Summer Activities

June 8th, 2014

The DWCNV will not be meeting during the summer months, but will be participating in the annual Clifton 4th of July Parade. Also, a pool party at a member’s home for members is scheduled for Sunday, July 13th from 2 p.m. until dusk. Please email us at cliftonwomendems@aol.com for details and to R.S.V.P. to the pool party.

DWCNV Sponsors Empty Bowls Fundraiser

March 1st, 2014

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On February 27th, members of the DWCNV attended the annual fundraiser, Empty Bowls, in Fairfax, VA.

This event is hosted by the Our Daily Bread organization which provides food to needy families in Fairfax County. The DWCNV was an event sponsor and was honored to participate.

Celebrating our 9th Anniversary

February 16th, 2014

CakexWhat a great party we had this past Sunday as we celebrated our 9th Anniversary. As we go into our tenth year, we will continue to educate our members on important issues, participate and make a difference in our Northern Virginia communities, host social events, and work to elect Democratic candidates!

Here’s to many more years of success!

 

 

 

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Celebrating Our 9th Anniversary

February 3rd, 2014

Join us as we celebrate our 9th Anniversary!

9 years of learning about issues,
9 years of helping Democratic candidates,
9 years of giving to others, and
9 years of meeting wonderful DWCNV Women

Sunday, February 9th 3-5p.m.

At the home of DWCNV Member, Terry Bell in Clifton.

Come celebrate the Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia!

Event is for DWCNV Members and their guests.

For party location and to R.S.V.P. contact: dwcevents@aol.com

2014 Annual Meeting Sunday, January 19th – General Public Invited

January 13th, 2014

The Annual Meeting of the DWCNV will be held on Sunday, January 19th from 3-5 p.m. at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA 20124.

Featured Program – Our Children: Fostering, Mentoring and Adoption in Virginia

Bring your friends and family to hear this educational and special program. This meeting is open to the general public and will feature special guests Nannette Bowler – Director of the Department of Social Services for Fairfax County; Paul D. McWhinney – Director of Family Services for Virginia Department of Social Services; and Dr. Beverly Howard – Coordinator of Fairfax Families4Kids. They will speak about their work in at the local and state level working and advocating for the welfare of children specifically regarding fostering, mentoring and adoption. You will hear how you can become involved and make a difference in the lives of children.

About our Speakers:

Nannette Bowler currently serves as Director of the Fairfax County Department of Family Services. She directs the operation of this major county department, which includes over 1700 employees and a budget of more than $211 million, with services for children, youth and families, adult and aging, self-sufficiency, the Office for Women/Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, and a variety of programs operated from the Office for Children.
Previously, Bowler was chief judge of the Family Division for the 8th Judicial Circuit, Ionia County, Michigan.

Paul D. McWhinney is Deputy Commissioner of Programs and Director of Family Services in Virginia’s Department of Social Services. He oversees VA Adopts, areas of social services benefits, child and family services, child care and early childhood development, and the Enterprise Delivery System Program Office. He
has over 39 years of experience in varied positions in the human services field in the Commonwealth of Virginia in Richmond, Charlottesville, and Albemarle County.

Dr. Beverly Howard is the Coordinator for Fairfax Families4Kids. She has 30 years of experience working with “at-risk” youth and families and holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Maryland, and has taught at the University level. Dr. Howard is also an adoptive parent.

Fairfax Families4Kids match teenagers in foster care in Fairfax County with mentors and potential adoptive families. Through numerous partnerships in the community, this program provides regularly scheduled activities where the teenagers and caring adult volunteers can spend quality time getting to know each other and establishing permanent relationships. The program has been instrumental in assisting many teenagers in Fairfax County find adoptive families or permanent connections. The teenagers in Fairfax Families4Kids also give back to the community by hosting and participating in service projects.

Holiday Projects in Partnership with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Our Daily Bread

November 17th, 2013

We are coordinating our annual holiday projects for two worthwhile organizations. Please join us. You do not need to be a DWCNV member to contribute, and all donations are tax-deductible.

