Woman's Suburban 
Democratic Club                                
   of Montgomery County, Maryland

July Newsletter  - Volume 2, Issue 10



Upcoming WSDC Events

Upcoming Campaign Events 

Health Care Conference: Women of Color Get It 

Volunteer at the Democratic Tent at the Montgomery County Fair 

Political Book Club  

Suggestion Box 


You may click on one of the above titles to go directly to that subject, or simply scroll down the newsletter.     


Thanks to Sybil Cantor for her contributions to the newsletter.




Mark your calendars now for these upcoming events. For more information on locations and registration, watch for future e-mails and daisy cards - or visit our website at www.mcWSDC.org.



Thursday, August 9   


Happy Hour    Girls

5:30-7 p.m.   

Redwood Restaurant and Bar, 

7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda  


Want to meet new people to talk politics? Join us at the next WSDC Happy Hour. Every second Thursday of each month, Democrats who are passionate about politics gather to relax and network with WSDC members and their guests. Whether you want to meet elected officials, make new friends, form new business contacts or just have fun, the WSDC Happy Hour is the perfect place to meet and greet fellow Democrats.



Wednesday, September 12


Education Forum on Voter Suppression

Silver Spring Civic Center

7 p.m.

Details to follow


Learn what tactics states have adopted to suppress voter turnout. We especially urge lawyers to join us to sign up to help protect voters' rights on election day in Virginia -- a key battleground state in the presidential election.  


Sunday, September 30


Luncheon with Senator Ben Cardin   

Courtyard Marriott

Details to follow


Whether it's health care, the environment, civil rights or retirement security, Senator Ben Cardin has been a leader on issues that matter to Marylanders for nearly 30 years. Join your fellow WSDC members for a tasty lunch and to hear updates directly from the Senator on the fall campaign -- and what we can do to elect great Democrats in 2012, including President Obama, U.S. Representatives Chris Van Hollen and John Sarbanes, Congressional candidate John Delaney (MD-6th)...and himself, of course!  




Friday, October 26   


Luncheon with Thomas Mann, co-author with Norman Ornstein  

It's Even Worse than It Looks

Courtyard Marriott

12 Noon  

Details to follow


Is there any hope for our system of government? In this time of political polarization and the death of compromise, and in the thick of a history-making Presidential election, you won't want to miss Thomas Mann's updates on his controversial best-seller with Norman J. Ornstein, It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, Join WSDC as we hear Mann's insights on the current state of the nation -- because we're all in it, for better (or for worse).  



Monday, November 19


Luncheon with political commentator Mark Shields

Courtyard Marriott

12 noon

Details to follow


After every doorbell has been rung, every phone number called, and every vote gotten out, you'll want to hear what the man whom The Washington Post has called "a walking almanac of American politics" will have to say about Election 2012's results. Mark your calendars now for this special debriefing by legendary PBS NewsHour and Inside Washington contributor Mark Shields.





Click here to view Upcoming Campaign Events Email for the Week of July 30th, and look for future  weekly e-mails on upcoming campaign events. 


We urge each of you to join an Obama team. Marriage equality and the DREAM Act (both of which have been endorsed by the Board) will also be on the ballot. We will send you information as it becomes available as to how to become involved with those campaigns




Maryland Women's Coalition for Health Care Reform is sponsoring a conference on Saturday, September 8 from 8 to 4 p.m.. The conference will be held at Morgan State University, Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore. Join Mildred Thompson, Director of PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place, and other dynamic speakers who will lead lively discussions on health care reform and its impact on women of color and their families. Participants will leave with concrete strategies on ways to educate and organize women in their communities. For more information contact Jamie Shopland at Jamie@mdchcr org or click here





As we do each year, WSDC has adopted a day to staff the Democratic Party tent at the Montgomery County Fair in Gaithersburg. It is especially important in an election year with many confusing ballot questions that we get out the Democratic message. 

This year we will be at the fair with District 16 Democrats on Wednesday, August 15th from 10am to 10pm. We need volunteers to work two hour shifts which entitles you to a free pass inside. Come to help the Democrats and stay to enjoy the fair. Email WSDC member Marc Korman at  mkorman@gmail.com for more information and to volunteer at the Democratic Party booth.





The August 15 selection is Assassin's Gate by George Parker who revisits the United States' misadventure in Iraq and how American intervention to remove Saddam Hussein has changed the dynamic of the Middle East.


The book club meets the third Wednesday of every other month, 10:30 a.m. at members' homes. A facilitator leads the discussion for each book. Want to join the conversation? New members are always welcome. Contact Estelle Stone at estelles@webtv.net.  

If you're interested in seeing what other books have been discussed, please go to www.mcWSDC.org and click on Political Book Club.  



 Suggestion Box

Do you have ideas for future programs? Do you know someone who would be a great speaker at a future WSDC event? Or would you just like to get more involved with the overall work of the Club? If so, please send an e-mail to  wsdc44@gmail.com or visit www.mcWSDC.org and click on "Volunteer" to complete the "It Takes a Village" volunteer form.




 Keeping members better informed, better connected and more politically effective since 1957      



Woman's Suburban Democratic Club
Jane Merkin.President
www.mcwsdc.org     wsdc44@gmail.com
Woman's Suburban Democratic Club
Sybil Cantor
Email Coordinator