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Pajamas and Jones Won

Oregon Trail Democrats & Friends,

 I just wanted to remind those of you that said you had pajamas, but forgot to bring them to our holiday party, to please contact me about arranging for me to get them from you.  I hope to take them to Gladstone to the Pajama Grandma this weekend.

 Also, this just came that the Democrat beat Moore in Alabama!!  It made my night and also shows signs that even in the south (where I am from) there is a limit to what can be tolerated from Republicans.

 Susan H. Gates

21891 SE Cottontail Dr.

Sandy, OR 97055

(503) 668-9628

November minutes

Oregon Trail Democrats & Friends,

 We had another very productive meeting Tuesday (last one of the year).  Click here  for Mary’s excellent minutes.  There are action items and information you should know so please do read these and find out what we have been doing and also some of our plans for the future.  Including our annual holiday party next Sat.  Also, there is important reading for proposed future action concerning Oregon’s lagging support for Workman’s Compensation funding.  There are links to information about much of this in the minutes so I hope you will check them out and get involved.  Talk is easy but “action” is what really makes a difference.

  Have a great weekend!

 Susan H. Gates

21891 SE Cottontail Dr.

Sandy, OR 97055

(503) 668-9628

Picnic Pictures are here !

Click here to view the picnic pictures

Peace Vigil needs Help

Oregon Trail Democrats & Friends,

Below is the wonderful weekly notice from OTD Secretary and Sandy Peace Vigil Leader Mary Anderson.  It occurred to me that as our activists numbers have increased locally many may not realize that the vigil could sure use some new people to stand with us.  Brief history – we started the vigil a little over 10 years ago.  At the time the main reason for our doing it was our strong opposition to this country’s involvement in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars started by President GW Bush.  So, we stood every Friday for 2 hours.  Over the years, as the numbers of us dwindled, it got harder to do that so we cut it down to 1 hour every Friday.  Then, under President Obama, we got out of both countries and “technically” those wars ended, so we changed to the first Friday every month.  Of course, as we all know, peace in this world remains elusive.

Well, last Friday, the 5 of us had a rough time with the awful weather.  And yet, there were not one, but two people who pulled their cars over.  First was a lovely young woman with children in her car and tears in her eyes who gave us hot tea and thanked us for being out there standing for peace for so long, and often in bad weather.  And later a man brought us hot chocolate, also thanked us, and said he hoped it helped deal with the weather a little.  It really hit home that people did appreciate our effort reminding people that wars are still going on, our military is still facing danger, wounded and killed. And that war should NOT be an option unless absolutely necessary.

So, if you would like to help and join us, please let Mary know and she will add you to her email list.  We meet out on Hwy 26 at the light in front of Fred Meyers (across the street), the FIRST Friday every month, 4:00 to 5:00.  We visit each other and hold our signs.  You are very welcome to join us when you can.

Susan H. Gates

21891 SE Cottontail Dr.

Sandy, OR 97055

(503) 668-9628

From Mary…

This is your reminder that our Sandy Peace Vigil continues —  We gather on the FirstFriday of each month and our next vigil will be held Friday afternoon May 5th ,  4 PM until 5 p.m. on the shoulder of HWY 26 at 362nd Ave (in Sandy).

We had 5 beautiful stalwart supporters for peace turn out at our April 7th  vigil– Thank you to Karen Trandum, Tom Riddering, Susan Gates, Susan Drew and Mary Anderson for coming.
We welcome anyone to come and join us on May 5th.  We began this vigil 10 years ago on Feb. 2nd of 2007.

Thanks to those who are just joining in, and thank you all who live in a peaceful manner, to bring about a more peaceful world.

It’s advisable to wear a light colored vest–we need to be visible to motorists. 

Minutes and CCDP committee list

Oregon Trail Democrats & Friends,

I apologize for the delay in getting this information out but I have been out of town.  I heard from several people what a great meeting and turnout it was.  Sorry I missed it.  But, we are very grateful to Roger Fantz for filling in and running the show.

Click here for, as always, excellent minutes from Mary on the meeting.  If you are like me and missed it, they cover what went on so well.  Also Click here for CCDP Committe Proposal 2017  This is a proposed list of the Clackamas County Democratic Party’s Standing Committees.  These show what needs to be done and how you can get involved and help the party work and grow.  Many hands make light work and if ever there was a need to do some “real work” for the Democratic Party locally it is now.  Without your help none of these will done.  If you want to work on a committee let me know and I will pass along that information to our House District Leaders.

My hope is that we spend at least part of our time not just watching the debacle the Republicans are creating in our county but doing the “work” that will make our party stronger and more effective.

