Jul 102014
 

Tickets are now on sale for “Wearing it for the Win” on Saturday, August 23rd from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. WOW Dems is pleased to announce that Gloria Campos, long-time anchor for WFAA Channel 8 News, will be our guest speaker. At this luncheon, we will celebrate women in politics and highlight the use of fashion to achieve social and political goals. A resale fashion show and silent auction will be part of the activities. Please join us for what is sure to be a memorable event.

The luncheon will be held at Regal Manor, 10865 Preston Road, Frisco 75033. Click here to purchase your tickets.

 Posted by at 4:21 pm
Jul 222014
 

WOW Dems Members:

John Cook, Democratic candidate for Land Commissioner, will stop by the DPCC office tonight (Tuesday) during the phone bank hosted by the Young Democrats. He will be there about 6:30, and we would love to have as many people as possible there to greet him. He will then attend the CEC meeting in McKinney to meet our Precinct Chairs. The DPCC office is located at 2504 K Ave. #200, Plano 75074.

The Land Commissioner is involved in the impact on fracking and management of land, lakes and waterways. The oil and gas industry has poured tons of money into the campaign of his Republican opponent, George P. Bush, who has already said he wants to cut regulation of the industry.  John Cook was the keynote speaker at the Texas Environmental Caucus at the Texas Democratic Convention (www.cookfortexas.org).

Please forward this invitation to anyone else who might be interested and available this evening. Let Barb Walters (barbwalters47@gmail.com) or Michael Messer (michaelmesser@live.com) know if you can attend.

Have you purchased your tickets yet for our August 23rd fundraiser “Wearing it for the Win”? This is our one big event for the year, and we’d like to see as many members as possible in attendance. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Gloria Campos speak, enjoy our resale fashion show, and check out some terrific silent auction items. Don’t delay – click here NOW!

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Your support of WOW Dems is appreciated.

Sharon Hirsch
WOW Dems President
Email: president@wowdems.org
Phone: 972-740-6015

 Posted by at 10:55 am
Jul 102014
 

WOW Dems members marched along with several dozen fellow Collin County Democrats in the annual Plano Independence Day parade. A receptive crowd greeted the parade participants who carried the club banner. It is evident that there is a renewed enthusiasm and a great deal of energy within the Democratic Party of Collin County. Thanks to all who participated in this fun event.

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 Posted by at 8:41 am
Jul 032014
 

Annie’s List will be conducting their Candidate 101 Training in Dallas on July 12th. Cost to register for the all-day event is $25.00. WOW Dems will reimburse four members interested in attending. If you’re thinking of running for office at any level or would like to learn more about campaigns, please consider registering. Send email to Sharon Hirsch for details on securing reimbursement.

 Posted by at 5:55 am
Jun 302014
 

Barb Walters, Program Chair, has invited Sarah Slamen to be our featured speaker at our July 10 meeting. Ms. Slamen received national attention during her public testimony regarding the controversial SB1, which was famously filibustered by Senator Wendy Davis. You can see what happened when Ms. Slamen delivered her remarks at the State Capitol. She has gone on to make many appearances on MSNBC. We are thrilled to have her talk to WOW Dems about her experiences and tell us what she is doing now.

We will once again meet at the Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Pkwy, in Plano. Meet and greet is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with our program beginning at 7 p.m.

As an added bonus, the Sameena Karmally campaign is hosting a dinner at 5 p.m. prior to our meeting, providing some extra time to visit with both Sameena and Sarah. Please RSVP and purchase your ticket for the dinner at this link.

We will have Wendy Davis yard signs available featuring our very own design. Suggested donation is $8. Remember – funds raised by WOW Dems will help support our programs as well as women candidates.

 Posted by at 5:58 am
Jun 302014
 

Want to get your 4th of July festivities off to a great start? The Democratic Party of Collin County is participating in the annual Plano Lions Independence Day parade and would like to have WOW Dems join them. Jeanette Kelley and Lori Kleinfield have agreed to lead the way carrying our banner and we need more WOW Dems, along with your families, to follow along. The parade is scheduled from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. beginning at the Plano ISD Administration Building and ending at Plano Senior High. Please send an email to Sharon Hirsch if you want to participate.

