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Calvert County Democratic Women's Club

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Women's Club Officers

President- Cindy Yoe

Vice President- Celeste Frye

Secretary- Linda Copeland

Treasurer- Fran Inacio


Women's Club Meetings

First Tuesday of the month at Dream Weaver Cafe in Prince Frederick

Doors open at 6:15 pm

Meeting at 7:00 pm

Don't Miss Our Next Monthly Meeting


Tuesday, September 10, doors open at 6:15, 7pm business meeting
Dream Weaver Cafe, Prince Frederick


  • To be announced soon!


  • Club Dues ($25/annually, $10/students and seniors) are due. Dues may be paid at the meeting or by mailing to:

Fran Inacio

425 Carriage Ln

Huntingtown, MD

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

New members can fill out a membership form online here, or download the form here.
Contact Club President, Cindy Yoe (CCDWomensClub@gmail.com), for more info. Follow the CCD Women's Club on Facebook and Twitter!




'Feminists: What Were They Thinking?" Fundraiser

Fundraiser Flyer

Join the Calvert County Democratic Women's Club for a screening of the documentary "Feminists: What were they thinking?". The fundraiser will be held at Dream Weaver Cafe in Prince Frederick on Tuesday July 9th at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are $25 per person, $15 for students, light refreshments will be served. 

Reservations are appreciated but not required. Please contact Jeanette Flaim (flaimj13335@gmail.com) to RSVP or for any additional questions.

MLAW Recpetion and Briefing

MLAW's Legislative Reception & Briefing

Thursday, February 12, 2019




Learn about the legislation that will make up the 2019 MLAW Legislative Agenda and to meet with legislators to discuss issues important to women.


There is no charge to attend the event, but please register early as registration is limited.  Also, please only register if you are sure you can attend.  Last year's event "sold out" and registration was cut short. 


**Click here to register**


The briefing and reception will be held on February 12, 2019 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm in The President's Conference Center of the Miller Senate Office Building located at 11 Bladen Street in Annapolis. Please be sure to bring a photo identification in order to enter the Senate building. There are several parking garages located near the House building, as well as metered parking throughout Annapolis. You also may park at Navy Stadium and take the shuttle to the Senate Building. 


For more information, email us at mdlegagenda4women@yahoo.com or call 443-519-1005.

Event Date

CCDWC Elects New Leadership

Posted 06 December 2018

Congratulations to our newly-elected Women’s Club Officers:

President: Cindy Yoe
Vice President: Inez Claggett
Secretary: Linda Copeland
Treasurer: Fran Inacio

In the last two years, the Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club has grown from 11 active members to over 114. We have established a Democratic presence at several annual community events. We have awarded 7 scholarships to local students across the two years, and have already raised the funds to award 2019’s four scholarships. We have donated 660 pounds of food to local food banks, a trunk of sanitary pads to incarcerated women, and a trunk of school supplies to be distributed to children in need in Calvert County. We were a Democratic presence at every precinct in the 2018 election by staffing tents at early voting and on election day, phone-banking and canvassing, and letting every Democrat in Calvert County know that we are here and we are working for a better Calvert. We were part of an effort that saw a 17.19% increase in 2018 in Calvert Democratic participation from the mid-terms in 2014.

We are sure that the Club will continue to thrive and grow under your leadership, and look forward to the next two years of increasing Democratic Values throughout our great county!

Women's Club Nominees

Posted 15 November 2018

The Women’s Club has nominated their slate for the 2019-2021 term officers. Election will be at the December 4th meeting. Come out to vote for these nominees, or nominate someone from the floor:

President: Cindy Yoe
Vice President: Inez Claggett
Secretary: Linda Copeland
Treasurer: Fran Inacio

Newly elected candidates will take office at the January monthly meeting.

Post-Election 2018

Posted 08 November 2018

Another Election Day is behind us. The numbers are still trickling in as absentee and provisional ballots are being counted, so watch for a more detailed analysis of the results in the next couple of weeks. But we have some comments on the process and outcomes.

The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee would like to express our deep gratitude to every candidate who got out there and ran. We appreciate your commitment to our county and your desire to make it a better place to live and work. We know how taxing running a campaign is. You all worked hard for the opportunity to serve your community. We thank you!

Congratulations to our elected candidates: Senator Mike Miller, Delegate Mike Jackson, Register of Wills Margaret Phipps, and Clerk of the Court Kathy Smith. We wish you all the best in your next term of service.

