Mar 202015
 

WOW Dems Fun – March ‘Money’ Madness

Thank you to all our members and supporters who joined us last Tuesday for March ‘Money’ Madness at Desperados Mexican Restaurant – the first WOW Dems fundraiser of the year. It was a festive evening of great food and margaritas and fun people. It was a treat to see our members, their families and friends, while raising some money to elect women Democrats. Alan Beck won the coveted door prize – an autographed copy of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s new book, Off the Sidelines. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, our very own Sharon Hirsch (past WOW Dems president) spoke about her candidacy for Plano ISD Board of Directors Place 4. Find out more about Sharon’s campaign and how you can help at www.vote4sharon.com. The election will be coming up in May.

Planned Parenthood Lobby Day 

Many WOW Dems members went on the Planned Parenthood bus to Austin for an exciting day at the Capitol, speaking to our legislators about preserving women’s access to preventative healthcare and family planning. More in depth discussion in next newsletter.

B.R.O.A.D.S. (Book Readers of a Democratic Slant). We had a great turnout for the March book selection: The Working Poor: Invisible in America by DK Shipler. (Note this book was on the Highland Park ISD list of banned books for this year.) Even if you missed book club this time, you should still read this book to have greater understanding of what life is like for millions of struggling Americans. Stay tuned for announcement of the next book for May. Or you may contact Diane Groves at [email protected] for more details.

If you weren’t able to make these events we have several more great events and fundraisers coming up in spring: 

Block Walking for Sharon Lets get organized and get out the vote for our own Sharon Hirsch for PISD Board of Trustees, Place 4. Contact [email protected] if you want to block walk. Also, go to: www.vote4sharon.com to find out more about how you can help, and to donate to her campaign.

Thursday April 9 WOW Dems General Meeting at the Plano Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Parkway, Plano Tx 75093. 6:30 PM Meet & Greet, 7 PM program: Plano Police officer Christopher Bianez presents his very interesting “Property Safety Seminar” where you will learn how to protect yourself. Bring a friend. Open to public.

April 14 Blue Ribbon Lobby Day in Austin Women from across Texas join at the State Capitol to make their voices heard on economic, health and educational policy issues. Click here to register. There is a $25 bus from Dallas. Click here to sign up. Then email [email protected] so we can keep track of who is going.

Sunday May 17 Save the Date. Fundraising in the Flowers. Member Gayla Fredrick has offered her beautiful gardens for a walk through tour. Come anytime between 1:00 and 3:00. Enjoy gardens, music, food and drink of course. More info to follow.

Other upcoming events from local Democratic Organizations and clubs: 

Friday March 20 6:30 PM Living Liberally Café Malaga, 107 S Church, McKinney

Saturday March 21 9:00 am – 10:30 am Knowledge is Power – How to Win a Local Election Collin Higher Education Center Collin College, McKinney, Hwy 121 and 75

Thursday, March 26, 6:30 – 8:00 PM Messaging:How to Talk to Voters DPCC office RSVP to [email protected]

Friday, March 27 6:30 PM DPCC Final Friday Abuelos, 3701 Dallas Pkway Plano

If you have not renewed your membership for 2015, now is the time. Click here to join WOW Dems. Thanks for your support.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Lori Kleinfield
WOW Dems President
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-365-3626

 Posted by at 6:45 pm
Mar 122015
 

Thank you to all our members and supporters who joined us on Tuesday for March ‘Money’ Madness at Desperado’s Mexican Restaurant – the first WOW Dems fundraiser of the year. It was a festive evening of great food and margaritas and fun people! It was a treat to see our members, their families and friends, while raising some money to elect women Democrats. Alan Beck won the coveted door prize – an autographed copy of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s new book, Off the Sidelines.

For those of you who weren’t able to attend, our very own Sharon Hirsch (past WOW Dems president) spoke about her candidacy for Plano ISD Board of Directors Place 4. Find out more about Sharon’s campaign and how you can help at vote4sharon.com. The election will be coming up in May.

If you weren’t able to make it to the event, we will have several more fun events and fundraisers in the works for the spring/summer. Watch for details coming soon!

