We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North Monthly Meeting

Thursday February 1, 2024

We will be having a Social on Feb 1st at The Bar at 5316 W 95th Street, Prairie Village, KS 66207. Come & socialize & help plan our path to win ALL THE RACES, oh and also get a chance to meet our next Sheriff, PV Police Chief Byron Roberson. 

Each person will order and pay for their own meal and drinks.

South Monthly Meeting

Thursday February 15, 2024

Come at 6:00pm to socialize or at 6:30pm for the meeting. 

Join us at Black Bear Diner (11981 S Strang Line Rd, Olathe, KS 66062) 

The Indomitable Stacey Knoell, Executive Director of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission, will give us an update and discuss the impact of the KAAAC.

TRIVIA

JCDW wants to send a BIG THANK YOU to the Johnson County Young Dems for co-sponsoring our very first TRIVIA night!  It was kids vs adults and the kids made it look easy as Young Dems 4 Eva! took home the prize with a whopping 240 Points!  The trophy, once engraved, will be on display at the JOCO Dems office.

A heart-felt THANK YOU goes to all our 1st Trivia entrants – you helped us raise over $400 for candidate contributions this year.  Keep it coming by making plans to attend our next fundraiser, Groundhog Game Night on Feb 3rd. 

Groundhog Game Night Fundraiser

And… it’s Groundhog Day in the KS Legislature with the same-old same-old arguments so we’re playing GROUNDHOG GAME NIGHT.

Join JCDW South for our first GAME NIGHT of the year on February 3rd. Let the games begin!

Groundhog posing as knight, resting on sword stuck upright in ground, looking at camera as though to pose

Date: SATURDAY Feb 3

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Place: Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church (SMUUCh)

9400 Pflumm Rd

Lenexa, KS 66215

Get your tickets

HERE!

 

Woman sitting with funny baloon hat pointing to it masked smiling at the camera.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Flip it Blue, our grand fundraiser!

Sunday, July 21, 2024

4-8pm at Sar-Ko-Par Park in Lenexa


2024 Election Funds

Both JCDW North and South endorse Democrats running for state, county, and local offices who meet our endorsement criteria.  You must be a member to apply for contributions.  Cost is only $40 per year and must be paid out of your personal account.  All our fundraising is spent that August after the primary (please give generously😉).


North — generally within the I-435 loop

JCDW North Membership
 – 
North Young Dems Membership

 

South — generally outside of the I-435 loop

JCDW South Membership 
– South Young Dems Membership

 JCDW Calendar 

Link to the JCDW Calendar so you will be up to date on all the Events:
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/r?tab=cc1

or check out the bottom of the home page for other JCDW related events!  HERE

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!

 

 

We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North Monthly Meeting

Thursday January 4, 2024

Our next meeting will be January 4th.  

We will meet at 6:00pm for Dinner and Drinks at The Bar at 5316 W 95th Street, Prairie Village, KS 66207. Come, socialize, and meet our next Sheriff, PV Police Chief Byron Roberson. 

Each person will order and pay for their own meal and drinks.

South Monthly Meeting

Thursday January 18, 2024

Come at 6:00pm to socialize or at 6:30pm for the meeting.

Join us at Black Bear Diner (11981 S Strang Line Rd, Olathe, KS 66062) 

JCDW South’s next meeting is our Elections and Planning meeting. Since next year will be vastly important, the South will be planning for 2024!

JOCO Young Dems and JCDW North present TRIVIA NIGHT

Join us on January 13th to break-in January with our first fundraiser of the year – January 13th TRIVIA!! Complete with conspiracy theories and actual Facts.  Cost $25 to enter; $15 for Young Dems, prizes awarded every round.
DATE: 1/13/2024
TIME: 6-10 PM
Game starts at 6:30
PLACE: JOCO Office
8971 W 75th St, Overland Park, KS 66204
Let’s start our year by raising money to KICK THE GOP TO THE CURB!
Register here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/jcdwn-yd-trivia

 

Groundhog Game Night

And… it’s Groundhog Day in the KS Legislature with the same-old same-old arguments so we’re playing GROUNDHOG GAME NIGHT.

Join JCDW South for our first GAME NIGHT of the year on February 3rd. Let the games begin!

 

Date: Friday 2/3/24

Time: 6:00-9:00pm

Place: Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church (SMUUCh)

9400 Pflumm Rd

Lenexa, KS 66215

Get your tickets

HERE!

 

Also don’t forget to mark down Flip it Blue for our grand fundraiser!

Sunday, July 21, 2024

4-8pm at Sar-Ko-Par Park in Lenexa

Membership Notes

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South both have equal dues for those over 35 years old, identifying as men or as women. Only $40/year to support Democratic Candidates! Thank you to all who continue memberships. Please rejoin or join for the first time to have a reverberating impact on our community via JCDW’s campaign donations to our candidates in 2024. 
Update on Kansas Federation of Democratic Women
You are encouraged to join or rejoin one of our Johnson County Chapters by going to the KFDW website. The new entity for processing dues is ACT Blue. This is still the link within our fundraisers and other donations. KFDW voted to not use the software that they’ve administered for several years. Special thanks to our IT whizzes in JCDW South for getting us through this. You may go through the same sign-in process and choose JCDW North or South as your home chapter. and eventually, submit your dues payment to one of these entities via an Act Blue Link. We are still associated with State KFDW for other administrative chapter functions.
Any State or Federal candidates wishing to request KFDW possible funding need to join one of the local chapters by Dec. 31st, 2023 to be eligible for campaign contributions. Local and county candidates have several more months to join our chapters to be eligible for campaign donations from JCDW North or South.
Bev
Membership Chair
JCDW North

 

Let’s help elect Democrats!

