Newsletter of the Platte County Democratic
 Central Committee
Volume 13 No. 10                               October 2021

November 16 - Northland Democratic Club, ACA Business Club, 1400 NW Vivion Road, KCMO. 6:30 check-in, 7:00 meeting. The speaker will be Spencer Todder, Democratic Candidate for US Senate (Roy Blunt’s spot).

November 18 - Platte County Democratic Central Committee will meet at Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO, 7:00 pm..

December 13 - Platte County Federated Women’s Democratic Club - 5:30 p.m. Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO. Holiday Celebration.

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Platte County Federated Women's Democratic Club
The Women’s Club met on October 11 at the Kansas City Police Department North Patrol because the Resource Center was closed for Columbus Day also known for the first time this year as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The guest speaker was Shanna Burns, Platte County Public Administrator. The Public Administrator acts as Public Guardian and Conservator for people who are declared incapacitated by the Probate Division of the Circuit Court. Ms. Burns was elected Public Administrator in November of 2020. She had previously been employed with the Public Administrator’s office. She spoke about the responsibilities of the Public Administrator which mostly consist of taking care of fiduciary needs of her clients.

During the business meeting the current draft of the Democrats Believe document was reviewed. It was decided that it would be taken to the Central Committee for review at its meeting on the 19th.

The fund raising committee Rita McGuire, Kathy Bray, Sharon Aring and Alice Wadsworth met on October 1st at the BC Bistro. The committee settled on the following goals: 1. Identify potential sponsors/donors to include democratic leaning: law firms, unions, prosperous individuals, businesses and farms. 2. Establish a plan for how best to use funds raised and 3. The Committee discussed fund raising activities in progress including the Fall Festival raffle, pennies for progress and button sales.

The Membership Committee, Lee Karbaumer and Alice Wadsworth met on September 10 at the BC Bistro to discuss strategies for increasing our membership. It was decided that we would send post cards to all former members of the Women’s Club who have not been active recently. Using the membership rosters going back to 2017, we developed a list of people to contact. The post cards were mailed that weekend. Several past members sent in dues and we were able to find contact information for Ida Clayton.

Rita McGuire reported that she has reviewed the By Laws and will send out draft revisions. We will vote on changes to the By Laws at the October Meeting. Rita announced we would return to the Platte County Resource Center for the October meeting.
Platte Country Democratic Central Committee
The Central Committee met on October 21 at the Platte County Resource Center. Sharen Hunt presented a report on the October 16th Fall Festival. The event was a success. Candidates and Office holders attending included State Representatives Ashley Aune and Maggie Nurrenbern, candidates for U.S. Senate Scott Sifton and Dr. Gena Ross, and candidate for MO 6th Representative Charles West. The children seemed to particularly enjoy the chickens, the camp fire and the hayride. The raffle and button sales were a great success. The weather was perfect, the food just right and the crowd happy. We hope to do this again next year! Sharen said she would send thank you notes to contributors and thanked the entire Central Committee for their enthusiastic participation.

Sharen Hunt also led a discussion of the Democrats Believe document that the Women’s Club has been working on for several months. The Central Committee made some suggestions and the document has been revised to reflect their input.

David Christian then asked for volunteers for a Committee to plan the Spring Event. Jamie Johnson and Meredith Peace agreed to take on the task of recommending a date, format and location for the event. We hope to have a preliminary report and perhaps presentation of some options at the next Central Committee meeting.
Northland Democratic Club
The Northland Democratic Club met at the ACA Club on October 19th. President Henry Martin reported that our Vice President Jon DeFoor is still hospitalized but is doing much better. He has since been released from the hospital and is undergoing physical therapy. He reports he is getting better and stronger every day.

The guest speaker was Timothy Shephard, Democratic Candidate for the U.S. Senate, the first openly gay candidate to run for the U.S. Senate. He provided an upbeat account of his life and expreience. He grew up in Kearney and Excelsior Springs. He is an entrepreneur, husband, father, and activist running for the Democratic nomination to represent Missouri in the United States Senate. Much more detail is available at his website including his positions on issues

Representatives from Platte County reported that final preparations for the October 16 Fall Festival at Alldredge Orchard were in progress and that a good crowd is expected for this family friendly gathering. Clay County announced that the date of the date for the Winterfest fundraiser at Harrah’s in North Kansas City has been set for February 26, 2022.

Election of new Board members will take place at the November NDC meeting.
Scenes From the Family Fall Event
David Christian, Maggie Nurrenbern, Ashley Aune, Dr. Gena Ross, Scott Sifton, Charles West
Paid for by PCDCC, John Kirchmeier Treasurer