Local DWC members Katherine Logan, Joan Buback, and Barbara Murphy attended the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida’s Annual Convention September 13-16. The event was held at the Orlando Marriott in Lake Mary, Florida.
Business meetings were held on Friday and Saturday mornings, and our members, along with the other 250 plus DWCF members from around the state, voted on a number of items, including additions to the DWCF platform, available here.
We began lunch on Friday with an inspiring video from renowned Legal Analyst, ex-Watergate Prosecutor, Jill Wine-Banks, who could not be there in person. Friday’s main attraction, however, was Grace Nelson, whom we greeted with a release of hidden helium-filled heart shaped balloons. Following Grace’s speech, Barbara DeVane, lobbyist-extraordinaire, participated in a lively legislative forum moderated by Susan Smith, head of the Progressive Caucus.
It was difficult to choose among the various topics presented at breakout sessions on both Friday and Saturday afternoons, including climate change, ERA: History and Future, Immigration, HIV: Today’s Health Problem, Federal Legislation, Education, and special sessions for Club Officers.
Friday’s impressive dinner speakers were all Democratic candidates, and included Sean Shaw, candidate for State Attorney General, Nikki Fried, candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture, and Jeremy Ring, candidate for State CFO.
At lunch on Saturday, Stephanie Murphy, Democratic incumbent, U.S. Congressional District 7, inspired us with her personal experience as an immigrant from Viet Nam, whose parents brought her here when she was a child. She is a shining light for so many who believe in the American Dream. Senator Bill Nelson followed Representative Murphy, and demonstrated why he is so loved here in Florida. He spoke from his heart with a sincere, engaging, and inspirational speech.
Each club had brought a unique basket. Ours was crammed with beach items, wine from Flagler County, and a blue wave T. All the baskets were raffled off. Our club also donated to the silent auction, and we are happy to report that our offering brought in the asking price at the silent auction.
After dinner in the ballroom, the clubs participated in proud banner march around the banquet hall, where each club proudly bore its individual banner and celebrated the entire statewide organization. Our local club, the DWC of Flagler won First Place in Club Growth for 2018!
On Saturday evening we heard from Susannah French, President of the National Federation of Democratic Women. Finally, Chris King, candidate for Lieutenant Governor – Andrew Gillum’s running mate, spoke to close the program.
It was a great convention, and look forward to next year!