Women's Club

Don't Miss Our Next Monthly Meeting

CCDWCTuesday, December 5th, 6:30pm at Adam's TapHouse, Prince Frederick

Speaker will be a leader from a local Gun Sense Organization. 


  • The Women's Club is collecting food for The End Hunger Calvert County Warehouse, please bring food items from this list to be collected.
  • Club Dues ($10/annually) are due if you have not paid already: Dues may be paid at the meeting or by mailing to:

Margaret H. Phipps
7445 Briscoe Turn Road
Owings, MD 20736

* If writing a check, please make payable to CCDWC *

Contact Club President, Renée LaFayette (CCDWomensClub@gmail.com), for more info. Follow the CCD Women's Club on Facebook and Twitter!

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.

  • The first thing to remember is that you can’t do everything yourself. While you feel strongly about many issues and pieces of legislation, you have to pick what is most important to you and focus your energies there. Trust that your peers and fellow activists will move on other issues while you work on yours. Likewise, you can’t force a movement alone. There are things that happen within a society that create a moment for change. The best thing you can do is be prepared for when that moment comes along.
  • Learn how to take a break. It’s so much better to turn off the news for a few days to breathe then come back refreshed and ready, than to burn out and have to give up. You don’t have to say yes to every request or every event. Learn where your limits are and then learn how to work within them.
  • Whether you reach out to your legislator in person, by phone, or by email – make it personal. Talk to your legislators about your life. How does this bill or that law effect you personally and how can they work to make it better.
  • The best way to influence national issues is to influence local representatives. Whether policy or politics, if you don’t like what is happening in on the national stage, speak to the people who represent you. Similarly, if you are personally interested in a large issue, getting involved locally prepares you to get appointed in a larger position. You have to insert yourself into the “pipeline” to make the contacts you need to make, and build the understanding you need to have in order to be more effective.
  • If you like an organization and what they do, the best way to support them is to become a member. When measuring the effectiveness of any organization, membership numbers play a huge role. The larger an organization, the more influence they have.
  • And lastly, stay informed. Even if you don’t have the time or resources to get involved in any other way, stay up to date on the issues that matter most to you and talk about them with the people in your life.


Legislation Presented to the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women


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.

Support Emerge

CCDWC Emerge

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. 

UDWMD Southern Luncheon

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)

Cost: $20.00

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.

Event Date

Women’s Club Talk Local Gov’t, Education, and Winning Elections

CCDCC Holly BuddPosted 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.


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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.


CCDCC MSEA     CCDCC     CCDCC Holly Budd     CCDCC Kathy Smith


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!

Calvert Democrats at Halloween in the Garden

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

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