Newsletter 1/9/2020

CCDemClub NEWSLETTER #150, 1/9/2020

NEW and UPDATED items are marked and highlighted in the Table of Contents, and in the details.

For UPDATED items, I’ll try to highlight the changed or new bits (like this!)
For information on joining the club, see “About the Club” at the end of the newsletter.

Any problems, or to submit items for the newsletter, email me at wils…@gmail.com.
– Mark


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Note from the President (NEW)

Action Steps You Can Take for the 2020 Presidential Election (NEW)

Our Club’s Activities and Highlights in 2019

ALL ARE WELCOME AT OUR MEETINGS AND EVENTS!

Jamie Raskin mobile office: open once a month in Westminster!

EVENTS

January 10: Documentary Series at the Carroll Arts Center, Film #1 (NEW)

January 11: NEXT Patriots Resist Rally (UPDATED)

January 17: Documentary Series at the Carroll Arts Center, Film #2 (NEW)

January 24: Documentary Series at the Carroll Arts Center, Film #3 (NEW)

January 31: Documentary Series at the Carroll Arts Center, Film #4 (NEW)

February 3: Special workshop – Writing Effective Letters to the Editor

SAVE THE DATE: 2020 CCRE Bridging the Gap Conference (NEW)

About the Club

About the Newsletter

Et Cetera! (Various Other Resources)


Note from the President (NEW)

Thank you to all of you who attended our “Getting Prepared for the 2020 Presidential

Election” event on January 6, 2020 at the library in Westminster. We appreciate your

commitment to preparing for the election and to learning all you can about the action

steps you can take. There is a section following this note that will highlight the action

steps you can take and as always, I invite your ideas and suggestions.

Thank you also to our informative and motivating speakers: Katherine Berry, Election

Director, Carroll County Board of Elections, Marty Hankins of the Carroll County

chapter of the League of Women Voters, Jill Hornstein, activist, founder of

Postcards4Maryland and leader of a weekly postcard writing group in Towson, Don

West, chair of the CC Democratic Central Committee, and Skylar Keyfauver, MD

Democratic Party Regional Organizing Director (for the Western MD counties). Each of

our speakers presented information that can help us start taking action today.

In the spirit of taking action to prepare for the 2020 elections and learning how to take

meaningful action steps, our February meeting will be a special event to help further

these objectives. The Club will sponsor a mini-workshop on Writing Effective Letters to

the Editor, Longer pieces such as for Other Voices in CC Times, and Opinion pieces.

The event will take place on Monday, February 3 from 6:30PM – 8:30PM in the Large

Meeting Room of the Public Library in Westminster.

Now, more than ever, we need to amplify Democratic and Progressive voices in Carroll

County and the inclusive and positive values we hold. We are often barraged with

inflammatory letters and opinion pieces in the Carroll County Times and we all need to

step up to counter these voices and present factual, value-based information. Writing

effective letters to the editor is one way to do that. I envision forming a group of writers

who take on various issues and can serve as an ongoing voice of reason in the local

newspaper. Even if you never land up writing a letter to the editor, come to the

workshop anyway. We all run across people who parrot disinformation – it would be

good to have an effective way to address it. The workshop will also help you to clarify

your own values, provide a means to share ideas and a forum in which to support each

Other.

The workshop will be free to attendees. Our presenter will be Deborah Carter, retired

educator, former columnist, tutor, mentor, and chair of the Frederick County Democratic

Central Committee. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please stay engaged and get others engaged with the CC Democratic Club.

Remember, you don’t need to be a member to attend our meetings, activities, or to

volunteer (though we would love it if you do). Thank you for all you do to give

Democrats an important presence and vibrant voice in Carroll County.

Kate


Action Steps You Can Take for the 2020 Presidential Election (NEW)

We highlighted these at the Club’s January 6, 2020 Meeting

1. Become an Election Judge

“An election judge plays a very important role in the electoral process by administering

voting procedures in an assigned precinct or early voting center and ensuring a fair and

accessible election for all eligible voters.”

Learn more at: https://elections.carrollcountymd.gov/Judges.aspx

2. Become a Voter Registration Volunteer

You can be trained to register voters at the CC Board of Elections. It is about a 20-

minute training. The Board of Elections is located at 300 South Center Street, Room

212 in Westminster, MD. Call for more information at: 410-386-2080.