For those that didn't gain enough ground to win this year, please take heart that your respective campaigns made incredible headway. Each of you started with an enormous uphill battle, and each of you managed to narrow that gap between you and your opponents from 2014 to this election - some of you nearly closed it. We’ll get more in-depth on the specific numbers in the coming weeks, but for right now: be proud that you worked hard, you maintained your composure and integrity, you gained a lot of ground, and we're confident you'll be back. We are proud of you.

We also want to thank all the volunteers that helped us and the candidates throughout the election cycle. Attempting to reach out to every eligible voter in Calvert County and let them know that our candidates provide the best option is no small task, and you came through fully. We couldn't do it alone, but with a bunch of enthusiastic achievers like you, we didn't have to. We hope you'll continue to work with us as we prepare for the next election.

And finally, thank you to everyone who voted. Voting is where the rubber meets the road and the single most important thing we need. We thank each and every citizen who turned out to participate in their government and make their voice heard.

These last two years have been intense, and we've all pitched in and built out a solid infrastructure for the future. We didn't cross that finish line this time, but we have made great headway, and we are sure we can build on that going forward. We look forward to continue working with you as we strive to make Calvert County the best that we can be.



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Calvert County Democrats have worked hard to get the word out about Democratic principles and Candidates in this year's election, and even with the election behind us we still have a lot of work to do.

There will be tents, booths, and tables at major County functions. We will need staff to help us get the word out that we’re here, and continue to build on this year’s momentum. Staff at these events will be talking to passersby, handing out some information, and promoting Democratic values. Keep an eye on this page for events as they are scheduled! 

We also have several staffing positions that need to be filled. We need people to staff the office at Democratic Headquarters. Duties include getting the mail, answering phone and email messages, and keeping our records up to date. This is a great way to stay up on all the party news and events throughout the year. If you can give a few hours each week, please contact us today!



Donkey Ears Big Hit at Green Expo

Posted 06 June 2018

CCDWC Green Expo
                                         Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles

The Democratic Women's Club hosted a booth at the Calvert Green Expo to discuss sustainability and environmental policy with Calvert voters! They handed out re-usable grocery bags, water bottles, drawstring backpacks, and napkins made from plastics. Children were thoroughly entertained by decorating and wearing their donkey ears. We are so grateful to Harriet Gossett and Mary Ellen Gibson for their hard work preparing this craft for the kids and staffing the tent!   

Fair-goers showed strong interest in local Democratic candidates and we were lucky tCCDWC Green Expo Bootho have candidates Holly Budd, Matt Bennett, Jeanette Flaim, and Helenmary Ball on hand to talk to everyone who came by! There was also plenty of campaign literature from our candidates available for interested voters, and the candidate summary packet made up by the Democratic Club. The Women’s Club would like to specifically thank all the other wonderful volunteers: Cindy Peil, Linda Copeland, and Jackie Niles.

Don’t miss out on the fun – we’re still looking for a whole slate of volunteers for the Dragon Boat Races at the North Beach Boardwalk on June 9th from 7:30am to 3:30pm. If you can volunteer, please sign up here or contact Jeanette Flaim by email or text 301-938-2902. Also, be sure to check out our next booth at the NAACP Community Day in Jefferson Patterson Park on  June 16th from 11am to 5pm.  We also need volunteers to staff this booth. If you can spare a couple extra hours, please contact Hagner Mister by email or call 410-474-5269.



Women's Club Shows off at the North Beach Farmer's Market

CCDWC Farmers' Market
Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles

Posted 27 May 2018

The Calvert Democratic Women's Club was pleased to host a booth at the fun-filled North Beach Farmers’ Market on Friday. Julie Verratti, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, stopped by to speak about her background and her goals for Maryland as well as to sample beer from the local breweries.

CCDWC Julie Veratti

The Club was able to reach many Market attendees with candidate and voter information. Kids loved the small flags for Memorial Day Weekend (thanks to Harriet Gossett for providing) and parents loved the re-usable grocery bags, water bottles, drawstring bags and coffee mugs.

CCDWC Farmers Market        CCDWC Farmers Market

Women’s Club members and candidates for the Democratic Central Committee: Jeanette Flaim, Missy Miller, and Helenmary Ball; helped run the booth along with candidate for office, Holly Budd. Several other Calvert County candidates stopped by to help out and talk to voters: Jason Fowler, Tammy Fowler, Matt Bennett, and Rick Piereck. We thank them for all their hard work and help, and a big thanks to all who came out.

