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DFL SENIOR CAUCUS CHAPTERS

The DFL Senior Caucus grew quickly as a state community caucus on behalf of seniors. To provide information to a widely dispersed membership, the Senior Caucus formed 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 can form a local chapter; here are guidelines to help: CHAPTER GUIDELINES

Join us and become an active member of our DFL Community Caucus to help us address the needs of seniors. You can join one or more of our local chapters and any of our committees leading us on vital issues that concern us all. Your membership allows us to reach more seniors and have a larger voice on issues. 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!

Current Chapter List

Chapters can meet virtually using Zoom or in person, usually at a local restaurant. Check the calendar or check with the chapter chair for more information.

Anoka County Chapter (meets in Blaine)
Chair Mel Aanerud aanerud4@comcast.net
Second Wednesday of every month at 1:00 p.m.
Perkins Restaurant in Blaine
East Central MN Chapter (meets in Mora)
Note: This chapter is temporarily on hiatus.
Chair Bonnie Lokenvitz bhldflpoli@gmail.com
Second Thursday of odd-numbered months at 1:00 p.m.
Kev’s Depot, 118 Railroad Ave NE, Mora
East Metro Chapter (meets in Woodbury)
Team leaders Scott Borchert and Steve Johnson (spdjjohnson@comcast.net)
Second Thursday August through November at 11:00 a.m.
Jerry’s Foods
Mankato Area Chapter
Chair Mary Bliesmer
mary.bliesmer@mnsu.edu
Fourth Monday of every month at 5:00 p.m.
Location TBD
Minneapolis Area Chapter
Chair Wally Swan swanx009@umn.edu
Second Saturday of every month
Zoom
Visit Chapter Website
Northeast MN Chapter (Duluth)
Chair Kathy Peterson
kpeteduluth@gmail.com
Second Wednesday of every month at 4:30 p.m.
Because the location changes, email Kathleen for location or zoom link.
Note:  No longer meets at Sara’s table in Duluth.
North Metro Chapter (meets in Little Canada)
Chair Norm Hanson norsan45@hotmail.com
First Wednesday of every month at 11:30 a.m.
Red Lobster (2330 Prior Avenue, Roseville)
Saint Paul Area Chapter
Chair Lyn Burton lburton612@aol.com
Southeast MN Chapter (meets in Rochester)
Chair Patricia Mann mannpa1@charter.net
First Tuesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. 
Hybrid in-person/online from DFL Office (1500 1st Street NE, Rochester)
South Metro Chapter (meets in Lakeville)
Chair MaryAnn Vandevusse mavandevusse@aol.com
Second Wednesday of every month at 12 noon
Pizza Ranch in Lakeville (16995 Kenyon Avenue, 952-898–3333)

 

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.