This weekend I attended the Champagne Brunch in Tulsa the Federation of Democratic Women put together. It was a wonderful event and many elected officials were in attendance. Not only our Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins, who served as the keynote speaker, but Mayor Cathy Taylor, Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, Senator Nancy Riley, and one of the National Vice Presidents and CD 3 officer Anita Norman. Lt. Governor Askins is always a dynamic speaker, but it was interesting for me (and my mother-in-law, Terri Uzzel who was my guest) to hear her reenactment of the rocket man. She also encouraged all of us to be proud of our state and not be ashamed when speaking to people from outside of Oklahoma. She also took a moment to publicly thank Senator Riley for having the courage to run as Lieutenant Governor on the Republican side. Lt. Governor Askins said it was because of her courage there was a run off between her opponents on the Republican side and therefore allowed her to run against them more evenly.
The Federation had an auction of desserts and the top seller also received a bottle of Shiraz signed by Jari Askins. I tried to buy the Rum Cake from Merritt's Bakery, one of my favorite places in Tulsa, but was outbid by other members of the Federation. I also had the pleasure of meeting Jessica Scattergood a transplant from the East Coast who emailed me last week about volunteering. I told her about the Federation meeting and before she left she became one of their members! Each ticket sold ($10), plus the auction, and a sizeable donation from one member all benefit Girls State held at the University of Oklahoma Campus. Last year the Tulsa Chapter under direction of Rae Weese, sent 3 girls to Girls State. There is also a counterpart of Girls State for Boys, each boy's week is paid for by the American Legion, but each high school girl is responsible for their own way. The Federation of Democratic Women makes this their goal each year and they are trying to send 4 young women this year.
If you would like more information about the National Federation of Democratic Women you may visit their blog.