Democratic Women's Club Celebrates 70th Year with Anniversary Luncheon
The Democratic Women's Club of Upper Pinellas, one of the oldest in the country, will celebrate its 70th year with a special anniversary luncheon/party on Saturday, September 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the Dunedin Country Club. The keynote speaker will be Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, who will be joined by special guests State Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman and State Democratic Women's Club President Janet Goen.
The club was envisioned in September 1940 by Upper Pinellas resident, Mrs. Ralph Richards, who with the help of her friend, Mrs. C. E. Ware, brought to fruition the idea of a Democratic club for women from that area. Their goal was to form an organization that would provide a forum for women to work cooperatively toward democratic principles of good government, provide support for the Florida and National Democratic Parties, and promote qualified candidates for political office, while seeking greater voter registration and political participation.
Today the club, one of the oldest in the country, possibly the largest in Florida, boasts a membership of 105 women (and men!) who hale from not only Upper Pinellas, but from all over and range in age from 25 to 102! All of the ideas that Mrs. Ware and her friend envisioned 70 years ago are personified in today's membership.
For more information, call Mary Freeman at (727) 581-4630.
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