Re-Membering You

Last night, the New Trier Dems Executive Committee held its monthly meeting. I must say that after spending a couple of weeks away from our wild and crazy political scene, our meeting brought me back to reality.

It’s not that we got into any heavy political discussions. What we talked about just reminded me that, in a democracy, the big political successes are almost always the result of countless small actions by individuals. On the North Shore we’ve enjoyed local success with such grassroots activity. (So have the Tea Partiers and Trumpsters in other regions, some not that far from here.)

Keeping people engaged makes the difference. One of the appealing things about the New Trier Dems is that we’re a rather laid back operation. We’re not driven in lockstep by the drumbeat of some fanatic and simplistic party line. But our amiable approach to politics may have made us a bit too relaxed when it comes to certain details, like keeping track of our dues paying members. Keeping our membership numbers (and finances) strong is vitally important to the NTDO. We can’t remain a viable progressive presence in New Trier Township without that consistent membership.

So, here’s my question: Are you a member? Many of you may have joined the New Trier Dems at some point in the past. Back then you paid your annual dues at sign-up and then forgot about it. The problem is, time flies and who flags their calendar for a reminder a year later? By now it may have become two or three years later.

At last night’s meeting, we set a goal to start sending out friendly dues reminders to those of you who’ve gone past your annual contribution date. It won’t be arriving in your mail immediately but, we hope soon.

And why should you initiate or renew your membership in the New Trier Dems? No doubt many of you may have several specific causes or organizations that occupy your attention. On top of that, we’re approaching an unusually competitive election year and you may have already begun to support specific candidates with your time and funds.

Well, think about it this way. Keeping an ongoing and independent Democratic Party presence in New Trier year in and year out is important to every Democratic candidate running for office — this year and in the future. Our grassroots experience, our permanent location for use by candidates, our contributions of people and funds to endorsed candidates have played a winning role in many past elections.

Some of us can still remember the bad old days when our region was considered a Republican stronghold. Thankfully, that’s in the past. Today, we want people who move to New Trier or who already live here to know that liberal Democratic policies are valued in their community.The existence of a strong and active New Trier Democratic Organization does that.

So, if you do think you remember joining the NTDO sometime in the past, it would be great if you could check your checkbook or your charge card records. See if it’s been more than a year since you made your annual contribution and “re-up.” And if you haven’t yet joined the NTDO, this is the perfect time to do it. There’s going to be a lot going on between now and the November 2018 elections. – Not just in local contests but also in efforts to turn three vulnerable Illinois Republican Congressional seats blue. — Becoming a dues paying member of the NTDO is a good way to begin your involvement.

Nels Howard
NTDO member since 1973 

To renew your NTD membership or to become an official member of the New Trier Dems for the first time , visit our Join/Contribute page. You’ll see information on all your membership options.


Summertime means Village Sidewalk Sales.

The New Trier Dems need a few volunteers to help staff the NTD table in Glencoe on Saturday, June 24. Shifts are 9-11, 11-1 and 1-3.

If you’d like to help, contact the NTD office and leave a message: 847-446-8030. — Staffing a table is always a nice experience.

The dates of the Sidewalk Sales in Glencoe, Winnetka and Wilmette are listed on our Events page. If you’d like to help in Winnetka or Wilmette, you’re also welcome to volunteer.


The guest speaker for the October 28, 2017 NTD Annual Dinner has been confirmed.

It’s Congressman Mike Quigley. As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Quigley will bring his perspective on the possible Russian meddling in our 2016 Election and the seriousness of such a threat to our democratic process.  (Were any Trump operatives involved?) — By October, who knows what our guest speaker may have to report?


On Tuesday, June 27, the Wilmette Village Board will be voting on whether to opt out of the Cook County minimum wage ordinance scheduled to go into effect July 1.

It will raise the minimum wage by $1.00 each year from the present wage of $8.25 per hour to $13.00 in the year 2020. In November 2014 in a gubernatorial election non-binding ballot referendum, 71% of Wilmette voters supported a higher minimum wage. There will be more info on this issue in next week’s NTD News.