Susan H. Gates

21891 SE Cottontail Dr.

Sandy, OR 97055

(503) 668-9628


Letter from Peter Nordbye

I hope that you all had a relaxing Thanksgiving.

Since OTD is my tribe, I wanted thank you all for the support you provided me through the current election for CC

Chair and of course, for that other run in 2012.  I know many of you voted for me and some did not, but we are still

family and much needs to be done to continue building our county party in all House District.  Many of you have also

expressed concern that voting for me did not represent voting against Rosie Stephens.  I will assure you all that I will

do my best over the next few months to "patch things up."  It is going to take some time.  I respect what Rosie

accomplished over her two years and I will do everything possible to recognize her efforts.

I want to give you all a brief preview of some of what I am planning in moving forward:

1)  Work to unite the old guard with the new guard

2)  Reorganized the committee structure to open avenues of participation for the new people while maintaining past

gains we have made.

3)  Work to build a more inclusive shared visioning and decision-making process.

4)  Model a leadership style that is inclusive, respectful and empowering.

5)  Continue to build the Neighborhood Leader Program.

6)  Work to build a more fluid organizational and administrative structure.

7)  Seriously seek a new office location.

Right now, I am working to mend some fences, to contact as many PCPs as I can, to put some detail to my

understanding the organization and to gather input from both those who are new to the organization and to those who

have served our organization for years.

Again, thank you for your massive support.

Peter Nordbye

Neighbor Leader Program

Oregon Trail Democrats & Friends,

One of the best tools that we have implemented in the last two election cycles is our Neighbor Leader Program.  Lead by our own OTD member Peter Nordbye on the county level and headed up in our house district by Susan Drew (Sandy area) and Dennis Ghelfi (Brightwood to Gov’t Camp) this has been really effective.  This program is turning Clackamas BLUE and other areas, Wilsonville, Gladstone, Lake Oswego, etc., are using it very effectively,  And we are too.  But we need your HELP!

The bottom line is that we provide Neighbor Leaders with a small, very doable turf in their neighborhood or geographic area.  The Neighbor Leaders contact their registered Democraticvoters ONLY 3 times in an election year.  Once to introduce themselves if they have not done that before (or talk about the current elections), second to mail them slate cards (which we provide) with a little note urging them to vote in the Primary.  And third to do the same in the general election.  Phone calls to follow up is encouraged and that is it.  And all of this can be managed by using our very easy county party website.

So far, as this program keeps expanding, it is proving to be a real PLUS for us turning out our vote.  And, in more rural areas that are not walkable (still the most effective outreach method) it is very easy. The point is that we have a good number of Neighbor Leaders in our district but need MORE!  Because we are dividing up a large geographic area into very small neighbor sections I hope you will join us in this very easy way to make a difference.  And I have to say that many of us have found that not only is this a great tool, but the people we reach out to are often grateful for the information and help.

So, if you are willing to do this little bit, and become a Neighbor Leader, please contact Susan (East Boring & Sandy area) (503-668-4082) or Dennis (Brightwood to Gov’t Camp) (503-622-4369) and they will fill you in and get you started. 

 **Bottom line: It is easy to rant and rave about politics, but the ONLY way you can made a difference is to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!  And this has proven to be an easy way.

 Please Help,

Susan H. Gates

21891 SE Cottontail Drive

Sandy, OR 97055

(503) 668-9628

Q & A from Colette Gillies, Oregon Health Authority

Colette Gillies, attended our April meeting and was answered  some questions by those in attendance about health care changes in Oregon.  She could not answer a few but kindly emailed me her answers.  Please see the following for that information:      

 “Thank you for letting me be present at your meeting.  I am happy to have been there for Dick’s award ceremony and-it was lovely to hear everyone’s stories!

To follow up to the questions some folks had:

 1. Q Will dental be available in the plans offered through Cover Oregon?

A. For the private market, dental coverage is not a requirement of the qualified health plans (private plans) as it is not one of the “essential health benefits”. That being said, some of the private plans may offer additional dental coverage. As of today, dental will continue to be covered by Medicaid/CHIP programs for children. For adult Medicaid programs, the benefit package is not finalized.


2. How are premium rates being determined for the private plans offered through Cover Oregon?

The insurance carriers have submitted rate proposals directly to the Oregon Insurance Division for approval. The decision should be made by April 30-it is the Oregon Insurance Division that will ultimately release that information before the web application goes live.

 3. What is the process for folks covered by Medicaid in one state, who move to Oregon? What is the transition process?

Because every state Medicaid program is different, folks will need to reapply for coverage in a new state-though they can begin the process before the move.

 I hope this helps-as time moves on more information will be solidified.” 

 Colette Gillies

Outreach Coordinator

Oregon Health Authority