About 275 Wake County Democrats had a big Valentine Party at the Royal Banquet and Conference in Raleigh on February 15th. Ed and Jeanne Ridpath were crowned "Sweethearts Of The Year" (second picture.) The Ronnie Condrey Mentoring Award was presented to Bradford Thompson (third picture.)
Judge Vince Rozier and Judge Keith Gregory (left picture) enjoyed introducing the elected officials. In the seond picture State Auditor Beth Wood is approaching center stage. Jonathan Hill and Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane are high fiving each other in the third picture.
Outstanding Wake County Democratic Party Chair Dan Blue III talks with Susan and Erv Portman in the picture on left. Bryon Johnson, Karen Jasmine, and Ken Kimber are enjoying the party in the second picture. In the third picture the Fuquay Varina High School Teen Dems are surrounding President Obama.
The happy Democrats in the first picture above are David and Betty Bland, Nancy and Sig Hutchinson, and Wake Party Vice Chair Gene Davis.
Wake Party First Vice Chair Kristine Cole and her son, Jalen, are in the second picture. Jalen likes to attend Democratic events. This is the third time his picture has been in the "GOOD NEWS." Jenna Wadsworth, A. J. Carrillo, and Heather Louise Finch are in the third picture.
The pictures of these beautiful Democrats were made by the Wake County Party's Executive Director Paulette Hill who is a professional photographer.
STATE CHAIR RANDY VOLLER
ADDRESSES 7TH DISTRICT LEADERSHIP MEETING
State Chair Randy Voller delivered a powerful message to the Seventh Congressional District Leadership Meeting in Clinton on February 15th. He outlined his vision for the Party and how he wanted to help local parties.
Our State Chair is keeping a busy schedule! On that day, he did an early morning interview with WCHL radio in Chapel Hill, had several meetings at the State Headquarters in Raleigh, made an appearance in Durham, attended a meeting in Chapel Hill, went back to his hometown of Pittsboro, and then drove to Clinton! He finished that long day by attending the Young Democrats After-Party event in Raleigh.
In the picture above Duplin County First Vice Chair Rebecca Judge and Duplin Chair Dr. Mott Blair are welcoming Mr. Voller to the dinner. In the second picture, Seventh District Chair Jim Morgan is with Sampson County Chair Marcus Bass. Nick and Delores Rhodes of Wilmington are in the third picture. Nick has been the District Director of Minority Affairs for 10 years. Delores is a professional educator.
Cumberland County Chair Dr. Vikki Andrews and Regional Democratic Women Director Sonya Bennetone-Patrick of New Hanover County are smiling in the picture on the left. The other pictures feature District Vice Chairs Jerry Dodson of Johnston County and Tomeka Blue of Sampson County. These pictures were made by Becket Morgan of New Hanover County.
Forty one enthusiastic Carteret Democrats gathered for their breakfast at the Morehead City Depot on February 9th. SEC Member Buck Wilde schedules speakers for this monthly event.
This month's speaker was State Party Secretary Melvin Williams. Carteret leader Tina Rodriguez said that Melvin's "humorous delivery of historical party politics was just what we all needed and his genuine compassion for the youth and the potential they give our party was welcoming and uplifting."
She continued by writing that his "fundraising ideas and thoughts about making party business functions more enjoyable were a breathe of fresh air."
County Chair Ken Humphrey and First Vice Chair Amy Holland gave the group guidance for the upcoming precinct meetings and county convention.
HUFFINGTON POST FEATURES
ARTICLE BY TORI TAYLOR
Huffington Post published an article by North Carolina's own Tori Taylor, President of the College Democrats of America. You can read this outstanding article by clicking on this link:
The Democratic Women of Wilson County made and delivered 20 meals to the men of Hope Station in Wilson on February 16th. Treasurer Barbara Dantonio learned that these men had no lunch on Saturdays and Sundays because local soup kitchens were not open.
Under the coordination of DW Member Caroline Quinn and other members, each man received a package with two PB & J sandwiches, an apple, a bag of chips, baked sweets, and a bottle of water. The DW members are working to get other organizations into this project so the men will have food every day.
TRI-COUNTY DEMOCRATIC WOMEN
The Tri-County Democratic Women (Clay, Cherokee, and Graham counties) stay busy! In the first picture above Nancy Woodard, Beverly Dockery and Christina Newhouse-Perry are shown delivering donations to Alice Kephart (2nd from right). These donations will help residents at Murphy Medical Center Nursing Home in Peachtree.
In the second picture Nancy Woodard and Christina Newhouse-Perry are presenting cash donations to Barbara Ford (right) for the children ages 14-15 who live at Truett Baptist Children's Home.
WANT TO SEE A TERRIFIC DEMOCRATIC NEWSLETTER?
Betty Anderson, Region 1 Director of the DWNC, sent this remarkable newsletter published by the new Tri-County Democratic Women President, Julia Buckner! It is totally professional and it is obvious that Julia wrote it with a lot of heart. Click the link below to see it:
COLLEGE DEMS ANNOUNCE "BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT" FUNDRAISER
All former members of the College Democrats of North Carolina will be honored at a big "BACK TO SCHOOL" Fundraiser at the State Party Headquarters, 220 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh from 6PM to 9PM on February 23rd. State President Keylin Rivera (above) urges College Dems of all ages to attend and enjoy the fun!
State Party Chair Randy Voller will be the Keynote Speaker. Sponsorships are available in categories from $200 to $500. For sponsorships call Keylin at 336-457-6869 or at KsRivera@uncg.edu.
This is a great way to go back to school because there will be no final exams and no term papers!
EMILY BROWN - GUILFORD COUNTY
UNC-Greensboro student Emily Brown is a superactive Democrat! She says enjoys the Young Democrats because they "encourage civic engagement as a whole, whether it's a Charlotte blood bank, a Greensboro food drive, or canvassing for outstanding candidates.
In the first picture above she is with Trevor Jones and Governor Jim Hunt at the home of Senator Don Vaughan. In the second picture she is with Guilford County Party Vice Chair Ralph Rodland.
Emily started the Students For Obama group on the Greensboro campus. For the past year she has been the Public Relations Coordinator for the Young Democrats of Guilford County.
Emily says that "my most satisfying political experience was in 2012 when my mother, who had never voted, registered in time to vote against Amendment One and helped register other new voters at different events leading up to the November election."
Outside the Democratic Party, Emily is "smitten with my three-month-old puppy, Roosevelt."
She hopes to have a license for Tandem Skydiving this year. She has two jobs: One as the Opinions Editor for the student newspaper and one at State Farm.
Emily is with Thomas O'Connell at a NCDP dinner in the picture on the left above. She is with Linda Coleman at the Guilford County Party Headquarters in the picture on the right.