“Fail to plan, plan to fail.” — Hillary Rodham Clinton
We have elections coming up and the hopes of our state and nation ride on the planning we do this summer and fall. Although our calendar here and on Facebook is always up to date, this is a summary of everything we have going on between now and the election.
Unless noted, events other than elections and OSU home football games will be held at our headquarters at 302 N. Main in Stillwater, just south of Hastings on Main Street across from Strickland Park.
Friday, August 8, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Democratic Community Picnic
We had a community picnic last year and had a good turnout. We’ll have free dogs and burgers on the grill at our building and spill tables and chairs out into the parking lot. If you can come up with a few bucks, bring some dogs, burgers, buns, salads or just cash if none of that suits you.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Lights on Stillwater, Boone Pickens Stadium
Derek Wietelman is trying to rebuild the OSU Young Democrats and will be handling the planning for Lights on Stillwater this year. If you can help, please email Derek Wietelman at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Friday, August 22, 2014, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Social
This will be our only Social in August, but the picnic is kind of like a Social.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Runoff Election
Sen. Connie Johnson is on the ballot for U.S. Senator and John Cox and Freda Deskin are vying for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Early voting will take place at the election board from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 21, and on Friday, August 22, and from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 23.
August 27-30, 2014, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day — Payne County Fair
This is one of our most visible events of the year. We will need about 30 people willing to work at least a couple of hours on some of the four days of the county fair.
Friday, September 5, 2014, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Social
This will be the first of two Socials in September.
Saturday, September 6, 2014 — OSU vs. Missouri State
First OSU home game of the year. Expect our candidates to be out in full force for every OSU home game.
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Rep. Cory Williams
Rep. Cory Williams will offer some insights into how the legislative session turned out and what to expect in 2015, depending on the outcome of Novembers elections. Cory is always honest and can provide insights that nobody else can specific to our little world.
Saturday, September 13, 2014 — OSU vs. University of Texas – San Antonio
Final OSU non-conference home game of the year.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7 a.m. — United Way Day of Caring, TBA
We need at least a dozen volunteers to help with this worthwhile event in our community. Last year, our participation netted us a front page photo and story in the Stillwater News Press. Before that few people even knew we still exist. If you can help out, contact me. You get a free UWDOC t-shirt and the thanks of a grateful party.
Friday, September 19, 2014, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Social
This will be the second of two Socials in September.
Saturday, September 25, 2014 — OSU vs. Texas Tech
First OSU Big 12 home game of the year.
Friday, October 3, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Brayfest, Payne County Expo Center
Joe Dorman and Cathy Cummings have both agreed to attend. We hope to have one or both of the U.S. Senate candidates and I’m also looking to add some entertainment. I’d also like to find a sponsor who could cover the cost of catering along with any incidental expenses so that potentially we could offer free admission to maximize turnout and not have to kill ourselves making food. If you want to help out, contact me soon as we’ll begin having planning meetings later this month.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 — OSU vs. Iowa State
Since this is the day after Brayfest, we expect some of our candidates will stay over and tailgate with our fellow Cowboys and Cowgirls.
Thursday, October 16, 2014 — Joe Dorman Fundraiser, Jack and Billie Hesser’s Barn
A fundraiser for Joe Dorman will be held at 4101 East Lakeview Road just outside of Stillwater to give Joe that last, vital push for success! Politics on a perfect October evening — food, Hesser hospitality, Democratic friends, and a future Democratic Governor!
Friday, October 17, 2014, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Social
This will be only Social in October.
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7 a.m. — “Sea of Orange” Homecoming Parade
Because our headquarters is on Main Street at the end of the Homecoming Parade, it’s one of the best places in town to watch the festivities. We’ll have free coffee and maybe someone will bring donuts. Hint, Hint.
Saturday, October 25, 2014 — OSU vs. West Virginia
Homecoming and the last OSU home game before the November election.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. — General Election
This is why we exist: to elect candidates who will advance our ideas and make this world a better place. Early voting will take place at the election board from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, and on Friday, October 31, and from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 1.
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7 a.m. — Monthly Meeting
Speaker: TBA This meeting will undoubtedly be focused on the final results of the general election. We’ll also have a few planning meetings over the course of the summer and fall for things like Brayfest and other events. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or subscribe to our e-mail list to stay up with any changes or additions.