CCDWC Farmer's Market Julie Veratti    CCDWC Farmers Market

Don’t miss the next events: Calvert’s Green Expo and End Hunger Dragon Boat Festival. The Women’s Club could use help at the Expo at Annmarie Gardens on June 2nd, especially from 3pm to 5pm. And we’re still looking for a whole slate of volunteers for the Dragon Boat Races at the North Beach Boardwalk on June 9th from 7:30am to 3:30pm. If you can volunteer at either event, please contact Jeanette Flaim by email or text 301-938-2902. If you can’t volunteer, still stop by and just say hello.




Civil War Spies Reminisce over Tea and Crumpets

Posted 10 May 2018CCDCC Spies and Tea

Spies recounted their stories at the Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club fundraiser last week. The community came out in their garden skirts and tea hats to support the Democratic Scholarship Fund and enjoy an enormous spread of snacks and sandwiches.

CCDCC Spies and Tea

While the audience sipped and snacked, two actresses performed as historical Women in History. Vernice Jackson‘s brilliant portrayal of Mary Elizabeth Bowser was gripping. Mary Elizabeth was an enslaved woman working in the Confederate White House in Richmond where she spied on Jefferson Davis for the Union. Having received anCCDCC Spieas and Tea education in the North and possessing a photographic memory, Mary Elizabeth was a valuable asset to the Virginian abolitionist espionage efforts. Her intense tale is fascinating and Vernice Jackson played it beautifully.

The Club’s own Helenmary Ball performed the riveting role of Elizabeth Van Lew. Elizabeth Van Lew was an abolitionist who used her fortune and connections as a lady in Richmond’s high society to build an elaborate spy network for advancing the Union cause. Being willing to give up both her family's wealth and her high social standing, Elizabeth was solely dedicated to seeing an end to slavery in the United States. Helenmary captured that essence and enthralled as both a genteel Southern lady and a scheming Union spy.

The performance is a production of Women in History, a non-profit corporation dedicated to education of all people through the dramatic re-creation of lives of notable women in U.S. History. To read more about either Elizabeth Van Lew or Mary Elizabeth Bowser, visit the Women in History website

Proceeds from the Tea go to the Women’s Club Scholarship Fund. Each year, the Club awards four scholarships: one to a graduating senior from each of Calvert’s four high schools. The 2018 recipients will be receiving their awards at the next Women’s Club meeting, Tuesday, June 5th.  




Local Support for March for Our Lives

Posted 30 March 2018

CCDCC March for Our Lives       CCDCC March for Our Lives     CCCDCC March for Our Lives

Last Saturday, March 24th, saw a movement that began with the teenagers in Florida but extended to all ages all across America. Hundreds of thousands attended March for Our Lives rallies in nearly 800 locations, the largest being in Washington D.C.  Many local Democrats were there to stand up for safe schools and an end to gun violence.

CCDCC at March for Our Lives

“I volunteered to register people to vote at the March for Our Lives!  We met up in the morning at the Georgetown University Law Center to pick up supplies and receive training.  It was a very well-coordinated event.  [The organizers] did a great job speaking to the volunteers to get us excited about what we were about to do. It may have been the biggest voter registration effort in history.”  -Kim Blair

“This is a movement I feel strongly about and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to show my support with one of my best friends. The entire day was moving and it really impacted me. I have faith in March for Our Lives and I am confident that change is coming.” - Yavor Gray (on the left), CASC Historian, HHS FBLA Historian


Want to share your stories or pics? Get in touch today!


CCDCC at March for Our Lives        CCDCC at March for Our Lives       CCDCC at March for Our Lives



Women’s Club Kick-off New Year with November in Mind

Posted 18 January 2018CCDWC

The Women’s Club met early in January to gear up for the 2018 election cycle. We’ve got a lot of work to do to get out the vote, but with great candidates on the ballot and a community of motivated progressives, we feel we have what we need in order to Turn Calvert Blue!

The first speaker in the evening was Paula Bailey, Calvert Election Registrar with the Election Board. Ms. Bailey provided all in attendance the information and paperwork each needed in order to become a voter registrant. Now that The Women’s Club is certified, we expect to begin registering voters as we canvass for the 2018 elections. Ms. Bailey also answered many questions about the registration process and provided in-depth knowledge of the election system.

Greg Bowen, a member of Keep Calvert Country, was the second speaker of the evening. Mr. Bowen was there to inform The Club as to what Keep Calvert Country sees as short-comings in the Proposed Comprehensive Plan, also known as the Calvert 2040 Plan. Read an in-depth look at Mr. Bowen and Keep Calvert Country’s perspective here.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Adam’s Taphouse in Prince Frederick. There will be a social dinner from 6- 6:50 pm, and the business meeting will open at 6:50 pm. Our February speaker will be Cindy Yoe to discuss the Calvert Democrats’ precinct organization and train us in the use of the phone bank.




