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Winter 2018 Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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:

Annual Holiday Projects – You’re Participation is Welcomed!

Wednesday, 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 ( 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 (, 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

Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 General Meeting Schedule Announced

Friday, 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.

Meeting on the Environment – April 23rd

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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.”

Holiday Projects 2016

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

The Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) kicked off it’s annual Holiday Giving Projects Meeting on Sunday, November 13th. There is still time for you to make a donation!

Two organizations were chosen by the DWCNV to be the recipients of donations – Britepaths and Fairfax Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue

The general public is invited to donate to these two worthy causes. All donations are tax deductible.

Donations to Britepaths, a local nonprofit organization that provides assistance to Northern Virginia families experiencing financial hardship, will be distributed to the families in January. Grocery store gift cards of any denomination as well as checks for the organization to purchase cards, should be made out to Britepaths and sent to: DWCNV, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124. You may donate until Dec. 31, 2016 for January delivery.

The Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue organization is asking for toys for underprivileged children throughout Northern Virginia. These donated gifts will be the only ones many of the children receive for Christmas. The toy drive is the highlight of the holiday season for both the first responders and the young gift recipients. Unwrapped, new toys for children of all ages, and gift cards for older children from stores like Target, Best Buy or Old Navy, would be appreciated.

In addition to toys and gift cards, Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue will accept monetary donations to purchase new coats for area children. Each year the department distributes as many as 2,500 new coats to schools, shelters, and nonprofits throughout Fairfax and Alexandria. These new coats cost $30, are made in the U.S.A and purchased at a discount. You may make out a check to: Fairfax Firefighters to the Rescue and mail to DWCNV, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124. The toy and winter coat distribution will occur on December 12th. Donations will be accepted for this year’s event until December 2nd.

For questions and to arrange for toy pick up, please contact us at


Winter and Spring 2017 Meeting Schedule

Monday, November 14th, 2016

All meetings are held on Sunday afternoon, 3-5 p.m. and will be held at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA 20124. All Democratic women from Northern Virginia and their guests are welcome to attend.

Sunday, Feb. 26. Advocacy 101. The most frequent question we hear and see today is “How do I make a difference?” Come hear a discussion on the best ways to make change happen in your community, in your state and at the Federal level. See post below for more information.

Sunday, March 12. Topic will be Women in the Workplace. Meeting will include training on salary negotiation, social media sites, ageism in the workplace, etc. See post below for more information.

Sunday, April 23. Annual Meeting on the Environment: Threats to Environmental Regulation and Bedrock Conservation Laws. See below post for more information.

Fall 2016 Meetings and Events

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 3-5 pm. Topic: Social Media Training on Facebook and Twitter: Keep up with your Kids. Members should bring their laptops, tablets, etc. Training will be provided on Facebook and Twitter to encourage members to use and/or better use DWCNV social media. Additionally, campaign representatives will speak about their needs and a representative from Britepaths, formerly Our Daily Bread, will speak briefly about its new name and outreach/programs. This meeting is open to the public.

Sunday, Oct. 2, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Please note change of date and time.) LuAnn Bennett For 10th Congressional District Fundraiser with Special Guest Dorothy McAuliffe. DWCNV is hosting a fundraiser in Fairfax Station for LuAnn Bennett. For more information and tickets, please click here.

Sunday, October 16, 3-5 pm. Topic: Gun Safety and Common Sense. We will hear from speakers on the topic and learn how we can advocate for changes to our lax gun laws. We will also have a speaker who will be discussing the Fairfax County Meals Tax which will be on the November ballot.

Sunday, November 13, 3-4:30 pm. Topic: How the Media Shape the News; Holiday Projects and Party. Does the media have too much control over how we view political candidates and the issues of concern in today’s world? Holiday Projects are the Fairfax Firefighters to the Rescue toy, gift card and monetary donation collection and Britepaths monetary and grocery store gift card donations. Details on both soon. After meeting, members will go to a local restaurant for an after-meeting get-together.

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