Winter 2018 Meeting Schedule

January 16th, 2018

Jan. 21 – Annual Meeting, 3- 5p.m. at the Clifton Town Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA 20124. We will hear from four local legislators from the General Assembly about legislation. You will have an opportunity to take an advocacy action at this meeting.

February 11 – DWCNV Members will celebrate our “Lucky 13th” Anniversary from 3-5 p.m. at the home of a member. Watch for details in your email.

March 25 – Advocacy Meeting, 3-5 p.m. at the Clifton Town Hall. Trainers from RESULTS will join us to share their experience as skilled advocates. RESULTS is a a group of volunteers who train committed people such as you, our members, to be more effective advocates for the issues each of us is most passionate about. Their training includes skills in calling, writing, and meeting with legislators.

DWCNV Participating in the March on DC 2018

January 16th, 2018

Going to the March on Saturday, Jan. 20th? Need a ride? The DWCNV is organizing buses for our members and other Dems. There is a small cost. Here is the link: https://www.letskedaddle.com/events/11481#

Annual Holiday Projects – You’re Participation is Welcomed!

October 25th, 2017

The DWCNV will host our Annual Holiday Project meeting on Sunday, November 19th, 3-4 p.m. at the Clifton Town Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA 20124.

Although the DWCNV is not a service organization, we support our community in many ways, including our sponsorship of two holiday giving projects each year. At our November meeting, we will hear from the two organizations we support about the work they do and how our donations make a tremendous difference in the lives of children and families all across Northern Virginia.

Members attending the November 19th meeting are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages for the annual Toy Drive held during the holidays by the Fairfax Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue (www.ffandfriends2therescue.org). Gift cards to Target, Best Buy, Old Navy, etc., for older children are also welcomed, as well as checks (payable to “Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue”) for purchase of winter coats for children. Working with the nationwide program Operation Warm to buy coats made in America, the Firefighters provide more than 3,000 coats to children in Northern Virginia each winter. The Firefighters work with local schools, shelters, and churches to identify and serve children in need.

Britepaths (http://Britepaths.org), formerly known as Our Daily Bread, is the other excellent organization we support every year at our November meeting. This organization provides programs that help stabilize families by giving them short-term food and financial assistance. Britepaths also offers classes, mentoring, and guidance to help families become financially independent and resilient. Again, the organization welcomes donations of gift cards from local food stores such as Giant, Shoppers, Wegman’s, Target, and Walmart, or checks (payable to “Britepaths”) for purchasing food gift cards for families they serve. DWCNV will collect for this project until December 31st.

Members who are unable to attend our November meeting but would like to contribute to one or both of these projects may mail checks or gift cards to DWCNV, P.O. Box. 143, Clifton, VA 20124. To arrange for a toy pick-up, call Debbie Charms at 216-337-2895 before November 17th.

All donations are tax deductible.

After the November meeting, DCWNV members will gather at a local restaurant at 5 p.m. for dinner together. Seating is limited, so those who wish to attend should sign up as soon as possible. Our dinners, which are strictly social, are becoming a tradition for us, so we hope members will be able to join us for this fun time. For questions and to RSVP, contact us at cliftonwomendems@aol.com

October 15th – General Meeting on Women’s Health and Wellness

October 8th, 2017

The Democratic Women of Clifton and No. VA invite members and the general public to an important meeting on Women’s Health and Wellness. A local Ob/Gyn and a Cardiologist will speak and take questions.

Meeting will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15th at 3 to 5 p.m. at the Clifton Town Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton, VA 20124. For questions, email cliftonwomendems@aol.com

The Democratic Women of Clifton and No. VA welcomes all Democratic Women who reside in Northern Virginia to become members of this active and friendly organization. Membership information can be found on our website www. democraticwomenofclifton.org

Adopt-A-Highway Fall Cleanup

September 25th, 2017

Our annual highway clean-up will occur on Sunday, October 1, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For many years the DWCNV has honored its commitment to the Clifton Adopt-a-Highway Program. The three-mile stretch of highway we have adopted is Clifton Road from the triangle at the intersection with Newman Road to the intersection with Braddock. For our efforts, we are recognized by having our name on a blue Adopt-A-Highway sign at each end of our section.

We love this opportunity to show our support for the community and for the environment. Many hands make light work!, so bring family and friends. You can join us for all or part of the time.

We will kick-off from the driveway of Clifton Elementary. Stop there for your supply of orange bags, your vest, and a safety briefing. Then, you and your party will be assigned a cleanup area along Clifton Road. For safety reasons along the road, we do not recommend bringing children under 12 years old. If you have work gloves, please bring them. Also, wear long pants and long-sleeve shirt with sturdy shoes.