2024 Election Funds

The Kansas Federation of Democratic Women will be issuing funds for the 2024 election.

There is an application but you MUST be a member of JCDW North/South or WYCO by December 31 to participate. This is at the State level and not the county level. 

 

North — generally within the I-435 loop

JCDW North Membership

North Young Dems Membership

 

South — generally outside of the I-435 loop

JCDW South Membership 

South Young Dems Membership

 

JCDW Calendar

Make sure to check out the JCDW calendar at the bottom of the home page for other JCDW related events!

Visit the home page HERE

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!

We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North Monthly Meeting

Thursday November 2, 2023

Our meeting will be November 2.  We gather at 6:00 and meeting starts at 6:30.  We meet in person at the Democratic Office with a  Zoom option.

Jerry Stogsdill will be our speaker.  Jerry represents Kansas State House District 21 since 2016.  He currently serves on the Taxation Committee, Federal and State Affairs Committee, and Education Policy Committee.

Jerry was an educator for many years, serving on numerous boards and committees, which include Board of Trustees of the University of Kansas Center for Research, and president of Kansas National Education Association.  He has experience in business and is the current owner of two small businesses. He served on a committee of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.  He served as an officer in the US Navy for thirteen years, active and reserve.
Jerry will talk to us about the upcoming legislative session, and what we can expect.

South Monthly Meeting

Thursday November 16, 2023

Come at 6:00pm to socialize or at 6:30pm for the meeting.

Join us at Black Bear Diner on Strang Line in Olathe.

 

Alliance for a Healthy Kansas

The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas’s primary policy goal is to ensure accessible and affordable health insurance to all Kansans, primarily through the expansion of our state’s Medicaid program, KanCare.  We represent a coalition of more than 130 organizations and community leaders who support the Alliance’s values and efforts to expand KanCare through involvement with Alliance meetings, activities and outreach efforts. 

Lacey Kennett is the Director of Communications for the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, a nonprofit, non- partisan advocacy organization that works to ensure accessible and affordable health insurance for all Kansans, primarily through the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program, KanCare. Prior to her work at the Alliance, she spent more than ten years as an employee with the State of Kansas. Most recently she spent nearly three years at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment working in emergency preparedness and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before that she spent nine years at the Kansas Insurance Department doing public affairs, consumer assistance, and working as the executive assistant to the commissioner. She has a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication from Emporia State University. In her spare time, she is an avid seamstress, bagmaker, and reader.

Save the Date!

Game Night is back! 

We’re back at SMUUCH for Game Night! 

Punxsutawney Phil saw… an election is coming!

Get your tickets

HERE!

 

Also don’t forget to mark down Flip it Blue for our grand fundraiser!

Sunday, July 21, 2024

4-8pm at Sar-Ko-Par Park in Lenexa

Answers to Some Common Membership Questions 

Here are some clarifications to some common membership questions.

Why are there two Chapters (North and South) in Johnson County?

Because of the large geographical area in Johnson County, it is more convenient for those who reside nearer to the North or South groups to attend a meeting without driving as far. Generally, 435 is the dividing line between the two chapters although anyone can be a member of either group. All members may attend or participate via Zoom, when that format is available, for either or both meetings. Attending meetings is a great way to hear from candidates for county or local offices. The Chapters’ lecture speakers are excellent and informative as well.

 

Can members affiliated with North or South attend and vote in either or both groups?

Yes.

 

How does the Kansas Federation of Democratic Women fit into the Johnson County Democratic Women’s Chapters?

The state organization is an umbrella organization for the various county chapter organizations and assists with administrative coordination for the county’s chapters such as processing credit card dues and keeping track of county member status. The KFDW publishes an online newsletter quarterly and does various educational functions for all of the counties’ chapters. They also may endorse candidates running for state-level

offices.

 

Are all of the meetings available on Zoom?

No. Please check each month’s newsletter to see which are available by Zoom and which are in person only.

 

May I join or renew my membership by credit card or check?

Yes. Our state umbrella organization, Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, is the vehicle through which credit card dues are processed and directly deposited into the selected Chapter’s account for county or local candidate donations. The KFDW or the county chapter may send out a renewal request when dues are nearing the expiration date, just under one year from whenever the member joins. For new members, a chapter must be selected for donations/dues from that chapter to benefit candidates selected and endorsed by that specific county chapter.

 

How do I pay dues via credit card?

Click or copy and paste the following link: https://www.kfdw.org

On the KFDW home page, click “chapters” for a drop-down menu of chapters’ names.

Choose Johnson County North or Johnson County South, then click to select.

Member sign-up and renewal page pops up. If renewing, then click on renewal and follow the steps. Please make sure that your email address is current and correct.

