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DFL SENIOR CAUCUS CHAPTERS

The DFL Senior Caucus grew quickly as a state community caucus on behalf of seniors. Minnesota is a big state and in order to get information to this widely dispersed membership it was necessary to form local Chapters that represent a defined geographic area.

Chapters act locally within the framework of the DFL Senior Caucus. Our Constitution states that “the DFL Senior Caucus members residing within a particular Minnesota U.S. Congressional District, or smaller geographic area, may organize and operate a Chapter of the Senior Caucus in that district or area in order to further the purposes and activities of the Senior Caucus.”

When the local Chapters work collectively, it provides a formidable statewide force to work on behalf of senior causes, issues, and candidates who support senior issues.

Senior Caucus members who want to form a local Chapter can find information and obligations on the link below.

Chapter Start up Material

DFL Senior Caucus members residing within a particular Minnesota U.S. Congressional District, or smaller geographic area, may organize and operate a Chapter of the Senior Caucus in that district or area in order to further the purposes and activities of the Senior Caucus. Local interaction and political activism is being met through these local Chapters. The local Chapters operate within the framework of the DFL Senior Constituency Caucus.

Senior Caucus members seeking to form a local Chapter agree to operate under the Senior Caucus Charter and must apply to the Senior Caucus Board for recognition as an official Chapter. Chapters must report on their activities semiannually to the Senior Caucus Board.

The DFL Senior Caucus needs chapters in Greater Minnesota to bring attention and action to local issues and campaigns. Local chapters can focus on what is important locally, lobby and engage local officials and representatives, bring the voice of the local senior community to issues at large, and tell their story to all members of the Senior Caucus. Senior Caucus activities like the picnic, gala and candidate meetings center on the Twin Cities metro area. It’s time for Caucus members to enjoy these activities all over the state. Talk to us, we have plans and resources for setting up a chapter in your area. We will meet with you and other members in your area to discuss the steps to begin a chapter.

Come Join Us

Join us and become an active member of our DFL Community Caucus to help us address the needs of seniors. Join one or more of our local chapters and join our committees leading us on vital issues that concern us all. Please join and donate. Your membership dues and donations allow us to reach more seniors. You become part of a mission and movement to address the needs of senior citizens across Minnesota.

Making a better world for our Children,our Grandchildren, and Ourselves!

DIRECTORS/BOARD

The DFL Senior Caucus is a member-directed organization.  Its day to day operation is conducted by an elected Board of Directors in accordance with the Caucus’s Charter.

The Board of Directors consists of five officers, Caucus Chair, Associate Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Director, and at least eight at-large Directors.  A new Board is elected every odd numbered year at the annual membership meeting.  The Board is responsible for managing the business and affairs of the Caucus. For more specific details refer to the Senior Caucus Charter.

Current Chapter List

NOTE: The following meeting locations are on hold pending COVID-19 conditions.

Anoka Chapter
Chair Mel Aanerud
aanerud4@comcast.net
Second Wednesday of every month at 1:00 p.m.
Perkins Restaurant in Blaine

East Central MN Chapter (Mora)
Chair Bonnie Lokenvitz
blokenvitz@gmail.com
Second Thursday, odd-numbered months at 1:00 p.m.
Crystal Bar & Grill, 39 S Union St, Mora

East Metro Chapter
Chair Kay Hendrikson
dfleastmetrocaucus@gmail.com
Second Thursday of every month at 11:30 a.m.
Sgt. Pepper’s Bar and Grill, 930 Helena Avenue, North Oakdale

Mankato Area Chapter
Chair Richard Chambers
gdthdr@aol.com
or Vice Chair Mary Bliesmer
mary.bliesmer@mnsu.edu

First Monday of every month at 11:30 a.m.
Happy Chef, 2100 Hwy 169, North Mankato

Minneapolis Area Chapter
Chair Kenneth Vreeland
borderlord_one@yahoo.com

Tony Scallon, 
tscallon@msn.com

Second Saturday of every month at various sites, except in Summer
Visit Chapter Website

North East MN Chapter (Duluth)
Chair Gary Westorff
nemndflsrs@yahoo.com

Second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m.
Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W Michigan St, Duluth. 

North Metro Chapter
Chair Norm Hanson
norsan45@hotmail.com

Second Tuesday of every month at 11:30 a.m.
Little Venetian Inn, 2900 Rice St # 240, Little Canada

Saint Paul Area Chapter
Lyn Burton
lburton612@aol.com

South East MN Chapter (Rochester)
Chair Patricia Mann
mannpa1@charter.net

Second Tuesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. DFL Office,
1500 1st Street NE, Rochester. “Coffee Talk” Fourth Tuesday 10 a.m. same location

South Metro Chapter
Chair Roger Gehrke
rogergehrke@yahoo.com

Second Wednesday, every month at 12 noon
Apple Valley Pizza Ranch, 15662 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley

Tri-County Chapter (Forest Lake)
Chair Sandra Trudeau
wmsandy@comcast.net
First Tuesday of every month at 12:30 p.m.
Vannelli’s By The Lake, 55 South Lake Street, Forest Lake