Idealism -- Integrity -- Independence
May 16, 2018
This week, I spent a few days in Washington D.C. I was there to attend a conference focused on our country's ongoing battle to combat mosquitoes - particularly those that carry West Nile Virus, Zika and other nasty diseases. On Sunday, although I wasn't there to sight see, I had a free afternoon. So, I took the Metro to the Smithsonian stop, walked across the Mall, soaking up the feel of that grand expanse, and then paid a visit to the National Museum of American History.
If you have never been to that particular D.C. museum or haven't visited it recently, I think you'll find it interesting. The exhibits, graphic presentations, narrations etc. are quite modern, unlike those dusty old museums from another era. Its three floors vividly cover our nation's history from pre-Revolution to virtually the present day. The rooms also include displays covering the history of specific facets of our American society such as money, inventions, industry etc.
One aspect of the museum that was especially interesting to me was the choices made in selecting key events to tell America's story. Whoever made those decisions didn't shy away from some of the darker moments in our nation's past. Slavery, unnecessary wars, stripping away of selected citizens' rights each received varying levels of coverage. However I did feel that the wording of some of the narratives was careful not to upset certain American visitors who remain comfortable living with some level of denial.
Even so, I know that designing a museum's narrative for presentation to an audience of 320 million assorted Americans is no simple task. You won't walk out of the Museum of American History with a deep and thoroughly objective knowledge of our nation's past, but you will come away with a stronger appreciation of the things that have made our United States so remarkable.
And if you're in D.C. with children grade school age or above, I think you'll all enjoy many of the exhibits the museum has created.
Visiting a place dedicated to presenting America's unique story was a fitting start for my D.C. conference experience.
The next two days offered repeated examples of our country's diversity and its distinctive approach to operating a complex society with a mix of large and small government, private enterprise, local oversight and volunteerism. It also gave me a taste of how our representative government "of the people, by the people and for the people" is designed to work.
The men and women attending our gathering were from a range of American backgrounds and regions. There were scientists, administrators, industry reps, abatement district workers, and volunteers like me. We were from urban areas, rural farmlands, the western plains, the sub-tropical south. But with all of our varied profiles we were there to focus on one common mission: to
protect the public from mosquito borne diseases. As a longtime volunteer on our local mosquito abatement district's board of trustees I've had conversations with mosquito abatement professionals from across the United States. Their widely different perspectives and experiences have been valuable tools in the banking of knowledge aimed at saving lives.
Of course, diversity has always been one of American society's biggest strengths. In times when we've recognized its value and taken advantage of its potential, our country has enjoyed its greatest success. - A gathering like our mosquito confab is one more way I'm reminded of that truth.
During the second day of our D.C. activities our time was spent on Capitol Hill visiting
the offices of our Illinois legislators in the U.S. House and Senate. Although most of those legislators were just returning from their districts at the time of our visits, we were able to speak with key members of their staffs.
One of our biggest goals was to present facts encouraging more sufficient funding of the CDC's (Center for Disease Control) efforts to combat mosquito borne disease at the local level. Especially in emergency cases, such as the recent arrival of Zika in the U.S. that found some local facilities unprepared for immediate action.
The reception we received in each office was respectful and it seemed to me sincerely engaged. As I walked down the long hallways of the congressional office buildings, I passed other Americans of almost every description headed toward their legislators' offices with their individual petitions. I felt I was witnessing America's representative government at its theoretical best.
Late today, I came home from my D.C. trip with a reinforced appreciation of the public's strength in numbers. We have a democratic republic structured to encourage that. I also came home with a reinforced belief that big things can get done if enough individuals, however diverse, work together in pursuit of a common goal. Even if the big thing they're after is something as tiny as a dead mosquito.
Drinks With Dems at Wilmette Wine Cellar
Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wilmette Wine Cellar, 1100 Central Avenue, Wilmette
Let's get together and talk politics! New Trier Democrats invite you to join us for drinks, mingling and conversation with fellow progressives. Here's a great opportunity to network with like-minded people in our area and form connections with other Dems and activists.
