Editors note: This article was submitted by Ruth Higgins and Al Krause, both long-time members, supporters and volunteers of the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce. You can also hear a live interview when they appear with Joe Teehan on KBAI at 12:00 on April 8th. Congratulations Ruth & Al!
Join Birch Bay residents Al Krause and Ruth Higgins for an author event and discussion on their book, Lessons from the Obama 2012 Grassroots Campaign: What Two Devoted Volunteers Learned on Sunday, April 14 at 4:00 p.m., in the Readings Gallery of Village Books, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham.
Ruth Higgins was one of the first recruits by Organizing for America in Whatcom County in August 2011, hosting the first organizational meeting in her Birch Bay cottage. Al Krause, her husband, immediately joined and their small team grew to more than 70 volunteers. By the end of that year, the Northwest Whatcom neighborhood team, they were told, had become one of the strongest in the nation.
In February 2012, Krause and Higgins, were selected as two of the few volunteers in the state to be photographed with President Obama when he spoke in Bellevue. (Most of the others photographed were large-money contributors.)
“I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in becoming a political organizer,” wrote a volunteer leader with the Whatcom County Democrats in a review posted on Amazon.