Archive for Past events

Biennial Workshop a Great Day!


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April Meeting in East Hartford

CFDW April meeting 2014

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March meeting in Colchester

Colchester Club to Host

CFDW meeting

Thursday March 13th at 6:30 pm

at the St. Joseph’s Polish Society Club


Speaker: Representative Linda Orange

St. Patrick’s Dinner to be served – $12

rsvp: Karen Romero:

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Women in Blue Day at the Capitol

Women in Blue flyerALL Democrats are welcome. Please wear blue so that we show who we are. Cost of the breakfast is free for members and $7 for non-members of CFDW or local FDW clubs.


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Southeastern CT Federation of Democratic Women Celebrates Black History Month

Jessie Hyslop of New London gave a passionate introduction to the viewing of this documentary.

She shared about the racism growing up in Selma, AL and her experiences working on the Civil Rights Movement.

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Southeastern CT FDW Celebrates Black History Month with a showing of the Documentary: Chisholm Unbought and Unbossed.

Saturday February 22, 2014

New London Public Library

1:30 – 3:30 PM

Open to the public with no charge

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February 2014 meeting in Cheshire


Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty speaking at the Feb 1st meeting

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty speaking at the Feb 1st meeting

CFDW Feb meeting

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Women’s Equality Day on August 26th

Women's Equality Day

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Biennial Convention Held on May 4th

Our convention was held in the Old Judiciary Room in the Capitol on May 4th. Attorney General George Jepson stopped by to talk with us before our meeting began. Our first speaker was Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty telling us about the latest in Congress and how the Republicans are already coming after her seat. Comptroller Kevin Lembo spoke about the upcoming Health Exchanges preparations for the Affordable Care Act’s expansion in 2014. Lt Governor Nancy Wyman gave more information about what Connecticut is getting ready for the ACA to take full effect. Kelly Lexenburg, graduate of the Women’s Campaign School of Yale University shared how the school helped her and others in running for office and running campaigns.

Our luncheon speaker was Susan Campbell, retired reporter for the Hartford Courant, author, and blogger of She told of her childhood and how religion and politics affected her thinking now. She is a liberal Democrat and her story was inspiring for us. After the lunch, we held our business meeting. A resolution was passed regarding the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The resolution will be submitted to the National Federation of Democratic Women’s convention in June.

Officers of the Connecticut Federation of Democratic Women were elected and installed. They are: President Elizabeth Duarte (SECT), 1st Vice President Karen Romero (Colchester), 2nd Vice President Pat Sirois (East Hartford), 3rd Vice President Lelia Boyer (Greater Hartford Progressive), 4th Vice President Judy Villa (Cheshire), Treasurer Debra Dickey (SECT), Recording Secretary Aleta Looker (Cheshire), and Eileen Driscoll (East Hartford). We are all looking forward to working hard for the next 2 years.

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Biennial Convention on May 4th

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March Meeting




Our March Meeting

 will be held on Thursday March 14th at 6:30 PM

 at the Democratic State Central Office

 330 Main Street, Hartford

 Guest Speakers: East Hartford Mayor Marcia LeClerc and Sarah Esty, daughter of Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

 Both will be talking about helping Democratic women run for local offices.

 Light refreshments will be served – cost under $10

 Please rsvp to Elizabeth Duarte at

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