3. Check out the League of Women Voters excellent website Vote411 (vote411.org)

“VOTE411 is committed to ensuring voters have the information they need to

successfully participate in every election. Whether it’s local, state or federal, every

election is important to ensuring our laws and policies reflect the values and beliefs of

our communities.”

On the Vote411 website, you can: Register to vote, See What’s on Your Ballot, Check

Your Voter Registration, Find Your Polling Place, Discover Upcoming Debates In Your

Area, And Much More!

Learn more at https://www.vote411.org/

4. Get into the Google Group for the Carroll County Chapter of the League of

Women Voters

To learn about local LWV events, voter registration events, trainings, etc. contact Marty

Hankins at lwvmd-carr…@googlegroups.com . This will not make you a member

of LWV but will keep you informed.

5. Join the League of Women Voters

Join the Maryland Chapter and pick Carroll County Affiliate at https://www.lwvmd.org/

6. Join “Postcards to Voters”

Become part of a group of over 61,000+ volunteers in every state (including Alaska and

Hawaii) who have written close to 4 million postcards to voters in over 177 key, close

elections. Learn more at https://postcardstovoters.org/.

7. Check out the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee’s website at

https://ccdems.com/

“Central Committee members are the people elected to work directly in the trenches on

behalf of the Party and to organize an ongoing presence at the local level. They are the

people who do the organizing and actual tasks of helping get Democrats elected. They

are not managers or members of a board of directors, but worker bees themselves.

They help organize and when necessary do the: Fundraising, staff party booths /

events, precinct organizing and canvassing, distribute political literature, perform voter

registration, phone banking and all of those tasks needed to be successful in an

election.”

On the website, you can learn about the CCDCC meetings – all of which are open to the

public. You can also sign up to volunteer, and to donate to support the work of the

CCDCC. To get on the mailing list, contact the CCDCC at ccmdde…@gmail.com.

Also, like and follow the CCDCC’s Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/CCDemCC/

8. Get involved with the Carroll County Democratic Club

Get on our email list and you’ll be able to stay informed about all our activities, events,

and volunteer opportunities.

To contact the club, or to get on our mailing list, send email to

carrollc…@gmail.com, or send email directly to the club Treasurer, Mark

Wilson, at wils…@gmail.com.

To learn what we have been up to, check out our past newsletters at

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/ccdemclub

Like our Club’s Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/CarrollCountyDemocraticClub/

Once you get to know us, we’d love to have you join the Club. We meet regularly and

we offer opportunities for activism. In addition, we do some good works in the

community through our Good Works Fund. Join for the camaraderie of fellow

Democrats and to be an activist for Democratic values.

Thanks for all you have done, are doing, and will do to secure a Democratic victory in

November 2020.


Our Club’s Activities and Highlights in 2019

The Club hosted the following speakers at our meetings:

  • Carol Coley, Charles Harrison, José Flores, and Mia Mason made up a Panel of Veterans (along with attendee Dale Piper) who spoke on their experiences and on how we can support our veterans

  • O’Ryan Case, Director of Development for The Arc Carroll County spoke in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness month (October)

  • Dr. Mona Becker, science educator and (now former) member of the Westminster City Council, was the speaker on “Climate Change and Social Responsibility”

  • Emily Shank, who was a 2018 candidate for Delegate in Legislative District 5, spoke on running as a Democrat in Carroll County and building the bench of candidates for upcoming elections

  • Bridget McCullough, State Campaign Leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America on sensible gun legislation and reform

Contributions from Club members and the Club’s Good Works Fund:

  • $100 to Carroll County Food Sunday

  • $100 to Semper Fi Fund (sponsored veteran José Flores in the 2019 Marine Run)

  • $250 Ambassador Level Sponsorship for The Arc Carroll County’s Capitol Steps Event

  • $300 to The Shepherd’s Staff Back-To-School Program for new school shoes (money was raised through contributions from Club members and from the Good Works Fund

  • $100 to the Carroll County Public Library’s “Exploration Commons at 50 East” Capital Campaign

  • $100 to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

  • $250 to the Humane Society of Carroll County (money was raised through contributions from Club members)

Club activities

  • The Club’s Annual Holiday Party (in conjunction with CC Democratic Central Committee) took place on December 9 th at The Buttersburg Inn. The Club raffled off several gift baskets and held a 50/50 raffle, both to benefit the Club’s Good Works Fund.