If new member, then choose the type of membership:

Regular- for those identifying as female and over 35 years of age

Associate-for those identifying as male

Student or Young Democrat-for those 35 or younger or students of any

age.

At-large does not apply in most cases and dues may go to KFDW

instead of the selected county chapter.

 

If paying dues by check, to whom should new or renewing members make their checks payable?

Please make, either Johnson County Democratic Women North or South, the payee. Joyce Hughes (21707 W 62nd St, Shawnee, KS 66218) is the present Treasurer for the North group. She can receive and process membership payments for North. Carol Shimeall (17705 W 155th Ter., Olathe, KS 66062) is the treasurer for JCDW South.

 

What should I do if the state organization sends a billing request?

You may pay through the KFDW website with your credit card OR you can contact the treasurer of your chapter and pay dues to the Chapter. If the automated dues membership renewal notice is in error, please let the chapter treasurer or other officer know.

 

Let’s help elect Democrats!

JCDW Calendar

Make sure to check out the JCDW calendar at the bottom of the home page for other JCDW related events!

Visit the home page HERE

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!

We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North and South Postcard Meeting

Thursday October 5th, 2023

Join us October 5 at 6:00pm to write postcards for candidates. 

Come to the Democratic Office at: 

8971 W 75th Street, Overland Park, KS 66204

We have a lot of important local races in Johnson County!  Come help get Democrats elected!

South Monthly Meeting

Thursday October 19, 2023

Come at 6:00pm to socialize or at 6:30pm for the meeting.

Join us at Black Bear Diner on Strang Line in Olathe.

 

Kristan Chamberlain is the Executive Director of KC Can Compost. Her vision for an environmental and social venture began in 2016 when she met Joe Colaizzi, then Executive Director of Kansas City Rescue Mission. Together, they sought to create a viable enterprise that would provide a significant benefit to the Kansas City community, while at the same time create living-wage jobs for those transitioning out of homelessness. Kristan’s entrepreneurial vision, coupled with her experience in strategic planning, business management, and marketing provided the foundation necessary to develop and grow KC Can Compost – a socially and environmentally conscious business that is committed to the transformation of lives and our local environment.

KC Can Compost has 2 missions: to preserve our planet through the collection and composting of organic waste, and to educate and prepare men and women transitioning out of difficult circumstances, like incarceration and homelessness, for employment in the green economy.

Welcome to our new JCDW North Board Members!

JCDW North has filled several offices: treasurer, secretary, fundraising, and membership!   Thank you and welcome to:

 

Sheryl Rice- treasurer

Trisch Domingue- secretary

Palita Robinson -fundraising

Bev Reeves-Dudley -membership

Dawn Olney – temporary president 

 

We still need a few people to step up and work together to make this organization support Democratic candidates!

We need President, Vice President, Programs, and Communications.

Check us out at jcdwks.org!

See if there is a position you would like to take!  There is a lot of support for you to learn the ropes!  Please consider what you can do to keep JCDW North up and running so we can continue to donate to candidates.

 

Answers to Some Common Membership Questions 

Thank you to all new and renewing members of Johnson County Democratic Women (JCDW). The North chapter had a great meeting in September at the Antioch Library. The speaker was awesome and very informative about how the past affects the present with regard to societal gender treatment and roles. Thanks to Cassie for the technical support so that members on Zoom could hear the speaker and business meeting better.

Here are some clarifications to some common membership

questions.

Why are there two Chapters (North and South) in Johnson County?

Because of the large geographical area in Johnson County, it is more convenient for those who reside nearer to the North or South groups to attend a meeting without driving as far. Generally, 435 is the dividing line between the two chapters although anyone can be a member of either group. All members may attend or participate via Zoom, when that format is available, for either or both meetings. Attending meetings is a great way to hear from candidates for county or local offices. The Chapters’ lecture speakers are excellent and informative as well.

 

Can members affiliated with North or South attend and vote in either or both groups?

Yes.

 

How does the Kansas Federation of Democratic Women fit into the Johnson County Democratic Women’s Chapters?

The state organization is an umbrella organization for the various county chapter organizations and assists with administrative coordination for the county’s chapters such as processing credit card dues and keeping track of county member status. The KFDW publishes an online newsletter quarterly and does various educational functions for all of the counties’ chapters. They also may endorse candidates running for state-level

offices.

 

Are all of the meetings available on Zoom?

No. Please check each month’s newsletter to see which are available by Zoom and which are in person only.

 

May I join or renew my membership by credit card or check?

Yes. Our state umbrella organization, Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, is the vehicle through which credit card dues are processed and directly deposited into the selected Chapter’s account for county or local candidate donations. The KFDW or the county chapter may send out a renewal request when dues are nearing the expiration date, just under one year from whenever the member joins. For new members, a chapter must be selected for donations/dues from that chapter to benefit candidates selected and endorsed by that specific county chapter.

 

How do I pay dues via credit card?

Click or copy and paste the following link: https://www.kfdw.org

On the KFDW home page, click “chapters” for a drop-down menu of chapters’ names.

Choose Johnson County North or Johnson County South, then click to select.

Member sign-up and renewal page pops up. If renewing, then click on renewal and follow the steps. Please make sure that your email address is current and correct.