Calvert County Dems Charged up After Alabama Victory

Posted 20 December 2017

Spirits were high -- and flowing -- after the Democrats won the Alabama Senatorial race on Tuesday, just before the Calvert County Democrats Holiday Party on Dec. 14 at Adam's Ribs.

CCDCC Holiday Party


Maryland State Senator Mike Miller, the longest-serving Senate President in Maryland history, greeted a crowd of about 50 people at his fourth event for the evening: “This is where we’re gonna make history -- right here in Calvert County.”


Miller said he and U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer are dedicated to giving Calvert County the resources it needs to turn the county blue. “It can’t happen without your help. Bring 10 of your friends, 10 of your boyfriends, 10 of your girlfriends, and bring them to the polls.”


Local candidates introduced themselves and gave brief remarks:

  • Holly Budd, running for commissioner district 3, said she’s looking forward to more transparency with the 2040 zoning plan.
  • Julia Nichols, running for state delegate district 29C, reminded the crowd of her upcoming fundraiser as a way to show support.
  • Tricia Powell, candidate for commissioner district 1, asked the crowd to support candidates with door knocking and meet and greets
  • Jason Fowler, running for state delegate district 27C, emphasized that the way to win campaigns is through calls, knocking on doors, and giving voters rides to the polls. “We have great candidates who will do a great job.”
  • The Honorable Margaret Phipps, register of wills, wrapped up the short introductions with a reminder to all of what democratic candidates should stand for: “When you are elected, you are elected to serve the people … Let us not forget that.”

CCDCC Holiday Party    CCDCC Julia Nichols    CCDCC Tricia powell    CCDCC Jason Fowler    CCDCC Margaret Phipps

Other candidates, unable to make it to the event, include Matt Bennett for commissioner at large, and Kathy Smith for clerk of the Circuit Court. Be sure to meet them at some of our upcoming meetings and watch our candidate’s page for more information.


The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Karla Piereck, who donated the $66 winnings back to the central committee. Hagner Mister’s sweet potatoes and a local artist’s bottle cap artwork were also raffled.


Check out our Photo Gallery of the event!

Photos courtesy of BobbyBarronPhotography.com



Women's Club discuss Gun Violence, Focus on 2018

Posted 06 December 2017

In the last meeting of 2017, the Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club had much to discuss. Primarily, as 2018 is an election year, the focus of The Club until the election will be to get Democrats elected and Turn Calvert Blue. With that goal in mind, if you have any thoughts for speakers please contact Club Vice President Inez Claggett

CCDWC Dickie Pitcher
Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles

The Club had the pleasure of hearing from the Honorable Dickie Pitcher, a former Judge of Calvert County Orphan’s Court and former member of the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee. Judge Pitcher came to tell the members of The Club how inspired he was by the level of engagement and to encourage more women in Calvert County to run for public office. Judge Pitcher is a stalwart member of the Calvert Community and The Club was honored to have him speak.


Danielle Veith, Maryland Chapter Leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, addressed The Club with a brief description of her organization and an explanation for further involvement. Moms Demand Action (MDA) was formed immediately following the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. The group believes there are sensible solutions to ensure that children and families are safe from violence. In Maryland, MDA is preparing for a Lobby Day in Annapolis to show unified Maryland support for a law which will help to remove guns from the possession of convicted domestic abusers. MDA will provide extensive training before sending volunteers in to lobby. If you’re interested in learning more about MDA or how you can help on Lobby Day, text the word “Ready” to 64433 and a local Maryland volunteer will get in touch with you about engagement opportunities. Keep up with MDA of MD news and priorities on Facebook.

Please join Calvert's Democratic Women's Club, Riverside Club, Democratic Club, and Central Committee for a Holiday Party at Adam's Taphouse on Thursday, December 14th from 6-9pm. Hors d'oeuvres will be served (including plenty of Adam's crab dip!). We encourage you to bring friends and family. There's no better time to get involved as campaigns and other efforts start ramping up for 2018 elections.

The candidates in the room had an opportunity to address The Club: Holly Budd (Commissioner District 3), Tricia Powell (Commissioner District 1), Margaret Phipps (Register of Wills), and Kathy Smith (Circuit Court Clerk). Which was followed by a discussion of where to get candidate information as the election approaches. To answer that, we’ve created a new page. We’ll be collecting candidate information here, so be sure to check back often for candidate news and events. And if you know someone running for office, have them contact us with submissions to keep Calvert residents informed.

