Jun 292016

Sharon WilsonOur next General Meeting will be held Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Environmental Education Center. Our speaker will be Sharon Wilson, well-known environmental activist, Gulf regional organizer for the Texas Oil and Gas Accountability Project. Sharon is considered the leading citizen expert on the Barnett Shale and the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials, major news networks, national environmental organizations, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating effects of natural gas development in their own backyards.

She will give an overview of fracking in Texas and speak on the HB40 bill which severely restricts the ability of Texas towns to regulate local oil and gas drilling. She will also speak on the health and environmental impact of fracking and methane gas.

We want to honor trauma surgeon Dr. Brian Williams, who gave his all and spoke from his heart after treating many injured Dallas police officers at Parkland Hospital. Listen to his poignant words here.  We will be  collecting donations of new unused homemade or newly purchased items such as slippers, pillows, quilts, robes, stuffed animals or dolls. We will bring them to Parkland Hospital this weekend to say thank you to Dr. Williams for his work, and for his strong message on need for open dialog on race relations. Cash donations will also be helpful. Thank you! 

Meet and greet: 6:30 pm. Program 6:45 pm

Plano Environmental Education Center 4116 W Plano Parkway Plano Texas 75093

See you there!

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Jun 292016

Annual Day of Service to Honor WOW Dems who have passed and those who inspired us!

From Laurie #1

SAVE THE DATE Thursday August 11, 2016. To honor Janice Bowling, Kelley Van Auken and Lori Dodds (great women who were and always will be an inspiration for WOW Dems), we will have our annual Day of Service on Thursday August 11th featuring a blood drive. You can donate blood to Carter Bloodcare, who will be at the Plano Environmental Education Center. Before or after you donate, we will have a relaxed gathering and we will provide the pizza! – BYOB. At the Plano Environmental Education Center 4116 W Plano Parkway Plano TX 75093. Time slots for donating will be 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm; we’ll be hanging out from around 5:30 pm until 8:45. Sign up HERE to donate blood.

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Jun 102016

4th of July

We are excited to be in the Plano and McKinney 4th of July parades, especially this year, when we have the first Democratic woman nominee for President, EVER!

For the Plano Parade: We will be meeting at 8:00 am at the Plano ISD admin building – 2700 West 15th St. Come at 7:00 am if you want to help decorate the Collin County Democratic Party float. Theme is Star Spangled 4th. Bring sunscreen, a hat and water. Contact Diane for more info.

For the McKinney parade: Meet at 8:15 am at the old Courthouse on Tennessee Ave and Henry Street. (East side of the parking lot) Contact Celeste for more info and to volunteer to help decorate the float on the afternoon of July 3rd (BBQ right after!).

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Jun 102016

July 14, 2016 (EEC) – Sharon Wilson “Fracking”Save the Date

September 8, 2016 (CHEC) – Rita Bevins “Water Conservation”

November 10, 2016 (EEC) – Stacy Raker “Running a Political Campaign”

EEC: Plano Environmental Education Center 4116 W Plano Parkway, Plano TX 75093
CHEC: Collin Higher Education Center 3452 TX-399 Spur, McKinney TX 75069 (Room 200)

All meetings start 6:30 pm with Meet and Greet; program at 6:45 pm, business meeting at 8:00 pm.

Special Event:  August 11, 2016 at the EEC WOW Dems Annual Evening of Service in Memory of WOW Dems who have passed.


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Apr 102016

Access to Women’s Healthcare

Kelly Hart, Senior Director of Public Affairs Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas

The Supreme Court will be ruling on the Texas Law that severely restricts a woman’s access to safe, legal abortion.  Republicans are trying to complete their defunding of Planned Parenthood in Texas.

 Learn how Planned Parenthood has stood strong despite the attacks and how you can work to ensure access to healthcare and reproductive justice for all Texans.

PP Picture #2

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Meet and Greet 6:30 p.m.  Program 6:45 p.m.

Note new location: Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) Rm 200
3452 TX-399 Spur, McKinney TX  75069

We also invite our candidates to come for an endorsement ceremony, celebration, and photo op!


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Mar 192016


BROADS (Book Readers of a Democratic Slant) Book Club is a value-added segment of WOW Dems membership and is open to interested members.

The last book and book club discussion was excellent and timely: Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman.

The next gathering will be on May 25th, 2016 and the book is Turning Texas Blue: What It Will Take to Break the GOP Grip on America’s Reddest State by Mary Beth Rogers.

Social time from 6:30 to 7:15(ish). Please feel free to bring wine or an appetizer to share but don’t feel obligated. Book Discussion from 7:15 – 8:45(ish).
***Please email Diane Groves at [email protected] to RSVP for May 25th BROADS***

If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2016, go to the Join tab to join WOW Dems. Contact [email protected] if you’re not sure!

We look forward to seeing you at BROADS!

