Homeless shelter volunteers needed 4/14

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Eastside Winter Shelter Dinner–Woman and Children April 14

The 48th District Dems , with help from Dems in the 41st District, are hosting a dinner for the homeless on April 14th at the Redmond United Methodist Church. We have enjoyed the last two dinners we served in December and March. Actually helping individuals face to face is very rewarding.

We need at least 4 more volunteers to help purchase or make food–please step up to help if you can.

The next dinner will be April 14th, beginning at 7:45 for servers. If you cannot be there, you can donate food items to be used for the dinner.The church is located at: 16540 NE 80th St in downtown Redmond. If you are interested in helping, please CONTACT: Becky Lewis, rebeccie@comcast.net or 425-746-5869.

Reorganization Meeting Agenda for 1/14

7 PM January 14 (Second Wednesday)

Northwest Arts Center

9825 NE 24th Street, Bellevue

Call to Order by Temporary Meeting Chair

  • Rich Erwin (KCDCC Chair), Roger Crew, and Steve Kasner from King County Democrats board, officiating.

Flag Salute

Appointment of Secretary, Parliamentarian, Sergeant at Arms and Tally Committee

Credentials Report

Adoption of Agenda and Meeting Rules

Adoption of District Organization Bylaws and Standing Rules

Election of District Chair

Appointment of District Credentials Committee

Election of All Other District Officers

  • District Credentials Report regarding non-PCO members
  • Officers elected only by elected PCOs: First Vice Chair,WSDCC and KCDCC committee persons and KCDCC alternates.
  • Officers elected by all members in good standing: Second and Third Vice Chairs, Treasurer, Communications Director.

Approval of PCO Applications

Old Business

New Business

  • Appointment of Standing Committee(s)
  • 2015 Budget

Good of the Order


Bylaws Revisions – Executive Board meeting January 6

It was decided at the December special meeting to complete revision of the Bylaws and Special Rules of Order in preparation for our Reorganization Meeting (January 14) at our Executive Board meeting. The Board meeting will be 7 PM January 6, at the home of 2nd Vice Chair Karen Tennyson.

Only those sections not already finalized on December 10 will be reviewed.  If you are not a Board member and wish to attend, contact Karen to r.s.v.p. and get the address and directions at karen.tennyson@gmail.com.

The text of the proposed revised Bylaws and new standing rules can be viewed and copied HERE.  (Note: a new draft was uploaded at about 10:30 PM on January 2.) Please print your own copy to bring to the meeting.

2014 Holiday Party Wednesday 12/17

Please celebrate the holidays with us:
All 48th Members and potential members are welcome at the 48th LD Annual Holiday Party.
Becky and John Lewis’ House
16552 SE 19th St.
Bellevue WA 98008
Potluck Wednesday 12/17 6:30 to 9 PM.
Last names starting bring:
A-L:  Appetizers or Salad
M-Z:  Main Dish or Dessert
–Virginia Rogalsky and Becky Lewis

Congregation for the Homeless Service Events

Also please join us in preparing and delivering dinner for the women and children at the Congregations for the Homeless–Eastside Winter Shelter at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 17222 NE 8th St., Bellevue.

Our first date is Saturday, December 27, from 8-9 PM.  If you are interested please email Becky Lewis at rebeccie@comcast.net to choose a needed item for the supper menu.  There are approximately 45 homeless women and children each evening.  We hope to be able to do this about once a month in 2015 and invite other LD’s and/or political organizations to help.



12/10 Special Meeting–Ross on the State Budget and the Bylaws revision

A.special meeting has been called for the second Wednesday of December 12/10 replacing our November meeting, which was cancelled to allow PCOs to attend a general Eastside meeting to hear candidates for chair of King County Democrats. The meeting will be at the usual time and meeting place, 7 PM at the Northwest Arts Center in Bellevue. Our annual holiday party will be the third Wednesday at the Lewis home (watch for details).

State Rep. Ross Hunter, undoubtedly the Legislature’s leading authority on.the State budget, will discuss the budget in detail, including slides with graphs and charts.  This program will be from 7-8 PM.

Those who wish to review and provide feedback to the Bylaws Revision Committee will meet from 8-9 PM for a less formal discussion meeting to review proposed changes to the Bylaws and newly created Standing Rules (user-friendly term coined by John Elsbree is “Special Rules of Order”).  John Elsbree, Craig ZumBrunnen, and Phil Kouse will use feedback from this discussion to compose a final draft for adoption at our biennial Reorganization Meeting on the second Wednesday in January 1/14/15.

To read the Bylaws presently in effect pull down the “Bylaws” page from the menu bar above.  For a summary of the changes along with a draft of the revised Bylaws and new Special Rules of Order (standing rules in parliamentary-speak), pull down the “Proposed New Bylaws” menu page.

Revised agenda for 11/19 Eastside General Meeting

The 41st LD has announced a change in the agenda  for the Eastside general meeting at 7-9 PM Wednesday at Tyee Middle School.  The reason for several LD’s meeting together is to enable all candidates for 2015-2016 Chair of the King County Democratic Central Committee to spend more time sharing their viewpoints instead of traveling among the 5th, 41st and 48th LD’s that evening.

The agenda as originally announced provided for a combined meeting before the Candidate event, with a business meeting following.  Since the 48th has no business planned for 11/19 and this event does not allow sufficient time for review and discussion of our proposed Bylaws revision, that agenda would have allowed our members to quietly exit after the Candidate event.  The revised agenda includes 30-45 minutes for individual break-out LD business meetings between the initial speaker (Kurt DelBene on the Affordable Care Act) and the Candidate event [considering the nature of  Q&A, my crystal ball is predicting 20 minutes left for business meetings.  Phil Kouse].

