A fun and creative Flag Day fundraiser dinner was enjoyed by a large number of Democrats from all over the State of New Mexico hosted by the Democratic Party of Otero County (DPOC). The venue was the Tulie Cafe in Tularosa situated in a lovely adobe building.
The event led off with all standing and singing a spirited rendition of The Star Spangled Banner and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the New Mexico State Pledge. DPOC Chair Nadia Sikes led the meeting with able help from her team, Liz Watson, Karen Hutchison and former Mayor Steve Brockett.
We dined on steak or green chili chicken and both were delicious and well prepared. These were accompanied by salad and mashed potatoes. Dessert was cherry cheesecake and the waiters kept our ice tea glasses and coffee cups filled. Excellent service was had from the wait staff. We will be going to the Tulie Cafe again in the future.
Liz Watson and Nadia Sikes had an "Arts and Crafts" day and created a star banner for DPOC. Three outstanding Democrats were each recognized with a star on the banner and presented with a certificate. (See photos below)
Several speakers gave us their thoughts on the state of affairs here in New Mexico including State Senator Linda Lopez of NM District 11, Mariaelena Johnson running for NM House District 53, Rod Saint running for Otero County Sheriff, Rocky Lara running for U.S. House of Representatives District 2, Mary Lee Soules, former candidate for PRC and Stephanie DuBois running for Otero County Commissioner District 2.
|DPOC Chair Nadia Sikes looking very patriotic|
|Mary Lee Soules and her "Cabana Boy"|
|Carla Kerr, a proud Democrat|
|Senator Lopez greeting Rob Saint, candidate for Otero County Sheriff|
|L to R: Mariaelena Johnson, Senator Lopez and Rocky Lara. There is so much estrogen in this photo it's a wonder it doesn't just jump off the page at you. Nothing like female power!|
|A random shot of the group at one end of the room|
|Joel and Diana Hamilton in deep discussion with their table mates|
|L to R: Vice President and President of LULAC at NMSC-A|
|A random shot of the crowd at the other end of the room|
|DPOC Chair Nadia Sikes at the podium|
|Rod Saint, candidate for Otero County Sheriff|
|Eric Spitty representing the Mescalaro Apache area and his friend|
|Another random shot of the attendees|
|Rocky Lara running for Congress from District 2|
|Our lovely Liz is moving away to Wright-Patterson AFB. She will be missed!|
|DPOC Secretary Karen Hutchison|
|Attendees giving a rousing rendition of The Star Spangled Banner|
|DPOC Star Banner created by Liz Watson and Nadia Sikes|
|L to R: David Townsend, Nadia Sikes and Karen Hutchison. A certificate was awarded to Dave and posthumously to his wife, Linnie Townsend, along with a star on the newly created DPOC Star Banner|
|L to R: Nadia presenting certificate representing a star on the banner to Paul Duran with Liz looking on|
|Liz presenting certificate to Stephen DuBois representing his star on the new banner|
|Speaker Senator Linda Lopez of NM District 11|
|Speaker Mariaelena Johnson, Candidate for NM House District 2|
|Speaker Rod Saint, Candidate for Otero County Sheriff|
|Speaker Stephanie DuBois, Candidate for Otero County Commissioner, District 2|
Thanks to Douglas A. Kerr for his great photography.
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this event the success it was.
This is all I have to say for now.