UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, April 27
Art in Congress

The opening of WNDC’s latest exhibition, Art in Congress, will be held in the Stevenson Ball Room. The show, featuring artwork by members of the U.S. Congress and their families, is the first public exhibition of Congressional art, and is an exciting acknowledgement of the Club’s status as a museum. Speakers are yet to be determined.

Members can now bid on the silent auction items donated for the Art in Congress opening reception. The three auction items — the Art in Congress official poster, two ink on paper sketches by Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and a stay at the nearby Churchill Hotel — are on display in the foyer, along with the auction bid sheets. Proceeds will benefit the Education Foundation. Start the bidding now!!

Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Price: Gratis

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Thursday, April 29
Michelle Rhee
LUNCHEON
Chancellor Rhee and D.C. Public Schools

Michelle Rhee has been the Chancellor of D.C. Schools since 2007. Since then, she has tackled a broken system with vigor and purpose, and without apology. Her willingness to make difficult decisions for the improvement of the education of the children of the District has won her many admirers, and some vocal critics. Please join the Smith College Club of Washington, who celebrate twenty years of partnership with D.C. Public Schools by welcoming Ms. Rhee to speak to us at the WNDC. Much has happened since we last heard from the Chancellor, and the afternoon promises a personal view on the events of the past year in D.C. education and in the public eye.

Time: Bar opens at 11:30 a.m. Lunch 12:15 p.m.
Price: Members $25, Nonmembers $30, Lecture Only (no lunch) $10

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Tuesday, May 4
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Receive WNDC’s Highest Award at
an Evening Champagne
Reception

The WNDC-EF Eleanor Award Reception honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg is now SOLD OUT. Any requests for tickets received after March 31, 2010, will be returned. We appreciate Member support and interest in this historic event.

The prestigious Eleanor Award was established in 1998 to honor those persons who best represent the ideals Eleanor Roosevelt fought for and represented all her life.

Be a part of the Club and an eyewitness to history as we honor the woman who has achieved the highest level in the Judiciary branch of government – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In accepting this award, Justice Ginsburg joins the two women who achieved the highest level in the Executive and Legislative branches of government; Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, and Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, in being so honored.

The Award Committee is planning an elegant champagne evening reception with testimonials to the Justice. Every member of the Woman’s National Democratic Club will receive an invitation with the opportunity to purchase up to two tickets per member.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the event, please contact Rosemary Monagan atramonagan@earthlink.net.

We hope to see you at this exciting, historic event.
Eleanor Award Committee
Marlene Connors, Chair
Virginia Lawton
Rosemary Monagan
Carol Baer Mott
Abigail Nichols

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Thursday, May 13
A Reception Celebrating Women Diplomats
Evening Event

More than 40 women now represent their countries as either Ambassador (26 women) or as Chief or Deputy Chief of Mission to the United States. Join WNDC members and guests in honoring their individual accomplishments and celebrating the growing role of women in diplomacy at a WNDC reception May 13. The honorees will discuss the achievements and challenges facing women. Reserve your place early for what promises to be an informative and festive evening as we honor those who are able to join us. Early acceptances include the representatives of Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Estonia, Guatemala, India, Portugal and Morocco.

Time: Wine Reception with Hors d’œuvre 6:30. Program at 7:15 with continued reception afterwards.
Price: Members $40, Nonmembers $45

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Tuesday, May 25
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah
The Situation in Afghanistan and “The Way Forward”
Evening Event

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah is a major political figure in Afghanistan today. He was a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, a candidate in the 2009 Afghan presidential election and current leader of his political party “Coalition for Hope and Change. Dr. Abdullah has worked with Afghan Refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan, and was also the Director of Healthcare for the Resistance Front and the special advisor and close confidant of the legendary Commander and National Hero of Afghanistan, Late Ahmad Shah Masoud. In 2001, during the historic Intra-Afghan talks in Bonn, Germany, Dr. Abdullah was selected as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Interim Administration of Afghanistan. He has also served as Secretary General of the Massoud Foundation. In 2009 Dr. Abdullah ran a highly impressive and dynamic Presidential campaign under the slogan of “Change” to institute needed reform and to change Afghanistan’s system of governance from a Presidential to a Parliamentary system. The election results were vigorously contested due to voter fraud. On November 1, 2009, Dr. Abdullah announced that he would not participate in the second round of the Presidential elections citing his lack of faith in President Karzai government’s ability to hold a “fair and transparent” election process.

Dr. Abdullah has earned the respect and admiration of world leaders, and his own people, as a voice of moderation and consensus. He has consistently worked for peace and reconstruction in Afghanistan, as well as advocating the reform of government institutions.

Time: Bar opens at 11:30 a.m. Lunch 12:15 p.m.
Price: Members $25, Nonmembers $30, Lecture Only (no lunch) $10

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To purchase tickets or for more information, go to

http://www.democraticwoman.org/clubevents.html

Upcoming events (details not yet available)


Tuesday, May 11, Speaker Lunch, Ken Gross, Legal Expert on Campaign Financing, “Money, Politics and the Courts and What it Means for Democrats”

Tuesday, May 18, Speaker Lunch, Dean King, Unbound

Thursday, May 20, Speaker Lunch, Jonathan Alter, The Promise: President Obama, Year One

Thursday, May 27, luncheon, Pulitzer-prize-winning author Kai Bird, Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and the Israelis, 1956-1978

Thursday, June 3, Speaker Lunch, Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

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