First Meeting of 2013 Is April 17

The Democratic Club of Ocean City/Berlin is planning three membership events for 2013. Please mark your calendar now for Wednesday, April 17, 2013, a luncheon meeting beginning at 11 a.m. The club will also schedule a picnic in Ocean City during the summer, and another meeting in the fall. The agenda for the April meeting will include:

  • Amendments to the Bylaws:  Our business meeting will focus on proposed revisions to our bylaws to update the operations in our ever-changing social media world.   Key changes include reorganizing our management team into a Steering Committee with a more collegial approach to what we do.  The proposed revisions will also allow us to do more of our business by internet.  A copy of the recommended revised bylaws is available upon request.
  • Review of the 2013 Maryland Legislative Session: We have invited Sen. Jim Mathias  to report on the 2013 Maryland legislative session, which will have closed the previous week. (Del. Norm Conway has another commitment)
  • Women in Politics:  We are very happy to offer a unique opportunity for our members to learn how the trends in politics are bringing more women into public office.  Our Club, along with the Democratic Women’s Club and the Democratic Central Committee of Worcester County, is sponsoring one of our most activist members, Judy Davis, to attend a training program directed at assisting women interested in public office.  Judy is attending a six-month training program provided by EMERGE Maryland.

What is EMERGE Maryland?

Emerge Maryland is dedicated to changing the face of Maryland politics by identifying, training and encouraging women to run for office and get elected. The intensive, cohort-based six-month training program is unique. As the number of elected Democratic women remains flat or even declines, the need for their work is growing.

In the 224 years since statehood, Maryland has elected a total of eight women to the U.S. House of Representatives, one woman to the U.S. Senate, and zero women as Governor of Maryland.  Currently, less than 31% of Maryland State legislators are women.

A pool of highly qualified Democratic candidates is going untapped.  Too often, women do not see themselves running for office—they assume they aren’t experienced enough or they don’t know where to begin.  Emerge Maryland is working to change that!

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