 Posted by at 11:01 pm
Mar 032015
 

WOW Dems Members:

Hope you’re staying warm and safe in this crazy weather, but no worries; spring is around the corner. I hope you’re ready to join us for the following:

Saturday, March 7 BITHOCBlue in the Heart of Collin County WOW Dems is sponsoring this important full day seminar where area Democrats come together to learn how to turn Collin County and surrounding areas BLUE. Click here for more info and to register. We also need volunteers at our WOW Dems table to sell tickets to our fundraiser and sign up new WOW members. Contact [email protected] to help.

Tuesday March 10 “March ‘Money’ Madness” First WOW Dems fundraiser of 2015 at Desperados Mexican Restaurant. We’re excited to help support our candidates, including our very own Sharon Hirsch who is running for PISD Board of Trustees Pace 4. Not to mention it’s a great deal for $28: Dinner, drink, tax and tip included. For more info and to order tickets click here. Invite your friends and family.

Wednesday March 11 Contact [email protected] if you’re signed up to go to Planned Parenthood Lobby Day and want to carpool down to the bus in Dallas. If you have not signed up yet for this Lobby Day, there MAY be still time. Click here.

Wednesday March 18 B.R.O.A.D.S. (Book Readers of a Democratic Slant) Note this is the 3rd Wednesday of the month instead of the usual 4th. Here is the March book selection: The Working Poor: Invisible in America by DK Shipler. (Note this book was on the Highland Park ISD list of banned books for this year.) Contact [email protected]

Block Walking for Sharon Lets get organized and get out the vote for our own Sharon Hirsch for PISD Board of Trustees, Place 4. Contact [email protected] if you want to block walk. Also, go to: www.vote4sharon.com to donate to her campaign, and get a yard sign.

Painting with a Twist has been postponed to a later date TBA. Apologies to those who were going to sign up for March 26th.

Thursday April 9 WOW Dems General Meeting at the Plano Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Parkway, Plano Tx 75093. 6:30 PM Meet & Greet, 7 PM program: Plano Police officer Christopher Bianez presents his very interesting “Property Safety Seminar” where you will learn how to protect yourself.

April 14 Blue Ribbon Lobby Day in Austin Women from across Texas join at the State Capitol to make their voices heard on economic, health and educational policy issues. Click here to register. Then email [email protected] so we can organize transportation.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Lori Kleinfield
WOW Dems President
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-365-3626

 Posted by at 8:57 am
Feb 242015
 

This is an exciting time for WOW Dems! If you have not yet heard the news, Sharon Hirsch, former WOW Dems president, has filed for Plano ISD Board of Trustees, Place 4. For more information about Sharon and to donate to her campaign go to www.vote4sharon.com. Be sure to link to her Facebook page. WOW Dems strongly support Sharon! See below for volunteer opportunities.

Thanks to the amazing leadership of two WOW Dems members, Jeanne Rubin VP of GALA NTX and ally Denise Hamilton, former candidate now activist extraordinaire, as well as the support of many of YOU, the Plano Equal Rights Ordinance has survived a challenge from the far right! The ERO is a commitment to ensuring equality and inclusion for all.

It’s important for us to promote access to the vital healthcare services Planned Parenthood provides. Join us March 11 for Planned Parenthood Lobby Day in Austin. $20 registration fee includes roundtrip bus from Dallas. Sign up here. To carpool to the bus with other WOW Dems, email [email protected].

See below for more news about our fabulous fundraiser and upcoming meetings.

If you have not already done so, please join WOW Dems today, and thanks to you for supporting our mission of getting Democratic women elected!

Lori Kleinfield
President WOW Democrats


March Madness at Desperados

In honor of March Madness we are celebrating March ‘Money’ Madness! WOW Dems is hosting our first fundraiser of the year at Desperados Mexican Restaurant!

Tuesday, March 10th
6:00 – Social time
6:30 – Dinner

Desperados is providing us with a private room and everyone attending can choose from multiple menu items to create their 2 or 3 item dinner. Tickets are $28 and include dinner, one drink, (even a sangria or margarita), tax and gratuity. In addition, attendees will have a chance to win an autographed copy of Kirsten Gillenbrand’s new book! Great food, great company and a great deal!

