The Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club hosted their annual auction this week in support of the scholarship fund. Each year the Women’s Club distributes four scholarships, one to a qualifying senior from each of Calvert County’s four high schools. The Annual Auction is the largest fundraiser the Women’s Club hosts for this great cause.
On Tuesday, Calvert Democrats came out to Adam’s Taphouse in Prince Frederick to laugh, eat, drink, and BID on baskets created and donated by Women’s Club members. Each basket or container held a selection of items along a common theme. The event was well attended and a big success for the scholarship fund! You can see many more photos here. The Women’s Club would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all the participants and contributors of the event for making it such a fun evening.
Provisional data from the CDC’s National Center for Health and Statistics shows that drug overdose deaths are increasing even faster than has been assumed. An overwhelming increase of 22% from 2015 to 2016 nationwide of drug-related deaths overall is astonishing enough, but even more so when looking at fentanyl alone: 540% increase over just three years.
Maryland shows the steepest increase of the states reporting. It’s too early to know how the overdose crisis will develop over the course of 2017, but preliminary reporting form health departments, coroners, and medical examiners do not yet contain any good news. This is an epidemic which rivals that of HIV during its peak.
Posted on: 01 September 2017
As the disastrous effects of Hurricane Harvey have continued to play out over this last week, the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee has watched with great concern and sorrow. Like many of you, our thoughts and prayers are with those in Texas and Louisiana as they continue to deal with this tragedy.
There is no shortage of organizations and foundations that could use financial assistance in helping those affected. For opportunities to donate, sites such as Greater Houston Community Foundation and Help Those Affected by Harvey provide comprehensive lists of donation opportunities. Also important, there are several organizations looking for donations of goods. Calvert County firefighters are preparing to go down to the Houston area to help out the over-worked first responders. End Hunger Calvert County is collecting donation items for them to bring down:
You can drop donation items off at the End Hunger Warehouse, or bring items to the lobby of the Calvert County Sherriff’s Department before September 8th. You can also ship these items and others to organization operating in the Harvey Relief area, or order items on-line and have them shipped directly.
While we send our thoughts and prayers to Hurricane Harvey victims, let’s also send some support.
Calvert County Democratic Club August Meeting Highlights
The Calvert County Democratic Club had a great turnout for its August meeting on the 29th at Adam’s Taphouse. The meeting opened with announcements from the Club and the Central Committee. Committee Chair, Hagner Mister, invited everyone to attend the Canvassing Training being offered by the Central Committee on Sept. 16th at 11 am. As the 2018 elections draw near, Democratic candidates are relying on the Central Committee for support in getting out the vote. Get in touch to find out how you can help today.
The guest speaker was Mr. Tyler Carr, Data Director for the Maryland Democratic Party. Mr. Carr led an instructional discussion about MDVAN (VoteBuilder), a browser- and app-based software that allows campaigns and committees from across the state to access information about voters and volunteers, and to easily create walk lists and call lists. VAN allows users to break down a voting district by geography making it easy to create canvassing turfs. It can also organize voter information by voting history, party affiliation, age, and many other criteria. Mr. Carr provides about eight training sessions each month on VAN usage and optimization. The next two training sessions will be Sept. 5, 2017, 2:00 PM and Sept. 6, 2017, 7:00 PM. Both are for beginners. You can sign up for either of these training sessions or see when other September trainings will take place here. For more information, you can contact Tyler Carr directly at email@example.com.
Following the guest speaker, club committees were discussed. The Democratic Club is working hard to shift from a social group to an active organization and needs support from the local progressive community. Several committee vacancies include: Steering and Activism, which coordinates outreach and education on specific issues for the public and for candidates; Events, which combines efforts with the other Clubs and Central Committee to ensure that a Democratic Presence is visible in our community; Community Outreach and Philanthropy, which organizes opportunities to associate the Club with good works in the community – currently trying to organize a Democratic Club Presence at the CAASA 5K on Nov. 4th; and Membership and Communication, which works to find and recruit new members and to keep members and the public informed on Club news and events.
If you can put your talents into any of these areas, please contact the Club (firstname.lastname@example.org) today or come to the next meeting on Tuesday, September 26th at 7pm at Adam's Taphouse in Prince Frederick to learn more.
The Calvert County Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management reminds citizens September is a good time to review your readiness for severe weather and other emergencies throughout the year. September is National Preparedness and Maryland Preparedness Month and government agencies, businesses, community groups, schools and families are participating in events under the theme “Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can.”
“As we saw in the last week of July when storms dropped nearly six inches of rain in a 24-hour period, disasters can strike in our very own backyards at any time,” said Division of Emergency Management Director Al Jeffery. “Don’t wait for a disaster to be on your doorstep to start preparing.”
Making preparations when threats are not imminent can make communities more resilient. Hazards common to Maryland include flooding, high wind, severe thunderstorms and winter storms. Below are a few tips from www.ready.gov to get you and your family on the right path to being prepared. Discuss these four questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.
• How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
• What is my shelter plan?
• What is my evacuation route?
• What is my family/household communication plan?
Be sure to fill out a Family Emergency Plan.
