Carter Democratic Women take a look at 2021 and 2022

Published 5:22 pm Monday, January 31, 2022

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The Carter County Democratic Women’s Club met Tuesday, Jan. 25, on Zoom to look forward to plans for 2022 and back to remember their activities of 2021.
In 2021, the club had nine regular meetings, jointly with the Carter County Democratic Party. At times these meetings were on Zoom, when COVID concerns were raised.
Guest speakers included Dr. David Kirshchke of the Regional Health Department, sharing information on COVID; Pat Combs on the workings of the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women; Heidi Davis of Second Harvest Food Bank on local food insecurity; Lori and Arvil Love and Dennis Prater on the accomplishments of labor unions.
In addition, the club did two trash pick-ups on the Watauga Road for TDOT’s Adopt-a-Highway program, helped organize the party’s biennial Reorganization Convention in August, and hosted a holiday dinner in December.
The group made financial contributions to the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women, the Democrat Resource Center, and the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library.
A major accomplishment of 2021 was to celebrate the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment—Votes for Women. Because of pandemic concerns in 2020, the commemoration of the actual anniversary of the Amendment’s passage in Tennessee, August 18, 1920, was delayed by one year.
The group planted two yellow rose bushes, the symbol of the suffragists, and installed a permanent marker at the Carter County Election Office.
On August 18, 2021, they hosted a public ceremony at the Election Office with political speakers, a reminiscence from the granddaughter of an Elizabethton suffrage activist, a history display, and yellow roses for all.
The guest speaker at the club’s January meeting was Diane Wilde, Chair of the Carter County Democratic Party and member of the County Election Commission.
Wilde discussed the new electoral maps, voter registration, and working at the polls. Those who would like to work at the upcoming elections in May, August, and November should visit the Election Office, 116 Holston Ave., to fill out an application.
Voter registration will be on the club’s agenda for the coming months. In addition, the group discussed publicity, fundraising, and sponsorship of a scholarship for local students.
The club meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The February meeting will be via Zoom on February 22.
More information about local Democrats can be found at two pages on Facebook (Carter County Democratic Party and Carter County Democratic Women), Twitter (@PartyCarter), or by emailing carterdemwomen@gmail.com.

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