CCDCC Holly Budd      CCDCC MDA     CCDCC Kathy Smith Margaret Phipps

The next meeting was scheduled was too close to the holidays, so it was moved to Tuesday, January 9th at Adam's Taphouse. This will kick-off the new schedule: dinner social hour from 6 -7pm, followed by a business meeting beginning at 7pm. Please be prepared to pay your 2018 dues, which have been increased to $25 on a sliding scale by need with a $10 minimum. The new year means a new donation competition. In 2017, the Women's Club donated 689 pounds of food for End Hunger in Calvert County! That's great, but we're sure we can beat that in 2018. Be sure to bring in items from this list to be collected for The End Hunger Calvert County Warehouse.

New Totals for 2017

CCDCC End HungerPosted 29 November 2017

As you know, The Democratic Club and Democratic Women's Club have engaged in a friendly competition to see which can generate the most donations for End Hunger in Calvert County. The current totals are CCDWC: 659 pounds, and CCDC: 613 pounds. That’s a combined total of over 1,200 pounds of food donated to End Hunger in Calvert County. We’re so proud of our Clubs for donating such an impressive amount and are looking forward to topping that total next year.




We're looking forward to a new competition in 2018 so be sure to bring items from this list to the upcoming Women's Club or Democratic Club meetings at Adam's TapHouse, Prince Frederick. Or, drop off your food items at the office: we’re open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:30 to 3pm and we love having visitors, so stop by and say hello!

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.

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

CCDCC Holly Budd
Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles

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.


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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. 


Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles


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.

Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles


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!

Great Fun at the 2017 Democratic Picnic

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

The Women's Club Discuss Domestic Violence, Scholarship Fund

Posted 05 October 2017

Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles


Jennifer Foxworthy, a naval officer, was trained for war and for enemy capture, but she was ill-equipped for handling domestic violence. Foxworthy, of Inspirationally Speaking, told the Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club on Tuesday about being in an abusive relationship, admitting it to herself, and finding the courage to leave.

One in four women become the victim of domestic violence; it’s an issue that affects everyone in some way. Foxworthy said it took years to complete the process of recovery and work through the resentment.

As the events in Las Vegas were resting on heavy hearts, there was a brief announcement about a group called Mom's Demand Action. Read about Club Member Kim Blair's involvement with the group here.


To help give women a voice, consider attending the Nov. 18 MLAW Fall Conference or the Legislative evening.

The CCDWC also reported strides in fundraising for the four scholarships it awards annually. Four-day ticket sales at the county fair for the Women’s Club basket -- won by Bruce Armstrong -- were more than $300, which brought the fund to more than $3,000, just shy of the $4,000 goal. And, Anna Wilson won two tickets to the Calvert Library Foundation’s Art Gala from the end-of-meeting raffle, which netted the scholarship fund another $67.




Notes from Advocacy 101 Workshop 

Posted 27 September 2017

Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles

To effectively run an advocacy campaign, the use of three separate appeal methods -- logos, ethos and pathos - will sway the most people. To promote your agenda, use three tools: one that that relies heavily on facts and statistics, one that focuses on authoritative figures whose opinion agrees with yours and one that use character-based, emotional stories.

The Advocacy 101 Workshop on Wednesday, hosted by the Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club, was a chance to learn how to effectively persuade legislators and officials from Stacy Korbelack, an associate professor of English at Howard Community College and president of Anne Arundel County Board of Education.


Korbelack highlighted the three tools used in advocacy campaigns, and coined by Aristotle, which are shown to convince a general audience, comprised of members individually drawn to one method more the others:

  • Logos is a logical appeal, which focuses on the audience’s reasoning through the use of facts and statistics, analogie, and research.

  • Ethos is an ethical appeal, which focuses on the person’s credibility as an expert with a good moral compass and ethics.

  • Pathos is an emotional appeal, which focuses on the audience’s feelings -- either to garner sympathy, or to incite them into action.

Logos and ethos find charts, graphs, and maps persuasive. Pathos tend to find character-driven pictures more persuasive.

In order to run an effective campaign, each method must work together to complement the other. While each piece of the campaign -- speeches, emails, phone calls, canvassing -- might be restricted to one type of appeal, a well-crafted campaign will incorporate multiple tools, each using a different method.

And, by separating the type of appeal by delivery method, it keeps content more digestible. Send short emails that use one method, and then follow up with a phone call using another method. This allows multiple chances to engage as well as multiple methods.


