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New Democratic Women’s Club in Wakulla

New Democratic Women’s Club in Wakulla

Crawfordville, Florida – The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida announced today that a new chapter will form in Crawfordville as the Wakulla Democratic Women’s Club. The first meeting is open to the public and is scheduled Thursday May 6th, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The event will be held at the Hudson House, 84 Ochlocknee Street, in Crawfordville. Current elected Democratic officials and Democratic candidates will speak, along with state and regional representatives of the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida.

Wakulla resident Rachel Pienta commented, “Leon County has the Capital City Women's Democratic Club and Franklin County has a Franklin County Women's Democratic Club. It is time that Democratic women in Wakulla County formed our own Democratic Women's Club.”

{sidebar id=1}Founding club member Verna Brock added, “Democratic men are also eligible for club membership. We welcome all Democrats to participate in the Wakulla Women’s Democratic Club.”

The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. had its official beginning in 1956 although there had been individual Democratic women’s clubs in Florida for many years.

The organizational meeting for a state club took place at the Princess Martha Hotel in St. Petersburg on May 24, 1956. This historic day was chosen by Eleanor Roosevelt as a national “Democratic Women’s Day”. Eighteen active Democratic Women gathered to do business as the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida and to receive a Charter from the Secretary of State. The club chartered as a corporation in 1972. In 1980, the club joined the National Federation of Democratic Women. Florida club members have served on National Federation of Democratic Women's committees and held National Federation of Democratic Women's elected positions.

From that small beginning in 1956, under the leadership of its first President, Mrs. James Haley of Bradenton, The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. now consists of nine regions, representing over 40 clubs.

The DWCF was formed to bring together all Democratic Women’s Clubs in Florida to provide a forum for discussion of public matters, to support qualified candidates for public office and to encourage qualified Democratic women to seek elected office.

The spirit of volunteerism is just as alive today as it was 48 years ago. Members and guests are trained in leadership and campaign skills through a variety of curricula offerings, recruit women to run for political office, both elective and appointed, and manage campaigns with computer and Internet technology. The Legislative Committee serves as the hub of activities during the Legislative Session as members monitor and lobby for or against legislation that has a dramatic impact on the lives of the citizens of Florida and particularly the women of Florida.  The club’s ongoing goal is Equal Representation from the Court House to the White House.

For more information about the Wakulla Democratic Women’s Club, please call 321-3582 or email profsutz@yahoo.com.

This information originally published on April 26, 2010.

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