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DWCNV Meeting on the Environment Sunday, April 14, 3-5 p.m. at Centreville Regional Library

Thursday, April 11th, 2024
We have some very exciting news to share for this month’s DWCNV General Meeting. On this Sunday, April 14th from 3 – 5 p.m., we will meet at the Centreville Regional Library and hear from two dynamic and inspirational speakers on the #1 topic that our members want to hear about – the Environment!  We promise this meeting will be full of great information and lots of fun!  It is open to the public, so bring family, friends and neighbors, and share this meeting info far and wide!

Ed Ehlers, the founder of the Resource Recovery Project, will share insights on how you can drastically increase your recovery rate by “Stop Talking Trash!”  Ed will speak about the various items that can be rehomed, reused, repurposed or recycled and kept out of landfills, so come with your questions! He writes: “What we call trash today, is in fact, a resource and has value.  Our disposable economy encourages wasteful habits and the current system of recycling is not working. Recent studies have found that curbside recycling rates are maybe between 18 and 32%. There is no silver bullet, no one answer, but turning our old definition of trash into a resource and handling it accordingly is a place to start.”

Ed has generously offered that those attending the meeting may bring hard to recycle items from your “junk drawer” and give to him to rehome, reuse, repurpose or recycle. Things like “batteries, old eyeglasses, outdated charger cables, empty cosmetic cases, pens, pencils, busted flashlight, stacks of post-it-note pads, a million paper clips, or two million rubber bands, etc.”! Please bring them in a paper bag or small box and get started on your spring cleaning.

Additionally, as part of his dedication to our local community, Ed will speak about the glass collection project he is doing during the month of April. This special collection is in memory of Clifton Resident, Joel Byrne, who ran a glass recycling business while he was a student at Robinson SS.  Joel suddenly passed away in 2023. Read more about Joel here: The goal is to collect 3,000 pounds of glass. All are encouraged to participate – you do not have to be a Clifton area resident to participate!

You may participate by dropping off your clean and dry glass bottles and jars all month long at the following Clifton businesses: The Wine Attic, Virginia Mercantile, GoldensHill Papercrafts, and Belle Jar Design. Additionally on April 20th from 9 -11 a.m. you may drop off at the Caboose in downtown Clifton, by the railroad tracks. Look for the Resource Recovery Pickup truck!

Part of our DWCNV mission is to encourage connections with the local community and the glass collection and Ed’s Resource Recovery work in general does just that! For more information or questions, contact us at

We will also hear from Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District Board Member, Dana Barakat, who will tell us more about what they do to promote soil and water conservation. Their website states: “Our vision is engaged communities working together to protect and restore natural resources. Our mission is to promote sustainable urban and suburban activities and stewardship to conserve our soil, water, air, plants, and animal resources in Fairfax County – vital components of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. We achieve this through effective leadership, technical assistance and outreach programs in partnership with government, industry, non-profit organizations, and the public.

Ms. Barakat was elected in Nov. 2023. As a candidate this was written about her top priorities as reported by the Connection Newspaper in their September 27, 2023 edition, ”education and outreach, which she sees as “vital to embracing environmental stewardship.” She includes educating citizens on storm water mitigation as one area of needed concentration. Another is to provide information on grants and programs offered. She says underrepresented communities tend to lack the information and tools to use the resources that could be available to them, though they are in dire need. Further, she sees education needs to go beyond residents; that “developers must be educated and provided the tools to make better choices.”

Meeting Cancelled for Jan. 21st

Saturday, January 20th, 2024
Based on the extremely cold weather and the lingering slippery conditions through Sunday, we have decided to cancel our Jan. 21st meeting.  Stay safe and warm.


We will hold our Annual Meeting and election of Executive Officers at our 19th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, February 11th. We have ordered a sunny day.  Stay tuned for further details.


Oct. 15 Meeting – Separation of Church and State

Monday, October 2nd, 2023

The beginning of the First Amendment- called the Establishment Clause reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”. This has always been interpreted as a requirement that there be a separation between Church and State. But just how tall is that wall that is believed to separate Church and State?