Calvert County Women's Club Raise Money for Scholarship Fund

Posted 15 September 2017

Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles


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.


Women's Club Discusses Fund-Raising, Stress

Posted on 11 August 2017CCDWC

At the last Calvert County Women's Democratic Club meeting, Club members discussed the upcoming Picnic and Silent Auction event to be held on September 5th that will raise money for the Club's Scholarship Fund as well as the fundraiser at the upcoming county fair at the end of the month. A signup form was distributed for members to volunteer to create baskets for these events and donate items to be included in baskets, including gift cards to local businesses. Club President Renee LaFayette let everyone know that the "Join the Resistance" t-shirts made by the Central Committee were now available, and many members made donations to get a t-shirt. 

Afterwards, Yvonne Remz, who specializes in integrative manual therapy and runs her own practice in Calvert, spoke to the Club about ways to reduce stress that anyone can practice on their own. Club members tried a few of these methods during her presentation, which included deep breathing and ways to calm the body's natural "fight or flight" response.

Calvert County Democratic Women Discuss 2018 Elections and More

Posted 14 July 2017CCDWC

The July meeting of the Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club was held on July 11th at Adam’s Taphouse in Prince Frederick. The final scholarship recipient, Crystal Gray, received her grant and spoke about attending St. Mary’s College in the fall to begin work towards a science degree. The Women’s Club wish Crystal a successful college career.

Mr. Greg Brown, former chair of the Calvert Democratic Central Committee, spoke enthusiastically to The Club about preparing for the 2018 elections. His message was: Think Precinct. Mr. Brown explained how important it is for Calvert Democrats to start building out a ground effort, and that means organizing at the local level. We will begin getting teams together in each precinct so that neighbors can talk to neighbors and encourage one another to stay engaged throughout the election cycle and make sure every one of our democratic neighbors gets to the polls on election day. To volunteer, or for more information about precinct organization, contact Cindy Yoe: yoedems@gmail.com or sign up here.

The next meeting of the Democratic Women’s Club will be on Tuesday, August 1st at 6:30 PM Adam's Taphouse, Prince Frederick. One of our Club's newest members is Yvonne Remz, PT, MTC. She has agreed to speak on "Anxiety and Stress Release Management." Many of us wake up every morning stressed and feeling overwhelmed because there is a new disaster for our country resulting from our Republican President and Congress. Ms. Yvonne Remz will be helping to identify mechanisms for dealing with these issues. There will be participant involvement. Don't miss this meeting. Perhaps she can help us all get through the next 3.5 years.

CCDWC at the 22nd African American Family Community Day

Posted on 20 June 2017CCDWC

The Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club was at Jefferson Patterson Park to participate in the 22nd annual African American Family Community Day hosted by the Calvert County NAACP. The event included a bike raffle, door prizes, vendors with food and merchandise, walking the grounds of the park, and a tour of Sukeek’s Cabin. The highlight of the day was the Talent show, where contestant after contestant came up and showed their skills.

The Democratic Women’s Club manned a booth in the fairground. We had a lot of opportunity to talk to fair-goers about our club, what we stand for, and what we do. We also had crafts for the younger attendees. Despite the rain towards the end of the day, everyone had a good time. We thank the NAACP for hosting such an entertaining event. As promised, there was plenty of food, fun, and fellowship.

CCDWC at the Green Expo

Posted on 10 June 2017

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The Calvert County Women’s Club spent Saturday, June 3rd at the Annual Green Expo and Craft Fair hosted by the Calvert County Citizen’s Green Team at Annmarie Gardens. The Calvert Green Expo highlights environmentally-friendly products, services, ideas, and gifts. The Green Expo allows visitors to connect with local groups, learn about energy-saving techniques, and hear about living more sustainably. The Women’s Club hosted an informational booth designed to educate Expo visitors as to recent environmental legislation, group activities, and voter registration. There was also a table set up for crafting. Kids of all ages enjoyed making windmills from recycled magazines and donkeys from recycled cardboard.

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Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles

Women's Club Awards Scholarships

Posted on 10 June 2017

Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles

The Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club met on Tuesday night, June 6th, for their regular monthly meeting. This month the Club presented three of its four scholarships to deserving seniors, one from each Calvert High School. 2017 Scholarship recipients Kelsey Duprey, Patuxent High School, Fiona Dolan Northern HS, and Emma Dodsworth Calvert HS, were presented with their $1,000 checks. Kelsey will be attending Stevenson University to study nursing and biology and plans to become a midwife. Fiona will be starting at the University of MD, College Park to study computer programming. Emma will attend Washington College to study environmental science and biology. All the attendants were pleased to meet these accomplished young woman who were chosen by the Scholarship committee.

