Together Frankfort - Our History
Together Frankfort is a non-partisan, volunteer group of Kentuckians who seek to exercise and protect the principles embodied in our nation’s Constitution by being engaged and responsible participants in democracy.
We advocate for integrity and transparency in government and political actions, and fair and equal application of the law and civil rights for all people.
We support economic and social policies that ensure continuing opportunity for individuals and families.
We are committed to our country and to the welfare of our fellow citizens regardless of political affiliation, and to solutions that cross partisan divides. Membership is open to all -- please sign up, participate, learn, act!
Our organization, Together Frankfort, formed on January 6, 2017. Several South Frankfort (KY) neighbors and friends, about 16, were planning to get together to go to the National Women's March on Washington & to sister marches. We met, shared contact information and our plans for travel and logistics. We discussed our reasons for going and the discussion became quite powerful, personal, and profound -- evolving into a passion to take action locally.
That night, we formed our organization, selected our name, established our next meeting date for debriefing after the march. We drafted a letter to Rep. Garland Hale Barr IV (Congressional representative for Frankfort/Franklin County, at that time), describing our concerns with proposed healthcare changes and invited him to attend the Women's March on Washington to learn more. On Jan. 18, 2017, we hand delivered the letter to his staff and issued a press release describing our new organization, our concerns and our actions.
The Frankfort State Journal ran an article about our invitation to Barr, with quotes from his staff who proclaimed Barr's utmost support for women's concerns. He declined our invitation to participate in the national Women's March on Washington.
Since our formation in January 2017, Together Frankfort has conducted community meetings, inviting citizens to become more engaged in civic life. First we conducted an organizational meeting, working in small groups to define our priorities. The guiding priorities established were:
1. Increased civic engagement, particularly focused on specific national policies, particularly environmental protection and management, healthcare, campaign finance and "dark money," and racial discrimination;
2. Improving voter participation & voter education on public issues;
3. Educating citizens toward improved communications with elected officials about our concerns; and
4. Forming partnerships with like-minded organizations.
Early in 2017, we selected several focus areas:
~ campaign finance reform;
~ environmental management, particularly climate change, and;
~ voter registration.
On May 15, 2017 we launched our "Summer Study on the Impact of Money in Politics," with a briefing by U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth.The Summer Study activities included an open discussion on Jane Meyer's Dark Money (May 23, 2017), and workshops on the various strategies to curb the impact of money on elections.
We communicate through:
2. Member Updates: Emails to paying members of Together Frankfort with information about upcoming events and "member only" activities;
8. This website: Developing and updating this website rounds out the communication work of Together Frankfort.
Together Frankfort's activities are managed by a group of citizens who have committed to being actively engaged in the organization's long-term stability, called the Coordinators Team. The Together Frankfort Coordinators are:
Barbara Hadley Smith chairs of the Coordinators Team. Until the advent of COVID-19 closures, the Coordinators Team met every other Monday at 12:30 p.m., usually at the Completely Kentucky meeting room in downtown Frankfort (237 W Broadway St, Frankfort, KY, USA).
The Together Frankfort Coordinators' Meetings are open and interested persons are encouraged to attend. From June 2020 until summer of 2022, Together Frankfort Coordinators conducted team meetings every two weeks, still on alternate Monday's at 12:30 PM, by Zoom teleconferencing. Minutes of meetings may be requested from the Chair, Barbara Hadley Smith.
The organizational structure of Together Frankfort changes and evolves to meet organizational objectives, as defined by member interest. In April 2022, Together Frankfort established a membership structure, whereby citizens could join, in one of the following categories:
Regular Membership - $20
Youth Membership (18 and Under) - $10
Sustaining Membership - $75
Scholarship (Interested persons are asked to make a request for a scholarship if the above membership fees are prohibitive of joining. No one is turned away.)
If you have not already done so, please click here to join online! if you prefer to mail your membership or make a donation by mail, please click this link to download & print the form. Complete it and send with a check, payable to Together Frankfort, to the address below.
P. O. Box 870
Frankfort KY 40602-0870 USA
Or contact us by e-mail: email@example.com
Currently, Together Frankfort is organized into a committee structure. Our Coordinators and Committees meet to plan general meetings, events, & to coordinate travel to rallies, protests, and town halls conducted by our Members of Congress. We encourage interested citizens to join Together Frankfort and improve informed civic engagement in our community!
Together Frankfort - A Look Back
Enjoy some photos from past events, from 2017 till the present!