West End Organizers of Monroe County, Pennsylvania

Our Mission

We are dedicated to working for the good of our community.  We share information on issues of importance and support one another in individual and group efforts in order to accomplish more than any one of us could on his or her own. We are issue focused and issue driven.


  • April 2017
    Rep. Matt Cartwright will host a “Coffee with your Congressman” Event

    • Monday, April 24 at 10:30 AM - 12 PM
      Chestnut Hill Diner
      2187 Route 209, Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania 18353

    Posted Apr 20, 2017, 6:53 PM by madodel1
  • March 2017
    The weather was not kind to us - but fortune was in that everyone who planned to come to our potluck originally scheduled for February can also make the new date of March 5.  Is there anyone else who might be able to join us then?  If so, please let Denise know at dkurnas@gmail.com, or me know by replying to this email.   Let us know what you would like to bring, too.  The current menu is below.

    Same time and place for the event - 4 to 7 at Denise's!
    Posted Feb 25, 2017, 7:01 AM by madodel1
  • February 2017

    The WEO Potluck dinner has been postponed due to all the ice and freezing snow and rain. Stay safe and we will let you know when it has been rescheduled.

    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 10:22 AM by madodel1
  • January 2017

    Fair Districts PA, which is planning an important initiative against gerrymandering, is holding an organizational meeting from 7to 9 this Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Hughes Library, 1002 North 9thSt.,  Stroudsburg.

    Denise writes:

    FairDistricts PA is a nonpartisan coalition with leadership from Common Cause PAand League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania that supports creating an independent commission to ensure transparent, impartial, and fair redistricting. This initial meeting for FDPA volunteers in Carbon & Monroecounties is to organize our activities, including legislator visits,informational meetings and presentations to the public, new volunteer outreach,letters to the editor, data entry, and social media.  For more information about Fair Districts PA, visit theirFacebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/fairdistrictspa/

    Gerrymandering has increased to the point where it skews our ability to select a truly representative legislature.  Get to that meeting if at all possible!

    With the change in administration in DC it changes the makeup of the Delaware River Basin Commission. They could overturn the vote on the moratorium on fracking in the Delaware River Basin and severely jeopardize the water source for millions of people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Yet another reason people will regret voting for these monsters. The more of us who let their voices be known the better the chance they will back down on this horrendous idea and permanently save this area from the devastation of fracking.

    Please sign the petition asking the DRBC to permanently ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin which includes Monroe County.

    WEO also has a Facebook page where things like the above are posted. Please like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/weomcpa/

    Happy New Year, everyone!  I anticipate it will be one in which WEO will once again want to play an active role.  

    To kick the new year off, we have scheduled our annual potluck supper for Sunday, February 12, with a snow date of February 26.  Once again, super hostess Denise has offered her home for the event, so we know it will be fun.  Do come - especially if you have never joined us for our potluck before!  Although it is first and foremost a social event (and we always have a really good time), this year we will probably also want chat a little about the year ahead.  While 2016 was one in which we focused on our service activities, we expect 2017 to be quite different.  As facilitator of our health care group, I am hoping WEO will be active in working to preserve essential elements of the Affordable Care Act.  Facilitators of other groups, such as Democratic Process, Energy and Environment, Education and Women's Issues, have similar concerns.  So let's have a good time and also build momentum for the year ahead by making this year's potluck the biggest and best ever!

    You may contact Denise at dkurnas@gmail.com to let her know that you will be coming, or reply to me at the email maryanneclausen@gmail.com.  Either way, I look forward to seeing lots of you in February!

    One last thing: I received a card from the Lakshmi Cow Sanctuary thanking us for our donation and adding: "May the mother cow shower you with all the fortunes and good luck and we pray to Isvara for your happiness."  It brought me a moment of good feeling which I thought should be shared.

    Best wishes,

    Mary Anne
    Posted Jan 31, 2017, 6:24 PM by madodel1
  • October 2016

     Animal Welfare (Kathy, ka.frisby@gmail.com)

     Pet Food Drive

    Kathy’s event to collect pet food for Meals on Wheels to share with its clients with pets was a huge success – the best so far!  I hope that you all saw the article about it and photo in the Pocono Record.  

    Many thanks to Kathy for organizing, and to Nellie, Linda and Judy for helping her, and me, at the event.  Thanks, too, to Kinsley’s, which allows us to hold both this event and our food drive to benefit P.V.E.N. on its premises, and also to its customers for their generous support.

    West End Dems Candidates' Night, October 27
    Democratic Process

    The West End Dems annual Candidates' Night begins at 7:00 on Thursday, October 27 at the Kunkletown Firehouse, 597 Kunkletown Rd., Kunkletown.  The group's traditional bean soup supper is free - hot dogs are available as an alternative.  Don't miss this great opportunity to meet Damary Bonilla-Rodriguez, candidate for State Representative in the 189th Legislative District - as well as to support the West End Dems. Those of us who are charter members of West End Organizers remember how active the West End was in the 2008 presidential campaign.  Supporting the West End Dems is a great way to keep our end of Monroe County politically involved.  Please come out for this event!  Mark your calendar now!


    With Judy in the lead, and with help from Kathy, Nellie and me, WEO conducted another successful food drive at Kinsley's.  This is the eighth year in which we have held at least one, and more often two, such drives to help P.V.E.N. provide food to our neighbors in need.  It's hard to believe that we have been doing this since 2009!

    Animal Welfare 

    Raising Funds for the Protection of Farm Animals
    Once again we have the offer of free space for a flea market table to benefit groups that work to protect animals in our food chain from abuse.  We have all heard horror stories of slaughterhouse and factory farm practices - this is an opportunity to raise money for groups that work to stop them.  In the past our primary beneficiary has been the Humane Society's Farm Animal Division, although we have given to other groups as well.  The bottom line, however, is that we can't run a successful event without commitments of donations and volunteer time.  Weather permitting, the event will be Friday October 7 and Saturday October 8, at the usual location on route 209 in Kresgeville, next to Cherry's Sunset Diner.  In addition to donations, I will need volunteers to help set up at the beginning of the day on Friday, the 9th, and especially to help pack up in the afternoon on Saturday, the 10th.  Please email me at maryanneclausen@gmail.com to let me know if you can help with donations, your time or both.

    Annual pet food drive to benefit Meals On Wheels homebound clients with pets!  Cat and dog food are needed with a special request this year from Meals on Wheels.  Cat food is badly needed, both dry and canned.  These would be greatly appreciated!  Also, dog food will be welcomed, again, both dry and canned.  No cat litter is accepted.  
    The event will be held on Thursday, October 20th, at the Kinsley's Shop Rite in Brodheadsville.  The hours are from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  All donations are needed and welcomed!  
    If anyone would care to donate ahead of time or cannot make it to Kinsley's on Oct. 20th, please feel free to contact Kathy Burch to arrange pick up! She can be reached at (570) 402-0906.   (Kathy, ka.frisby@gmail.com)
    Posted Oct 28, 2016, 7:20 AM by madodel1
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Why You Should Support Our Organization

If you are interested in engendering change in our area and beyond, attend one of our events

posted Oct 9, 2013, 4:53 PM by madodel1   [ updated Oct 9, 2013, 4:54 PM ]

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