Sep 142014

Hello B.R.O.A.D.S. (Book Readers of A Democratic Slant),

Just a reminder that our book club meets in one week,  Wednesday, September 17th.   Please note the different date.  We decided in July to switch it to the 3rd week in September due to a conflict.

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.

I know so many people have been working so hard on the election and the Wendy/Leticia campaign. It will be nice to take a break and just have some social time!

The  September  selection is  A Fighting Chance  by Elizabeth Warren.

As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher—an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but fifteen years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington DC to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

Thus began an impolite education into the bare-knuckled, often dysfunctional ways of Washington. She fought for better bankruptcy laws for ten years and lost. She tried to hold the federal government accountable during the financial crisis but became a target of the big banks. She came up with the idea for a new agency designed to protect consumers from predatory bankers and was denied the opportunity to run it. Finally, at age 62, she decided to run for elective office and won the most competitive—and watched—Senate race in the country.

In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing book, Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class—and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America’s government can and must do better for working families.

Send me an email if you need directions to my house.

Diane Groves

 Posted by at 1:32 pm
Sep 082014

Carolyn Daniel from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will be our guest speaker at our next quarterly meeting on Thursday, October 9th. Carolyn is an Ambassador for the DFW/TX area, an educator, and mother of two young boys. As an advocate for gun violence prevention, she is passionate about her work to promote common sense gun legislation and raise awareness about our gun culture.

A business meeting will follow the program.

Location: Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Parkway, Plano 75093. Meet and greet begins at 6:30 p.m. with the program starting at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Sharon Hirsch at [email protected].

 Posted by at 7:39 pm
Aug 302014

WOW Dems Members:

WOW is the perfect way to describe last Saturday’s fundraiser “Wearing It for the Win.” Gloria Campos was fun, feisty, and informative, lunch was delicious, the silent auction offered fantastic items, and our models were stunning as they took to the runway during the resale fashion show. Thanks to everyone who had a part in making this event a huge success.

Now that our fundraiser is behind us, the board will be meeting to discuss how to best use these funds in support of our women candidates. If you’d like to offer suggestions or attend the next board meeting, please contact me directly for information.

You are all invited to celebrate “Your Vote is Your Voice” along with Wendy Davis and other statewide and local candidates on Saturday, September 6th, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Preston Ridge Campus of Collin College in Frisco. Let’s show these candidates the power of Collin County Democrats by showing up in full force. More information about this event, sponsored by the Democratic Party of Collin County, can be found here.

Wendy Davis/Leticia Van de Putte yard signs are now available at the Democratic Party of Collin County office in east Plano. Suggested donation is $10.00. Stop by the office during regular business hours to pick up a sign.

Our next quarterly meeting will be held on Thursday, October 9th at the Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Parkway in Plano. We are working on another great program so please mark your calendars and plan to attend. As always, meet and greet will begin at 6:30 followed by our program at 7 p.m.

Many volunteer opportunities are available through the DPCC to phone bank, block walk, staff the DPCC office, work during the election, help out with the Plano Balloon Festival, etc. Click on the volunteer link on the DPCC website or email Barb Walters at [email protected] for more information.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sharon Hirsch
WOW Dems President
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-740-6015

 Posted by at 6:17 pm
Aug 182014

The numbers are due to our caterer on Wednesday and a few tickets still remain for WOW Dems spectacular event “Wearing It for the Win” this Saturday, August 23rd from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Regal Manor in Frisco. We don’t want you to miss out on this memorable event.

Gloria Campos, former long time anchor at WFAA Channel 8 news, is our featured speaker and sure to be a hit. We will also celebrate women in politics and highlight the use of fashion to achieve social and political goals. Our resale fashion show will feature clothing from area stores that support the needs of families in North Texas. To top it off, you will enjoy a delicious salad luncheon and have the opportunity to bid on some fantastic silent auction items.

A special thank you goes to our sponsors: Bonnie Goldstein, Democratic Nominee for Judge of the 44th Judicial District Court, Penny and Derek Phillips, Will and Mary Lou Smith, Jack and Ashley Ternan, Nancy Baker Bryant, Michele Carey-Davé, Sharon Hirsch, Lori Kleinfield, Patricia Spence, Prissy Wisnewski, Lynn Wolfe, and Donna Wood-Martin.

Don’t delay – purchase your tickets TODAY and don’t miss out on this special event. We look forward to seeing you this Saturday.

Sharon Hirsch
WOW Dems President
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-740-6015

 Posted by at 2:35 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 (

Please forward this invitation to anyone else who might be interested and available this evening. Let Barb Walters ([email protected]) or Michael Messer ([email protected]) 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: [email protected]
Phone: 972-740-6015

 Posted by at 10:55 am
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 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