Apr 062014
 
WOW Dems Members:

Don’t miss our second quarterly meeting of 2014 coming up on Thursday, April 10 at the Plano Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Parkway, Plano 75093. Meet and greet starts at 6:30 with the program beginning at 7 p.m. A representative from Battleground Texas will give you the scoop on their history and strategy. Our regular business meeting will follow the program. Bring a friend!

We will have Wendy Davis yard signs available for sale for a suggested donation of $8.00. Proceeds will benefit area women candidates.

Our friend and fellow activist Kelley Van Auken passed away on March 23rd. Kelley was an amazing woman and an inspiration to all of us. As a tribute, we will be collecting new children’s books to donate to Kelley’s nonprofit organization My Very Own Book. You can bring your book(s), appropriate for grades K – 5th, to the quarterly meeting. In lieu of a book donation, you can make a monetary contribution with a credit card or PayPal here. If you prefer to write a check, it can be made out to My Very Own Book and mailed to: My Very Own Book Attn: Dot Pitts, 2213 Aspen Street, Richardson, TX  75082.

You can still purchase tickets for the April 7th DPCC fundraiser featuring Yvonne Gutierrez of Planned Parenthood. Get the details at collindems.us and support the Democratic Party of Collin County.

As always, contact me if you have any questions. Hope to see you on the 10th.

Sharon Hirsch

WOW Dems President
Email: president@wowdems.org

 Posted by at 11:39 am
Apr 022014
 

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Kelley Van Auken last week. When Kelley lived in Texas, she was active in women’s Democratic organizations, including WOW Dems. She led an amazing life and taught us so much about politics and having fun. We will miss her very much. A link to her obituary is here.

 Posted by at 5:55 am
Apr 012014
 

On April 10, we will 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.

A representative from Battleground Texas will speak about how their organization is supporting Wendy Davis and all Democratic candidates. If you have been wondering what Battleground Texas is all about, bring your questions. You will learn about the past, present, and future of Battleground Texas. Plan to attend to catch up with your Democratic friends and enjoy an informative program. Hope to see you on the 10th.

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 7:54 am
Mar 282014
 

The Democratic Party of Collin County (DPCC) is sponsoring a “Stand Up for Texas Women” dinner and fundraiser featuring Yvonne Gutierrez, Policy Director for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Texas. The event will be held on Monday, April 7, 6:30p.m. at Ye Shire Tavern in Richardson. Tickets are $45, which includes dinner, and can be purchased at collindems.us or in person at the DPCC office in east Plano.

 Posted by at 2:10 pm
Mar 272014
 
We are pleased to have made it through the primary election and successful senate district conventions. Many WOW Dems have worked hard to register voters, support candidates, and ensure that the elections and conventions ran smoothly. There is still much work to be done in order to help our Democratic candidates win in November. 

We held our first $20.14 in 2014 event on March 1st. Our plan is to continue to offer these small social gatherings for members throughout the year. This is a great opportunity to enjoy like-minded company and raise extra funds for our women candidates. When you join WOW, you will receive more information about these fun events.

 

If you have not joined us yet, please consider becoming a part of one of the most dynamic groups in North Texas. For more information and a link to our website, click here.

Second quarterly meeting of 2014
Our second quarterly meeting is just around the corner. On April 10, we will 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. A representative from Battleground Texas will speak about how their organization is supporting Wendy Davis and all Democratic candidates. If you have been wondering what Battleground Texas is all about, bring your questions. You will learn about the past, present, and future of Battleground Texas. Plan to attend to catch up with your Democratic friends and enjoy an informative program. Hope to see you on the 10th.

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.

In memory of Kelley Van Auken

Our dear friend and loyal Democrat, Kelley Van Auken, passed away on March 22, 2014. The initial success of Democratic women organizing in Collin County is largely due to Kelley’s wisdom and passion for politics. As Lynn Wolfe said, “That girl squeezed a whole lot of living into a too-short stay on planet earth.” Meredith Fisherman said what we all know, “Kelley was an incredibly amazing and dynamic person.” And Barb Walters noted “She was wiser than the ages and made things happen.” We all feel very fortunate to have had Kelley in our lives.