CENTER: Guests Lisa Whetzel from Our Daily Bread and Captain Willie Bailey from Fairfax Firefighters & Friends to the Rescue

CENTER: Guests Lisa Whetzel from Our Daily Bread and Captain Willie Bailey from Fairfax Firefighters & Friends to the Rescue

In coordination with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, unwrapped new toys are being collected for needy children throughout Northern Virginia. For older children, gift cards from Target or Old Navy are welcome. In addition to toys and gift cards, the FCFRD will accept monetary donations to purchase new coats for area children. Each year, the department distributes as many as 3,000 new coats to more than 50 schools, shelters, and nonprofits throughout Fairfax and Alexandria. These new coats are made in the U.S.A and purchased at a discount. To contribute to the toy drive, contact us to coordinate pick up by December 7th. Checks for coats should be made out to “Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue“. Gift cards and checks should be mailed to DWCNV, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124.

The second project is a collection of grocery store gift cards to benefit Our Daily Bread, a local nonprofit organization that provides food and assistance to Northern Virginia families experiencing financial hardship. Your gift card donation will be distributed to the families in January. Please mail gift cards of any denomination from any local grocery store or checks payable to “Our Daily Bread” to the DWCNV address above. We will accept these until December 31st.

Questions? Please contact us at cliftonwomendems@aol.com

Elections Matter

November 14th, 2013

2013 Election NightWe urged you to work for our candidates throughout this past year, and you came through once again. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who worked on the various campaigns, who donated money and who worked at the polls on election day or at early voting, handing out Democratic sample ballots in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William.

And special thanks to those who ran for office. Many House of Delegate candidates worked very hard and had excellent campaigns, but didn’t win their races on Nov. 5th. Your efforts are appreciated and valued. The awareness you raised in your districts made Virginia state politics more relevant and will certainly benefit future campaigns.

Thanks to everyone who voted and encouraged others to vote as well! As we keep saying, and as the Attorney General race demonstrated, every vote counts, and you can make a big difference with your support.

The DWCNV Steering Committee

Hillary Rodham Clinton Endorses Terry McAuliffe for Governor

October 22nd, 2013

A wonderful Women for McAuliffe event was held on October 19th in Falls Church. A packed house filled the State Theatre. Our three Democratic statewide candidates, Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor candidate Ralph Northam, Attorney General candidate Mark Herring, and Dorothy McAuliffe, wife of Terry McAuliffe, spoke. Terry McAuliffe received an enthusiastic and personal endorsement from former Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Special Guest Mrs. Dorothy McAuliffe at Oct. 6th General Meeting

September 28th, 2013

The Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia are happy to announce that Dorothy McAuliffe, wife of

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Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, will be our Special Guest at our next General Meeting on October 6th from 3-5 p.m. at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA 20124.

We will also hear from Stacey Kincaid, Democratic candidate for Fairfax County Sheriff, Jerry Foltz, Democratic candidate for the 40th District House of Delegates, and Rachel Lawless from the Virginia Coordinated Campaign.

All Democrats from Northern Virginia are invited to attend. For more information or questions, please contact cliftonwomendems@aol.com.

Eleanor Clift Speaking

September 5th, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Eleanor Clift will be our Guest Speaker as we kick off our Fall General

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Membership Meetings on Sunday, September 15th from 3-5 p.m. at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA 20124. All Northern Virginia Democratic women, family and friends are invited to attend.

Along with talking about current events and taking questions from the audience, Ms. Clift’s topic will be Women and Politics: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling.

Hillary Clinton didn’t win the presidency, dashing the hopes of a generation of women. And Governor Romney did not select a female running mate in 2012. Hillary Clinton may have one more race to run, but in the meantime, both Republicans and Democrats are building bench strength. Senator Elizabeth Warren, will be talked about as a potential presidential candidate. Hillary’s successor in the senate, Kirsten Gillebrand—also a possible presidential candidate—has launched a PAC to raise money for women candidates. Republicans, who have lagged behind in diversity, are catching up with women governors (Susana Martinez and Nikki Haley) and a promising new senator from New Hampshire (Kelly Ayotte).

From suffrage to sexism, Eleanor Clift looks at the obstacles that remain and how to shatter the last glass ceiling.

Eleanor Clift is a contributing editor to Newsweek and blogger for The Daily Beast, writing about politics and policy in Washington, and the partisan clashes that are the result of divided government. She has been Newsweek’s White House correspondent, served as congressional and political correspondent and as Deputy Washington bureau chief. She is a regular panelist on the syndicated talk show, “the McLaughlin Group” and has written several books and appeared as herself in several movies.