Mar 312015
 
Sneak peek into Gayla Frederick's gorgeous backyard gardens.

Sneak peek into Gayla Fredrick’s gorgeous backyard gardens.

Due to the rainy weather, the Democrats Bloom Garden Tour and Fundraiser has been rescheduled to May 31, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

Enjoy an afternoon among the blooms with local Democrats. WOW Dems member Gayla Fredrick has opened up her beautiful gardens for us to explore!

When: Sunday May 31st

Where: 900 Spring Brook Drive Allen TX 75002

Come tour the gardens anytime between 1:00 and 3:00. Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be served (mimosas too!).

Suggested donation: $15 if purchased prior to the event ($20 at the gate). All proceeds will go to WOW Dems to help Democratic women get elected!

Please click here to be directed to Act Blue and make your reservation today.

Please invite your your friends and family to join us as well!

 

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 Posted by at 9:15 pm
May 202015
 

Looking forward to a beautiful day after all this rain!  Please join us at the WOW Dems event “Democrats Bloom – A Garden Tour and Fundraiser!” We also have our famed BROADS (Book Readers of a Democratic Slant) coming up.  And don’t miss our General Meeting on June 11th with John Fullinwider of Mothers Against Police Brutality, discussing the facts of this important issue in society today, and what we can do to help.


“Democrats Bloom – A Garden Tour and Fundraiser”  Sunday May 31st

WOW Dems member Gayla Fredrick has opened up her amazing gardens for a tour!  What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.  Come, bring friends and family to enjoy this wonderland of natural beauty!  Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be served (including Mimosas!) Suggested donation $15. All proceeds will go to WOW Dems to help Democratic women get elected! Click here for more info and to get your tickets on Act Blue today.


June 11  WOW Dems General Meeting

Come hear John Fullinwider from the Dallas chapter of Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB) speak about  the problem of police brutality in our society today. Mothers Against Police Brutality is an emerging, Dallas based  multi-racial multi ethnic coalition uniting people nationally from all walks of life to hold law enforcement agencies more accountable. Collette Flanagan founded MAPB in 2013 after her son, Clinton Allen, an unarmed young man in custody, was shot to death by a Dallas police officer. MAPB is leading the way to change deadly force policy throughout the US and to help restore trust between the police and the communities they are sworn to serve and protect.

At the Plano Environmental Education Center

4116 W Plano Parkway Plano Tx 75093

Meet & Greet 6:30 PM. Program begins 6:45 PM (note earlier start time)


May 27 B.R.O.A.D.S. Book Club

We are reading “The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News.” Join us for a lively discussion.  Begins at 6:30 PM. For more details and to RSVP, click here.


Planned Parenthood Needs Your Help!

We are down to the final weeks of the Texas Legislative session, and a number of legislators are trying to push through bills that restrict access to reproductive health care. Volunteer phonebanks will be set up 11 am – 2 pm, or 3 – 6pm Wednesday to Friday. Please click here to sign up.


Time to renew your membership

WOW Dems relies on membership donations to pay for our regular operating expenses.  Please log on here to renew your membership for 2015 or to join for the first time. Our goal is  to increase the number of women who are interested in learning more about the political process and possibly running for office. Our best recruiting tool is word of mouth so we encourage you to bring a friend to a meeting or event. Let’s make a concerted effort to expand our membership in 2015.  Thanks for your support.


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, Communications, Events and Outreach, Fundraising, Legislative Action, Membership, and Programs

Committee descriptions can be found on our website.

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 1:42 pm
May 082015
 
Election Day Saturday May 9th

REMINDER: PLEASE VOTE FOR SHARON HIRSCH  FOR PLANO ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES PLACE 4! 

