7.3.19 Join, march, “share,” call, give…It’s how we build for 2020

Happy Independence Day! 

If you’re headed to parades in Richland or Schoolcraft tomorrow, look for KCDP volunteers. To join us, find details below. 

Another membership FAQ

When people first get involved with the local Dems, the difference between being a “KCDP Member” and being a “KCDP County Committee Member” can be mystifying.  

As expected, anyone can become a member of the Kalamazoo County Democratic Party. (Join here!) If you’re interested in getting even more involved in the work of the KCDP, you can become a member of the County Committee. 

County Committee members are the voting members who make operational decisions, adopt policies, approve resolutions, etc. We’re pleased to have more than 80 County Committee members, and that number is growing. 

To become part of the County Committee, you must be nominated at a monthly Third Thursday meeting (officially, these are “County Committee Meetings”) and be voted in at the next meeting. 

KCDP suggests an annual donation of $100 and/or 10 hours of volunteer from County Committee members. 

And of course you’re welcome to attend these monthly meetings without joining the local Party or Committee. Come and check us out on July 18—details below. 

You can help us build resources for 2020 whether you join or not! The best way to donate to KCDP is online through ActBlue, If you prefer, you can mail a check to KCDP, PO Box 2466, Kalamazoo, MI 49003-2466. Questions? Email Development Director Margy Belchak, fundraising@kzoodems.com.

How to make your Facebook share help the KCDP

When you share a post from the KCDP Facebook page, please help us get our name in front of people! Be sure to…

Click the “Share” box, then…

From the options that pop up, click “Share…”: 

Then before you share on your timeline, click the “Include Original Post” box:

That’s it! This will help us build KCDP’s visibility for 2020!  

Questions about KCDP social media? Email Communications Chair Gary Sigman, communications@kzoodems.com.

What we’ve been up to

Last week was a big one! Watch parties for the Democratic Primary debates took over the KCDP office on Wednesday and Thursday nights, June 26 & 27. This was a chance to get together, vote for our favorite candidates, and have some fun. 

And before the party on the 26th, volunteers called to remind KCDP members to renew their memberships. Membership phone-banking continues in July. More info below. 

This week

Details sometimes change. Check our website calendar for the latest info.

Phone bank tonight! On Wednesday, July 3, volunteers will be calling to invite people to our  KCDP Sunday Fund Day and to remind KCDP members to renew their memberships. From 5:30-7:30pm, we’ll be at the KCDP office, 3254 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo. Come for as long as you can. Bring a charged cell phone and a friend! Questions? Email Margy Belchak, fundraising@kzoodems.com or just show up! 

Volunteers will represent the KCDP at Independence Day parades in Richland and Schoolcraft. In both communities, parades step off at 11am on Thursday, July 4 (lineup begins at 10am). Email Volunteer Committee Chair Dakota Torolski, volunteer@kzoodems.com to join us or get more info. 

Coming soon

Volunteer phone-banking continues on Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31, from 5:30-7:30pm at the KCDP office, 3254 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo. Volunteers will be calling to invite people to  KCDP Sunday Fund Day and remind KCDP members to renew their memberships. Come for as long as you can. Bring a charged cell phone and a friend! Questions? Email Margy Belchak, fundraising@kzoodems.com or just show up! 

On Saturday, July 13, KCDP will be at the Kalamazoo Black Arts Festival at Lacrone Park, 535 W. Paterson St., from 12-6pm. Enjoy wonderful food, vendors, and live performances while you help recruit volunteers and hand out KCDP info. Email Dakota Torolski, volunteer@kzoodems.com for details. 

Mark your calendar for another fabulous Party for the People: KCDP Sunday Fund Day on July 14, 2-3:30pm at Old Dog Tavern, 402 East Kalamazoo Avenue, in Kalamazoo. Join us for an afternoon of socializing, raising funds for KCDP, and tipping a brew or two. For information, email Margy Belchak, fundraising@kzoodems.com.

Monthly KCDP “Third Thursday” Meeting

Thursday, July 18, 5:30-6:30pm speaker TBD, 6:30-7:30pm Business Meeting, at Travelers Cafe and Pub, 5225 Portage Rd, Portage Everyone is welcome. No reservation necessary—we have the whole back room. If you haven’t yet attended our monthly meeting, give it a try. Order dinner, just a beverage, or nothing at all — but do join us! Questions? Email info@kzoodems.com.

Why I’m a Democrat – Elliana Kisiel

“I’m a Democrat because I believe in social justice and political reform. I believe our country has lost sight as to what being a human being is all about. We must care for one another and be more empathetic and accepting when it comes to those who are different from ourselves. Being a Democrat means standing up for those who do not have a voice. By being a member of the Democratic Party I feel that I am contributing to society in a positive manner by making the world a more accepting and truly beautiful place, where we can all coexist as one species with the goal of living a happy and successful life.”

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