Come join us for dinner and socializing and help support our candidates.

Please click here to be directed to Act Blue and make your reservation today. Your friends and family are also welcome!

Desperados is located at 3443 W Campbell Rd, # 550, Garland. (NE corner of Jupiter and Campbell, easy to get to from 75 or 190)


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 at the end of March through Election Day May 9th. Email [email protected] for more information and to volunteer. Also go to www.vote4sharon.com to donate to her campaign!


Next 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 important tips on defending yourself against crime. At the Plano Environmental Education Center , 4116 W Plano Parkway, Plano TX 75093. 6:30 Meet and Greet, 7:00 program.


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 [email protected] 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 to [email protected]. If you are interested in participating on a committee, email the chair of the committee directly. If a committee is without a chair, email [email protected] for more information.

 Posted by at 5:35 pm
Feb 242015
 

In honor of March Madness we are celebrating March ‘Money’ Madness. WOW Dems is hosting our first fundraiser of the year. Come join us for dinner and socializing and help support our candidates running for various positions and offices.

Tuesday, March 10th
Desperados Mexican Restaurant
3443 W Campbell Rd, Garland

6:00 – Social time
6:30 – Dinner

Desperados is providing us with a private room. Everyone attending will have the option to choose from multiple menu items to create their 2 or 3 item dinner. The ticket price of $28 includes dinner, drink, tax and gratuity. The drink can even include a small sangria or margarita. Great food, great company. and a great deal! Ask your friends and family to join us as well.

Click here for tickets.

 Posted by at 9:35 am
Feb 122015
 
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WOW Dems Members:

Great news! We want our members to be the first to hear! Sharon Hirsch, past president of WOW Dems, has announced her decision to run for the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, Place 4. Sharon is uniquely qualified for this position, with her years of involvement in PISD both as a PTA volunteer and as a valued employee on the PISD administrative team. As we all know, Sharon has great leadership skills and a great vision for our children’s future! Please check out Sharon’s website at vote4sharon.com and like her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/vote4sharon.

We listened to your opinions and suggestions to make WOW Dems better, and we aim to please! We will be having MORE General meetings: Mark your calendars: April 9, June 11, Aug 13, Oct 8 with great programs of interest, as well as some fun social activities, different fundraisers, plus outreach to help the community where we can. Check out our first social event of the year Painting with a Twist! Thursday March 26th. We are also working to put together a comprehensive guide to local boards, commissions, and other non-partisan positions that we would like you to consider. And we will get together and head to Austin with Planned Parenthood and other groups, to speak with our Legislators. Our voices will be heard!

Here are some great upcoming Lobby events in Austin: After signing up please email Barb at [email protected] so we can see how many WOW Dems are going and connect people who want to drive, or need rides.

Equality Texas Faith Advocacy Day Tues 2/17, 11am – 4pm Sign up here. There is a $5 registration fee and they want you to RSVP. No transportation is provided to Austin. Location is at First United Methodist Church of Austin- Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca St, Austin TX. Go to www.equalitytexas.org for more about the organization.

Advocacy Day 2015, Thursday 2/26 for reproductive health access. Sponsored by Progress Texas, ACLU, Naral Pro-Choice Texas, Texas Freedom Network, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes and others. All-day event includes morning training session, lunch, visits to lawmakers offices, rally and a happy hour! Register here. Note: There is no transportation provided, and no cost.

Join Us for Planned Parenthood Lobby Day Wednesday March 11, 2015. 

This Lobby Day is one we’ve supported for years! $20 INCLUDES transportation from Dallas. Please sign up here. Then, contact Barb at [email protected] so we can form carpools to Dallas to catch the bus!

Other Upcoming Events:

Drinking Liberally Plano- 2nd Friday every month at The Rugby House-next gathering Friday 2/13/2015 6:30 -8:30 back room

Living Liberally McKinney Fri Feb 20 Café Malaga 107 S. Church St 6:30 PM

Plano City Council Meeting at City Hall Mon Feb 23 7PM Wear red, and come show your support for the Plano Equal Rights Ordinance.