 Posted by at 5:51 am
Jun 242014
 

WOW Dems Members:

While summer is a time for rest and relaxation for many people, WOW Dems continues to move ahead on several exciting activities. First off, tickets are now on sale for our August 23rd fundraiser “Wearing it for the Win.” This luncheon event features guest speaker Gloria Campos, former long time WFAA Channel 8 news anchor, along with a resale fashion show and silent auction. This will be the only major fundraiser of the year for WOW and we plan to make it a great one. Sponsorships are still available, which include two tickets to the event and an opportunity to be seated at lunch with Gloria Campos. Check out the Act Blue page for details. Please note: WOW members will receive a $5 discount for purchasing tickets before July 15th. Our venue has limited seating so ACT NOW to reserve your seat.

Our next quarterly meeting will be held on Thursday, July 10th at the Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Parkway, Plano 75093. Sarah Slamen will be our guest speaker. You may remember that Sarah earned national attention for her testimony during the public commentary on SB1, the legislation filibustered by Senator Wendy Davis. Meet and greet begins at 6:30 with the program starting at 7 p.m. As an added bonus, the Sameena Karmally campaign is hosting a dinner at 5 p.m. prior to our meeting providing some extra time to visit with both Sameena and Sarah. Please RSVP and purchase your ticket for the dinner at this link.

Want to get your 4th of July festivities off to a great start? The Democratic Party of Collin County is participating in the annual Plano Lions Independence Day parade and would like to have WOW Dems join them. Jeanette Kelley and Lori Kleinfield have agreed to lead the way carrying our banner and we need more WOW Dems, along with your families, to follow along. Please respond to this email ASAP if you can attend and I will get details out to you. The parade is scheduled from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. beginning at the Plano ISD Administration Building and ending at Plano Senior High.

Annie’s List will be conducting their Candidate 101 Training in Dallas on July 12th. Cost to register for the all-day event is $25.00. WOW Dems will reimburse four members interested in attending. If you’re thinking of running for office at any level or would like to learn more about campaigns, please consider registering. Reply to me for details on securing reimbursement.

Congratulations to WOW Dems member Barb Walters who was elected as the Assistant County Chair for the Democratic Party of Collin County at last week’s CEC meeting. Barb brings a wealth of knowledge and an endless supply of energy to this position. Look for good things happening in Collin County.

Thanks to everyone who has been volunteering, block walking, phone banking, fundraising, etc. for WOW Dems, BGTX, your county party, and candidates. Your efforts are noticed, and you will play a major role in turning Texas blue. If you’re attending the convention this weekend, have a great time and plan to share highlights with us on July 10th. Don’t forget to stop by The Ladies Room to take a break from convention activities or participate in some of the excellent programs and entertainment that will be offered.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Sharon Hirsch
WOW Dems President
Email: president@wowdems.org
Phone: 972-740-6015

 Posted by at 11:43 am
Jun 032014
 

WOW Dems is working to help support The Ladies Room at the Texas Democratic Convention to be held in Dallas on June 27 & 28. The Ladies Room offers a unique opportunity to network, take a break from convention activities, and participate in lively panel discussions focusing on issues important to women. Topics include education, health care, women county chairs, and young women in leadership. Friday night entertainment will feature a poetry slam with nationally known poets.

The Ladies Room is not a fundraiser and is seeking funds only to defray the cost of the event. If you can make a donation, large or small, please follow this link. All convention attendees are welcome to stop by The Ladies Room during your stay at the convention center.

 Posted by at 4:04 am
Jun 022014
 

WOW Dems Members:

We have a terrific opportunity to help out both Sameena Karmally and Denise Hamilton’s campaigns during the month of June. As part of a mission to make Collin County a Texas Democratic Battleground, we are taking part in the Triple-Hit June coordinated block walk program the first three Saturday mornings in June: June 7th, 14th, and 21st.

Come out and join the Democratic Network of local Collin County Candidates, Precinct Chairs, fellow WOW Dems, Heritage Ranch Democrats, Collin County Young Democrats, Wylie Democrats, and Deputy Voter Registrars for these June block walks.

We’ll register new voters, and introduce new county residents to our Democratic women candidates. Canvassing will begin at 9 a.m. and end around 1 p.m. Details on the walk locations for each Saturday will be communicated to those who sign up. Please come out and help make Collin County a Texas Democratic Battleground! And bring your friends, too.

If you plan on attending the state convention in Dallas on June 27th & 28th, we need volunteers to staff The Ladies Room. To check out what shifts are available and to sign up, click here. The Ladies Room offers a unique opportunity to network, attend great educational programming, enjoy terrific entertainment, and take a break from the convention activities. For more details, click here.

Lastly, we are seeking sponsors for our August 23rd event “Wearing it for the Win.” If you are interested in sponsoring or know someone who might be, follow this link. This is going to be a great event.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Sharon Hirsch
WOW Dems President
Email: president@wowdems.org

 Posted by at 8:40 pm
May 272014
 

Our membership numbers continue to build just like the excitement around the state convention and November elections. Thanks again to all who have joined WOW Dems and to those who are participating in all of our events and opportunities for activism.