 Sharon Hirsch, Past President of WOW Dems, is running for Plano ISD Board of Trustees Place 4. An excellent leader, she will work hard and effectively for our children, our schools, and our community. Sharon has been endorsed by former Plano ISD School Board Presidents Allan Bird, Mary Beth King, and Lloyd “Skip” Jenkins, as well as Dr. Doug Otto, former Superintendent of Schools! Here is what WOW Dems member Prissy Wisnewski said in her endorsement of Sharon:

 I am very excited and thrilled to offer my support and endorsement to Sharon Hirsch for Plano ISD School Board Place 4.  I am a 20 year Plano ISD employee and have worked with Sharon in the school district and also in many volunteer activities, including WOW Dems.  Sharon has been deeply involved in all aspects of PISD including as a parent of PISD graduates, a long time District employee, spouse of a PISD administrator, parent to a PISD teacher, and as a grandparent of a PISD daycare child and future PISD student.  One example of her continued support of students and PISD programs is that she and her husband established and fund the Hirsch AVID Scholarship, providing first year tuition and textbooks for a deserving PISD AVID graduate to attend Collin College.  Sharon is by far the best school board candidate in Place 4 to continue the high quality level of education that Plano students and parents expect and deserve.  Please tell all your friends and family to get out and vote for Sharon!!
Prissy Wisnewski, Plano ISD employee  


Click here for more information about Sharon’s campaign. Visit the Dallas Morning News voter guide to see Sharon’s views on the issues or the League of Women Voters guide.  After you see her exceptional qualifications and what she will do for our schools, please help Sharon’s campaign by calling all your Plano friends and family! We also have other excellent candidates running. Check out Matt Lagos, James White and Steven Spainhouer.

We need ALL Democrats to get out and vote; this is not the time to sit home! Please read the voter guides (see above links) to find out more about all the candidates in YOUR local elections. This is important. Sharon and other great candidates  have a great chance of winning if we all get out and vote, and get others to do the same.  Even non-Democrats want  strong leaders like Sharon to work hard for our schools and our communities!   There are other interest groups sending mailers to vote for candidates who are against equality, who have no interest in supporting public schools and who will harm Plano’s business community’s fine reputation.  So talk to ALL your friends and family (moderates, Republicans, Independents too) and remind them that it is their civic duty to get out and vote! 

 Posted by at 9:24 pm
May 022015
 

Thanks to all of you who have voted!   If you have not, please make plans:  Early Voting continues Saturday 5/2, Monday 5/4, and ends Tuesday 5/5.  Election Day is Saturday 5/9. Click here for hours and locations for Collin County.  For Dallas locations, click here.

WOW Dems is proud to tell you about several great candidates who are running:

  • Sharon Hirsch for Plano ISD Board of Trustees, Place 4 – vote4sharon.com.  Sharon is past President of Women Organizing Women Democrats, has tons of experience, great qualifications, and impressive endorsements!  She will be a strong and effective member of the Plano ISD Board, helping our kids and our community.
  • James White, – jameswhite4district10.com.  James is running for Dallas City Council, District 10.  He is currently the State Democratic Executive Committee Committeeman for Senate District 8.  He is smart, knows the issues and will help make Dallas great! Plus, he is a WOW Dems member.
  • Matt Lagosfor Plano City Council, Place 4 – mattforplano.com – Matt is a long time Democratic activist and a staunch supporter of the Plano ERO, not to mention he is a member of WOW Dems!
  • Steven Spainhouer– spainhouerformckinney.com.  Steve is running for McKinney City Council, District 4.  He is a veteran of the US army, stands up for Equality and Diversity, will work hard for McKinney (plus he took great pics at our big WOW Dems event last summer!)

And, congratulations to Leaca Caspari who is unopposed in her race for Farmersville City Council! Leaca is a great leader in her community, and a WOW Dems member too!

Thank you for voting and asking your friends to do the same!

 Posted by at 11:36 am
Apr 232015
 
Early Voting Starts Monday April 27th

REMINDER: PLEASE VOTE FOR SHARON HIRSCH  FOR PLANO ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES PLACE 4! 

Sharon Hirsch, Past President of WOWDems, is running for Plano ISD Board of Trustees Place 4.  An excellent leader, she will work hard and effectively for our children, our schools, and our community.  Sharon has been endorsed by former Plano ISD School Board Presidents Allan Bird, Mary Beth King, and Lloyd “Skip” Jenkins, as well as Dr. Doug Otto, former Superintendent of Schools.  Sharon (and her family) have been intricately involved in the Plano schools for years: she has worked in administration, is an award winning volunteer, a mother of four successful PISD grads, and grandmother of an up and coming Plano student.  Sharon and her husband established the Hirsch AVID Scholarship which provides first year tuition and textbooks for a deserving AVID graduate to attend Collin College.  Sharon has served on the School Health Advisory Council and the City of Plano Cultural Affairs Commission. Sharon recently graduated Suma Cum Laude from UNT with a Bachelors in Volunteer and Community Resource Management.  Click here for more info. Click on the DMN voter guide to see Sharon’s views on the issues or the League of Women Voters voter guide.  After you see her exceptional qualifications and what she will do for our schools, please help Sharon’s campaign and sign up to be a poll greeter!