DPCC Final Friday- Feb 27 Irish Rover Pub 8250 Gaylord Parkway Frisco 6:30 PM

Applications are being accepted for residents interested in running for a seat on the Collin College Board in May. Deadline Feb 27. For more info call 972-758-3800 or email Shirley Harmon. [email protected]

B.R.O.A.D.S (Book Readers of a Democratic Slant) Next meeting March 18th 6:30 PM (Note change to 3rd Wednesday rather than the usual 4th) We will be reading The Working Poor: Invisible in America by DK Shipler. This is one of the books originally banned by Highland Park ISD! Contact [email protected] for more info.

SAVE THE DATES: 

First WOW Dems Social Event of the Year: PAINTING WITH A TWIST Thursday March 26th Details to follow!

WOW Dems Quarterly meeting April 9th at the Plano Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Parkway,Plano TX 75093. Plano Police Department Officer Christopher Bianez will present his very interesting “Property Safety Seminar” tailored for WOW Dems! Important tips to help defend yourself against crime!

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Lori Kleinfield
WOW Dems President
Email: [email protected]

 Posted by at 6:23 am
Jan 302015
 

WOW Dems Members:

Thanks to all of you who have renewed your membership for 2015. Your membership dues will go in large part towards our day-to-day operations to raise funds in support of local Democratic women candidates. Our mission is to find, support and help these candidates win! If you have not already done so, join WOW Dems today!

We are thrilled to have some great new members. Welcome, and stay tuned for some exciting WOW Dems events coming up.

Please sign up to join a committee now. Candidates committee is looking for help in researching local boards and council positions, finding women who will run, and determining how best to provide training and support for these potential candidates.

Fundraising is looking for help, as our candidates need money to run a winning campaign! This committee needs your great ideas and hard work in pulling it off!

And who wants to help plan social events that bring us together as friends with like minded progressive values? is needed to expand our geographic, racial, cultural and age diversity.

Programs and legislative action events are needed to keep us informed and ready to fight for women’s issues. These are just a few of our committees. If you’re unsure what to sign up for, just send your interests to [email protected] and we’ll find the right fit for you.

We also want to keep you updated on upcoming events of interest, so here are a few:

Blue in the Heart of Texas (BITHOT2) Saturday January 31st 8 AM – 5 PM, a summit for Democratic party activists in Dallas and surrounding counties. For more info, and to sign up, click here.

Plano City Hall Meeting Mon Feb 9th 7PM: Announcement on possible referendum vote on the Plano Equal Rights Ordinance. Come and show your support for this anti-discrimination ordinance, which assures equal rights for all! For more info click here.

Drinking Liberally Allen Friday Feb 6th Two Rows 711 Central Expressway 6:30 PM

Drinking Liberally Plano- 2nd Friday every month at The Rugby House-next gathering Friday 2/13/2015 6:30 -8:30 back room

Living Liberally McKinney Fri Feb 20 Café Malaga 107 S. Church St 6:30 PM

Planned Parenthood Lobby Day March 11. Bus to Austin! sign up here.

Applications are being accepted for residents interested in running for a seat on the Collin College Board in May. Deadline Feb 27. For more info call 972-758-3800 or email Shirley Harmon. [email protected]

B.R.O.A.D.S (Book Readers of a Democratic Slant) next meeting in March, date TBA. We will be reading The Working Poor: Invisible in America by DK Shipler. This is one of the books originally banned by Highland Park ISD! Contact [email protected].

Save the Date for our next WOW Dems quarterly meeting April 9th at the Environmental Education Center Plano. Speaker TBA

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Lori Kleinfield
WOW Dems President
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-365-3626

 Posted by at 8:00 pm
Jan 152015
 

WOW Dems is off to a great start in 2015. Our first General Meeting on January 8th was packed, with many new people attending for the first time!

Many thanks to our past president Sharon Hirsch for doing an amazing job organizing and leading WOW Dems. Thanks to all of our efforts, we raised thousands of dollars which we donated to our great local Democratic women candidates! Not to mention all the time and energy our volunteers spent in registering new voters, phone-banking and knocking on doors to get out the vote. Though the election results were disappointing, we could not be prouder. Our women candidates were front and center in standing up for women’s rights, education, and equality. In 2015, we will continue to stand up for women’s issues, especially now that the Legislative sessions are upon us.

