Drafting the 2016 MultDems Platform

The PRL Committee is in the process of drafting the Multnomah County Democratic Party 2016 Platform and is requesting your input on the contents. You can use the form attached to this post as a guide to organize your thoughts.

Please insert your ideas in the outline on the form and return the form to

Golf Tourney & Banquet to Honor Bill Dickey

The Multnomah County Democratic Party & Basic Rights Oregon celebrate Bill Dickey, “2015 Hero of the Year.”

The MultDems and Basic Rights Oregon have joined forces to honor a man who truly personifies all that is good.  Please join us and show your appreciation and support for Bill Dickey with a sponsorship, and then party with us at the Award Ceremony and Golf Tournament in his honor. 

The event includes a Helicopter Golf Ball Drop Raffle! Golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter. The person with the closest ball to the hole will win $1,000. You do not need to be present to win.

Purchase a ball for $10 or sets of three balls for $25 each

Sign up here

A VIP Party will take place on Thursday night, Sept. 10th at 6:30, at the Riverside Country Club. Special Guest: Former Governor Barbara Roberts. 

The Golf Tournament will tee off on Friday morning, Sept. 11th followed by the Banquet and Awards, at Riverside Country Club, NE 33rd, Portland. 

Bill Dickey has been a major benefactor to this community and this state.  From the arts to social services, education to politics, all have been on the receiving end of his generosity, his involvement and his profound interest in making Portland and Oregon a better and fairer place for all.  All without fanfare.

Now it’s time to say Thank You.

Multnomah Days Parade

March with the Multnomah Democrats in the Multnomah Days Parade through Multnomah Village on August 15th. Participants should arrive at Handy Andy’s service station, 7991 SW Capitol Hwy at Garden Home (across the bridge from Multnomah Village) by 9:15 am. Wear Multdems t-shirts if you got ’em. Contact Wendy Blum () for a phone number to find our group in the crowd.

Nominations open for Annual Awards at the Celsi Celebration

As an all-volunteer organization, we depend on quiet heroes. The Celsi Celebration is our time to recognize and celebrate them.

The Administration Committee is soliciting nominations for awards to be presented at our Celsi Celebration May 16th.

  • The Dick Celsi Award for dedication to the Party and to grassroots activism, by a PCP.
  • The McCoy Award for service by a present or past elected official to the Party and in support of the Party’s platforms and agendas.
  • The Governor Barbara Roberts Young Democrat Award for service to the Party by a young Democrat (under 37 as of January 1, 2015).

Please send nominations to by April 23rd, and include your reasons for making the nominations.

General Meeting/Central Committee Meeting Thursday, April 9th

April, 2015 Central Committee/General Meeting

Thursday, April 9, 7:00 PM

Multnomah Democrats’ Headquarters
3351 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland 

 Doors open at 6:00 for social hour.

 Agenda Highlights:

 Legislative Update

 Volunteers of the Month: John and Shirley Vandermosten

 Presentation: Postal Workers’ Dilemma – Jamie Partridge

 Celsi Committee Report

 Resolution on Gun Safety recommended by Platform, Resolutions and Legislation Committee
(See Attachment)

Duties of Officers

Officer Duties: Multnomah County Democratic Party

The Officers of the Multnomah County Democratic Party fulfill roles often covered by staff in larger organizations.  As a team, they form the Administration Committee, which is charged with the executive functions of the Party, including contracting, enforcing rules and bylaws, managing and supervising activities and providing for the “day-to-day operation of the Party.” Oregon law provides that officers of political parties shall be treated as officers of nonprofit corporations for liability for all matters relating to the political party. The Chair and Treasurer have additional liability under campaign finance law. This list of duties is not all-inclusive, but provides a summary of what is involved.

The Chair’s duties include: presiding at all meetings, preparing agendas, acting as the principal spokesperson (with the support of the Communications Officer), appointing committee chairs (with Executive Committee approval), and working with the Administration Committee to supervise the business of the Party. Unwritten, but a fact of the political and fundraising world, is that the Chair is the point person on major fundraising to support the Party’s work. The Chair is also an automatic delegate to the State Central Committee, which meets quarterly in various locations around the State.

The First Vice-Chair’s duties include: Working with the Chair to be prepared to perform the Chair’s duties if needed and to assume the office of Chair in case of the Chair’s absence or incapacity, and implementing regular PCP training programs. The First Vice-Chair is also an automatic delegate to the State Central Committee.

The Second Vice-Chair’s duties include: Chairing the Credentials Committee, maintaining and updating Precinct Committee Person records, and coordinating with the County Elections Division to ensure that records are up-to-date.

The Communications Officer’s duties include: Coordinating external and internal Party communications and maintaining contact databases.

The Treasurer’s duties include: Being the custodian of all funds of the Party, ensuring that all reports are filed in accordance with campaign finance law, and reporting to the Central Committee on the Party’s financial status.

The Recording Secretary’s duties include: Preparing minutes of Central Committee, presenting draft minutes for approval at the following meeting, and maintaining an archive of meeting minutes.

The Technology Officer’s duties include: Managing the Party’s electronic assets, including website, office hardware and software, and other resources as needed.

Organizational Meeting – Officers Elected

The meeting to elect Party officers and delegates to the State Central Committee and Congressional District Committees was held on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at the Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave. 

Precinct Committee Persons elected in May, 2014 were eligible to vote for officers; all PCPs were eligible to vote for delegates to the State Central Committee and the Congressional District Committees. Descriptions of the officer positions are here: Officer Duties.

Elected at the meeting:

Chair: Lorraine Van Hoe
1st Vice Chair: Tracee Larson
2nd Vice Chair: James Freed
Treasurer: Bing Wong
Communications Officer: Susan Hagmeier
Recording Secretary: Eric Swehla
Technology Officer: Michael Schryver