Drinks will be available for purchase. This event is not a fundraiser - It's just an opportunity to have fun and meet other area Dems.
We will be collecting items to donate to the New Trier Township Food Pantry which is in need of the following: canned fruit and granola bars; canned meat (tuna, salmon, chicken); cooking oils and condiments; laundry detergent; and paper goods (Kleenex, towels, toilet paper). Anything you can donate is greatly appreciated!
Other events of interest:
Tuesday, May 22 in Evanston -
Deputy Voter Registration Training
When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Where: Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., 4th Floor, Room 4900, Evanston
What: Indivisible Evanston is hosting and Tenth Dems/Tenth Dems University is sponsoring volunteers to participate in a training seminar in Cook County for residents who want to become Deputy Voter Registrars.
Participants must be at least 18 years of age and registered to vote in Cook County.
The event is open only to Cook County residents
who are interested in helping to register new voters. Deputy Registrars must be trained in the county in which they live, but once trained, can register voters anywhere in Illinois. Training takes less than an hour. This training is being held through the County Clerk's office and is free of charge. Sign-ups will be taken up to 5 hours before the class starts. In most cases, late sign-ups will not be added to the class. For additional information or to RSVP,
Saturday, June 9 in Vernon Hills -
"2018 & Beyond" An Evening With Brad Schneider
When: Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Dr., Vernon Hills
What: Vernon Township Democrats will host an evening with Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10).
Brad will speak about the upcoming 2018 election season, and beyond. He will address issues that affect residents of the district, and have a chance to speak with community leaders, constituents, and local candidates directly in this lovely, intimate setting. The event will be catered by Pear Tree catering. Cash Bar. You can
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, June 19 in Evanston - Summer Reception for Rep. Robyn Gabel
When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: Halim Time & Glass Museum, 1560 Oak Ave., Evanston
What: An annual fundraiser supporting State Representative Robyn Gabel (D-18).
For additional information or to RSVP,
email Katy Lagenfeld at email@example.com or call 312-600-9496.
Wednesday, June 20 in Chicago - Reception in Support of Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Democratic Candidate for State Rep. for the 17th District
When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Where: Law Offices of DLA Piper, 444 W. Lake St., 9th Floor, Chicago
What: Join the Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz campaign for an event supporting her candidacy for State Representative for the 17th District!
To purchase tickets in advance, make checks payable to Friends for Jennifer and mail to P.O. Box 3042, Glenview, IL 60025 or make a contribution online by
. Payment will also be accepted at the door. Ticket prices: $100 individual; $50 young professional; Co-Host $500; Host $1000; Co-Chair $2500; Host $5000. For questions or to RSVP, contact
Wednesday, June 20 in Chicago -
Debra Shore Summer Solstice Celebration
When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: Erie Café, 536 W. Erie St., Chicago
What: Debra Shore, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Commissioner, launches her 2018 General Election Campaign with her Annual Summer Solstice Celebration.
For additional information or to RSVP,
Monday, June 25 in Evanston -
Reception Honoring Rep. Laura Fine with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
When: Monday, June 25, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: La Principal, 700 Main Street, Evanston
What: A reception honoring Rep. Laura Fine for State Senate. The event features Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-630-7700.
Save The Date!
New Trier Democrats' Events
Friday & Saturday, June 29-30, 2018
Visit New Trier Democrats at the Glencoe Sidewalk Sale
Friday & Saturday, July 13-14, 2018
Visit New Trier Democrats at the Winnetka Sidewalk Sale
Monday, July 16, 2018
New Trier Democrats' Annual Meet & Greet at Avli in Winnetka
Friday & Saturday, July 20-21, 2018
Visit New Trier Democrats at Wilmette Summerfest & Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, September 8, 2018
New Trier Democrats' Annual Meeting and Picnic at Mallinckrodt Center
Sunday, October 14, 2018
New Trier Democrats' Annual Dinner at Maggiano's in Skokie
Thursday, December 13, 2018
New Trier Democrats' Holiday Party at Wilmette Wine Cellar
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