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Mar 172016


Candidate Forum #2 Candidate Forum #4

The WOW Dems Candidate Forum, moderated by Donna Wood Martin, was a great success. Everyone was riveted as they listened to the candidates speak on a variety of topics. They spoke eloquently about the need for more public education funding, equal pay for equal work, Medicaid expansion, the environment, common sense gun laws, immigration and the need to stop government from intruding into women’s decisions about their own bodies. One candidate pointed out how the Republican-controlled Texas legislature wants to waste money on increasing border patrol; money that would be better spent on education and raising teacher’s pay.

The candidates present were: WOW Dems own Denise Hamilton, Karen Jacobs, Victoria Neave, Gnanse Nelson, Dorotha Ocker, Ramona Portlock-Brumfield and Laura Irvin. Also present were: Adam Bell, Jan McDowell, Dennise Garcia, Scott Coleman and John Bryant (husband of WOW Dem Nancy Bryant).

An information booklet was handed out to all in attendance and at the end of the forum, WOW Dems members voted to endorse all 12 Democratic candidates!


Candidate Forum #5


Check their websites for more information and volunteer to help their campaigns! We need these great candidates to represent us locally, in Austin and in Washington, DC!

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Feb 272016


WOW Dems members and guests filled the Rooftop Event Spot in Plano on Saturday, February 27, 2016 for the Power of the Purse fundraiser. Attendees were treated to a delicious made-to-order pasta lunch and had an opportunity to preview and bid on an assortment of fantastic purses, handbags, and tote bags in the silent auction.

After lunch, Regina Montoya delivered an inspirational, informative, and motivational keynote address highlighting the consequential issues facing us today, such as poverty and education, as well as the importance of this election cycle. Ms. Montoya related stories of her work with Judge Sarah Hughes to make the point that we are the ones who have to make our voices heard by running for office and supporting those who do. This is critical because “if we don’t do it, who will”? Her message of “One person can make a difference” resonated with the crowd. After the keynote, the Irma Rangel Women’s Leadership High School choir (under the direction of Arkette Baptiste) provided the afternoon’s entertainment. These young women wowed the audience with their vocal talents and received a standing ovation.

Regina Montoya

Irma Rangel Choir #2



WOW Dems would like to thank Ms. Montoya, The Irma Rangel choir, our generous sponsors, the event committee and all attendees for a wonderful and profitable event which will provide support for local women candidates in this year’s elections!

POP VenueSharon and Robin

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Feb 082016
Candidates ForumDue to a Statutory CEC meeting, the date of the WOW Dems Democratic Candidate Forum has been changed to Tuesday  March 15th, 2016 at the Plano Environmental Center.
We invite all WOW Dems members and the community to the WOW Dems Candidate Forum, which is part of our process to endorse candidates.  WOW Dems is dedicated to supporting Democratic women candidates for election, as well as candidates who will be effective in promoting women’s issues. Only WOW Dem members in good standing will have the opportunity to vote on endorsements at this forum. Stay tuned for more information on the candidates who will be attending. Remember you must be a current WOW Dems member to vote, however the entire community is invited to attend!
Where: Plano Environmental Education Center 4116 West Plano Parkway Plano TX 75093
When:  Tuesday, March 15, 2016
6:30 p.m. – Meet and Greet
6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. – Candidate Forum
8:00 p.m. – WOW Dems Candidate Endorsement Vote and Business Meeting

 Save the Date

Save the Date for Upcoming 2016 General Meetings

Mark down these dates and places on your calendar. We are alternating our meeting venues between McKinney and Plano:


Plano Environmental Education Center – 4116 W. Plano Parkway, Plano 75093
March 15, July 14, November 10

Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) – 3452 TX-399 Spur, McKinney 75069
May 12, September 8

 Posted by at 5:58 pm
Jan 162016

General Meeting #1The WOW Dems January meeting went well with a good turnout. Dr. Bray gave a compelling look at how poverty negatively impacts children (including their brains and ability to learn) and explained how poverty begets more poverty. People in poverty do not vote nor have the time to care about who is running. Those of us watching the presentation left feeling we really must do something to stem this tide. Thanks to all who donated food for Minnie’s Pantry!

Candidates for HD33, Karen Jacobs and Cristin Padgett gave wonderful presentations answering questions about their backgrounds, and what they will do when in office to improve education, help the middle class, and other issues. They talked about their different styles of leadership and getting things done.

We also heard from Michael Filak who said he’s a feminist! (He’s running against Adam Bell in the Democratic primary with the winner to challenge Sam Johnson for Congress in the General Election). Denise Hamilton attended and showed the passion, energy and determination to beat Jody Laubenberg and her right-wing extremist agenda. Lon Burnam also stopped in on our WOW Dems meeting as he was making the rounds running for statewide office as Texas Railroad Commissioner.

Many WOW Dems stepped up to help with Power of the Purse, our upcoming fundraiser on February 27th. Others joined the Candidates Committee to help plan the Candidates Forum coming in March. WOW Dems will be hosting a Democratic Presidential debate watch party in February. And Hillary signs will be on sale soon!

Dr. Bray also provided his slide deck which can be reviewed here. It is eye-opening.

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