July 2009 Kamloops North Thompson Democrat President’s Message: At our general meeting on June 28 we elected an executive committee that is dedicated to serving Kamloops North Thompson NDP members. They are a group of men and women from all walks of life. Some are younger, some are older, some experienced and some inexperienced. Each of them brings a unique set of skills and talents that will benefit our party and our riding. I was fortunate enough to be elected as President for the coming year and I feel honoured to do so. We look forward to tough challenges and building member support leading up to the provincial election four years from now. We have a debt to pay off but we will do it and we need to connect with our members and build good relationships with each and everyone of you. These will be demanding tasks but this executive is looking forward to it. We also believe we will send a Outgoing KNT NDP President KNT NDP MLA to Victoria in 2013. Edna Park (left) and new At our July 21st meeting we will be putting together our feedback regarding President Rick Turner (right). the recent provincial election: what did our party do well in the election and in Edna served as President for 3 what ways can we improve. We look forward to hearing from you and years. welcome your input. Our September meeting will see the Executive Committee set its goals for the coming year. Again, please feel free to contact an executive member with input. Big thanks to Dave Guinn, our barbeque chef extraordinaire, and Karen Cerniuk, our Events Coordinator, for an excellent job of hosting our barbeque with Carole James on July5. Everyone had a great time and we raised a substantial amount of money too. Thanks also to Michael Crawford for his donation of many beautiful hanging flower baskets for fundraisers. We are also looking forward to the KNT NDP Walkathon on August 22. This event is a good opportunity to raise some money and have some fun. The North Thompson is always beautiful at this time of year. We encourage you to sponsor a walker and attend the event. The walk and picnic will be fun and there are lots of sights to see in Wells Gray Park afterwards. See page 2 for more details and give Mel Schmidt a call if you want more info. See you there! Finally, I want to thank the outgoing Executive Committee and especially Edna Park, who, as President, spent many an hour in meetings, staying up late at night reading documents, communicating with the folks in Vancouver, knocking on doors, and much, much more. Many of the outgoing Executive Committee have also spent many years working hard for the rest of us to insure our voices were heard and that we had a choice we could feel proud of. We are grateful that many of you have stayed on. To those who are taking some time away from it all, thank you for your many years of service and a job well done. —Rick Turner 2 July 5 Barbeque at Dave Guinn’s Almost forty of us gathered at Dave Guinn’s on the evening of July 5 and enjoyed good food, fun, and a visit with Carole James. We enjoyed a potluck dinner that included a rich array of salads and Dave’s culinary expertise on the barby, as he cooked delicious chicken kabobs and smokies. Desserts were also available and those who still had room after supper enjoyed those too. Carole James attended the event and enjoyed the fine dinner also. She visited with everyone and talked about the four years ahead. All of us shared a lot of good conversation and lots of laughs. Zack showed us how to play slip the ring around the bottleneck and many of us made a small contribution to party coffers, hoping Zack’s skill would win us a bottle of fine wine from Dave’s wine cellar. It was a great fundraiser and very entertaining as well. Michael Crawford donated many hanging flower baskets, also as fundraisers, and people took them home in return for a donation to the party. Our thanks to Dave Guinn and Karen Cerniuk for organizing and hosting this event. All of us had a great time. - Rick Turner 1st Annual KNT NDP Walkathon On August 22, 2009, the Kamloops North Thompson NDP is holding a walkathon and picnic. This will be a Fun Day Fundraiser. Find a walker and sponsor him or her for the 10km walk, have your group sponsor a walker, or contact Mel Shmidt at 250-672-1843, or email@example.com. He will be happy to have you sponsor him.. The walkers will leave Dave Simms’ place in Blackpool at 244 Phillips Road, starting at 10 a..m. (follow the signs to Dave’s place). They will be following the old Highway 5 to the ball park in Clearwater. Bring a picnic lunch or buy a hotdog and some ice cream from our folks at the ballpark. Each walker who has at least $100 in pledges will be provided with a t-shirt to wear on the walk and keep as a souvenir—the more walkers the merrier. Get behind this event with your wallet. These sponsorships are a tax credit. If you plan on walking and want a t-shirt, please let Mel know by August 15. Please come one and all.