28th Annual Frank and Bethine Church Gala- March 12, 2022

Join us March 12th for the Annual Frank & Bethine Church Gala. Hear from a fantastic lineup of speakers and enjoy a quality dinner with fellow Idaho Democrats.

The Frank & Bethine Church Gala is the signature event for the Idaho Democratic Party. Now entering its 28th year, the event gathers hundreds of Democrats from every corner of the state. The event features local and national speakers from the Democratic Party, you’ll have the opportunity to place bids in our silent and live auctions, and you’ll be treated to a gourmet dinner with your choice of three menu options. 

Also, the Idaho Democratic Party is making a BIG announcement at the Gala this year. You won’t want to miss it, so don’t forget to reserve your Mystery Pin!

Stay tuned for more details. We will be announcing the speaker lineup very soon.

Event Details

Join us Saturday, March 12th at 5:30pm for the 28th Annual Frank and Bethine Church Gala at the Boise Centre in Downtown Boise.

5:30PM – Check-In and Registration

5:30-6:30PM – Pre-Social/Cocktail Hour, VIP Reception, and Silent Auction

6:30PM – Attendees Take Assigned Seats for Dinner

6:45PM – Dinner Served

7:00PM-9:00PM – Main Program

10:00PM – Idaho Young Democrats Afterparty

COVID-19: To ensure the safety and comfort of our guests, all attendees must be fully vaccinated and wear a facial covering when not eating or drinking for the duration of the event.

Virtual Option: This year we are offering a virtual attendee option for guests. During checkout, select “Stream the Program,” to join us virtually for the Main Program. As the event approaches, you’ll be provided a secure link to join the Gala from your own home.

Purchasing your Tickets Online: Select the “Tickets” button to start the checkout process. You’ll be prompted to select your ticket options, and then enter your information. Be sure to scroll down to see all of the ticket options and add-ons including Mystery Pins. After payment, you will receive a receipt in your email, and your ticket will be at roll call when you arrive March 12th.

Buying for a group?: Buy an entire table and save! Tables seat up to 10 people and cost $1,000. CLICK HERE to view table and sponsorship options. As a table sponsor, your group will be seated near the front and receive recognition in the program! Email dakota@idahodems.org for information about purchasing tables.

Sponsorships: Interested in sponsoring the Frank and Bethine Church Gala? The event generally hosts 650-1000 guests with ample visibility for your brand or organization. CLICK HERE to view table and sponsorship options. We have several sponsorship packages available, contact dakota@idahodems.org for more details.

Paying by Check: If you prefer to pay by check, please email dakota@idahodems.org with your reservation details. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 445, Boise, ID 83702.

Pre-Social/Cocktail Hour: The Pre-Social/Cocktail Hour is open to all guests for the hour before the dinner. This will be your time to bid in the silent auction and mingle with your fellow Democrats.

VIP Reception: The VIP Reception is a pre-social on the upstairs balcony/terrace of the Boise Centre. Meet with speakers and Party officials in a smaller space before the Main Program, and enjoy two free drinks. You must have a ticket to the VIP Reception to attend. DEM Club Members and Giving Circle Members receive free entry into the VIP Reception.

Meal Options: You’ll have three entrees choose from: House Smoked Local Sturgeon, Grilled Center-Cut Top Sirloin, or Cauliflower Steak (Vegan).

Assigned Seating: During checkout, you’ll indicate your preferred seating. Don’t forget this important step so that we can seat your with your friends. Tables seat up to 10 people. We will do our best to accommodate everyone with good seating. Giving Circle Members, Sponsors, and those who bought entire tables will be seated near the front.

Mystery Pins: 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Mystery Pins will benefit the 2022 Coordinated Campaign to help elect Idaho Democrats. We are excited to share a BIG announcement at the Gala this year, and the Mystery Pins will go along with it. Don’t miss out!

Reduced-Rate Tickets: We understand that the Frank and Bethine Church Gala is pricey for some, especially our Young Dems. The ticket pricing is set such that we can have a high-quality experience at a nice venue while also raising the funds IDP relies on to operate in an election year. That being said, we have a long tradition of not letting money get in the way of attending. If you’d like to claim financial assistance, email dakota@idahodems.org for free or reduced ticket-pricing.

Meeting of the State Central Committee: The regular State Central Committee Meeting takes place prior to the Frank and Bethine Church Gala at the Boise Centre. If you are interested in attending the meeting or if you are a member of the State Central Committee, you must register for the meeting separately HERE.

QUESTIONS? 

Email Dakota at dakota@idahodems.org and we will be back right away.