We need your help! We will be going to Austin, calling, writing and telling our elected officials where we stand. If you haven’t already done so, please join WOW Dems today!

We also need you to select a committee of your liking, so that we can work on events, recruit and support women candidates to run for all kinds of positions, build our membership and spread the word!

Thanks to you for supporting our mission of raising awareness of women’s issues. With your continued support, we will get Democratic women elected!

Lori Kleinfield
President, WOW Democrats


Quarterly Meeting – Thursday, January 8th

Our first quarterly meeting of 2015 was held on Thursday, January 8th at the Environmental Education Center, Plano.

The new executive Board was elected, including Lori Kleinfield as President, Hazel Weathers as Vice President, Sharon OToole as Secretary and Sharon Hager as Treasurer.

Many thanks to Past President Sharon Hirsch for doing an amazing job organizing and leading WOW Dems to prominence, and to outgoing Chief Financial Officer Mary Hooks on her many years of outstanding service.

The meeting included introduction of our new committee chairs. Barb Walters then led a freewheeling brainstorming session called POW WOW, after which we broke into committees to come up with unique ideas to start working on now. We’re looking forward to an exciting year, with School Board and other elections coming up. We expect to have some of our members run and win!


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. We would love 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. Bring a friend to a meeting or event – let’s make a concerted effort to expand our membership in the New Year.

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
  • Financial
  • 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 to [email protected]. If you are interested in participating on a committee, email the chair of the committee directly. If a committee is without a chair, email [email protected] for more information.

 

 Posted by at 6:18 pm
Jan 032015
 

WOW Dems Members:

Happy New Year! I always enjoy turning the page on my calendar and getting a sense of a fresh start. I want to remind you that our first meeting for 2015 will be held on Thursday, January 8th at the Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Parkway, Plano 75093. Meet and greet will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the business meeting scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The nominating committee will present a new slate of officers for the next two-year term. After the election, we will get together in small groups to plan for the upcoming year. We look forward to hearing all your great ideas and receiving input about how we can serve the needs of our membership.

Speaking of membership, it’s time to renew. Please click here to sign up for 2015. Your donation is an important part of fulfilling our mission to engage women in the political process. Thanks to all of you who have already renewed.

Let me know if you have any questions. I have enjoyed serving as President of WOW Dems and look forward to seeing you on Thursday, January 8th.

Sharon Hirsch
WOW Dems President
Email: [email protected]

 Posted by at 2:20 pm
Dec 202014
 

Dear Members,

At the end of each year, many people take time to reflect on the past twelve months and then turn their attention to what lies ahead. For me, this year proved to be bittersweet. We fielded a strong slate of Democratic candidates, registered thousands of new voters, and engaged many new volunteers. While we fell short when the votes were counted, we must now harness all that new energy as we move forward and plan for the future.

I have come to the end of my term as president of WOW Dems. In January, Lori Kleinfield will assume those responsibilities. Lori brings a great deal of enthusiasm and positive energy to the position and I look forward to working with her as past president. The entire slate of candidates will be presented to members at the January 8th meeting.

I wish you and your families peace, love, good health, and happiness in the New Year.

Sharon

Quarterly Meeting – Thursday, January 8th

Our first quarterly meeting of 2015 will be held on Thursday, January 8th at the Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Parkway, Plano 75093. Meet and greet begins at 6:30 with our meeting starting at 7 p.m.

In lieu of our usual program, we will spend the meeting introducing our new board and planning for 2015. We want your input on what you like about WOW as well as what changes you’d like to see.

Several people have volunteered to serve as committee chairs and they will be seeking volunteers to serve on those committees. Take some time beforehand to think about what areas interest you and consider joining a committee. This is where the real work happens and we need your help.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on January 8th. Bring a friend and bring your ideas to share.

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. We would love 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. Bring a friend to a meeting or event – let’s make a concerted effort to expand our membership in the New Year.

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 Proposed for 2015:

  • Candidates
  • Communications
  • Events and Outreach
  • Fundraising
  • Legislative Action
  • Membership
  • Voter Registration

Committee descriptions can be found on our website.

Volunteer Survey Form

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

 Posted by at 5:54 pm