Women’s Club June Meeting Highlights

Posted on 07 June 2017CCDWC

The Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club met on Tuesday night, June 6th, for their regular monthly meeting. This month the Club presented three of its four scholarships to deserving seniors, one from each Calvert High School. 2017 Scholarship recipients Kelsey Duprey, Patuxent High School, Fiona Dolan Northern HS, and Emma Dodsworth Calvert HS, were presented with their $1,000 checks. Kelsey will be attending Stevenson University to study nursing and biology and plans to become a midwife. Fiona will be starting at the University of MD, College Park to study computer programming. Emma will attend Washington College to study environmental science and biology. All the attendants were pleased to meet these accomplished young woman who were chosen by the Scholarship committee.

The Club was glad to have two speakers from the Calvert County NAACP, Mr. Michael Kent and Mr. Malcolm Funn. Mr. Kent spoke about the history of Calvert County African American education, while Mr. Funn shared some knowledge of segregation and the local African American experience. Both gentlemen were insightful and provided the audience with new and interesting perspectives.

Food donations brought to the meeting amounted to 123 pounds. That tops the donation from last month by more than 17 pounds.

Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club Book Donation

Posted on 25 May 2017

Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles

The Women's Club decided in March to donate books on Women’s History to the Calvert Library in order to help foster knowledge and pride in Calvert women and girls. Nancy Crosby, being a teacher of Women’s History, graciously offered to make the selections and to deliver the donation. An anonymous gift of $150.00 allowed for the purchase of 9 books and then there were also two books donated directly. Several of the chosen titles were already in the stacks at Calvert Library, so the Women’s Club has donated five new titles to the library, and will consider suggestions for other places to donate the remaining titles at the next meeting, Tuesday June 6th at 6:30 pm at Adam’s Taphouse. The titles of the books donated on May 24th are:


The titles of the remaining books to be donated at a future time are:

Calvert County Supports Teachers at Budget Hearing

Posted on 24 March 2017 


Calvert came out to the Board of Commissioners (BOCC) Budget Hearing on Tuesday night to show support for Calvert Education. The Calvert Education Association (CEA) hosted a rally and march before the hearing where 200 residents formed a “human bridge” along West Dares Beach Road from N Prince Frederick Blvd down towards Solomons Island Road.

Passersby were greeted with waves and cheers. Many drivers honked in support as they drove by inducing cheers and claps from the rally-goers. The CEA turned the rally into a march as the Budget Hearing approached, and those 200 people marched their way up West Dares Road to Calvert Pines to sign up to speak to our County Commissioners about fully funding the teachers’ contract and restoring the contractual losses the teachers have been incurring for years.

In a response to the nationwide economic downturn of 2009 which left Calvert County underfunded, the teachers of Calvert County accepted a drastic decrease in their contractual compensation. It was a one-year contract, and specifically stipulated that if additional money should come into the school system that is not needed for operating expenses, those funds would be used to raise the salaries to the previously negotiated levels. That has not yet happened.

Teachers, parents, students, spiritual leaders, and residents of all stripes came to the budget hearing on Tuesday night to ask the Commissioners to follow through on this promise and finally bring teachers’ (and supporting staff’s) salaries back up to what their contract stipulated. Dennis Mooney, president of the CEA, pointed out to the BOCC that its habitual decisions to short-change the teachers’ contracts has led to faculty attrition and an inability to attract the best new educators. There were several educators who spoke about their personal losses, as one teacher explained that, though she had been employed by CCPS for 30 years, she was only earning the salary of a 22-year veteran. Another woman addressed the BOCC by reading letters from teachers who wanted to attend the meeting but were prevented by the schedules of second jobs, a necessity of these circumstances.


Dona Ostenso, a 28-year veteran of Calvert County Public Schools, emphasized the reality that the unfunded contracts makes Calvert County undesirable to young, skilled teachers. She invoked the wisdom of Diane Ravitch, an historian and education expert, who once wrote, “You don’t improve education by demoralizing those who have to do the work every day.”

Calvert County has seen a relocation outside the county of 10% of its active teachers in the last 3 years and has moved from first to fifth place as preferred placement for new teachers. The loss of and inability to attract good teachers will quickly take its toll on the overall quality of education in the county. It is important to note that while this is true, that is not why teacher and support staff need to have their contracts fully funded. Educators in Calvert County are not asking for a pay raise; they are asking to be compensated according to what was contractually promised them. The BOCC needs to keep that promise.

