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In recognition of March as Women’s History Month, Tehachapi Mountain Democratic Club invited two women from history to present their stories at the recent TMDC meeting. The women are part of the American Association of University Women Storytellers. The group, which was started by Carol Coleman, has been showcasing women’s stories since 1995.

Laura Amstead researched and told the story of Susan and Anna Warner who were Sunday School teachers to generations of West Point cadets in the 1800’s. Both women were authors, and Anna is best known for writing the words to “Jesus Loves Me.” They were honored in death as they were buried in the West Point Cemetery.

Andrea Hicks enacted the life of Dorothy Parker who was an American poet, writer and critic who led an unusual life. Andrea was in costume and appeared with backgrounds reflecting the early 20th century.

Tehachapi Democratic Club meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. During Covid restrictions meetings are held on Zoom. It was decided to waive dues for current members for the new year which begins July 1. New members may join now for $20 which will pay for the rest of this fiscal year as well as the next. For information, go to

Amanda Gordon was the lead-off speaker for the February meeting of Tehachapi Mountain Democratic Club. She is the young poet laureate who spoke at President Biden’s inauguration. Amanda’s speech was actually a video of her reciting a poem called “Earthrise” which stressed the need to conserve and preserve our planet. It mirrored the importance of some of the steps The President is proposing in regard to the environment.

Following this uplifting beginning, there was a general discussion by members of how they feel unrepresented and betrayed by Congressman Kevin McCarthy. They questioned whether he has forgotten his responsibility to the People by supporting those who proclaim lies and criticizing those who vote their conscience.

The meeting concluded with a message from Evet Dumler, a member of Kern Indivisible, a group that advocates responsible activism. She spoke of ways to influence elections. She encouraged people to contact their elected representatives and hold them accountable for their actions.

Tehachapi Democratic Club meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. During Covid restrictions meetings are held on Zoom. The website,, has a lot of information about the club as well as links to other city, county and state sites. Currently there is also a copy of the poem which Amanda Gordon wrote and recited at the inauguration

Club Secretary Kathy Kneer and President Mari Goodman let McCarthy know what they feel!