If new member, then choose the type of membership:

Regular- for those identifying as female and over 35 years of age

Associate-for those identifying as male

Student or Young Democrat-for those 35 or younger or students of any

age.

At-large does not apply in most cases and dues may go to KFDW

instead of the selected county chapter.

 

If paying dues by check, to whom should new or renewing members make their checks payable?

Please make, either Johnson County Democratic Women North or South, the payee. Joyce Hughes (21707 W 62nd St, Shawnee, KS 66218) is the present Treasurer for the North group. She can receive and process membership payments for North. Carol Shimeall (17705 W 155th Ter., Olathe, KS 66062) is the treasurer for JCDW South.

 

What should I do if the state organization sends a billing request?

You may pay through the KFDW website with your credit card OR you can contact the treasurer of your chapter and pay dues to the Chapter. If the automated dues membership renewal notice is in error, please let the chapter treasurer or other officer know.

 

Let’s help elect Democrats!

Meet our new JCDW North Board Members!!

 

Dawn Olney, Interim-President

I have been a member of JCDW for around five years, serving as Programs Coordinator.  I enjoy learning new things and going into issues that affect real people every day. People think “Politics” is separate from real life, and that can’t be further from fact. I feel very strongly that women need health care and it is wrong to target a population of Americans, such as LGBTQ+ citizens, with discriminatory laws.  So it is important to elect Democrats to all levels of office. I started working elections in 2006, and have been a Precinct Captain in Prairie Village for 7 years.  I am President for the rest of 2023 so we can try to get all the positions filled and keep JCDW North running and donating.

 

Trisch Domingue, Secretary

About 10 years ago I was invited to a gathering of Democratic women, which encouraged my desire to be involved with my political party of belief and choice. Beverly Ring’s request that I help with an “orphan” precinct hooked me! Soon after I got involved with supporting Johnson County Dems.

While volunteering at the county office, Anne Pritchett shared information about Johnson County Democratic Women and the national organization, Federation of Democratic Women. I have been an active member in both North and South clubs, volunteering at community events and monthly membership meetings. Most recently, I have accepted the role as secretary of the JoCo Democratic Women-North. Membership has been as beneficial to me as I strive to be to the organization.

 

Palita Robinson, Fundraising

I have been a member of JCDW since 2013. I held the position of Membership Co-Chair for 3.5 years.  I now have the opportunity to be part of the fundraising committee.  Supporting getting Democrats elected is what it’s all about. I enjoy being part of an organization of like-minded people.

 

Sheryl Rice, Treasurer

I’ve been involved in Johnson County Democratic Women-North for the past few years. I’ve done everything I can do to help; from sitting in a Democrat booth at Old Settler’s Day to handing out candidate signs. 

Cassie Wiltanger-Woolworth made me aware that the North Chapter needed a Treasurer. I spoke to the interim-president, Anne Prichett, about the vacancy and offered my services. Before I was disabled, I was a bookkeeper, so I knew I could do the job. The rest, as they say, is history.

 

JCDW Calendar

Make sure to check out the JCDW calendar at the bottom of the home page for other JCDW related events!

Visit the home page HERE

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North and South JOINT Meeting

Thursday September 7, 2023

Please join JCDW for a joint North and South meeting on September 7.  Please note the different meeting place and information.

September 7, 2023
Antioch Library
8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Merriam, KS 66202
We will gather at 6:00.  We need to be out of the room with chairs stacked by 8:00, so to facilitate that,  the speaker will start at 6:15.   We will have business and candidates talk after the speaker.   It will be hybrid with a Zoomoption.
Our speaker is Professor Alesha Doan, a professor from the department of Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas.  She will give us some insight into the laws and policies negatively affecting women today and the cultural misogyny behind them.

Alesha E. Doan is an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas and holds a joint appointment in the School of Public Affairs & Administration and the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department. Professor Doan’s interdisciplinary research program is situated at the intersections between gender, public policy and organizations, with a substantive focus on reproductive politics, sexual violence, and gender & the military. Her research examines the ways in which gender is infused into the social and political structures that shape formal and informal practices. Professor Doan interrogates how these gendered practices create obstacles for people that limit their decisional autonomy, and create inequities in organizations, policies and the lived experiences of people. Her publications include articles in a variety of journals as well as four books: Abortion Regret: The New Attack on Reproductive Freedom (co-authored, Praeger 2019), Organizational Obliviousness: Entrenched Resistance to Gender Integration in the Military (co-authored, Cambridge University Press, 2019), Opposition and Intimidation: The Abortion Wars and Strategies of Political Harassment (University of Michigan Press 2007), and The Politics of Virginity: Abstinence in Sex Education (co-authored, Praeger 2008).

Special North and South Postcard Meeting

Thursday September 21, 2023

Join us at the JoCo Dems office starting at 6:00pm. 

Join all North and South members to write postcards for our candidates!  

Candidates are welcome to drop what you have for our September 21st meeting.

WIN a PRIZE!

Bring some cash to the JCDW North and South JOINT meeting on September 7th!  We will have a raffle for two chances to win!  Either an Avon basket or a Bee House!  $10 will give you two chances to have your name drawn!   We have essential local elections in November 2023 – this fall – and a huge election in 2024.  We have lots of work to do and candidates will need money and our support!