Tuesday, November 2, Election Day – We can not stay home

This is an important election for the McCall Donnelly School District Trustees in Zone 3 and 4 are up for election. Maintaining a safe environment is a key issue and following the science is the path we need to follow. . When the positivity rate among children is very high in Valley County, it is critical we follow the science based approaches to reduce the risk of spread of Covid. What happens in our schools effects the spread of virus to older adults, immunocompromised, unvaccinated and even to the vaccinated population, increasing the breakthrough cases in our community. Please become familiar with the candidates. Check out their webpage and make an informed decision. To find out if you are in Zone 3 or Zone 4 click here and put in your address. Your zone will come up on the screen. You will vote in your regular polling place. Only voters in that zone can vote for their zone candidate.

McCall-Donnelly School Board Trustee Candidates Forum Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 6 pm at the High School Commons Area sponsored by McCall Donnelly School District Administration. This event has no masks requirement and at this point the district has not created a virtual option.

City Council of McCall has four candidates running for the three open seats. Please look at their positions and see who represents your values. One of the key issues is how the candidates address the challenges of growth in our community, Check out their web pages, attend local meetings and speak to them directly. McCall is at a crossroads; Do we maintain what we like about living in McCall or see unplanned growth erode our way of life? 
 
Important Info and Dates on November 2nd Election:Monday, Oct. 18 – Friday Oct. 29. Early voting at Valley Co Courthouse in Cascade.Friday, Oct. 22 at 5 pm- Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot.Information on status of request for absentee, registration and other voter information click here. Drop Box for absentee ballots at McCall Police Lobby, 550 E. Deinhard Ln. Open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday. Sample ballots and other info click here

Reclaim Idaho- Education Ballot Initiative 

Friday, October 22 & Saturday October 23

Multiple times available

Payette Lakes Middle School

111 S Samson Trail

Idaho is in desperate need of education funding, and we’re dead last in the US in funding per student. The Quality Education Act ballot initiative can turn things around by providing a lifeline of $300 million to cash-strapped public schools all across our state.

Join the McCall team as we snag signatures at the Payette Lakes Ski Club Ski Swap!

We’ll meet in front of Payette Lakes Middle School for supplies and training.

Now is the time for action. Join us, and let’s get the Quality Education Act on the ballot!

Sign Up Now

Dave Bingaman, Valley County Commissioner to Address Valley County Democratic Central Committee

Dave Bingaman, Valley Co. Commissioner (D)

Valley County Democratic Central Committee Meeting, Wednesday, August 18, 7 pm at CUB, Community Hub McCall

Our monthly Valley County Democratic Party Central Committee meeting will be Wednesday August 18 at 7 pm at the CUB, Community Hub McCall , 114 N. 3rd Street, McCall. Our feature speaker with be Dave Bingaman, Valley County Democratic Commissioner who will speak and answer your questions on issues pertaining to our county. After presentation we will have our regular county party meeting. Bring your ideas and passion to strengthen our party in Valley County.

Valley County Democratic Picnic A Big Success

On Wednesday, July 28 over 70 people gathered to hear from Democratic leaders, listen to good music, have great Mexican Food and raise money for the County and State Democratic Party.

Fred Cornfort our new State Party Chair gave us encouraging news that due to successful fundraising efforts we are putting in a number full time orgnaizers in critical areas accross the state. With the Republican Legislature taken over by a radical minority, the Democratic Party is becoming the home for people who want to address our poor education funding, protect our initiative process, maintain access to public lands and stop state politicians from catering to extremists.

We got updates from Dave Bingaman, Valley County Commissioner and Mike Maciaszek, McCall City Council on important issues facing our area. Sam Sandmire Reclaim Idaho spoke on the statewide Education Initiative to increase funding for public education (State of Idaho is dead last in state funding nationwide). Deb Fereday spoke from PELA (Payette Endoment Land Alliance) updating us on the fight to protect the land around the lake from private, distructive development.

Our pie/cake/art auction was a great success and raised the most we have raised in an off year election cycle. Thanks to all that donated items and thanks to all that open their checkbook generously to fund our efforts to elect more Democrats to local and statewide offices.

Below is some great pictures from the Picnic taken by David Gallipoli

Fred Cornforth, Chair Idaho Democratic Party.
Fred presenting a craft item from Judy in the auction part of the picnic.
Maria from Lonchera Rosita Mexican Food Truck gave great food to our picnic attendees.
John and Alison helped manage the sign up and auction items.
Jacki took pies around the audience to show what they were bidding on.
PELA display on Idaho Endowment Lands around the lake that are threatened by developement.
Debbie Fereday, PELA Rep with her husban Rick
Some of the crowd enjoying the evening picnic.

