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Women of Distinction Awards Dinner

Five members of local clubs were honored on March 23, 2018 at the Tastebuds Banquet Hall in East Hartford. The Master of Ceremonies was Joyce Petteway, President of Greater Hartford Progressive Democratic Women’s Club. Our guest speaker was Mae Flexer, State Senator 29th District and Executive Director Emerge CT. The Honorees were Congresswomen Elizabeth Esty from Cheshire, Eileen Driscoll from East Hartford, Joenette Mansel Franklin from Greater Hartford, Kathleen Harrington from Southeastern CT, and and Roz Loiacono from Colchester. The room was packed and it was a wonderful time to honor all the work these women have done to help get Democratic women elected.

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Convention May 6, 2017

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Women in Blue Day March 29th

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East Hartford member’s experience of the Women’s March in DC

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February Meeting hosted by Cheshire Club

Former CT Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz spoke at our February meeting. We all had great energy with several of our members sharing their experiences at the Women’s Marches on Jan 21st. We are stronger together and must continue our fight for women’s rights!

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How we as Democratic Women must deal with a Trump Administration

How we as Democratic Women must deal with a Trump Administration

Although so many of us are disconsolate, disappointed, even horrified and dismayed at the election results, we must approach the future under Trump with fight and determination. We must hold onto and fight for our democratic values of inclusion and justice for all- for expanding and not contracting rights for everyone, especially women, workers, seniors, voters and all Americans of color and diversity.

We must encourage our Democratic legislators to fight and resist – despite their minority status –
and continue to work for electing democrats and women in future elections.

We must support and encourage women and our male colleagues to attend the Women’s March on Washington and sister rallies all over the country on January 21 to take a stand for our values and let Trump know that he cannot trample on our values and rights without a fight.

We must vigorously support, with our time and money, some of the organizations that will be the legal bulwark and watchdog against Trump. Two of the most effective and important organizations are the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center which have been fighting against racism and discrimination through effective legal action for years and deserve extra support now.

In addition, joining and supporting groups like Planned Parenthood and environmental organizations will help them continue the fight for women’s reproductive health and a healthy environment against the coming Trump onslaught.

Sheila Horvitz, member Colchester Federation of Democratic Women’s Club

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Holiday Party Meeting, December 8th


Members from Colchester, Southeastern CT, Greater Hartford Progressive and Cheshire Clubs

Karen Romaro, President, opened the meeting discussion about the planned January 21st Women’s March in D.C.  Sheila gave a spirited argument encouraging as many members of CFDW clubs as possible to attend.  She remarked that a strong presence is required to receive good press coverage and to alert the incoming President that there are millions of voices that will not be silent.  She continued her plea that Democrats must remain a strong opposing voice to Trump’s shifting policy decisions and that to seem indifferent to his election is to surrender all opportunities for preserving Democratic values and governance.  Karen provided some details about transportation, reporting that buses are leaving from various points in Connecticut.  (Note:  check Google for buses in Connecticut.)  Those wishing to attend are advised that hotels and trains are already booked.  Buses entering D.C. will probably drop people at an MTA station; attendees will take the MTA to the designated meeting area.  So far, the Lincoln memorial has not been approved for the rally.  A motion passed unanimously to encourage all club members to attend and further that the CFDW appropriate up to $500 to provide financial assistance to some members wishing to take a bus and applying for financial assistance.  (Cost of round trip buses was announced at $50-60.)

Karen called upon Hartford President Lelia Bouyer for a report on the fundraiser dinner (or luncheon), which the Hartford DWC has agreed to host.  The purpose of the dinner is to honor women for outstanding service to our Democratic mission.  Each club could nominate one or two women to receive such recognition.  Family and friends as well as chapter members would be invited.  It was determined that each of our eight active clubs should appoint a representative to serve on a planning committee for this event.  In the meantime, it is crucial for each club to discuss this event with members and gain a sense of support.

In other business, Karen announced that the next Executive Board meeting will be hosted by the Cheshire Club on Saturday, February 11th, at noon, at the Manor Inn in the Plainville section of Southington.  Invitations will be forthcoming in January.


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Campaign Workshop April 30th


Connecticut Federation of Democratic Women Campaign Workshop

Sponsored by

Southeastern Connecticut Federation of Democratic Women

April 30, 2016 10:00 a.m. Nautilus Room at

Ocean Beach Park, 98 Neptune Ave., New London, CT 06320

Women’s Campaign Workshop at 10:30 a.m., with several expert campaign strategists that will sure to provide tips, information and insights that all candidates, whether, women or men can use, good for all those work on campaigns, as party chairs or grassroots workers.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., after the morning session of workshops. At the luncheon, the CFDW UConn scholarship winner will be present to accept her scholarship.
After the luncheon, there will be an afternoon campaign workshop.

Luncheon choices:
Traditional Roasted Turkey with Herbal Stuffing, with baked potato
Baked Cod/Fillet of Sole (Seasonal) with Scallop & Crab Stuffing , with baked potato
Baked Manicotti Stuffed with Cheese
All Entrees include Fresh Garden Salad, Warm Dinner Rolls, Seasonal Vegetable, and Fudge Ice Cream Roll.
Coffee, tea and water will be available throughout the day.

Cost of the workshop and luncheon is $30 for members of any CFDW clubs and $40 for non-members . Reservation with payment and meal choice must be received by April 22nd. Payment in advance only.  No payments on the day of the meeting. Please make payment to SCFDW. Checks, and choice of meal should be mailed to: Kathy Harrington, 20 Laurel Road, Groton, CT 06340

Kathy Harrington Email or call or text 860-514-3125.

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Holiday Dinner Meeting December 10, 2015

Thursday Dec 10th at 6 pm

Groton Town House Restaurant      355 Route 12, Groton

Bring a wrapped ornament to swap

order off the menu:

rsvp to Karen Romero: or call 860-537-6318

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