Upcoming Events
* Battleground Texas (BGTX) continues their weekly phonebanks on Thursday 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 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
Committee descriptions can be found here.
 Posted by at 10:28 am
Mar 092014
 

IMG_2104Jeanette Kelley and Karen Beck represented WOW Dems at the “Texas Women Inspiring Change” event on Saturday, March 8th. This event was held in conjunction with International Women’s Day. Participation in these community events helps fulfill our mission to empower women in North Texas and increase their participation in the political process. Thanks to Jeanette and Karen for helping spread the word about WOW Dems.

 Posted by at 12:16 pm
Feb 192014
 

WOW Dems Members:

Early primary voting starts Tuesday, February 18 and will end on Friday, February 28.  Election day is Tuesday, March 4. Consult your county election website for hours and voting locations. I know all of you will exercise your right to vote. We are pleased to have three WOW members on the ballot: Denise Hamilton, Justice of the Peace, Collin County Precinct 3, Place 2; Sameena Karmally, Texas House District 89; and Mike Rawlins, Chair, Democratic Party of Collin County. These excellent candidates would appreciate your support.

Important information regarding the Senatorial District 8 convention can be found here. This website also has information regarding changes to the convention process. Senatorial District 30 convention information can be found here.

$20.14 in 2014 – Help Women Win

Remember, the deadline to purchase a ticket for our first social event of the year is Thursday, February 27. Feel free to invite friends and family for a fun evening of music and fellowship.

We are happy to announce the first in our series of $20.14 in 2014 social events. These events are being scheduled to serve two important purposes. First is to provide social activities for the WOW Dems members in an effort to get to know each other better. Second is to help provide some financial support for our women candidates. Each event will cost you $20.14 and the net after expenses will be sent from WOW Dems to our endorsed candidates. Our first event will be:

Who: Tom Nielson, music for social change along with political satire
What: Community Café Concert
When: Saturday, March 1st, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Community Unitarian Universalist Church of Plano, 2875 E. Parker Road, Plano 75024

Deadline to RSVP is Thursday, February 27th. Act now by purchasing your tickets on Act Blue. Rather send a check? RSVP to events@wowdems.org and mail payment to Mary Hooks, 832 Harvest Glen, Plano 75023.

Future $20.14 in 2014 events include a wine tasting, movie night, and a Frisco RoughRider game. Tentative dates are April 6th, May 5th, and June 8th. Pencil those dates into your calendar and look for more information soon. Share your thoughts and ideas for social activities via email at events@wowdems.org.

Remember to renew your WOW Dems membership for 2014. Your renewal helps us fulfill our mission to empower and elect women in North Texas. Go to wowdems.org and click on the “Join” button.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

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

 Posted by at 7:07 am
Feb 182014
 

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, March 4. Early voting begins on Tuesday, February 18 and ends on Friday, February 28. All statewide Democratic primary candidates can be found at txdemocrats.org/party/candidates.

Collin County election information can be found at  co.collin.tx.us/elections/election_information.

Dallas County election information can be found at dallascountyvotes.org.

Important information regarding the Senate District 8 convention can be found at collindemsdistrict8.org.

 Posted by at 7:07 am
Feb 102014
 

Save the date for the next B.R.O.A.D.S Book Club, Wednesday March 26. We meet the 4th Wednesday every other month. Email for more info and directions.

We’ll have social time with drinks and appetizers from 6:30-7:15(ish) and then Book Discussion from 7:15-8:45(ish). If you’d like to bring wine or an appetizer to share you may but don’t feel obligated.

The March selection is “Game Change“. It’s the prequel to our book in January and I had several people say that they wanted to read this one.

Hope to see you in March!
Diane

gamechangeIn 2008, the presidential election became blockbuster entertainment. Everyone was watching as the race for the White House unfolded like something from the realm of fiction. The meteoric rise and historic triumph of Barack Obama. The shocking fall of the House of Clinton—and the improbable resurrection of Hillary as Obama’s partner and America’s face to the world. The mercurial performance of John McCain and the mesmerizing emergence of Sarah Palin. But despite the wall-to-wall media coverage of this spellbinding drama, remarkably little of the real story behind the headlines had been told—until now.

 Posted by at 7:28 am