May 2018

Meeting Minutes - May, 2018


  • Erica Schultes Announces Candidacy for District 2 Supervisor (Mardi Allen’s district who is retiring) – See details under New Business. Go Erica!

  • Volunteer is need to take minutes for June meeting as Shuttleworth will not be able.

  • Saturday, June 9 Join Karen “For Our Community” Larson in Sibley for Parade! Volunteers needed to accompany Karen Larsen: contact 712-336-6863 or


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 5 Primary Elections – be sure you are registered and early voting is now open.

  • WEDNESDAY, AUG 5 Super Summer Sizzler Fundraisinger – Arnolds Park Pavilion- Multi-county fundraising event featuring Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Presidential Candidate John Delaney, our own Berkeley Bedell. We’ll also have food, entertainment, Queen II rides and more...

  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 Summer Solstice Fundraiser - Karen “For our community” Larson. Tacos, Kayaking, bonfire at Campaign Headquarters at her home 10285 237th Ave on Little Spirit Lake. To volunteer: contact 712-336-6863 or Donate: or PO Box 173, Spirit Lake, IA, 51360

  • FRIDAY, JULY 27 Pioneer Days Parade in Milford


  • Messaging Committee May 30 –Meeting: 10:30 a.m. at Lisa’s Bakery in Spirit Lake. Come for tasty messages!

  • Karen “For Our Community” Larson Campaign Meeting 10:00 AM Saturday, June 2 at her home.10285 237th Ave, on Little Spirit Lake. 712/336- 6963

  • Summer Sizzler Fundraising Committee Meeting Tuesday, June 12 6:00 PM at Michael Dunn’s home at 6 PM at 1307 Fargo in Spirit Lake. For more information contact John Adams, Committee Chair

  • Voter Registration 6:30 PM Monday, June 18 before next Monthly Meeting, Pebble Bech Room, Arrowood. Chair: Virginia Kelly

Minutes of the Dickinson County Democrats - May 21, 2018

Chairman Harold prior called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. There were 34 persons in attendance. He welcomed back snowbirds and everyone went around the room and introduced themselves. Democrat and Dickinson County Supervisor Tim Fairchild was recognized.

Secretary’s Report Jane Shuttleworth reviewed the March minutes and announced Rich Nicklay as the April winner of the ‘Make America Think Again’ prize. The prize is awarded to the first person who reports an error in the minutes. The minutes were also distributed to all by email prior to the meeting. Highlights included the establishment of our new website and the Act Blue online tool that makes fundraising simple and easy. Over $1000 has been raised since the website and Act Blue account was established only a month ago by Vice Chair Brett Copeland. Other meeting highlights was John Adams review of the March for our Lives in Washington DC with his granddaughter Olivia.

Treasurer’s Report Kaylene Kinlan reported despite the many expenses incurred over the past months for facilities rental for county convention meetings and other purposes we have $5191.00 in our treasury. She also finished the second quarterly report to the State Committee.

Cindy Paschen, wife of John Paschen who is Fourth District Candidate against Congressman Steve King, spoke on behalf of her husband. She said his strength is his compassion for people, medical background and healthcare knowledge. He is a pediatrician and has been chief of staff at hospitals and served on the Story County Board of Health. His experience and expertise in health care separates him from all other candidates. 

She stated the reason her husband decided to run against Congressman Steve King was when he heard him say that he would pay for the wall between United States and Mexico with money from food stamps and Planned Parenthood.

Old Business

The major fundraising event equivalent to the Wingding held each year in Clearlake is the summer sizzler. It is a multi county fundraiser. Proceeds from ticket sales go back to county parties. We have a very exciting lineup of Rep. Eric Swalwell and Presidential Candidate John Delaney will be major speakers. John Adams has been spearheading this effort event will be held at the pavilion, along with our own Berkley Bedell. There will be two Queen II cruises. The pavilion has recently been remodeled. Rep. David Johnson independent state senator from Ocheyedan is also been invited to draw in more of the independence. Everyone was reminded that David Johnson was one of the first Republican politicians to renounce the Republican party when Donald Trump won the presidential primary in 2016.  Michael Dunn will do the catering. Entertainers are still needed the queen cruisers will be at three and 5 p.m.. We will need help for setting up and decorations this is a multi-county The next fundraising meeting will be June 12 Tuesday at Michael Dunn’s home at 6 PM at 1307 Fargo in Spirit Lake. The food track will be open for business! Held prior will contact all the other county chairs he stated that for some time now that idea to do a multi county fun raiser of the scale has been discussed in the Iowa Great Lakes.