  • The Carroll County Democratic Club’s wreath titled “Blue Wave” was donated for the 2019 Festival of Wreaths to benefit the Carroll County Arts Council

  • The Carroll County Democratic Club’s gingerbread entry tiled “It Takes A Village” was donated for the 5th Annual Gingerbread Village Festival to benefit the Human Services Programs of Carroll County

  • The Club has participated in the Democratic Debate Watch Parties sponsored by the CCDCC

  • The Club took out a half page ad in the United Democratic Women of Maryland’s 2019 Biennial Convention’s program book in November

  • Club held 50/50 raffle at the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee’s (CCDCC) Annual Fall Breakfast on October 26th, half of proceeds were awarded to the raffle winner who attended event and the other half was given as a contribution to the CCDCC.

  • Kate Sanner, president of the Carroll County Democratic Club, went for a tour of The Arc Carroll County’s facilities

  • Club Picnic (in conjunction with CC Democratic Central Committee) was held on July 28 at Lions Club Park in Union Mills, Congressman Jamie Raskin was our special guest.

  • Two gift baskets filled with treats produced by Maryland based companies were raffled off. Proceeds from raffle went to the Club’s Good Works Fund.

  • The Club has submitted its events for posting in the Carroll County Times Calendar of Events and photos of our events and Good Works Fund contributions for The Neighborhood section of the Carroll County Times


ALL ARE WELCOME AT OUR MEETINGS AND EVENTS!

Did you know that you do not have to be a member of the CC Democratic Club to

attend our meetings and events?  Our activities are open to anyone who would like to

attend and participate. (Almost all our activities are free. Our picnic in July is free to paid

members.)

That being said, we would love to have you as a member! Membership costs $15 for an

individual and $25 for a couple per club year. You will get a very spiffy membership card

and the gratitude and camaraderie of fellow CC Democrats. Most importantly, your

membership dues help the Club extend its outreach in the community, so please

consider joining. You can join at any meeting, or by contacting Treasurer Mark Wilson, wils…@gmail.com.


Jamie Raskin mobile office: open once a month in Westminster!

NOTICE: Congressman Jamie Raskin’s staff has a mobile office in Westminster once per month, on the second Wednesday of every month from 10am to 12noon at the Westminster Library (50 East Main Street, Westminster, 21157). Congressman Raskin says “No appointment is necessary for mobile office hours but constituents are encouraged to contact my District Office at 301-354-1000 ahead of their visit to ensure they bring with them proper documentation that may expedite service requests. As always, you may request assistance at my permanent District Office (51 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD 20850) Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.”


EVENTS

January 10: Documentary Series at the Carroll Arts Center, Film #1 (NEW)

Don West says: if it’s January, that means the annual Documentary Series at the Carroll Arts Center is just around the corner.  Starting this Friday, and each Friday this month, we will be screening a different documentary film.

This Friday, January 10th, we will be showing Free Solo, the story of adventurer Alex Honnold’s free solo attempt to scale the 3000′ rock face of El Capitan in Yosemite NP.  And that’s right, free solo means he climbs without assistance or any safety backup – just Alex, his hands and climbing shoes, and a chalk bag.  Even if you’ve seen this documentary at home, you need to see it on the big screen !!

As always, there are two screenings – a matinee at 1pm (captioned) and the evening showing at 7:30pm.  The film is proudly sponsored by Waste Not! Carroll and the Sierra Club – Catoctin Group.

Click here for more information and to order tickets on-line: http://carrollcountyartscouncil.org/eventdetail.asp?event_id=2193

And please don’t forget the rest of the documentaries this month AND the Foreign Film Festival coming in February!
Location: The Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD, 21157

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January 11: NEXT Patriots Resist Rally (UPDATED)

From CarrollCAN:

This is a peaceful gathering to spread the love!

Make a sign to celebrate inclusion! (this is not a protest, no chants, just signs).

Meet across from the Westminster Branch Library, from 1 to 2pm every Saturday. Please keep your signs Welcoming, Positive and FOR something (not against something, this is a message of inclusion and welcome for all)

There are no organizers for this event. It is an organic gathering meant to spread peace, love and inclusion.

Any questions please email In…@carrollcan.org.

Upcoming Patriots Resist Rallies: Jan. 18 and 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

NOTE: from now on, only the NEXT rally will be listed individually in detail.