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2023 FROM 3 – 5 PM




BURKE, VA 22015

Come take part in a lively discussion about what separation of Church and State really means.

How separate are Church and State?

What did the Founders intend?

How has the Supreme Court interpreted the Establishment Clause?

Can places of worship maintain their tax-exempt status if they engage in politics? …and much more!


We will also hear from two local candidates – Albert Vega for Springfield District Supervisor and Sandy Anderson for Springfield School Board.

Questions?  Email


Democratic Candidate Forum

Tuesday, May 16th, 2023

The DWCNV along with the Springfield District Democratic Committee held the annual Democratic Candidate Forum on Sunday, May 7, at the Clifton Town Hall. The program was a great success with many attendees–all interested in hearing from our 2023 candidates.

Candidates in contested races for Springfield Board of Supervisors, Commonwealth Attorney, State Senate, and House of Delegates all had an opportunity to introduce themselves. The floor was then opened to questions that had been previously submitted by members of the DWCNV and the Springfield District Democratic Committee and were chosen by a panel of three members from each group.  We then heard a little from some candidates in uncontested races. The forum moderator was DWCNV Co-Chair Barbara Levine, and member Barbara Miller was the timekeeper.


General Meeting on Oct. 23rd

Friday, October 21st, 2022

We will be hosting a Zoom General Meeting this Sunday, Oct. 23rd,  from 3-5 P.M.  The topic will be The Supreme Court Decisions 2021- 2022 and Separation of Church and State.  Members and subscribers have received information on how to sign up for this Zoom meeting.  If you have questions, contact us at


DWCNV Members Are Social!

Thursday, July 28th, 2022

Last night DWCNV members met for dinner at Red’s Table in Reston!  Those there enjoyed a great meal, lively conversations, and were happy to meet in person.

We hope to be meeting again in person (and virtually – hybrid)  sometime in September…more reasons for you to become a DWCNV member!


Tuesday, July 26th, 2022
The DWCNV continues to send members important emails with information about Campaigns and Elections work and Political Action Alerts.

Both let you know how to help support Dems and issues of which you should be aware of and how to take action.

If you are a Democratic woman, living in No. VA, we welcome you to join our organization!

To find out more about us and what we do, check out the About Us and Join Us headings on this website.

President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris – THANK YOU!

Sunday, November 8th, 2020

We congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on their election victory!


We are proud to support you both and look forward to seeing needed progress made on many fronts as all Americans work together, united, to make it happen!

We thank everyone who helped out on the campaign and those Americans across the country who worked tirelessly to make sure every vote is counted.

Join us for a fun 4th of July Parade!

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

DWCNV members and friends are invited to join in on the fun of marching in a small, local parade with fellow Democrats for our 2019 Democratic candidates on the 4th of July!  We will gather at the corner of Main Street and Dell Ave. in the town of Clifton at 3:45 p.m. to march in the short parade which begins at 4 p.m.

Join Us for our General Meetings and Events

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

General Meetings

Our October General Meeting will be held at the Clifton Town Hall from 3 to 5 p.m.. On November 18, we will gather at the Clifton home of two of our members for a potluck dinner and our annual Holiday Projects get-together.

Our Sunday, October 21 General Meeting topic will be “Persuasive Progressive Messaging,” with Alane Dashner of Swing Left. Just in time for the holidays, learn how to talk to Uncle Bert at the Thanksgiving table! Ms. Dashner has insights and suggestions for civil discourse that communicates a positive progressive message, especially when speaking to those with opposing views.

On November 18 we will hold our Annual Holiday Projects meeting and Potluck Dinner starting at 3 p.m. at the home of members. We will hear from leaders of the two charities we support: Britepaths and the Fairfax County Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue Toy Drive. You do not have to be a member to donate to the charities, and we will soon provide more information about how to donate.