Newsletter 11/27/2019

CCDemClub NEWSLETTER #144, 11/27/2019

** NOTE: Special day (Wednesday) since tomorrow is Thanksgiving – HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!! **

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…
– Mark


Note from the President (UPDATED)



2019-2020 Carroll One Book: “The Origin of Others” by Toni Morrison

The CCDCC is looking for interns

Paid Internship with the Maryland Democratic Party

New episode of the Moving Forward podcast

Training Opportunities from the National Democratic Training Committee

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


Nov. 21-30, Dec. 1: HSP Presents the 5th Annual Gingerbread Village Festival (UPDATED)

Nov. 29 – Dec. 8: 22nd Annual Festival of Wreaths Silent Auction Fundraiser (UPDATED)

November 30: Patriots Resist Rally (Weekly Gathering for Inclusion)

December 9: CCDemClub/CCDCC Holiday Party: SIGNUP NOW! (UPDATED)

About the Club

About the Newsletter

Et Cetera! (Various Other Resources)

Note from the President (UPDATED)

Our next Club gathering will be our Holiday Party on Monday, December 9 at The Buttersburg Inn in Union Bridge, starting at 6:30 PM. We will have a delicious buffet of main dishes, sides, and desserts prepared by owner/chef Frank Tunzi and owner/pastry chef Jim Rowe. Included will be tea, coffee, and soda, but not alcohol, so please feel free to BYOB. Cost of the dinner is $35.00. The Club will be holding a gift basket raffle

to help raise money for our Good Works fund that makes contributions to groups, organizations, and causes in our County. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.00; bringing exact change is greatly appreciated. Please read more about the Holiday Party and sign

up at

The Club donated an entry into the Human Services Programs of Carroll

County’s 5 th Annual Gingerbread Village Festival that takes place November 21-30

and December 1, 2019 at the Winchester Exchange at 15 E. Main ST. in Westminster.

This is a Gingerbread House competition and fundraiser for HSP. Admission is free but

if you want to vote on the entries, you can purchase tickets to vote at the event. Please

come out and for this heartwarming pre-holiday event and vote for your favorite entry

and help HSP in “Building Sweet Hope for the Homeless and Needy”. Learn more at

The Club also donated a wreath (see below), created by Kate Sanner,  to the Carroll Arts Center’s 22nd Annual

Festival of Wreaths Silent Auction Fundraiser. There is a Golden Gala & Wreath Reception at the Carroll Arts Center on  Friday, Nov. 29 from 5-7 PM. Join us the day after Thanksgiving for our Golden Gala and Wreath Reception. To celebrate 50 years of bringing arts and culture to Carroll County and to mark opening day of the 22nd Annual Festival of Wreaths, we’re hosting a holiday gathering with treats, warm drinks, carolers, and of course, over 100 unique wreaths to bid on. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Bid on more than 150 unique and wonderfully decorated wreaths on display throughout the Carroll Arts Center from Friday, November 29 thru Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. The Festival is open 10 am – 7 pm daily and closes at 4 pm on December 8. Admission is Free!  To learn more, go to

Please save the following dates for upcoming Club meetings and events:

Monday, January 6, 2020 from 7-8:30 PM at the Public Library in Westminster. Event

is titled Welcome to the New Year: Getting Prepared for the 2020 Presidential Election.

There will be several local speakers who will do short presentations share their ideas,

knowledge and expertise for preparing for this upcoming historic election year. We hope

that all who attend will also bring their ideas and suggestions. Light refreshments will be


Saturday, February 8 from 10-12 – location to be announced, 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 will be free to attendees. Morning time

beverages and light fare will be provided. More details to come.

I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events. Thank you for all you do to give

Democrats an important presence and vibrant voice in Carroll County.



For Democrats in Carroll County, having a consistent and persistent presence and voice is vital to our making a difference in the political and social life of our county. However, initiating and maintaining a strong presence and voice takes time and effort and that means building and maintaining a strong volunteer base.

We need volunteers – not just at election time, though that is very important – but throughout the year. Our Club members can volunteer for the Club’s own activities but also for activities of the CC Democratic Central Committee.

Here are some current examples of volunteer efforts:

  • At election time, the Club holds a Sign Rally at which volunteers take our Democratic candidates’ campaign signs to put up and later remove at voting sites around Carroll County. That is a fantastic effort by our Club members and a big help to our candidates.

  • Recently, the Central Committee had a booth from opening to closing time for both days of FallFest and we were so fortunate to have had a couple new volunteers, in addition to our Central Committee members, to staff the booth. We are grateful to them!

  • With the election year coming up we need more people to step up to volunteer. We will need volunteers to help write postcards, phone bank, do door-to-door campaigning for candidates, staff campaign headquarters when it opens next September, as well as do electioneering (hold signs, hand out campaign literature) at the polls for our Democratic candidates. You can sign up to volunteer at

If you are interested in helping out over the next several months with Club activities, please email me at kates… I would love to have your help!