The 48th will use its “break-out” for an informal “Good of the Order” session.

The new agenda with tentative times announced to us Tuesday morning by 41st LD Program Chair Dorothy Willard, who is chairing the joint meeting:

  • 7:00 Kurt DelBene on the Affordable Care Act
  • 7:30 LDs break out for individual meetings. (48th will conduct no business involving voting.)
  • 8:15 KCDCC Chair candidates event. Persons known at this time to be seeking nomination at the 12/6 King County Democrats’ reorganization meeting (9 AM at location to be announced) are Omaha Sternberg, Rich Erwin and Betsy Walker
  • 9:00 Adjournment.

Eastside LD’s join our meetings again on November 19

Eastside Districts General Meeting
Wednesday, November 19, 7 PM
Tyee Middle School
13454 SE Newport Way
Bellevue WA 98006-2024

The King County Democratic Central Committee reorganization meeting is December 6 and all 2015-2016 elected PCOs (whose term of office begins 12/1/14) will be eligible to vote for the new officers.

The 5th, 41st and 48th LDs are combining our meetings that night in order to allow more time for PCOs to meet the candidates for King County Democrats offices than if they were required to travel among the three regular LD meetings that night.  This meeting replaces the November membership meeting of the 48th LD Democrats.


1.  Kurt DelBene on the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare (25 minutes)

2,.  KCDCC Meeting Review (5 minutes)

3.  LD End of Year Parties (10 minutes)

4.  Which PCOs can vote in January? (5 minutes)

5.  Acknowledgement of Candidates for KCDCC office (10 minutes)

10-Minute break

KCDCC Chair Candidates Event (30 minutes)

(The official agenda adds old and new business.  However, the 48th had been planning a review of our proposed Bylaws and this meeting does not provide sufficient time or setting for that activity. 48th members may wish to exist quietly after the Chair Candidates Event.  A special 48th meeting is set for Dec. 10 for those who wish to review the proposed Bylaws revisions.)

2014 General Election Endorsements

Candidates running opposed are not listed.

State Legislature:

  • 48th LD Representatives:  Ross Hunter (incumbent), Joan McBride
  • 48th LD Senator: Cyrus Habib


  • 1st District Representative:  Susan DelBene (incumbent)
  • 9th District Representative: Adam Smith (incumbent)

Northwest Electoral District Court:

  • Judge Position No. 1:  Janet Garrow (incumbent)
  • Judge Position No. 2:  Ketu Shah (incumbent)
  • Judge Position No. 3:  Lisa O’Toole or Marcus Naylor*


  • I-591 (Prohibiting gun confiscation without due process of law):  No
  • I-594 (Requiring federal background checks for every gun transfer with limited exceptions): Yes

* Judges (Pro Tem) O’Toole and Naylor were dually endorsed by this organization during the primary election ccampaign.  Both survived the primary and now seek the same judgeship.

Yes Rodney’s leaving, but we still must fight for the State Senate

(Editor’s Note:  Matt Isenhower’s campaign against the incumbent state senator in our neighboring 45th LD has been flagged by our Rep. Ross Hunter and others as a key campaign to regain Democratic party control of the Senate. Ross noted that he, Cyrus Habib and Joan McBride emerged with overwhelming majorities in the primary election and appear assured of election to the state Senate and Legislature from our LD.   He has encouraged the 48th to lend our resources to the 45th to assist Matt.)

Now you have two chances to put your feet on the ground and walk for Matt Isenhower, Senate Candidate for the 45th LD, and  take back the State Senate

  • Sunday 9/14 at Bella Bottega QFC Starbucks, Redmond
  • Saturday 10/18 at 10 AM, place to be determined.

This is a great way to get exercise and work for an excellent candidate who has the ability to help change the power structure in the State Senate.  Let’s get a permanent solution to education and women’s health.

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Android device, please let me know.  We would like to get as many walking lists via Mini-Van as we possibly can, and save a tree or two.  If you are not familiar with Mini-Van, please contact me (425-822-7765 or 425-985-5017) for a brief lesson on how to download the app on your device.

–Karen Tennyson, 2nd Vice Chair (PCOs)





August 20 Annual Picnic

48th LD Democrats’ annual picnic will be hosted by the Ross Hunter re-election campaign Wednesday evening at the home of Ross Hunter in Medina. Ross also will be inviting other guests of his campaign, and you will have an opportunity to contribute to Ross’ relection campaign. Electeds or candidates with any questions about the format for the evening should contact Representative Hunter, not the 48th LD Chair.

Attendance is by RSVP to the Hunters only. For an Evite invitation and electronic RSVP, or see the 48th LD Democrats FACEBOOK page or email 48thdems@gmail.com for a forwarded invitation.

You also will have the opportunity to order and pay for your tickets for the Eastside Democrats Dinner on Sunday, September 7.

The campaign is providing beer and non- alcoholic beverages, organic hot dogs and hamburgers, and a place to sit. We’re hoping folks will bring salads and desserts, plus other bits to fill in.

Ross needs three persons to help with set up, three persons to help with take-down, and two persons who will handle the grill during the picnic. Please contact 48th Vice Chair Virginia Rogalsky (virginialr@yahoo.com) as soon as possible if you can assist.