Meeting notes from May 19, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes

May 19, 2014


No meeting next Monday, Memorial Day, May 26, 2014.  Next meeting will be Monday, June 2nd , 6:00-8:00 p.m. at John's condo clubhouse, 717 DeForest Street, DeForest.


Schedule for upcoming regular meetings of DeForest Area Progressives:

  • (skip Memorial Day - no meeting)
  • June 2nd at John's condo clubhouse, 717 DeForest St., DeForest
  • June 9th at Don's, 3736 Shiloh Rd. in Token Creek
  • June 9th at Peg's, 4397 Memorial Circle, Windsor

All meetings are 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., as usual.


There were 13 people at the May 19th meeting.


Karen briefed us on how to magnify our Facebook participation.  She passed out a handout on the subject.


The painting picnic is set for Saturday, June 14th, 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. at DeForest Fireman's Park.  Thanks especially to John Stanley for organizing this affair.  Among the invitees are all DeForest area progressives, Progressive Partners, and a host of others.  Mary Arnold (and Sue Salter) and George Ferriter, both candidates for Assembly, will be there.  Margo Miller, another candidate for Assembly, will try to make it.  We are hoping for Diane Hesselbein too.*  As noted in the invitation you received, Wisconsin Grassroots Network will provide brats, and DAP will provide soda and water.  A donation will be appreciated.  Bring a dish to pass.  Also, bring sign painting supplies if you have them.


"Tailgating to Save Our State" is scheduled for June 18th.  This is a driving excursion to the Penokees, among many other events along the way, to publicize and work for clean energy in Wisconsin. See for more information.


Mary Arnold and Henry stopped by to pick up nomination papers and discuss her campaign.  Mary's official campaign kickoff will be June 21st at Fireman's Park in Columbus from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


We touched on plans for our participation in the DeForest 4th of July celebration, including our parade float.


There was much discussion about the idea to have an open mic at least quarterly in the DeForest area. 

  • Don volunteered to scout out some locations in restaurants or bars.
  • people talk about issues, make speeches
  • social, hang out
  • issues, sign up for time slots to speak, sing, whatever
  • guest speakers, entertainers
  • open to public
  • John St. sing Peter, Paul, & Mary songs
  • nostalgia for Kingston Trio and like
  • Leonardo's band
  • uplifting, mood raising
  • "You cannot subsist without your daily quota of joy."  - Don
  • jam, joke telling
  • one really cool speaker
  • How advertise?
  • Review significance of protest songs, social and political commentary.


*DeForest has three Assembly reps, being divided unusually into three Assembly districts.  

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