DeForest Area Progressives
Meeting notes for April 13, 2015
Next meeting: Monday, April 20, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. Joe Wineke, candidate for Wisconsin Democratic Party executive director, will be at this meeting. PLEASE TRY TO MAKE IT TO GIVE JOE A GOOD SHOWING.
There were five people at the April 13th meeting.
We had a pre-meeting discussion about the disagreements between some Progressive Partners members and those who are trying to organize the 2nd CD Alliance. The Progressive Partners quarterly meeting is this coming Saturday, April 18th, in Middleton. JohnSki and Karen are attending and maybe John St.
We debriefed on the “What’s in YOUR Water?” event last Saturday, the 11th. While the attendance of 31 people was not bad, it could have been better. Maybe the good weather kept some people away, who chose to spend the time outdoors. Attendees came from a wide range of places, besides DeForest and Windsor: Madison, McFarland, Middleton, and other places. It was a disappointment that those from the Token Creek Conservancy who had said they were coming did not show up. We had hoped that they would give a brief overview of their efforts. The Boy Scouts were a disappointment too, in that they notified Bill the day before that they would not participate because of the political nature of DAP. One person said it might have been too long, although most of us thought not. Someone remarked that there might have been too much of a political message and not enough science. We all agreed that the afternoon was very informative and that most people in attendance got what they needed to become actively involved in water quantity and quality issues.
We discussed the possibility of changing our name to exclude the word “progressives.” Karen says that the term has taken on meanings and connotations that we might want to avoid. No action was taken.
Karen announced several upcoming events: the Token Creek Conservancy meeting which she will attend; a Wednesday meeting of the Middleton Action Team at 10:00 a.m. at Sofra’s in Middleton to meet Martha Laning, candidate for the Dem Party director’s job (Karen is going); a meeting on climate change at Science Hall, 7:00 p.m. Wed., put on by indigenous groups; and Saturday’s Progressive Partners meeting. John Stanley led a round of applause for Karen in appreciation for all she does, which is considerable.
Money made on Bradley for Justice sign sales at the Wisconsin Grassroots Network festival was turned over to JohnSki to deposit in our checking account. We also received $12.35 in donations at Saturday’s event, which has been deposited.
Karen brought up the possibility of buying GPS software to do research on pollution projects around the state. It would cost around $200 but might be cheaper or even free to non-profit organizations. Everyone thought it is a good idea and we will continue to look into it.
Karen went over the handout she devised saluting the men and women of Wisconsin’s metropolitan water districts for the excellent work they do providing us with fresh, clean water. The sheet informs the reader of what the law requires of municipal water systems and the reports and information available to users. Once again, thank you, Karen, for all you do.
If we do another public education project, the next one should maybe be on the pipeline situation in Wisconsin. The evaluations from Saturday indicated an interest in that topic. John St. said that we should expand the topic to include the issue of sale of energy out of Wisconsin.
We did some preliminary planning on our 4th of July celebration activities in DeForest, including our parade float and volunteering to help set up and clean up and maybe help with bingo again. John said the Chamber of Commerce is lacking volunteers right now. Possible float themes included a butterfly catching democracy (?), “Ice Cream for Democracy” (“I scream for democracy,” get it?); “Democracy Takes Root.” Should we rent a truck for the float this year or sponge off Nate again?
John St. noted the April 30th next meeting of the 2nd CD Alliance planning group somewhere on the east side of Madison.
Remember Joe Wineke next week. Try to be there for Joe.