We need ALL Democrats to get out and vote; this is not the time to sit home!  If you do not live in Plano, ask your Plano friends and family to vote for Sharon. You can help in so many ways. Sharon has a great chance of winning if we all get out and vote, and get others to do the same.  Even non-Democrats want a strong leader like Sharon to work hard for our schools. So talk to ALL your friends and family and remind them to vote early, and vote for Sharon!

 Posted by at 7:54 pm
Apr 222015
 

Saturday, April 25, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Harrington Library, 1501 18th St, Plano. 

WOWDems is co-sponsoring this event with DPCC and Collin County Young Dems to bring you a forum for candidates running for Plano City Council, Plano Independent School District Board of Trustees and Collin College Board of Trustees.  WOWDems has two members who are running: come support Sharon Hirsch for Plano ISD Board of Trustees Place 4 and Matt Lagos for City Council Place 5.  Come hear from all the candidates about the issues that affect us and bring your questions! If you would like to help out at the forum, please click here.

 Posted by at 3:09 pm
Apr 152015
 

campaign-site-badgeVOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Please Sign Up to be a POLL GREETER for the Sharon Hirsch Campaign: click here.  Sharon Hirsch, Past President of WOWDems is running for PISD Board of Trustees Place 4. Election is May 9th. Early voting is April 27 – May 5th. Even if you do not live in Plano ISD, you can still help Sharon by signing up to poll greet!   Also, you can go to www.vote4sharon.com to find other ways you can help.

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Reminder: The Memorial Service for Janice Bowling will be held at 1:30 PM Saturday April 25, 2015 at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church in Richardson Texas. For more details, click here.

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“ANNUAL DAY OF SERVICE”

In honor of the late Janice Bowling,  Kelley Van Auken and Lori Dodds, WOWDems will set aside a day of service every year! Janice Bowling was an extraordinary volunteer block walker, phone banker and Deputy Registar and member of WOWDems from the beginning.  Kelley Van Auken was Director of Volunteers at the White House in the Clinton administration, and founded the successful “My Very Own Book” which gives free books to children in low income neighborhoods. She was a member of Texas Democratic Women of Collin County (TDWCC) and inspired the formation of WOWDems. Lori Dodds was the Collin County Law Librarian and an active TDWCC member. We will always remember them.

 Will you please  help us choose this year’s Annual Day Of Service activity from below?  Please choose something YOU will  participate in!

1. Habitat for Humanity: “A Brush with Kindness”  neighborhood Revitalization projects – usually on Saturdays

2. Habitat ReStore: groups needed to help with sorting , cleaning, etc. Tuesday-Saturdays

3. The Texas Ramp Project:  Help build wheelchair ramps for the disabled who cannot afford to buy them.  Saturdays.

Please  Email outreach@wowdems.org with your vote!

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Saturday May 2  “Asiafest” Haggard Park, Plano.

We all had a great time last year,  talking to people and registering voters. We need 2 volunteers for 10 AM – 1:30 PM shift, and 2 volunteers for 1:30pm- 5pm shift.  Email outreach@wowdems.org to volunteer for a shift.  We will also talk to voters about the upcoming election, in which two WOWDems members are running, past President Sharon Hirsch for Plano ISD Board of Trustees Place 4, and Matt Lagos, for Plano City Council Place 5.

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IMG_4634“DEMOCRATS BLOOM – A GARDEN TOUR AND FUNDRAISER” 

Sunday, May 17th 1:00 – 3:00PM  

Gayla Fredrick, WOW Dems member, has offered her beautiful gardens for our WOW Dems fundraiser!  We will have hors d’oeuvres, lemonade and mimosas. Only $15 pp.

What a great way to spend the afternoon! Order your tickets here, today. Invite friends and family and go to our FB page and invite friends from there.

