WDC Established After 1956 Presidential Election

 Eleanor Roosevelt With WDC Members - 1957

Eleanor Roosevelt With WDC Members - 1957

Our Start

Woman's* Democratic Of Montgomery County, MD (WDC) was launched after the 1956 election, the talented and enthusiastic women who ran Adlai Stevenson's Bethesda campaign headquarters decided to establish a club for Democratic women.  The founding luncheon in January 1957 featured Eleanor Roosevelt, who spoke to 250 women at Normandie Farm Restaurant in Potomac.  By 1960, WDC had become a vital force in both county and national politics, with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) enlisting members for various activities and to staff offices for Democratic Inaugural events. In the 1960s and ‘70s, the Club ran the Bethesda-Chevy Chase campaign headquarters for the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC).  To finance the office, the Club sponsored events ranging from sales of food and Democratic novelty items to the famous biannual VIP auctions at the Mann farm in Poolesville.



Today the Club continues to strongly support Democratic candidates and the MCDCC.  Our members can be counted on to volunteer for key campaign responsibilities and for the Democratic tent at the Montgomery County Fair.  At luncheons and forums, members meet and question top newsmakers, political analysts, journalists, and local and national candidates.  WDC sponsors a biennial trip to Annapolis to meet with state lawmakers and co-sponsors the Women’s Legislative Briefing.  Every four years, WDC sponsors our famous post-primary “Kiss and Make-Up Party.”  Our website and our emails keep members updated on legislative activities, political meetings and ways to become involved.

*Woman's is the original spelling of the club's name.  Follow us on social media at @WomansDemClub

Past Presidents

  • 2015-2017      Linda Kolko
  • 2013-2015      Beth Tomasello
  • 2011-2013      Jane Merkin
  • 2009-2011      Susan Elwell
  • 2005-2009      Darlene Montgomery
  • 2005               Jane Lawton
  • 2003-2005      Dorothy Barthelmes
  • 1999-2003      Carole Brand
  • 1997-1999      Rebecca Kahlenberg
  • 1995-1997      Miriam Silver
  • 1991-1995      Daphne Bloomberg
  • 1989-1991      Natalie Bouquet
  • 1987-1989      Madeleine Sigel
  • 1985-1987      Dorothy Barthelmes
  • 1983-1985      Susan Messitte
  • 1981-1983      Anne Healy
  • 1979-1981      Kelly Pelz
  • 1977-1979      Roberta Hochberg
  • 1975-1977      Madeleine Sigel
  • 1973-1975      Dorothy Barthelmes
  • 1971-1973      Marilyn Goldwater
  • 1969-1971      Grace Orlansky
  • 1967-1969      Mary Lou Freidman
  • 1965-1967      Margaret Carpenter
  • 1963-1965      Paula Locker
  • 1961-1963      Virginia Sprecher
  • 1959-1961      Peggy Mann
  • 1957-1959      Barbara Pryor