As you develop your plan, tailor it and your supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss roles and responsibilities with people in your network and cover topics like communication, care of children, pets or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Keep in mind these factors when developing a plan:
• Different ages of members within your household
• Responsibilities for assisting others
• Locations frequented
• Dietary needs
• Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
• Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
• Languages spoken
• Cultural and religious considerations
• Pets or service animals
• Households with school-aged children"
We welcomed six rising Senior Girl Scouts and their Leader at Democratic Headquarters Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Scout Leader Genie Carroll brought her troop: Olivia, Adriana, Zoe, Emma, Kamyia and Elisabeth, to continue their progress on the “Behind the Ballot” badge. This badge will transition, or bridge them, from Cadette to Senior level.
The Ballot Badge teaches “that voting is a responsibility; that you can make your voice heard and make choices about how you think things should be done in government.” It teaches the importance of voting and what the electoral process is in the US and around the world. These young women participated in a campaign to become officers of their group. Their campaign activities included planning the campaign, writing and giving speeches about why they wanted the position and creating ads and posters. Each have contributed over 300 volunteer hours in their Girl Scout careers, mostly in Calvert County property clean-up and upkeep, but some have offered to help us at our booth at the County Fair in September, and at our precinct tent tables during the Primary (June 26, 2018) and General Elections (Nov. 6, 2018).The girls are also interested in volunteering to phone bank.
Cheryl Place, CCDCC Member, explained that the function of the Democratic Central Committee is to help candidates get elected to local offices, educate them about how to run a campaign through an Academy Training program, employ phone banking and door knocking for candidates, and outreach activities throughout the year.
Sandra VanOosten, CCDCC Volunteer staff, explained the information packets which were compiled for the girls. It included “A Citizen’s Guide to the US Congress, How a Bill Becomes a Law” from Sen. Ben Cardin’s office; “How to Become President of the US,” the educational booklet; “Electing the President,” and other voter registration information from the CC Board of Elections office; the “Democratic Green Initiatives” document written by the CCD Women’s Club; and “What It Means to be a Democrat” flyer.
These young women already are contributing to our County by volunteering, learning about civics and about their rights and responsibilities to become informed voters. They are excited to vote when they come of age, and are learning that civic engagement means more than just voting. They inspire us! Our thanks go to their impressive Leader who takes time to model what it means to give back to the community by working with the over 30 girls, and young women, as well as other Leaders she has been working with for 8 years! We thank them for visiting with us.
21 August 2017
The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee met on Thursday, August 17th at the College of Southern Maryland in Prince Frederick. Among the top things discussed were the events in Charlottesville, Virginia days before. The Central Committee discussed a public statement and its contents which can be read here.
Jason Fowler, a current candidate for Delegate in Calvert’s 27C District, spoke about several potentially winnable elections for Democrats in 2018, but that the largest challenge for each is groundwork. All the Democratic candidates will be facing an uphill battle in 2018, and with all their time consumed by engaging with voters they know will show up to the polls, there isn’t enough time to draw out the historical non-voters. This fact generated a discussion around the Central Committee focusing their efforts in drawing out the base of registered but non-voters in order to support all the Democratic candidates running in 2018.
With that in mind, the Central Committee is asking for volunteers to begin immediately. With over 35 thousand registered Democratic or unaffiliated voters to get in touch with in the next year, the Calvert Democrats need people to begin phone-banking and door-knocking right away. If you can spare a few hours a week to this, please get in touch with us right away.
The September meeting of the CCDCC will be on the 21st of September at 6:30pm. The location is yet to be determined, so check your email or check back here for an update.
18 August 2017
The Democratic Central Committee is heartbroken and horrified by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. The reality that white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK marched in American streets chanting racist sentiments, promoting violence, and committing an act of terrorism is detestable and intolerable. Bigotry and anti-Semitism have no place in America. Violence and hate have no place in America.
We are encouraged by the resolve that many leaders across the ideological spectrum have demonstrated in their condemnation of this atrocity and of enablers of such un-American values. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush released a joint statement denouncing racism:
“America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms," they said in a statement. "As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental truths recorded by that city's most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights. We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham took a hard stance on Wednesday regarding the initial remarks at a White House news conference:
“Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. [Heather] Heyer. I, along with many others, do not endorse this moral equivalency … Many Republicans do not agree with and will fight back against the idea that the Party of Lincoln has a welcome mat out for the David Dukes of the world.”
Sen. John McCain tweeted, “There's no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate & bigotry. The President of the United States should say so”
At this pivotal time in America’s history, our nation needs strong leadership: leadership that is not afraid to, without qualification, decry despicable acts regardless of political climate. We commend those who have chosen this path and look forward to others following their example. In the now immortal words of Heather Heyer, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”
14 August 2017
Calvert County Public Schools
1305 Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Calvert Board of Education Seeks Citizen Advisory Committee Members
The Calvert County Board of Education is accepting applications for the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). Twenty-five people will be appointed to serve two-year terms.
During the 2017-2018 school year, the committee will study how the school district addresses the social, emotional, behavioral and career planning needs of each student and explore potential improvements.
The CAC provides a means for taking an active role in public education. The committee reports directly to the Board of Education and serves in an advisory capacity. It conducts studies in areas of concern to the Board, provides community insight into pending policies and Board decisions, and discusses a variety of issues affecting school system operations. The work of the committee is done in accordance with Policy #1210 and the corresponding procedures.
The committee meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month during the school year.
Applicants must be residents of Calvert County and may not be full- or part-time employees of the school system.
The application is available on the Calvert County Public Schools website on the Board of Education tab. Completed applications are due by September 1, 2017. For more information, contact Karen Maxey at 443-550-8006 or email@example.com.
By authority of Calvert Country Democratic Central Committee, Beth Swoap, Treasurer