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  posted on 7/14/2008 at 11:44 AM
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Andrietsch's trip to Denver will be a dream come true
By Bridget Thoreson
Journal Times
Monday, July 14, 2008 10:56 AM CDT

AUDIO: Reporter Bridget Thoreson talks to Andrietsch as she drives to Barack Obama strategy meeting

MOUNT PLEASANT — Meg Andrietsch couldn’t believe it when, in May, she was elected as one of four Racine County delegates to the Democratic National Convention.


"When we first got elected, we still walked around going, ‘Did that really happen?’ " Andrietsch said. "You have the feeling that it was a dream. You keep thinking somebody’s going to call you up and say, ‘Oh, we made a mistake.’ "



But it was no mistake, and with less than two months left before the convention in late August, Andrietsch is getting ready for her first national convention. She said she plans to make the most of her time at the convention by going to caucuses and building relationships with other local delegates.



She also plans to have some fun. A devoted fan and friend of the Allman Brothers Band — she’s seen them perform in 21 states — Andrietsch will be going to their Colorado concert two days after the convention. The band members, who used to call her "Kringle Lady" in honor of the treat she would bring backstage, are proud she is a delegate and asked her to be their guest at the concert, she said.



Andrietsch, 60, of Mount Pleasant, isn’t a newcomer to the political world, but her volunteer involvement was on-again, off-again until she retired from her work at a telephone company in 2000. Andrietsch said she was motivated to get active because she disagreed with decisions made by the federal administration.



"I finally, one day, said, ‘I don’t know if I can do anything about the presidency, but I bet I can have some kind of an affect on something more local,’ " Andrietsch said.



She started working on state Rep. Cory Mason’s campaign, and has been volunteering with him ever since. Mason, D-Racine, also will be going to the convention as a delegate for Sen. Barack Obama.



Andrietsch estimates that her political volunteering, including going to meetings, campaigning, making telephone calls and updating voter databases, takes up about 30 hours a week.



"It sounds ridiculous to me," Andrietsch said. "The political side of things has taken over."



Originally from Kenosha, Andrietsch has lived in Racine County for 20 years and describes herself as a lifelong Democrat.



She said a goal of hers has been to have local Democratic groups in Kenosha and Racine support each other. At a meeting Wednesday evening, Andrietsch was one of a group of five women, three from Racine County and two from Kenosha County, gathered around coffee and chocolate chip cookies to plan a picnic in August.



It sounded like typical picnic planning, but a few details revealed the political underpinnings — the stipulation that the beer should come from either Wisconsin or union companies, for example, or the game suggestion of "Pin the Tail on the Democratic Donkey."



The women at the meeting said Andrietsch was organized, focused and persistent, and will make a good delegate.



"Meg is a team player," said Jennifer Jackson, Kenosha County supervisor. "She will actually understand if you don’t have time to do something."



"She tells us what’s going on," said Judy Van Koningsveld of Racine, adding that she expected Andrietsch to return from her trip with a detailed journal on the convention to share.



Andrietsch said she does her political work because she’s drawn to the idea of making a difference by helping people who are facing serious issues.



"If we can elect the kind of people who can pay attention to that and help, then I can go to sleep at night and feel like, ‘Well, I tried,’ " Andrietsch said.



When the time comes to cast her vote for Obama, Andrietsch said, she’ll probably cry.



"What does it feel like to be in the middle of that whole crowd of people, all of whom want what you want as much as you want it?" Andrietsch said. "All working together and saying, ‘Yes, whatever differences we have, we’re going to put them aside, because there’s a real important common goal that we want to achieve.’



"Probably like the feeling you get at a football game when you want your team to win — the stadium’s just cheering madly."




 

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http://www.journaltimes.com/articles/2008/07/14/local_news/doc487ad8a 340080415778210.txt

Andrietsch's trip to Denver will be a dream come true
By Bridget Thoreson
Journal Times
Monday, July 14, 2008 10:56 AM CDT

AUDIO: Reporter Bridget Thoreson talks to Andrietsch as she drives to Barack Obama strategy meeting

MOUNT PLEASANT — Meg Andrietsch couldn’t believe it when, in May, she was elected as one of four Racine County delegates to the Democratic National Convention.


"When we first got elected, we still walked around going, ‘Did that really happen?’ " Andrietsch said. "You have the feeling that it was a dream. You keep thinking somebody’s going to call you up and say, ‘Oh, we made a mistake.’ "



But it was no mistake, and with less than two months left before the convention in late August, Andrietsch is getting ready for her first national convention. She said she plans to make the most of her time at the convention by going to caucuses and building relationships with other local delegates.



She also plans to have some fun. A devoted fan and friend of the Allman Brothers Band — she’s seen them perform in 21 states — Andrietsch will be going to their Colorado concert two days after the convention. The band members, who used to call her "Kringle Lady" in honor of the treat she would bring backstage, are proud she is a delegate and asked her to be their guest at the concert, she said.



Andrietsch, 60, of Mount Pleasant, isn’t a newcomer to the political world, but her volunteer involvement was on-again, off-again until she retired from her work at a telephone company in 2000. Andrietsch said she was motivated to get active because she disagreed with decisions made by the federal administration.



"I finally, one day, said, ‘I don’t know if I can do anything about the presidency, but I bet I can have some kind of an affect on something more local,’ " Andrietsch said.



She started working on state Rep. Cory Mason’s campaign, and has been volunteering with him ever since. Mason, D-Racine, also will be going to the convention as a delegate for Sen. Barack Obama.



Andrietsch estimates that her political volunteering, including going to meetings, campaigning, making telephone calls and updating voter databases, takes up about 30 hours a week.



"It sounds ridiculous to me," Andrietsch said. "The political side of things has taken over."



Originally from Kenosha, Andrietsch has lived in Racine County for 20 years and describes herself as a lifelong Democrat.



She said a goal of hers has been to have local Democratic groups in Kenosha and Racine support each other. At a meeting Wednesday evening, Andrietsch was one of a group of five women, three from Racine County and two from Kenosha County, gathered around coffee and chocolate chip cookies to plan a picnic in August.



It sounded like typical picnic planning, but a few details revealed the political underpinnings — the stipulation that the beer should come from either Wisconsin or union companies, for example, or the game suggestion of "Pin the Tail on the Democratic Donkey."



The women at the meeting said Andrietsch was organized, focused and persistent, and will make a good delegate.



"Meg is a team player," said Jennifer Jackson, Kenosha County supervisor. "She will actually understand if you don’t have time to do something."



"She tells us what’s going on," said Judy Van Koningsveld of Racine, adding that she expected Andrietsch to return from her trip with a detailed journal on the convention to share.



Andrietsch said she does her political work because she’s drawn to the idea of making a difference by helping people who are facing serious issues.



"If we can elect the kind of people who can pay attention to that and help, then I can go to sleep at night and feel like, ‘Well, I tried,’ " Andrietsch said.



When the time comes to cast her vote for Obama, Andrietsch said, she’ll probably cry.



"What does it feel like to be in the middle of that whole crowd of people, all of whom want what you want as much as you want it?" Andrietsch said. "All working together and saying, ‘Yes, whatever differences we have, we’re going to put them aside, because there’s a real important common goal that we want to achieve.’



"Probably like the feeling you get at a football game when you want your team to win — the stadium’s just cheering madly."







I KNOW MEG! This is great! I'm going to email her!

 

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  posted on 7/14/2008 at 03:48 PM

Meg is a great lady! Man, I love those Kringles ...

 

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