• MCFDW

Meeting Minutes - 2/27/19

I. Vice President’s Greeting

Pledge of Allegiance


II. Business

  1. The calendar on our website has been updated with 2019 meeting dates. Future meetings will generally be held on the 4th Wednesday of the month (Next meeting: March 27).

  2. The MCDO is seeking volunteers for the Middlesex County Democratic annual Convention on Monday, March 11th. Contact Robert Kraut if you are interested.

  3. News from the National Federation of Democratic Women Presidents Meeting have been posted to our website.

  4. The Emerging Leader Fellowship application is open now.

  5. The NFDW will be voting to elect new Officers at the Convention in Albany from June 13 -June 15, 2019. Any member who wants to run for office must submit a complete packet to NFDW Nominations Chair, Dr. Maureen McKenna at momcken@yahoo.com before end of business, Friday, March 8, 2019.

  6. St. Patrick's Day Parades

Sunday, March 10th, 12:30pm - Woodbridge

Saturday March 16th, 2pm - South Amboy

Email: dbraga@mcdonj.com to sign up


III. Treasurer update:

  1. Account balance, Fundraising ideas, DUES DUE! $25

IV. Communications update

  1. Newsflash input, Website details, Social media push

  2. Bark in the Park May 19 12-3pm

  3. Want swag? Pins for sale!

V. Black History Month Panel Conversation

Bryana DeVeaux, Special Assistant, Assemblyman Joe Danielsen

“I think the life of politics chose me.”

“I’m able to not only work with a specific district, I’m able to have more outreach to towns.”


Elsie Foster-Dublin, Councilwoman, Highland Park

“You have to know your strengths. As women we are held to a higher standard.”

“We can’t wait for a general election to hold people accountable.”


Crystal Pruitt, Chief of Staff, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker

“I want to encourage women to step up and take up your space.”

“Being supportive, listening to women, not falling into those pitfalls, lift each other up.”

“I would like to not be a novelty. I would like it to be a norm.”


VI. Upcoming Meetings/Events - 4th Wednesday of each month

Next Events:

  1. General Meeting - Wednesday March 27th 7pm MCDO Headquarters

  2. Hats ON for Women Luncheon - Sunday April 14 11-2pm, Lagos North Bruns.

  3. Friends of the Perth Amboy Library are hosting Artie Bennett in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America at the Perth Amboy Free Public Library on Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m

  4. MCDO 2019 Trivia Night, March 3rd, 5P -7P at the Knights of Columbus, 109 Morrisey Ave. in Avenel. (We are looking to defend our title! Our team is full, but if you want to join, contact Amy Papi to reserve your spot!)

  5. The South Jersey Democratic Women's Forum is hosting a Democratic Candidate & Volunteer Training Workshop on March 9.

  6. MCDO Convention on March 11, 6P - 8:30P at Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Ave, Edison.

  7. MCYD Meeting, Wednesday March 13th MCDO Headquarters 7PM

  8. Democrats United - A Conversation with Congressman Frank Pallone at Pino's Gift Basket Shoppe and Wine Cellar, 13 N 4th Ave, Highland Park on March 14, 7 PM – 8 PM.

  9. Elección Latina hosted by LUPE Fund, Inc. on Mar 15 at 11A and Mar 16 at 7:30A, Douglass Campus Center, 100 George St, New Brunswick.

  10. MCDO Black Caucus Jazz Brunch on March 23rd, 11 AM – 2 PM at Pines Manor, 2085 State Route 27, Edison.

  11. Deadline for Change of Party Affiliation Declaration Forms for Primary Election is April 10.

  12. Women's Empowerment Breakfast hosted by Dress for Success Central New Jersey on May 8 at 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.

  13. Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election is May 14.

  14. MCFDW's Bark in the Park on May 19, Plainsboro Community Park

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