Members are the heart of the Club. Our members create community, build personal and organizational partnerships, and contribute their time, energy, and expertise.
Through our committees, members can make a difference while having fun. To join a committee(s) or request more information, please contact Pat Fitzgerald, Membership Services Coordinator.
The Communications Committee promotes Club messages and activities to our members and the public. Members help on publication and graphic design, social media strategy, and traditional media relationships, and work closely with the Communications and Program Coordinator to develop an editorial calendar. We are in special need of members who can be an extra set of eyes (and posting fingers) on Twitter and Facebook.
The Development Committee raises grant funds for community-based projects and preservation of our beloved Whittemore House. This is a great opportunity for an experienced or budding grant writer to help the Club engage with our community and preserve our home for generations to come.
The Human Resources Committee interfaces with Insperity, which manages the Employees’ Handbook and coordinates the completion of all employment-related forms and annual reviews, oversees the Internship program, and manages employee benefits in coordination with the Treasurer. Members with HR experience are encouraged to join and offer their professional expertise.
The Membership Committee represents the interests of the membership at large and creates a sense of community while growing and retaining membership. The Membership Committee
puts together fun events, such as monthly happy hour receptions and birthday luncheons at the Club. The committee would like to make the WNDC a truly national club, with active members throughout the country and partnerships with other Democratic organizations. We continue to work on the Club’s website and Members Only section in order to facilitate networking and foster community. This committee is for you if you enjoy organizing activities that will encourage our members to mix and mingle, building national partnerships, and maximizing the effectiveness of our technology.
The popular guest speakers program is a project of the Program Committee, and the committee is always looking for help to find new and diverse speakers. The committee meets monthly to share ideas, schedule appearances, and develop themes or series. The Club has had two lunch or evening speakers per week since 1927, but with COVID-19, we’ve had to adapt with at least one speaker. This is a fun and engaging committee with lots of opportunity for input and engagement.
Many groups in DC and nationwide share in our work and values. The Public Liaison Committee develops and nurtures relationships with Democratic Party groups, the legislative branches of government, and like-minded progressive organizations. Members of this committee are encouraged to introduce new partnerships that help us improve our internal and external work toward social, racial, and economic justice.
The Public Policy Committee (PPC) is the political arm of the WNDC. The PPC provides the direction and historic context of today’s social and economic justice challenges. The PPC vets local and national candidates and creates strategies to Get Out the Vote and protect our elections. PPC also develops and advocates for democratic policy positions through interactions with candidates, media figures and partnering with like-minded groups.
The Visual Arts and Museum Affairs Committee (VAMA) is responsible for the furnishings, and the visual and decorative arts collection; decides how to install the permanent collection to
safely and securely exhibit our most valuable works for members and visitors; hangs exhibitions of local artists quarterly; and manages the restoration and preservation of the Whittemore House. VAMA is a wonderful way to learn about the history of our celebrated 1894 mansion and its exceptional furnishings.
VAMA members research our collection and contribute to the printed guides provided in each room. A docent program, to provide tours to groups visiting the WNDC, is being implemented. Join to become a guide or contribute to the docent program by your research.