FCDW GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING Held on the 4th Monday of each month at the Hilton Garden Inn. Check in and social 11:30 followed by buffet lunch, $12. Please RSVP by the Thursday prior before by 5 PM. Call Lynne Bradley, 756-9245 or Judy Cox, 755-1507. Everyone is welcome!

SEPTEMBER 30th bi-annual evening meeting of FCDW held at the Hilton Garden Inn. Please RSVP as soon as possible but no later than the Thursday prior 24 September before by 5 PM. Call Lynne Bradley, 756-9245 or Judy Cox, 755-1507.

Tickest priced at $15 with a no host bar serving wine and beer. Our male supporters are also most welcome to attend. RSVP is necessary to guarantee space so we can have some type of count before the event.

Guest speaker: Nancy Keenan Executive Director Nancy Keenan (Helena, MT) – The Montana Democratic Party is pleased to announce and welcome Montana-native Nancy Keenan as the new executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. Keenan comes to the Montana Democratic Party with nearly three decades of experience in Montana and national politics.

“Nancy has long been a leader in Montana politics. She has the experience and Montana know-how to help re-elect Governor Bullock and our state-wide officials, take back the U.S. House seat, and make additional gains in the Montana Legislature. Our top priority is to hold Republicans accountable for their failed policies and out-of-step extremism,” said Jim Larson, Chair of the Montana Democratic Party.

Born and raised in Anaconda, Keenan worked in the Anaconda smelter to pay her way through college. She went on to teach children with special needs in Billings and Anaconda. She served in the Montana legislature and as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. In 2000, Keenan ran a strong campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. Keenan later served as the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, a leading women’s rights advocacy group.

“I’ve dedicated my career to fighting for Montana families and building strong progressive coalitions. I have great respect for the people of Montana and am honored to have this opportunity to champion our Montana and Democratic values together with folks in our smallest rural towns and larger communities,” said Keenan.

Governor Steve Bullock and Senator Jon Tester applauded the selection of Keenan as the new executive director.

“As a teacher, a legislator, and Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Nancy Keenan has always worked to make Montana a better place. I am pleased Nancy has agreed to continue her commitment to service — this time as executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. Her tough Anaconda spirit and her knowledge of the state’s politics will be invaluable as we head into 2016,” said Governor Bullock.

“Nancy is a fearless leader who has spent a career fighting for middle class families, seniors, women, veterans, students, labor, and Indian Country. She’s got the tenacity, savvy, and fortitude to guide Montana Democrats to victory in 2016. With Nancy at the wheel, the Party and Montana are in good hands,” said Senator Tester.

Saturday, August 22, a group of sign-carrying Democrats brought messages to the west entrance of Glacier National Park, hoping to deliver them to Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Ryan Zinke as they drove to Lake Macdonald Lodge.

Boehner and Zinke didn’t show up, but these 11 folks did show up because they knew their messages need to be heard, among them: Keep Public Lands in Public Hands No More Government Shutdowns—Montana Jobs Matter Climate Change Is Real—Glacier Is Melting Montana Is Not For Sale Climate Change Is Real—Act to Save Our Country

Plenty of passing carloads of park visitors did see these messages, honking their approval. These issues need urgent attention: Speaker Boehner and Rep. Zinke, are you listening?