WDC Final

Mid Summer Newsletter  - Volume 4, Issue 9



Upcoming WDC Events

Quadrennial "Kiss and Make-Up" Party

New Newsletter Feature - INTERVIEW  

Volunteer at the Democratic Party Tent at the Montgomery County Fair 

Social Media Update --- We're on Twitter! 

Political Book Club

Volunteers: It Takes a Village 

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, Teddi Pensinger, Janet Lowenthal, Riki Sheehan, Linda Kolko, Stacey Maud, Ed Kimmel, and Bonnie Wicklund for their contributions to this newsletter. 




Thursday, August 14           

Happy Hour     Coctail

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, September 29 


Light Supper with Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe   

7:00 pm 

Bethesda (Pooks Hill) Marriott

5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda

There is free parking in the hotel parking lot.


Registration details to follow:  


Professor Tribe, considered to be the Nation's foremost progressive Constitutional scholar, will be discussing his new book Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution, co-authored with Joshua Matz. Books will be available for purchase (20% discount) and Professor Tribe will be available to sign books beginning at 6:30 p.m.  There will also be a cash bar at this event. 


Laurence H. Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard, has taught at its Law School since 1968. He was President Obama's Constitutional Law professor, and was voted the best professor by the graduating class of 2000. The title "University Professor" is Harvard's highest academic honor, awarded to just a handful of professors at any given time and to fewer than 75 professors in all of Harvard University's history. Born in China to Russian Jewish parents, Tribe entered Harvard in 1958 at 16; graduated summa cum laude in Mathematics (1962) and magna cum laude in Law (1966). He clerked for the California and U.S. Supreme Courts(1966-68); received tenure at 30; was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at 38 and to the American Philosophical Society in 2010.  He helped write the constitutions of South Africa, the Czech Republic, and the Marshall Islands, and he has received eleven honorary degrees. Professor Tribe has prevailed in three-fifths of the many appellate cases he has argued (including 35 in the U.S. Supreme Court). He was appointed in 2010 by President Obama and Attorney General Holder to serve as the first Senior Counselor for Access to Justice. Professor Tribe has written 115 books and articles, including his treatise, American Constitutional Law, cited more than any other legal text since 1950.




Quadrennial "Kiss and Make-Up" Party  

                                                                by Linda Kolko


The WDC's Quadrennial Kiss and Make-Up Party held at theHilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center in Rockville on June 26th was a smashing success.  After an invigorating and spirited Primary season, candidates and party members enjoyed an evening of socializing and strategizing ways to continue to move Maryland forward through the election of Democrat Party candidates this fall. WDC enthusiastically welcomed Congressmen Chris Van Hollen and John Delaney, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Delegate Heather Mizeur, Senator Brian Frosh, Comptroller Peter Franchot, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, County Executive Ike Leggett, Democratic Central Committee Chair Gabe Albornoz and many candidates for State Senate, House of Delegates, County Council and the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee.  The crowd of nearly 200 responded with spirited support for all the Democratic candidates who ran for office during this Primary season, whether the candidate won or whether they fell short this time around.   



The Kiss and Make-Up Party was featured in both the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun.  Please click here to view the  Washington Post article.and click here to read the  Baltimore Sun story.   Twitter and Facebook were abuzz with photos and comments.   The WDC Facebook page has over 100 terrific pictures taken by Ed Kimmel chronicling the event.  Check them out and "Like" WDC on Facebook.






INTERVIEW edited by Bonnie Wicklund


Sybil Cantor


Sybil Cantor, our Email Coordinator, was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She and her twin brother, Bernie, were the youngest of five. Being a twin was a wonderful experience. Sadly, Bernie died almost four years ago. Sybil graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S in mathematics and a minor in political science. After graduation, she moved to Washington, D. C. to work as a mathematician at the Bureau of Standards (now NIST). After a year in D.C., she returned to Pittsburgh to marry Morey. Before beginning a family, she worked for three years at IBM as a systems analyst. After three years in Pittsburgh, the Cantors moved to Buffalo, New York, and then to Maryland.


