The Democrat Women’s Club of Knox County had a party of members attend the State Democrat Women of Kentucky Convention in Frankfort this past week. Dora Sue Oxendine Farmer, Wendy Farmer McRight and Debbie Ferguson Payne arrived Thursday for the three day event. The Kentucky Democrat Woman’s Club consists of a vibrant, diverse group of women who work promoting policies that uphold the democrat platform: promoting strong workers rights, fighting for economic fairness, protecting voting rights, banning gerrymandering, eliminating dark money, combating climate change and pollution, ensuring fully-funded quality public education, protecting health and safety laws, supporting our military by expanding veterans’ care, confronting global threats, protecting equal rights for all persons and exhibiting world leadership through diplomacy and global civic service.
There were several outstanding speakers during the convention: Attorney General, Andy Beshear; Democratic congressional candidates Amy McGrath and Reggie Thomas; Huston Wells, Franklin County Judge Executive and Adam Edelen, KY Project. Each was inspirational and held a progressive and optimistic outlook for the Commonwealth.
One of the highlights of the Convention occurred Friday afternoon when a panel discussion “Women in Politics” featured 3 of Kentucky’s outstanding Democrat Women House Members, Sannie Overly, Angie Hatton and McKenzie Cantrell. Other participants were: Kentucky Democratic Party Executive director, Mary Nishimuta and KDP Legal Council Jennifer Moore. Kentucky’s own Susanna French President of the National Federation of Democrat Women was the Moderator. Another major highlight was the Friday night banquet keynote speech given by Rocky Atkins, Kentucky House Leadership.
To top off the Convention on Saturday afternoon, the women present sang happy birthday to President JFK whose 100th birthday was in June. To honor him, each member toasted his memory with a small cake and was given a book edited by his daughter Caroline Kennedy entitled A Family Christmas.
The convention meets each fall to recognize the achievements of the many state Democratic Women’s Clubs and individuals who have devoted a lifetime of service to the democrat party. The Democratic Woman’s Club of Knox County was honored with two awards: a 160% Merit Award for meeting and exceeding the standards of the State DWCK programs and a third place Attendance Award.
The Knox County Democratic Woman’s Club is a small but very active group of women who work toward serving our community and upholding equal rights of all. The next meeting of the KCDWC is this Thursday October 12th upstairs at the Union College Student Center at 6:00 p.m.