Upcoming Events

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  • Summer New Member Reception

    IMG_2990 New Members Group Photo (2)Summer New Member Reception

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    TIME: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

    EVENT TYPE: Reception


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    Please join WNDC officers, Board members, and other members to enjoy refreshments and a complimentary soft drink, wine, or cocktail. Learn about opportunities to take part in the work and fun of WNDC. All new members who joined since January 2017 are especially invited to get to know WNDC members and to learn more about the Club. Guests are also welcomed.

    Image above: Spring New Member Reception

    Top row on landing:  Nita Somasundaram, Jacqueline Davis, Cathaleen Skinner, Abigail Marshall, June Taylor, Alice Goldberg, Ted Knutson

    Front row on stairs: Pat Norris, Jess Wysocky, Melanie Ho, Maureen O’Donnell, Bonnie Brown, Kaye Oman

    Back row on stairs: Kate Candon, Aileen Alex, Monica Fossen, Alexandra Chandler, Kaley Lockwood, Romina Kazandjian, Lauren Haney


    PRICE: This event is free, but registration is required.


  • Art Exhibition Reception Sharmila Kapur

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    Sharmila Kapur:

    “Floral Portraits”

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Ballroom

    EVENT TYPE: Art Exhibition Reception

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    Please join the Visual Arts and Museum Affairs Committee for the opening reception for our latest exhibition “Floral Portraits” by artist Sharmila Kapur.

    Sharmila Kapur was born in India and moved to the United States in her early twenties. As a child she enjoyed drawing and painting immensely, but did not get the opportunity to attend art school. Instead, she studied psychology. After completing her masters degree from Columbia University, New York, she worked for several years in the US private sector and an international development organization. During these years, Sharmila retained her passion for art and dreamt of becoming an artist one day.  Today, she lives her dream, having graduated from the Master Artists Program at The Compass Atelier, Maryland and works as an artist in Washington D.C. Sharmila has lived in New Delhi, New York, Sydney and Singapore and continues to travel extensively, drawing inspiration for her art from people and places.

    Sharmila Kapur’s exhibition at the WNDC focuses on flowers. Bold and simple, white or colorful, Sharmila’s flowers represent life’s transience. Her paintings attempt to capture the joy of color and light as represented in the lines and curves of petals. For Sharmila, each flower is a character with its own unique story.

    The exhibition opens on April 27, 2017, and will be on display until September 5, 2017.

    PRICE: The event is free, but registration is recommended.


  • JFK Centennial Celebration

    jfkJohn F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration

    Monday, May 8, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Evening Reception



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    The JFK Centennial celebration at the WNDC will feature a panel discussion of JFK’s relationship with the press with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, a Kennedy historian and author of several Kennedy books including Nixon-Kennedy; as well as Sid Davis, who was White House Correspondent for Westinghouse Broadcasting and covered JFK from the time of his presidential campaign and his entire presidency including all of his White House press conferences.

    Also in attendance will be members of the Kennedy family including Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Kennedy family spokesperson Melody Miller whose husband Bill Miller planned the original Kennedy-Nixon debates, journalists who covered Kennedy’s White House and also close JFK associates including the President’s first MA Democratic Chairman Lester Hyman and one of JFK’s original White House Staff, Lenore Donnelly.

    The evening’s event will include a video featuring clips of Kennedy’s jocular relationship with the press at his White House press conferences.

    Heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

    PRICE: $50 Members/$75 Non-Members




    Dr. Shibley Telhami:

    The U.S. Role in the Middle East after Trump, with special emphasis on Israel-Palestine.

    Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    TIME: 11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:15 pm – Lunch served;
    1-2 pm – Presentation and Q & A

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

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    For his presentation, Dr. Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development and the Director of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll, will be presenting data from his latest polls of American public opinion toward the Middle East. He will look at issues such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, including settlements and the UN resolution, foreign policy, and American attitudes toward Islam and Muslims. After presenting his findings, Dr. Telhami will reflect on current American policy toward the Middle East and how it’s being perceived in the region.

    He was selected by the Carnegie Corporation of New York with the New  York Times as one of the “Great Immigrants” for 2013.

    Book Sales and Signing: His books The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the  Reshaping of the Middle East, and The Peace Puzzle: America’s  Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace 1989-2011 will be available for sale and signing.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only


  • Mark Avallone Countdown to Financial Freedom


    Mark Avallone: Countdown to Financial Freedom: Your Path to a More Meaningful, Active, and Vibrant Retirement

    Thursday, May 11, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 5:30—7:30 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

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    Your financial clock is ticking. And you may be running out of time to pursue your desired retirement goals. Whether you’re a young millennial, a middle-aged Gen Xer, or a more seasoned baby boomer, this book and its author will put key facts in sharp focus. The bite of bear markets (remember 2008-2009?), the ebb and flow of inflation and taxes, the looming costs for health care—all make the seconds left tick away even faster. In this easyto- read and to-understand book, Wall Street Journal and Forbes contributor Mark Avallone offers bold yet practical advice to help readers at all career stages pursue financial freedom. Illustrated by stories of people who have overcome financial setbacks, Avallone’s book clearly explains how to ward off the destructive undertow of the Terrible Three D’s—disability divorce, or death of partner— that can ravage even the soundest financial plan.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

    PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash Bar.


  • Mother’s Day 2017

    Flowers Love Romantic Roses Pink Roses RomanceCelebrate Mother’s Day at the historic Whittemore House

    Sunday, May 14, 2016

    TIME: 11:30 AM—2:00 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Brunch


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    Making Mother’s Day plans? Join us at the WNDC on Sunday, May 14th for a special brunch to toast the exceptional women in our lives! Bring your mother, sister, daughter, best friend, or mentor to enjoy a brunch buffet and mimosas, and to network with some of Washington’s leading women (and men).

    PRICE: Adults – $50 with advance registration, $55 at the door/ Kids (5-12) – $15

    Event sponsored by the WNDC—Educational Foundation.


  • Connect and Engage – Coordinating Committee Meeting

    Two-people-talking-logoConnect and Engage— Coordinating Committee Meeting: Toward a Plan for Coordinating DC-Area Organizing Activities

    Tuesday, May 15, 2017

    TIME: 6:30—8:30 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Meeting

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    In the wake of a well-attended training and networking event at The Woman’s National Democratic Club (WNDC), it was decided to convene a meeting of the nascent coordinating committee to plan the next steps. As this committee is newly formed, there is room for more organizers who want to work on a coordination plan for future events, information sharing, etc.

    PRICE: This event is FREE, but registration is required.


  • Mayor Muriel Bowser Reception

    Muriel_Bowser_dc.gov_photoReception for Mayor Muriel Bowser

    Thursday, May 25, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 6:00—9:00 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Reception



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    WNDC will host DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and some of her top women advisors and cabinet members to talk about the state of the city. Mayor Bowser has helped advance opportunities for women in DC and beyond. Her new initiative, “REIGN,” is designed to empower young women of color as leaders in D.C. Public Schools and to help them build community, confidence, and leadership skills. She’s provided more than half a million dollars in support for organizations that work with at-risk teens and launched a website to provide updates on missing black and brown young girls. At the Women’s March on Washington, wearing a pink hat, she told millions of women that D.C. “has a chick mayor” who was there to speak on behalf of all female elected officials. She’s fought for gender equality and has led an aggressive campaign to promote workplace fairness and protections for women, calling the Trump administration “dangerous for women.”

    PRICE: $25 Members/ $35 Non-members. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash Bar.


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