Old Settlers September 7-9th

We are ROCKIN A BOOTH this year at Old Settlers in downtown Olathe!

Join Johnson County Democratic Women and JoCO Democrats to ROCK THE BOOTH.  We need volunteers on Wednesday night for set up, and then Thursday through Saturday to staff the booth, answer questions, pass out signs, give lit, accept donations, etc. To help sign up HERE.

Make sure to come support our candidates in the parade on Saturday September 9th!

Welcome to the new JCDW North Membership Chair!

 

Please welcome Bev Reeves-Dudley, the new JCDW North Membership chair!

From Bev:

I have been a member of JoCo Dem Women off and on since its inception. I am very proud of this organization and have delighted in watching its size, structure and influence grow over the past 2+ decades. I care about electing progressive, community minded candidates which the organization assists with its PAC status. Supporting good candidates who will advocate for Democratic policies is a great way to improve many peoples’ lives now and in the future. 

I am excited to humbly join this effort as part of this excellent, persistent, experienced group.

JCDW Calendar

Make sure to check out the JCDW calendar at the bottom of the home page for other JCDW related events!

Visit the home page HERE

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North Monthly Meeting

Thursday August 3, 2023

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.

Please join Johnson County Democratic Women North on August 3 at the Democratic Office at 8971 W 75th Street, Overland Park KS 66204.  We also have a Zoom option.  We gather at 6:00 to socialize and the meeting starts at 6:30.
Our speaker is Mary English, the Building Performance Project Manager of the non-profit Metropolitan Energy Center. Prior to joining MEC, Mary worked in the building performance industry conducting energy assessments, testing, and consultation in both the residential and commercial sectors. 

Mary founded Small Step Energy Solutions which became a leading home energy assessment provider. Small Step worked with municipalities – including Kansas City, MO – to review and update their building energy code. She also worked closely with area developers to create sustainable developments and multifamily housing based on equity goals. Mary then moved into commercial-business sustainability, helping start-up businesses in passive house design, energy benchmarking, and efficiency upgrades in HVAC systems. She currently serves on the Programs Committee for USGBC Central Plains and the Equity Committee for Climate Action KC. 

In off hours Mary enjoys the great outdoors with her husband and dog; practicing aerial arts; and watching Royals baseball. 

South Monthly Meeting

Thursday August 17, 2023

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

Join us at Black Bear Diner on Strang Line in Olathe.

Teresa Woody with Kansas Appleseed will be joining us to talk about her work.

Teresa oversees litigation filed by Kansas Appleseed and our partners, evaluates potential areas of litigation, and works with local and national pro bono attorneys and organizations on identifying legal issues and/or litigation that could affect systemic change in Kansas.

Kansas Appleseed is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to the belief that Kansans, working together, can build a state full of thriving, inclusive, and just communities. We’re working for a future where:

  • All Kansans have the resources they need to support themselves and raise healthy families.
  • All Kansans can participate fully in the community under equal protection of the law.
  • All Kansans benefit from a fair and effective system of justice.

Kansas Appleseed works with community partners to understand the root causes of problems, support strong grassroots coalitions, and advocate for comprehensive solutions so all Kansans can reach their full potential. When necessary, Kansas Appleseed pursues impact litigation to protect Kansans’ rights and wellbeing.

 

 

Note the updated location at Black Bear Diner (11981 S Strang Line Rd, Olathe, KS 66062)

A Message from Cassie Woolworth, JCDW South President

CANDIDATE CONVERSATIONS – Thank you all for coming to JCDW South’s Thursday night Membership Meeting. It was a resounding success!  

A very special thanks to: Allison for Kansas, Linda Featherston for Kansas, Susan Ruiz for Kansas, and Re-Elect Kay Heley, Nurse for WaterOne Board for lending their expertise as the electeds!
It was especially nice to see Gardner and Edgerton represent! So excited to win that city back.
And I really appreciate all of “to-be” electeds! Katie Williams for USD231, Claire Reagan for Olathe School Board, Emma Jones for Public Education, Heath Freeman for School Board, Dan For Olathe School Board, Richard Borlaza , and Heather Kelser for Gardner City Council.  
Don’t forget! August 1st is Primary Election Day!
– Cassie

 

Flip It Blue

Thank you for another incredible event at Sar-Ko-Par Park. We had our amazing candidates joining this year. Lots of new people joined and but we also had many people returning for their third or fourth year! The event was great fun and it offered us all time to meet new people and take a quick break from canvassing.
We raised a little over $4,000 to add to our candidate donations this year. 💪 Special thanks to the elected officials who came and shared a laugh with us.
Also, special thanks to Chilakillers for their amazing menu – We had several compliments and plan on bringing them back for a repeat engagement.
Please plan on joining us next July for our next Flip it Blue event. Next year we’re going to have to do it harder, stronger and faster.  Get ready – It is a marathon, not a sprint.

A Quick Congratulations!

Congratulations to our own Anh Rongish on her appointment to the Olathe Human Relations Committee!