Sybil and Morey have three wonderful children, two sons and a daughter. They also have five (soon to be six) grandchildren. When her youngest was in first grade, Sybil returned to work, part-time at first and then full time. Most of her career has been designing computer programs for companies in support of the Defense Department. She also provided cost estimates for FAA systems.


Sybil retired in 2005, but she remains extremely busy. Besides being the Email Coordinator for WDC, she is the registrar and a vice-president for the Brandeis National Committee. She takes a yoga class, belongs to three bridge groups, plays mahjongg, belongs to a book club, and has been a member of a weekly Torah Study group at Temple Beth Ami for over 40 years. However, her favorite activity is her oil painting class.



I wish I had time to read more. The last four books I have read and enjoyed are My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and Old Filth by Jane Gardam.



I love the theater. Washington is a wonderful area for regional theater. This past year, I have had subscriptions to the Olney, Round House, Studio and Signature Theatres. I also love movies, but I don't watch too much television. Masterpiece Theater on PBS is always my favorite, but I confess to enjoying "24" and "The Good Wife," too.



Morey and I enjoy traveling. Last year we took a Mediterranean cruise, and in August we are taking a Baltic cruise. Over the years, the trips I remember the best were the first trip to Europe when I was twenty-three, a cruise with another couple along the Marne-Rhine Canal in a penichette barge piloted by the four of us, a trip to Israel, and two wonderful trips to Ireland.



There are so many urgent political issues. First of all, we need to have a government that works together so that we can solve the other issues, which include climate change, a crumbling infrastructure, and a weakened educational system. We need to put people back to work, not just in low-paying jobs. We need to bring industry back to the United States. It would be nice if the United States produced something - not just provided services.


Also, I would love to see elections financed by tax money and regulated by a government agency. There should be a limit on television ads and the amount of money spent on newspaper ads, flyers, etc. for each candidate. I would like to see a four year term for the House of Representatives and a two term limit for both the House and the Senate. They should not have to be working on their re-election as soon as they are elected. I believe so much money is wasted on elections. The Congress should be there to work for their constituents and for the country, not for special interest groups.





Volunteer at the Democratic Party Tent at the Montgomery County Fair

tent Every year the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee staffs a booth at the Montgomery County Fair.  The Woman's Democratic Club has always provided willing volunteers to help staff the booth, and it is our hope this year will be no exception.  WDC's day to staff the booth (with the D16 Democrats and the Green Democrats) is Wednesday, August 13.  This is a great opportunity for the Club to help support the Democratic Party and recruit new Club members.  Volunteers who are willing to staff the booth for 2 hours are provided with a free pass to the County Fair.   Shifts run from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Please help WDC show its support of our Democratic Party.  To volunteer, please reply to Club President, Beth Tomasello, at





WDC has a Twitter account!  Our Twitter handle is @WomenDems.  Be sure to follow us!  


Don't forget to like us on Facebook; we're listed as Woman's Democratic Club, Montgomery County.

Want to learn more about what your fellow Democrats are reading about American or political Bookshistory? Join WDC's Political Book Club - our longstanding literary conclave that meets on the third Wednesday of every other month. Meetings take place at 1:30 p.m. at members' homes. A facilitator for each book leads the discussion. For more information, contact Estelle Stone at estellestone24@gmail.com . There are no meetings during the summer.


Future selections include My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor on September 17, and The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy on November 19.


If you're interested in seeing what other books have been discussed, please go to www.womansdemocraticclub.org and click on Political Book Club, which is listed under Events.  




 Help Wanted

Sharing your skills and expertise with us and joining a committee are fun ways to meet other members and make new friends while helping the Club accomplish its goals.


Click here to volunteer.




Suggestion Box  

Do you have ideas for future programs? Do you know someone who would be a great speaker at a future WDC event?  If so, please send an e-mail to wdcmcmd@gmail.com.






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Woman's Democratic Club
Beth Tomasello.President
www.womansdemocraticclub.org     wdcmcmd@gmail.com
Woman's Democratic Club
Sybil Cantor
Email Coordinator