DAP meeting notes for August 11, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes

August 11, 2014

Next meeting: Monday, August 18, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at DeForest library, main floor meeting rooms next to the newspapers


There were eight people at the August 8th meeting.  John S. reported that as of the end of July 2014, the DAP treasury had $185.01.

Marcia will be gone visiting family in Washington during the end of August and beginning of September.  Karen and JohnSki will chair the meetings during that time.  Others are welcome to chair if they wish.  Items for the agenda are welcome and should be addressed to Karen and John.  A new format will be tried, beginning each meeting for about fifteen minutes with an open topic of discussion for all.  Stay tuned for further information.

There was much discussion and reporting on various members’ canvassing for candidates: Mary Burke for governor, George Ferriter, Mary Arnold, Dianne Hesselbein, and Michelle Zahn for the state legislature.  Marcia expounded on the options for campaigning: canvassing, phone banking both as a group and at home, letter to the editor writing, etc.  Peg said she is interested in engaging her neighbors, especially on the issues of schools and town incorporation.

Liz asked what is going on with the sign project coordinated by the Wisconsin Grassroots Network (see www.WisconsinGrassroots.net).  She has some signs at her house ready to go up.  Ginny also has some signs and painting materials.  Karen said she will take over coordination of signs as part of her responsibilities managing the “Messaging” work group for WGN.  She will learn what is going on and report back to DAP.

We should all start to think about what questions we might like to ask candidates at the September (?) candidates’ forum we expect to be held at the DeForest library.

Liz said that Mary Arnold is asking for supporters to write letters to the editors of the newspapers in her district.  Liz also recommended to Mary that she attend the River Fest in DeForest on September 13th.  DAP members should go to River Fest to support Mary Arnold there, as well as Michelle Zahn and George Ferriter.

Carol G. Mentioned that she had gone to a web site that she thought was for Mary Burke for governor, only to find when she read the fine print that it was a fake web site.  Marcia said that there are some unscrupulous web sites like that out there, and we should be careful when we go to web sites.

It was asked of members that we all think about members who have not been to a meeting for awhile and try to get them active again.

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