WDC Final

Holiday Newsletter  - Volume 5, Issue 3




WDC Annual Membership Holiday Tea                                      

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

Political Book Club

Volunteers: It Takes a Village 

Suggestion Box 


Happy holidays from the Woman's Democratic Club of Montgomery County. Best wishes to you and yours, and here's to a great 2015!  And many thanks to all of you who worked so long and hard to elect our Democratic Party candidates in November's election.




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, Linda Kolko and Sara Watkins for their contributions to this newsletter.




Saturday, December 20


WDC Annual Membership Holiday Tea

Special Guest Congressman John Delaney.   

2 - 4 p.m. 

Rockville Hilton

1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville

Cost for members and guests:  $35 by mail, $36 online  


Bring a friend and come to hear Congressman Delaney speak about what the next two years in Congress will look like - is there really any chance of bipartisanship and what can we do to help President Obama implement his agenda?   


WDC's annual holiday tea is our opportunity to recruit new members and enjoy some holiday cheer with your fellow Democrats.  Guests may join the Club at the discounted rate of $25 if they join at the Holiday Tea.
To RSVP, send your check to Judith Heimann, 6900 Marbury Road, Bethesda, MD 20817 or reserve online at http://www.womansdemocraticclub.org by noon, Thursday, December 18. Questions? Call Natalie Bouquet at 301-907-7856.



Thursday, December 11         Girls

Happy Hour     

5:30-7 p.m.  

Lebanese Taverna

7141 Arlington Road, Bethesda


Cash Bar at Happy Hour Prices. 


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.  





Were you upset about the huge amount of money pouring into the past election? Among us, who wasn't? WDC is sponsoring a program on Thursday, February 5th at 7pm, at the Silver Spring Civic Center to discuss this very issue. Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Sarbanes (invited), and State Senator Jamie Raskin will discuss legislation they have sponsored to address uncontrolled political spending post-Citizens United. Additional details will follow, but mark your calendars now!



Sunday, December 14 


1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Montgomery County Education Association

12 Taft Court



Please join your fellow Democrats to celebrate the holidays - and bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Interfaith Works Community Ministry of Montgomery County, which will distribute them. Also, please bring an item to share according to your legislative district: Districts 17,19, 20 Breads or Finger Foods; Districts 14,18, Salad or Dessert; Districts 15,16, 39. Hors d'oeuvres or Fruit.  Or bring your own "special dish" whatever your District. Questions: Call MCDCC 301-946-1000, email Wendy Cohen at wcohen@yahoo.com, or call her at 301-385-7243.





Sunday January 25, 2015 - 35th Anniversary Women's Legislative Briefing   


Location: University of Maryland, Shady Grove Campus, Building II, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850


The Theme this year is "Build the World You want through Advocacy & Legislation." General Admission Registration begins at 11:30 am with light refreshments. The conference will open with the keynote address. Compelling seminars on legislation in the Maryland General Assembly will fill out the afternoon. A reception will conclude the event providing an opportunity to meet with county and state elected officials, advocates and representatives of the most prominent county, state and national women's organizations.


General Admission
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

For more information, please contact the
Montgomery County Commission for Women
at 240-777-8333 or
www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw .








Attention Members:   Take advantage of this opportunity to make a difference in our county by serving on one of the boards below:


County Executive Isiah Leggett is committed to representation on all of the County's boards, committees, and commissions that is reflective of, and responsive to, our County's residents. Public participation contributes to the work of County government and provides an important service to the community when a variety of issues, concerns, and viewpoints are presented. Currently, there is a valuable opportunity to serve on the following: 

  • Adult Public Guardianship Review Board
  • Agricultural Advisory Committee
  • Department of Permitting Services Advisory Committee
  • Commission on Juvenile Justice
  • Solid Waste Advisory Committee
  • Victim Services Advisory Board 

The deadline for application is December 19, 2014.


Please share this notice with anyone who may be interested. You may access vacancy announcements for boards, committees, and commissions through the following link:




Applicants of diverse backgrounds, professions, gender, geography, disability and ethnicity are encouraged to apply. An application, consisting of a brief cover letter and resume, should be sent by mail to County Executive Isiah Leggett, 101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD  20850, or by email to countyexecutive.boards@montgomerycountymd.gov. Home and employment addresses, as well as contact phone numbers and email addresses should be included. If appropriate, applicants should indicate the position for which they are applying. Members of County boards, committees and commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time. Members of these boards are eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for meetings attended. Leggett's appointments are generally subject to confirmation by the County Council. Applications of individuals selected for appointment to groups that are confirmed by the Council are made public as part of the confirmation process.






                                                                                  by Sara Watkins



At the November WDC luncheon, Clarence Page offered his post-election analysis along with conversation about his engaging new book, Culture Worrier: Reflections on Race, Politics and Social Change.


