Preparing for Life’s Expected and Unimaginable Events | WDC Community Education Event
Nov
8
10:00 AM10:00

Preparing for Life’s Expected and Unimaginable Events | WDC Community Education Event

Friday, November 8, 10-11:30 am | Free Event | Register on Eventbrite to receive location.

WDC welcomes Robyn Wagman and Marilee Fitzgerald, authors of Estate of Mine Organizers (EOMO)TM, a comprehensive system to organize our personal estate. Knowing “what we have, what we need, what is missing, and where important decisions and documents are located,” not only empowers us to live an informed life but also prepares us and loved ones for life’s expected and unimaginable events.

This educational program will inform us about the “must-have” personal, legal, medical and other documents and decisions needed to make informed and timely decisions about our personal estate

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WDC Luncheon with Chris Leonard
Oct
22
12:00 PM12:00

WDC Luncheon with Chris Leonard

When: Tuesday, October 22. noon
Where: Normandie Farm Restaurant, 10710 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD

Register: Online | Prices: Members $33. Non-members $38.

Pay By Check: Checks must arrive by October 14. You must download and complete this form. Specify meal options for all guests, either veg or nonveg. If no option is specified all will receive the nonveg option; chicken. Mail your completed form and check to Women’s Democratic Club, PO Box 34047, Bethesda, MD 20827


The Koch brothers exemplify the worst aspects of the American political system, and have been doing so for decades. Not only have they expended countless millions in corporate and dark money to support libertarian and other conservative politicians and organizations; they have also protected profits from their massive fossil fuel investments by supporting climate deniers for the past three decades.

Chris Leonard documented their reach and impact in his blockbuster bestseller,Kochland. The Washington Post called Kochland “compelling, and often scary, reading;” The New Yorker praised Leonard’s analysis of “the extraordinary behind-the-scenes influence that Charles and David Koch have exerted to cripple government action on climate change; and The New York Times deemed his work “Superb… Among the best books ever written about an American corporation.”

Leonard’s work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Bloomberg Businessweek.Kochland won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award and is a finalist for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year.

Mr. Leonard will stay afterwards to sign his book. Bring cash, check, or credit card if you wish to purchase a discounted copy for $30.

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Desegregation and the MCPS Boundary Analysis
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Desegregation and the MCPS Boundary Analysis

Free Event | Register On Eventbrite

Join the discussion! Our Panel:

Richard Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation

Richard D. Kahlenberg is the director of K–12 equity and senior fellow at The Century Foundation with expertise in education, civil rights, and equal opportunity. Kahlenberg has been called “the intellectual father of the economic integration movement” in K-12 schooling and “arguably the nation’s chief proponent of class-based affirmative action in higher education admissions.” He is also an authority on teachers’ unions, private school vouchers, charter schools, turnaround school efforts, labor organizing and inequality in higher education.

Dan Reed, Just Up the Pike

Dan Reed is a writer, urban planner, and community advocate. Dan has worked with communities all over the United States to make their streets safer and more enjoyable places. His writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, Architect Magazine, Greater Greater Washington, and Washingtonian Magazine.

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WDC October Happy Hour
Oct
10
5:30 PM17:30

WDC October Happy Hour

 “Trick Or Treat For Virginia Democrats. Help Flip Virginia Blue”

Free Event. RSVP Eventbrite

Join WDC and our Political Activism and Civic Engagement (PACE) committee for our monthly happy hour.  We will also spend a little time writing letters to get out the vote for Virginia’s critical November 2019 elections.  This state is vital to our November 2020 BlueWave. This is a great opportunity to write a few letters, learn about GOTV (Get Out The Vote) and get on board with WDC’s PACE events for #2020.

When the next generation asks “What did you do?” you’ll have a great answer.  Join us, and bring your friends.

This is a FREE event, but we do need to have a good estimate of numbers so register  Eventbrite. The address will be provided upon RSVP.