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B.R.O.A.D.S. Book Club  May 27  6:30 PM  This months selection is “The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News.”  For more details, contact Diane Groves at bookclub@wowdems.org

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Reminders from Other Organizations:

Thursday April 30  “Fling into Spring ” DPCC  fundraiser. 7-9 PM  At Landon Winery, McKinney Get your tickets here.

Wednesday May 27  Equality Texas Fundraiser: See the award winning film “Pride” at the Angelika Plano. For more info go to www.EqualityTexas.org (look in the Take Action- Attend an Event tabs.)

April 24 DPCC Final Friday Delaneys 6150 Eldorado Parkway #120 McKinney 6:30 PM

Friday May 1 Drinking Liberally Allen Two Rows Gill 711 Central Expwy S 6:30 PM

Friday May 8 Drinking Liberally Plano Rugby House SEC Preston & 121 6:30 -8:30 PM

Friday May 15 Living Liberally McKinney Café Malaga 107 S Church St 6:30-8:30

 

 Posted by at 10:01 pm
Apr 122015
 
Officer Bianez of the Plano Police Department.

Officer Bianez of the Plano Police Department.

We had a great April general meeting this past Thursday.  Officer Christopher Bianez of the Plano Police Department gave a highly entertaining presentation on “Property Safety” – with music and comedy included. He provided us with lots of suggestions on ways to prevent crime, and he even scared us a little by demonstrating how easy it is to knock down a door (yikes!). Luckily he had lots of practical solutions and kept us riveted through the entire presentation.

If you weren’t able to attend our meeting, but would like to hear more from Officer Bianez, he will be conducting additional safety seminars at Collin Creek Church during April.  For more information contact Robert Posner at Collin Creek Church at 972.897.4397.

WOWDems member Sharon Hirsch gave us an update on her busy campaign for PISD Board of Directors Place 4. She is participating in forums and has speaking engagements galore, but she still needs your help. Can you be a poll greeter during early voting (April 27-May 5)? Go to vote4sharon.com for more details and to volunteer.

Here are some upcoming WOW Dems events:
– “Democrats Bloom – A Garden Tour” Fundraiser on May 17 . Purchase tickets here.
– A visit to the office of TX State Senator Van Taylor scheduled for April 17 to voice our concerns regarding access to women’s healthcare screenings
– Blue Ribbon Lobby Day in Austin on April 14
– A WOWDems Community Service Day in honor of Kelly Van Auken and Janice Bowling, two recently deceased local Democratic women who have inspired and supported us (Date TBD).

 Posted by at 9:16 pm
Apr 042015
 
Spring is here! Time to get out and get involved!  We have some great events for you!  Please join us at the WOW Dems General meeting on Thursday  April 9th.  Get involved in Sharon Hirsch’s campaign for election to PISD Board of Trustees Pace 4.  And don’t miss our amazing “Democrats Bloom – A Garden Tour and Fundraiser!”

See below for more info on these and other events!

Lori Kleinfield

President WOW Democrats

WOW Dems General Meeting – April 9 
Plano Police Department Officer Christopher Bianez  will present his very interesting “Property Safety Seminar” tailored for WOW Dems. He’ll provide tips on defending yourself against crime!

WOW Dems past President Sharon Hirsch will be there to talk about her run for PISD Board of Trustees Place 4. Find out important ways you can help!

At the Plano Environmental Education Center

4116 W Plano Parkway Plano Tx 75093

Meet & Greet 6:30 PM. Program begins 7:00 PM

 

“Democrats Bloom – A Garden Tour and Fundraiser”  Sunday May 17th
WOW Dems member Gayla Fredrick has opened up her amazing gardens for a tour!  What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.  Come, bring friends and family to enjoy this wonderland of natural beauty!  Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be served (including Mimosas!) Suggested donation is $15. All proceeds will go to WOW Dems to help Democratic women get elected! Click here for more info and to get your tickets on Act Blue today.

 

Janice Bowling, in Memorium
 It is with sadness that we share the news of the death of our wonderful WOW Dems member and good friend Janice Bowling. Janice was an active member of WOW Dems for over two years and volunteered countless hours phone banking, blockwalking and registering voters!  Volunteering was always more fun with Janice and her awesome sense of humor! She will be missed.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 25th 1:30 PM at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, Richardson, TX. For more info, click here.