"The future belongs to racial navigators. I am a softie at heart....something that I have in common with John Boehner!!" joked Mr. Page.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Clarence Page is one of the most highly regarded syndicated columnists in the country, and his newest book, Culture Worrier, commemorates the 30th anniversary of his column's first appearance in the Chicago Tribune. It is the first such collection of his columns, and an archive of his best work, covering topics such as politics, social issues, pop culture, race, family, new media, prominent figures, as well as his own personal life.

"I am glad to be at this meeting, although my favorite Montgomery County Democratic woman is not with us today.....my wife is busy teaching this afternoon...but I think I can do all right without her here. Also, I enjoy the therapy of being with like-minded people." exclaimed Mr. Page. 


Election Comments:


We have witnessed so many elections and the pattern is the same, the party in the White House loses in the mid-terms. I am not so pessimistic, after all "things will change" and remember "Don't stop thinking about tomorrow".


The Democrats lost due to lack of messaging. The Republicans were on message and that message was "Beat Obama". Also, Democrats were distancing themselves from Obama...one example was Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes who was not willing to say that she voted for Obama. The Democrats failed to capitalize on the accomplishments of the Obama administration including strong economic indices and the fact that more people now have health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act. This failure frustrated and disenfranchised Obama's base of supporters, many of whom chose not to vote at all. These voters certainly would not vote for Republicans and were disgusted with the Democrats for not supporting their President.


Cultural Worrier Comments:


Why is the title of the book Culture Worrier? It makes people look twice, to see if they read the title correctly. There is another book titled Cultural Warrior by Bill O'Reilly and this book focuses on worrying about the warriors.


Why do some low income voters vote against their own economic interests? To many folks, money isn't everything. For example, many Tea Party members are evangelical and focus on gay rights and other social issues.


Some Americans are excited about the increased diversity in America and some are frightened by it. I am proud of my son who has friends of all races and ethnicities-a whole UN visiting my home.


Mr. Page shared an excerpt from his new book, a September 2012 column entitled Bubba's vocabulary lesson, Clinton makes little words matter. Below are the first few paragraphs from the column.


"Bubba is back. As a word man, I was most impressed at the Democratic National Convention by Bill Clinton's skillful speech, much of it ad-libbed."


Even President Barack Obama seemed to suggest later that the former president did a better job of selling Obama than the current one does.


Somebody emailed me after his speech; they said, 'You need to appoint him secretary of explaining stuff,'" Obama joked in New Hampshire. "I like that."


In fact, as Seth Meyers observed on "Saturday Night Live", "we already have a job for that: It's called "president." Some presidents are better at that job than others are.


Much of Clinton's success, I believe,comes not so much from the big words that he knows as from the little ones he uses.


Questions and Answers:


1)    How will the election returns influence Supreme Court decisions?


The Federal Courts vote along party lines especially on ACA decisions. Never bet on the Supreme Court voting a certain way. The outlook is for the ACA to survive....Republicans don't have a reasonable replacement for ACA. Ted Cruz warned his fellow conservatives a few years ago "We've got to stop ACA before it's implemented and people like it. "


2)    What would it take to implement campaign reform?


I am pessimistic about getting changes made...if spending is stopped in one place, the money finds a way to be channeled into campaigns through a different avenue. I am hopeful that full disclosure and transparency increase in the future.


3)    How do the Democrats approach the 2016 election to win?


We need to stay on our toes. Do not divide the base- never forget the base. Don't be over confident, energize the base. Journalists love conflict!


4)    Why was Obama not successful in motivating young African American men after getting elected?


He was successful in energizing the base but not in inspiring the base once elected. He motivated young voters but didn't continue to support them after getting elected. Obama practices uninspiring politics. Bill Clinton loves retail politics...Obama not so much.


5)    What about Hillary as President? What would Bill's role be?


Bill would be Bill....we have no experience in our country with a first man! Hillary has a very different personality than Bill and Barack. She has learned to show that she cares. Hillary deliberately avoids Bill's advice. She is a pragmatic politician-which will help to get swing voters. She knows how to put hard feelings aside to keep Republicans out of the White House. Hillary can persuade voters that she "is on your side". Other possibilities for the Democratic nomination include Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Robert Reich.


Clarence Page reminded us all that "Opportunity is the most important creed in American society."  On that positive note, the lively question and answer session with columnist Clarence Page ended.







Time to renew All current members have received their renewal forms in the mail.  Please renew now!  Included in this mailing was a gift form which is new to our Club this year. Your gift membership to a friend is a great way to acknowledge a good Democrat and recognize the many opportunities that Club membership offers.  WDC appreciates your continuing support and wants to remind you that your dues were due on September 1. Your voice and membership dues are crucial to the vitality and strength of the Woman's Democratic Club. Your $35.00 dues ($36.00 online at www.womansdemocraticclub.org) pays for Club mailings; subsidizes events, programming, and the annual New Member dinner; and supports the important work of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee and Democratic candidates with campaign contributions. All non-renewing members are purged from the membership and email list.  Click here to renew or join now.







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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 .


The January 21 selection is A Fighting Chance by Senator Elizabeth Warren. The March 18 selection is Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Courts and the Constitution by Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz.



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.  



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Suggestion Box  

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