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Immigrants  and Refugees in Montgomery County:  Welcoming, Overwhelming or Wanting?
Oct
6
2:30 PM14:30

Immigrants  and Refugees in Montgomery County:  Welcoming, Overwhelming or Wanting?

WDC Community Education Program:

"Immigrants and Refugees in Montgomery County:  Welcoming, Overwhelming or Wanting?"   A discussion of legislative challenges and action plans.

Date:  Sunday, October 6, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Where: Rockville Memorial Library – 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 21 Maryland Ave, Rockville
Register: Google Form

Our Panel:
Introductions: Linda Berg-Cross, Women’s Democratic Club
Moderator: Kelly White, Program Director, Detained Adult Program, Capital Area Immigration Rights Coalition
Diane Vy Nguyen-Vu, Director, MC Office of Community Partnerships | Legislative hurdles and help towards citizenship 
Kim Propeack, Policy Director of CASA | Legislative challenges with deportation defense funding
Claudia Quinonez, Organizer | United We Dream

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WDC Panel Discussion  "It's Your Party"
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

WDC Panel Discussion "It's Your Party"

  • Montgomery County Council Office Building (map)
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Free Register On Eventbrite

Don't miss out on this informative event. Great chance to understand how the Democratic Party operates at the state and county level. Speakers include MDP Chair Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, MoCo Democratic Party Member Marie Mapes, and Aruna Miller, Chair, MDP Women’s Diversity Council. Moderator: Former MoCo Party Chair Karen Britto.

All are welcome. No charge. Park free in the Council Office Building garage.  Metro-accessible.  

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Luncheon with Congressman John Sarbanes
Sep
17
12:00 PM12:00

Luncheon with Congressman John Sarbanes

Registration for this event closed on September 12. Please contact Shruti Bhatnagar shruti_bhatnagar@yahoo.com, to inquire about availability.

Tuesday, September 17, noon . Prices: WDC Member: $30.00 Non-Members: $35.00 | Online Tickets | Pay by Check | Share pdf

Join WDC for our September luncheon with Congressman John Sarbanes.

The Congressman has represented Maryland’s Third District since 2006. Congressman Sarbanes is Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, and is leading the fight in Congress to break candidate dependence on corporate PACs and special interests. He is the author of HR1, the For the People Act, which E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post called, “Perhaps the most comprehensive political-reform proposal ever considered by our elected representatives.” HR1 passed the House on March 8, 2019, and aims to empower American voters, strengthen our nation’s ethics laws and fix our broken campaign finance system. The Congressman serves on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as the House Oversight and Reform Committee which is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. It has authority to investigate the subjects within the Committee’s legislative jurisdiction as well as “any matter” within the jurisdiction of the other standing House Committees.

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PACE Fall Campaign Kickoff
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

PACE Fall Campaign Kickoff

  • Silver Spring Civic Center | Ellsworh Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Monday, September 9, 7-9:00 pm

RSVP HERE | Share pdf

All PACE members, WDC members who haven’t yet joined PACE (Political Activism & Civic Engagement Committee), and even non-members of WDC thinking about joining, are encouraged to come to this kickoff event. If you’re not a WDC member but ready to join, you can Join Today!

Many of you have said 2020 is the most important election in our lifetime. If you’re interested in volunteering and getting engaged in helping to win the White House and flip the senate in 2020, this is the one event you won’t want to miss! 

Guest speakers include Eva Lewis, Regional Director of the Democratic National Committee, Matt Caffrey, Eastern Field Director, Swing Left and two candidates running for state office in Virginia this November.

Old campaign hands and newbies are both welcome!

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WDC Visit to the Montgomery County Safe Passage Center
Aug
2
2:00 PM14:00

WDC Visit to the Montgomery County Safe Passage Center

  • Montogmery County Safe Passage Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Register: Sign up here.