—Mel Schmidt Yes! I want to build a strong Kamloops North Thompson NDP. Please send your cheque, payable to BC NDP to: Ben Capps Treasurer KNT NDP Unit 308 465 Greenstone Dr. Kamloops BC V2C 1N8 A tax deductible receipt will be mailed to you. 3 KAMLOOPS NORTH THOMPSON EXECUTIVE LIST (June 28, 2009) President: Rick Turner phone: (250)579-8541 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Vice President: Doug Brown phone: (250)372-2705 email: email@example.com Recording Secretary: Ingrid Barnes phone: (250)374-0569 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer: Ben Capps phone: (250) 377-5083 email: email@example.com Provincial Council Delegate: Melvin Schmidt phone: (250)672-1843 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Alternate Provincial Council Delegate: Krystal Smith phone: (250)574-4570 email: email@example.com Federal Council Rep: Melvin Schmidt phone: (250)672-1843 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Communications Director (Co-Chairs): Lois Rugg phone: (250)554-1156 email: email@example.com Michael Crawford phone: (250)571-4201 cell; (250) 371-5520 wk email: firstname.lastname@example.org Newsletter Editor: Rick Turner phone: (250)579-8541 email: email@example.com Membership Secretary: Deb Toth phone: (250)376-1197 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Events Coordinator: Karen Cerniuk phone: (250)554-1440 email: email@example.com Fundraiser Chair: Carole Gillis phone: (250)579-5982 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Policy and Resolution's Co-Chairs: Marion York phone: (250) 828-0728 email: email@example.com Fawn Knox phone: (250)579-5768 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Women's Rights Rep (Co-Chairs): Cathy Hamilton phone: (250)376-8902 email: email@example.com Samara Gowrie phone: (778)-220-5128 cell email: firstname.lastname@example.org Young New Democrat Rep: Josh Phillips phone: (250)573-2546 email: email@example.com Labour Council Liaison: (Position Unfilled) Alternate Labour Council Liaison: (Position Unfilled) Members at Large: Thelma Schmidt phone: (250)672-1843 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Dave Guinn phone: (250)682-3500 cell email: email@example.com Rod Andrew phone: (250)579-9359 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Find us on the web! http://kamloopsndp.ca 4 Layton, NDP - Real Opposition in Ottawa Michael Crawford Communications Officer Kamloops Thompson Cariboo NDP The 2nd Session of the 40th Parliament has ended and the House will sit again September 14, 2009. MPs of all political stripes have been working hard and now they will return to their ridings to meet with constituents and hopefully find some time to relax. Jack Layton and our 36 MPs, including twelve new members, have been working hard to protect workers and the environment, and to make sure Canadian families are always front and centre when tough decisions must be made. Canada's NDP continues to be an effective opposition to Parliament. The same can't be said for the Liberals. New leader Michael Ignatieff continues Dion's legacy of supporting and propping up the Conservative government giving Harper a de facto majority. The Liberals closed out the session by voting for a Conservative finance bill. That vote marked the 79th consecutive confidence vote in which the Liberals supported the Conservatives, keeping them in power. Layton has accurately referred to this latest vote as a joint Liberal-Conservative attack against the two million unemployed Canadians who need immediate assistance to make ends meet. Canada's NDP has always worked well with minority Parliaments to produce real results for Canadians. Results that create more housing, increase access to education, provide health care, protect the environment, and increase public transit. But our cooperation in Parliament has always been contingent on government making decisions that benefit ordinary people and Harper's Conservatives don't share our values in that regard. Alex McLennan, Danae Theobald, and I are off to the AGM in Halifax this summer and we will report in the fall. I hope everyone has a relaxing summer and that you are ready if a federal election is called this fall. Michael Crawford Do you have a question or an issue, a change of address, want to donate to the KNT NDP? 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