Newsletter of the Platte County Democratic
 Central Committee
Volume 13 No. 4                                April 2021
Calendar 

May 10 - Platte County Federated Women’s Democratic Club will meet via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. Virtual meeting. Those who want to join us should contact Rita McGuire at ritakay638@gmail.com , 816-225-4506.

May 18 - Northland Democratic Club, ACA Business Club, 1400 NW Vivion Road, KCMO. 6:30 pm.

May 20 - Platte County Democratic Central Committee will meet at 7:00 p.m. - this will be an in person meeting following current Platte County Health Department Covid guidelines. Face masks and social distancing will be required. Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO, 7:00 pm.

 
Clay County Democrats - click here
Jackson County Democrats - click here
Indivisible Kansas City - click here.
Greater KC Women's Caucus - click here.
Northland Progress - click here.
Buchanan County Democrats - click here
Platte County Federated Women's Democratic Club
The Women’s Club met via Zoom on April 8.

Guest speaker Janine Joslin and our member Ana Royal provided a presentation about the Lakota women of Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. They have made annual trips to the Pine Ridge Reservation to meet with a not for profit organization “Sharing a Vision for Generations”. The group was founded in 2003 and given its name by Marie Randall, an elder in the Lakota Nation. The group provided scholarships to women likely to stay on the reservation. In 2019 the group turned over management of the scholarship program to the Oglala Lakota College and began awarding scholarships to female tribal members enrolled in the Lakota Leadership/Management Graduate Degree program at the College on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

For additional information or to make a donation you may visit their website http://www.sharingavisionforgenerations.org/ or visit their Facebook Page “Sharing A Vision for Generations”. Anna Royal mentioned that group’s founder Unci Marei will be 101 years old on May 12, 2021. You can send her a card at Unci Marie Randall, PO Box 27, Wanblee, South Dakota 57577.
Platte Country Democratic Central Committee
The Platte County Democratic Central Committee met via Zoom on April 15, 2021. There was no report from the State Committee or from Northland Progress. The Committee extended a thank you to David Park for his run for the Platte County Health Department Trustee. He ran a good race. Next time up he will win.

Guest Chance Tacia who works for the University Extension expressed interest in becoming a member of the Central Committee. After a brief discussion, he was voted in to represent sub-district 13-3. Congratulations and welcome Chance! There are several more seats on the Central Committee. Anyone interested in joining the Committee should contact Chair David Christian or any other member.

Sharen Hunt brought up the fact that we will need to start fund raising soon for the 2022 election season. She explained that the FOPAS (Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter) has an online auction that has been a very successful fundraiser. Later, Ken Hunt sent out an example of the Facebook online auction and raffle.

Jamie Johnson sent a report that the Park Hill South Young Democrats meet every Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. This is her report on the meeting she and John Defoor attended. She had reached out to the principal to inquire in an effort to make a connection and possibly even work together or help promote their events and vice versa. As well as begin to provide training to the future leaders of this group and to encourage them to consider the possibility of becoming candidates for office in the future. They had an amazing conversation with the young people and they expressed interest in attending our meeting as well.
Here are a few highlights:
  1. We talked about the membership of the Central Committee being governed by state statute, that each subdistrict has one male and one female member who has to have lived in the county for a year and be a registered voter. 
  2. We discussed all politics being local. We asked if any of them are interested in running for office later in life and a few expressed interest. I told them it would be good to start watching the live streams of political bodies to understand the legislative process. 
  3. We discussed looking into the training resources available through TrainDemocrats.com and other entities. 
  4. We talked about starting their political career in a board or commission such as water, sewer, fire district, parks board, etc.
  5. We discussed the general apathy/disengagement of the citizens of Platte County and the lack of transparency of the County Commission. They offered suggestions that included making sure that voter education/engagement happens where voters are. In the actual neighborhoods and on social media in all forms. 
  6. They stated that prior to the election they did participate in events alongside the Young Republicans Club but that had to be stopped because of divisiveness. They are planning a sit-down soon with the principal and members of each committee to discuss how that partnership can be restored. 
  7. We were invited back to talk with them in May. Contact Jamie if you are interested in attending.
Northland Democratic Club
The Northland Democratic Club held an in person meeting on April 20th at the Ground Hog Theatre in Gladstone. Sherry Duffett, the new Treasurer presided over the meeting whose purpose was to elect a President, Vice President and Secretary.

Sherry noted that there had been very sad news from the Club this year. Long time Club President and Clay County Democratic Activist Donna Cushman passed away in January. Debbie Parnacott, the wife of Past President Joe Parnacott, passed away in February, and longtime Treasurer and Activist Cathy Spears passed away in March. It is very sad to lose three dedicated friends and colleagues in such a short time. Covid-19 was not the cause but it is a great loss to the Northland Democratic Club in this year of sad, overwhelming change.

Sherry Duffett requested a vote of Board members to become the new Treasurer in March. The new officers elected at the meeting are: President - Henry Martin, Vice President - John De Foor.

Sherry announced that Jay Swearingen has provided the Club with a meeting place for the next year. The May 20th meeting will be at the ACA Club 1400 NW Vivian Road at 6:30pm.