WDC members are invited on a visit to the Montgomery County Safe Passage Center (SPC) on Friday, August 2 at 2:00 pm. In 2014, Court Watch Montgomery (CWM) documented the need for a safe place to exchange children for visits and to conduct court-ordered supervised visitation where an abuser parent is under a no-contact domestic violence protective order. CWM partnered with WDC and other organizations to build community support for SPC and to ensure it was adequately funded.

With the opening of the Safe Passage Center in late 2017, every Montgomery County judge now has a secure, family-friendly visitation center that they can order couples to use to make sure that victims are protected from all contact with their abuser.

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WDC Biennial Dinner Meeting with Congressman Jamie Raskin
Jun
6
5:30 PM17:30

WDC Biennial Dinner Meeting with Congressman Jamie Raskin

Join us for an evening of networking, political conversation, and electing officers for 2019-2021, with guest speaker Congressman Jamie Raskin.  Also, Senator Chris Van Hollen will be joining us!

When: June 6 | Cash bar 5:30 pm; membership meeting 6 pm, followed by dinner.
Where: Bethesda Marriott at Pooks Hill, 5151 Pooks Hill Rd, Bethesda
Register: Online registration preferred  | Prices: Members $45,Non-members $50 Register By Check: Make your check payable to WDC. Mail to: Woman's Democratic Club of Montgomery County, PO Box 34047, Bethesda, MD 20827. Along with your check include the names of all attendees and note if any prefer the vegetarian option. Be sure to allow ample time for your check to arrive by June 1.

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WDC May Happy Hour
May
22
5:30 PM17:30

WDC May Happy Hour

Celebrate Early Start to Memorial Day and support a new woman-owned business!

When: Wednesday, May 22, 5:30-7:00 pm | Where: Astrolab Brewing 8216 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring

Be sure to use the public parking lot in the back. We look forward to seeing you for some fun, networking, and a little political discussion with fellow Democrats to strategize for 2020! All Democrats are welcome and we hope to see some prospective new members!

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WDC May Luncheon with New York Times Best Selling Author Vicky Ward
May
16
12:00 PM12:00

WDC May Luncheon with New York Times Best Selling Author Vicky Ward

Registration Closes: Sunday, May 12 at 10:00 pm

Date:  Thursday, May 16, Noon
Where:  Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill, Bethesda
Prices:  Members: $30.00. Non-Members: $35.00. 

Learn More about Vicky Ward.

Pay Online:  Online Payment
Pay by Check:  Make your check payable to WDC. Mail to: Woman's Democratic Club of Montgomery County, PO Box 34047, Bethesda, MD 20827. Along with your check include all attendee names and note if any prefer the vegetarian option. Be sure to allow ample time for your check to arrive by the deadline.

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The Clubs of Color Caucus Present 2019 Legislative Wrap Up
Apr
27
11:00 AM11:00

The Clubs of Color Caucus Present 2019 Legislative Wrap Up

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Please join the Association of Black Democrats of Montgomery County together with Latino Democratic Club of Montgomery County, Coalition of Pacific American Democrats (CAPAD), Indian American Democratic Club, and co-sponsor WDC for this recap of the 2019 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session.

Montgomery County legislators will discuss the exciting work that happened this session in Annapolis and alert advocates about how to continue building on these important legislative wins. 

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Montgomery County Agricultural and Open Space Reserve - Bus Tour and Lunch
Apr
25
10:30 AM10:30

Montgomery County Agricultural and Open Space Reserve - Bus Tour and Lunch

  • Board the Bus at the Nancy Dacek Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Time: 10-30 am - 3:30 pm

Join WDC for a tour of the magnificent Agricultural Reserve. This national model was visionary in its plan to cap sprawl, preserve opportunities for recreation, protect open space and farming in the vicinity of the greater Washington DC area. You'll travel the rolling countryside on rustic roads with stops at working farms, historic treasures and, did we mention an opportunity to pat furry farm animals at an animal sanctuary? Lunch provided at the historic Rocklands Farm and Winery. Board the bus at  10:30 am sharp, at the Nancy Dacek Community Center.
 

