January - February 2013


Happy holidays from the Woman's Democratic Club of Montgomery County. In lieu of a December newsletter, here are some upcoming events in the New Year that you'll want to be sure to have on your calendar. Best wishes to you and yours, and here's to a great 2013!  For additional details, go to www.mcWSDC.org,



Thursday, January 10: PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION!


Happy Hour     Girls

5:30-7 p.m.   

Lebanese Taverna

7141 Arlington Road, Bethesda


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


Monday, January 14


 Annapolis statehouse

WDC Legislative Forum: How You Can Make a Difference in Annapolis: The Secrets to Being an Effective Advocate

10:30 a.m. - 12 noon 

Jane E. Lawton Community Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase


Individuals and organizations do make a huge difference in shaping public policy in Maryland. It is easier than people think and very rewarding. With this 1 hour workshop, Robyn Elliott and Leni Preston will provide you with the tools you need to be effective in Annapolis and to ensure your voice is heard, not only in this legislative session, but year-round. Robyn Elliott is a partner with Public Policy Partners (www.policypartners.net) and represents a broad range of consumer and health care provider organizations. Leni Preston is chair of the Maryland Women's Coalition for Health Care Reform (http://www.mdhealthcarereform.org) and has been the lead advocate for "Getting It Right" in implementing health care reform in Maryland.


To RSVP contact Lenna Israbian-Jamgochian at lisrabian@aol.com or 301-512-0329.



Thurs, Jan 24

55th Anniversary - Leggit Luncheon with Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett
"Executive Decisions: A Preview of the 2014 County Budget and Legislative Initiatives for 2013"
Courtyard Marriott, 5520 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase
12 noon
$ 25 members; $30 non-members


Thursday, February 7


WDC Annapolis Day

8:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Details to follow


This is a unique opportunity to visit with your delegates and senators to hear what will be happening during the 2013 session of the General Assembly and to learn about their legislative priorities. You will have the opportunity see the General Assembly in session, take a private tour of the State House and attend committee hearings. We have requested a meeting with Governor Martin O'Malley and await word of his availability. Carpools will depart Chevy Chase Lake parking.






The 2013 Women's Legislative Briefing will be held Sunday, January 27 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the Universities at Shady Grove, Building II, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville. We are once again co-sponsoring this event. Dr. Bernice Sandler, "The Godmother of Title IX" will be the keynote speaker.


This is a great opportunity to learn about legislation that will be considered during the 2013 session of the General Assembly. We urge those of you who are members of our Advocacy Committee as well as any member who is interested in learning more about what to expect in Annapolis to participate. Admission is $15. You can register online or download a mail-in registration form at
http://www.mdhealthcarereform.orgFor more information, please contact the Montgomery County Commission for Women at 240-777-8333.






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Woman's Democratic Club
Jane Merkin, President
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Sybil Cantor
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