We are very excited to announce our first fundraiser luncheon, Wearing it for the Win, to be held on Saturday, August 23 at Regal Manor in Frisco. Our fundraising committee is excited to tell you that Gloria Campos, former long-time anchor with Channel 8 news, has graciously agreed to be our keynote speaker. At this luncheon, we will celebrate women in politics and highlight the use of fashion to achieve social and political goals.

Mark your calendars NOW so you don’t miss this special event. Tickets will go on sale in July. WOW Dems members and sponsors will get the first chance at limited seating. We are seeking sponsorships for this special event. Please respond to this email or click here if you are interested in a great opportunity to lend your name to our effort.

Third quarterly meeting of 2014

Barb Walters, Program Chair, has invited Sarah Slamen to be our featured speaker at our July 10 meeting. Ms. Slamen received national attention during her public testimony regarding the controversial SB1, which was famously filibustered by Senator Wendy Davis. You can see what happened when Ms. Slamen delivered her remarks at the State Capitol. She has gone on to make many appearances on MSNBC. We are thrilled to have her talk to WOW Dems about her experiences and tell us what she is doing now.

We will once again meet at the Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Pkwy, in Plano. Meet and greet is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with our program beginning at 7 p.m.

We will have Wendy Davis yard signs available featuring our very own design. Suggested donation is $8. Remember – funds raised by WOW Dems will help support our programs as well as women candidates.

The Ladies Room

WOW Dems is working to help support The Ladies Room at the Texas Democratic Convention to be held in Dallas on June 27 & 28. The Ladies Room offers a unique opportunity to network, take a break from convention activities, and participate in lively panel discussions focusing on issues important to women. Topics include education, health care, women county chairs, and young women in leadership. Friday night entertainment will feature a poetry slam with nationally known poets.

The Ladies Room is not a fundraiser and is seeking funds only to defray the cost of the event. If you can make a donation, large or small, please follow this link. All convention attendees are welcome to stop by The Ladies Room during your stay at the convention center.

Annie’s List Candidate 101 Training in Dallas

Thinking about running for office? Annie’s List has trained hundreds of women, and they are looking forward to spreading more knowledge about how to run a campaign in the most effective way possible. You are invited to attend the first Dallas training session of the year.

Where: CWA Hall (1408 N. Washington Ave., 75204)

When: July 12, 2014

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sign in at 8:30 a.m.

RSVP is required. Register at annieslist.com. There is a $25 registration fee that includes lunch and materials, and there are also scholarships available.

Any questions about scholarships or general information can be directed towards Colleen Loper - colleen@annieslist.com.

Upcoming Events

Battleground Texas (BGTX) continues their weekly phonebanks on several evenings from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the DPCC office, 2504 K Avenue, Suite 200, Plano 75074. For more details about BGTX events and to RSVP, click here.

Join Women for Wendy - a group of women dedicated to fighting with Wendy Davis to build a stronger future for Texas. Work with women and for women. Sign up now to receive more details.

WOW Dems members Sameena Karmally and Denise Hamilton need your support for their campaigns. Sameena is challenging Jodie Laubenberg for Texas House District 89 and Denise is seeking to unseat incumbent John Payton for Justice of the Peace, Collin County Precinct 3 Place 2. Check out their websites to volunteer and make a donation. Let’s work together to help these excellent candidates win.

WOW Dems – How to Get Involved

To get the most out of WOW Dems, we encourage you to join one of our committees. Most of our organization’s work takes place at the committee level, and while we will have quarterly meetings and other social and political events and activities throughout the year, joining a committee is the best way to get know members and build relationships within our community.

WOW Dems Committees

Candidates – Isabel Zambrano

Communications  - Karen Beck, communications@wowdems.org

Community Outreach - Lori Kleinfield (acting), outreach@wowdems.org

Fundraising – (currently seeking a chairperson), fundraising@wowdems.org

Membership – Hazel Weathers, membership@wowdems.org

Programs, Events, Training – Barb Walters, programs@wowdems.org

Voter Registration – Diane Groves & Hazel Weathers, voterreg@wowdems.org

Click here for Committee descriptions.

Volunteer Survey Form

Please fill out our volunteer survey form and email to volunteer@wowdems.org. If you are interested in participating on a committee, email the chair of the committee directly. If a committee is without a chair, email president@wowdems.org for more information.

 Posted by at 3:53 pm