Pay Online:  Online Payment
Pay by Check:  Members: $35.00. Non-Members: $38.00. Make your check payable to WDC. Mail to:  Woman's Democratic Club of Montgomery County, PO Box 34047, Bethesda, MD 20827.
Along with your check include the event name, all attendee names and note if any are vegetarian.

Questions: Contact Diana Conway dconway@erols.com
Registration Closes:  Monday, April 22, 10:00 pm

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April Happy Hour
Apr
11
5:30 PM17:30

April Happy Hour

We will be joined by Senator Susan Lee, Delegate Sara Love, Delegate Al Carr, Emily Shetty, and Lorig Charkoudian, who will update us about some of the bills on WDC’s advocacy priorities list.  For a more comprehensive legislative wrap-up, plan to attend the April 27 discussion with WDC and the Democratic Clubs of Color (details below.)

We look forward to seeing you for some fun, networking, and a little political discussion with fellow Democrats to celebrate and toast the close of the 2019 Maryland Legislative Session. All Democrats are welcome and we hope to see some prospective new members!

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Women and the Criminal Justice System:  A View From The State’s Attorney’s Office
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

Women and the Criminal Justice System: A View From The State’s Attorney’s Office

  • Silver Spring Civic Center, Spring Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Register on Eventbrite

Join us for an exciting panel discussion with three women who lead their county's States Attorney's Office:  Aisha Braveboy from Prince George’s, Anne Colt Leitess from Anne Arundel and Marilyn Mosby from Baltimore.  The panel will be moderated by Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.

Come with your questions about domestic violence and human trafficking, the unique needs of women in the criminal justice system and whether they are being met, the role of State’s Attorneys in context of the numerous initiatives for criminal justice reforms, and – for the three panelists – whether and how being a woman in this male-dominated field affects the way they do this work.

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Twitter for Social Activism
Mar
31
2:00 PM14:00

Twitter for Social Activism

Twitter for Social Activism | Register here

Join us for a talk and hands-on training with Pam Holland of TechMoxie to learn how you can use Twitter as a tool for good - safely and with confidence. What we will cover:

  • Understanding privacy settings and account security

  • Setting up an account that protects your anonymity

  • All about posting, commenting, and "liking" including understanding what is private and what is public.

  • Finding and supporting accounts that are catalysts for change

  • All about composing and posting Tweets including #hashtags, mentioning other accounts, etc

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Luncheon With Congressman David Trone
Mar
20
12:00 PM12:00

Luncheon With Congressman David Trone

Congressman Trone serves on the Education and Labor, Foreign Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees, where he is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the opioid epidemic, criminal justice reform, and funding for mental health research. Q&A will follow Rep. Trone’s remarks.

Pay Online:   Online Payment
Pay by Check:  Make your check payable to WDC. Mail to:  P.O. Box 2181, 5056 Nicholson Lane Suite B, Kensington, MD 20891.
Along with your check include all attendee names and note if any are vegetarian.
Questions:  Email Shruti Bhatnagar, WDC Events Committee Chair 
Registration Closes:  Midnight, Friday, March 15

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March Happy Hour
Mar
14
5:30 PM17:30

March Happy Hour

Join WDC for our monthly happy hour. We will observe March 14 as Pi Day and Celebrate Scientists Day! Attending the Thursday morning, “Walkout Against Gun Violence”? Please come and share your experience!

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WDC Discussion Forum:  Health Disparities and Other Inequities Among Women
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

WDC Discussion Forum: Health Disparities and Other Inequities Among Women

Join the Woman’s Democratic Club as we hear from two local leading experts: Travis Gayles, M.D., County Health Officer and Chief of Public Health Services and Diana Rubin, 2nd Vice President, Montgomery County Commission for Women.

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2019 WDC Advocacy Day
Feb
27
8:15 AM08:15

2019 WDC Advocacy Day

Register: Click Here

Join WDC in Annapolis on Wednesday, February 27 from 8:15 am to 3:30 pm to see your State General Assembly in action and help WDC advocate for its legislative priorities.