The goal of the committee is “to foster inclusion to ensure that all people are connected, safe, and have a sense of belonging as well as cultivate a welcoming diverse community where all people feel valued and relationships are built and fostered”.

 

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

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JCDW North

 

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Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

Flip It Blue Annual Fundraiser

Flip it Blue is BACK at Sar-Ko-Par Park!

Join us for a family friendly fundraiser! 

July 15, 2023 from 4-8pm at Sar-Ko-Par

Purchase your tickets here!

JCDW Member discounts and kids meal pricing options available!

 

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!

Purchase your tickets by June 30th and get TWO FREE raffle tickets!

 

North Monthly Meeting

Thursday July 6, 2023

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.

Join JCDW North on July 6 when Dawn Buehler from Friends of The Kaw will join us to tell us about their work on the river.  We meet in person at the Johnson County Democratic office, 8971 W 75th Street, Overland Park, KS 66204.  We will have a Zoom option.

Dawn is Executive Director of Friends of the Kaw.  In addition to managing the daily activities of FOK, she monitors, responds and mediates suspected pollution incidents to the Kansas River; facilitates educational paddle trips; and manages their advocacy efforts to protect and preserve the Kansas River.

Growing up on a farm on the plains of Kansas, Dawn knew at young age how much she loved the land, water and nature.  Dawn was born and raised in the Kaw River Valley in DeSoto on a 2,000 acre crop farm. She spent her childhood riding alongside her father learning about the importance of taking care of the soil, water, and providing for the family. She also spent many hours on the beautiful Kansas River fishing, camping, canoeing and riding in her Dad’s airboat.  Her love for the river began at this early age when she would sit and watch the sunset on the river at the end of each farm day.

Dawn earned both a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Conservation from Oregon State University; and a Bachelor in Business Administration from Baker University.  She has spent her career working as a conservationist, accountant and farmer, and her passion is watershed management and finding ways we can all work together to improve our watershed and the quality of the Kansas River.

Dawn is happiest when she is outdoors.  You can often find her fishing, hiking, kayaking, reading and exploring. She lives with her family, including two chocolate labrador retrievers, on their farm south of Eudora.

Dawn is the Chair of the Kansas Water Authority and the Governor’s Appointee for the Oil & Gas Advisory Committee.  She is also active on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Land Trust and the Board of Directors for Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams.

South Monthly Meeting

Thursday July 20, 2023

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

Join us at Black Bear Diner on Strang Line in Olathe.

Candidate Construction – It Starts with 2 minutes!

Come and enjoy a candidate mentoring! Elected officials will assist in molding your speaking to be authentically you, to the point, and inspirational – all helping you WIN! Audience members will help you with your presentation and style – it’s a win-win as we are the NICEST PEOPLE to talk to.

 

Note the updated location at Black Bear Diner (11981 S Strang Line Rd, Olathe, KS 66062)

Join the JCDW North Board!

 Johnson County Democratic Women North is in need of new board members!  Since Covid, we have had a considerable decline in attendance at our meetings, and our board members have been in office for a number of years, all exceeding their terms.   We want to keep both North and South active and viable so we can each donate to candidates and give as much money as possible.
We need a renewal of attendance and leadership.  Please come to our meeting JULY 6 to see what we all can do to have informational meetings that will strengthen our friendships, and how we can raise money for candidates.  We need your input.  We need you!
The link below will take you to our website where you can read about the offices and see if one inspires you to join the board.
Our offices are:
President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Programs
Communications

Fundraising

Learn more at our website and click “About” then “Bylaws”. If you have any questions, call or text Anne Pritchett (913-940-4414).

Candidate Endorsements

We endorse and support candidates that elevate and advance women’s issues. Recommendations for a JCDW South endorsement and possible contribution will be made by a committee appointed by the president, then approved by the JCDW South Board after the primary election. Please help us support your campaign by reviewing our endorsement policy & completing our questionnaire. Find the questionnaire here!

Candidates must be a JCDW member by June 30th to be eligible. Become a member HERE!

 

Candidates – Make sure to add JCDW to your events so it can be shared on our calendar!

 

June Meeting Recap

JCDW North
Grandparents Against Gun Violence joined JCDW North with Judy Sherry.  She is the Co-founder and President of Grandparents Against Gun Violence (founded in September 2013) and Chair of Heartland Coalition, a Program of Grandparents Against Gun Violence.  Their program, Locks for Love is nationally recognized and only asks owners to lock up their guns – a message that resonates with over 70% of the population.  We found out we are gaining in some locations and losing in others and excellent ways to discuss & engage the ‘opposite’ side about gun safety. 
JCDW South
A very special thank you to Dr. Terri Easley-Giraldo.  Thank you for visiting with us and sharing all the hurdles for women running for office – childcare, resources, belief that you can do it, and more.  We got great info and know more ways to assist and get more Women in office. 
Side Note – she agreed to come back for our next Convention!!

 

Volunteer Opportunities – Calling all Democrats!

There are many opportunities around Johnson County that you can help! It can range from donating items, knocking doors for candidates, or being an advocate!

Calling all Democrats – We Need Silent Auction Items!

Donate a basket, theater tickets, services or more – we are looking for items with a value between $50-$300.  Please contact Cassie Woolworth or Laura Wiltanger for pickup/drop-off or if you have any questions

 

Know a Candidate Running for Office?