Subsequent rallies will be listed by date only, as above.

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January 17: Documentary Series at the Carroll Arts Center, Film #2 (NEW)

This Friday, January 17th, we will be showing Three Identical Strangers:
Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families. Their jaw-dropping, feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity, however, the fairy-tale reunion sets in motion a series of events that unearth an unimaginable secret.

As always, there are two screenings – a matinee at 1pm (captioned) and the evening showing at 7:30pm.  The film is proudly sponsored by BaylorCAD Drafting Service.

Click here for more information and to order tickets on-line: http://carrollcountyartscouncil.org/eventdetail.asp?event_id=2194

And please don’t forget the rest of the documentaries this month AND the Foreign Film Festival coming in February!
Location: The Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD, 21157

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January 24: Documentary Series at the Carroll Arts Center, Film #3 (NEW)

This Friday, January 24th, we will be showing Maiden:

The inspirational story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World yachting race in 1989. With the support of her remarkable crew she went on to shock the sport and prove that women are the equal to men.

As always, there are two screenings – a matinee at 1pm (captioned) and the evening showing at 7:30pm.  The film is proudly sponsored by JeannieBird Baking Co.

Click here for more information and to order tickets on-line: http://carrollcountyartscouncil.org/eventdetail.asp?event_id=2195

And please don’t forget the rest of the documentaries this month AND the Foreign Film Festival coming in February!
Location: The Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD, 21157

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January 31: Documentary Series at the Carroll Arts Center, Film #4 (NEW)

This Friday, January 31st, we will be showing Honeyland:

A sumptuous and ethereal documentary about the last female beekeeper in Europe, who makes her living cultivating honey in the mountains of Macedonia using ancient beekeeping traditions. Tension arises when a rowdy nomadic family arrive and try their hand at beekeeping while disregarding her advice. An epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity.

As always, there are two screenings – a matinee at 1pm (captioned) and the evening showing at 7:30pm.  The film is proudly sponsored by Honey Harvest Farm.

Click here for more information and to order tickets on-line: http://carrollcountyartscouncil.org/eventdetail.asp?event_id=2196

And please don’t forget the rest of the documentaries this month AND the Foreign Film Festival coming in February!
Location: The Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD, 21157

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February 3: Special workshop – Writing Effective Letters to the Editor

Monday, February 3 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM: NEW DATE AND TIME

Location: the Large Meeting Room of the Westminster Library

This will be a mini-workshop on writing:

• Effective Letters to the Editor

• Longer pieces such as for Other Voices in CC Times, and

• Opinion pieces

The workshop is free to attendees.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Our presenter will be Deborah Carter.

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SAVE THE DATE: 2020 CCRE Bridging the Gap Conference (NEW)

Title: My County, ‘Tis of Thee: Others in America.

May 1, 2020 – 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Details to Follow.

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About the Club

FACEBOOK Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CarrollCountyDemocraticClub/posts/?ref=page_internal

We work to promote Democratic ideals and candidates. We also present speakers on topics of interest to voters at our meetings. We’re based in Westminster.

Regular meetings resume March, April, May of next year.

The meeting minutes are posted in our Google Group folder:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByGlJGvA6lW3bGlfdUlJTTVpcGs

To pay CCDemClub annual dues, send a check made out to “”CCDemClub” to:

      Mark Wilson, Treasurer, 1699 King Richard Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784.

$15 for a single, $25 for a couple. You will receive a spiffy club membership card in the mail!

Back to our regularly-scheduled program….

About the Newsletter

We send out a weekly newsletter listing all the news and upcoming events for the next month or so, emphasizing the newly-added or updated events.

As always, you can also go to ccdems.com/events at any time to see the full calendar and details.

To ADD an EVENT: send the information, including (if possible) a URL, to Mark Wilson, wils…@gmail.com.

The newsletter was first published on February 25, 2017.

Et Cetera! (Various Other Resources)

Moving Forward Podcast: moving-forward.libsyn.com   With host Kate Sanner

To get on the  Carroll County Democratic Central Committee’s mailing list, email Tom Scanlan at trsc…@gmail.com.

To give DIRECTLY to the local food bank, Carroll County Food Sunday, go to the CCFS donation page: http://ccfoodsunday.org/how-to-help/
This page is always available, and ensures your donation directly benefits folks here in Carroll County.



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