Valley County Democratic Party- We are Back Picnic, Wednesday, July 28 at 6:00 pm, Woodlands Picnic Area, McCall

The Valley County Democrats are sponsoring the “2021 Valley County Democratic We are Back Picnic”, Wednesday, July 28 at 6 p.m. at Woodlands Picnic/Pool area, 634 Brady Drive, McCall. Fred Conforth the new Chair of the Idaho Democratic Party will speak. Local Democratic leaders have been invited. Entertainment will be provided by Mark Stoekl’s group Braid. Representaves of Reclaim Idaho and Payette Endowment Lands Alliance (PELA) be in attendance. 

Please bring a pie/dessert or craft piece to be auctioned with proceeds to go to support state and county activities. 

Food for purchase will be available onsite from Lonchera Rosita, Mexican Food Truck. 

Please bring lawn chairs.

Sign up and let us know if you are brining an item for auction

Fred Conforth, Chair of the Idhao Democratic Party will be our feature Speaker at Picnic
Mexican Food Truck will be on site for food purchases

Highway Cleanup, Sunday, June 13, 4:30 pm at Elk Creek Church (parking lot)

Valley County Democrats and friends will hold their Spring Adopt-A-Highway cleanup on Sunday, June 13, at 4:30 pm. Those willing to help should meet in the south parking area of Elk Creek Church on Highway 55 at 4:30 pm. 

Valley County Democrats have been cleaning up both sides of a 2 mile stretch of Highway 55 twice a year since 2009.

Signup for Cleanup

Important issues facing McCall and our State

Protect McCall Keep Mask Mandate

Just as the City of Boise maintains their mask mandate, McCall could do the same. Please comment before Thursday, February 25 at 3 pm.

Submit your comment to the City’s web portal below:

Remembering that we all live in a resort community, wouldn’t you support the continuation of the mask mandate as we move into spring and summer?

 Of special concern are the Covid-19 variants, some likely to become the norm, according to news briefs. Here’s a link to a CDC webpage with more information: 

The mask mandate protects everyone. Businesses are keeping customers and employees healthy, businesses are open, in turn, families are safer and the hospital is kept from crisis mode. 

 McCall is more vulnerable than most communities in the summer. People are coming here!! Remember last summer? That means more people frequenting the businesses, restaurants and shops. 

It’s good news the vaccine rollout has started but the timing of vaccine roll out and variants arriving on the scene could be tricky business. 

We must continue to wear masks and socially distance in the City despite vaccination – and most won’t be vaccinated till late summer. We are not in the clear yet. 

Thanks to City Council members for supporting this mandate to date. May Hardware feels support with the mandate in place, most other businesses feel that support – and our town benefits! 

Send your comments please because the City needs to hear your voices in order to act. 

Extending gratitude to you,


Idaho Legislature Trying to Take Away the Initiative in Idaho

We’re in a make-or-break moment for the future of citizen initiatives in Idaho.

Idahoans showed up in record-breaking numbers last Friday to testify against Senate Bill 1110, a bill that would make future grassroots initiatives virtually impossible. 

Nonetheless, the Senate State Affairs Committee voted 6-3 to move the bill forward.

There’s still a chance this bill is stopped on the Senate floor, and we urge you to email and call your local state senator. But we learned a clear lesson two years ago, the last time the legislature attempted to take away our initiative rights: The only thing that protected our rights was the bold decision of Governor Little to veto the legislature’s bill.

So today we’re calling on Governor Little once again to stand up for our Constitution. Will you sign the petition and call on Governor Little to protect our initiative rights?

Thank you,

Luke Mayville

Co-Founder, Reclaim Idaho


Idaho Department of Lands Proposes Selling Land near McCall
The Payette Endowment Lands Strategy lays out a 20 year plan to sell, lease or trade endowment lands in the McCall area, including some of the public’s most treasured places (the cliffs, Cougar Island) without any consideration of the health of Payette Lake. For details go to Payette Endowment Lands Alliance

Rep Ilana Rubel, Guest Speaker, Virtual Pizza and Politics, Tuesday, Feb. 9th at 7 pm.

Valley County Democratic Party, “Taco and Politics “ will be held virtually this year on February 9th at 7 pm via Zoom. Representative Ilana Rubel, the Democratic Minority Leader in the Idaho House will discuss the pressing issues currently in the legislature. Bring your questions, concerns and comments on the topics that matter most to you.

Please sign up for the virtual event below. You will get a link emailed to you after signing up to access the virtual event. 

Valley County Democratic Party Celebrates January 18th Day of Action

Valley County Democratic Party will be celebrating January 18th Day of Action by encouraging people to make monetary donations to their local food banks during this time of need. Some our neighbors and friends are experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, and food bank services are needed more than ever.

The day of action is in celebration of the Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden and the Vice Presidential Inauguration of Kamala Harris and to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

While we are not affiliated with any food pantry, we would like to remind people where they can make donations:

Valley County Democratic Party does a number of service projects during the year in addition to electoral politics. Twice a year we do cleanup on Highway 55. Getting food to people in need is just another way to service our community.