As trees don fresh green leaves, bushes sprout brilliantly-hued flowers, and cherry blossoms celebrate spring in all their pink and white glory, we dare to hope. The year-long COVID winter appears to be receding, life is slowly coming back to normal, vaccinations are up, the number of sick is down, people are emerging into the sunlight after a long period of hibernation. The economy is opening up, jobless numbers are plummeting, and school openings are a real possibility this fall. People are again thinking of public celebrations. The days ahead are full of hope and promise.
The menacing events of the immediate past continue to haunt us, though. The 2020 election during a pandemic with disease and death stalking voters, renewed violence against African Americans, hate crimes against Asians, borders burgeoning with refugees seeking asylum, ideological divisions widening, a bloody insurrection following the victory of Democrats—the list of challenges is long. Mass shootings across the country have spiked. The extraordinary increase in gun sales in 2020, hate speech rising to a crescendo, and widening political polarization are all contributing factors. The effect of the Trump era’s divisive politics is still being felt as the Biden–Harris administration moves to reverse previous policies.
The WNDC continues to move forward having survived the 2020 challenge. We are hoping to resume in-house events soon. Our legendary garden lunches continue to delight, and we look forward to welcoming our members and friends to our beautiful clubhouse once again. There is so much to see. The art exhibit in the ballroom is spectacular, the Michelle Obama portraits are gracing the second-floor gallery, the balcony and adjacent copperwork are being attended to, and the renovated mirrors are glittering in anticipation of appreciative eyes. Our spring garden is ablaze with color and our kitchen fires lit to welcome you back!
President, Woman’s National Democratic Club