Tell them to join JCDW by June 30th so we can donate to their campaign!  Also note, if you want an endorsement from JCDW North or South you must, must, must fill out the endorsement form by the Primary.  If you choose not to fill out the form, we will assume you did not want our endorsement as you are in a race that is very non-partisan and the endorsement would be an issue in your campaign.  To all our Dems  – GOOD LUCK!

Canvassing for Candidates

Want to help knock Democratic doors in Olathe? THREE amazing candidates in Olathe have a primary. Let our fellow Democrats know they need to go VOTE! Sign up to help canvass HERE

 

 

 

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

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JCDW North

 

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Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North Monthly Meeting

Thursday June 1, 2023

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

Join us at the JoCo Dems Office! (8971 W 75th Street, Overland Park, KS 66204) 

Judy Sherry is the Co-founder and President of Grandparents Against Gun Violence (founded in September 2013) and Chair of Heartland Coalition, a Program of Grandparents Against Gun Violence. She  was awarded the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service in September 2014 and the MainStream Coalition Stand Up Speak Out award in October 2017. In November 2018, Judy was named one of Shepherd’s Center 70 Over 70 award recipients. The award recognized 70 individuals from a variety of backgrounds who inspire others and improve our community. She was also honored by Charlies (Safety Demonstration) House in 2022 with its Excellence in Home Safety Award.

Her past community activities include Board member of the Girl Scouts, Mid-Continent Council; Board member and Vice President of the Kansas City Ad Club; Advertising Professional of the Year in 1998; past chair of True Blue Women; and served on Neighborhood and Tourist Development Fund for eight years. She volunteered at JFS Food Pantry and Youth Friends and served as appointee to  Mayor’s Citizen Task Force on Violence. 

Judy was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She worked as an advertising and marketing professional and retired after 48+ years. She is a partner in both Montague-Sherry Advertising and Pepper Advertising, and is the president of Judy Sherry Consortium. 

Judy has been married for 62 years and has two grown children and four grandchildren –all live in Kansas City. 

South HYBRID Meeting

Thursday June 15, 2023

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at Minsky’s on Ridgeview or on Zoom.

“Training to Jump Hurdles in American Politics:  Women’s Political Training Programs”

Research has focused on the central question of why women don’t run for political office for decades. While female political representation has been increasing, the question remains prevalent. This research focuses on surveys conducted at non-partisan political training programs for women interested in running for office or being appointed to boards and commissions. This research asks training participants what motivates them to run for office, as well as the barriers they perceive to exist in running for political offices.  Additionally, this research seeks to answer the question of how the political training programs have helped them navigate the perceived barriers

Dr. Terri Easley-Giraldo is a Professor of Communication Studies at Johnson County Community College and has taught at JCCC for 18 years. She is the former JCCC Debate Coach (2005-2011) and coached the 2010 & 2011 Community College National Debate Champions. She has a bachelor’s degree in Literary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas, a master’s degree in Communication Studies from Baylor University, and a PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas.  Dr. Easley-Giraldo teaches courses in public speaking, intercultural communication, leadership, debate, honors, and political campaigns.  Dr. Easley-Giraldo works with several international educational institutions in Costa Rica, the Netherlands, and Russia on collaborative virtual exchange projects.  Over the past seven years she has presented seventeen papers/projects at regional, national, and international conferences and has been awarded on top paper panels. Her research in political communication explores campaign strategies, social media, gender, and leadership. She has been recognized with numerous awards for publication, service, and teaching. 

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Johnson County Democratic Women North is in need of new board members!  Since COVID, we have had a considerable decline in attendance at our meetings, and our board members have been in office for a number of years, all exceeding their terms.   We want to keep both North and South active and viable so we can each donate to candidates and give as much money as possible.

We need a renewal of attendance and leadership.  Please come to our meeting JULY 6 to see what we all can do to have informational meetings that will strengthen our friendships, and how we can raise money for candidates.  We need your input.  We need you!
Plan to come to our June 1 meeting to hear from Judy Sherry, founder of Grandparents for Gun Safety, and come July 6 to hear about Friends of the Kaw and learn what  you can do to keep North active.  The link below will take you to our website where you can read about the offices and see if one inspires you to join the board.
Our offices are:
President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Programs
Communications

Fundraising

Learn more at our website and click “About” then “Bylaws”. If you have any questions, call or text Anne Pritchett at 913-940-4414.

Candidate Endorsements

We endorse and support candidates that elevate and advance women’s issues. Recommendations for a JCDW South endorsement and possible contribution will be made by a committee appointed by the president, then approved by the JCDW South Board after the primary election. Please help us support your campaign by reviewing our endorsement policy & completing our questionnaire. Find the questionnaire here!

Candidates must be a JCDW member by June 14th to be eligible. Become a member HERE!

 

Flip it Blue Annual Fundraiser

Flip it Blue is BACK at Sar-Ko-Par Park!

Join us for a family friendly fundraiser! 

July 15, 2023 from 4-8pm at Sar-Ko-Par

Purchase your tickets here!