Please send us an email at cliftonwomendems@aol.com if you can help out!

Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 General Meeting Schedule Announced

July 28th, 2017

The upcoming DWCNV General Meetings for members for the Fall and Winter to be held at the Clifton Town Hall, 3-5 p.m., unless noted, are as follows:

Sunday, Sept. 17 Candidate Meet and Greet Ice Cream Social and Campaigning 101
Sunday, October 15 Health and Wellness for Women
Sunday, November 19 Holiday Projects Meeting (3-4 p.m.) and Holiday Dinner to follow at local restaurant. Details TBD
Sunday, January 21 Annual General Meeting and Presentation on General Assembly Legislation
Sunday, February 11 The 13th Anniversary of the DWCNV. Celebrated at the home of a member.

Summer Activities with the DWCNV

June 19th, 2017

We will not be meeting at the Community Hall over the summer. We will continue to send members emails with information on member events, Political Action Alerts and action they should take, and Campaigns and Elections emails, giving information on volunteering for campaigns. You can make a difference by working on a campaign and we encourage everyone to participate.

Our members are invited to participate in the following events:

DWCNV members, family and friends will be marching in the Clifton 4th of July Parade for and with our Democratic candidates and our local elected officials. Details will be sent to members and all are encouraged to participate in this fun, short parade followed by a flag raising ceremony.

There will be a dinner for members at a local restaurant on Tuesday, July 18th. Members may contact us at cliftonwomendems@aol.com for details and will receive information via emails from the DWCNV.

A pool party for members will be held in August the home of a member. Details for this event will be sent to all members.

General Meetings will resume in September.

Questions – email us at cliftonwomendems@aol.com

Meeting on the Environment – April 23rd

February 20th, 2017

Join us on Sunday, April 23rd , 3-5 p.m. for our annual General Meeting on the Environment: Threats to Environmental Regulation and Bedrock Conservation Laws, at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA 20124. All Democratic women from Northern Virginia and their guests are invited to attend.

The presentation will cover some of the national issues affecting conservation in the U.S. and will cover rollbacks or environmental regulations and threats to bedrock conservation laws such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Antiquities Act and the National Environmental Policy Act — and what that means. Included in the discussion will be ways to influence government nationally and locally and also ways to volunteer and advocate locally or make a difference in your own backyard through environmental stewardship to help local flora and fauna.

The meeting will also include an update on the conversation for a carbon tax to reduce the production of CO2 with a free market approach.

The presenter will be Michael Reinemer, Deputy Communications Director at The Wilderness Society where he works on campaigns to strengthen public policy governing public lands nationwide with a focus on issues affecting the Southern Appalachians and New England. He is also involved in local conservation groups as a volunteer.

The following Saturday, April 29th, is the Climate Change March in Washington, DC. DWCNV will be participating and will have updates on the march, transportation and signs soon.

Women In the Workforce Meeting – March 12th

February 16th, 2017

Women are almost half of the workforce and are the primary breadwinner in four out of 10 families. Women also receive more college and graduate degrees than men but earn less in virtually every occupation. According to 2015 data, women earn on average only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men and women of color fare even worse. Given these daunting facts, how can we position ourselves for success in the workplace and demand that we are paid what we are worth?

This DWCNV meeting will discuss strategies for working women including successful salary negotiations, to creating a strong LinkedIn profile, to developing a robust professional network. Break the cycle of gender pay inequality and earn what you deserve, one negotiation at a time. Learn strategies and tactics that are taboo to discuss at work with a supportive group of women – and share with friends, daughters, nieces…or better yet, bring them along!

Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 12th from 3-5 p.m. at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA. All Democratic women from Northern Virginia and their guests are welcome to attend.

Advocacy 101 – Training Session – February 26th

February 14th, 2017

Filmmaker Michael Moore has said, “I want Americans to realize that we are the owners of this country, and that one person can make a difference”.

He’s right. We do own this country – that is what democracy is all about — and one person, one voice can make a difference. So why not make it yours?

Join the Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia on Sunday, February 26th from 3-5 p.m. at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton, VA 20124 for a special advocacy training session. All Democratic women from Northern Virginia and their guests are welcome to attend.

Learn the tools and techniques to raising your voice about causes you believe in at both the state and federal level. Through examples and role plays, we will learn four key methods of effective grassroots advocacy.

We hope you will leave the training with confidence in your ability to affect change. As President Obama has said, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”


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