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Human Trafficking – It is Closer Than You Think!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Northern Virginia is one of the top five human trafficking locations in the U.S.

On Sunday March 15th DWCNV, along with co-sponsors Fairfax County Democratic Committee and the Springfield District Democratic Committee, is presenting this important program.  Hear the steps Northern Virginia groups are taking to stop human trafficking in combined action from law enforcement, legislative, and victim services.  

Our specials guest speakers will be: 

Adam P. Ebbin, Virginia State Senator, 30th District

Elizabeth Payne, Ed.D., Member, Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force and K-12 Coordinator for Health, Family Life Education, and Physical Education for Fairfax County Public Schools

Jenna Jacoby, Mentor Coordinator, Youth for Tomorrow

Sunday, March 15th  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Clifton Community Town Hall - 12641 Chapel Rd, Clifton VA 20124

The public is welcome.  Come learn what you can do to help.

February 2015 – DWCNV Celebrates 10th Year!

Monday, February 16th, 2015

On February 1st DWCNV celebrated 10 years of success on our mission to educate ourselves on the local and national political process, support candidates for election and enjoy the company of wonderful and interesting people.

Here are some pictures from the celebration.

As part of our celebration we heard from our guest, Gay Shane, representing the Operation Renewed Hope Foundation. ORHF is working to end homelessness for veterans in the area.  We are pleased that attendees to the event donated $685 to help ORFH in their work.

Fall 2014 Meetings and Events Schedule

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Sunday, Sept. 7, 3-5 p.m. – Topic: Why Women Should Care About This Election with special guests Dr. Marilyn Jerome, ob-gyn wife of 10th District Congressional candidate John Foust, and Kathleen Murphy, Chair of Fairfax County Democratic Women’s Caucus. The topics discussed will be about the fall election, women’s health care issues and the new voter I.D. Laws.

Saturday, Sept. 20, 5-7 p.m. – We will host a Fundraiser for 10th Congressional District Candidate John Foust at Terry Bell’s Clifton home. Go to: for tickets and to become an event sponsor. For questions, contact us at or call 703 830-1355. Tickets and sponsorships can also be purchased at the Sept. 7th General Meeting or by sending a check to DWCNV, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124. Checks should be made out to John Foust for Congress.

Sunday, Oct. 19, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The General Public is invited to attend the program part of this meeting starting at 3:30. Sheriff Stacey Kincaid and staff will present: Situational Awareness: Don’t be a Victim. Wear comfortable clothing as there will also be some hands on exercises on how to be more aware of your surroundings and signs of potential physical threats. Members should arrive at 3 p.m. for the DWCNV Business Meeting.

Sunday, Nov. 16, 3-5:00 p.m. – Holiday Projects. We will collect grocery store gift cards for needy families in Fairfax County through the Our Daily Bread organization and collect toys and monetary donations for coats for children through the Fairfax Co. Fire and Rescue organization. If you can not attend this meeting, but would like to donate, please contact us to arrange drop off of toys.

As you can see, it is a great lineup of activities and we hope you will be able to join us.

Summer Activities

Sunday, 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 for details and to R.S.V.P. to the pool party.

Celebrating Our 9th Anniversary

Monday, 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:

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

Monday, 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.

Elections Matter

Thursday, 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

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

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

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

Dorothy McAuliffe

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

Eleanor Clift Speaking

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

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

Eleanor Clift

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.

March 10th Meeting on the Environment: Global Climate Change and Energy Savings at Home

Friday, March 1st, 2013
Sunday, March 10th from 3 to 5 PM in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall DWC holds our annual meeting on the environment. We hope you will join us and bring your friends, family and your questions to this interesting and interactive program.

Our special guests will include Dr. Allan Hoffman, formerly Senior Analyst in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for the US Dept of Energy, and Mr. Jason Dispenza whose focus is energy efficiency at home through energy audits and upgrades. Both speakers welcome your active participation.
Our third interactive segment will be our Soap Box time. If you have something to share with the group or material for our Information Table please come and participate.
Dr. Hoffman will discuss the evidence for human-caused global climate change, the arguments of those who do not believe it is real, possible implications of a changing climate, and what can be done to alleviate or reverse climate change if it is accepted as real and there is political will to do so.
Mr. Dispenza will present success stories here in Northern Virginia of significant energy and cost savings realized with cutting-edge energy audit technologies and upgrades or the installation of alternative energy generation from solar technology. If you have a student interested in the “green sciences” and green collar careers bring them along as Jason is a great example of the future in this industry.

See you there.