  • Attend a meeting of the Women Legislators Caucus

  • Watch the Senate and House debate

  • Learn from your Annapolis delegation about their legislative priorities

  • Meet one-on-one with your State Senator and Delegates to advocate for WDC priorities

  • Observe a Committee hearing and hear testimony on important bills

This is a free members-only event, including lunch. Register here. Space will be limited so be sure to sign up early. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet your legislators and advocate for important legislation!

Questions? Email Leslie Milano

Free event. Lunch will be provided.
Registration closes Tuesday, February 19

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WDC Happy Hour
Feb
21
5:30 PM17:30

WDC Happy Hour

Please join us at our monthly happy hour on Thursday, February 21, 5:30 at La Ferme (7101 Brookville Rd, Chevy Chase) All are welcome to attend. Members and non-members. Happy Hour will include a WDC Advocacy Day presentation. Plus, you will have an opportunity to sign up to attend! Advocacy Day is always a valuable and high-impact experience. You will learn more about how our laws are made, you will have the opportunity to attend the Women Legislators Caucus, you will support WDC's advocacy priorities, and you will have lunch with the MoCo delegation.

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January 27 Montgomery County Commission for Women’s 39th Annual Women's Legislative Briefing
Jan
27
10:30 AM10:30

January 27 Montgomery County Commission for Women’s 39th Annual Women's Legislative Briefing

  • The Universities at Shady Grove, Building II (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Women’s Legislative Briefing (WLB) is the premier and longest-standing women’s legislative event in the state of Maryland. It is coordinated by the Montgomery County Commission for Women and brings together advocates, policy makers, and emerging leaders to empower, engage, and mobilize Marylanders around issues affecting women and girls throughout the state. More Information | Register Here

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 WDC January 23 Luncheon with Congressman Jamie Raskin
Jan
23
12:00 PM12:00

WDC January 23 Luncheon with Congressman Jamie Raskin

  • National : National 4 H Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

SOLD OUT! We regret that we have room only for preregistered attendees.

Please note the luncheon will be in the Ohio Room on the ground floor of the main building. Parking is available . We recommend carpooling.

A Leadership View From The New Blue House

Join us as we welcome Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08), who will offer insights on the new Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. Now in his second term, Congressman Raskin serves on the House Judiciary Committee, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and the House Administration Committee. As the newly elected Caucus Leadership Representative, he is a member of the House Leadership team. He will represent the five most recently elected classes of the Caucus (142 members) at the leadership table. Always informing and energizing, Congressman Raskin will share his new perspective as someone “in the room where it happens!”
Questions: email Events Chair Shruti Bhatnagar.

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WDC January 10 Happy Hour
Jan
10
5:30 PM17:30

WDC January 10 Happy Hour

During Happy Hour, you’ll get a chance to try out Ranked Choice Voting (RCV)—one of the hottest political topics in MoCo for 2019. Instead of candidates, you’ll get an RCV ballot with six songs.  After the vote (and an explanation of the results), WDC member Rita May Powell will perform the winning song.

Your song choices are: Big Yellow Taxi9 to 5Let It Be Me ,You're No Good Whats Up  Zombie. The links are included so you can make informed choices when you show up to vote by RCV

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MLAW Conference
Nov
17
9:30 AM09:30

MLAW Conference

  • Notre Dame of Maryland University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The MLAW fall conference will be held on Saturday, November 17, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. WDC is a member of the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW). MLAW’s annual Fall Legislative Conference “Thinking Globally, Acting Locally…What Rights Are at Stake at the Federal Level and What Maryland Can Do to Protect Them” provides an opportunity to hear State legislators and advocacy groups discuss their goals and priorities. An afternoon Advocacy 101 workshop is also offered for those interested in learning how to be effective grassroots lobbyists. Registration Required. CLICK HERE

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