For more pictures and videos, check out the CCDWC facebook page!

Women's Club to Support Calvert Teachers

Posted on 10 March 2017

The Calvert County Education Association (CEA) is hosting a rally to support Calvert County Public Education at the upcoming Board of Commissioners Public Budget Hearing on Tuesday, March 21st. The Budget Hearing will be at Calvert Pines Senior Center at 7pm. The rally will begin at 5:30pm. CEA is hoping to build a "Human Bridge" from Calvert Pines down West Dares Beach Road. Come and join the bridge or come to the budget meeting where the Board will be accepting public comments. Don't let an empty seat speak for you! Step up, speak out and let the Calvert County Commissioners know that Public Education is a community priority!
Contact CEA for more information: 410-535-2518 and check out their facebook page.

Women's Club Elects New Leadership

Posted on 07 March 2017

At the most recent meeting of the Women’s Club, we voted on and elected our new officers:

President: Renee Lafayette
Vice President: Inez Claggett
Treasurer: Margaret Phipps
Corresponding Secretary: Cheryl Hall
Recording Secretary: Helenmary Ball

We are so proud of our team, and look forward to making progress over the coming year. Some of us are new members and some have been active for years. With the combination of experience and enthusiasm these fine officers bring, we expect to be very successful through our club’s transition. Get Active, Stay Active!

The First Evening Meeting of the Women's Club will be this Tuesday

Posted on 03 March 2017

The Democratic Women's Club of Calvert County voted last month to move their meetings to the first Tuesday of the month. Our first evening meeting will be on Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 PM at Adam's, the Place for Ribs in Prince Frederick. Come out to talk about the issues most important to you and enjoy a nice dinner with friends.

In this meeting we will be discussing the new Officer Nominations, Committee Joinders, the possibility of forming Our Own Website, our new Facebook page and Twitter account (check them out and bring suggestions!), and post cards for the
Post Card Party. Come and help us make these important decisions, and don't forget to bring a friend!

Democratic Women's Club Meeting Moves to Evenings

Posted on 18 February 2017

The Democratic Women's Club of Calvert County voted earlier this week to move their meetings to evenings. They have chosen the first Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 PM at Adam's, the Place for Ribs in Prince Frederick.

There is also an active nominating committee in place as the club is in the process of reorganizing. If you are interested in holding an office within the club, please contact the committee via Margaret Phipps, mhphipps@comcast.net.

Democratic Clubs, Committee Working to End Hunger

Posted on 11 February 2017End Hunger

Calvert Democrats have teamed up to collect food donations for End Hunger Calvert County. The Democratic Club and Democratic Women's Club have started a friendly rivalry to see who can donate more, so be sure to bring your donations to the next meetings.

2017 Totals:

Women's Club 659.46 pounds

Democratic Club 612.73 pounds

End Hunger



Along with these items, the End Hunger Warehouse also needs:

Baking supplies: sugar, flour, salt, baking soda/powder
Cooking supplies: salt, pepper, spices, oils
Hygiene items: toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products
Shaving supplies: razors, shave cream/gels
Paper supplies: toilet paper, paper towels, napkins

Please help us to End Hunger in Calvert County by bringing these items to Adam's Taphouse on the evenings of the first Tuesday of each month for the Democratic Women's Club Meetings, or the fourth Tuesday each month for the Democratic Club Meetings.

Or, you can drop your donations off at our office: 250 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick. The office is staffed Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 12:30 to 3:00 pm.








Volunteer Board and Commissions

The Board of County Commissioners relies on the input from citizen volunteer advisors to make decisions. If you want to influence local county government, but don't want to run for office, this is an excellent way to ensure our county reflects your values.

Don't Get Angry, Get Active!

Current Volunteer Board and Commissions Vacancies: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=146

Applications: Blank Application Form (PDF)

Applications can be emailed, faxed to 410-535-5594 or delivered to:
Lisa G. Tolomei, Appointment Secretary
175 Main St.
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Meetings Contact and Schedules

Appointees to Calvert County boards and commissions are required to comply with Code of Ethics § 41.15.B.2: regarding financial disclosure for any potential conflict of interest within 30 days after appointment.

If you have questions, feel free to contact the appropriate person listed in the announcement or contact Lisa Tolomei, at 410-535-1600 or 301-855-1243, extension 2214.


Complete List of all Volunteer Board and Commissions: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=146