership styleElections for the Washington County Dem’s Executive Board are next fall and we will be looking for new people to take on some of these important roles. If you are thinking about running for a leadership position, the time to start learning the role is NOW.

Please let us know, and we can start giving you some smaller leadership roles this year in preparation for the next step. You can contact any of the executive board members listed below for more information:

2014 – 2015 Executive Board:

Tanya Lohr, Chair: telohr@charter.net; 414-467-8469

Waring Fincke, Vice-Chair: wrfincke@charter.net; 262-334-1030

Anne Molineu, Secretary: amolineu@hotmail.com; 262-353-3692

David Kliss, Treasurer: davidkliss@charter.net; 262-7-7-9935

Brenda Tucci, At-Large: brendatucci@gmail.com; 262-305-7106

Sally Lacy, At-Large: rlacy@wi.rr.com; 262-502-0722



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