Congratulations!

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The Washington County Dems earned FIRST PLACE in the Fourth of July Patriotic Float Contest!

Thank you to everyone who painted, stenciled, walked and supported this great group effort.

Special thank you’s to Brian Bunzel for his float building expertise and to Wisconsin Representative Chris Taylor for walking in the parade with the Washington County Dems.

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And our “Potato Drive” was a huge success!

We delivered over 130 POUNDS of potatoes to the Full Shelf Food Pantry in June.

Thank you for your kind and insightful donations!

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Upcoming Events at the Wash Dem Office

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

“The Hungry Heart” Film & Discussion on Tuesday, July 7th, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Please join us for a showing of the documentary film, “The Hungry Heart,” which reveals the life of recovering heroin addicts, their families and a physician’s efforts to help these addicts salvage their lives.

A discussion will follow the showing of the film and light refreshments will be served.

This event is being held as a precursor to the “Stop Heroin Now Rally” scheduled for July 18th and will be facilitated by Patricia McIntyre, a community educator and member of the Washington County Heroin Task Force.

The film is being provided by “Elevate of Washington County.”

July Membership Meeting on Wednesday, July 15th, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Please join us as we plan for our summer actions and activities!

If you have questions or you would like to add an item to the agenda, please contact Tanya Lohr at 414-467-8469 or telohr@charter.net.

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Rummage Sale Extraordinaire!

The Washington County Dems will be holding a rummage sale at the home of Barbara and Bob Deters located at 1402 West Decorah Street in West Bend.

The sale will be held on Friday, July 17th, and Saturday, July 18th.

PLEASE help with the following tasks and work shifts:

> On Wednesday, July 15th, from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, you can drop off rummage items at the Deters home. (You can ALSO continue to donate items at the Dem Office during regular office hours at 132 North Main Street in West Bend.)

> On Thursday, July 16th, from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, you can come for a few hours and help price items and set up at the Deters home.

IF you can help with pricing and set up and/or any of the shifts below, please contact Tanya at telohr@charter.net or 414-467-8469.

> On Friday, July 17th, and Saturday, July 18th, you can work any of the following shifts:

Friday, 7:00 to 9:00 AM (some set up too)

Friday, 9:00 to 11:00 AM

Friday, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Friday, 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Friday, 3:00 to 5:00 PM (some take down too)

Saturday, 7:00 to 9:00 AM (some set up too)

Saturday, 9:00 to 11:00 AM

Saturday, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (some take down too)

Saturday, 1:00 to 2:00 PM ? (take down & load truck)

***Note: We will be donating any items left after the sale to St. Vincent de Paul’s. If you do NOT want your items donated, please pick them up at the Deter’s between noon and 3:00 on Saturday, July 18th.

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Our Washington County Dem Booth at the Washington County Fair

The Washington County Fair will be held on July 21-26 at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

The Washington County Dems will have a booth at the fair again this year.

If you would like to take a shift at the Dem booth, please contact Arlene Biesbier at 262-338-8663.

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Let’s Get Organized

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Dear Washington County Dems Supporter:

We are into our fourth year with an office open full time on Main Street in the reddest county in Wisconsin. We could not have come this far without your continued confidence and support. Thank you.

As we approach the next election cycle, it is time to step up our game and become still better at what we do. As with many all-volunteer organizations, we have reached the limit of what we can accomplish without more help.

There are potential members and supporters in Washington County we have not yet reached. Our data tells us there are more of us out there. We do not have the ability to contact them effectively with those willing to volunteer.

To reach out and bring these new people into our party and get ready for next year, we want to hire a full-time organizer. The position will run from September 1st, 2015, through May 31, 2016. We will know by then if our effort has been a success. Success will be measured by the number of phone and face-to-face contacts, new memberships and volunteer sign-ups the organizer has accomplished. If successful, the organizer can hopefully hire on to the campaigns of either our nominee for POTUS or the U.S. Senate and continue to work out of our office on the campaign’s payroll through November’s election.

No other Democratic County Party in Wisconsin has ever tried to pull this off. We will be breaking more new ground in political organizing and leading the way to a stronger statewide effort to advance progressive values and issues.

Here’s how we do it. We will pay the organizer $2,500 per month ($30K annualized). Add $275 per month for taxes and withholding. Add $584 per month for health insurance through DPW and the monthly nut is $3,359. It adds up to $30,231 for the nine-month period.

Just as we have funded our office operations, we will look to our members and supporters. If 150 people give us $200 or $23 per month, we will have what we need.

The fundraising campaign begins on July 1st and runs to September 1st. We ask for pledges and contributions that will be put into a segregated account. If we raise enough by the end of the campaign, we hire. If not, the contributions received will be returned, unless the donor wants to have us keep the funds towards next year’s office expenses.

Together we will get this done and grow our organization in anticipation of next year’s election efforts.

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