Chapter: Madison County

Do you believe community members have an important voice in the conversation about Madison County’s future?

The Madison County KFTC Chapter is a place where you, a member of this community, can work with others on issues we care about. Over the past year our members have worked together to promote clean energy at the local level, register and educate voters, support a Fairness ordinance in Berea, and much more. We have more than 500 members of various ages and backgrounds, and we welcome new folks.

Our monthly meeting is a great opportunity to learn what we’re up to, express your ideas and find a way to get involved.

Recent Activities

Madison County chapter meeting reportback

Madison County March Meeting

Madison County members had a full agenda for their March chapter meeting. They started it off, as always, with a fun, engaging icebreaker. This month, people were asked to share what is their favorite dinosaur, which led to moments of learning and laughter.

After reviewing the agenda, members dove into an exercise led by Betty Hibler and Meta Mendel-Reyes where people were asked to think about the first time they were aware of their whiteness or an instance where they were made aware of your race. People in the room broke into small groups for these discussions and came back together to share their experiences. Dorie Hubbard shared a story about being a student in the 1950s in an integrated school. During a program at this integrated school, when a white student and black student started to dance the jitterbug together on stage, the curtains were quickly closed on them. Other members shared instances of where they had to grabble with what it felt like to be a minority, while others talked about how they didn’t become aware of issues surrounding race until they were young adults. Members have used space in chapter meetings since January to have mini-workshops and conversations, so that they are continually thinking about racial justice and diversity.

0 comments view comments

Pies and Dance for I Love Mountains Day

Madison County pie auction and contra dance

How does a KFTC member get in the spirit for I Love Mountains Day? In Berea, a contra dance and a pie auction can do the trick. On Friday the Madison County chapter partnered with the Oh Contraire contra dancers to host a dance and pie auction to raise awareness about mountaintop removal coal mining and to raise money, but most of all to give Bereans a chance to have fun on the dance floor. Around sixty chapter members, Berea residents and college students gathered at Berea’s Russell Acton Folk Center to dance and to write valentines to Governor Beshear, caller Joe Wilkie leading the dancers through a variety of traditional dances throughout the night.

0 comments view comments

Rita Smart Visits the Madison County Chapter

Rep. Smart visits Madison County Chapter

Madison County Representative Rita Smart visited the Madison County Chapter at its November chapter meeting this Monday to discuss her work at in Frankfort during the last year. Rep.

0 comments view comments

Getting Voters out in Madison County

IMG_20121106_143421

IMG_20121106_133401Madison County KFTC members young and otherwise have been hard at work getting voters to the polls. 

Our "Just Voted" car is catching attention around Richmond and Berea.  

Members, including 8 year olds Madison and McKayla, are passing out voter guides and waving signs at local businesses. 

We've been calling Berea College students to get them on shuttles that the college Student Government Association is running.  And we made a few shuttle trips ourselves. 

We still have a few two and a half hours to get everyone to the polls, so we're going to do everything we can to get them there!

1 comment view comments

Madison County Voter Mobilization Update

EKU2Madison County has been at it again!  On Halloween, members pounded the pavement on EKU's campus, handing out "Zombie" election reminders and voter guides.  Many students are excited to be voting in their first Presidential Election and promised to get to the polls next Tuesday.

On Thursday night members met at the Berea office to eat a pasta dinner (with homemade sauce - YUM!) and snack on leftover Halloween candy.  We made over a hundred phone calls to voters who registered at our tabling events, and got positive responses.  Several voters appreciated that we could look up their polling place online, and many are planning to look up their ballot ahead of time by using the link on www.KentuckyElection.org.

0 comments view comments

Page

Chapter Feature:

Regular Meetings:

Javascript is required to view this map.
Berea College Appalachian Center
205 N. Main Street
Bruce-Trades Building
Berea, KY 40403
Monthly Chapter Meeting

Join us on the fourth Monday of every month at 7pm (unless otherwise noted) for our Madison County KFTC Chapter meeting. We share updates about our work, make plans for upcoming work, and much more. Everyone is welcome, and new faces are encouraged!

Chapter Organizer:

Sasha Zaring
210 North Broadway #3
Berea, KY 40403
859-358-9713

Upcoming Events:

November 27

Madison County Chapter Meeting

300 Harrison Rd.
Berea, KY 40403

Our chapter meets the 4th Monday of every month for our regular chapter meeting.  

December 9

Candidate Exploration Workshop

1733 Russell Cave Rd
Lexington, KY 40505

Are you or someone you know thinking about running for elected office in 2018? If so, KFTC has a great opportunity for you.