Tuesday, December 5th, 6:30pm at Adam's TapHouse, Prince Frederick
Speaker will be a leader from a local Gun Sense Organization.
Margaret H. Phipps
7445 Briscoe Turn Road
Owings, MD 20736
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Posted 22 November 2017
Each year the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW) get together to prepare for the coming General Assembly Session. The main purpose of the conference is to learn about what legislation will be before the General Assembly for the upcoming session and decide which they would like to support. While there are many bills that look very promising in 2018, MLAW is only so big and can only do so much. Over the next month, their members will be researching the different options, then voting on only six or seven. Then the group will work throughout the 2018 session to ensure the passage of those bill. While you may not be a member of MLAW to vote on the bills, nevertheless, these bills will have an impact in your life and community. You can read about the proposed legislation here.
Another goal of the MLAW conference is to get their members ready to advocate. This year, the panel discussion focused on methods of effective advocacy whether as a group or an individual. While Maryland was the first in the nation of supporting women in legislation just a few decades ago, we have slipped to tenth place now. In fact, there are the same number of women legislators today as there were in 1995. Here’s a summary of some of the tips and tools shared with the members of MLAW to encourage their success in engaging in government.
Posted 22 November 2017
Each year, prior to the open of session of the General Assembly in Annapolis, the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW) conference is held to educate its members about upcoming legislation that may be of interest to women. This year, the turn-out was huge and the conference was thorough.
The legislation that was presented before the voters ranged from issues of personal safety to issues of economic equality. For a comprehensive list, please see the attached document. Many of these bills do not yet have filing numbers for the 2018 session, but the 2017 bill number can still be used to search the General Assembly website under the “Session” tab.
Emerge Maryland is the premier training program for Democratic women. They inspire women to run and hone their skills to win. Their goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in public office. More women in public office is good for everyone, so consider helping out emerge Maryland today. Donate to the Class of 2018, and remember to contribute under the name Kathleen E. Seifert to support a local woman who is training to run for office.
For any questions about Emerge or the Class of 2018, contact Kathleen and she'll be happy to talk with you about this inspiring program.
United Democratic Women of Maryland
Southern Region Luncheon
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Location: Sartik’s Restaurant, 7670 Hawthorne Rd., La Plata, MD 20646
Time: Executive Committee Meeting 10:00 AM
Registration 10:30 – 11:00 AM
Welcome by Chair 11:00 – 11:15 AM
Speaker – 11:15 - 12:00 Noon The Honorable Delegate Sally Jameson (D-Leg Dist. 28, Charles County, MD)
Buffet Luncheon 12 Noon – 1:00 PM
Speaker – 1:00 – 1:45 PM The Honorable Delegate C. T. Wilson (D-Leg Dist. 28, Charles County, MD)
Cash or Check only (payable to UDWMD-So. Region)
No credit cards.
RSVP Information and Advance Payment Mailing Address: (Deadline for registration -- Monday, November 27, 2017)
Karen Fennell, Chair
44760 Jeeter Way, # J
California, MD 20619
Special notes: If you RSVP and fail to show - you will be charged for the luncheon. Please notify Karen in advance if you have dietary restrictions. Cash and Checks accepted at registration. If you are physically challenged and cannot walk up steps to the Restaurant, please notify Karen when you make your registration.
Posted on 10 November 2017
There was a lot of business to handle at this meeting of the Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club. Several changes to meetings have been proposed for the upcoming year. First, the executive committee has changed the meeting times so that there is a 6 to 7pm “social dinner hour” and the business meeting will at 7pm. The first meeting to be effected will be January 2018. Also, the dues will be $25 at that time. Emphasis was placed on the goal of 2018: To Get Democrats Elected! Each meeting will focus on that goal, so if you have suggestions of speakers or agendas to help in that goal, please get in touch with Inez Claggett.
Helenmary Ball delivered a legislative update which included information on Open Houses on Calvert 2040, upcoming MLAW conference and Women’s Legislative Briefing, and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, details of which were recently released.
Cheri Delavergne went into much more depth regarding current volunteer board and commission vacancies. She spoke with The Club about her desire to Get Active, and the difficulties of finding the time in her already busy life. Cheri found that with all the openings for volunteer boards and commissions within county government, she could find a topic which interested her at a time that she could make work. The County Government relies on input from citizen volunteer advisors, and we need more Democrats to get involved at this level. There are many vacancies right now, each with a different schedule. Find one that can work in your schedule and Get Active in Calvert County!
During the discussion of “Strong Schools Maryland,” presented by Inez Claggett and Dona Ostenso, news of the Virginia election going to Democratic candidate Ralph Northam broke and was met with thunderous celebration! After a year of bad news, this win provided welcome relief to all in attendance.
To complete out the Strong Schools Maryland report, Dona discussed the nine priorities for which the Maryland State Education Association is currently lobbying. Inez Clagett then address the astounding rate of poverty within Maryland schools. To build on that idea, Inez Claggett addressed the issue of concentrated poverty within Maryland school districts overall, and within Calvert County specifically. She urged members to write to the Kirwan Commission and insist that they incorporate the 9 Building Blocks for a World Class Educational System and provided all in attendance with stamped envelopes to facilitate that goal. If you could spare a moment to write a letter, contact Inez Claggett for a name, address and letter template.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30pm at Adam's Taphouse in Prince Frederick. The speaker will be a leader from a local gun sense organization. Don't miss it!
Posted 30 October 2017
Calvert Democrats and Candidate for Commissioner, Holly Budd, were at Anne Marie Gardens on October 28th as they hosted their 18th Annual Halloween in the Garden. Volunteers were there to hand out candy to the kids and talk about the local Democratic Party to the parents. A big thank you goes out to everyone who donated bags of candy for the event. There was plenty, and the varieties were very popular with the costume-clad youth.
Also very popular was the literature at the booth. Lots of parents were interested in the events and actions of local democrats. Flyers and info sheets flew off the table and plenty of people expressed an interest in getting engaged. Be sure you know when our next meetings are and invite your neighbors. From the conversations we had at Halloween in the Garden, they want to know!
Posted 28 October 2017
The Democratic meet and green picnic hosted by the Central Committee last weekend was very successful. Many local Dems came out and enjoyed some good discussion and great food and drinks. Senator Mike Miller spoke about the challenges ahead in the 2018 Governor's race, and several candidates for Commissioner talked about local issues that are particularly important to them. The event ended with raffling off an Irish basket of cheer, several decorative plaques and a basket of locally grown sweet potatoes (complete with a secret family recipe).
Check out more pics in the Picnic Photo Gallery
By Authority of Calvert County Democratic Central Committee, Beth Swoap, Treasurer