 

Blue Ribbon Lobby Day in Austin – April 14
Last chance to sign up!  A few of us are going, and it would be great if we could get more WOW Dems to go down to Austin to stand up for equality, education, fairness, and progressive values! There is a bus leaving  from Dallas with the North Dallas Texas Democratic Women (NDTDW) Click here to sign up.

 

Time to renew your membership
WOW Dems relies on membership donations to pay for our regular operating expenses.

Please log on here to renew your membership for 2015 or to join for the first time. Our goal is  to increase the number of women who are interested in learning more about the political process and possibly running for office. Our best recruiting tool is word of mouth so we encourage you to bring a friend to a meeting or event. Let’s make a concerted effort to expand our membership in 2015.

Thanks for your support.

 

Sign up for Blockwalking for Sharon!
WOW Dems will be blockwalking for Sharon Hirsch for PISD Board of Trustees Place 4, starting now through early voting until election Day May 9th. Email president@wowdems.org for more information and to volunteer. Also go to www.vote4sharon.com to donate to her campaign!

 

WOW Dems at Planned Parenthood Lobby Day
                              by LaToya Hill

WOW Dems joined hundreds of women on the State Capitol steps in Austin Texas on March 11, 2015 to have their voices heard on upcoming legislation related but not limited to reproductive health. Planned Parenthood, along with a host of other women’s health facilities have had their funding decimated in recent years by GOP led opposition. The result has been clinics across the state forced to shut down, leaving tens of thousands of Texas women without any way to receive the essential health services that these facilities offered…. read more

 

Members: We  Need Your Input
Our Outreach Committee would like to know if any of you are interested in doing a community outreach project such as Habitat for Humanity?  Habitat has a Women’s Build Day as well as other volunteer opportunities at their McKinney site. Please contact  outreach@wowdems.org to tell us what you think!

 

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

Communications

Events and Outreach

Fundraising

Legislative Action

Membership

Programs

Committee descriptions can be found on our website.

Volunteer Survey Form

Please fill out our volunteer survey form and email tovolunteer@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 2:18 pm
Apr 012015
 
WOW Dems at PPT Lobby Day

WOW Dems at Planned Parenthood Lobby Day

WOW Dems joined hundreds of women on the state capitol steps in Austin, Texas on March 11th, 2015 to have their voices heard on upcoming legislation related but not limited to reproductive health.  Planned Parenthood along with a host of other women’s health facilities have had their funding decimated in recent years by GOP led opposition.  The result has been clinics across the state forced to shut down, leaving tens of thousands of Texas women without any way to receive the essential health services that these facilities offered.  As the House prepares once again to debate the issue of women’s health funding, Texas women united together to inform their representatives that, in the words of State Rep. Roberto Alonzo (D), “Reproductive rights are human rights.”

Republican policy makers are once again determined to defund Planned Parenthood and its mission to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services.  Included in this year’s proposed Texas Senate budget is an attempt to restructure the state’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening program in an effort to prevent Planned Parenthood from participating.  Recognizing that this political ploy would have lethal ramifications, State Rep. Sarah Davis (R) spoke out against her party’s plans stating “If we don’t have the provider network, women cannot be served. And they will die.”

This latest budget proposal underlines the fact that, contrary to some detractors’ claims, the women who gathered in the capitol are not Pro-Choice proponents wanting more money to perform abortions.  Indeed, they are fighting for the rights of impoverished women throughout Texas to have access to basic health care services.  Since only Planned Parenthood clinics in a few Texas cities have been able to continue offering these services, many women are forced to either travel great distances or go without. One participant in Wednesday’s rally, Texas Tech student Aubrey Reinhardt, was excited to discover that her town would soon have its own clinic.  “Because of the population, including Texas Tech students, and the lack of outlets to receive reproductive healthcare, Lubbock is in the most need,” she said.  Currently the closest Planned Parenthood clinic is in Dallas, a five hour drive and a major deterrent to those unable to easily afford the trip.

As women from across Texas prepared to share their message with state legislators and others, State Rep. Chris Turner (D) clearly summarized the issue stating “…access to basic health care including contraception should not be dependent upon your income, zip code, race or anything else. Access to care should be a basic right that Texans are guaranteed.”  Thank you to all the women who participated in this year’s rally and for all those who continue to fight for our human rights.

By: Latoya Hill

 

 Posted by at 2:46 pm