Our Spring Gala was a great success, and I’d like to thank everyone who supported this annual event. It is always wonderful to reunite with our Democratic family as we charge up for the election battles to come. Our keynote speaker, Lt. Governor Candidate Sharen Neuhardt, was inspiring in her message, and I know we left the dinner fired up and ready to go! A special thank you to our event committee, led by Event Chair Tiffany Harmon, the Democratic staff at the Butler County Board of Elections, and our fundraising committee.
I’d also like to congratulate our award winners, including Volunteer of the Year Recipients Tiffany Harmon and Glenn Rymer, and Democrat of the Year Frank Cloud. We also gave out a special award for Recognition of Public Service to Catherine Stoker. Congratulations to all of you for your dedication and hard work on behalf of the Democratic cause.
Can You Join Us and March Proudly as a Democrat in the Memorial Day Parade?
The Party will have a presence in the Memorial Day Parade in Hamilton on Monday, May 26. Lineup at 9am at the Firefighters Memorial. The Parade down High Street to the Greenwood Cemetery begins at 10am. Please email Kim Cornett if you can join us. We need strong numbers!!!
Party Reorganization Meeting
Just a reminder that the Party reorganization meeting will be on Monday, June 2, at 7:00pm at the UAW Local 674 Hall, 1233 Symmes Road, in Fairfield. Doors will open at 6:00pm. We will be electing all party officers. All Central Committee members elected in the May 6th Primary will be eligible to vote in the reorganization meeting. Those current members of the Central and Executive Committee who did not run on the primary ballot are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting as well.
Please also consider bringing a donation for Broken Bus Ministry to our reorganization meeting. The Butler County Democratic Party has begun collecting food items for Broken Bus Ministry, a Butler County ministry that serves the homeless in Hamilton, Middletown and Cincinnati. Each weekend the family who started the ministry drives their small bus through the streets, passing out snacks, toiletries and clothing. At both Party meetings in June we will be collecting snack items to donate. Snack items should be factory packaged in individual servings. Needed items include muffins, granola bars, breakfast bars, chips, Poptarts, candy, Little Debbies, cookies, etc… No can goods are needed, as those we are serving have no way to cook. Umbrellas and tarps are also needed. And gift cards to grocery stores are much appreciated. If you have questions contact Kim Cornett, Special Events chair, at (513) 255-1878.
Have you signed the Voter Bill of Rights Petition?
Please don’t wait. We need your signature now to put an end to the attacks on voter’s rights in Ohio. We must collect over 385,000 signatures across the state (including over 4,000 here in Butler County) by July 2 – leaving us just over 1 month. This important effort, led by the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, will enshrine in the Ohio Constitution voter rights and access to the polls, guaranteeing a 35-day window for early voting, voting the weekend before Election Day, and more open access to the ballot box. Petitions are available to sign and circulate. We have petitions available for signing at headquarters on Wednesdays from 10 – 4pm or on Thursdays from 1-4pm. Email headquarters if you need to arrange another day and time to sign. Interested in helping to circulate a petition? Please email Jocelyn today.
We also are looking for volunteers to work in pairs at high traffic locations around the county on weekends. Please email Michael Flores if you can help at one of these locations on Saturday from 11am to 1pm:
Panera Bread at Bridgewater Falls
Kroger Marketplace in Liberty Twp.
Kofenya in Oxford
Join our Coordinated Campaign
Please sign up to join our coordinated campaign to elect Democrats up and down the ballot this year. We are organizing weekly canvasses, phone banks, and house parties across the county, and we need your help if we are going to achieve our goal of talking to 20,000 voters before November. Please sign up on our website or contact Coordinated Campaign Field Director Michael Flores at 440-714-0254.
The Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus cordially invites you to
THE OHIO WOMEN’S VOTER SUMMIT
SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014
The Women’s Voter Summit is the premier organizing event for Ohio women.
ODWC is proud to present this excellent day of action in collaboration with our partner organizations including Women in Labor, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice, and others. Please join us.
The Summit will offer programming and hands on training for activist women from across Ohio. There will NOT be Volunteers in Action training in 2014, so DON’T MISS the opportunity to bring new information and organizing strategies back to your community. ODWC is eager to bring women from across Ohio together to build skills to help from local elections all the way to the top of the ticket.
Tickets are $14.00. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for registrants.
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. | Event begins at 9:30 a.m. | Conclusion at 4:00 p.m. The event will be held at the UA Hall Local 189 1250 Kinnear Road Columbus, Ohio 43212. For more information, email email@example.com | To register: goo.gl/c1A1Sf
Seats Still Available for the State Dinner featuring Bill Clinton
The Party has filled one table, but is taking reservations for a second table at the Ohio Democratic Party State Dinner on Friday, June 13, featuring former President Bill Clinton. If you’d like to attend – and help offset the Party’s annual assessment – please email me today. Seats are $150 each. Checks should be made out to the Butler County Democratic Party and mailed to 224-226 Park Avenue, Hamilton, OH 45013.
I hope to see you on June 2! Please see our complete calendar of events for other great events.
Chair, Butler County Democratic Party
Calendar of Events:
Monday, May 26, 2014 – Memorial Day Parade in Hamilton. Please march proudly as a Democrat with the Party. Lineup at 9am at the Firefighters Memorial. Parade to Greenwood Cemetery at 10am. Email Kim Cornett to sign up.
Saturday, May 31, 2014 – Ohio Women’s Voter Summit, sponsored by the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus, at the UA Local 189 Hall, 1250 Kinnear Road Columbus, Ohio 43212
Saturday, May 31, 2014 – The Butler County Building and Construction Trades Council will be holding its 19th Annual Ed Pence Memorial Golf Scramble on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Potters Golf Course in Hamilton, Ohio. This is a great day of golf, fun and fellowship. The outing will be a 4 person scramble with a shot gun start beginning at 1:00 p.m. The cost is $480.00 per team. This includes green fees, cart, and dinner with door prizes afterwards. All proceeds from this outing go towards the Edwin L. Pence Memorial Scholarships given to seniors from participating high schools in Butler County. RSVP to 513-868-1020 ext 15.
Monday, June 2, 2014 at 7:00pm – Party Reorganization Meeting at the UAW Local 674 Hall, 1233 Symmes Road, Fairfield, OH 45014. Doors open at 6:00pm. Elected members of the Central Committee will be eligible to vote for party officers. The meeting is open to the public and all party members and activists are encouraged to attend.
Friday, June 13, at 5:30pm – Ohio Democratic Party State Dinner featuring President Bill Clinton in Columbus. The Butler County Democratic Party is reserving a table (or two). If you would like to attend, please help our party pay our assessment by making your reservation at our table. Seats are $150 each. Email me if you’d like to attend.
Tuesday, June 24, at 6:30pm – Butler County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting at headquarters, 224-226 Park Avenue, Hamilton, OH 45013. This will be our regular monthly party meeting in June. We will serve dinner at 6:00pm (a $6 donation is requested for dinner). The meeting will begin at 6:30. Following the meeting at 7:00, we will conduct a Central Committee Member Training Workshop. The Workshop will feature training on the role of a Precinct Executive, importance of voter contact, and an overview of VoteBuilder, the Party’s voter file system.
Thursday, June 26 – Reception for Nancy Powell for Auditor at the Council Chambers Restaurant, 863 Central Avenue, Hamilton. Contact the Powell for Auditor campaign by emailing Kayla Danford for more information.
Save the Date – Saturday, September 20 – Butler County Democratic Party Annual Trap Shoot at the Middletown Sportsmen’s Club. Details forthcoming.