District for Iowa Democratic Convention Report

Gail Bockman gave an excellent report of the district for Democratic convention held at Fort Dodge on April 28. Minutes are attached below.

John Adams, Sarah Early and Brett Copeland were the other three delegates from Dickinson County at the convention. Reimbursements of $20.00 per person for Convention expenses.

Karen “for our community” Larson Campaign Update

Her May 5 fundraiser at the Priors featured a pie auction and was a “sweet success.” She has been campaigning in Osceola County and will be in Lyon County. She is planning a Summer Solstice fundraiser on Wednesday, June 20 at her home featuring midsummer delights such as kayaking and a bonfire and tacos. Podunk Resistance will be special guests.

Volunteers are need to go with her to June 9 parade in Sibley.

Her next campaign meeting is Saturday, June 2 at her home 10285 237th Ave, on Little Spirit Lake. 712/336- 6963

Committee Reports

Major Fundraising: See Summer Sizzler report above.

Outreach Committee: Several Dems volunteered at Dickinson County CARES event In April, held to raise fund for victims of domestic abuse. Volunteers wore stickers that read Democrats cartel with our logo. Gail Bockman has the template if people would like them to wear while volunteering at similar events. Other outreach events discussed inlcuded tour of homes, antique car show.

Brett W. Copeland shared an idea to present certificate of appreciation to small business entrepreneurs and let them know democrats have their back and thank them for making our community great.

Voter Registration Virginian Kelly reported on Voter Registration. They are getting an updated voter list to focus on per to target for voter registration. Supporting Erica Schultes for District 2 supervisor will be a focus for the June 5 primaries. See New Business below for more on Erica’s campaign. 

Messaging Committee Caroline Perkins and Linda Moore reported the messaging committee will have their next meeting on May 30 at 10:30 at Lisa’s Bakery.

New Business

Chairman Prior shared that Erica Schultes was unable to attend the meeting to make the announcement in person that she is planning to run for District 2 Supervisor against Republican Dave Kolhasse. This has been Mardi Allen’s district for many years and she is retiring. It includes the east side of East Okoboji, Arnolds Park and parts of West Okoboji all the way to Wahpeton. Chairman Prior explained that although Erica did not submit campaign paperwork, if enough people vote for her in the primaries on June 5 she can get on the ballot for November. Specifically, rules state that 35% of Democrats that voted in that District 2 during the last election need to write her in as a candidate on the June 5 ballot. This means approximately 21 people need to write her in. A good map of the District is needed. Rich Nicklay, Bonnie Fokkum, Brett W. Copeland and Virginia Kelly volunteered to help with voter list.

Meeting adjourned, 8: 30 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Jane Shuttleworth, Secretary

SUMMARY of the 2018 Fourth District Convention of the Iowa Democratic Party

By Gail Bockman
April 28, 2018, Fort Dodge, Iowa

Dickinson County Delegates

  1. John Adams

  2. Brett W. Copeland

  3. Gail Bockman (Alternate)

  4. Sarah Early (Alternate)

The Convention in Fort Dodge was brought to order by Temporary Chair, Penny Rosfjord.  There was a full seating of 200 delegates and alternates.  Convention business included reports by the Credential committee, Rules & Nominations committee, Affirmative Action committee and the Platform committee.  

Penny Rosfjord was elected as the Permanent Chair of the convention.  

The primary business of the convention was the election of the State Central Committee members and the ratification of the Fourth District Platform.  By rule, 4 women and 4 men were elected to the State Central Committee.  

While awaiting the results of several rounds of voting, the convention was addressed by various candidates, 

committee members and a national Super Delegate.

Speakers included:

  • US Congressional candidates, Leann Jacobsen, John Paschen and J.D. Scholten.

  • Gubernatorial candidates, Nate Boulton, Andy McGuire, Cathy Glasson and John well as surrogates for Fred Hubbell and Ross Wilburn.

  • Secretary of State candidate, Jim Mowrer and a surrogate for Deidre DeJear.

The common theme of each speaker was a call to action for Democrats across the district to reach out to other Democrats and Independents in order to rally the vote for the June primary and the November general election.  We were urged to speak toward the positive policies stated on our platform and note the lack of representation we presently have with extremist Congressman Steve King.  We were also urged to point out the fiscal irresponsibility of Governor Kim Reynolds and the GOP Iowa Congress.  

The convention was adjourned late in the afternoon after the presentations by our many high-quality candidates and the detailed discussions of convention business.