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

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JCDW North

 

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Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North Monthly Meeting

Thursday May 4, 2023

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

Join us at the JoCo Dems office. 

Jennifer Brown is a retired veterinarian and mother of two in Prairie Village, KS.  She has been lobbying Congress on the climate and a member of Citizens’ Climate Lobby since 2011, and has been leading the KCKS CCL group since 2017.  She will talk to us about Citizens’ Climate Lobby in general and specific bills they have helped pass in Congress, and bills they are working on. 

 

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday May 18 , 2023

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at Minsky’s on Ridgeview or on Zoom.
Rep. Mari-Lynn Poskin will be giving us a recap of the legislative session. 
There are several bills that Governor Kelly has vetoed ranging across a number of controversial topics – from mail-in ballots and transgender issues to food assistance restrictions and flat tax fights – lawmakers just got through with the Veto Session and Mari-Lynn will be discussing/dissecting and explaining how you can help.

 

A Note from the KFDW CD3 New Director, Cassie Woolworth

 

I’m grateful for KFDW and for CD3 electing me, Director.  I could not be prouder of what we accomplished last year.  Yes, some losses, but even then, we moved the needle.  I’m looking forward to carrying the torch to ignite a majority Democratic Senate and House with inclusivity and diversity. – Cassie

 

Kansas Federation of Democratic Women Annual Convention

 

The women of CD3 had their convention April 21 & 22 and we had a blast!  Saturday provided a changing of the guard – congratulations to Tanya Shyrock as she assumes the role of KFDW President.  Filling Candace Ayers’ shoes is going to be quite the job!
We learned about Campaign Financing, Diversity, Social Media and its impact, and how to become a Precinct Leader, and had an engaging discussion with our congressional panelists centering on reproductive freedom.  We visited with Gail Buckner, our National Federation President and capped off the evening with a conversation with the Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice caucus, Rep Diana DeGette.
Many thanks to our Silent Auction donors, thanks to the volunteers who stepped up to assist and many, many thanks to all our speakers and panelists – it was a wonderful and informative weekend – I look forward to what we can accomplish together this year to stem the tide of fascism. 

Special thank you to Meg Schimmels, who did a phenomenal job with the silent auction! 

The new KFDW CD3 Executive Board includes: Cassie Woolworth, District Director; Becca Peck, Vice Director; Kat Hooley-Lickteig, Secretary; and Carol Shimeall, Treasurer

UPDATE: Donkey Derby Fundraiser

Unfortunately, the Donkey Derby Fundraiser has been cancelled.

Please join us at Flip It Blue in July for our next fundraiser!

 

Flip it Blue Annual Fundraiser

Flip it Blue is BACK at Sar-Ko-Par Park!

Join us for a family friendly fundraiser! 

July 15, 2023 from 4-8pm at Sar-Ko-Par

Purchase your tickets here!

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

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JCDW North

 

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Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North ZOOM Meeting

Thursday April 6, 2023

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.

To celebrate April’s Earth Day, Dawn Olney will put on another hat and talk to us about things we can do in our yards to help the environment, particularly birds and pollinators.  Dawn is the Program coordinator for JCDW North, is  a Democratic Precinct Committeewoman, and recently completed courses in the Johnson County K- State Extension Master Naturalist program.She has become interested in plants, birds, and pollinators.  In addition to working to elect representatives who understand environmental issues and policies, there is a lot we can do personally to improve the environment. Some of them are super simple. 

We meet in person at the Democratic office and on Zoom.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday April 20, 2023

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at Minsky’s on Ridgeview or on Zoom.
Join us for a special meeting this month as we tour the new Olathe library! 
First, meet us at Minsky’s to learn about the new library space before traveling over to the library for a tour!

Update from Cassie Woolworth, JCDW South President

We had a good turnout for Eden Village and got to see photos and construction shots of the tiny houses.  The last was purchased a few years ago, so now they are raising money to finish the housing on the property at 10th and Minnesota in KC.  The spotlight on homelessness these last few years has been helpful but, as always, there is a vast need and only a few willing to help.

To help donate or if you know anyone who can donate construction materials, time, services (plumbing, electrical) send them over to help at Gathering Tree or directly at Donate to Eden Village
Watch this YouTube video for more information! 

Kansas Federation of Democratic Women Annual Convention: April 21-22, 2023

The CD3 arm of the Kansas Federation of Democratic Women is hosting their annual convention at the Olathe Hilton Garden Inn the weekend of April 21 and 22nd.
Join in on the fun Friday night for Game Night and a Saturday full of Education, Mentoring, Training and Comradery.  Registration is available online!

Donkey Derby Fundraiser: May 6, 2023

JCDW North is hosting a Donkey Derby Fundraiser on Sat, May 6, 2023 full of marvelous hats and mint julips out on the veranda. Starting at 5pm,  bring your bragging rights and join in on the fun with three TVs to choose from.  Look for more info on the JCDWKS website. 

Flip it Blue: July 15, 2023

Mark your calendars!  On July 15th – Flip it Blue is back at Sar-Ko-Par park – with fresh school candidates, balloons and cotton candy – it’s a family friendly fundraiser.

From 4-8pm at Sar-Ko-Par on July 15  – tickets soon available!

 

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

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JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!