Thanks so much! – Kate


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


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…

2019-2020 Carroll One Book: “The Origin of Others” by Toni Morrison

The Third Annual Carroll One Book, Sponsored by The Learning Advantage Partnership Carroll County Public Library, is:

The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison

The 2019-2020 subject is:  A Platform for Courageous Conversations

Scheduled Events

PAST: August 21 — Culture Expo Introduction

PAST: September—November: One Maryland One Book What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, By Mona Hanna-Attisha

PAST: October 24—OMOB Westminster CCPL 7:00: Thinking Out Loud: Water, Health, and Community Teamwork—panel presentation on water health

PAST: November 3—Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha – OMOB Author Visit—South Carroll HS 1:00

PAST: November 18 — N. Carroll CCPL branch discussion 6:30

January and February—CCPS Discussions

Winter—Westminster CCPL branch discussion

Spring— Mt. Airy CCPL branch discussion

January —February CCPS Discussions

March 14—National History Day

Spring—Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality Conference

April—Human Library—McDaniel College

Sponsored by:

  • Carroll One Book – Community Support

  • Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality, Carroll Community College,

  • Carroll County NAACP, McDaniel College, St. Paul’s UCC

2019-2020 planning meetings – All are welcome – CCPS Board of Education Conference room – 4:30-5:30 September 10, November 12, January 14, March 10, May 12

The CCDCC is looking for interns

The CCDCC is looking for high school and college students to help as interns for the 2019/2020 academic year. Contact us at ccmddde… for more information.

Paid Internship with the Maryland Democratic Party

With an eye towards the 2020 election cycle, a Maryland Democratic Party Internship will be a valuable experience and will give students and recent graduates experience in electoral politics and the opportunity to learn about the state, the political process, and to meet many of Maryland’s elected leaders.

Internship Program

The Maryland Democratic Party Internship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in Maryland’s political process.

The internship will be based at our Annapolis HQ. You must be eighteen years of age or older.

This is a paid internship position at $15 an hour.


Interns must commit to a minimum of twelve hours per week during normal business hours. Hours of operation are 9 am to 5 pm.

How to apply:

Please send a copy of your resume, cover letter and 3-5 references to shub…

New episode of the Moving Forward podcast

Kate Sanner’s latest podcast:

Honoring the Women of the Six Triple Eight Central Postal Directory Battalion of WWII

One group of unsung heroes of WWII were the women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. The 6888th was the first and only all Black Female Women Army Corps (WAC) unit to be deployed overseas during under the Command of Major Charity Adams. Their nickname was the “Six-Triple Eight” and their motto was “No Mail, Low Morale.”

Kate Sanner, host of Moving Forward, interviews Colonel Edna W. Cummings and Master Sergeant Elizabeth Helm Frazier who discuss the efforts being made to secure the recognition these women so rightfully deserve including the Six Triple Eight Monument, the “Six Triple Eight: No Mail, Low Morale Documentary” and the Six Triple Eight Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019.

Training Opportunities from the National Democratic Training Committee

The NDTC still offers free campaign webinars available on their website. For details and links, go to:

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.”


Nov. 21-30, Dec. 1: HSP Presents the 5th Annual Gingerbread Village Festival (UPDATED)

Human Services Programs of Carroll County presents the 5th Annual Gingerbread Village Festival, Nov. 21-30 and Dec. 1, at the Westminster Exchange, 15 East Main Street, Westminster (across from the Library).

“Building Sweet Hope for the Homeless and Needy, a Gingerbread House Competition and Fundraiser”.

To print the Gingerbread Village Festival Flyer, click here:

For further information, see the HSP web site,

The Club supplied an entry, created by Club president Kate Sanner!

Here’s the Club’s entry, titled “It Takes a Village”, on display at the Festival:


Nov. 29 – Dec. 8: 22nd Annual Festival of Wreaths Silent Auction Fundraiser (UPDATED)

The Festival of Wreaths is one of the most well-attended holiday events in Carroll County. Each year more than 150 theme wreaths are displayed through this week-long silent auction and is one of the Arts Council’s most significant fundraising events. Visitors experience a wonderland of creativity and generosity as they vote for their favorites and bid on those they would like to take home (or give as gifts!) in this spectacular event. The Club submitted an entry, created by Club president Kate Sanner, so look for it!

The Festival is open 10 am – 7 pm daily and closes at 4 pm on December 8. Admission is Free!

Location: The Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster.

Web site:


November 30: Patriots Resist Rally (Weekly Gathering for Inclusion)

From the CarrollCAN website:

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…


December 9: CCDemClub/CCDCC Holiday Party: SIGNUP NOW! (UPDATED)

The 2019 Holiday Party, sponsored by the Carroll County Democratic Club and the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee, will be held Monday, December 9 at the Buttersburg Inn.

They will be open ONLY FOR US – we will be the ONLY guests!

Social time starts at 6:30, dinner around 7:00.

The sign-up page is NOW AVAILABLE!!!!!!!!!


You don’t pay until the dinner itself. NO CREDIT CARDS! Pay Mark – see below.

NOTE: this is a NEW day of the week, and this will be a BUFFET dinner!

Here’s the MENU:

Salad, roast beef w/ stuffing, penne alfredo with broccoli, with chicken on the side to add to that, lasagna, and steamed shrimp, green beans, mashed potatoes.

The choices for dessert will be, apple pie chocolate silk, coconut cake pumpkin pie.

There may be a few other items, that’s to be determined.

COST: $35/person (same as last year), payable AT THE DINNER. See Mark when you arrive.

Checks (made out to “CCDemClub”) are preferred, but I’ll do what I can with cash.

The limit will be around 80. CURRENT TOTAL: 45
The current list of entries:




About the Club


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.

The December meeting is the holiday dinner Dec. 9 (see above).

No meetings in January or February (weather!), so regular meetings resume March, April, May of next year.

The meeting minutes are posted in our Google Group folder:

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 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…

The newsletter was first published on February 25, 2017.

Et Cetera! (Various Other Resources)

Moving Forward Podcast:   With host Kate Sanner

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

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

From the Carroll County Democratic Club

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