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.