New Leadership at WCDP

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Congratulations to our new Executive Board!

And thanks to all who stepped up to be part of the County Committee, whose job it is to elect a Board and to oversee its work throughout the two years of its term.
WCDP is proud to have a very diverse board that represents a wide range of communities throughout the county. We will see new faces as well as experienced members, many taking on new roles. We look forward to a period of vigorous debate and exchange as we build on the last few years’ experience to set our goals and do our strategic planning for the 2023-24 cycle.

Your new Officers and Committee heads are:

OFFICERS

Chair – Theresa Reid

Vice Chair – Justin Hodge

Treasurer – Ingrid Ault

Secretary – Josephine Rood

STANDING COMMITTEES AND CHAIRS (alphabetical order)

Administration

Doug Scott

Rae Ann Weymouth

Communications

Tom Knox

Rosanita Ratcliff

Events

Susan Baskett

Crystal Lyte

Fundraising

Michelle Davis

Jeff McGrew

Membership

Deb Mexicotte

Sharon Simonton

Outreach and Community Engagement

Mary Hall-Thiam

Kathy Wyatt

Precinct Organizing

Janet Cannon

Ed Saunders

Programs

Lauretta Codrington

Eli Nathans

Visibility

Diane Massell

Vince Elie

NEWSLETTER NOTE

The WCDP News will be a little less regular for a short while, while the new Communications team comes together. We look forward to building a new team and continuing the excellent regular communications we have all enjoyed!

ICYMI— SEASONAL COAT DRIVE

Let’s show that Dems Care, by helping to gather badly-needed winter clothing for our vulnerable families. Washtenaw Dems are collaborating with Jewish Family Services, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office and the Jewish Community Center to ensure that our Head Start children and the refugee families we are welcoming are warm this winter.

We’re asking for coats, hats, gloves, and boots, new or very gently used and clean, for WISD Early Intervention, Head Start and the Refugee Families (their need is particularly great) served by WISD and JFS Refugee Resettlement. See more details — including dropoff locations and times —  here. Drop off at the WCDP office Saturday 12/10 and 12/17 from 12-3! 

Donations can also be made online at jfsannarbor,org.

Let’s Celebrate!


7-9:30 pm, Monday Dec. 19All volunteers and supporters are cordially invited to join us on Monday the 19th, to celebrate all we have been able to do together, and enjoy some holiday spirit!

Join the fun on Monday, December 19, 7:00 – 9:30 pm at 734 Brewing Company, 15 E Cross St. Our good friend, owner Brian Jones-Chance, has on hand great craft beer, wine, and bourbon. On Monday night, parking (including wheelchair accessible spots) will be easy — in front of 734, in the Frog Island lot that backs up to the 734 fence (see map), and on the street.We’ll have a White Elephant gift exchange (participation voluntary, of course). To play, bring a wrapped gift that you think would charm, amuse, or inspire a fellow WCDP volunteer. This can be something from your own home that you no longer need but have had trouble parting with, or something new you buy for under $20. Everyone who brings a gift will get a ticket to play. The game will start at about 8:00 pm. Drinking, carousing, and swapping of stories from the campaign trail will proceed throughout. Bring your most impressive holiday cookies if you want to share!Please RSVP here so we can get at least a rough head count. We hope we’ll see you there for a well-deserved celebration!

SAVE THE DATE—JANUARY MEMBERSHIP MEETING

9:30 am – 12:00 pm, Saturday Jan 7

The monthly meeting in January will focus on unions. Ian Robinson of the Huron Vallley Labor Federation will speak, followed by a panel with leaders of four local unions. The general question will be: what do unions expect/need from state and national governments and from the Democratic Party, with a special emphasis, of course, on Washtenaw County. We hope to see you there!


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